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App of the week

Written by David on March 12th, 2013.      2 comments

Many years ago I issued a challenge to my friends to share their journey to work, I had recently broken my arm, it was a complex break and I was in a cast for three months and had to stop cycling to work.  So I walked to and from work.

I had always enjoyed looking at what I passed on my bike commute, but the slower pace of walking made me appreciate all the more wonders that we pass every day in our cars and hardly acknowledge.  Once back on the bike I determined to record the amazing journeys we complete every day.  I strapped a video camera to my bike and rode to work and posted the film and at the same time set up a wiki and a challenge to my friends to record their amazing journeys.  You can see what they shared on my Amazing Journeys wiki.

With the advent of the iPad this challenge has become much easier.  I have been a fan of time-lapse photography for a long time and create short time-lapse videos for fun in my spare time.  But time-lapse is a great tool for the classroom to record change over time, how clouds move, how shadows change etc that what was once the preserve of specialised equipment can now be in the hands of every student.  So my app of the week this week is Time-Lapse a free iOS app that easily allows you to create time-lapse videos with your iPad.
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I have decided that for the next few days I will use this app to record my amazing journeys.  The bike has gone these days, I do miss it, and I now commute all over Auckland to the schools I work in.  Below is my amazing journey from Pinehill School to home, complete with a snarl up on the Harbour Bridge!

My challenge to all of you out there with an iPad is to create your own amazing journey, it took me three bits of gaffer tape to secure my iPad to the windscreen and the dashboard, I set my time-lapse to play back at 25fps and to record at 1fps or 60 frames in a minute.  My 45 minute journey turned into a one and half minute video.  So go ahead, create your own, share your links to your own video in the comments of this post and I will embed the video into my Amazing Journeys wiki.  Who has the most amazing journey to work?


David from http://dakinane.com says ...
So Jacqui, does this mean that we can expect to see an amazing journey contribution from you in the near future? When you do, please be sure to post a link here so that I can embed the video into my wiki.
jacqui from http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com says ...
Love this. It brings to mind Chet Raymo's The Path. He did a similar exercise, delving into the history of everything he found. Such a fascinating read.


David has been a specialist in the field of elearning for over 12 years. He has presented on elearning at conferences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His consultancy work includes education and business clients. READ MORE


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