#TechTipThursday: Using the Narrative Clip

If you have ever wanted to capture real time photographs of activities, academic or otherwise, the Narrative Clip camera may be a perfect fit. These wearable cameras allow you to have continuous photos taken, at an interval of your choosing, with no extra effort. The software to view the pictures on these cameras is available for both Macs and PCs. This post will walk you through basic tips on how to get started using the Narrative Clip and offer specific examples for use at Longwood University.

Highlights of the Narrative:

  1. The battery life can last up to two days;
  2. Each device can hold up to 8,000 pictures;
  3. Photos can be stored locally or in a cloud-based server;
  4. You can download an app, available for iOS and Android devices, to view photos on-the-go;
  5. Want to take pictures instantly instead of waiting for your next ‘scheduled’ shot? Double tap the anywhere on the device to take picture or display the battery life.

How to use the Narrative Clip:

  1. In the box you will find a Narrative and a USB cable. Plug the USB into a computer;
  2. You will then need to register the Narrative to an account. The software will prompt you to set your desired interval for taking pictures;
  3. Once the registration process is complete and the Narrative is fully charged, you are ready to start using the device;
  4. To conserve the battery life, you can turn off the Narrative when it is not being used by storing it in a dark location.

Some Longwood-specific ideas for the Narrative Clip:

  1. In lab courses you could have students capture their experiments and techniques as supplemental materials for a research poster or a methods section in a paper.
  2. For the majors which include outdoor activities (i.e. Outdoor Education), photos of facilitating different routines can be captured.
  3. Archeology students can wear these at dig sites to capture the artifacts they find.
  4. Psychology students can capture observation-based research on campus.
  5. Various campus events can be captured using the Narrative: Library Game Night, New Lancer Days, Color Wars, and so many more!
  6. Admissions staff can capture different aspects of open house days that can be used for future promotions.
  7. Students in PHED and HARK courses can wear Narratives to document their exercise, athletic training procedures, working with a group, and similar demonstrable skills.
  8. COMM students can document other aspects, outside of what is being recorded, when they are on an interview or collecting news data.

This is, by no means, an all-inclusive list. The Narrative Clip allows for creativity and can be used anywhere you want to capture images! What ideas might you have?

If you have any questions, want to borrow a Narrative Clip for your use, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted with assistance from  Carrie, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.


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