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Green Screening for the CustomerBloom Scholarship

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Timmy Sullivan Green ScreenEveryone should have access to a green screen.

For the second time since its installment in Burlington High School’s lower library, I used the green screen for an iMovie project. Why it has taken me so long to do so, I have no idea; it is an incredible piece of technology. Since I frequently pass through the lower library, as well as use the space for several club meetings, I often see students using the green screen to travel through time and space. For example, students making cooking videos for Italian are transported across the Atlantic, suddenly in an authentic Italian home; physics students take a rocket ship to space, where they are sucked up by black holes; history classes attend historic events, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Last week I used the green screen to enter the CustomerBloom Scholarship Program. During Burlington’s Thanksgiving break, I dedicated some of my free time to using the space to record a video of myself answering the question, “what motivates you?” I then edited my video footage using iMovie. Again, why it has taken me so long to use iMovie, I have no idea.

Using both pieces of technology with little prior experience was exciting. I had no manual to go off of, no experience to tap in to. I was exploring. I got to experiment with all of the cool features of iMovie; I played with volume control, green screen effects, music, and overall video editing. Using the green screen was also very enjoyable; I was nervous at first that it would not work, to then be pleasantly surprised at its power.

My overall takeaway from filming my video is that technology is a powerful tool for content creation. I know many students who aspire to have a future in film and advertising, for whom the implementation of green screening technology is an incredible vehicle for research, practice, and design. In addition to serving the few who hope to enter the film and advertising business, many other students find great enjoyment from green screening. Every time I see students using the tool, they are always smiling. Who can blame them- it’s fun! Tools like the green screen are essential in fostering classroom creativity and inspiring students to think outside the box.

If you are interested in watching my scholarship video, it is embedded below:

 

OS X El Capitan: What’s New in Mac’s Latest Update

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OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

New features, refined performance, more power.

Yesterday, September 30, 2015, Apple released the much awaited update to its previous Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Appropriately named after one of the most famous rock formations in Yosemite National Park, El Capitan brings popular new iOS updates into the hands of Mac users. As El Capitan is only a refinement of Yosemite, not much has changed aesthetically. Users can, however, enjoy a newly introduced San Francisco font. Additionally, the infamous “Color Wheel of Death” or “Beachball” has been updated to a smoother version of its old self; perhaps in an effort to soothe users experiencing slow performance.

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Hello iOS 9

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Whenever a new iOS update rolls around, especially a major one such as iOS 9, 1:1 districts get very excited. With a plethora of students, educators, and Apple users posting about the academic benefits of the new update, I decided to take a more personal approach as to how iOS 9 will influence my day-to-day.

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What Help Desk Does for Me

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Growing up, I would always find myself eager to talk with strangers. This, naturally, was a bit of a worry to my parents. But why is it so bad to talk to community members in a local coffee shop? Or converse with like-minded individuals online? What was the harm in sitting next to someone new in the library and striking up a conversation? Obviously talking to complete strangers may pose a threat, but I found my experiences genuinely enriching. Read the rest of this entry »

My First Program!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 5.12.03 PMEarlier this week, I built my first iOS program using Apple’s new programming language, Swift. I have been studying Swift for a few weeks and decided it was time to navigate Xcode, the iOS software building tool. I chose to start off with a basic application, and one that usually marks the beginning stages of a programmer’s journey: “Hello World!”. Read the rest of this entry »

About My ILE

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cropped-google-books.jpg“Its not a group of people sitting around mandating where we need to be in this space. It’s really about people thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if…'”

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CMTC: Utilizing Student Genius

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IMG_4343On Wednesday, December 3rd, I was privileged to speak in front of educators and technology integrators about Burlington High School’s Help Desk: a student-run genius bar. The presentation was held in New Hampshire at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Here, hundred of technology educators came to attend various conferences and adopt ways to integrate technology into their curriculums.   Read the rest of this entry »