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EDUC685 Research Paper | Lisa TosseyUsing POV cameras in education to capture personal and unique perspectives – how are emerging visual technologies being used to further learning?Introduction As digital camera technology evolves, devices have become increasingly morepowerful as they have also shrunk in size and become more portable. This has been especially evident over the past decade. Many folks can now capture high-resolution images and video using the smartphone that fits in their pocket or their tablet computer that’s the size of a small paperback and as powerful as a laptop. Additionally, the popularity of compact point of view (POV) cameras, such as the GoPro Hero series, has caused them to go mainstream, and wearable technology, likeGoogle Glass, is starting to enter the public sphere.Many might know GoPro cameras for the footage athletes have captured in extreme sports – from snowboarding down powdery peaks to surfing towering waves – but these emerging technologies are also being utilized to give viewers unique educational experiences. These small, wearable cameras have the advantage of being able to be worn or go places where most traditional cameras cannot, and even broadcast their footage live. GoPro cameras have been sent up to the edge of space and down into the depths of the ocean, and Google Glass has been used to give a virtual field trip to CERN and taken into operating rooms to show students how surgical procedures are being done. They are giving us new ways of looking at the world and sharing our experiences, and offering low-cost approaches to capturing 1
footage we have not been able to do previously without high-end, specialized photographic equipment.These emerging technologies are becoming more accessible to both educators and students, making it possible to find new ways of encouraging students to take a closer look at and document what they are studying. In this paper, I will be exploring how these POV cameras are being utilized in teaching, with a focus on science education, to gather data and provide virtual experiences – both in the lab and in the field. GoPro CamerasThe GoPro Hero series of cameras have soared in popularity for being rugged,wearable camcorders that are best known for capturing high-definition action sequences. GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, came up with the first prototype in 2001, when he strapped a film camera to his wrist using rubber bands and part of a surfboard leash (Mac, 2013). That early effort was fine-tuned over many surf trips, and eventually became the GoPro 35mm Hero wrist-mounted camera, which Woodman debuted in 2004 at an action sports trade show.The camera has gone through many upgrades in the decade since, going digital and adding video capabilities along the way. It is now in its fourth iteration and is the fasting-growing camera company in the U.S., selling the leading “pocket camera” on the market (Mac, 2013). Today’s model, the HERO4, boasts the rugged,

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