Wrapping Up With Animation

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It is the end of my learning project! For my last step in learning how to animate on Adobe Flash is to make my animation talk.  I used this video “How to Animate Lip Sync in Flash” for guidance.  The video was pretty helpful and easy to follow along with.  You could spend countless hours on a few short lines of dialogue because for each word the character says, a new facial/mouth expression has to be created.

Here is my talking cow. I thought an animal was more exciting and cuter than a person!  The speech is quick but you can see that the mouth changes as he speaks.

This officially wraps up my learning project.  It was very time consuming with learning how to use the actual Adobe Flash app and tools, watching long tutorials and creating my animations.  There are endless skills and projects to learn on Flash with a number of different ways to do each.  I enjoyed my project very much and I hope it was enjoyable to watch as well.

Hope you all enjoyed my learning project

 

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A Story of Five

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This week in ECMP355 we were asked to make a Five Card Flickr story. The site  selects random photos for you to choose five from. Some photos can relate but this project really challenges us to be creative by finding a way to link non related photos into a visual story.

Here is my Five Card Flickr story!

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Flickr photo by bionicteaching

Little Robin perches on the same post everyday in New York City, dreaming about a larger, mystical bird he once met.

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Flickr photo by bionicteaching

The mystical bird had told little Robin about a magical place he had once been too. This mysterious destination had only beautiful blue sky to fly around in and this spectacular, cold substance that spread further than the eyes range of view.

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Flickr story by bionicteaching

“It was called water” the mystical bird told little Robin. Little Robin had never left New York city.  He was scared, but he made it his mission to find this “water” place that the large, mystical bird talked about. 

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Flickr story by bionicteaching

Little Robin flew around the city, trying to find directions or clues to help him get to this place. He flew and flew and flew until “splash”.  Little Robin had flown for so long that his wings gave out but what he looked up to see…

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Flickr story by bionicteaching

Water. Little Robin could not believe his eyes.  He not only found the place with water but he found his new home.

The End!

This is a great little project for students to do in class to help them think beyond a regular writing prompt/journal on paper. Projects like Five Card Flickr could make such a big difference in a students learning and schooldays for such a small assignment! I had fun making this story and I hope you all enjoyed reading it as well.

Until next time

 

Justice For Humanity

There have been multiple acts of terror by extremists in the world this year.  The latest tragedy being the attacks in Paris this month.  As this was a very tragic and unexpected series of events, we must be aware of the terror acts in other countries each day which are not always on the news.

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We live in a world that is most affected by fear.  The problem is that we often let our fear take over by allowing ourselves to do just as much damage to others.

Terrorism, one of todays biggest issues, is affecting social justice. The fact that people assume that the Islamic Faith teaches acts of terrorism and everyone who practices that faith has the same intentions is wrong.  Any religion whether it’s Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. can be taken to the next level (extremists). This video by Reza Aslan is one everyone should watch. Aslan’s argument about the question “does Islam promote violence” is very educational and crucial for everyone to understand.

Fear is the motive for extremists.  Yes, one small act can impact the world but we, as a society are doing just as much damage to innocent people by turning against everyone who follows the Islamic faith.

Social Media is doing both good and harm for the Muslim Faith.  There are good videos spreading such as Reza Alsan’s, but there is so much horror being shared all over Facebook, twitter etc. that is crushing a massive population of innocent, good people.  Terrorism and extremists are no true representation of any world religion.

 

Up And Over We Go…

The tractor can now drive across a real ground/background!

In the video below, I also did my best to drive the tractor over a hill to add that little extra challenge. It took a few tries :p but i am happy with how it turned out.

Again, since this is a follow up to my last post “Tractors are Meant to Drive in Fields”, there was no specific tutorials I followed. I used bits of knowledge  from everything I have learned to far!

I hope to learn something a little bit new and different next to hopefully keep everyone excited to see my project steps.

Until next time

Tractors are Meant to Drive in Fields

Hello!

Now that I have made a background (1st photo below)on Adobe Flash and a tractor using both Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop, it was time to use both creations and make it into one scene!

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I imported my tractor onto the background and converted each layer of the background and the tractor into separate symbols. (Photo of all my symbols below)

This allows me to move the tractor around the screen without everything in the background moving with it.

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The next step in making the tractor drive through the field is adding keyframes which I talked about in my last post. In each keyframe, the tractor starts out in a new position, eventually creating the animation of it driving along.

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The one problem/inconvenience I encountered in this particular animation was that for every new key frame I added, I had to add a keyframe in the exact same spot to every layer on my screen (sky, clouds, hills, grass, tractor). Unfortunately having to make five keyframes for every change in motion of the animation made it quite time consuming.

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This hopefully gives you an idea of what adding keyframes to each layer looks like.

For every movement the tractor makes, each layer is re added to appear in every keyframe by the end.

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I took what I have learnt from previous tutorials plus time that I spent playing around and experimenting on Flash to create this animation. I know there are different tips and tricks for anything but I cannot imagine the time and work thats put into any small professional (or any) animation, never mind an animated movie!

