Wednesday, 30 April 2014
When she showed me the cover design, just made in Word, I thought it could do with a bit of colour, so I offered to make something just a little nicer in InDesign. It's only simple, but here is the first revision of the cover as a daily create.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Day 119. I was showing my Year 3 kids how to use Gmail and they wanted to know how to add a profile photo. So I showed them by taking a selfie. To make it a bit more interesting I dropped it into a grid on Diptic and shattered it around a bit.
Monday, 28 April 2014
This is actually a full 360 degree photo panorama, although it doesn't show here on Blogger. However, if you click the image itself and you will be taken to the full thing on Google+.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Day 117. PlayArt is a fun little iPad app that let's you create artworks based on appropriating and rearranging bits and pieces from famous artworks to create new compositions. Here's one that would make Modigliani turn in his grave.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Day 116. Using an iPad app called Foldify, I made this cube net with some photos of various moods. Maybe it could be used to decide a random reaction, or start a random conversation based on the mood. Either way, a bit of fun, and today's create.
Friday, 25 April 2014
I do think though, that getting students to use Garageband to come up with simple riff-style compositions, even just bass and drums to get a good groove happening, is a great way to get them started with GB. Start with a drum track, add some bass, then keep layering in more sounds. I want to do that activity with my Year 5 kids this term.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
I shot this footage on my Nexus 5, uploaded directly to WeVideo from the phone, then logged in on my computer to edit the footage. It's only a quick and simple example, but it shows what sort of video editing can be done in a browser.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Day 112. This fine piece of silliness was made using an iPad app called Morfo. It captures an image of your face, then allows you to map out the main features in order to animate it. Obviously it comes with a bunch of silly costumes, but the potential in the classroom is pretty interesting.
This was uploaded using the YouTube Capture app, with music added from the YouTube open music library.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Day 111. For today's daily create I used an iPad app called TypeDrawing. It enables you to take a piece of text and load it as the "paint", so that dragging your finger then draws with the words. I found this piece of text on the National Geographic website that talked about ant mills, and so I tried to make a visual connection with the text and the image.
The text was drawn with TypeDrawing, then imported into Adobe Photoshop Touch, where a png file of an ant, (with a transparent background) was added to complete the story.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Thanks to my mum who gave me the jump as a birthday gift last year, and to Linda who came along for moral support this morning. Would I do it again? You bet.
Friday, 18 April 2014
Day 108. While playing around with Diptic tonight I discovered it has a mode that will fill the frames with images selected at random from the iPad camera roll. So here, with zero intervention or aesthetic consideration from me, is six images selected at random by the machine.
1. Sunset on Cronulla Beach, doing steel wool photography.
2. Camping in the Hunter Valley with the Suzuki 4WD Club
3. Sir Ken Robinson and I at ISTE in San Diego.
4. RAAF banner from the ANZAC Day march in Sydney.
5. A Zorb ball at the PLC Sydney Open Day last year.
6. My mum and I at home.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Day 107. Yesterday was the final day of the Sydney Google in Education Summit held at PLC Sydney, where I happen to work. Although I could probably claim the Summit itself as an act of creation, I was just a small part of a much larger team that made it happen, so they deserve far more of the credit for it.
However, I was given the honor of delivering the closing keynote for the event, so I tried to wrap the talk into five main ideas each supported with some stories and examples. Some I've used before, and some were new, but I hope that they were meaningful in some way to somebody.
Today's create is the five ideas, captured here in a photo from Rob McTaggart, and posted in his Tweet...
Laughed. Cried. Got Inspired. 5 steps to edulightenment by @betchaboy as the #gafesummit ended. http://t.co/gbzWuOaKas
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Day 106. Using an iPad app called iFontmaker you can turn your own handwriting into a font. I've done this before as a daily create, but after 100+ days now I might look at refining some of the things I've already done so far. That doesn't mean I want to repeat myself, it just means I may try to build on the idea previously used.
So here is a font I made tonight, which I've called Chris' Hand. You can visit this website to download it and install it on your own computer. If you end up using it, let me know!
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Day 105. Today was the first day of the Sydney Google in Education Summit, hosted at the school where I work. I was running around from very early to very late. When does one find the time to create something when one is busy doing things all day...?
Monday, 14 April 2014
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Crux is also the name for the constellation that adorns the Australian flag, otherwise known as the Southern Cross. In fact, Crux is the latin word for cross.
The logo is meant to represent this idea of getting to the point - the crux of an issue - with the four shapes each pointing like arrows towards the centre, identifying the focus point in the middle. It is also a stylised Southern Cross if you imagine a star in the centre of each of the coloured shapes, forming a cross that tilts to the right. As an Australian company, I liked that symbolism. The negative whitespaces between the coloured shapes also form a cross, relating back to the Latin meaning of the word. Finally, the logo resembles a flower, symbolising growth. And if you think the colours remind you of another company doing great things with technology, that's not really an accident either. :-)
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Note to self: Would make a good remix with music...
Friday, 11 April 2014
If you're coming to the Summit, spoiler alert, you will see this again there. If not, here'a a word from the kids...
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Do you know the answer? Can you explain it clearly? Feel free to suggest your ideas in the comments below.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Monday, 7 April 2014
Day 97. I'm a bit out of practice when it comes to drawing, but I thought I'd give it a go. Using a Jot Adonit stylus and a copy of 53's amazing app called Paper, I had a go at drawing Steve Jobs from the cover of the Walter Isaacson biography. It's not a great likeness, but if you're familiar with the book I'm sure you'd recognise it as Steve.
I actually used the upside-down drawing technique, as described by Betty Edwards in the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Still a great read even though it's many years old now. If you're into art and drawing, it's worth a read.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Day 93. I've played with 123D Catch and 123D Creature before, but this was made using 123D Sculpt. Basically you start with a lump of "virtual plasticine" and then push it, pull it, extrude it, sharpen it, etc. This weird looking head started as a sphere, but was slowly modelled into this shape, then painted and patterned.
I've been really very impressed with these 123D apps from AutoDesk. I probably need to spend a bit more time with them so that what I make doesn't look quite so bizarre, but I think they could do some very cool things.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Day 92. A couple of years ago I bought a SYM VS150 scooter and I really enjoy scooting around on it. It's a great way to commute, especially with the free parking that motorbikes get in the city of Sydney.
Today it ticked over to 10,000km. Not bad for a little 150cc scoot. As I took a photo of the speedo as it hit this milestone mileage (don't worry, I pulled over to take the photo!) it dawned on me that owning a bike has helped me create a few things.
In the last 2 years I've created less traffic congestion, less pollution, and less CO2. I've created less demand for fuel and oil, less demand on natural resources, and less demand for parking. It may not be much, but it's a create I feel pretty good about.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
My first thought was to use a police identikit to construct the faces. A quick search turned up FlashFace at http://flashface.ctapt.de/. It also has an app for both iOS and Android. The web version is pretty good and does quite a lot, but the free version on Android is a bit limited, and only does male faces.