10 Take Aways from my first ISTE
1. Apple had an interactive mural set up encouraging people to draw. They were using the hashtag, #everyonecancreate I drew on an iPad and it appeared in the iPad icon on the mural. My take away; free app Tayasui Sketches. It has two layers and cool fill tool. Also the pen tool is ready to use unlike Brushes app where we have to make an opaque brush to get a "black marker" line. The fill is unusual. You draw the shape then it fills, but that can create some really cool graphic design-y looks if you miss the edges and leave some white.
2. I need to play with the new drawing feature in the iPad keynote app. It can animate your drawing process as a playback. These ADEs used it to make a rotoscope video. Thanks Karlyb for explaining this feature to me.
4. Another transdigital art idea is forming in my mind when I explored the poster session from Jenny O'Sullivan where they used AR app HP Reveal to connect green screen Do Ink videos to photos that were made into books (using Shutterfly.) My roadblock in using AR has been that I didn't feel like the work in creating would pay off since it needs community education to know how to engage with it. I like their book idea since instructions for access the AR videos are included in the book. Families bought the books and it became a fundraiser to cover costs of legos, canvases, and printing.
5. I joined in on ISTETEN for their gathering on Monday. This was a chance to learn about their network and meet some new folks. I had entered their Tech in Action video contest and won second place. They showed my video and gave me a certificate. My administrators came to support me too (thank you)!
6. I was asked by @doinktweets to present educational and creative uses of their Green Screen and Animation apps during an early learning playground on Tuesday. The tweet I posted before the event stirred up a crowd of interested attendees. Karen Miller of DoInk said that I had over 200 attendees stop by to learn with me. I was LOVING it so much the time flew by. We looked at holograms, flipbook animation, and animated glow ideas and was able to share classroom applications and curricular tie-ins for each.
7. That's when I learned about #passthescopeEdu for those who are #NotatISTE These educators teamed up to use periscope to create interactive recordings that gave the folks from home a chance to experience ISTE. People requested to include my playground presentation. This video was made for them (974 live viewers) to see. They were able to ask me questions and watch me demonstrate to others from over my shoulder. How cool is this?
8. As I was exiting the conference I decided to stroll through the Maker Poster Sessions before I left. That's when I saw two ideas that made me rethink makerspaces. One was a 3D printed Lithophane of a photo of Frida Kahlo. It was a tactile representation of the blacks, whites, and grays in such a way that when you lift it to the light it reproduced the photo magically. I began forming ideas of how this could play out in my art room. Still mulling it over. But, it's the first time I seriously thought about a 3D printer. My tweet (below) inspired others and helped to crowdsource some answers about creating these.
9. The other maker poster session was the very last thing I saw as I headed out the door. This lady had a table of fun looking toys that caught my eye. I didn't understand what I was seeing at first but when it soaked in I wanted to cry. She was having students make tactile versions of favorite books and games to apply their creative problem-solving in a way that gave access for those who are visual impaired. Making with meaning. I learned there is a whole group of educators who strive for meaning, empathy, and kindness while teaching others to make through the interactions from the tweet. How wonderful!
10. My last takeaway: The learning doesn't end. When I got home I wrote my summer "To LEARN list" that included Morphi app. I have a better idea now also of who I want to follow on Twitter to keep learning from all summer long. I've been enjoying creativity challenges from @kimdarche using the #Creativities hashtag. Also, I'm hoping to join more chats and connect more this summer.
I collected all my tweets in this moment.
..and other Individual Rotoscope Animation Ideas
One of the super cool things about Do Ink Animation and Drawing app is that you can pull in photos or videos and draw over them. Drawing over each frame of a video is a technique called Rotoscope Animation. You probably have seen this technique in the famous music video from the 80's A-Ha's Take Me On. I also LOVE this music video and song by Andrew Huang, Every Night I Dream of Dancing, which is a rotoscope collaboration using 30 artists crowdsourced through the internet.
I tried many ways to instruct my students to create rotoscope animations collaboratively, but I've yet to have them create their own...until now. I think I've come up with some ideas that can make this project manageable for very little people.
Plan One: 1 second loops
Tutorial for Rotoscoping in Do Ink app
Plan Two: Color the Loop
Plan Three: Add Rotating Mandalas
I began a new drawing (still in the Do Ink Animation app) and chose a fill and border color, and dragged out a shape to fill the screen. Then I added line or/and shape pattern.
I made two of these patterned mandalas so that I could rotate them behind my rotoscope in opposing directions. The centers won't show much, so I focus the design on the edges.
Plan four: Dancing Sketches
Since the rotoscope animation has a built in transparency (the background is empty and see through) while it remains in the app, you could use this to create some very cool effects. One idea I've been playing with is to layer the rotoscope line drawing animation over a sheet of notebook or sketchbook paper. Since my drawing looks like it was made using a sharpie marker, I try to enhance that illusion by either leaving a marker on the notebook when I take the still image, or write with a sharpie marker alongside the animation. Below is my first rotoscope done this way, "How to Whip."
Did you see the video of the kids showing up at the end? That was an added step using the green screen app by Do Ink. I exported my sketbookbook video and put it in the green screen app and layered on the original green screen video, lined them up with the drawings. The only problem is that GS app limits you to three layers. I needed 4. So I "flattened" the video effect when I had two kids in place by exporting it. Then brought it back in to a new project and finished the third child's effect.
More Advanced ideas: animated sketchnotes
Mini Digital Stories:
My collaborative Rotoscope Projects:
In 2012, my 5th grade students did a collaborative rotoscope animation project with every one of my 100 students drawing over 330 frames of video pieced back together to make the animation shown in the video below. We entered it into the McGraw-Hill STEMie national online contest and won the $5000 second place prize. This money became the seed money for our 1:1 iPad art room. As you can see from the post, the process was very complicated on my end since there wasn't an iPad app (yet) that allowed students to work over video. We filmed a video then ran it through a program (mpeg streamclip) to break it down frame by frame. Students were assigned frames, pulled it into their iPad from the dropbox, drew over it in Brushes app, turned it back into the dropbox with a number that placed it back into the sequence. I pieced it all back together on my computer using a gif maker to turn it into video. They explain below:
This past school year, I tried a different kind of collaborative rotoscope animation with my 5th graders: a rotoscope in a mutoscope (digital art made physical). This time we made 4 small videos (one per class) that would loop nicely into a hand cranked mutoscope kit by Flipbookit.com. These turned out to be very cool. The work again, fell mostly on me. I had to purchase and assemble the kit, prep the video through their online tool, print the images onto labels, and stick them on flip cards. The students each made one frame of the rotoscope, so they finished in one class period. I love the results, but the kit costs over $40, so students don't get to keep their work individually. However, they do have their still image posted on Artsonia with links to their video.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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