Term 4 recap!

Wow, what a busy term!

Let’s recap on something of the new apps we’ve explored so far this term!

Adobe Spark Post
Adobe Spark have recently released a range of easy to use media apps that allow you to create stunning digital artefacts. Spark Post lets you take photos and transform the look of them with themes and turn text and photos into a professional-looking graphics – all by simply applying your favourite theme.


Khan Academy: Pixar in a Box
Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney. Using this program, we have so far learnt to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. Can you believe that the subjects we learn in school — math, science, ICT, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar?! 

We have also used Garageband to explore some elements of music: dynamics, tempo and tone to create our very own spooky soundscapes. We listened to different scary music songs and compositions for inspiration, then discussed how dynamics of loud, soft and often crescendo (increase in sound) can be used to add dramatic effect. We know that a scary sounding piece of music uses both loud and soft to change the mood. We also found that stringed instruments were a popular instrument to create short, sharp and often piercing sounds – very scary! We were given the challenge to create a 30 – 60 second long scary soundscape using the tracks function of Garage Band, this enables you to select from a wide range of instruments including: strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), drums, keyboards (piano, organ, synths), guitar (bass, electric, classical, ukulele).


Stay tuned for our next blog post!