Do video games improve your eyesight?

According to this video clip, yes. If you play first person shooters. Too bad if that clashes with your values . You are stuck with less than superior vision. According to the National Geographic site , it’s action games which improve your vision . If you read the comments under the clip I have put up, there are some interesting discussions and one person believes their vision has improved by using MineCraft. You can read the interview with Dr. Maurer who did the 2012 research quoted in the video. In the interview she said she was working on a non violent game which would achieve the same ends.I wonder if it’s out yet? My optometrist had to make me new glasses last year because my vision had improved, particularly my long distance vision. I have been playing more games which go between fixed focus and moving content. I wonder? We need more research so we understand in detail how this all works . If games can improve and/or preserve vision we need to get onto it. We exercise our bodies. We exercise our minds. Maybe we need to exercise our eyes.

GoPro Studio Software

I use the GoPro app on my Samsung phone and iPad and it works well. I thought I’d try the GoPro Studio software to edit my videos. It is free to download, doesn’t take long and does not come with any annoyingware. There are templates you can use and they give some good examples of how you can edit your videos. They are all good quality footage. I was using my Hero4 Session which I am still getting used to and thGoPro Studioought I’d put some clips together. It doesn’t take long because GoPro studio is not a complicated video editing programme. It works . It does a good job and you can convert the clips to import them into other video editing software if you want to. It is simple and effective and from that point of view would be handy if you wanted to publish a video quickly and in a fuss free way.

Look good on a webcam

Why wouldn’t I listen to Matthew Rolston? For a start he is very comfortable and quietly confident on camera and for seconds he is a famous, successful photographer and director who knows how to make people look good on camera. His suggestions are easy, practical and no nonsense. Everyone can do what he suggests and so the chances of improving your webcam image are guaranteed success. Why would you bother? Why would you not just go on camera and rattle off your instruction or content? Some might be able to this easily because they are totally comfortable on camera. The rest of us need to approach it more thoughtfully and find ways and means of feeling that we are taking the time to be considered in our approach. Teachers like to be thoughtful and they like to know they are doing it properly. It’s about role modelling and self belief. You cannot teach well if you feel you are not right, if you feel insecure or if you feel you are not presenting a rock solid image. Matthew Rolston’s sensible tips make you feel instantly better and so your on camera performance will be better. His understated presentation style inspires confidence.

Look comfortable on camera

Kevin Clay makes a lot of sense and comes up with some good rationale for just getting in there and dealing with the fact you don’t feel comfortable on camera and you can’t seem to project who you think you are. It’s practice! Stating the obvious but we don’t think about it in that way and get a surprise when we don’t look and sound the same on camera as we think we do in real life. I can go in front of any class and be a strong, powerful, engaging personality. On camera I am way too quiet. I’m dealing with my not liking my voice on camera , and Kevin Clay makes some good points about that, and now I want to work on that comfort level in front of a camera. With regard to creating videos for a flipped classroom then Kevin Clay’s final point is very pertinent and will nail it for any teacher : Have something relevant to say and be helpful. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? You want to be on video to help other people so forget everything else and focus on how you are going to get that message across just like you would in class or at a conference. Now for all the practice!

Because everyone needs a good Star Wars Poster for their classroom

Star Wars Image: Eduwells

Eduwells has a number of really good posters which you can use in class. He is a multi-skilled educator who has taught in several countries and his blog provides plenty of practical information as well as ideas to consider more deeply. The poster I chose says it all . It is how you use devices and technology which makes the difference and teachers need to be teaching students how to use the best device and software for the task at hand. They also need to explore with students so that all the technology experience and knowledge of that group can be used and enhanced. I was brought up with the saying ” A poor workman blames his tools. ” It was something which all adults said and impressed upon you as a child. The Star Wars version says the same thing but has moved the concept to the next generation. We are at the stage where we need to be discerning about how we use technology and it is something which students need to learn because surface use of any device or software will not get the best out of it and just using one thing because that’s the thing you know, is a good start, but you need to grow your adaptability and flexibility with software and hardware because it is constantly changing. This is why a classroom has to be constant conversation. Each person approaches a device, app or software differently and one of the things you can do as a teacher is watch how students approach something you ask them to do. Give them choices. Watch what tools they use and how they actually go about the task. They don’t all do it the same way unless you limit them to one piece of software and one form of presentation. Encourage yourself and others to think about how you are using technology.

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