This is a 24-second video shot from my iPhone (at ca. 11:30am on 3.7.12) to demo use of a mobile device for iFacilitate 2012. The point is that I can take videos anywhere and anytime, upload them to YouTube, and share them with others in my blog. Implications for students and teachers are enormous. Students could include their own videos in “papers” or multimedia projects published in their own blogs (eportfolios) — just as I’m doing here. Teachers could use them in presenting learning activities in instructional blogs. Videos could be used to demo physical skills and performance; they could also be used to coach and shape skills.
The quality is quite raw since my video editing skills are very limited, but I believe the message here is clear — we, all of us, now have the power to publish our own videos, a power that only TV networks had at one time. Furthermore, we don’t need a trained crew, studio, and expensive equipment to do this. And, as Michael Wesch has demonstrated, we have the potential to outdo the big networks in terms of viewing audience. The smartphone in our pocket is all we need. Mindblowing.
Significance of the content: Purchased these tiny tropical fish over the weekend because I thought they looked and behaved like “real” fish and because the people at the shop didn’t know what they were. It’s listed on the receipt as a tetra, but I haven’t been able to ID them in photos I found on the web.