Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So for my final project me and Robbie created a video for the website Next Vista for learning. Our video will be shown under the under the Global Views. Robbie is also posting it on youtube, but at this point I am unsure what it is titled. We created a video portraying the Battlefords, our hometown (YEYEAH represent!). As I already posting in my blog, me and Robbie drove four hours home one weekend and drove around the Battlefords and did an extensive photo shoot of our community. We had WELL over a hundred photos to sift through. So we sat down adn decided what aspects of the city were the most important b/c we were told that our video should be a happy medium between two to four minutes. So we sorted through them and got rid of a large chunk. Then we started clumping the photos together in catagories such as schools, scenic views, galleries, health care facilities, etc. During this process a lot more of the photos were deleted from our project. Once we had all our final photos we started reorganizing the clumped pictures so it would flow nicely as a video. During this whole process Robbie had a killer migrane, the screen on the laptop was down as far as it would go, the curtains were drawn and the tylenol was slowly kicking in. So then we began the AUDIO, duh duh duuuuh! We were using Robbie Mac something of other (the newest one), and we were using the movie making application on it. This made the audio way easier then i thought it would. We could record short audio clips as the pictures in the slide show played. Deleting and re-recording audio clips was an easy procedure. I think we did have the mic up a bit tooooo high b/c when you play it you have to crank the volume down, but i mean no biggie.
the Battlefords are a very unique place to live! I wouldn't say that they are a popular travel destination. North Battleford is your typical Saskatchewan small city, and Battleford is your typical Saskatchewan town! I absolutly love the Battlefords, and am always so happy to go home.
I am going to post this blog and up load my video in another one, so another accident doesn't happen and my third go POOF!
Monday, April 6, 2009
first thing i did was search the itunes store looking at podcasts. i was looking at ones that interest me and i found the ones pertaining to flight of the conchords and i got soooo excited. flight of the conchords is an amzingly hilarious tv show that makes me laugh till i pee myself.
I found this podcast of a four minute summary of season one of flight of the conchords, so here it is, if you havnt seen it and dont want to spoil it then DONT WATCH IT. It's just clips from episodes with a little narrative, it kind of captures the humour of the show, is a very specific sense of humour and a lot of people just think its dumb, but to me its just amazing.
Then looking for a educational blog i wanted to find one that wasnt language based. there are so many that are like learn french, english, spanish, but i wanted to find one that i could relate to a little better as i am not bilingual or interested in learning another language and this point in my life. Sooooo i went and i found the coolest videos EVER! They are about the underwater life near south australia. It is a short clip from a video that is being filmed for IMAX and its 3D. It is amazingly cool. It is much like planet earth, and i loved that. the video also looks at how they filmed the movie. so here it is check er out and enjoy!
in terms of making my own podcast, people it is not going to happen, yes i learned a lot throughout this semester in this class but this is just way to over my head. i honestly think this was a little final test from Dean to see who truely was technologically dominating, well you caught me Dean! I suck! hahah but really i talked to a few classmates who had a whole lot of trouble making podcasts, and to those of you that did them, (i know i listened to robin's) Congrats! I have so much stuff i need to do with these last precious hours of homework time, i cant spend them trying to create a podcast, but i hope one day you WILL see one on this blog! I'll work on it when i am lessssssssssss stressed.
But now that i have discovered all the incredible stuff you can get from itunes for free i am sooo excited! like i just never knew there was so much free stuff on here, man they should really not call it itunes store! more like library!
when the class began, and we found out it would indeed be an online class 3 times out of four, i was like SAWEEEEET i can lay in my bed and go to class! Buuuuuut then we started these weekly gatherings in the online world and i was little overwhelmed. I would lay in my bed and listen to Dean and guest speakers go on and on, and watch as the choppy screen sharing would flash across my screen, not having the slightest clue what they were even doing. For a while in this class everything went in one ear, then out the other. i knew i needed to work extra hard in this class if i wanted to gain anything from it.
i set up my blog and started to post tech tasks, and some personal stories. i enjoyed blogging and reading other peoples blogs, but i do NOT understand how people have time for all this! Like Robin for example! She stayed on top of every techtask, had a picture of the day EVERYDAY, and was an enthuastic active member of each online session. I idolize her for that! That must have taken sooo much dedication and hours infront of the computer. It was so helpful having people posting their techtasks as soon as they were finished so i had something to look at as i did mine. I really really liked that aspect of the class, that it truely was students teaching students, sure Dean gave us the assignments but when it came down to doing it, more help was given out BY students TO students through blogs. And there is no physical evidence of this in my ECMP experience, i would go onto someones blgo check out there tech task before doing mine, but i would rarely leave comments explaining i was doing this, which now that i think about it, i should have. I also got help from Robbie, not through blogs. He would always offer help when i didn't know how to do something and that was much appreciated.
