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Hello Everyone,
I have such a great response to the iMovie articles I have put up a special page on the Website on Making Movies.

Language literacy, is more than the ability to recognize words.
True literacy encompasses the skills needed to gain meaning & knowledge from words, to think, and to write clearly.
Likewise, the language of film, Film Literacy, is the ability to understand, evaluate, analyze and organise information and to think.
“…filmaking is less about tools and more about thinking.”
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'Writing' is the Latin of our times. The modern language of the people is video and sound. -Lawrence Lessig, professor and political activist (b. 3 Jun 1961)

You can fall many times in life but you will never be a failure unless you refuse to get up.
(I'm not sure where this one came from does anyone know?)

Thanks Wes love it.

Elegant Designs
How cool is that! Take a look at the Video
Hashem Al-Ghaili makes fabulous videos - the subtitling is inspirational, summarising the images beautifully. I am amazed at how fast technology is moving and how cheap these new ideas are becoming. Great for a class discussion and to spark ideas about what the future will hold.

Basic Camera Shots
EWS - Extreme Wide Shot - A shot taken from a sufficient distance to show a landscape, a building, or a large crowd. this shot shows the setting
WS - Wide Shot - Shows one or two people in full figure or several people from the waist up.
MS - Medium Shot - Shows head to waist
MCU - Medium Close-Up chest and head
CU - Close-up - A shot of one face or object that fills the screen completely.
ECU - Extreme close-up A shot of a small object or part of a face that fills the screen.
Camera Angles with Zach King Great little video covering a range of different shots, camera angles.

Take a look at this new Virtual Teacher Page all this and more. And also the Visual Literacy page.
“…digital literacy is less about tools and more about thinking.”

I am a great believer in less is more when it comes to apps. Download a few great ones and use them for every thing. CHATTERPIX is one I use for everything. With just one iPad I can rotate it through the class group by group, everyone can record a 10 - 30sec video and then I can easily turn them all into an iMovie.
CHATTERPIX is an all age App that is simple and easy to use, I have used it from kindergarten up. Students can add a picture or screenshot(Pixabay is great) overlay the mouth on their picture and record their voice to animate a story. They can add stamps to the object or background and text.

You can create informational movies, book reviews, jokes, demonstrate alliteration and other literary devices, animate a poem the list is endless, a maximum of 30sec sound bites. I like the students to write the script and do timings before they start to use the app.
Here's one I did on alliteration with a grade 4 - they loved. If you have any great videos send them along and I will upload them to my new YouTube Channel
Start with this Video - How to use Chatterpix - WeGo Tech
Ideas for using Chatterbox in the Classroom and great video

Kindergarten Word Wall Words with Chatterpix Kids
Once you have all the Chatterpix videos you can upload them into iMovie and make them into one movie for all to watch. Great for revision and showing off in assemblies.
Coming soon: Student Story
You will love this - Starting this July, STUDENTS can celebrate their work by adding photos or videos to Student Story, their own digital portfolio.
Creating 3D shapes out of marshmallows? Making slime from scratch? Reciting an original poem? Students can now save their work and other classroom moments on Student Story, for them and their parents to cherish.
Here is a pdf - a one page guide - explaining what to expect in July this year

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I thought you might like these great 4D cards Animal4D+ Cards - a collection of 26 animals, ascending from A-Z. Download the Animal 4D+ App for free on the App Store and Google Play Store, scan the flashcards to witness the animals come to life in 4D and even feed the virtual monkey!

Thanks for the info Anna these cards look great. They cost about $20.00AUD including postage. What fun.

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