Saturday, 31 May 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Day 148. The iPad app iOrnament allow the creation of patterns. They can be symmetrical, radial, mirrored, etc, and just a few pen strokes and you make some very nice repeating patterns.
After creating a faux floral repeating design, I applied a few filters in Photoshop Touch, stripping it all down to shades of blue. It almost looks like a uniquely Hawaiian shirt pattern.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Day 147. Tonight I was just messing about with a couple of apps on the iPad, and I took a #selfie using Paper Camera, then imported it into Adobe Photoshop Touch and added some filters and effects, including this lighting effect.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Here's a quick sample I made when I was showing our Year 3 students how to use it.
I'll write a much more comprehensive review on my other blog in the next week or so.
Sunday, 25 May 2014
So when I set an audio looping task for my students recently I had to start looking around for alternatives for those who don't use BYOD Macs. And I found it in AudioTool, a powerful, sophisticated, free audio editor that runs entirely in Chrome. Yes, that's right. In Chrome.
Here's a little rhythm track I knocked together on my first attempt. I think this has LOTS of potential in the classroom.
And here is a screen grab of the editor...
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Friday, 23 May 2014
I'm guessing it would scowl a lot... and say "Don't mess with me!"
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Day 141. Today's create was made using an iPhone app called SketchVid. It lets you sketch over the top of a photo, and turns that sketch into a 15 second video file. I made three of them, editing them together using iMovie, then added some music and uploaded to YouTube using Google"s YouTube Capture app.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
I have to say how impressed I am with Google Sites as a website creation tool. It's a little clunky and it doesn't do everything ideally but it's pretty darn good. Once you learn to wrangle the CSS settings in the Colors, Themes and Fonts section, you can do an awful lot of customising of it!
Sunday, 18 May 2014
I've been working on some ideas for the banner artwork to go across the top of the website, and I've come up with a few designs in Photoshop but I really can't decide which ones I prefer (if any!). So my daily create today is just to share some of the designs I've been working on.
You can enlarge each of these banners to full size by clicking on them.
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Google+ has a great built-in feature for photos which allows you to easily add "meme text". So I used that to add some (in)appropriate text and create this little reminder that she is not a woman to be messed with when she's getting shit done.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
I was originally drawn into computers via desktop publishing and I really enjoy messing about with page layout. With the web as my main platform these days I don't do it much any more (and am quite out of touch with it really!) so it was nice to just mess about in InDesign.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
This silly little movie was made using a storyboarding tool on the iPad (I can't even remember what it was called... I drew these images a while ago) and I used iMovie to edit them together into this roughcut, add some Ken Burns effect and a soundtrack. Is it really a story about nothing? Or does your mind fill in the blanks and make it into a story? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.
Monday, 12 May 2014
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Here is this week's task. As you can tell, I run this class in a sort of flipped/online mode. I don't actually see the students face to face all that much, but run it almost entirely in online mode, event though we are physically at the same school. I blame timetabling issues, but it does actually work pretty well.
This image below is only the first page... if you're at all interested, the full document can be seen here.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
IFTTT got a little more interesting a few weeks ago when they released their Android app. Because Android is far less locked down than iOS it gives access to parts of the system that let you create some very interesting recipes. In this example, I have created a recipe that says IF I take a photo on my Nexus 5 using Instagram THEN set that photo as my phone's wallpaper. So every Instagram shot I take ends up being my wallpaper until I take a new one.
Friday, 9 May 2014
Thursday, 8 May 2014
I was amazed at just how eager they were to do this, and they were literally falling over themselves to add their name to the list of presenters. As they did their slam (which of course they had to end by shouting the word Slam!) I added their name and demo to a Google Form. When the last student presented I simply published the form, gave them the short URL to access it and let them vote for their 5 favourite slams.
It was a lot of fun and a great way to let them share what they are learning with their iPads.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Friday, 2 May 2014
After that I did a little bit of post processing using the filters and adjustment tools in the Android camera app. Phone photography sure has come a long way!
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Google it yourself and see if you can find the original. If you can, maybe this sketch is not too bad after all.