Technology in education continues to astound teachers in classrooms across the nation. With new gadgets such as 3D printers and Chromebooks, educators can bring a whole new level of teaching into their schools.
For Charles Moseley, technology and TV production teacher at Switzerland Point Middle School in Fruit Cove, FL., the GoPro is his classroom's special gadget. In 2013, Moseley pulled out the GoPro he purchased in 2007 to use in his eighth grade technology and TV production classes and found great results, according to his article on eschoolnews.com.
"The first thing I did was dust off my old GoPro, purchase a remote control car, and a bag of adhesive mounts," Moseley wrote. "The TV production students started using the remote control car and my old GoPro to drive around school and film different events. I am not sure what was more exciting for the students, to see themselves on the morning announcements or to have them jump in front of a remote control car running down the hallway during class change."
Moseley said that the setup worked for a while, "but as with any type of older technology, there were limits."
I had to find a way to get a new GoPro that had Wi-Fi capabilities, so the entire production would be simplified. Significant time was spent looking for ways to upgrade our equipment and I had my eyes set on a GoPro Hero 3 Black+ camera. After meeting a sales rep for GoPro at FETC 2014 and entering an education contest, I won a GoPro Hero 3 Black+ with accessories for my classroom. In a matter of days the GoPro started to reshape my technology classroom in many positive ways.
Moseley said that he started with the basics with the GoPro: pictures.
"What middle school student doesn’t like to see their picture posted on the morning news show or on the school’s website?" he wrote. "Simply taking pictures of students in class working on group projects and posting them on our class Edmodo pages started to create interest and excitement. Students would use the camera during class to take pictures for projects and presentations, not only for my technology class, but also for their academic classes."
Moseley wrote that training students to use the GoPro was easy, and they were soon eager to get to work.
"This was a win-win situation for both students and teachers," Moseley wrote. "Students were having their work featured on the morning news show and seen by 1,260 peers, this improved self-esteem along with the quality of student work. Teachers were having incredible projects turned in for their classes, as well as student created content they could use for both review and for flipping their classrooms."
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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor