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3D printed Tripod adaptor for Microphone.

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I work with multiple iPads in a classroom where Green Screen editing happens regularly.  I struggle with finding ways to attach a microphone to the iPad. My RODE mic has what is called a 'cold shoe' on the bottom of it. Which attached nicely to my iOgrapher case for iPad mini.



My problem is that I only have one iOgrapher case, and 10 iPads. I needed a way to attach the Mic to a tripod when the iOgrapher is not available.

So I came up with this, that I made in TinkerCAD. I finished it off with a few bolts and wingnuts. Depending on the size of your tripod, you might need to wrap some cardboard around the pipe that the mount connects to...




Let me know what you think!

NASA Mars Rover project.

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This school year, I am looking to develop my school's interest in Robotics. I stumbled across this project in my feed. It is a miniature version of the NASA JPL Mars Rover.

I plan to build and program a robot with my students at Waupaca Middle School. Students will learn to work design and build, program, and find solutions to robotic exploration. We will follow the Stanford Design process, and create tools for the robot to be able to find information about it's environment.

I am developing the unit now, but I will post links and resources as I create them.




Getting Started with Green Screen

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Over the last year, I worked with students to create a broadcast studio for my school's announcements.  We worked with a live recording, where our 'anchor desk' could record the pieces together.

There were a lot of pieces, but we were able to get some nice results.

Items needed:


Green Screen or Painted Green wall.  I used a Matte Finish green paint from my local paint store.  Lights.  I found mine on Amazon. Video Camera or Digital SLR with an HDMI output.  I had a Nikon D3300 and a Samsung Video camera.  Having the ability to zoom is a good idea for larger groups. HDMI Capture Card, and a cable to suit. I use the Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder, which outputs to Thunderbolt on my iMac.  But the Elgato Cam Link looks good too. Check the connections on your computer, because this is the device that connects your Camera to your computer.  Software.  OBS Studio is a great piece of open source software. It runs on multiple operating systems.  It connects to almost everythi…

Adobe Spark for Chromebooks

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Adobe Spark is a great way to create video with a Chromebook.  It is simple, scaffolded, and works. 8th grade students at my school are currently using it for Social Studies, but it could be used for many applications.
Here are my tips for getting started with Adobe Spark Video on a Chromebook.  Full video above, but my tips are linked below by topic.

Finding and Inserting Pictures: Start 2 minutes in. Creating Map images with Google Maps to insert: Start 5 minutes in. Starting to record your voice overs : Start 6 1/2 minutes in. Downloading and Sharing: Start about 7 minutes in.
Hope this helps!

Trading Cards for Historical Figures

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Trading Cards for Historical Figures
I was asked by a teacher in my building to help make a template for students to make 'historical figures trading cards'.  Not old baseball cards. Basically a sports card, that students could edit to show details about a person that they could research. The template is linked below the video clip.

Here is my short explanation of how to modify...



Here is my template for Making a Trading Card in Google Drawings.

Hope this helps you!