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24 June 2012

Architectural photographer Mike Butler

How much trouble do you go to when you take a picture?  Digital Photography School sent me to this video:

 "...breaking down a larger lighting schematic into smaller bite sized chunks. Each set up is photographed statically then combined later."

I was intrigued by Mike Butler, so I went to look at the other videos in Mike Butler's YouTube ChannelAmong them is "Linda":

20 June 2012

"Why doesn't the one I buy look like the one in the ad?"

This morning one of my favorite photography blogs PetaPixel,  shared a movie from McDonald's Canada:

Keep in mind as you watch that the video was created by McDonald's itself, and is not supposed to be a criticism, but an explanation.

After you watch the video, you might want to know about what a "Food Stylist" is.  Wikipedia will help you out with this article: "Food photography is a still life specialization of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist and their assistants".

At CulinarySchools.com you can read more:"Food stylists combine culinary art and science to prepare food for cookbook and advertising photographs, television commercials, and scenes in movies. Stylists are responsible for finding unusual ingredients and preparing food so it looks freshly made and appetizing. A culinary school degree is a must for a food stylist, as the job requires extensive knowledge of how food acts, both aesthetically and scientifically."

And then you might want to visit food stylists' web pages. Start here.


You may have been reading about a young girl in Scotland, who created a big stir with her blog recently.  I won't rewrite the story, but send you to Ewan McIntosh's story on Edu.blogs.com, which gives the story, prologue and epilogue very well.

It's an interesting news story from several viewpoints, and I strongly urge you to click through and read the who, how and why.  The Senior Primary Class at ISOCS, which has just finished the PYP Exhibition, will be impressed!

Screen shot http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk/


I'm always on the lookout for apps and websites that help you create something new, or something habitual in a new way. This morning, Stilla caught my attention. I downloaded it after watching this video demo: 

Stilla is a gyroscopic 3D camera for the iPhone. (It's 1 US$ on the app store)

Investigating futhrer, I found that the app has its own website at stil.la, which is even more interesting than the video trailer.

"Of any given moment, you take two, three or more pictures. For every image, Stilla will then remember the direction you were looking at.

These images become facets of an interactive, three dimensional object. It looks a bit like a crystal but feels more delicate, like a memory. It’s like holding a picture in your hand. And when you start to turn it, the light will change and one image will blend into another.

You can share these fully interactive 3D objects with everyone online, in the browser, full screen. It works best with the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox."

Go to the stil.la web page, place your mouse on the lage photo, click and drag - you'll manipulate the photos in their planes (as in geometry) Click on the example.

Screen shot of   http://stil.la/

After you've taken your pictures with Stilla, you're asked to create an account with the site (free) so you can export them from your phone/pad to see on the web.  Yout pictures are private by default - you'll see your own gallery from inside the app.  You can share them by emailing the unique link to that photo, post it on Twitter or on Facebook.

The app is made by Maybe It's The Lighting in Berlin.

11 June 2012

I am Eleven

I picked up the link to this video on the PYP Exchange page on Facebook:


If you follow the suggestion in the video, and go to the film's page,  www.iameleven.com, you'll discover that it was made by an Australian:
"Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey set off around the world to produce this documentary feature film and online project.

I AM ELEVEN is a life-affirming global portrait of humanity at a crucial age – no longer children, not quite adults, preparing to inherit a world changing as quickly and dramatically as they are. This documentary focuses on a series of eleven-year-olds from 15 countries, each speaking in their own words and revealing the private obsessions and public concerns that animate their lives. It is simultaneously an epic survey of the similarities and distinctions between cultures and an intimate account of these young personalities finding their way in the world today."

The project has a blog, and has already won several awards.

What do our ISOCS Senior Primary Class members think of what the children are saying in this video?

10 June 2012

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

Go to Harvard's Neiman Journalism Lab's webpage, and read Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills "Rheingold was visiting the MIT Media Lab to talk about his new book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, which examines how people can use the Internet not just to better themselves, but also society as a whole."

" ...Net Smart offers up a set of five literacies Rheingold sees as important: attention, participation, collaboration, “crap detection,” and network smarts. As we’ve become more sophisticated in the ways we use the web, we need to adjust how we use it, being able to tell fact from rumor and able to call on the skills and resources of a community to help answer our questions..."

The video is 111 minutes. Read the article first, then watch the video. Time well spent.

09 June 2012

Flame Challenge

This is for our classes that have investigated changing materials, and energy.

"Last month (March 2012), Alan Alda and the Center for Communicating Science asked scientists to answer the question – “What is a flame?” – in a way that an 11-year-old would find intelligible and maybe even fun." There were 822 entries from 31 countries by the deadline. They came as sentences, poems, pages of prose, videos and animations. After being screened for accuracy by scientists, the entries were sent to more than 130 schools, where 11-year-olds judged them. (link)

You can see the finalists on this page. In the winning entry, below. a friendly scientist explains fire to a man chained in hell.

In this video podcast from Science Friday, Alan Alda talks about the Flame Challenge.

08 June 2012

Making Apps

Watch this video of  Jarrod Robinson's presentation at ICTEV2012 (ICT in Education Victoria)

The app building sites he refers to are:

If you're interested in building apps, also have a look at MIT's free App Inventor (which will seem very familiar to you if you've used MIT's Scratch programming software.

Many teachers are writing apps for their classes.  One is Jason Welker - you'll find his Economics apps here.

Do you have to be a teacher to make apps?

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Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

"A 10-year-old has invented an app that keeps track of reading homework...Students are required to turn in a reading calendar every month. Daniel designed an app where you click the day and enter the number of reading minutes and then save. At the end of the month, hit the email button and the homework is sent to the teacher." Read the news story here, and watch the news clip below.

 Besides that it's fun, and an intellectual challenge, are their other reasons why teachers and students should investigate app building? 

ISTE calls it "Computational Thinking"