Last week our Elementary School had it’s annual International Day celebration. It’s a fabulous day where we come together and celebrate our differences and similarities. This year’s theme was One Day One World. Our clever Art Specialists, Paz Molina & Trish Neubrand came up with a mural idea that would ensure that ALL the ES students could contribute too.
Over a week or so, the mural slowly came together. Using the iPad app iMotionHD (free version is good but the paid version allows you to export) we set the iPad2 up each day to capture the putting together of the mural.
Since we created this stop-motion movie over a number of days, it was very important to:
mark out (using masking tape) the placement of the iPad (on the table)
mark out the placement of the table the iPad sat on, and
mark out the placement of the Mural
this ensured that each time we captured an art session, the differences in capture were minimal.
Using iMovie, all the exported iMotionHD captures were imported in, some still images were added, along with some catchy Creative Commons music called Spring the Swing by Papa_Zulu (found on dig.ccmixter.org) and this is what we ended up with on International Day!
It was all hands on deck in the Elementary School this afternoon as we tried to make 1000 paper cranes as a symbol of peace, health and happiness for the people of Japan. Over the past week and a half, the ES, MS & HS have been running various fundraisers to raise money for those living in the devastated by earthquake and tsunami parts of Northern Japan. Here’s one Grade 3′s class effort, folding as many paper cranes as we could in an hour.
She’s just spend all morning reading it to the Kinders and Grade 1! It was great when I walked into the Hub later in the morning and two little Kinders rushed up and said that they LOVED the Wonky Donkey book I’d bought – especially the part where he farts!” Made my day – hope the Wonky Donkey makes yours!
It was fun making the presentation, and I learnt a lot more about iMovie 09 than I ever thought I could. I didn’t like iMovie 09 much when it was first released, but now I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with it and I like it’s features. I especially enjoyed getting the hang of the “picture inside a picture” feature!
A big shout out to my friend Steve, who, this morning, sent me the link to the video below. I’ve been grappling with being so busy doing good work, being re-active as a technology and learning coach but not very pro-active in my new position.
Like my good friend Melanie Holtsman, I too, have been struggling to blog regularly this year. I’ve got lots of draft posts sitting in the backend of my blog, but nothing is happening with them.
And when I do have an idea for a post, it never seems to get written. Other things bog me down, or it seems that I let them. And I’m always feeling guilty that I’m not a better role model for those I coach.
I’m feeling exactly the same way! I need to do something about that! Here’s what I’m planning to do.