In terms of the social learning in this class, i really enjoyed that so many of my classmates are Arts Ed students like me. This was refelcted in blogs, and i enjoyed looking at the "photos of the day" and the creative videos that people came up with. It was awesome to be able to post pictures on my blog and get constructive criticism, not just someone saying OH thats GOOD. I also read, more then once, "how can i apply this to an arts based class?" This question, more then once, popped into my head too. And it was interesting reading everyones take on it. I think that it will be definetly will be a challenge but I know that the people in this class are extremely creative, maybe too creative for their own good, and will be able to do it. We are entering age controlled, consumed, and constructed by comptures. It is up to us, the future teachers of this digital world, to teach children to use this technology in a constructive positive way. I found that ECMP touched on many ways to do this, from blogging, smartboards, second life, online gaming, to creating classroom videos. It occured to me that being creative in the arts is more then painting a nice picture
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So heres my synopsis on a presentation from http://k12onlineconference.org/.
I was going through the website and found a presentation by none of then our very own DEAN SHARESKI! Of course i then felt obligated to watch it and write about it. It's titled Kicking it Up a Notch Film School For Video Podcasters.
watching it i was a little confused, the guy in the video is not Dean, but the video is really good. It literally is a step by step how to of video pod casts. It goes through things like story boarding, like we did during an inclass activity. He talks about appropriate shots, and how to get a good shot using things like angles, and zooming. It's important for a director to know these things and have them in mind as they start to film a video. He talks about shots being aesthetically pleasing and the rule of thirds. This video focuses on making movies in the classroom, but of course applies to all videos.
This would be a great movie to watch before filming anything. It walks you through key components of a successful film and the material that you need. It has a lot of good tips. If I ever found myself in the situation of making a movie in a classroom, i know i would not know where to even start! I would refer back to this video, simply b/c it is not extremly techinical, and its easy to understand.
For the two stories that i portrayed for the tech task 50 ways to tell a story, i chose to tell the story of my highschool career. the first website i used was animoto.com and the second (this blog) was http://www.glogster.com/. This website is literally an only scrapbooking site/blog. It was really fun to create this to tell my story of highschool. It was easy to use and by the looks of the website used by mostly by teenagers. It was interesing to look at the "glogs" that were already created on that website. A huge chunk of them were about Twilight, which made me a little nauseous. This website also provides the option of adding video to a "glog", which would have been interesing, but i have no video on my computer from highschool.
If you are into scrapbooking and fun stuff like that, i would recommend this website. I really havn't explored it further then creating this glog, but it looks interesting. My user name is deebau, WE COULD BE FRIENDS! It's pretty intense, check it out, it'll take you back a couple years of 4 hour long msn conversations and myspace and hotmail email forwards, and all that fun stuff we wasted our evenings on when in grade eight.
Monday, March 30, 2009
This is the video that i chose that incorporates elements of a successful video. The different shots and angles are arranged in a way that allows a smooth visual effect for the viewer. This video is hilarious, and is very well put together. check it out!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is a talk that got me thinking about the potentional of our world with all the technology that it has.
Okay now I have to go get my butt in gear. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This video is only about 5 minutes long but it delivers its message very clearly, what we watch as news is not news at all. the news simply makes us consumers of the lives of celebrities. is that news?
this map portrays the number of seconds of news coverage the US dedicates to a country. the month is was made their was major news stories taking place all around the world, yet the US put most news coverage on the death of a famous celebrity, anna nicole smith.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Me and My little brother Jesse After A Judo Tournement In Saskatoon
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This is my lovely iGoogle home page it's early stages. I have put on the required widgets of google reader and delicious. I also stuck my Gmail and Hotmail up there for easy access in the future. It will be nice to have one page to go instead of a zillion. I also put up a Facebook widget because yes, i am a guilty addict of facebook. I also put up fun little widgets like a calender and a clock, just to keep me on track. The countdown I started is for my trip to Vancouver, which as you can see is in 22 days and needless to say I am VERY excited for it! Now I will have a visual reminder everyday of how close it is which is pretty cool. I stuck YouTube up there because I tend to use yourtube to look up the random thing or two. Also the weather for Regina and North Battleford, my home town! Yeyeah, proud to be a Battlefordian! Wow I'm a loser.
But so far this is my lovely iGoogle page. I guess you could say it is always going to under construction because I love to exploring the neat things you can add, so it will change frequently!http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en# This is the link to my sweeeeeeeet homepage and feel to check 'er out
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I was sick that day and missed my morning class, so it was quite nice to stay in my sweats all day and plop myslef in front on the computer for class! I am looking forward to not leaving my house for class. Although it was annoying when my cat would jump up onto the desk and sit infront of the computer screen.