We were also thrilled to learn that our animation won a special bonus prize from http://icreatetoeducate.com
They will be giving Dryden School a site license for their desktop animation software and a new HUE HD webcam. Thank you!
I also received a copy of their iPad animation app (MyCreate) which I plan to explore over the break.
My fourth graders learned about stop-motion animation this past Spring. To introduce and play with some of the concepts and illusions you can create with this animation technique, I had them animate themselves during class time. We compiled the classes videos into one short mixup and submitted it to the NextVista.org student video contest called Super Thoughts. Our video was chosen as a finalist in this international contest and today we learned that it was selected as a winner! http://www.nextvista.org/tag/contestwinner+thoughts/
I decided to create an image that I could upload to Artsonia to have made into a gift for my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. I drew this illustration using the Procreate app and a bamboo stylus. The app records the drawing process so you can see all the changes, revisions, and choices I made along the way. For example, we both wear glasses but I erased them. Who needs glasses at that distance?
Speaking of illustrations, have you seen the award winning Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate"? View it here.
During the last week of school this year many groups will have a chance to celebrate art education with a Fugleflick Film Fest of student-created, art-related videos. I put together a QR code book of 18 favorite Fugleflicks for students to Scan|View|Learn from during art with our class set of iPads and earbuds*.
Use this link to get your own printable Fugleflick QR code book via TpT.
* We use wipes to clean our earbuds
HAVE YOUR OWN FUGLEFLICK FILM FEST WITH MY SCAN|VIEW|LEARN QR CODE BOOK HERE.
P.S. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR ANYONE WHO DONATED TO OUR IPAD FUNDRAISERS. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU GAVE AND DIDN'T RECEIVE YOUR COPY.
What an amazing journey our Fugleflick Filmmakers have had with their award-winning movie, "Allow us to Illustrate". Last night they were invited to screen their film alongside other young filmmakers at the Schaumburg Team Screen Test Film Fest. Five of the 10 filmmakers were able to attend this event where filmmakers are invited on stage to introduce their movie, screen it before a live audience, and then come back up again to discuss the filmmaking process and field questions from the audience. Our students were SO impressive as they shared their experience of beta-testing, animating, and creating.
Allow us to illustrate was originally released in November of 2013 (see the original blog post here). Since then the filmmakers have enjoyed many successes!
1. It won the Cool Designs Contest in February 2014.
2. Filmmakers presented their movie and how it was made at the TEACHnology district fair.
3.It screened at the Extremely Young Film Festival in Texas in March 2014.
4. In April 2014 the film won VIDEO OF THE YEAR through Nextvista.org
5. Allow us to Illustrate was invited to enter two more festivals. (Acceptance is pending).
On May 19th our filmmakers celebrated their achievement with a Pizza Party from the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. The girls enjoyed a wonderful lunch while watching their film, behind the scenes video, and a host of other video shorts to entertain them. Thank you!
Ten 5th grade Fugleflick Filmmakers will see their (already award-winning) movie "Allow us to Illustrate" that touts the benefits of illustrations for visual literacy and understanding text screen before a live audience tonight at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. This movie was created as students beta-tested the Green Screen app by DoInk. They combined drawn art, animation, and live video into one entertaining and informative fugleflick that we will treasure as a resource for all our students for years to come.
My Visual Notes can be played back like a movie since I drew them in (the old) Brushes App
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers who made the award-winning video, Allow us to Illustrate, had an opportunity to share their learning and creativity with the community at the district's TEACHnology fair earlier this month.
View their movie here.
Behind the scenes here.
Learn about their award.
We have a large and ever growing collection of Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies made by kids for kids about art.
Over the summer I started a Fugleflick QR code book that has 18 of our favorite movies. The pages have a graphic title, pictures from the book, description of the movie, learning objective AND most importantly, a QR code leading directly to the movie on vimeo. Learn more about the SCAN-VIEW-LEARN book and how you can get it for your art room from this post.
Today I realized that I had everything I needed (finally) to let my students have a chance to scan, view, and learn from our book. Here is what I needed to make this work:
I wrote and received an Illinois Computer Educator professional development grant to attend MACUL, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI. I put in a proposal to present with my friend Janine Campbell, middle school art teacher from Byron Center, MI, and we were accepted! It was an honor to have our presentation accepted at a conference of over 3,500 attendees. We presented on student created movies to teach curriculum. I met some of my Twitter PLN face to face including @karlyb @jesscrandell @thenerdyteacher @rushtonh @gcouros There were many more I follow that I didn't get to connect with (or only briefly) and many more I hope to connect with from now on. On Friday's opening session, I tried visual note taking and shared my drawing on Twitter. It was retweeted a bunch of times. It's funny how twitter can make you feel like you're connected even when the crowd is huge and you know so few people. Below is my #viznote drawn in the Brushes App.
But wait, there's more. I saw this keynote at ICE two weeks ago & wrote this reflection.
Janine and I have been making movies with our students for years. She shared her perspective and strategies as a middle school teacher and I shared mine as an elementary school teacher. If you want to learn more, we have our presentations online:
View Janine's here ---View Tricia's here
or attend our presentation at the NAEA conference in San Diego to learn from us in person. One thing George Couros suggested in his Teachers on Twitter session is that you should make a Storify of your tweets of the feedback you receive on your presentation. Janine and I encouraged our crowd to tweet something they learned from our session and awarded an @iPevo product to the first person to tweet out first on our behalf. Congrats again to Jessica for winning the iPevo wireless keyboard and case!
We are so excited to announce that our fifth grade Dryden artists are entering the
White House Film Festival! We have been working on this video since early December when we first learned of this opportunity. The video shows how our fifth graders have been using technology for art production and art instruction in our classroom from kindergarten through present. We were able to base the video on the presentation that a group of them gave while in 4th grade to pre-service art teachers in Montreal, Canada via Skype. View that event here. We had 29 students volunteer to work on this video during their lunch recesses. They were each assigned a segment with a rhyming verse to memorize. The segments were customized to each actor as much as possible showing video or stills of them or their artwork. Every segment was exported as a video clip and brought into the iPad to use as the background image in the DoInk Green Screen app. They stood before our classroom green screen and recorded their portion while the app magically replaced the green with their custom backgrounds. We learned quickly not to wear green on recording day. We also tried to adhere to the guidelines of the film festival and not show any 3rd party images or logos. Wearing a smock was the logical solution to cover them up. We had the whole film finished a week before winter break. When we went to edit it we realized that the audio was very poor. Our iPad microphone wasn't able to capture audio well enough to use the clips. The audio was so low that there was absolutely nothing my software could do to fix it. I tried all the tricks I knew. So I bought a microphone adaptor for the iPad so we could use the lapel mic that the art room already owned and filmed it all over again. This was a lesson in trying our best, being persistent, and having a good attitude. Our fifth graders passed this test with flying colors. See our video below.
We used our newest form of movie-making to create this video. In the fall we were asked to helpBeta Test the new Green Screen app from DoInk. The app automatically creates a chroma key effect in the iPad. This app allowed us to show in the background of each segment the technology tools or techniques the students were describing. We uploaded all our background segments to the dropbox and pulled them into the camera roll as needed. Then imported them to the app. It's an extremely easy app to use and creates such immediately magical results. The only issue was our audio. Below you can compare the audio without the external microphone and with the use of the external microphone. I could raise the volume of the later without static or distortion.