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iCloud Account Hack Security

You may have heard that a hacker group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family has threatened to lock 250 million users out of their Apple iCloud accounts if Apple doesn’t pay them $700,000 by April 7th. That’s scary! If you’re like me, you use your free iCloud account to sync addresses and notes between our devices. I don’t want anyone hacking into my account. Thankfully there are some simple precautions you can take to thwart any would be hackers.

Wired has a good article entitled How to Protect Your iCloud Account, Juuust in Case Those Hackers Aren’t Joking that explains what you need to do.

The main takeaways are:

  • change your password—especially if you use the same password for multiple accounts! —see the article for what makes a good password and an explanation of password managers.
  • set up Apple’s two-factor authentication. The article explains what it is and shows how to set it up.

There is some debate online as to whether or not these hackers can get to people’s iCloud accounts but either way it’s a good reminder that we can’t be complacent when it comes to passwords and the security of our accounts. We need to be proactive to ensure our accounts stay secure.

Images

Hacker by PeteLinforth Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

Computer Padlock by TheDigitalWay Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

 

Outlook Online: Overlay Group Calendars On Your Personal Calendar

ISB gets very busy. This tutorial shows how you can have your various group calendars overlaid on your personal Outlook Online calendar.

Video Basics: Story, Framing, Lighting and Sound

Story

Story is KING! Without a story your video is just unrelated pretty pictures. All videos have to have some kind of story or theme that holds it together. Without a compelling story everything else in this post doesn’t matter.

Framing: Basic Shot Composition

Photographers and videographers refer to the Rule of Thirds as a cornerstone of taking good shots. Put simply, don’t place the subject of your photo directly in the middle of the frame. Have them one third into your frame from either side. Watch the video below for more info.

Lighting

Lighting will make or break a shot. There are two parts to great lighting. The first is to make sure your subject is well light. If you’re videoing people make sure their faces are well lit. This can be as easy as filming near a window or outside.

Once you’ve made sure your scene is well lit, think about using light for dramatic effect. Videographers and photographers talk about the golden hour. The golden hour is the first hour of daylight right around sunrise and the last hour right around sunset. Golden hour gives your shots a warm colour.

This video gives more detailed ideas for shooting at the golden hour.

Sound: Capturing Audio

Make sure you capture the best sound possible. People will watch less than perfect video but poor audio quality will have them clicking on to something else to watch very quickly. Here are some tips to ensure you capture good audio.

Film in a quiet place where you can control background noises. When you get to your filming location, stop and listen. Listen for noisy fans, humming refrigerators or barking dogs. If your location is noisy fix it.

Have your microphone up close to your talent. This may mean using a mic on a boom pole but it can be much simpler than that. It may be as simple as getting your camera closer to your subject. I once stuck my iPhone in my actor’s shirt pocket and used the Voice Memos App to record the audio as I filmed. It was a back up to a fancier audio recorder I was using. As it turned out the batteries in my audio recorder died so I used my iPhone’s audio for the last few minutes of the video. Nobody noticed.

If you want to learn more about capturing audio the Vimeo Video School Blog has lots of resources including Sound good, feel good: things to consider when capturing audio. It is good  for anyone wanting to do a deep dive into capturing audio for videos.

Sound: Background Music

Background music can be great but be purposeful when you use it. Your favorite song may not be the best music for your video.

Instrumental songs—songs without lyrics—are usually best because the brain can’t multitask. If people in your video are talking while there’s a song with lyrics playing in the background, the viewer’s brain tries to listen to both sets of words and it can’t. At least it can’t do it well. Scientifically, this is known as cognitive load.

So use music without lyrics but that’s not enough. It’s important that the volume of the background music is kept much lower than the actors speaking in your video. iMovie has a cool feature that lets you automatically drop the audio levels of the background music. It’s pretty handy. Use it but also check that it’s done it right by listening carefully to your entire movie. You may find that you have to make some further adjustments.

If you’re looking for more audio ideas Vid Authority has some more in depth tips for using background music in videos.

There you have it—Story, Shot Composition, Lighting and Sound. Control each of these elements and you’ll be on your way to your first Oscar!

Spotting Fake News

Stories about and accusations of fake news are everywhere these days. The term fake news became popular after the US Presidential election though the meaning of the term has morphed since then. Regardless, it’s important to be able to spot inaccurate online information.

How NOT to Spot Fake News from PBS Idea Channel covers the topic of fake news while giving some good tips for spotting bogus news stories.

Additional Resources for Spotting Fake News

There’s not one guaranteed way to spot a fake news story but if you’re looking for some quick tips to help you spot one both FackCheck.org and the TedEd Blog have some good ideas.

