Cabra Library Launches YouTube Channel


In an effort to give students and staff a self-paced way of learning how to use our catalogue and resources we have started a YouTube channel. Our first two “How to” screen casts are now available with more to follow as we make them. Any requests for other video tutorials most welcome.

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Year 9s Begin Shakespeare Research


Today Year 9 Navy began a research assignment on Shakespeare. The  online resources below were of use. Check out the Shakespeare Strange Facts Padlet Page here.

SHakes Padlet

 

Oxford Shakespeare from Bartleby. Keyword searchable archive of all the bards plays and poems. Priceless.

 Absolute Shakespeare.Essential resource for William Shakespeare’s work in all its forms.

 Links to 12 Animated versions of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Elizabethan Era Links Vast range of information and links on Elizabethan Era and Elizabethan Life.

Visit our Shakespeare page here for even more resources.


Website of the Week: Makeagif.com


 

Make a Gif

This week’s Website of the Week is Makeagif.comMakeagif.com is a cool little utility that allows you to create your own animated gifs and display them anywhere. You can upload images to create gifs from your computer, from YouTube, or even from your own videos.

Website of the Week: Setlist.fm


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This week’s Website of the Week is Setlist.fm. I was at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night to see Arctic Monkeys play one of the handful of gigs they have been doing to promote their latest album AM here in Australia. Apart from witnessing a predictably excellent performance I was interested to see for myself how closely they stuck to the setlist they have been playing on the tour so far. Australian gigs have been supported by the Perth band Pond, two members of which have been part of fellow psych/rock/glam/garage band Tame Impala up until late last year.

There has been quite a bit of press about the band with accusations from one American support band The Orwells that every Arctic Monkeys show of this tour is identical. The Orwells who supported the band on the US leg of their AM tour went so far as to say not only are the songs on the setlist the same but they are played in the same order and with every seeming ad-lib “choreographed” into the bargain.

Adelaide Gig 10/05/14

Alex Turner, frontman and  principal songwriter  for the band responded in the sort of fashion that has garnered him fans and critics in equal measure. That is to say he responded like a Rock Star, and that is his job afterall…

This naturally got me to thinking of how to find out what songs bands play when and how often, on which tours and over time. If you follow a band’s career closely enough you can sometimes find fan posted setlists for the latest tour but not much more. Setlist.fm is a Wiki that by contrast offers an incredible wealth of information about bands, past and present, their touring info and really comprehensive setlists. It is constantly being added to and amended and provides not only gig by gig setlist info but comprehensive statistics on which songs come from which album and how often they are played.

If like me you are interested in music check out our other music-related blog posts here.

 

 

A Solitary World. Short Film Inspired by Writings of H.G. Wells


Check out the link below to a fantastic short film inspired by and featuring the writings of the prophetic English writer H.G. Wells. Wells famously predicted all sorts of machinery, technology and events that have since come to fruition. His books include, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and many, many others.

For more info on one of the most influential writers of the last few centuries check out the links below:

Internet Speculative Fiction Database  Speculative Fiction Database. Huge collection of links to visionary authors.

H.G. Wells' Visions Come True Article about how many of Wells’ predictions have come to pass.

Website of the Week: Khan Academy


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This week’s Website of the Week is Khan Academy. This site is run by a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to provide education for anyone, anywhere, for free. Users can sign up and complete thousands of self-paced tutorials on hundreds of topics. Based around YouTube style how-to videos, the lessons allow students and teachers alike to introduce themselves to concepts, progress through a series of lessons, re-visit concepts they find hard and consolidate learning by taking quizzes and viewing their own progress.

Read these inspirational stories about learning

To read some truly inspirational stories, click on the image above or go here.

My Story My Content: Short Film Competition


my story my contentDo you like films? Do you like making videos? Fancy yourself as the next Steven Spielberg? Well, ATOM (Australian teachers of Media) and IPAF (Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation) are running a fantastic short film competition. My Story My Content is a competition open to all Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students with great prizes including an iPad or camera of your choice ($1000) for each category winner. All you have to do is make a 60 second (that’s right a 1 minute film) and submit before the deadline of July 1, 2013.

So get cracking. Entry forms and details can be found at: http://mystorymycontent.com/entry-system/

Compeition Guidelines:

  • The film must be made specifically for the 2013 My Story My Content Short Film Competition.
  • Content of the video must pertain to this year’s contest theme: ‘Why Do I Love Movies?’ This line, or an adaptation of it, must appear as a spoken line, caption or in some other way within the film.
  • The film must be no longer than 60 seconds. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if included) may be no longer than 5 seconds in total.
  • The entry must be completed online – including upload of the short film and a minimum of 3 accompanying still images by close of entries: 5pm, Monday 1 July 2013.
  • Films can be in any language or have no dialogue. Foreign-language dialogue must have English subtitles.

Year 9 Begins Shakespeare Research


Today Year 9 Navy began a research assignment on Shakespeare. The following online resources were of use.

Oxford Shakespeare from Bartleby. Keyword searchable archive of all the bards plays and poems. Priceless.

 Absolute Shakespeare.Essential resource for William Shakespeare’s work in all its forms.

 Links to 12 Animated versions of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Visit our Shakespeare page here for more resources.