As a former educational media producer, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy ways for busy educational professionals to create and use videos in their onsite and online courses. Two emerging educational technologies have converged into one very useful way to achieve this goal: 1. Smart-phones (like the Droid, iPhone, etc.) with built-in video camera and Internet connectivity and 2. Streaming Video sites (like youtube.com, qik.com, etc.) with live Webcast and/or archived videos, searchable content, and “channels” where related video content can be assembled and compiled.
For example, I am experimenting with the use of an app that I have downloaded to my Droid smartphone (Android 2.0 OS) from qik.com that allows me to use the video camera in my smartphone to upload a video sequence via my wireless 3G connection to the Internet and have it broadcast live streaming video on the Qik.com Web site. The Qik.com Web site also lets me create a title and provide a description of the videos which remain archived. Registered users who browse to this Web site and view the videos can also type text comments that remain as part of the archived data.
This is an information system which I am planning to use for my online courses to present live and archived streaming videos of relevant topics – in some cases when I am traveling, attending conferences, and/or witness to relevant live events that emerge.
Comments welcome at http://www.qik.com/docteled and here.