Digital Poetry Readings

Once you have chosen your poems to present, decide on what format you want to present your poem in:

  1. Kinetic Typography: Mother to Son by Langston Hughes | Video created by Christina Riley
  2. Narrated Visual Reading: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein | video created by Wimbami Press
  3. LipDub (Here’s an example: Please Don’t Resist Me by Luka Lesson)

Decide on how you break up your poetry (you should have no more than 10-15 words per frame/slide.

If you are creating a narrated visual reading:

  1. Find one to three high quality image that represents your poem (please make sure it is landscape)
  2. Create credits like this for your last title page:
  3. Insert subtitles for the poem, please stick with the same font/color.
  4. Check timing of frames, to make sure there is enough to read the text for that image.
  5. Record your narration over the image.
  6. Share to file (include your name in the file name)
  7. Airdrop your file to Mr. Carter

If you are creating a kinetic typography poetry presentation:

  1. Open Powerpoint (Desktop Version) (Here a great tutorial here)
  2. Create a simple presentation with a solid background
  3. Create a few blank slides
  4. Choose the main font style you want to use.
  5. Copy and paste poem through separate text boxes on different slides
  6. Resize/move text and animate text boxes
  7. Play animations per slide to make sure they work the way you want them to
  8. Export presentation as .mov file (this make take some time, be patient!)
  9. Open iMovie
  10. Import .mov file
  11. Record narration over video
  12. Export movie file (File>Share>File), Use Medium Quality, Compress: Faster options
  13. Upload to Dragon’s Tube
  14. Embed on your blog

If you are creating a lipdub video for your poem:

  1. Film clips of people reading your poem (please hold your phone landscape) & consider the background and quality of your video
  2. Import clips into iMovie
  3. Detach the audio and delete the audio from the original clips
  4. Narrate you and your partners voices over the clip, carefully matching the lips/sound.
  5. Share to file (include your name in the file name)
  6. Airdrop your file to Mr. Carter

Using Powerpoint to Create Animated Typography

Most of us have used Powerpoint for a long time, but using the animation features to create a video, may not be Powerpoint skills you have (neither did we, until recently!)

Here is a great way to make an animated typography (also referred to as kinetic typography) video to present information.

Here is a great tutorial to get you started, but then use your own creativity to share your content in style.

Just don’t forget to apply the elements of design when you create.

For the Grade 6 Kinetic Poetry Project, follow these steps:

  1. Open Powerpoint (Desktop Version)
  2. Create a simple presentation with a solid background
  3. Create a few blank slides
  4. Choose the main font style you want to use.
  5. Copy and paste poem through separate text boxes on different slides
  6. Resize/move text and animate text boxes
  7. Play animations per slide to make sure they work the way you want them to
  8. Export presentation as .mov file (this make take some time, be patient!)
  9. Open iMovie
  10. Import .mov file
  11. Record narration over video
  12. Export movie file (File>Share>File), Use Medium Quality, Compress: Faster options
  13. Upload to Dragon’s Tube
  14. Embed on your blog

Adding a Photo Gallery to a Blog Post

This tutorial shows how to add a photo gallery to a post on your school blog.

Adding a New Category to Your Blog

Here’s a quick video tutorial that shows you how to add a new category to your blog.

We use categories on ISB blogs to show what subject or course a blog post is for.

Creating a Digital Story with iMovie

Basic Steps

  • Organize all your materials before you start
  • Create a new Event in iMovie and import your media
  • Create a new Project
  • Add a Title
  • Add audio
  • Add photos
    • Turn off Ken Burns before adding photos
  • Adjust timing of photos
  • Crop photos as necessary
  • Share you project

Podcasting with Garageband

Podcasting is a pretty fun activity and GarageBand is a great tool for recording your podcasts. Here are three video tutorials to help you get started making a podcast using Garageband.

Garageband Settings

Quick Notes:

  • Create empty project
  • get rid of: 1234 (countdown and metranome), swap timer

Recording Tip

 

Quick Notes

  • If you make an error count 3 seconds and then go back to the beginning of the sentence with the error and keep going.
  • When you go to edit, look for the long gaps. Listen to the recording on either side of the gap to see if there’s an error to delete.
  • Make sure you have clicked “track” in the lower left hand corner to be able to select and delete sound bites.
  • Record in a quiet place.
  • Speak up and read with expression. Don’t rush.

Exporting Your Podcast

 

Quick Notes

  • Remember to save frequently
  • Go to “Share” menu
  • Export song to disk
  • Decide where to save the file.
  • Choose settings: MP3, Medium Quality
  • Click export
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