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.
This week’s Website of the Week is Makeagif.com. Makeagif.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.
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.
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.
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.
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Do 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.