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Film director Martin Scorsese appeals for ‘visual literacy’

Film director Martin Scorsese appeals for ‘visual literacy’ | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Film director Martin Scorsese urged Americans on Monday to pay greater heed to "visual literacy" and to embrace their rich cinema heritage before it literally fades away.
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THE SECRET WORLD OF FOLEY

Award Winning Short Film about Foley Artists, Directed by Daniel Jewel
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A wonderful short film showing the role of foley - footage of how sound effects are layered into a film, created as a short film itself. 
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Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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Teaching ideas and lessons for The Lost Thing - book and movie. ACMI have great stuff. 
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Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors

Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Snopes.com's updated list of fake news sites and hoax purveyors for 2016.
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With a solid history and credibility, this is a go to site to check out the rumours and fake news sites that seem to be infiltrating solid journalism these days. Very much needed in our post truth online era.
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Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer

Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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Things to do before you use a 3D printer
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Look closely because what’s happening in this ad has hardly ever be seen in Australia

Look closely because what’s happening in this ad has hardly ever be seen in Australia | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
IT MIGHT just be one of the most mould breaking adverts ever seen on Australian TV.
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Advertising slowly becoming more inclusive with this great ad from Kmart with variety of kids playing with dolls and lego. 
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DIY Smart Phone Projector - The Stem Laboratory

DIY Smart Phone Projector - The Stem Laboratory | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Wondering what to do with your overflowing recycling bin? This oh-so-cool DIY smart phone projector will inspire little engineers to turn recyclables into inventions. There’s no stopping the possibilities in a simple cardboard box! Getting Ready To make our DIY smartphone projector, we grabbed: a small cardboard box (ours was 8 inches wide x 6 inches high x 12 inches long) a magnify glass or camera lens scissors,
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A little bit of science project, a little bit of create your own big screen movie show. Fun idea - perhaps for a camping trip?
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Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Drawing has creative, expressive and educational value; it remains fundamental to translating and analysing the world
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Drawing as basic skill. How good would this be? 
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British photographer uses paper cutouts to cheekily transform European landmarks

British photographer uses paper cutouts to cheekily transform European landmarks | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Rich McCor's epic photography series involves adding custom-made paper cutouts to well known landmarks in major Euopean cities.
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Playful use of cut outs and photography - wonder how he gets the deep focus right?

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Obama Increases Sense Of Urgency By Riding Last White Rhino On Earth Through Climate Talk

Obama Increases Sense Of Urgency By Riding Last White Rhino On Earth Through Climate Talk | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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The power of Photoshop. Don't you have to stop momentarily and ask yourself is this true? 

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Mapping Words Around Australia

Mapping Words Around Australia | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
As part of the Linguistics Roadshow, we put together a short survey on some Australian English vocabulary. We invited people to fill it in and tell us which words they prefer for particular things,...
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Maps visualising where certain phrases are used across Australia. What general term do you use to refer to swimwear? A new survey about our Australian language use. Some interactive maps to show who says what where. Cossies, trunks, bathers, togs or swimmers? Deli, milkbar, corner store or dairy? Is this survey ace, awesome, cool, deadly, fantastic, rad, sick, grouse? All of the above?

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Deep House Drum Basics: Super Neat Beat Cheat Sheet - YouTube

For more information on Reason: http://propellerheads.se/tryreason One of the most popular styles of Electronic Music is Deep House. If you're just starting ...
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The visual nature of software interfaces is intimately connected with music production and composition. This tutorial also shows how a deep house loop is made - the basics. What does creativity look like here? Are the seeds of creativity in this example?

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Dissecting a Trailer: The Parts of the Film That Make the Cut

Dissecting a Trailer: The Parts of the Film That Make the Cut | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
How scenes from five of the nine best picture nominees were reassembled to promote the films.
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Fascinating interactive guide to how trailers are structured, showing how each scene relates to the order of the film - classic films trailers follow the chronology of the film, while others are more 'teaser' like, and  jump all over the film, presenting a taste of the ideas, rather than the storyline. Excellent interactive visuals let you see how the trailers are put together in this article from the Guardian. 

