1. Tom

    Police Beat

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    I was listening to “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” coming to work this morning. I’m always surprised what songs actually say when you really listen to the lyrics. Essentially, a number of the things advised by songs can be highly questionable- even in innocent seeming songs from The …

  2. Tom

    My Take on #DS106

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    I recently tried to present something on #ds106 and MOOCs in general at VSTE. It’s probably best it wasn’t filmed. I’m going to try to present something more coherent in writing.1 This will be a description of what made this course work for me although I believe it …

  3. Tom

    2 for DS106

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    These two apps for the iPhone are not necessarily educational but they make for some decent entertainment. Think of this as my high fructose corn syrup post.

    VidRhythm

    This app was kindly given to me by the Debbie Roethke who knows what kids like.

    It’s stupid fun. Basically, you …

  4. Tom

    19 Strangers

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    It has taken me quite a while to get to 19. Clearly, I tend to do this project in fits and starts and I do much better when I leave town. Because the Universe has a sense of humor, I will be in Las Vegas for BlackBoard World and I’m …

  5. Tom

    Introducing Randomness

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    I had a great time at UMW’s Faculty Academy. Got to meet a number of people face to face for the first time which is always interesting.

    I was lucky enough to be able to present as a plenary speaker1 as well. After being repeatedly told to “bring my …

  6. Tom

    Performance Based 21st Century Assessment

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    We’re looking to put some more muscle behind the idea of preparing students to do more than take multiple choice assessments. We looked at a variety of products and were not happy with the options so we decided to make our own. Working with, John Ross1 we got together …

  7. Tom

    Henrico 21 Lesson Videos

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    We just wrapped up this year’s 21st century lesson plans awards. Below is one of the student work winners- a great stop motion ad created for Alexander’s BBQ. The restaurant has the ad running on its website.

    You can also find quick video summaries of the winning lessons (like …

  8. Tom

    Strangers #5 and #6

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    This little girl was at a birthday party for some family friends. She alternated between closing her eyes and sticking out her tongue (in a non-annoying way that made me like her more) and that real smile.

    Her older sister was there too but she was old enough to pose. …

  9. Tom

    Stranger Portrait #4 – David

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    David was suspicious of my motives. It seems explaining that you take pictures of strangers to interact with new people and work on your photography skills is not seen as a normal motive for doing something like this. I soldiered on and (semi?) convinced him I was simply odd and …

  10. Tom

    One Picture Story

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    The goal was to take one photo and chop it up to make something that tells a story or creates some kind of tension by breaking the image into pieces. I had the idea for the “assignment” after seeing this shot1 on #FFFFFound.

    I’ll rate this one …

  11. Tom

    One Picture Story

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    The goal was to take one photo and chop it up to make something that tells a story or creates some kind of tension by breaking the image into pieces. I had the idea for the “assignment” after seeing this shot1 on #FFFFFound.

    I’ll rate this one …

  12. Tom

    Stranger #3

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    Michelle is from a small “hick” town (her words) outside of Austin. She has a younger sister who she basically raised because their father left and their mother had to work. She is on her way to visit family in Germany. This is the first time she’s made the trip …

  13. Tom

    Stranger #3

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    Michelle is from a small “hick” town (her words) outside of Austin. She has a younger sister who she basically raised because their father left and their mother had to work. She is on her way to visit family in Germany. This is the first time she’s made the trip …

  14. Tom

    Stranger Portrait #2

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    I don’t want to be the “creepy guy with the camera” that D’Arcy mentions in his #ds106 talk but I do want to be able to capture certain images and interact with other humans in a variety of ways. If I can make myself keep trying these I’m hoping, eventually, …

  15. Tom

    Stranger Portrait

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    I often see people and think that I’d like to take their portrait. It sounds creepy in my head as I write that but I promise it’s a fairly widespread idea. I just happen to think certain people look interesting but I don’t ever do anything about it. I …

  16. Tom

    Stranger Portrait

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    I often see people and think that I’d like to take their portrait. It sounds creepy in my head as I write that but I promise it’s a fairly widespread idea. I just happen to think certain people look interesting but I don’t ever do anything about it. I …

  17. Tom

    1 Story – 4 Icons

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    Assignment: Reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.

    That’s my attempt above. I tried to stick to a three color scheme. The first image is supposed to be a parking meter. My wife was unable to …

  18. Tom

    1 Story – 4 Icons

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    Assignment: Reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.

    That’s my attempt above. I tried to stick to a three color scheme. The first image is supposed to be a parking meter. My wife was unable to …

  19. Tom

    Giving It Away

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    The Knight Rider gif has nothing to do with this post but it might make you feel better. If you’re here from #ds106, that image is for you, the post is likely to be depressing although it does at least reference Gardner’s digital facelift talk.

    What passes for deep thoughts…
  20. Tom

    IOGraphica: It had to be done

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    I blame D’Arcy for this.

    I kept thinking that it’d be interesting to take the results of IOGraphica and make it into stop motion animation. I looked for ways to download the image every X minutes but failed to find any way to do that in the program. I then …

  21. Tom

    Predator

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    I’ve been posting a lot of garbage animated gifs on here, essentially just reveling in the chaos of what can be made.

    After reading Alan’s post I decided to publish something a little more serious and a little more in line with the spirit of the original challenge. The movement …

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