So far in this week’s series on mobile technology in education I have discussed:
- Are UMPCs Going to Convert Courses from Paper Based to Digital?
- Mobile Web Usage is Increasing – How Will You Use It With Students?
Today I am going to discuss how a simple request for spyglasses made my boss think I was absolutely nuts! She thought my spyglasses were so funny she included them in the show they put on at the work Christmas party.
What are Spyglasses?
Spyglasses are sunglasses with inbuilt miniature video camera. They are most commonly used in the surveillance industry. Alternative names used include undercover digital video recorder and miniature video recorder.
The video camera is located in the centre of the sunglasses and a cord that looks like a sun glass safety cord carries the video signal to a portable media player that records the video.
How Spyglasses are being used
Geoff Lubich (Pilbara TAFE, Western Australia) introduced spyglasses for students based in workplaces. His students are geographically dispersed – spyglasses means he can reduce worksplace visits by getting his trainees/apprentice to record themselves doing tasks in their workplace and forward the video to their lecturers.
I got the spyglasses for speeding up the process of creating video podcasts – when creating how to do skills that need to be filmed over the shoulder. Normally these types of videos would require two people.
Check out the video below showing my spyglasses in action:
*****If the video is missing in your Feed Reader here is the link to it a Google Video! *****
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What are your thoughts on Spyglasses?
- Are you currently using Spyglasses? If so, how?
- Cool or not cool?