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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 theyre all tiny treasures.
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Love these tiny set ups - great activity for kids to practice photography with a very obedient model to help them. Easy to transport too

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The One Show: 1 SILVER, 6 Merit D&AD Awards: 1 Inbook Cannes Lions: 2 BRONZE, 2 Finalist Clio: 1 SILVER, 2 BRONZE London International Awards: 1 SILVER The New York Festivals: 1 BRONZE AdFest: 2 SILVER, 1 BRONZE, 2 Finalist spikes Asia: 2 GOLD, 1 SILVER, 4 Finalist
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Nice social commentary on how we use technology to be alone together #sheeryturkle

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London Studio Projection Maps with Analog In-Camera Effects | The Creators Project

No computer graphics were used to create the visuals in Projection Artworks' 10-hour show.
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Similiar to the Vivid festival in Sydney, this installation projects manipulations live onto the front of a building, where the effects are created by hands on techniques

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The LEGO Movie - Master Builders - Into Film

The LEGO Movie - Master Builders - Into Film | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
A cross curricular literacy resource inspired by The LEGO Movie suitable for Primary schools
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Another way into film and visual literacy work using the LEGO movie here with quite a few lesson ideas and plans. 

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Minimalist Fairy Tale Posters

Minimalist Fairy Tale Posters | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
We'll always have a soft spot for minimalist movie posters. (See here, here and here.) But combine classic fairy tales or fables and minimalism and you have something even more special. With just the right amount of cleverness, these posters by Christian Jackson take us back to our own childhood, making us (dare I say) giggle with glee.

Update: After we put up this post, we got in touch with Jackson for the behind-the-scenes scoop. Read that brief Q&A, below.
















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A set of posters that makes you think about what cultural knowledge you immediately use ( or don't have) when working out what an image may mean. These fairytale posters use a single visual  or story element to prompt your thinking. 

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Ant-Man Trailer and First Poster Ready to View - TheHDRoom

Ant-Man Trailer and First Poster Ready to View - TheHDRoom | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The first Ant-Man trailer debuted during Marvel's Agent Carter last night. You can watch the full Ant-Man trailer here in high definition.
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Great use of white space in this poster

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New Poster Makes Understanding Type As Easy As Learning The ABCs

New Poster Makes Understanding Type As Easy As Learning The ABCs | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Pop Chart Lab's latest charts the ABCs of typography.
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A poster that gives details about how type is formatted, designed, with definitions of terms such as serif, kerning colour types and more. 

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Three-Panel Plays

Three-Panel Plays | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Each of Shakespeare's plays summed up in a pithy three-panel comic.
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Great as the basis for making very short movies using Vine or Nutshell

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StoryKeepers - iPad StoryTelling APPS

StoryKeepers - iPad StoryTelling APPS | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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Storytelling apps - working with iPads and tablets. Many apps that may suit working with stories in the classroom. Note that apps can become dated but popular ones will continue to be useful. Comic creating apps are particularly useful for visual literacy work. 

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The Arrival Teacher Resource

The Arrival Teacher Resource | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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A teaching unit for Shaun Tan's The Arrival. Linked to the National Curriculum with helpful activities. 

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Always looking for easy tools to grab and annotate screens. Here are some more. Skitch used to be good but new version is awful - try these below

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 31, 11:48 AM

Four apps for annotating screenshots are discussed here. I like Snagit, where it is possible to save annotated screenshots to one's Google drive.

flea palmer's curator insight, February 3, 5:38 AM

These all look good - much easier than using a combination of tools! Remember copyright though!

Filipe Cálix's curator insight, February 22, 10:57 AM

Para capturas sobre páginas web (além de edição e anotações sobre as capturas) a extensão Fireshot (browsers Chrome e Firefox) é, para já, imbatível.

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An Interactive Map Of Manhattan’s Mega Urban Expansion

An Interactive Map Of Manhattan’s Mega Urban Expansion | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
From farmland to metropolis, all inside your browser.
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Interactivity using visuals and a slider to show change over time 

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Halloween Ear Training Insider: Horror Film Music Secrets Uncovered

Halloween Ear Training Insider: Horror Film Music Secrets Uncovered | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
What makes a Halloween film score creepy?Turn down the volume on your favorite Halloween horror film and suddenly the movie goes from scary to silly. Why is tha
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Resources to think about how sound and music work with visual texts.  Multimodal elements working together in horror films is powerful. 

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Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration

Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
It is undeniable that we live in a new media age. In this age, literacy requires students to be able to make meaning from information in a wide variety of formats, one of the most prevalent being v...
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An overview of graphic novels and related theory

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This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s...
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Haunting is the correct word. How could this have been permitted over so long a period? And why do we permit it today via sweatshops and human trafficking?

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Gus Gordon - books

Gus Gordon - books | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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Gus Gordon has some wonderful books with many resources for using them in the classroom . Particularly love Herman and Rosie, set in a previous era in New York City. 

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The Film Space | Teaching Trailers | Winter 2014-15

The Film Space | Teaching Trailers | Winter 2014-15 | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The Primary and Secondary editions feature 30 trailers for current and upcoming cinema releases, available free of charge to educators across the UK.
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Wonderful resource which has PG and G rated trailers with lesson ideas about how to teach key visual and filmic elements. 

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Father And Daughter Michaël Dudok de Wit - YouTube

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Beautiful story and storytelling. Emotional power using movement and gesture. Delightful yet sad tale. 

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Little People - a tiny street art project

Little People - a tiny street art project | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
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Always something very cute about little people - artist site is here http://slinkachu.com/little-people

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Set the Scene with a Three-Picture Story

Set the Scene with a Three-Picture Story | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
I upload sets of photos to my photoblog and use images to liven up posts here all the time, but until this year I never thought much about the overarching stories my choices of images tell. I used ...
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Three picture stories - simple ways to tell a story with three photos

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
50 Resources For Teaching With iPads
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A collection of collections about iPads and useful apps. Can't vouch for each link here but an up to date collection of current links and sites. 

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How to Read a Wordless Book - Resources-Shaun Tan and The Arrival

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A wiki with many many links to Shaun Tan's work - articles, teaching ideas and his own website. 

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Optical illusions show how colour can trick the eye | smh.com.au

Optical illusions show how colour can trick the eye | smh.com.au | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The Internet erupted in an energetic debate last week about whether an ugly dress was blue and black or white and gold, with celebrities from Anna Kendrick ...
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Amazing the way our eyes and brain process colour. Some useful optical illusions. 

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25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings By Rob Gonsalves

25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings By Rob Gonsalves | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves' paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real. Most have an unclear boundary between the multiple stories they tell, which forces the viewer to jump back and forth between them - like an optical illusion that changes every time you look at it.
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Optical illusions remind us that images are constructed not natural but still give much pleasure and enjoyment at the skill of the maker and the ideas conveyed

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How sampling transformed music

How sampling transformed music | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.
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Remix explored by  musician and producer Mark Ronson. Multimodal mixing with some hip hop history

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Visual Language Lab -- Downloadable Papers

Visual Language Lab -- Downloadable Papers | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Visual language Lab: Researching the structure and cognition of the visual language of comics
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From a psychology viewpoint, looking at how comics mirror the syntax of written language and how readers react when structure is disrupted. Also a variety of other publications around comics and visual language.

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