Cindy and I have an ISTE tradition. We select our favorite product from a vendor positioned on an outside aisle of the exhibition hall. These vendors have a smaller and less expensive booth and typically a very small number of products. You should be able to locate most of our previous posts by searching “outside aisle”. The earliest I could locate was from 2004. I think I started blogging in 2003. I did not make an effort to determine how many of our “picks” made it to prime time.
Anyway, the selection for this year is the Swivl from Satarii. This product consists of two components – a rotating base designed to hold some type of video camera AND follow a marker/mike. Simply put, you move about with the marker/mike and you are followed by the camera. The iPhone would serve as an appropriate camera. Anyone creating videos with inexpensive equipment in classrooms or other real world situations quickly discovers that audio is the greatest challenge. The roving mike solves this problem.
This was actually more of a search than a discovery. Cindy was looking for this device as a way to study the work of preservice teachers. We ordered one so a product review will likely follow.