Okay, this one will be pretty niche, but this is a small poster I made for the school lectern to encourage speakers to use the microphone more effectively.
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
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
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!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff story lends itself marvelously for drama explorations. With only two characters ‘on-stage’ at any one time it’s also ideal for small-group puppetry. This download is a set of character silhouettes that are ideal for use as shadow puppets. Just cut the shapes out, glue on sticks and away you go. Students
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 videosBad lip reading, Foley, Musicless Videos, Silent Movies, Sound editing
I’ve been using the Lego Movie Maker app with our students for a while now. The app is free (yipee!) and although it’s a bit clunky in places it’s proven a real hit with children from ages 6-14. If you do any stop motion animation on the iPad or iPhone give it a go. And feel freemanual, stop motion animation
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 atapps, programming
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 Threefairy tale, pigs, technology