Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TechSmith's New Video App: More than Meets the Eye

Cough, cough. Excuse me... I was just blowing the dust off this blog. It's been almost 6 months since the last post, and I'm sorry for leaving you high and dry for so long. I'm going to try to post at least twice a month if I can from now on. I've been procrastinating getting back on the wagon but couldn't resist any longer after finding this cool new app.
Like other users of Jing, I got an email promoting TechSmith's new iOS app, Coach's Eye. Touted as "The Ultimate Coaching App," Coach's Eye allows you to record or import video on your iOS device and do "John Madden style review" of the footage, including slow-mo, jog wheel, and markup.
If you visit the website for Coach's Eye, it's clear they're marketing the app towards athletes and coaches, but there's so much you can do in Special Education with this app. Video modelling is a great way to teach any kind of skill, especially to students with certain special needs. I can envision using this app to teach behaviour, communication, and social skills to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or even pragmatic tasks like tying shoes.
Coach's Eye is currently $0.99 in the iTunes store... That's a limited-time introductory price.
This is TechSmith's second home run for iOS. Their whiteboard + screen recorder app for iPad, ScreenChomp, is another excellent addition to any app collection, and the best thing about this one is that it's free.

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