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iStopMotion – Still Images in Motion

I embark now on a new bit of photographic fun. Not only photo’s but video as well. I decided to play with iStopMotion. This was a very fun tool to use. The interface is simple and takes very little time to learn. Like those Claymation holiday movies this program creates a video from still frames. You position your character/object then snap an image. The program imports the file (if you have a web Camera/live view video camera you can see the image preview) then you move your character/object a little and take a picture. Repeat this process and your character comes to life.

The program has several tools to assist you like color correction and tilt shift controls. You can use a grid layout to help track motion. The program can also be use to capture time lapse photography. Additional tools like onion skin lets you overlay the current image over the previous on to insure you movement is fluid and not off. One of the other useful tools is the robo sync. You can for instance record an actor then use the footage to mimic the actors motion with the character/object. The program also comes with some preset foregrounds and backgrounds. Over all I say if you enjoy those old Claymation movies and want to create your own then you need to try iStopMotion.

Below is my first sample movie. I used iStopMotion then imported the project in After Effects to give it that night look and create the ghost. It was fun to make, hope to make another one soon! Thanks for reading!

iPhone 4S – My circle is now complete!

IT has arrived!!

Yes, that’s right, today (Oct 14th 2011) I was #1 in line at my local carrier. I got the store’s FIRST iPhone. I’ve only play a little but SIRI seems to work very well. I asked to add some appointments to my calendar…done. It was just as simple as they said. As for speed my 3G android and my 3G iPhone side by side. By the time android loaded the carrier home page the iPhone was 3 screens in. So far speed is A+ compared to android. Next I looked at signal. Inside the carrier store you would expect full bars, iPhone yes……android 2 bars(fail!)

All my apps from my iPad for iPhone were as expected simple and quick to sync. I had already setup iCloud so once I logged in, BAM!!, all my contacts were ready to go. I still have to sync up my iTunes but I have to say so far the device has been a breeze to setup and almost seamless to transfer my information over to. The only thing I really need to do now is get my main apps reloaded if there are versions of them for the iPhone.

Tonight I’ll play a little with the video camera and iMovie (iPhone edition) and see if I can get something together and posted back on this page. So far I have to say I do not regret getting rid of that P.O.S. android phone. I will never go back to android, too many issues and no resolutions! My circle is now complete (for now), iMAC, MACBook Pro, iPad, iPhone… Update – iPhone video posted below taken indoor with nothing but window lighting.

Lucy Loo Talks Back – Shot with iPhone 4s and no additional lighting

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Week 3 – MAC Post 4 – Catherine’s Blog

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MAC Week 3-Reading- Chapters 5-8

The information prior to chapter 5 in this book highlights the importance of

  1. 1.the manner in which we view our world (”we invent our own realities”)
  2. 2.our attitude toward and/or vision of ourselves and those we encounter (“unlimited pkg. of potential”)
  3. 3.taking action and believing it will lead to a successful outcome even if we’re not sure what that is before beginning to take action


Chapter 5  tells us the most effective leaders remember the power of  interdependence;  “a leader who feels like he is superior is likely to suppress the voices of the very people on whom he must rely to deliver his vision.” This reminded me about a button I used to wear that reads, “I Succeed by Helping Others Succeed.” The authors suggest this rings true for all leadership positions; I’m thinking especially for teachers.


Chapter 6 cuts to the heart of the correct attitude for facing any challenge. It’s simple message is one I’d surely like to resonate with me in difficult times. “Remember Rule Number Six!” Life is full of trials but if we can remember to “stop taking ourselves so seriously” and approach each roadblock as a learning opportunity realizing we will not only make it through but will be better off for it.


Chapter 7 defines the struggle between our “Calculating Self” and our “Central Self” By being present to the way things are, facing the negative without resistance, and acknowledging our feelings about it, we can dissolve it’s hold on us. Then we’re empowered with an entire set of possibilities. We can leave the struggle and come to terms with what lies ahead; move on.


Chapter 8 highlights the power of passion. The authors encourage us to recognize areas where we might want to hold back as defining moments where we’ll chose to miss-out and fail or “Fully Engage!” as Rio (last month’s Course Director) would say, in order to get as much success out of every experience as we can.

