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Assignment 6 – Mapping it out – #edtechcca6

Make a custom map using Google Maps.

Use Google Maps to create your own custom map that includes photographs of places.

Think about the purpose of your map. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Create a photographic tour of an area.
  2. Use the map to show examples of local architecture.
  3. Create a tour of historic sites.
  4. Create a campus map of your local college or university.
  5. A map showing land use for geography.

Share your map on your blog either by embedding it or by linking to it.

Any photographs you use should be your own or licensed under Creative Commons.


Assignments 4 & 5 – Double Exposure – #edtechcca4, #edtechcca5

This is a double assignment that will last for two weeks.

Part One – #edtechcca4

Make a video clip of yourself hitting your tennis ball as if you are playing in a tennis match. You may make more than one clip, however you must hit the ball with a different random object each time (the sillier, the better!). After two weeks we will gather all of the clips together and edit them together to make a long tennis rally video. At the end of the two weeks I’ll post instructions on how to share your videos with the group. The completed tennis rally video is due on 29th February.

Part Two – #edtechcca5

A new photographic assignment will be posted here every two days until February 20th. Make as many of these photographs as you can and share them on our Facebook group. The Kodak website contains some tips on taking better photos.

Photo Assignments

  1. 8th – Make a photograph of a plastic object that you’ve used today.
  2. 10th – Make a photograph where LIGHT is a main element in the image.
  3. 12th – Make a photo of part of an everyday object and let everyone guess what it is.
  4. 14th – Make a photograph focussing on nature – animals, plants, landscapes, etc.
  5. 16th – Make of photograph of technology that you use often.
  6. 18th – What’s the weather like this weekend?
  7. 20th – Take a photograph from an unusual angle.

Assignment 3 – Comic Timing – #edtechcca3

Image by Abby Nichols (aknichols01 on Flickr) used under Creative Commons license.

Make a comic-strip style set of instructions for a practical task. The task you choose is entirely up to you. It could be something that relates to your subject area, or alternatively you can do something more generic like starting up and shutting down a computer, how to set an alarm clock, or how to use the office photocopier.

You could draw your instructions on paper and scan/photograph them or you could use an online comic tool. You could also use photographs and make a photo story with speech bubbles.

Here are some links to online comic tools. Some may be more useful than others so you may want to evaluate them before committing. You may use a different tool if you can find one.

Meeting – 1st February

Photo by Cayusa on Flickr

There will be an online meeting at 8pm UK time on Wednesday 1st February. Just a catch up and some information for future assignments. I’d be keen for a few members to talk for a few minutes about their experiences so far, so I’m looking for volunteers. You’ll need a microphone so you can talk to the group.

Meeting room – – just log in as a guest, using your name as the username.

Also, have you found a yellow tennis ball yet? Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to juggle, although I’m sure you’re used to juggling life, work and #edtechcc!

Assignment 2 – The Sight of Sound – #edtechcca2

Air raid sirens wail in the distance. Hurried footsteps and the murmurs of a crowd. A hysterical scream and the sobbing of a child. The ‘ack ack’ of a distant anti aircraft gun. The approach of  enemy aircraft announced by a steady drone. The apprehensive, terrified silence pierced by the inevitable whine of a dropping bomb…

Sound is a powerful but often forgotten medium. Play sounds at the start of a class and the students’ chatter will fade; they’ll tune in and try to make sense of what they’re hearing.

For this assignment, combine audio effects into a soundscape to represent a place or an event. This assignment may not be suitable for all educational areas, so please feel free to create a soundscape for a scene from a favourite book or a poem, or come up with another idea.

Ideas (or come up with your own)

  • English – the above example could set the scene for a book about WW2 evacuees e.g. War Boy.
  • Drama – set the scene with sound as Antonio’s ship is caught in The Tempest
  • Geography – recreate the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest
  • History – recreate the sounds of a famous battle

Where to get sound effects


Suggested tools for mixing sound

Audio sharing sites
Use a free audio service to host your soundscape. Embed the sound in your blog or link to it on the audio service.

Hashtag #edtechcca2

Out 25th Jan 2012

Due 1st Feb 2012