29.11.08

Words, text, typograpy, animation = meaning



[Television interview about typeface design, with Steven Heller, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones at YouTube]
We're going to begin working with typography, and visualitzation of words and letters...
William's Word Generator:http://alethe.net/words/
"Admittedly, these poems are gibberish. But they're visually interesting, and you're welcome to rearrange the words yourself for more proper poetry."

Another web site we will use is Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ "Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes."
Here's an example of a Wordle:

Lastly, we'll watch some animations using letters and words...


[A short story made by a University student at YouTube]

Watch this Shakespeare Sonnet animation at YouTube;



...and try our own using iMovie.

Also visit:
(Type is Art is an interactive project showing the 21 distinct parts of letterforms.)

13.11.08

Mind-mapping the Human Body

Year 5's are creating mind maps of their understanding of some of the systems of the human body - respiratory, skeletal, digestive, muscular, and nervous, using the Kidspiration program. Here are some of the results:



Lego Digital Designer


Year 3 is exploring Lego Digital Designer, a program that lets you build with LEGO bricks on your computer, in 3D.



Lego Builder can be downloaded free for both PC and Mac.




Here's one of the Year 3 classes at work:





This video shows a few of the Year 3 students using the View mode in Lego Digital Designer, watching their creations "explode" and reassemble.




Observing the children marvel at this process, I remembered an archeology video I'd seen about how "careful mapping of a shipwreck can provide archaeologists with an understanding of where cargo was stored in a ship before it sank", and animation could "rebuild" the ship and place it's cargo in the hold. (link to the PBS/Nova Online story)

Read the whole story at Asia's Undersea Archeology: Brunei wreck
and click on this link to see the short video.

Using Microsoft Word

All the classes have been reviewing how to use a word processing program, Microsoft Word. We've talked about how to open a new document, and how you don't have to tell the computer to start a new line of text, unless you want to start a new paragraph. We've looked at change fonts, colors, sizes of text, and alignment and spacing.