Aug 20

One day left until School term 2008 begins…so say hello to the Welcome Back Otter?

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Welcome back Grade 9 and 10’s hope you had a great summer and are raring to go this year in your Technology lessons. We welcome a new teacher to the High School this year Mr Gauthier – who will be teaching a Computer Technology in Grades 9 and 10 – his alias at the moment is ‘jimmylinux’.

Crash, ElvisVonWeasel and of course myself will all be using this weblog in both Computer Technology and Design Technology so it will be a much busier place this year so check back as often as possible to see what is happening, get help from your fellow students and of course comment on other students points of view.

Note to all students familiar with using Techbribe, your accounts have all been wiped so we will be starting fresh with new aliases etc – so start thinking. Both Grade 9’s and 10’s will over the semester do two projects – one a full portfolio based project and the second a more relaxed practical based project with no portfolio evidence needed. More to follow soon…..have a great year…

Dr Tech

Jun 19

School is Out For Summer – Flash Final

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Skool Out

Well schools is finally over. Well done to all Grade 9 students who have just finished and handed in their – Flash Animations of Action, there were some great animations considering this was a small end of year project. I might post a few of the best on the blog over the next few weeks.

Finally I would like to say both Crash and I have had a great year with both Grade 9 and 10 groups, and wish everyone a great summer. For those not returning I hopw you will take have had a great learning experience this year which you can take with you and impress at your new school.

(Note I have put everyone’s posts into one section and user, and deleted all users. So you will still be able to search for your post but will not be able to login! Sorry.)

Jun 04

Deadline – For Flash Animation 4 Action Project…

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The deadline for the Animation for Action project has been agreed with Crash and Dr Tech – it will be either Wednesday 18th June or Thursday 19th June depending on which day your lesson is on. All you will need to do is email a copy of both the .swf file and the .fla files to your teacher by the end of the day.

You final grade for the semester will be a combination of your How-To movie project and also the Design and Create grade from this Animation Project.

Jun 02

My Animation Idea…

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For my animation i am going to do a video showing the world the effects of cosmetic and medical testing on animals. What I want to show by the creating of this animation is what multi million pound company. This video shows what Monkeys are subjected to.

For my animation I am going use pandas and song to illustrate the cruelty in which some animals are treated. I am going to call my animation panda song. In this animation I’m going to have pandas bobbing their heads and singing about animal cruelty. At some parts in this video they are going to sing about other animals. For this animation I am planning to use flash animation software.

In this animation I am going to use a variety of different effects including monition tween and monition pathway software. This will give my animation movement. I am going to make my animation funny because adolescence generally remembers things better when they enjoy them. In my animation I am going to make that point that using animals for medical and cosmetic testing needs to be stopped.

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Jun 02

Oodles and Oodles of Noodles…

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Due to popular demand, heres Ooodles of Noodles – note some of the tricks it uses e.g. movie-clips and moving backgrounds are so easy to do!

Check here for a great moving background tutorial and here for a tutorial on how to make it look like a person/creature is walking combine the two and you have Noodles on your back!

May 31

Screenplay Planning / Flash Skills / Comments and ‘How-To’ Winner?

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Grade 9’s, Dr Tech here with a few comments and reminders about both projects that are running at the moment. Time as always is your enemy with both projects as you only have 3 weeks left to finish both – but remember you are only producing a product this time not any evidence/portfolio work.

Screenplay reminders:-

  • I would imagine you will be filming over the next week and a bit, so producers and directors will need to make sure that everyone is organised and ready for filming on particular days and times. You can film during lesson times, but you will also have to film afterschool or at lunchtimes to get everything done.
  • Make sure all information is placed onto your film pin boards so that everyone in the class knows what they are doing.
  • Once you have filmed a scene, remember to pass this onto the film editors as they can start editing that scene straight away.
  • Students have been asking if there will be a FOSCARS, and the answer is there is no time. The three films will be shown at an assembly if you all manage to film in time, and we can also make voting forms to see which is the best.

Animation 4 Action Reminders:-

  • Remember not only to watch your teachers demos for Flash skills, but to search out your own either on YouTube or other sites.
  • Here are some other great tutorial sites:- Webwasp, GotoAndLearn, Smashing, Cartoon Smart , Flash Banner Tutorials and there are many more….just go out and search…
  • Remember all you have to do is produce an animation promoting your organisation and cause, the style and content is up to you!
  • Note check your guide to see all the skills you should use within your animation for it to be of a high enough standard for a good creation grade!

