Clever animation re: additive light

RGB, an animated short that explores how colored light mixes– from laughingsquid.com by Justin Page

 

 

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dailytimelapse-elfanddiary-jan2013

 

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A list of all the best iPad apps teachers need ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning / educatorstechnology.com

Excerpt:

We have been doing a lot of  reviews of educational  mobile apps. We particularly focused on the ones that work on iPad and we tried to cover almost all the fields from digital story telling to apps to teach creativity. Our purpose is to provide teachers with a repository of apps to choose from  when trying them with their students in the classroom. Check out the categories below and click on any title to access the correspondent apps it contains. Enjoy!

10 great apps for a teacher’s new iPad — from ipadapps4school.com by Richard Byrne

iPad resources, sources & tools — from GettingSmart.com by Tom Vander Ark

edapps.ca

The iPad: A useful resource to help students with learning disabilities — from utorbright.com

Excerpt:

Story Builder
Math Bingo
Proloquo2Go
Super Duper: What Are They Thinking
Conversation Builder

To better understand how the iPad can positively impact a child’s learning experience, here is a video of a nine year-old boy named Leo who is using an iPad app called First Words. Leo has autism but he is doing exceptionally well with spelling and pairing pictures with words.

Further references mentioned:
http://www.squidoo.com/ipad-for-autism

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/ipad-autism/index.html

 

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Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming, and Design - May 2012

 

Excerpt:

The animation education industy has never been so competitive, with schools competing for students and students competing for a small number of available industry jobs. The job rate and student employability has dropped to the lowest in years, so a top-notch animation education has never been so critical.

All this has made choosing the right animation school extremely difficult. To help students navigate through the world of animation schools, we’ve put together the Top 100 most highly-regarded and sought after animation schools on the planet. This list of the Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design was compiled via a mixture of school reviews, industry-reviewed lists like the Princeton Review, and via a survey of the animation industry professionals and recruiters from companies like Pixar, J.J. Sedelmaier and DreamWorks who were featured in our Interview Series. And without further ado, here are your Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design:

 

Adobe announces Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud on 4-23-12

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Adobe announces Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud on 4-23-12

 

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From DSC:

  • This last piece from David Nagel addresses my fears and concerns with our current emphasis on standardized tests, common core standards, etc.  The emphasis is on STEM and can lead to a one-size-fits-all type of education that doesn’t allow each student to identify and pursue their own passions enough.

 

Addendum on 5/2/12:

 

 

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Animator creates incredible musical painting with $5 iPad app [VIDEO] — from Mashable by Christine Erickson

Excerpt:

“I really recommend it to anyone who does storyboards, concept art and animators, filmmakers, producers, whatever — this is the future,” says the video’s lead animator and director, Whitney Alexander. (You can see the full making-of here.)

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Discover Living Actor™ Presenter Version 2 -- announced Feb 22, 2012

Per Benoît Morel:

We just launched a new release of Living Actor™ Presenter, a 100% online tool that generates video animations from an audio or text file, automatically animating a high quality 3D full body avatar. This new version is more powerful, offers more multimedia, and is faster to use.

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What is motion design and how can you use it? Video 101 — from onlinevideo.net and Vimeo Video School

Excerpt:

Motion design is everywhere! You can see it in TV shows, movie credits, and of course right here on Vimeo. But what is motion design? How do you define motion design? Well read on my friends, as we jump into this new world…

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Future of Storytelling Expert Series: CloudKid’s Founder on Interactive Storytelling for Children — from Latitude Research° by Kim Gaskins

Excerpt:

Recently, Latitude (in collaboration with Itizen) launched an innovation study on The Future of Storytelling. Why? So we can uncover the questions, challenges, and aspirations of tomorrow’s storytellers and identify how they can better align with audience’s changing expectations. Every week for the next several weeks, Latitude will share its conversation with a different influential individual. We’ll follow the series with a summary of best practices and insights for content creators and businesses from Latitude’s SVP, Neela Sakaria.

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About CloudKid

With our heads fully in the clouds (where else would you want your head to be?), CloudKid transforms daydreams, fantasies, and flights of imagination into characters and stories that live, breathe, laugh, run, shout and fly.

CloudKid combines story and animation philosophies with mobile/web technologies to create eye-popping programs for children—we take children’s media to places it’s never been before. From film/animation production to story/character development, CloudKid develops intellectual property and technologies that will truly change the way kids and families interact with entertainment.

 

Addendum later on 10/18/11:

 

Living Actor™ Presenter is a new Web platform developed by Cantoche, an international company well known for its unique expertise in 3D avatar technological innovations.

Various benefits depending upon the solution that you go with:

  • Enhance your presentations with a Talking Avatar
  • Animate you avatar using simple online tools
  • Reduce your multimedia production expenses
  • Access the largest library of 3D Talking Avatars
  • Get an immediate preview of your animations
  • Embed your virtual presenter in any software: Adobe Captivate or Presenter, Articulate Presenter, Microsoft PowerPoint…
  • Create immersive simulations for your trainees
  • Get the best of 50+ 3D Talking Avatars for your scenes
  • Produce the scenes yourself with simple tools
  • Reduce your multimedia production expenses
  • Get an immediate preview of your animations
  • Embed your simulations and scenes in any software: Adobe Captivate or Presenter, Articulate Presenter, Microsoft PowerPoint…
  • Offer a unique user experience for your visitors
  • Increase the transformation rate of your audience
  • Produce the scenes yourself with simple tools
  • Reduce your multimedia production expenses
  • Get an immediate preview of your animations

Frog Disection app from Punflay

Per Nicola Santiago at Punflay:

  • We develop educational iPhone/iPad apps for kids. Our Frog Dissection app which is being used in many schools was awarded the Mark Twain’s Ethical Science award by PETA and was also selected as the Best Science app by IEAR. We also have a Rat Dissection app in the store.

Side reflection from DSC:

This type of work shows the power of using teams of specialists. One person can’t do it all anymore — we need to face up to this fact and stop thinking that simply providing more professional development is the answer. I realize that using textbooks brings in teams of specialists — but it seems to me that we still think that simply by providing more professional development, our teachers and professors will be able to meet the constantly (and quickly) rising bar. That type of approach has outlived its usefulness and it just won’t cut it anymore; we do our students a major disservice by clinging to that outdated, status-quo-based model.

How can we move to using more teams of specialists to create and deliver our educational materials?

Nice work to the teams at Punflay in India!


 

 

 

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