Learning DMX

We’ve just purchased a DMX enabled follow-spot for our school drama area. It’s just shame my brain isn’t DMX enabled to operate it! There’s quite a few tutorials around but this one from UniqueSquared (the first in a series of five) is short, pithy and has turkeys! The second video covers DMX addressing: The third

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Earth Sandwich

For the uninitiated, an ‘Earth Sandwich’ is created when “two slices of bread are simultaneously placed on opposite sides of the Earth” with of course the obligatory ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ from the two people on different sides of the world. Like these below from the Irish Examiner news site. There’s lots of info

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NASA Audio Files

NASA have greats election of audio files at NASA: Connect > Audi and Ringtones. My Year 7/8 students selected then edited these in Audacity to create loops for a soundscape to accompany the Apollo 11 Moon landing. NASA Videos are available at Apollo 11 HD Videos.

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Sync Music Playlists – collapsing all

When I sync my iTunes playlists with my iPad or iPhone, the playlists are – by default – all expanded. Collapsing these, all scrolling to the bottom can be quite frustrating and time consuming. However… Clicking with Ctrl + Down Arrow on any of the expand / collapse triangles will collapse all the playlists. Brilliant!

Silent Movies, Musicless Videos & Bad Lip Reading

My current middle school performing arts unit is on Film Sound and traditionally students demonstrate their knowledge of Foley sound by recording a short video and adding sound effects to it. This year we’ve utilised the rich diversity that is youtube and made use of the many silent movies, musicless videos and bad-lip reading videos

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Daisy the Dinosaur: Programming for (Lower) Primaries

What it is: an iPad app for introducing programming concepts. Who it’s for: F-2 students (or older students with no programming background) Australian Curriculum link:  “Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.” (ACTDIP004)   This little (and free) introduction-to-programming app has lots going for it. It’s aimed at

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Year 2 Technology: The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs is a wonderfully rich starting point for a technology and design unit. Students can investigate house plans, material strength, hinges and how they work, cooking utensils, wolf-trap making and lots more! Here’s the unit sheet for the Year 2 topic I taught, complete with simple rubric and parental explanation.  Technology Plan: The Three

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Tripline

My first attempts at creating an animated visual of a journey (some 15 years ago) were laborious and frustrating and involved taking multiple screenshots of a small plane graphic as I moved it across a blurry background map. Now you can purchase dedicated map-journey software such as PriMap or use freebie (yay!) online tools such

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