Until next time

 

50 + Key Frames to a Moving Tractor

Hello 🙂

For my next step in my animation learning project in ECMP355 using Adobe Flash and Photoshop, I created a moving tractor.  First I drew the tractor and filled it in with colour on Photoshop.  I then drew my tractor wheels on Adobe Flash and uploaded my Photoshop tractor onto Flash. After converting the the tractor body and wheels to one symbol I used the following video as a guide to add key frames in order for my tractor to move!

Key frames: are points on an animation timeline where you can add a new copy of the object or adjust its position, creating the illusion of movement.

My guide video “Making a car move” was somewhat hard to follow.  There is no verbal direction and the tutorial moves fast.  I took pieces from the video to create my own take on a moving vehicle(tractor).

Hope you enjoy!

 

Coding My Way Through Scratch

Hello everyone!

This week I created my first Scratch animation with coding!  Scratch is pretty user friendly but it still took me a few tries to properly arrange the coding (motions, effects, sounds etc.), for my short animation.

I used a background that Scratch had provided but I decided to draw my own jellyfish. This website is a great way to not only learn the basics of coding but to incorporate your own artwork into your animations to make them more unique!

Ecmp355 has given me some great knowledge about the importance of teaching basic coding in schools and Scratch is a good way to start your coding journey.

 

Building From the Ground Up

Hey everyone!

This week I started to learn how to build/create a background on Adobe Flash for a cartoon animation. I built up different layers for each component of the background i.e. sky, grass, hills, clouds etc. I have been playing with different outline and fill colours, as well as the colour gradient which is most apparent in the main grass section of this photo.

My next steps will be to add some detail to this existing background and then I get to start creating characters and see how well they will be able to move! (and maybe not so fast, if you saw my first draft)

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Here is the link that helped me start my animation backround.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8SoyG1bOKM

I cant’t wait to share my next steps in this process with you all!

Where Should We Travel To Today?

India? Australia? Japan? Germany?

What if students could go to school and travel to a different country that day?

Educators are always trying to find new ways of teaching students about global citizenship.  What a better way to learn about a specific culture than from those cultures themselves!

Teachers are using Skype to connect with classes all over the world.  It is a virtual field trip that will teach students more about different cultures than any online resource.  Students living and actually experiencing these certain cultures have the power to educate and inspire others the most!

Here is the link to the full article

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/09/skype-connects-classrooms-field-trips-around-world

I hope other future and current educators are also inspired to bring such a beneficial and diverse experience into their classrooms!

Classroom Blogging for Better or for worse?

As a parent, many are concerned about their child using/being represented on a blog. In this post, Will Whitten has come up with questions from a concerned parents perspective.  I act as a teacher in order to answer a few questions and concerns parents have about classroom blogging.

  1. What exactly is a blog?

A blog is as personal journal online that is updated frequently.  It is a place where the world can view your thoughts, passions, experiences etc.  Here is a great site for classroom blogs and its purpose. https://edublogs.org

2.  Who is your classroom blog for?

Classroom blogs can be beneficial for teachers, parents and students. Teachers can use blogs to upload assignments and state students progress for the parents to check up on.  Students will improve their writing and creativity skills while blogging.  It can be a new, exciting and creative way for students to express their knowledge from the classroom and complete assignments while having their voices and opinions openly heard.

3. What are some things I might find on your blog?

You could expect to see weekly student progress updates or assignments from the teacher.  Students may exhibit work and projects on their blogs, they can also simply blog about their progress in class or their opinions on certain matters covered in class/weekly prompts.

4.  What about the privacy of my child? I don’t want strangers to be able to learn about them?

Blog sites have the option of making the blogs public, classroom- only or private.  The teachers blog may be classroom-only, where only their students and parents can access it.  Student blogs can be private allowing only teacher access or just for the authors personal use and view.  A proper classroom blog should not name students, age or the school they are attending.  If there are pictures of the students, they should not be direct images of a students face and their name would not be put with the photo.

5.  Doesn’t my child get enough technology outside of school? I read an article that said they already get 1000 hours of technology outside of school.

Yes, many students use an exceedingly high amount of technology and yes too much technology is not good for our brains.  There is a difference between classroom blogging online and the technology overdose that students experience outside of school.  Social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.) and other uses of technology such as video games is not teaching our brains anything.  Classroom blogging uses every part of the brain that writing the same material in a journal would.  The only difference between online blogging and handwriting is the new, creative and easily accessible approach.

6.  Shouldn’t you be teaching them about things that aren’t technology- like English and Math?

Blogging is a way for students to take what they have learned in all subject areas and expand on their knowledge.  You can think about blogging as a substitute for class exit slips, in class journaling etc.  Students still learn in all subject areas but classroom blogging can be a different way for students to respond to in class discussions and lessons.

7. I’ve heard of this Cassidy’s Class Blog or Youth Voices are these the only kinds of blogs there are?

Anyone can blog about basically anything whether it’s for personal blogging, your business, a professional journalist or for the classroom etc. As for classroom blogging, it is the teachers’ preference in what to include but there are three general types.  The “Tutor Blog” where the educator blogs about curriculum, class assignments and more.  The students can then comment on his/her blogs. Second is the “Class Blog” which is a shared space between teachers and students where students are encouraged to expand on topics.  They have a bit more freedom to write, compared to the tutor blog.  Last is the “Learner Blog”, students write openly and freely with teachers’ administration and guidance.