Cool Links #59: New Toys Edition

This week we got some new gear and have been having some fun playing around with it.  I can’t wait until we get the new cameras and new software to put all the new stuff into use. Until then I’ll have to be happy with all the cool links on the ‘net.

1 – CNN put together this informative and moving tribute to one of their own, camera operator Margaret Moth.  She is an inspiration for everyone.  She was a pioneer in the TV News business when there were very few women running cameras and she chose the toughest assignments in war zones around the planet. This is well worth the time to watch.

Margaret Moth is Fearless

Margaret Moth is Fearless

2 – Another well-crafted video is the Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom.  My favorite part is when the narrator says that we can’t keep blocking every social networking tool on the Internet and expecting our students to create new and interesting things at the same time.

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

3 – As a typeface nut, I just love this comparison of Arial and Helvetica, two of my favorite fonts.

Arial and Helvetica

Arial and Helvetica

4 – This seems to be video week, and this link is a youtube vid about the advertising crash that is killing nearly every type of media — The Mad Avenue Blues.

5 – How do you store digital photos for the long-term?  What is bit-rot?  Burn CDs, DVDs, TB drives?  Petapixel has the answers to all these questions on how to store your digital pics for the long term.

6 – Have newspapers fallen off a cliff? This graphic makes it appear so, that their ad revenues are in free fall.  This is bad for a lot of journalists who work in the newspaper industry and to a certain extent the TV news industry too.

7 – Bob Kaplitz’s blog has been cranking out good content lately.  Well worth the watch.  How to add interest to your video story.

How to get b-roll and add interest to a story

How to get b-roll and add interest to a story

8 – I’ve been looking for this for a long time – a great list of do’s for taking more compelling portraits.  Mug shots are so boring, but you have to have them in a newspaper or yearbook.  Here’s six ways from the dPS to take better portraits.

9 – What if newspapers are doomed?  What if we are experiencing a change like that of movable type?  The Gutenberg press changed the religious, political and educational scope of Europe in the 1500s and 1600s.  It upset conventional society and changed everything.  What if the Internet is like this for newspapers?  What then?

Have a great week and keep on teaching those journalism skills.  Got to have the skillz.  Mad skillz.

Cool Links #58: Focus on Zoom

This week my Video Technology class was struggling to shoot some basic shots when I discovered that several of our cameras could not focus or zoom properly.  We went from 12 cameras to 6 working cameras in one day – not a great day.  I told my principal about it and he has promised to help me order more equipment.  I am anxiously hopeful. Now, on tht the links.

1 –  I just saw this yesterday and had to share it.  Tech people can get so hung up on our religious war over operating systems, but I totally agree with this venn diagram, there is no perfect OS.  (And I learned that venn has two n’s).

The Perfect OS - A Winduxintosh

The Perfect OS - A Winduxintosh

2 – This is a great mashup of photography and science – send your own camera into near-space for less than $200, it is called the Icarus Project.  Thanks to Silber Studios for the link.

Near Space Shot

Near Space Shot

3 – LIFE magazine has a super slideshow titled, When Newspapers Mattered – photos of a lost age. Lots of shots of newspapers in their heyday.

4 – The International Journalists Network has a really useful resource tab on their web site.  Lots of materials.

5 – Another photo gallery, this on from TIME is a bunch of doctored photos, mostly pre-photoshop.  Most I’ve seen before, but a few are new. (to me)

6 – I’ve always wanted to know the difference between sRGB and AdobeRGB.  PetaPixel tells all and I finally feel I know why we use AdobeRGB when we print.

7 – The net has been churning up photos like the ocean kicks up driftwood, and LIFE magazine has another fine photo show focused on Ernest Hemingway and the Old Man and The Sea.

8 – This is a post that is so full of photo goodness, I can barely contain it.  100 Great Portraits of iconic people – it includes Afghan Girl, Bogart, Einstein, Che, Lincoln, both Lenin’s, Migrant Mother and more.

9 – John Stewart is still out there providing an insightful look into journalism today.  And even he feels scooped by the amateurs who showed ACORN as a shady organization slurping up at the government trough.

10 – And while we’re on the subject of journalism, who knew Jay Leno was a such a tough interviewer.  He really hit Kanye West hard with the “momma” question.   Thanks Daily Beast.

11 – The world keeps turning and we in education keep getting farther behind.  The more we try to block technology, the dumber we look to our students.  Did You Know 4.0 shows us how dumb we are.

12 – I love this idea:  Totem pole writing for the web. Get them hooked at the top, but then dole out info all the way down to keep them reading.

13 – Most of us high school journalism teachers DO run a news organization, here’s 11 Things Mediaactive would do if they ran one.  I’m hoping to do 8-9-10 right away.

14 – As a teacher and a media journalist, these 55 Random Thoughts from a 20 something really helped me to understand how kids today think.  And yes, they think differently than we did.    Best takeaways – #8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 25, 27, 31, 37, 39 and 52.