Comment Fever:-

If you thought no-one else but Egham students read this blog, check the comment placed onto Geologyrocks latest post below. Have you checked comments on your post? –Comments from afar on geologyrocks post. Make sure you comment on each others posts, communicating and networking is the best way to learn and share ideas!

How-To Winner:-

So far the ‘How-To’ video with best reviews is called – ‘How To Breakdance’ (Note you will need to login to see the video!).I have not closed off voting and reviews yet so things could change?

May 31

Free Tibet – Animation for Action

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I chose the topic of Freeing Tibet for my animation project because it is an important topic in society at the moment and it can bring biased opinions which will make it more interesting. Already there have been activists that are supporting the “Free Tibet” campian, that have made it clear to China how they feel. They have climbed the Golden Gate Bridge, in order to fly two flags. One that says, “Free Tibet 08” and the other that clearly says, “One World; On Dream; Free Tibet”

(http://www.earnedmedia.org/Free%20Tibet%20SF%2020070407.jpg) And a web link to see the news site are: http://youtube.com/watch?v=C6eqO7Da7aI&feature=related

On youtube there have been many postings of events, and protests that have been occuring all over the world. One in San Francisco that was large is shown here:

There are many groups that are supporting this cause and that is one of the main reasons why i was inspired to us this certain topic as my animation theme. Some links to support groups are:

http://www.freetibet.org/

http://www.tibet.org/

My plan for my animation will be based on a certain topic of the war that is going on, and not the entire idea and aspect of the war. I will mainly be focusing on why “China should free Tibet.” This is because i think that this is the most important and broad topic of the event. I will use images and facts from the websites listed above to hopefully prove a point that, Tibet Should Be Free.

May 31

WWF – Adopt a Panda Animation

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WWF adopt a panda you can adopt a panda in asia and help sponsor it. For just £2.50 a month you can support a panda. By supporting a panda you wil recieve a packet of panda related goodies and provide enough money to support a panda for a year. Your £2.50 a month will help protect the pandas, provide more conservation land for them and help care for injured pandas.

WWF’s giant panda programme has been working for 25 years now and since the start of the programme wild numbers of pandas have grown to around 1600 pandas and they have created sixty giant panda reserves. WWF have been working with the Chinese Government to make sure there are more areas in China where the giant panda can find the food it needs and live in safety. The panda is incredibly vulnerable to habitat loss and bamboo loss which is the pandas main source of food. Due to expansion of villages and cities pandas which used to be free to roam throughout china are now limited to an area only about 1.2 km wide. WWF works with the chinese government and local communities to reduce these threats to the panda by increasing the size of conservation areas and helping local people to be less dependent on forest resources

Donating to WWF will benefit the Pandas, the environment and the local community. Here is a sample of my flash animation skills so far – Dr Tech says be careful this is a little psychadelic – wow-man!

May 28

-Shelter Box-

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For this animation project, I have chosen the Shelter Box Foundation. This foundation provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world. The box includes : a ten person tent, a warm bed, water purification, cooking aids and utensils, a practical toolkit and a children pack.

I chose this charity because we have been talking about it in Advisory. We have also been trying to set up various fund raisers as the boxes with all the contents in it are quite expensive. Although the boxes with everything in it is expensive, you can buy the items seperately.

In my animation, I will be focusing on trying to get people to raise money for this foundation. I will do a web-banner or a short movie clip with Adobe Flash CS3.

Here is the website for the foundation : http://www.shelterbox.org/morecontents.htm

May 28

Malaria

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For my Animation for Action flash project I decided to raise awareness about Malaria affecting children in Africa and many other parts in the world, but especially Africa. The reason I chose Malaria as my subject is because I used to live in Angola, which is a country that is affected severely by Malaria. I personally never got malaria because my mom always told me I had to wear mosquito repellent. However, many of my friends did get malaria, but since we all came from wealthy families we could prevent the disease from getting worse.

However, there are many children in Africa that don’t have access to hospitals or any medicinal supplies. Having to see this everyday and talking with people whose parents or children lost their lives because they couldn’t treat this disease is something really hard. I have gone to different orphanages where I heard stories about their parents dying because of Malaria. I just want to show that it is a huge problem in the world that not many people are aware of because they live in countries where hospitals could be just around the corner. Living in a country like this and having to see this everyday has made me want to share some facts about it with other people. For my flash animation will show pictures and there will be facts popping up so everyone can learn from it.

May 28

My Animation – Energy Saving Trust

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My animation will aim to aware people about how much energy is wasted every day. It will try and inform people how much energy we could be saving if we just do a couple of steps. I think that we need to save more energy and use more energy efficient items. If we do that then we could be saving heaps of energy in just one go. Like for example if we just switch of the lights when we come out of a room we could be saving a lot of energy. This idea just popped in to my head and I decided that I should do this animation. I realized that we all do this with out even realizing that we are doing it. The organisation that helped me is called Energy Saving Trust,if you want to visit their website you can click here to go there.

