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28 September 2011

Force and Motion - a cup of tea

Here's a short clip for the Middle Primary Class, who have begun to think about Force and Motion. Making a cup of tea at 1000 frames per second makes it easy to spot the motion involved - but what about the forces? How many can you see?

19 September 2011

Nature videos as UI resources

I've been watching a lot of nature videos on the Internet recently, as we prepare a unit of inquiry for the Middle Primary Class, "Who do we share the planet with?"



Do you think the Middies will be able to spot the spoof?

I've also been experimenting with the myriad of tools now available for editing, viewing, downloading, etc. videos.  Here are some of my results:

TubeChop lets you cut up a video, and create an embed code for just the part you want to share. Here are bits of a "Funny British Animal Voiceovers" video:

and


At Snip.it you can also cut up a video, and embed just the parts you want

cropped with SnipSnip



Watch this one:

Do you think it's "real"? Has it been edited? Is the added commentary "real"?

Here's the original BBC Clip:

16 September 2011

How to Help Your Child's Brain Grow Up Strong

Do you listen to the radio on the Internet?

I heard this program expert from National Public Radio, on my computer, and thought I'd share it:


There are two main ways to find radio stations on the web - one is to go to the page of station you know "normally" (Like the BBC, NPR, Swiss Radio), and see if they have a "listen now" capability. There's a directory of most of these stations on Wikipedia.

The other is to use one of the hundreds of guides to Internet radio you'll find on the web. such as www.online-radiostations.com -  a radio search Engine. or www.temptation.fm - a list of all available web radio stations in Europe.

There are also two main ways for a station to make audio available on the Internet - on demand files, which can be replayed, downloaded and/or embedded (like the file above), and presenting listeners with a continuous stream of audio that cannot be paused or replayed, much like traditional broadcast media. Many stations offer both modalities for listening.

Missing the news from "home"? Trying to learn a new language?  Want to know what music is listened to in a far away place? Use radio through the Internet as a learning tool.

08 September 2011

Snails

This is for the Early Years class, which has been immersed in snails.
Snails in the Early Years Aquarium





text from the web page:
"Josef und Silvia Beeler have an unusual occupation. They breed snails on their organic farm in Steinen, central Switzerland. The molluscs could soon help the Beelers make their fortune, as they're about to be offered as delicacies in upmarket restaurants. (SF/swissinfo)"


Snails appear in this BBC Nature video - but remember, it is a time-lapse film. That means we are seeing things move much faster than they really do.


Text from the YouTube page:

Uploaded by  on Aug 31, 2010
"Spectacular slow motion and time lapse photography take us into the heart of the forest as the sun brings to life an array of plants and wildlife. Amazing natural history clip from the BBC's Shadows of the Sun. Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos and watch more high quality videos on the BBC Earth YouTube channel."


If you want to know much more about snails, look at the Snail World web page.

07 September 2011

Tidying up art

This is for the Junior Primary students who are investigating systems. Last week they worked at organizing their art, under the influence of Ursus Wehrli.  You can see the results in our Flickr Photo Set.








"Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art -- by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size."  read the transcript of this TED Talk video, at its web page.

Ursus Wehrli's website is at http://www.kunstaufraeumen.ch/

02 September 2011

3 Linear Concepts

This is for some ISOCS students who may be thinking of making a video in the near future:


Text from the Vimeo page:
"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films....= a trip of a lifetime..move, eat, learn"


What makes this video seem so interesting? Did you notice the pacing - how the cuts match the music exactly? The use of perspective, and the use of a single line of site? Did you follow the 3 "linear concepts" of the film - movement, learning and food?

I looked for the other videos from this journey, and found the other two parts of the three linear concepts referred to above, in the first video's description:




These were made as advertisements for a travel company in Australia.  Do they make you want to move, learn and eat? travel? make videos?

P.S. I also had to do a little research on "a terabyte of footage".  "The terabyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The prefix tera means 1012 in the International System of Units (SI), and therefore 1 terabyte is 1000000000000bytes, or 1 trillion (short scale) bytes, or 1000 gigabytes." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terabyte)   Which means?
"The first 20 years worth of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope has amassed more than 45 terabytes of data."
"One terabyte of audio recorded at CD quality will contain around 2,000 hours of audio. "
"Released in 2009, the 3D animated film Monsters vs. Aliens used 100 TB of storage during development."

01 September 2011

The Middies' Blog as a Book

The Middle Primary Class @ ISOCS blog from August 2010 - June 2011, i.e., last school year, has just been published. Here's how it looks:

Looking through the book brings the school year back to life, and provides a window into the curriculum and program of inquiry followed by the Middle Primary Class (2nd and 3rd Grade) at ISOCS.

Last year about this time, Miss Judy's blog from the school year before, 2009-2010 was turned into a book, too. Click on this link to see the preview.

While you're looking at ISOCS books, you'll find two from the Middie Primary Class' last unit of inquiry into structures, Visiting Schloss St. Andreas and Visiting the Museum fuer Urgeschichte(n) Zug. And of course, there is the 2010-2011 ISOCS Year Book.