Today was the first TQP Technology Support Group meeting and we talked about the camera app for the iPad. This app is one that comes with the iPad and is just what it sounds like. It is the interface for taking pictures and video on the iPad. The App is pretty easy to use. There are just a few features to know.
The first thing to know is which camera you are using. In the top right there is this icon (above) that allows you to switch between the front and back cameras. Just press the button and the camera will change views. If you are planning to use the camera app to record a testimonial or something where you really want to be able to hear the audio as clear as possible, make sure the camera is set to the front of the iPad since that is where the microphone is located.
In the bottom right is where you switch between still pictures and video. Just slide the slider to the appropriate format and you are ready to take pictures.
To take pictures, press the button in the bottom middle of the screen. For stills, it will be a small camera, and for video it will be a red dot. When making a video, simply press the red dot button again to stop recording.
If you want to use the digital zoom, just tap the screen and slide the zoom slider. To focus on a certain area, tap the screen where you want to focus and then take a picture.
To review the pictures and video you have taken, press the icon in the bottom left and it will let you review everything you have done.
Where the power of this app will emerge will be in the uses of the pictures and video that you create. Looking at the role video and images may have in a future teacher performance assessment, this app could be the most powerful app on the iPad. To be able to show teachers and student teachers footage of their teaching they can then use to improve upon, that lays the foundation for making real change in the way teachers teach. This footage could also be taken, with the right permissions from people in the video, and shown to other teachers and pre-service teachers about model practices. Too often great teachers are left to operate in isolation, so why not share their knowledge and skills with others so we can all improve.
This app is clearly a content creation app, but it also allows other users to consume the content that is created, especially if used with other teachers to help them improve their practice. There is no cost to this app since it is included with the iPad.