Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Animated Shapes move to Music

Maggie (IT), Mark (music) in Thailand and I are working together to develop the putting together of art and music.

The first project was done with a year 4 class in one hour ready for a whole school presentation.Seven groups took a short piece of music and created their interpretation in colours and shapes.
Have a look and listen!

There is plenty of room to refine and extend this idea!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gill Kicks comments:

No time to look at it yet, but sounds fantastic. My only problem is
finding the time in only one lesson a week for each class (50 minutes
when I take out 'travelling to the suite' time) to fit in all this
wonderful creativity.
I am looking forward to opening our new, additional ICT suite (a week or
two) when I propose to use some of my 'management' time to run in-school
ICT workshops.

11 March 2008 at 13:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelley Irish comments:

Wow-that is very cool
I am still going through the tutorials on flash. I am excited that Thursday and Fridasy I am going to the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning Conference. I wrote and won a grant to go!

11 March 2008 at 13:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kamal K Khanna (Bobby) comments:

Thanks for forwarding those details. The kids really seem to have got into it.

Unfortunately, I'm constrained by many things at the school I'm at. Their network is slow and so the kids lose patience whilst Flash is loading. This can sometimes take up to 5 minutes. In addition, the department has no headphones or microphones, therefore talking heads or any form of sound work
is nigh on impossible, unless I ask the kids to use their own ear buds.

Finally, as there are no other teachers who have Flash experience, it is difficult to demonstrate techniques to a roomful of year 9s who would rather just surf the net.

Two lessons down, and all I have managed to do with some is get them to do a simple shape tween. In addition, I am producing a help document for the more basic tasks, but this also is taking an age.

My eventual aim is to get the kids to produce a short movie on 1 of 6
topics, where they have to find their own resources. This is looking more and more unlikely as time ticks away. I am finding that unless there is a clearly defined 'remit' to which the kids can work, they don't seem to see the point of using flash.

Your idea seems less onerous, in that I could get the music department to suggest some music, or I could find some cinema movie sequences for the kids to animate. I will have to see how this impacts my lesson planning and assignment requirements.

Once again, thank you for keeping me posted, and I shall contact you when I have something more substantive to offer.

Here's hoping.

11 March 2008 at 14:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian Alexander comments:

Thanks for sharing! This looks great.

I am working on a few projects, but it is going very slowly. Right now
I have a group of students involved in Destination: ImagiNation, which
is a problem-solving competition that keeps us all very busy... we just completed the regional competition and will be moving on to the state.

I do Flash as often as I can, but I'm not nearly as far along as I would like to be. I'm still developing an explanation for chemical reactions, and I still plan to teach my students how to make fire so that they can create movies for Fahrenheit 451.

I also would still like to call you and get some pointers, perhaps in a
week or two. I do not recall if you have a specific schedule for phone calls?

(any time between 9:00 and 21:00 GMT if I'm in - 01229 480347 - Geoff)

Thanks again for keeping in touch. This is a very exciting world you
are developing.

From a previous email:

I am still working on setting up my business as a way to service teachers who could use animations. It will be a long time before I get it to where it needs to be, but I am doing as much as I can when I can.

In the meantime, my wife and I will be teaching in Shekou, China (near Hong Kong). This is something we are looking forward to. I would love to use Flash in my classrooms, as you do, if we have the capabilities. It would be a very interesting take on something like this and really stir up education for the better.

11 March 2008 at 14:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maggie comments:

Maggie comments:

I am so glad that I am teaching in
Thailand where I don't have all the constraints of the others! It's
such a joy to be able to have a teacher like Mark come with a "good
idea" and be able to say "Yes, let's do it."
I have my tickets for
the music concerts already and I am so looking forward to the whole
school community seeing what great work our Y4 students have done.

11 March 2008 at 14:16  
Blogger Maggie said...

I went to the Elementary Music Concert (7 Elements of Music) last night - WOW it was amazing. We had 2 monitors outside the theatre with the students' Flash files playing before parents went in and then inside the theatre the Flash was playing on a big screen too. The Flash was used between the different performances too. Everyone was so impressed by the music and by the animations.
Actually it was the best school music concert I have ever been to (I
heard others saying that too!)

13 March 2008 at 14:06  
Blogger Maggie said...

I went to the Secondary Music Concert (7 Elements of Music) tonight. I was sitting next to a parent who has a child in Year 4 and one in Year 9 - so she saw the animations already yesterday and then again this evening. She was so impressed that these amazing animations were produced by such young children. She said she wants to get Flash on her computer so that her daughters can use it at home!
The concert tonight was good, though I have to say I enjoyed it better yesterday because the younger children are so much more enthusiastic about everything and they really looked like they were having a good time, as well as performing! Yet again this made me very glad to be an elementary teacher, and very glad to have the flexibility to be able to use such creative software with the students.
The Year 4 students who did the animation to music have now started a new unit called Unspoken Communication - I think the Flash files they created are a wonderful way of showing their unspoken communication and I am going to try to publish them all on the school web site.

13 March 2008 at 14:11  

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