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I liked the reading this week.  Peer learning and teaching and the advantages was great.  I also like the lighten up section.  I know a lot of people who could lighten up a bit and not take things to serious.  Leave things as they are was interesting, embrace thing don’t try to change them.  The last section about passion was great but I think people also need to realize that they still need to lighten up.  I have enjoyed this book so far, finding time to read it has been the challenge!


Where to go with this project?  I’ve had trouble nailing down what I want to do.  In some ways, the creation of our CBR websites seems to take a chunk out of the prep work that’s normally part of presenting, making it an attractive option.  And… I still feel like there’s more that I’d like to do to round out the material on my website to make it more complete.  It would be good to invest my time in that.  I feel like the intro video on the Welcome page should be redone.  It would make more sense if I used it as an opportunity to explain my job.  (There’s half of my troubles!  My teaching position is kind of weird and I don’t know where I fit into the research world…am I music ed or technology in ed?)  At some point, I really feel like I should use that as an intro to teaching elementary music online, so that if other music educators are viewing it they will have a better sense of the environment.  I’ve also been meaning to create another video based on the students’ Voicethread assignment.  I want something to better illustrate what and how they were using the technology.


Despite all this rambling about the website, I have finally settled on trying to publish first.  Right now I’m glancing through published articles for some of my top journals.  I need to get an idea of the audience and style of writing.  If I go with a practical teacher-centered publication, I will have to get creative in how I present my research, so that it’s reader friendly and has a lot of practical application.


Ooo – wait!  I hadn’t seen MTNA’s online publication before.  Maybe this is the right place!  Music Teachers’ National Association has two publications “American Music Teacher” (super informal and practical) and their “MTNA e-journal” which is more research oriented.  I checked out a few volumes of their e-journal and it actually seems like a good balance of research & practical application.


I think I’m down with their mission statement.  As a professional organization they seem to be more concerned with teachers benefiting from research and dialogue than catering to the academic elite.


About MTNA:

“As an organization, MTNA prides itself on the wealth of resources available to members and non-members alike. The undisputed leader in empowering the music-teaching professional since 1876, MTNA works hard to ensure that a full spectrum of questions and answers, concerns, assets, partnerships and services are readily available and easily accessible for busy professionals.

Our goal is not only meet the expectations of music professionals, but to exceed them at every turn, and to anticipate new needs before they arise, keeping time with the industry advancements and changing technology of the music profession.”

Excerpt taken from:

Week 3 – Think Out Loud PPP

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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I find myself in a similar situation as my project is community education.  I looked at several last time and found 2 possible but not sure.  I decided that I would proceed the way I want my project to go and not worry about if they would take it or not.  I’m not sure how much time I’ll have this week.  The last 2 weeks have been crazy and so will the next 2…  good luck I know you’ll have a great presentation!!

The publish assignment is very difficult for me.  I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing so I’m trying to piece together all the things I need.  The list also doesn’t have journals that really fit the theme of my overall project so I’m taking the approach that even though they are not a great fit I should not alter my methods or change what I’ve done to be more teacher friendly.  My project again was more about community and learning not about K-12 or higher education.  Lots left to do and I will be out again this week.

**  Note to all, sorry I am posting things so late I am traveling this month (the last 2 weeks) and will be for the first part of next month.

Some times the universe of possibilities requires us to learn from or teach our peers to achieve greater success.  We all know and have had formal training but if you think about what we learn daily who do we learn from?  You talk to a peer and they say “have you heard about the new iPhone?”.  They tell you about features, price, ect and if it peaks your interest you may research further.

Then maybe you are at work and creating a spreadsheet.  Your peer notices what you are doing and shows you ways to save time.  Maybe another coworker asks how you created something and you pass the knowledge on to them.  Once you realize you have stepped into this universe then you can expand on the possibilities.

I loved rule number six because you see people taking things too serious all the time.  They could really learn from this chapter.  I fell a little humor can go a long way if people would just try.  There are times to be serious but not all the time, lighten up is just a wonderful concept!  If you do lighten up then you may experience things as they are.  Not effect change or make someone put up their defenses.  I think too many of us don’t let things happen, we try to change things around us.

