Tool #75: Nightmare School video

Cute cat has a bad dream about school
Cute cat has a bad dream about school

The Pinky Show disguised as something cute, but discusses some serious issues. This one, for example, explores what it is to teach and what it is to learn. Ivan Illich, famous in the 1970’s for his unusual ideas about society in general, wrote a book called Deschooling Society. This is the source of ideas for this short video. A great way to start a discussion on learning and teaching.

Tool #72: Flip Video: Mino HD Camera

Flip Video's latest model is the Mino HD
Flip Video's latest model is the Mino HD

When you can get a video camera that is this easy to use, and has High Definition images, it is impossible to pass up. I bought my Flip Mino HD for about $200 (sadly I’ve only seen it for sale in the US), but is now available for about $150. Very simple one-button operation (turn on/turn off). Once you are finished taking the video, a USB plug pops out of the top and you can load it on to your computer for editing or display. I usually put it up on the web (one-button add) because now YouTube supports HD video, the new standard.

Great for immediate feedback in a class.