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  •  If you just video a talking head (1+ / 0-)

    They're pretty useless.

    But if you add in computer graphics and video clips and demonstrations, there are a lot of great ways to make it really sing.

    These institutions have been doing this for many years in different formats. Witness Caltech's Mechanical Universe series, developed by its Physics department, distributed on VHS, that contained state-of-the-art computer graphics for its time created by JPL wizard Jim Blinn.

    (When I was a student, some of these clips were shown to use in lecture hall.)

    You also have the option of integrating in some great bits of videotape from people like Richard Feynman.

    You can add in clips of explosions or crashes from shows like Mythbusters.

    This all can seriously enhance what can be delivered by a person in a room with 200 students and a chalkboard.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:21:13 AM PDT

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