iPad Built In Apps That Tend To Be Forgotten For Educational Purposes: Camera and Video

As educators and family members of children who use the iPad, we tend to forget to utilize some iPad built-in applications like the camera and the video for educational purposes. The camera and video are such valuable educational tools that do so much more for us  than what we use them for during our daily living purposes. Sometimes, we tend to focus on the iPad apps we purchase on the iPad app store and forget about the basic camera and video that can be used educationally in a school/home setting. The camera portrays images that cannot be captured in a video and the video portrays action and movement that cannot be captured in a camera. Both the camera and video capture memorable moments for educators and families! Some moments make us proud and  make us think to ourselves, “Wow, my student has made so much progress in the last couple of months!” While other moments make us sad because we see through captured images or videos how fast the student/child has grown. I have pictures and videos of my children from birth to their current age. When people say, “Pictures speak a thousand words,” it is true! Make memories at school and at home, record data through videos of student progress and create educational lessons/activities with pictures. You can also record on the video of a student or child using the one single iPad app overtime and see results. Be creative with it!  Below are just some of the reasons why the camera and video are vital tools to use for educational purposes in the classroom and at home:

For students/children, the camera and video:

–  Captures great memories

–  Fosters creativity

–  Allows the student/child to see themselves (self image) through pictures or in action in a video

– Shows physical and personal growth

– Documents self expression and creates reflection

– Students can create projects in videos

– Builds imagination

– The camera creates a slideshow of all the pictures taken  and (depending on the phone) has flash and zoom in/out features.

– Fairly easy to use , child friendly

For teachers and parents/guardian and family members, the camera and video:

– Captures great moments and special memories

– Helps  to collect data to show student progress within a specific time frame

– Can create lessons showing sequence and feelings through facial expressions (see pics below)

– The camera creates a slideshow of all the pictures taken  and (depending on the phone) has flash and zoom in/out features.

– The video captures moments the camera does not showing progress over time recording details, and time

– Fairly easy to use

Below are some great pictures caught of some of my students and my son blowing out a candle:

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Below are pictures put into a collage (using the collage app) that can be used in educational lessons or show progress of an individual over time:
1)  The first picture is my son showing lots of progress in swimming after 2 months!
2) The picture  next to my son swimming is my silly daughter making faces showing different feelings (can be used in an educational  “feelings” lesson)
3) The picture below my son swimming is a typical day at school in the life of one my students.
4) The picture next to my student are pictures of my family showing things you can do in the season of fall which can be used in a Seasons theme lesson for fall (slide down a pile of leaves, make fall angels and go foliage sightseeing)
5) The last picture shows fireworks on the fourth of July
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