Have a great Web Week!

Cool Links #57: Picture Day Madness

We had photo day at our school this last week and it actually went pretty well.  We were able to make it through another year without any major disruptions.  Now, on to the links…

1 –  “I’d give Byron a 7.5, but you can’t dance to it.” This is what I feel about Mr. Teacher’s post on Rating Your Teaching and the behavior of students.  He has a useful, but at the same time meaningless scale, that even he says is useless in rating teachers via the behavior of their students.  To me it is like telling coal miners to go down in the mine and mine coal, and then be unhappy with them for the quality of the coal in the mine. I’m a 7.5 by the way.

2 –  This happens to me all the time.  I find a great site and create some content with my students and then a week or two later it is blocked by our IT wizards.

Moving the Goal Posts

Moving the Goal Posts

3 –  I couldn’t pass up these graphics from Dangerously Irrelevant.

Are you the shoe or the insect today?

Are you the shoe or the insect today?

In Filters We Trust

In Filters We Trust

4 –  Flick School has a great example of the terms Rough Cut and Final Cut.

The Final Cut

5 – An insider’s view of the Backpack Journalist or Solo MoJo revolution.

6 – The Ugly Truths of Modern Journalism from 10,000 Words blog.  Good read for all of us who educate future journalists – if there is such a thing.

7 – This is a long post, but well worth it.  The Top 10 Lies the Newspaper Industry is telling itself.

8 – Herff Jones, the yearbook company, has started a blog – Speaking Yearbook.  I hope this is a trend and other companies start one too.

9 – Neatorama has a cool post on a new Math Book that has a great section on the Golden Ratio.  Put away your fear of numbers for a minute and grab your calculator, because the Golden Ratio is the basis of the Rule of Thirds, 35mm film and the 3-4 TV screen size.

10 – Alex4d has another plug-in, inside-outside matte.

11 – Photographer Amanda Emily has a cool tool, a blue hour / golden hour timetable generator.   Just pop in your address or zip code and you can get a table of the hours for the entire month.

12 –  The lovely named Mrs. Shaner’s class web page has a great treasure of InDesign worksheets near the very bottom.  Great for yearbook or Desktop Publishing classes.

13 – DPs has the Indiana Jone’s themed post – Secrets of the Marquee Tool.  (imagine theme music as you read the title)

14 – The SciFi themed io9 blog has a well thought out post – Stop Shaking My Movies Like A Polaroid Picture.  First explain just what that is to your digital camera wielding students. Then get them to put their cameras on tripods.

Polaroid

Polaroid

15 – If you like type, and you should, then this blog is for you – Typography Served is a fun blog about typefaces and more.

16 – In Australia – New South Wales to be exact, they are giving every kid a netbook with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite on it.  When can we start doing that here in the states?

Have a great week.

Cool Links #56: No Snow, No Leopards – Only Tigers and Bears

Snow Leopard came out this week, but we are not yet upgrading, in fact we are still using Tiger as our standard production OS.  I do have leopard on my laptop, but that has been it’s own nightmare.  I think we will upgrade to Leopard 10.5, but not Snow Leopard 10.6 when we get our new copies of CS4 later this year.  Anyway, on with the links.

1 – If you are moving forward on the Apple platform, you really must migrate to iMovie 09, so says Flickschool.  We have moved on to Final Cut, but for schools that just can’t or find it too complex, then 09 is for you.

2 – If you haven’t heard of Auto Tune the News, then you are missing out on some hilarity.  Schmoyoho – a youtube creator has them on his channel.  Very creative and funny.

3 – Black Star Rising photo blog has us tech teachers nailed – as in we’re doing it right!  He has a great chart on the taxonomy of doing vs. lecture.  When the kids get up and out of their desks and pick up the gear and do it, then they get it.

Taxonomy of Learning

Taxonomy of Learning

4 – This one is a great history lesson about the internet, how 20 top sites looked when they launched.  My favorite is YouTube.

YouTube on launch day!

YouTube on launch day!

5 – Flawless skin, perfect hair, bright white teeth, it must be Photoshop and it is.  Fun Tuna has a collection of before and after photoshop images. Here’s my favorite.

Great skin tone

Great skin tone

6 – I’m having trouble getting kids to understand that being a good ______ (writer, photographer, shooter, editor, on-air talent) isn’t enough anymore.  You must be a jack of all trades and master of all too, or the jobs just won’t be there for you.

Don't Get Left Behind

Don't Get Left Behind

7 – If you don’t have Alex4d in your RSS reader, then you are going to miss out on some great FREE plug ins for Final Cut, like this one for feathering.

8 – This is a super quick post with five rules it’s OK to break in video and five rules you better not break.

Short list this week and a bonus question – does anyone out there know how to download Vimeo videos.  Vimeo is blocked at my school, just like Youtube, but I can’t find any good resources for downloading Vimeo videos.  I appreciate any help.

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