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I received a flyer by email today that sounds like a fun and authentic learning experience for those that get involved. It is aimed at mid to upper secondary students and will be held at North Sydney College on May 25 and 26 2011. Read below for more information:

Digi-Girls Spark Art course is a registered program for National Career Development Week. See part of flier below.

What is ‘Spark Art’?
This workshop will introduce girls to some of the latest technology to come out of the Electro-technology and IT worlds intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. An ‘Arduino’, which the girls will be using and programming, is an electronics platform based on flexible, easy-to-use open-source hardware and software. 

As part of a team, the girls will design and build an LED cube that will then be programmed, using software, to produce a creative light show in time to music and other performance based criteria, through an Arduino. The resulting work will be presented to parents, friends and teachers at the end of the two days.

Target group: girls who enjoy Visual Arts, Design,  and IT.

By the way…Vivid Sydney: Our course will precede this great Sydney arts festival and the girls will see immediate industry application of the introductory skills they will have undertaken within Spark Art: Sydney will be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 27 May -13 June 2011.  The festival will be celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific. Vivid Sydney will color the city with creativity and inspiration, featuring breathtaking immersive light projections on the iconic Sydney Opera House sails, and a free outdoor exhibition of interactive light sculptures. Unique and gripping, each of their creations is an immersive experience, seamlessly integrating every possible technique into new forms of multimedia expression.


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I have been looking for some of the latest stats on Internet and Technology usage and developments. Here is an example of Mobile Technologies and their development between 2009 to 2010.

Here is a great clip I use with my students about the science behind the development of digital sound and it’s relation to Compact Discs.

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I have been exploring the concepts of multimedia and the development of emerging media based trends with my students. Here is a clip I will be using as a stimulus piece for discussion

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Top 6 Ways for Faculty and Students to Use VoiceThread. . .

1. Student Collaboration: Students collaborate on group projects by uploading content, adding comments, and discussing assignments and presentations.

2. Student Discussions and Peer Feedback: Students discuss topics that are assigned by the instructor or self-directed, such as summaries of reading materials, and post comments and feedback for each other.

3. Student Presentations: Students create presentations to demonstrate mastery of course material and moderate followup discussion and feedback.

4. Recorded Mini-Lectures and Narrated Presentations: Instructors create mini-lectures and narrated presentations to reinforce course materials and allow to students to review important concepts.

5. Guest Speakers: Guests are invited to create presentations, moderate discussions, or join existing threads.

6. Feedback for Individual Students: Instructors provide individual feedback on assignments and can also highlight areas of documents using a digital pen (doodling).

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Deep Zoom: I was show the capabilities of Deep Zoom a while ago when I was attending the DigiGirlz show at Microsoft in Sydney earlier this year. Deep zoom is something you can do within the framework of Microsoft Silverlight. As defined on

Deep Zoom provides the ability to interactively view high-resolution images in Silverlight. You can zoom in and out of images rapidly without affecting the performance of your application

It looks quite interesting to me, especially from an imaging perspective.

Here is an interesting clip that showcases some famous operas in under 10 minutes. This may be useful for educators wishing to introduce elements of this historic and important form of music to students that may be resistant to this particular genre. Have a look and see what you think.

From Youtube:
” What is opera all about? Watch and find out! A hilarious film by Kim Thompson (and it doesn’t even last 10 minutes!!)”

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