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The Complete Guide to Photography (For Beginners)

The Complete Guide to Photography (For Beginners) | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Are you new to photography? Knowing where to start can be tricky, and the huge amount of different camera settings can be overwhelming. The folks at KatchUp have created an extensive guide to photography for beginners and pulled out the key information into this awesome infographic, all in an effort to help you become a [...]
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A simple guide to photography with a useful chart for beginners

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Unsplash | Free High-Resolution Photos

Unsplash | Free High-Resolution Photos | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Do-whatever-you-want high-resolution photos.
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amazing photo resource, free to use
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Mat Tobin: English and Children's Literature

Mat Tobin: English and Children's Literature | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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UK teacher and academic Mat Tobin's blog has some engaging author interviews as well as book reviews of various picture books and graphic novels. 
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Initiative creates toys to reflect children living with disabilities

Initiative creates toys to reflect children living with disabilities | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it

Melbourne mother Maria Kentley is now contributing to the Toy Like Me campaign, which advocates for toy makers to better represent children living with a disability, through her not-for-profit 'Hope Toys'. Dancing, singing, blowing kisses and playing with toys are all part of the joys of being a little girl. But for 4-year-old Millie Grant, standard dolls did not quite fit the bill. 

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Critical media literacy - who is represented and who is hidden in our communities and in our advertising and toys? A great story to show alternative toy options. 
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John Spencer - YouTube

John Spencer - YouTube | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Here's an illustrated design challenge prompt you can share with your students. Enjoy this video? Please subscribe to the channel
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Spring board off some of these videos for making stuff in the classroom, as well as writing and creativity 
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IKEA BEDS commercial

The third instalment of The Wonderful Everyday campaign looks at the spaces in the home where our days begin and end: the bedroom and the bathroom.
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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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Everything About These Pictures Of A Tiny, Adventurous Lego Photographer is Awesome

Everything About These Pictures Of A Tiny, Adventurous Lego Photographer is Awesome | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
U.K. photographer Andrew Whyte took pictures of a tiny Lego man taking pictures every day for a year on his iPhone, and they're all tiny treasures.
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Working with LEGO for visual literacy activities is a simple and effective way to explore many aspects of visual grammar. 
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Little Parachutes: Situation books for young children

Little Parachutes: Situation books for young children | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Little Parachutes is a simple way to find picture books on the situations and challenges that young children experience
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A categorising of books on life topics for young children, linked to themes and life experiences such as new babies, fears, moving house and starting school. 
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Horizon Do You See What I See Part 1-4 - Video Dailymotion

Watch the video «Horizon Do You See What I See Part 1-4» uploaded by plamenj on Dailymotion.
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A BBC documentary about how we perceive colour and how this affects our lives. Red is powerful for many reasons and the show looks at various experiments to gauge our perception of colour. 

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Green Screen and disaster movies

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Animated gifs can be a great teaching tool - here is one showing green screen technology in a disaster movie

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This 1939 Chart Explains How Color Affects Legibility

This 1939 Chart Explains How Color Affects Legibility | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
There's a reason road signs look a certain way.
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Why colour is important for aesthetics but also safety. 

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ACMI Education - Modern Times Illusion | Facebook

ACMI Education - Modern Times Illusion | Facebook | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Check out this behind the scenes shot from Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film 'Modern Times'.

This famous film illusion is used in the roller skating scene....
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Early examples of special effects in films to enhance stunts with Charlie Chaplin

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Figures from Classical Paintings by Alexey Kondakov - Art People Gallery

Figures from Classical Paintings by Alexey Kondakov - Art People Gallery | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Alexey Kondakov
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updating classical paintings with some interesting new settings and body piercings too.

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