Like a kid on Christmas, I was intensely excited to open up my box of goodies from Go Pro today! I'm participating in a pilot run by Common Sense Media and Go Pro to check out the educational implications of ubiquitous video. Here are my thoughts on how I'm going to use it. Stay tuned for some post-pilot reflections.
In the Language classroom
The language classroom is perfect for a GoPro. My students record many speaking activities, from presentations to small group interpersonal exchanges, for me to assess later. While this increases my efficiency, I often see students agonize over small mistakes, refilming again and again to be perfect. As a language teacher, I want to assess authentic communicative abilities, not a rehearsed script. The beauty of the GoPro is that it reinforces the importance of the journey over the destination, an idea that has profound resonance in education. I envision the GoPro as a way to facilitate authentic competency based assessment. Student wear the GoPro for a class period, recording all interactions and language use. At home they review the footage, reflecting on their skills and behaviors in the classroom, and pick out clips which document how they fulfilled learning objectives and add it to their portfolio.
In the Art classroom
I've got a couple of art teachers jazzed to try out the GoPro. Often times, the creative decisions and artistic challenges that happen along the way get lost as the audience views the finished product. Strapping on the GoPro and capturing the process through a series of time lapse photos would add fascinating depth to the final work. Imagine the deep reflection that would be possible if, as part of the critique, the student artist also had to select, show, and discuss one or two linchpin moments- either where the work began to take form or when they had to overcome a particular obstacle. I would love to use augmented reality to overlay an edited down process video over the finished product- more to come on that soon!
In the Tech lab
I've got a group of students participating in a technology fabrication lab. Using design thinking, student groups are creating some tech-enabled device that solves a school problem. We'll be bringing the students to MakerFaire in May where they will display their finished product. Using a GoPro to capture the making process seems like a no-brainer to me!
On Student Trips and service work
The Urban School has fantastic service learning and outdoor ed departments. Student backpacking, rafting, and backcountry skiing trips can now be captured as well as our student service can be documented and shared with the rest of the student body. The yearbook and our communications literature can include dynamic action shots instead of the just the tired posed group shot.
As part of the program, I'll be required to produce a 6-8 minute video and a written reflection on how the GoPro was used at the Urban School over the next few months. I'm excited to test it out and share the successes, failures, and ideas that we encounter along the way!