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Video Kit to End All Video Kits

What
We here in Extension Technology have been working on a way to make video simpler for faculty and staff to embrace. We decided that to help with that, we'd put together some modern, simple, video kits for our Equipment Loan service offering.

Why
Video is a great medium for quickly demonstrating or sharing some info in a very digestible way! We should be making videos as a channel for communicating our Extension education. Quick and easy video. Nothing too produced, just on the fly. 

How
Alison, our academic technologist, put a lot of thought into a video kit that is EASY and, as we call it, a way to "just do it." She calls it the Video Kit to End All Video Kits

Here is a sneak peek!




In the Video Kit to End all Video Kits:
  • Tripod (Ravelli)
  • iPad tripod stand (iStabilizer)
  • Wireless Bluetooth mic (Sony)
  • wired lapel mic (Audio-Technica ATR 3350)
  • iPad Mini case (Timbuk2)
  • iPad Mini (32GB, refurbished)
  • iPhone/iPad 1/8" microphone adapter
We spent some time researching video cameras, and kept returning to the iPhone as a great, simple video camera. (Remember, we're keeping it simple!) But what's better than an iPhone? A mini iPad! It has a simple video interface, you can edit and upload right on it, and it has a mic input for using an external microphone (in the kit). You can tell I am stoked about the mini iPads because I SQUEEEE really loud when she pulls it out of the case. It's just so exciting!

Our total cost per kit is about $1,000 [CORRECTION: This was for both kits!! per kit is approximately $500]. Let's make it a good investment for taking Extension education into the video age!

Resources
If you will be at Extension Program Conference in Duluth, be sure to check out our session, "Low Impact Video for High Impact Learning," Tuesday, October 8, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. The title I suggested was "Lower the Bar on Your Videos" but Alison and Karen souped it up a bit for us.

Here is a glimpse of the planning for that session! Is that Prezi? Yes! We'll link to it after the session! HERE IS THE PREZI


Also, Alison frequently posts good examples and tips for low impact video on our YouTube channel.

After the Program Conference session, two video kits will be available for short-term loan to UM Extension staff via the Equipment Loan service offering.


Comments

  1. Hey Amy, would you mind updating that equipment loan link? I would love to sign out that video kit. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Eli! I fixed the link, thanks for the heads up. It is: https://myextension.umn.edu/extension-technology/technology-services/help-support/equipment-loan

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