Creativity for the Creatively Challenged

As the title of this post suggests, I had most of my issues in the creative process of making the free app trailer.  Before I even began the project, I had anxieties about making it good or interesting.  Procrastination then took place because that’s always the best way to handle a school project.  All of these anxieties melted away, however, once I actually started working on the  project.  The more I learned about the app and the more I was able to customize my video, the more I got excited about the project.  I was happy to see that I could use programs like Audacity and MovieMaker in my future classroom.  The layout of MovieMaker was easy to use once I got used to it.  I did have an issue with Audacity.  I didn’t want to choose music for the trailer until I had seen the finished project.  This was not my brightest moment, however, because then I was up against the clock to finish the project and actually had computer issues with the Audacity software.  My computer did not want to save any of the music that I had worked on in Audacity.  Luckily, I was able to save two portions of the music.  They weren’t the pieces that I had intended on using, but I made them work.  The day after completing the project, I figured out that the problem with Audacity was simply that it had downloaded incorrectly.  This was the only issue I had with Audacity,  a

The layout of MovieMaker was easy to use once I got used to it.  I did have an issue with Audacity.  I didn’t want to choose music for the trailer until I had seen the finished project.  This was not my brightest moment, however, because then I was up against the clock to finish the project and actually had computer issues with the Audacity software.  My computer did not want to save any of the music that I had worked on in Audacity.  Luckily, I was able to save two portions of the music.  They weren’t the pieces that I had intended on using, but I made them work.  The day after completing the project, I figured out that the problem with Audacity was simply that it had downloaded incorrectly.  This was the only issue I had with Audacity, but overall I had an easier time using MovieMaker rather than Audacity.

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Multitasking is the Life of a Student

Today, I watched a video by Micheal Wesch called A Vision of Students Today.  Despite the fact that this video is almost a decade old, many of the concepts discussed still apply to students.   Plenty of students miss class and laptops are brought for Facebook use rather than class use.  Interestingly enough, the video also points out that students don’t have enough time to live their life and do well in school without multitasking.  One student remarks that they are a multitasker because they have to be.  This statement hit home with me as I often find myself multitasking throughout the day.  For instance, I’m eating dinner while I’m writing this post.  So, what’s the big deal if every student is already doing this and has been forever?  The big deal is that advances in technology have made it easier than ever to get work done or get distracted while multitasking.

This is why I plan to use technology in my classroom when I am a teacher.  My goal will be to teach my kids how to use their tech to get work done faster so they can spend some free time on Facebook when they get home.  Also, I want to teach my student how to use technology effectively at the college level.  Laptops are helpful, but they can also be a major source of distraction. I want my students to head into college with a good grasp on how to study and use tech effectively.

Thoughts on Movie Maker

I’m the kind of person who walks near the printer and makes it go haywire. So, you can imagine how hesitant I am about using special software to edit videos. With that being said, I can honestly say that the tutorial for Movie Maker makes it seem pretty straightforward, a phrase any technologically challenged person loves to hear.

I love that everything I need to use in Movie Maker can be found with just a quick search in Google or YouTube. I never knew that I’d be able to download and convert a video on my laptop. I also enjoyed the fact that cutting the video down to a usable piece seems to be easy and fast.

Finally, I was pleased to see that I didn’t have to jump through hoops with Movie Maker in order to get music and pictures in my videos. Not only will this come in handy in the coming weeks for school, but this will also be great for future presentations in my classroom one day.

Great Tips to have Great Photos

In a time that is filled with Instagram posts and Snap chat updates, it is clear that we love taking pictures of the world around us and videoing significant moments of our life.  It is also clear, however, that not all of these snapshots or videos are of the best quality.

That’s when tips from a professional, like Dave Walker, come in handy. In a presentation, Dave mapped out some some great strategies to turn even the worst photos into masterpieces. He covered several tips, but one of the best was how to properly light a photo or video. Walker suggest avoiding direct sunlight. Instead, he recommends shooting during the “golden hour” or in overcast weather.  Golden hour is the hour before the sun goes down, which casts a gold coloring over everything that is not as harsh as direct sunlight. It is also good to shoot in overcast weather because the clouds work to diffuse the harsh beams of the sun.

Walker also gave some great tips on shooting video. In a video, Walker says that it is best to cut the length by 2/3 of what we think it should be. For instance, if you think a video should be 10 minutes, it would be best to cut it to 3 minutes. These are just a few of the great tips presented to make anybody’s photos or videos better.