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Monday - Flat Classroom Video: Complete Script/Storyboard and begin shooting video. Discuss the part of your video you are going to outsource with Mrs. Szanto. Request outsourced video piece on the outsourced video page. Also, sign up for an outsourced piece. We'll shoot all outsourced pieces on Tuesday.

Check in on wiki and read discussion topics and respond.

Tuesday - Uploading and Downloading outsourced video.

To upload your video, follow these instructions. Scroll down to the section called, "How to "Send" Video to your Partner" and follow the directions there.

To retrieve your video, follow these instructions. Scroll down the section called, "How to retrieve your video".

Convert it to quicktime format using zamzar.

Explore these screen-casting sites. You may want to have video of your computer.

Download Jing and Screencast-o-matic.


Create a 30 second screencast with both tools. What are the different formats you can save them? Can you save the both as quicktime so they will import into iMovie easily? Are there other formats that import into iMovie?

Wednesday - Computer Comparison Project

Read all the way through this project before you start.

Access the Google Spreadsheet below.

With a partner, pick one brand of computer you want to research. Research the required information and add to the spreadsheet. Add other pertinent topics to the spreadsheet that I may have forgotten. Check out Brad's computer information at the top of the spreadsheet as an example. (Be more specific about software than he was.)

Use these minimum requirements:
  • 2.1 ghz processor speed
  • 2 GB ram
  • 80 GB of hard drive (this is less important, because additional storage (USB/Firewire) is less than $1-$2 per GB, but it costs more to have it put inside the machine)

Computer Brands and Website Links (You can add a brand to the spreadsheet if you want to research another brand that is not listed here.) Use these links as a start. If you need to find more information do a search to find the information you need.

Be sure to look at what software is included with the computer and what you will have to add to the price if the software is not included.

Thursday - Computer Comparison Project

Update from teacher meeting this morning - There are a bunch of new outsourced video requests up. If you haven't signed up for one, do that first today. We will shoot these on Monday, but if you have time today or tomorrow, go ahead and shoot yours today or tomorrow, after you complete the assignment for the day.

Using the information provided by your class, choose a computer that you would like to purchase and create a presentation using Google Docs. Click on the "New" drop down arrow and choose "Presentation". To name the presentation, click on "Untitled Presentation" and change the name. Share the document with me now. (tszanto352@gmail.com)

Consider the field you will be pursuing, the college you will be attending, the price, the specs, etc. Add a couple of pictures. (Be sure to site the source of the pictures.) Be prepared to present this information to the class on Monday.

Friday - Explore 5 or more of the following "artsy" sites. Take a screen shot of your project and rename. Add all your screen shots to a google doc and share with me or print and bring to class on Monday.

__Virtual Lite-Brite__ (Grades K-12) Bring back those days of yesteryear and create your own virtual Lite-Brite mosaic. A print screen will be required to save the image.

__Tuxpi__ (Grades 5-12) Great photo effects and projects can be created here with just a quick photo upload. Students can create wanted posters, filtered images, and more. It is a nice alternative to Big Huge Labs.
__This Is Sand__ (Grades 4-12) This site is another one that can draw you in for several minutes. Here you can change the color of the falling sand in order to create interesting sand art.

__The Graffiti Creator__ (Grades 9-12) This is a graffiti text paint tool where students can type in a name or phrase and create unique logos and images. Unfortunately, ads are a small problem, but the tool offers many choices for student creativity.

__S C R I B B L E R__ (Grades 5-12) This is one of my favorite art tools on the web and takes doodling to an entirely new level. Simply scribble on the page, choose done drawing, and then start scribbling. You can add to the drawing as the scribbling process continues making this a lot of fun.

__Psykopaint__ (Grades 6-12) Now your students can take on the role of an Impressionist through the use of the digital photography painting tool. Simply choose your brush and paint right over the image to see the colors blend and become more artistic. It’s a little tricky to figure out, but great once you get going.

__Photo Op Interactive__ (Grades 5-12) This is an interesting site that not only lets students practice digital photography online, but gives them filters to customize their virtual photos. After a photo is taken, double click on it to open the filters. Images can be printed.

__Paper Critters__ (Grades 3-12) Be sure to click on the Toy Creator to get started. Here you can create your own paper critter that can be printed and folded into a 3-D origami like papercraft. This could be a good resource for claymation projects, as students could create several paper critters with different emotions for an animated short.

__Neave Imagination__ (Grades 6-12) Neave offers cool interactive art tools that not only utilize the computer mouse, but your voice, too. With the use of a microphone, students can interact with the site just by speaking.

__Mutapic__ (Grades 8-12) Not the easiest tool, but definitely interesting. This site takes a bit to figure out, but with a few clicks, students will be creating graphic art designs.
__National Gallery of Art Ngakids Art Zone__ (Grades K-12) Many opportunities to create and interact with art here. From abstracts to collages, students will definitely find ways to unleash their creativity.

__Mondrimat__ (Grades 4-12) This one took me a minute to figure out, but once I was rolling, I was completely sucked in for nearly an hour. Here students create block art online and can click away to their hearts’ content.

__Labuat__ (Grades 7-12) I’ve never seen a site like this one, and I have to say the coolness factor is truly high on this site. A musical track plays, and students use a computer mouse to animate the song.

__Kari Traa__ (Grades 8-12) Be sure to click on the “Inspirational Side” to begin. Here students use virtual brushes and color tools to create digital art inspired by the artist Kari Traa. It definitely has a coolness factor here.

__Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas__ (Grades K-12) Now students can create their own Jackson Pollack painting by simply using their mouse. Each click changes the color. To save, students will need to do a print screen. As an additional activity, I like the idea of students creating their abstract masterpiece and then writing a summary paragraph interpreting their work.

__Build Your Wild Self__ (Grades 2-6) This is a fun website where students can create a digital human and add animal characteristics. The creativity factor is limiting, but students studying animal biomes could use this as a prewriting tool.

__Art.com art Pad__ (Grades 3-12) This virtual canvas allows the artist to change brushes and even frame the painting.
__Artisancam__ (Grades 4-12) Amazing site with multiple art interactives covering pop art, print making, comic creations, ceramic painting, and digital photo art projects. It’s a great site to explore.
__Aviary__ (Grades 7-12) This site offers free software tools as a Photoshop alternative. Here students can explore fun photo filters and cloning tools.
__Bomomo Interactive Art Creator__ (Grades 4-12) Talk about cool! This site allows students to create abstract digital art easily and with great tools. Completed images can be downloaded.