Serif in Education

Chick Watch – Streaming Video Footage

This week I am focussing on “chicken watch”. Yes, as bizarre as that may sound children around the country have been following the progress of eggs after Easter, which are hatching as we speak into tiny chicks.  And I can admit it’s actually fascinating watching.

Companies like supply chicks to your school, and set up equipment which will help the eggs to hatch.  And the pupils get the pleasure of both watching, keeping progress reports and learning about how chickens, eggs and lifecycles work.

In fact, you may wonder why this relates to computers or computing. But computers have played a huge part in making this project a success with not just the pupils but all the family. Schools are able to set up a video link to the eggs and chicks so children are able to watch from home, and from multiple classrooms.  It gives up to the moment, real life video footage that can be watched from anywhere.

And did you know, this is the kind of thing that can be monitored and created using a little imagination in Serif software?

Increasingly (and especially today) online videos and live links are paving the way for the future, with around 100 million internet users watching online video every day. It could be argued that online video is the single most practical use for your time and energy especially in a marketing environment. 

According to Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research a one minute video is the equivalent to 1.8 million words.  That’s the equivalent of 3,600 typical web pages. If you write an average of one web page an hour, it would take you 150 days of writing to achieve the impact of one minute of video.

With Serif, students can create content like this in a number of ways. They could build a website or webpage specifically for streaming video footage. Or take video footage and incorporate in an email newsletter for example.

With multimedia tools in WebPlus X8, pupils can easily combine audio, video, images, animation and interactive content made in other applications – ideal for creative KS3 Computing projects.

For projects like this that require immediate access across a range of devices, pupils can export final movies in MoviePlus X6 to playback on a range of tablets, iPad®, iPhone® and Android® smartphones.

And with advanced audio editing, pupils can even record and edit podcasts which they can export as standard audio formats, such as mp3.

With so many options available it’s amazing the rest of us get any work done….who’s off to watch some more online footage?!


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