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Thursday, June 16, 2011

What is a web camera recording?

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 explain and give a demonsration of what is a web camera recording.

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. With this background, permit me to share my demonstration of a web camera recording.

Below please find my demonstration and explanation of a web camera recording:

For what educational purposes can a web camera recording serve?

  • Provides a visual and auditory explanation of some content or concept
  • Provides an introduction to a lesson or training event
  • Serves as an anticipatory set for a lesson
  • Serves as a prompt for an in class or online conversation
  • Provides a review of a lesson or training event that a student or teacher had missed
  • Provides a summary or closure for a lesson or training event
  • Serves as a stimulus for reflection
  • Empowers students and teachers to make their own web camera presentations
  • Serves as a communication channel to answer student and collegial questions

On the next post we will share our first web camera tool, Quick Time Player.

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