Just because we lighten up and let things happen doesn’t mean we should not have passion for what we do.  We must learn the differences between passion and being to serious about something.  Passion can be a driving force but it must be approached with enthusiasm and knowing that not all people will share your passion…  remember, lighten up.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week 2 Wimba…Copyright Issues

How many staff handbooks have a clause on copyright infrigement? I ponder these things especially when it comes up. I am a history teacher and usually this is not a conversation that is had say teacher to teacher but rather student to teacher. Most students figure that as long as something is available on the internet that it is public domain and theirs for the taking….WRONG! But unfortunately many educators share the same sentiment. Items that are copyrighted are those that can be seen or fixed. This includes books, plays, films, movies, dances, and music. Also they are covered for a lengthy amount of time for a single author its 70 years and for companies its 100 years!
Many individuals do not know this. Oftentimes teachers fall into the is this a reproducible product or is this for my own personal use. Basically it boils down to this: “Do you have permission to use it & share it with others?” If you can answer that question without cringing… go right on & do what you do!


Allen said…

Don’t forget about those sources you can use. Free stock agencies, or pay stock agencies. These are always great places to get images, music and video clips. There is also creative commons. This site is based on sharing media and remix. Sometimes it is difficult to find exactly what you are looking for but it is out there. I also think in some cases you can “fair use” some media in education. Just some thoughts!

October 9, 2011 8:05 PM

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wk2 Publishing/Presentation Project Think-Out Loud Part 1 – To Speak or Not to Speak

As I think about whether I want to present my CBR project, or publish it, I can’t help but be drawn to the allure and excitement of presenting it.  I’m not one to shy away from speaking in front of crowds, in fact I find it kind of fun.  And as a creative and a designer, I interested by the idea of coming up with a creative and unique way to present my information.  Ideas already flow through my head of ways to create an informative yet appealing presentation (infographic anyone?)  However, my preliminary search has not yielded great results.  I’m not particularly eager to travel far for this presentation, and would like to find something in Florida.  I’m also limited because my work and research was geared towards and used college level students, not K-12, and is very technology oriented.
My early research has pointed me to two main options, the Florida Educational Technology Conference and the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders, both at the Orange County Convention Center.  FETC is very large and well-known, and some of the information I have found about it states that it is for all levels of education, including college.  On their website, however, it clearly states it is K-12, so I don’t know if it’s going to work out.  There is less information about FCITL and it’s scheduled meeting, so I’m not even sure as of yet if it even qualifies.  Suffice to say, I need to do more looking into my presentation options.
As far publishing, that does interest me as well, because that has more of a feeling of being permanent, and being able to get out to a wider and more varied audience.  The trick is finding the right journal that both makes sense for the topic of my project, but also still remains open enough so that as many people as possible could come across it.  Early research has yielded three primary options: the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.  The common thing between these that most has my attention is that they are all technology geared.  This obviously plays into the subject of my research, so my next step will be to see which plays into my topic the best.  JETS may actually be a little too technology heavy, while JCHE and JTATE both open up more in the educational area.  I will most certainly be looking further into these options (and possibly others.)

So do I present or publish?  That is still undetermined, but as of now publish is looking like the more viable option.


Allen said…

You have done a lot more research than I have. I am still trying to figure out what to do. I’m thinking publish mainly because my project is more for a community group. I think the technology part is in your favor no matter what you do. Meta-Data has many uses people don’t think about or realize. I think you could go either way but presenting would be great, follow the dream if you really want to present then I would tell you to go for it.


October 9, 2011 8:46 PM

I just don’t know exactly what I want to do for my CBR project.  There is a lot of data and it really isn’t that technical in nature.  It also isn’t the typical education project.  It is all about community and teaching others about the community.  I can see the project being presented to community groups to show them there are options even for lower budgets.  This really would not fit into an educational seminar or venue.

I guess publication would be a better choice only because it would reach a larger audience.  It may fit the “The Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR)” or maybe “Educational Technology Review (ETR)”.  Again the big issue here is this project was not designed for K-12 or Higher Ed it was designed for community related organizations.  I still don’t know exactly what I want to do here…

This week was a sad time for the technical community with the passing of Steve Jobs.  His vision and innovation changed the world for many people.  The introduction not only of computing devices but the way we get music, movies and the revolutionary smart phones.  I’ve never been a great follower or fan of apple as I am a Microsoft Certified Professional.  Still over the last year of Grad school I have come to appreciate the products made by Mr Jobs’ company.  I think his legacy ties into the vision of the book we are reading “The Art of Possibility “.  He took chances, made a difference and was not afraid to follow his vision.  I think everyone can agree Mr Jobs gave himself a well deserved “A”.

Thanks for reading!!