Dilation Grid Portraits for Black History Month by @BlackWaterMS #artsed #mathchat students w/ @animoto vid & gallery

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Since my 7th and 8th graders recently created dilations based on their own images, I thought it would be easy for them to do some giant ones.

BWMS students collaborated to come up with several African American leaders/celebrities that could be showcased in our upcoming Black History Month luncheon.

We eventually settled on Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Tyler Perry (as Madea), Jay Z / Beyonce and our resident SRO: Officer James Lawson (you can see the original 4×6 photos below)


Each class received a different celebrity, and each student received a different piece of the puzzle. I drew a 1×1 grid over the photograph, and then xeroxed it, enlarged it and cut it up to give each student a piece.


I then utilized a lot of teamwork with my students so that they could work together and achieve the best looking art. (A big push was telling them that their work would be Tweeted on the celebrities wall so that they should do a great job)

SO I ended up assigning one person per column of co-ordinates to make sure everyone in their column had artwork that matched up in proportion and value. For example, my “A” captain oversaw all of the students that had grid pieces that had “A” on it.  I also had myone assistant who made sure all captains worked together and made a great grid piece

I documented my students’ progress using the IPad’s Stop Motion app. Pretty neat, especially if using your IPhone as a remote. I just wish I had more photos to go with it as it is pretty fast

Check out the work that they did below! I am so proud of their teamwork and ability to dilate a photograph with value so well



@wevideoinc Tutorials – #Cloud video editor for #socialmedia #edtech & @prezi #lessonplan



And now.,. for some of the tutorials

Introduction to WeVideo

The video below demonstrates how to login / create a WeVideo account. It also has a basic overview of the dashboard and connecting your account to your favorite social media sources

Import Clips into WeVideo

This video demonstrates how to import your clips into a project, organize them into a folder and the difference between a video and graphic. IMPORTANT TIP: Always know where you save clips and what they are called

How to Trim Clips & Clip Properties in WeVideo

This video shows how to pull/stretch a clip to edit it or splice it. I also show some advanced features with clips such as adding tracks, FADE IN/OUT and how to do a picture in picture


How to Add Special Effects & Audio Tricks in WeVideo

This video shows you how to create transitions in-between two shots, along with some of the simple graphics and visual effects you can add. Finally, I’ll show you how to add music and sound effects during some scenes

How to Collaborate on a WeVideo Project

This video will show you how to email the project to your partner’s so that you can share the same resources and complete a film together



How to Export your WeVideo to your Social Media site

This final video will show you how to export your project into one of the various social media sites, such as YouTube, Twitter or Facebook

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@GoAnimate for Schools #Animation for Respect, #AntiBullying and Co-operation PSA’s #studentfilms #artsed


BWMS Visual Arts students were assigned the job to create PSA videos on major topics such as respect, team work, following directions and anti-bullying. Scroll down through their work that they made with the free website GoAnimate4Schools.com


Team Work GoAnimate.com: Help on report by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Following Directions GoAnimate.com: boonducks by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!


Working Together GoAnimate.com: Working together to get a free life. by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Not Fighting over Boys GoAnimate.com: Justice Blocker by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

Respect GoAnimate.com: don’t disrespect teachers by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Respect and Teamwork GoAnimate.com: teaching lessons by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! No More Fighting or Skipping GoAnimate.com: No fightinnnggg. by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Working together and Show Respect GoAnimate.com: respect by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

Bullying and Friendship GoAnimate.com: friendship by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Respect and Good Sportsmanship GoAnimate.com: Respect by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

Respect and Working Hard GoAnimate.com: basketball interview by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Respect your Teachers GoAnimate.com: Botto by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun! Working Together GoAnimate.com: piarate peace by null

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

How to change your @edmodo avatar w/ @piterwilson Stop Motion Webcam #edtech #web20 #socialmedia #studentgallery

Students got to create animated “movies” of themselves utilizing the netbook’s built in web cam and the great website Web Cam Stop Motion 

I have used other Web cam sites in the past, such as GIFUP, ( you can CLICK HERE to check out a previous post that I made using GIFUP for the same purpose)

But what I like better about Web Cam stop motion is that you can take up to 20 photos, it keeps track of them using the “onion skin” mode and it works great with the built in web cam

I gave my students the option to change their Edmodo avatar or display it on the class wall for Edmodo. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post – you can see our student gallery


  1. Plan out a work of animation 

  2. If the site asks for access to the web cam / microphone ALLOW

  3. Shoot 20 Photos of doing something in a progressive movement

  4. Hit: “Sava and Publish Animation”

  5. Then select “Watch this Animation” to save the actual image, you can also post it to Facebook or Twitter by selecting the other options

  6. Your animation will appear on its own screen, then select “Download this animation”

  7. Your image will now appear on its own web page. In case you get a red “X” on the screen, go back to the last step and right click on the “Download” link and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” instead

  8. Once your image appears on its own web page (probably surrounded by just white) right click on the image and select “Save Image As / Same Picture As”

  9. Make sure you know WHERE you are saving it, I’d recommend your “My Pictures” folder

  10. NOW go onto Edmodo

  11. Type something in the status update box, such as “here is my pic”

  12. Click “file” to attach

  13. Browse for the file you just downloaded and hit open or ok

  14. In the send to box – send it to your class


Follow the previous steps 1-10

11. In Edmodo, click on Account > Settings

12. Hit the “browse” box next “upload a photo” 


13. Browse for your file and hit ok / open

14. Save your personal info

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8th grade Pre-Skills to Grid Portrait Dilation gallery #lessonplan #artsed #mathed

My 8th graders were first quizzed on how well they could draw a self-portrait with a mirror


Afterwards, I we spent the remainder of class working with guided insturction and I showed them how to draw a portrait in correct proportion


About a week or so from that, the students spent everyday working on a dilation from a photograph


They drew a 1″ grid on a 4×6″ photo, and then enlarged it to a 2 x 2″ grid on a 9 x 12″ piece of a paper.  


I was really amazed with the work they pulled off. Check out some of their progress from a pre-skills, to guided to final work in my photo montage video


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