Eyejot is an online, free video messaging platform which offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment without the need to download software. It is ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. With no client to install, you can start using Eyejot immediately with any browser, on any platform. It even features built-in support for iTunes™ (and iPods™), mobile devices and social networks like MySpace™.
Type of Material:
Social networking tool
Educators can use Eyejot to send both individual and group feedback to students to help improve their work or as a reminder for important events such as meetings and appointments, etc. It can be used in class or for homework.
Works with any browser and on multiple platforms.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
1. to create a 5 minute video message to share.
2. instructors will have particular learning goals in mind. One suggested is to create an icebreaker for students before classes begin.
Target Student Population:
All grade levels and subject areas.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowing the audience and whether the message will be received as it was intended is important.
Knowledge of the power of voice is essential: pitch, tone.
Knowledge and experience with voice recording is useful but not required.
Knowledge of webcam use is necessary.
Eyejot, the free version is easy and convenient for communicating 5 minute long video messages. Information is recorded and sent in an email-an electronic voice mail. So long as the user has a webcam and internet access with email facility, Eyejot works. It is a good tool for people including students whose preferred learning style is visual and auditory. It can help foreign language learners as it could provide authenticity. The video messages can also be embedded in a webpage; e.g. a school or a university's group page on its website.
It is very easy for anyone of any age to learn to use. For educators, David Taylor has prepared a screencast step by step guide uploaded on You Tube. It begins with signing up for an account on Eyejot to sending a video email.
The Eyejot platform, similar to any regular email service, is a private way for a user, e.g. the educator, to communicate with individual or groups of students. No one else can access the user's Eyejot inbox - and therefore, cannot see the video mail.
The public viewer feature, though, allows the user to mark specific messages that are to be shared. Users are reminded to make sure that before they mark something as public that they are taking into consideration the privacy of the person that sent the message and they are also aware of and respectful of any content ownership and/or copyright issues that may be in force. The public viewer feature is useful for sharing information.
The HELP tab at the top of the page provides links to answers to possible issues using Eyejot.
NOTIFICATIONS in the SERVICES tab is useful as a reminder for busy educators who might have messages pending and need responding to.
The free version of Eyejot is limited to 50 recipients per message (max). For lectures about 15 minutes long, then, the user needs to use the PRO or PRO Plus. This incurs a cost $29.95 / year for 500 recipients/message and $99.95 / year for 3,000 recipients/message respectively.
Message access via mobile phone and social networks is only possible on the PRO and PRO Plus versions and could be a disadvantage for businesses.
The Version and Feature page on the Eyejot website does not yet reflect the changes in the recording durations which took affect in May 2011 so could be misleading for potential users.
Eyejot is not unique in its ability to send video emails;the iPhone is equally effective.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
After learning to use Eyejot, the potential user will be able to use a webcam to record a message and send it in an email.Eyejot can be used as an introduction to a lesson, a course or a workshop especially with students who prefer the auditory learning style. Hearing impaired students are not disadvantaged either as they can lip read. It can be used to record 5 to 15-minute lectures, assess communication and presentation skills, give feedback to individual students or generic feedback to a class ranging in number from 50 to 3,000 depending on the version used. Therefore, Eyejot is a versatile, flexible and adaptable to any curriculum and the pedagogy of the discipline. For example, Eyejot is useful in lessons where instructions need to be followed accurately to achieve a task.
Recipients of video emails can download them and listen to them over and over again for learning purposes. They can respond using Eyejot or write an email.
Eyejot can be a useful way to have a audio-visual KWL chart by allowing student to share what they know and what they want to learn in their recording prior to introducing a topic.
Recipients need to know about Eyejot and to be able to use it before responding to the message in the same way. Educators need to inform their students first if they are using Eyejot for communication purposes and familiarise students with it to avoid surprises.
Learning objectives must be identified by the instructor.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The Eyejot site layout is clear and easy to navigate: the 6 tabs at the top of the page are self-explanatory. "What's Eyejot?" explains what it is and the reason to use it with a link to videos to support their claim for ease of use and convenience. This section also links to Joining Eyejot making it more convenient for new users who can also use the Join Now! tab at the top of the page.
The 'About us" tab informs users of who the creators are and what they look like and the 3 issues Eyejot was designed to solve. Links to videos help to convince potential users of the effectiveness of Eyejot in everyday communication. There are 3 sub tabs at the top of the page including Press Materials where Eyejot logos can be downloaded.
The Blog page has 2 columns: the left hand column defaults to Recent Posts and the right hand column lists recent posts, archived posts in reverse chronological order and posts by categories. This page keeps users informed about Eyejot's performance - it's one way communication from the hosts to the users but about issues affecting use.
The 'Help" tab has links to answers to a range of topics from initial set up to troubleshooting for all users - the Free version, PRO and PRO Plus. Every possible topic appears to be covered. New topics are labelled "New" which is evidence that the page is kept up todate.
The Login tab is placed on the far right hand corner which makes it easily visible.
The tabs in Eyejot site are self explanatory and information is generally presented in 2 columns. The links all appear to be working. The information is text-based but examples are videos or screencasts.
The Blog page could be made more interactive with users questions posted on the site to make it more authentic rather than "discovering" comments or questions posted on other sites and relaying them in the category Blogosphere. Most of the information dates back to 2007, 2008: the last Event was in 2008.
The 'Contact us" tab is at the bottom of the page and in small font - difficult to find in case one has a question.
Instructions are not clear—particularly if there are camera issues. The design would not be intuitive to new users.
Other Issues and Comments:
The site could be more interactive, enabling discussion among an online learning community. It also assumes that everyone is online 24/7 which could become an expectation from students.
However, Eyejot is a fantastic tool, easy for teachers and students to use as a communication tool especially for feedback and comments.
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