Online Learning Enrichment-Video Messaging
Type of Technology: iPad app “Vidopop”
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Levels: Secondary/Independent Studies
Subject Areas: All subject areas (independent studies); Primarily used to enhance distance learning
I am an Alta Vista teacher currently teaching a new senior plus program for fifth year seniors who are in the process of graduating. This program is an independent studies program, where project based learning and online courses are assigned to meet students’ various needs. I have my independent studies students use Vidopop app on a regular basis for two main reasons: to verify they are completing an assignment or to help students with a concept that would be difficult to explain via text/distance.
For example, I have a student who is taking an Odysseyware Physical Fitness course, which requires them to perform various intensity walking drills and demonstrate the use of intensity monitoring during these exercise sets. They are required to keep a very vague log of these activities; therefore, I require them to send a video message performing a task.
I have had students email me asking questions on how to complete a math problem, which was far easier to demonstrate via video because I was able to set up my iPad and record myself walking a student through a problem. I received instant feedback from the student and the student was able to go back to the video and re-view it as many times as needed.
Not only can you video and chat in a viewer friendly sequence, but you are also able to video as a group or live stream. Another small feature I thought was cool was there is an option to have people pay to view your videos. Obviously we are not charging our students to view; however, if there is a particular video you would like the general public to pay to view, that option is available.
This app is extremely user friendly and allows for video note and messaging from any mobile device. I love that my students can either view the videos live or watch it at their convenience. Videos are saved to your private account so you can reuse your video without recording it again. I also LOVE that there is no time limit on the recording feature (yahoo!) The only thing I would caution users about is that once you add a contact to send a message to and you click the record icon it instantly sends to them when you stop recording. Unless it’s a snippet of a conversation response, I would urge you to create the video first and then select the contact(s) you want to view the video.