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▶ Beds - IKEA - Commercial Ad - YouTube

IKEA Adverts & Commercials Archive Beds The third in the series of "The Wonderful Everyday" IKEA UK campaign. The first part of the campaign launches with th...
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Read this extract from The Tempest, discuss what it might look and feel like, then view this IKEA advert to see how imagination and creativity can be played out. Wonderful commercial! 

Such stuff as dreams are made on

Prospero:
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158

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Stop-Motion Parkour - YouTube

We can't actually do flips and tricks in real life, so we applied a bit of video magic. Follow us on Facebook for updates on all the cool things we're workin...
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Stop motion super heroes - creative and fun way of doing an action movie that you can be the star of.

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Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph.
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Lewis Hine quote is an interesting take on credulity and critical literacy practices. 

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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: Defend press freedom, 2 | Ads of the World™

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: Defend press freedom, 2 | Ads of the World™ | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it

y clyInformation is ammunition. Advertising Agency: Juniper Park, Toronto, Canada Executive Creative Directors: Terry Drummond, Alan Madill, Barry Quin

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Very clever advertising series on freedom of the press. Information is ammunition - look closely

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Your Best Mad Men Ad Mash-Ups

Your Best Mad Men Ad Mash-Ups | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
When we asked how you would tag the blank Mad Men posters currently gracing subway platforms across the city we expected a couple submissions. Instead we got dozens.
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Mad men posters re-mixed across city subway posters. Mash up and participatory culture

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Beatboxing 101 - BEAT NYC

Beatboxing 101 - BEAT NYC | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
There’s no need for instruments to make music; you can use the greatest instrument of all, your own body. Members of BEAT NYC teach the basics of beatboxing (think trumpets, bass drums, and everything in between), all while driving around New York City picking up a few friends.
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Okay it's about music and beatboxing, all part of multimodal texts, but this is a great little video teaching how to beatbox

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Greenpeace: LEGO — Everything is NOT awesome | Ads of the World™

Greenpeace: LEGO — Everything is NOT awesome | Ads of the World™ | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
URL: http://www.legoblockshell.org We love LEGO. You love LEGO. Everyone loves LEGO. But when LEGO's halo effect is being used to sell propaganda t
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An excellent use of music to complement the still shots of LEGO creatures sinking under oil. The parody of the LEGO movie and dong got them into some trouble, with the down beat "everything is awesome" making a strong point 

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Study Links Junk Food Logos To Obesity

Study Links Junk Food Logos To Obesity | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Kids who could identify golden arches and other junk food logos had higher BMIs than their brand-ignorant peers, researchers found.
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Important links between not just being visually literate but critically literate. Knowing how images work also means knowing that effective images can influence  passive acceptance of ideas and behaviours. 

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Kindergarten Jitterbugs | Dancing Through Each Day!

Kindergarten Jitterbugs | Dancing Through Each Day! | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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A well designed Aussie blog for kindergarten with effective layout and use of vides

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D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Peter
Macdiarmid has taken photographs of locations in
France and England to match with archive images taken before, during and after the D-day landings
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Clever use of fades to show how the landscape has changed between the D Day landings and present day France. 

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wall displays

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Ideas fWall displays to support pupils learning English

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Ideas for visual displays in the classrooms for EAL learners - some helpful ideas here that are practical for all learners too. 

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Here I Am by Patti Kim Book Trailer - YouTube

Experience a young boy's journey to a new life in a new country, a new world full of possibility, and a new future of hope. This wordless picture book tells ...
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Book trailer for the wordless picture book Here I am. The story of a child's move to a new land and the challenges, all with no text and a watercolour aesthetic. 

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This Gorgeous iPad Science Book Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

This Gorgeous iPad Science Book Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
What if you could touch an old timey science book to learn more?
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Some nice possibilities here for interactive learning with a simple science iPad app

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Letters From Schwarzville

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Illustrator Viviane Schwarz collects ideas and examples from picture books to typography in her blog. 

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Shaun Tan invites you into his studio - YouTube

Academy Award winner, illustrator and author Shaun Tan takes you through the creative process in the privacy of his studio. Shaun Tan's award winning animati...
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Shows that a quick, messy picture is what this illustrator starts with. It's not all about 'confidently drawing stuff' but having the 'freedom to make mistakes' as you draw. 

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7-Year-Old Redesigns Sauce Label To Look Less Like It Contains Cat Poop

7-Year-Old Redesigns Sauce Label To Look Less Like It Contains Cat Poop | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Harry Deverill had no idea what the label of his favorite sauce was even supposed to be. Now his design is on store shelves across Britain.
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Love this! A kid sees bad design and offers to re-draw it for the company. Look at the original sauce bottle image - it does look like cat poo.

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'The Invisible Discriminator' - Stop. Think. Respect. - YouTube

Why should anyone be made to feel like crap, just for being who they are? Subtle or 'casual' racism can be just as harmful as more overt forms. Stop. Think. ...
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Powerful video about racism and discrimination, using subtle images and effective voice over

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10 Awesome Photos Of People Shooting Out Of Waterslides

10 Awesome Photos Of People Shooting Out Of Waterslides | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
It's summer, and we're all a little hot. Time to hit the waterslide park with photographer Krista Long.
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Catching movement and speed as people shoot out a tube- strong action vectors

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LEGO, how will you rebuild what Shell destroys?

LEGO, how will you rebuild what Shell destroys? | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Sign the petition to ask LEGO to cut ties with Shell and save the Arctic. Don't let Shell pollute our children's minds!
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The companion site to the protest video

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Greenbees - YouTube

Greenbees - Save the bees, save the humans. http://sos-bees.org/greenbees The Greenbees are mobilizing to protest against pesticides sold by agro chemical co...
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Timely and powerful play on the role of activism, but with bees out to save themselves and us too.  Green peace has some excellent video advertising. 

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▶ 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art - YouTube

by Philip Scott Johnson Music: Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma Nominated as Most Creative Video 2...
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This montage not only explores the changes in artistic styles but also in representation of women across the ages. The artists page gives more information about each piece - http://www.maysstuff.com/womenid.htm

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Solar System Tour from the sun to pluto

Travel around the solar system look at the starts, earth and saturns rings and see how the planets align for years to come. Compare pluto's orbit to our own.
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Visually rich interactive activity for the classroom. Quite complex settings possible. 

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12 Books to Encourage Children to Look at Art

12 Books to Encourage Children to Look at Art | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The books on this booklist introduce kids to art and artists in the comfort of their own homes. Several books include reproductions of great artwork (e.g. Vincent's Colors, Feed Matisse's Fish, I S...

Via Mark Tipping
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Nice links here to picture books for classroom use as well. 

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Mark Tipping's curator insight, March 24, 2:59 AM

This page contains a list of 12 children's books about art. The books are a great way of integrating literature with art and introducing students to different  artists and artistic styles.

 

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Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it

wordportfolio website for illustration and film design

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A wordless picturebook, with an author website, giving a book trailer and making of information. 

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Wordless Picture Books

Wordless Picture Books | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it

SomeExplore Reading Rockets's hand-picked collection of Pins about Wordless Picture Books on Pinterest. | See more about picture books, underground railroad and googly eyes.

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Some wordless picture books reviewed via pinterest with links to Amazon to see more. 

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