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Friday, June 17, 2011

Introduction to Quick Time Player as a web camera recording tool

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will continue our discussion on how  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use Quick Time Player to enhance learning.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or Ipads as well.

Note: Although Quick Time Player can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

Note: Quick Time Player can also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.

What is Quick Time Player?
In a previous post we described how Quick Time Player can be used for screen recording or screencasting. Click here to link to that post. In today’s post we will demonstrate how Quick Time Player can also function as a web camera recording tool.

Where is  Quick Time Player  located on the web?

Quick Time Player for the Mac:

Quick Time Player for the PC:

What is a web camera recording?

A web camera recording is a visual and auditory recording of oneself speaking to the camera on a computer or some other video recording device. Sometimes a picture or video conveys meaning better than words. Consequently, let me demonstrate what a web camera recording looks like.

A web camera recording is different from a screen recording or screen cast because with the web cam recording I am recording myself speaking to the camera, and not  showing that which is on my computer screen.

Click here and see my demonstration of Quick Time Player  as a web camera recording tool.

On the next post we will discuss how Quick Time Player as a web camera recording tool can be used to promote instruction and facilitate teacher training.

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