Some time ago (well at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate actually – and that was way back in April! – Pearson Longman gave me (or at least loaned me, but I prefer ‘gave’) a Flipcam. And although I don’t want to sound like an advertisement, it’s fantastic. Not much bigger than a normal digital camera, all you have to do is point it, press the red record button, and you are done. No instruction manual necessary. And when you have done it you just plug it into your computer (with a built-in USB stick) and there is your film on your computer.
Why is that worth blogging about? Well because the reason that Pearson gave me the camera (see how quickly I’ve changed verbs!) was so that I could record little mini interviews with teachers. This was/is for the new ELT community site, a resource/place where teachers can meet online and talk with each other. When you go to the site now you will probably see one of the little interviews I have done on the front screen.
I am enamoured of this new toy because – well not just because of the simple technology! I have started going up to teachers and asking them a simple question – ‘Can you tell me about a successful lesson you have taught recently ?’ And pretty much every teacher can!
And when they do their faces light up and something really great happens.
And that’s why I love my little flipcam (see, it’s mine now!) – because not only do I (and Pearson) get what we want, but it makes people happy too! At least that’s my impression. Teachers spend a lot of time (rightly) worrying about things that DON’T work, but sometimes it just feels wonderful to say what DOES go well.
So if I have borne down on you with my little flipcam at the ready, I am sorry if it has unnerved you. It has given me hours of pleasure and when people (almost all of them) have agreed to let us use these little clips, we get to spread a little sunshine whether on the ELT community site or in presentations.
So I guess this is a thank you to Pearson Longman for the camera, and a thank you to you (you know who you are or will be!) who have made me feel great!
What about you? What’s your favourite new toy? And can YOU think of ways of spreading methodological sunshine?!!!