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#1 smayher


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 01:28 PM

I’m the Data Technician for a non-profit preschool program and I’m doing a technology tour for our 3 and 4 year-old.  We have a handful of kid-sized PC tablet computers just the right size for little kids.  The computers have a webcam camera attached.  I needed a software package that would take advantage of the webcam feature.  After a simple search on the internet, I found Video Booth (www.my-video-booth.com).  The site explained that you only get some basic effects and updates with the free version, but I wouldn’t be able to export the pictures. The free version would be enough for me to try on the computers and see how the kids would react.  It was a big hit!  The kids were able to navigate over 20 different effects of photo manipulation, including color schemes, mirrors and warping, and background scenes.  The kids were beyond excited to preview themselves and their friends in comical scenes and making silly expressions.  The most popular scenes were the movie theater, the art museum and the news room.  The different scene effects brought in new vocabulary for the children to try and made reference to their personal lives, like the newspaper or the billboard signs. The kids learned how to angle the camera or move themselves to make the most of the image capture.  I saw kids contort themselves, stick out their tongues and strike poses for the camera.  Self awareness, self expression and self esteem are all very important at this age of impressionability and self discovery.  The children served in our program come from various backgrounds and including knowledge about technology, but they couldn’t get enough of Video Booth, snapping picture after picture.  The camera button on the program counts down, which helps the kids learn counting in reverse.  The screen flashing white informed them that picture was taken and they could review their pictures on the filmstrip below.  The computer’s 180 degree camera also allowed them to turn the camera on room around them and capture their classmates and teachers in action.  The kids have raved to their parents at the end of class and asked me when I could bring the computers back so they could take more pictures.  Video Booth on these tiny PCs is helping the children learn math skills and expand their knowledge about technology.  It helps build fine motor development as they scroll through the variety of effects and select their scenes and activate the camera.  It expands their vocabulary around technology and puts them a step ahead as they learn to use the program on the computer.  Video Booth is the best software around.

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