USB devices can greatly enhance the enjoyment and knowledge gained about the natural world. In recent years these devices have improved in quality and have also become more affordable for schools and any amateur naturalist. I have included some samples I have created at the bottom of this page
Some of the benefits include.
1.Perfect for observing wildlife and plants in school grounds to contribute towards a wider study.
2. Allow excellent video footage and images to be generated and used to learn about invertebrates which can be returned safely to where it was collected. Small film sets can be created to encourage the animals to exhibit natural behaviours.
3. USB cams can be attached to a netbook and used to record wildlife in situ.
4. Video footage and images can be imported into PowerPoint to create exciting learning tools or for pupils to share their studies.
Other USB devices include webcams placed in a location (such as near a pond) or fitted inside a bird box.
5. Action cams (Cheaper versions of GoPro) can be used to capture footage of flying insects such as bees. They can be hand held and even the basic models usually have motion detection and some can be operated via an app and Wi-Fi.
6. These cams usually come with a water-proof case and can be used to get excellent footage in a school pond or in a rock pool.
7. Action cams can also be used to create virtual guided walks of your school grounds or a site that you visit. With a small amount of editing you can create an exciting virtual walk using footage or photographs of the animals or using clips created through USB Cams.
SCHOOLS AND CPD
These devices play an important part in the outreach sessions I deliver in schools. I also run CPD training on using and getting the best from these devices. I will be running 3 sessions for South East Education Group in November and December 2016 – please see below
Wednesday 16th November 2016 Venue: Swanwick Lakes Study Centre Sopwith Way, Swanwick, Southampton SO31 7AY primary-science-workshop-day-for-hampshire-teachers-16112016
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 Venue: Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE primary-science-workshop-day-for-east-sussex-teachers-23112016
Thursday 1st December 2016 Venue: Uppertons Barn Visitor Centre, Wiggonholt, Pulborough RH20 2EL primary-science-workshop-day-for-west-sussex-teachers-01122016
USB DEVICES VIDEO CLIPS
ROCK POOL LIFE
ACTION CAM AND USB CAM OUTDOOR EXPLORATION
ANNIMATION USING USB CAM