Once considered experimental teaching tools, filmmaking, digital storytelling and video production are all fast becoming essential instruments for active learning and student engagement. It is no mystery why, with the reach and integration of digital video far outweighing television in the life of primary and high school students. Exercises like creative planning, storyboarding, scripting, filming, narrating and editing can all be highly collaborative and encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

Unfortunately, in the past it has been expensive and complicated to implement high-quality filmmaking and video production into the classroom. However, this has changed with the explosive growth of tablets and smartphones that feature high-quality video capabilities. Using any iPad or iPhone, an educator can now film, edit and publish video all from the one device. The results, however, can lack that polished feel, as the devices lack quality audio and can be shaky and difficult to film with – until now.

The iOgrapher is an exciting filmmaking ecosystem for iPads and iPhones. Designed and developed by Dave Basulto, Media Arts and Animation Instructor at San Marino High School in California, US, the iOgrapher transforms almost any iPad or iPhone into a professional-level video production camera without interfering with the user-friendly operation of the Apple devices.

Moulded from highly durable polycarbonate so it is strong enough to endure the bumps of mobile filmmaking, the iOgrapher case features large handles for stability when shooting by hand, as well as standard camera tripod threads to allow you to easily mount the iPad or iPhone on a full-size or table-top tripod. Standard ‘camera shoe’ mounts are integrated into the top of the iOgrapher for placement of a directional microphone and an LED light to add fill lighting to the subjects being filmed.

iOgrapher also offers two lens options that screw directly onto the iOgrapher case. Their wide-angle lens allows the iPad or iPhone camera to fit more into the frame, so you do not have to move the camera further back and can film in tighter spaces. The 2x telephoto lens effectively zooms the camera by two times, bringing you closer to your subject. This is ideal for sporting applications or school events where the camera cannot be moved any closer to the action.

The iOgrapher is available for the original iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone SE. Visit for more information.

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