Animoto For The Win!

This week I tested out a new tech tool I had never heard of called Animoto. It is a quick and easy video maker. To get started using this tool, I watched one of the tutorials they had on the website called “Quick Start Guide to Making a Video”. This guide makes it super straightforward…

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Card Basics

Before moving elaborately into intense card magic, I think an important step is handling the cards. I wanted to learn a little bit more about shuffling and ways to play with the deck to set up tricks. I turned to YouTube for this and started to do looking. I stumbled across a couple of videos that […]

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Mastering the Basics of Origami

Week 1 Progress Update This week, I made significant strides in my origami learning journey. My main resource was the blog Origami.me, which provided me with a comprehensive introduction to the art of paper folding. Here’s a detailed account of my progress and experiences. Resource Overview: Beginner’s Guide: This guide was instrumental in getting me started. It covered the fundamental concepts of origami, including the basic folds and terminology. The step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to follow, which was perfect for someone like me who is just starting out. I learned about the different types of folds such as the valley fold, mountain fold, squash fold, and reverse fold. Understanding these basics was crucial for my confidence and ability to move forward with more complex designs. Paper Guide: This page provided an in-depth look at the types of paper suitable for origami. It emphasized the importance of using the right kind of paper for different projects. I learned about the characteristics of traditional origami paper (kami), foil paper, and handmade paper. Since I already had a pack of 400 origami papers, I was able to test out the different types I had on hand. This guide helped me understand how paper choice can affect the final look and feel of my creations. Butterfly Tutorial: After familiarizing myself with the basic folds and paper types, I decided to tackle my first project: an origami butterfly. This tutorial was a perfect starting point as it combined various folds into a beautiful, yet simple design. The instructions were detailed, with images accompanying each step, making it easy to follow along. My Progress: Learning Basic Folds: I dedicated the first few days of the week to practicing the basic folds. I spent about 30 minutes each day folding and refolding paper to ensure I could execute each fold correctly. The valley fold and mountain fold were straightforward, but I found the reverse fold to be a bit challenging initially. However, with practice, I began to get the hang of it. Choosing the Right Paper: Armed with knowledge from the Paper Guide, I experimented with different types of paper from my collection. I noticed that the traditional kami paper was easier to work with for beginners due to its crispness and ease of folding. This experimentation helped me understand the significance of paper quality and how it impacts the folding process. Creating the Butterfly: Finally, I spent the latter part of the week working on the butterfly tutorial. Following the step-by-step instructions, I carefully folded each crease, paying close attention to the images provided. The process was incredibly satisfying, and seeing the butterfly take shape was a rewarding experience. While my first few attempts weren’t perfect, I could see a noticeable improvement with each try. By the end of the week, I was able to create a butterfly that I was proud of.         Reflection: This week has been a fantastic introduction to the world of origami. Utilizing the resources from Origami.me has provided me with a solid foundation and boosted my confidence. The practice of basic folds, understanding paper types, and successfully creating a butterfly have all been significant milestones in my learning journey. I look forward to continuing this journey and challenging myself with more complex designs in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates and insights as I delve deeper into the art of origami!  

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Working With Animaker

Every time you hop online you can always find something new to work with. This week I stumbled across the platform of Animaker. Described as “A breakthrough AI-Powered platform to create Animation and Live-Action videos for non-designers & professionals from early-stage startups to seasoned Fortune 500 companies” this amazing piece of technology has the ability […]

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How Many Math? 99Math!

Math really is not for everyone. That is why, as a future high school teacher, I am always looking for new ways to teach math, ways that will help student interest and engagement high. For this blog post, we were tasked to choose an online tech tool that we have never used before. After researching,…

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