TCC Worldwide Online Conference is a virtual conference for online educators. The global team that puts this conference together has proven yet again that it is possible to effectively run a virtual conference. Each year their preparation and translation of face to face activities into rich virtual experiences improves. I highly recommend this conference to anyone in education who wishes to glean from the pioneering experience of those in online distance learning. For the next few days, I will try to include my notes from the talks, papers, experiences and demonstrations that I thought were most valuable.
PAPER: Videoblogging in Education: The new wave of interactive educational television
Rebecca Meeder, Educational Technology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA,
This was an excellent presentation/sharing. Rebecca Meeder provided a terrific introduction into the world of video blogging and how educators from elementary, secondary and higher education.
Importance of Video Blogging- Rise in educators who are using this medium.
<My note: students are using this medium to interact and communicate with each other>
Some Questions for Research
- How does video blogging influence students with diverse background?
- Connect learning in and outside of the classroom
Some resources with data:
- Cofield, J.L. “Effectiveness of streaming video in web based instruction”
- Sawa, S.K. Online vs. traditional: A comparative analysis of student grads in an online and traditional f2f environment
- Le Blanc, G. Student and faculty survey reveals attitudes to streaming video.
Examples of Educational Video Blogging:
Teacher gave weekly updates on what his students were doing in the classroom. Teacher shot from ‘nose-down’ to help students maintain their privacy.
Teacher has students to set up audio blogs where he podcasts on class materials. Students can comment on podcasts and interact. Note: this method can be applied to video blogs as well.
Privacy and Identity à Teacher made sure that students used pen names.
Video blogging for ESL students in Japan. Uses videos from himself and other video bloggers to instruct students in English language… exposes the students to what English speakers sound like and also expose students to American culture.
Johnny Goldstein: http://jonnygoldstein.info/bx21
Another prominent video blogger. Taught over 100 Bronx highschool students how to video blog and share things from their varied perspectives.
Mwesch (Mike Wesch). Had his students create video blogs… do an ethnography. They got a lot of responses from other on their experiences with video blogging.
Check out the video from this site “A vision of students.”
Good Practices for Video Blogging:
- Video length – average video length should be 5-7 minutes. Human attention span. <my note: also video size should be a consideration>
- Addressing Accessibility – Need to make sure video is available in a variety of formats (DVDs, or provide alternate way to access via library or school computer labs.) One teacher used subtitles in videos for some students
- Video blogs address differentiated learning styles: Auditory, Visual, Textual, Media Richness Theory (Need to learn more about this-> A variety of media works better for certain tasks than others). Some videoblogs can help students keep up with learning in class.
- Addressing multicultural education: Allows students to share different perspectives based on their own experience and background. Allows all participants to compare viewpoints and cultural perspectives.
- Identity vs. Privacy –
- Langhurst – Virtual Book Club discussed content in text communication/chat they can participate in active learning.
- Use Pen/Screen names so students can remain anonymous
- (Use consent forms)
- Comment moderation from teacher is necessary – view students comments before it is posted/ prevents flaming.
- Film students from nose down.
- Make posting optional (do not force)