I had fun afternoon yesterday playing with the new Word Dance app that had only just been released. Word Dance allows you to create word clouds in a good choice of shapes, or to fit a photo of your own, that you can then string together into an animation with added music. The finished video saves to your camera roll for use elsewhere. Your text can be typed in or you can use tweets from a particular Twitter user name or hashtag.You have the facility to change fonts, colours, set transition duration etc and the music is added from the music you have purchased from the iTunes store that is downloaded to the device in the Music app. The app is easy to navigate your way around and gives impressive results without too much work. At £2.29 the app is reasonably priced , I foresee I will be using it often!
This will be the first World Book Day in a very long time that I am not in the school library coordinating events which will be strange but I am very lucky that I will be in Guernsey instead. I will still be in a school library - I am visiting Elizabeth College the school that won the Write Path this year and we will be launching the Write Path books on the day - it's very exciting! Last year for WBD we wrote a Twitter story with other schools and one of our year 11 students made a video - we had themed the day around the excellent Trapped By Monsters website (www.trappedbymonsters.com) and he had great fun getting staff to wear monster masks and running around school like a mad thing! I also made a longer video with colleagues in international schools, they were asked to prepare a video not longer than 3 minutes of their students talking about their favourite books. I then collated all of these wonderful videos into one and if anyone would like to use this to show on Thursday it can be accessed here:
It is a long video, aprox. 45 minutes but you could just show part of it if you would like to. The students on it are quite fantastic and very articulate, apologies if the sound is a little erratic it was one of my first moviemaker projects. Happy World Book Day everyone!
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.