My animation will aim to aware people about energy. It will have ways that you could save energy. I will try and include all of the main ways you can save energy. These steps will be easy to follow and will include everyday things that we all do.

May 28

Breast Cancer

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The reason why I choose Breast Cancer was as my mum’s friend in Ireland is a Breast Cancer survivor. She got it mild so she was not in hospital for a long time but some people are not lucky as her, they could be in hospital for a long time.

At the time when I first was told what breast cancer was, was when I was 8, I did not know what exactly it was but I knew only ladies could get it. I asked my mum what was breast cancer was and the words that I got back was it only happens to women, they get cancer in their breast, they get lumps in them and they could lose a breast. Ever since I was told what it was I have always wondered how people can get breast cancer, does it come fast?, how do you know when you have it, how can you cure it and does it continue in your family like is it a family tradition to get breast cancer. Once I have found out I will have a better understanding of breast cancer and how we can stop ourselves from getting breast cancer in the future.

If other people do not know any facts about breast cancer will be able to help them and then when they see my animation they will also get a better understanding of breast cancer and that it can be very bad. I can also tell people how they will help themselves from getting breast cancer and the consequences of it.

You can find information on this web sight!

How does it happen:

http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/how_happens.jsp

Who gets breast cancer:

http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/who_gets/index.jsp

May 28

Save the Koalas

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My animation idea was to support the koalas. Small, furry, and strange creatures. I chose this idea because koalas are generally sparse, yet interesting animals. The reason for my inspiration is that when I travelled to Australia, I saw a koala in a tree in the outback, I thought it was a rather funny animal. This leads to my inspiration, I think we need more koalas. In my animation I will focus on quite a few things. The first will be on helping Koalas to survive, one of the only ways is to donate money to charities. The second will be on taking care of a koala at home. The site that will do this is http://www.savekoala.aus.to/win_koala.html. Another charity site is https://www.savethekoala.com/.

May 28

AZG

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I am going to support AZG (Artsen Zonder Grenzen), which translates into Doctors Without Borders. This is an organization that helps people all over the world. Besides many other things, AZG helps the fight against AIDS. There are people that are off a lot worse than us (yes, it sounds cheesy), but we should help them.

After seeing this video I was really quite shocked. I want to make more people aware of the seriousness of AIDS, as more and more people are dying from it. “In 2007, globally, about 2 million people died of AIDS, 33 million were living with HIV and 2.5 million people were newly infected with the virus.” (UNAIDS, World Health Organization. 2007. AIDS epidemic update.) These numbers are very high, and it’s horrible.

For my animation, I will focus on that you can support others to treat these people so that they do not have to die. Things can be done about this, and I want to let people know that. I would also like to show how it is done in my animation, so that people get a better idea of treatments and such.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJyce5QFhs

May 28

YOUTH CHURCH ANIMATION

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For my animation I chose to promote the St John’s Egham youth group for 14-17 year olds, CYFA. I chose this organization because it is something that I am already involved in and I think that the stuff they do there such as charity raising and aiding the community with such things as free gardening projects and windscreen washes. they also however provide fun and religious teachings. Therefore , in my animation, I will focus on the fun you could have at a CYFA meeting, the good you’ll be doing for the community
, and the good you’ll be doing yourself spiritually.

May 28

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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I was thinking about what organization to make an animation for, when I suddenly stumbled upon a video raising awareness for The World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF. The video shows various pictures of very endangered species. Watching the movie reminded me of my responsibilities and my beliefs. It really made me feel that I had to do something to help.

So I have decided to make an animation raising awareness for WWF and their amazing accomplishments.

The main focus of my animation will be endangered animals. I basically want to inspire people to support WWF by either taking part in their developments or just donating a little money (I really hope that I can make a difference).

Below is the video link that inspired me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdC66UpB-q8

May 28

My Animation – No Bees = No humans

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My Animation will be about the importance of bees. I know that this at first seems really random, but think about it, without bees, plants would not get pollinated (bees pollinate 91 percent of all plants) with out this, plants would not be able to reproduce very effectively, and would die out. No plants = no food for animals (including us humans) and also no oxygen to breathe: basically everything that we need to survive depends on bees.

Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, “man would have only four years of life left”.

I got this idea about five minutes ago in biology. It got my attention immediately. In the animation I want to focus on the problem and some solution that we can do to save humanity, because already bees are decreasing in earths atmosphere.