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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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How to Create a Video on Typito

How to Create a Video on Typito | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Typito is a new-to-me video creation tool about which I wrote a short review last weekend. Typito sits comfortably between the simplicit
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Resource for online video editing
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Oliver Jeffers author video - YouTube

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Another interview with Jeffers about his journey with making picture books
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Oliver Jeffers - Learn How to Draw - YouTube

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Jeffers shows how to draw Floyd from Stuck, with his signature stick legs, as well as his scrawly shadows and curly action vectors showing where Floyd has thrown his box of cornflakes. 
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Oliver Jeffers Picture Book Maker

http://www.penguin.com/oliverjeffers Oliver Jeffers takes us through the process of writing and illustrating his picture books in this fascinatin
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 A little video bio about Oliver Jeffers - picture book maker. He shares a bit about his craft, his daily routines and how he gets ideas. 
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Free Ultra High-Resolution Aspect Ratio Templates for Your Next 4K, 5K, or 6K Project

Free Ultra High-Resolution Aspect Ratio Templates for Your Next 4K, 5K, or 6K Project | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Aspect ratios are an insanely powerful visual tool, and aspect ratio templates are a great option for spicing up your work quickly and easily.
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Film ratio templates to use when working in iMovie. Simply open and drop chosen letterbox ratio image onto timeline. The video link about changing moving lines is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB9GR-qJbUA

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How obsessive artists colorize old photos

How obsessive artists colorize old photos | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
It’s harder than you think.
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How does adding colour to historical black and white photos make photos more relatable? Great little documentary about this. 
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Flying Food - 99% Invisible

Flying Food - 99% Invisible | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Of all the ads you see on TV or on billboards or the sides of buses, an overwhelming number of them seem to be for food: icy cokes in frosted glasses; fajitas sizzling on the grill; a guy biting into the perfect hamburger on a sesame seed bun. But of course, you know: in real
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Showing students how advertising works to create and manipulate images and video is always important for visual literacy but also critical literacy practices. The comparison of hamburgers in the first clip is fascinating. 
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Full Moon Service

Full Moon Service | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Erik Johansson's latest artwork is awesome and the behind the scenes video really shows you the work involved to create this
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Photos can wow and give us immense pleasure - complement this by checking out the video that shows the work and digital skills that go into creating an image like this. It's still an amazing photo, even when you know how it was done. Helps kids appreciate the artistry but also understand the work and what is 'real' and what is not 'real' when they see images. 
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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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Oliver Jeffers - On His Style - YouTube

Oliver Jeffers Picture Book Maker
Penguin Kids
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The style of Oliver Jeffers, particularly his stick legged people!
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The Art of Authenticity (Part II) - YouTube

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Jeffers is interviewed by the Imagista team about his work. Great quote "The reason I love picture books as a platform so much is because that it's it's really this this excellent arena in which you can weave words pictures and out of each other without them doing the same things at all like you can have them do until the opposite things and then they combine to create this this middle ground"
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Wordless Picture Books + FREE Downloadable List

Wordless Picture Books + FREE Downloadable List | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Wordless picture books are a delight for children of ALL ages. Download our FREE library list and explore this fascinating genre!
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Lists of wordless picture books, great for all students including EAL/D ESL learners. 
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1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America's gun crisis – in one chart

1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America's gun crisis – in one chart | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive reveals a shocking human toll
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Visual data is powerful - but is it powerful enough to change American gun laws? Sadly it seems nothing will change an obsession with guns that the rest of the world finds mystifying. 
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Strip Panel Naked - YouTube

Strip Panel Naked - YouTube | Visual & digital texts | Scoop.it
Taking a look at why the best comic books work the way they do, by breaking them down and analysing the work that's gone into them.
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Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou has a youtube channel where he explores many features of how graphic novels create movement, tension and emotional reactions. A detailed and extended discussion on many well known titles. Warning - he uses mainstream texts which have a lot of graphic violence, albeit in the comic genre. Nice little article here too http://99percentinvisible.org/article/strip-panel-naked-deconstructing-art-design-comic-book-layouts/


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High Diving Giraffes

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Another short film, very fun to watch, but also great for discussing what is real and what is 'digital' and made up. Could real giraffes do this? How else do we know it's  been created on a computer, not filmed? 
Nicholas Deveaux, a French artist, is popular for his whimsical animations of animals doing distinctly human activities.  This video below titled ‘5 mètres 80’ is one of his short animated movies and it features a team of high-diving giraffes performing a set of remarkable flips.
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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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