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Mashup Assignment

Oh what technology can do… This week our tech task for ecmp355 was to complete two assignments from the DS106 site. I have previously posted my first assignment which was Draw it! Today, will be a look into the mashup assignment called The @IamTalkyTina Headswap. Take a look at the assignment:

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Take Tina’s head and place it on another person or animal or fictional character or something. The original idea was to swap a babies head (now I ain’t saying Tina is a baby) and a dolls head. So like you could find an image of a baby and a doll and put the dolls head on the baby and the babies head on the doll. Just search “Talky Tina” on the web and stick her head on something else.
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This assignment tweeked my interest, as I have never before done something like this.  As with my previous assignment I used the program GIMP. I searched out some help topics and got at it. These are the two photos I started with:babyPhoto Credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25859982@N07/12151894244/”>Matthieu Luna</a> via <a href=”http://compfight.com”>Compfight</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Talky TinaThe two pictures seemed to go well together in my mind, so I mashed them up and this was the final result:
mashupNow isn’t that cute?
This was a fun assignment to do and it didn’t take a whole lot of time; therefore, I think that this would be something that could be taught to possibly grade 5 or 6 students. These types of files could be used to intrigue students or to use as a picture prompt story starters.

Draw it!

Happy kids

Happy kids

Well everyone! This is my first project from the DS 106 site. I have to say that I was quite unsure of how I was going to do this with so little knowledge in this field, but the internet is amazing and there are so many different ways to figure out your problems. (I had quite a few of them). This project was called Draw It! under the visual assignments section of the web page. I downloaded the Gimp program which is a photo editing type program, and followed along with the help section. Of course there was plenty of trial and error, but I think it turned out pretty good. If I were to do this again, I’d probably pick a picture with less going on and maybe just one item to focus on.

I’m really amazed all the different types of projects that are on the DS 106 site. There are so many that I never even thought were do-able by someone without professional training.

The ease of the program Gimp is amazing. There are a lot of different tools to use to make the picture the way you want it, and it will take some practice. But as with anything new, practice makes better right? I think that this type of a project would be really neat for upper year students to learn. It’s a guided learning practice. Students, like myself, need to figure it out, but not by themselves. There are many resources to help them, they just need to look.

On a side note, this photo is taken of my two children on their first day of school this year. We always go outside and get a picture in one of the trees. (Actually, it’s more like a billion pictures, it must be a mom thing)