This one is generally for the Canadians. Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for Google.ca homepage for a day. If you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this summer and the winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.
See the link below for entry details.
The URL: https://doodles.google.ca/d4g/
Thanks to my pal, Shelley Boan, who shared with our staff this Rick Mercer Rant about bullying in school. If you’re not familiar with him, Rick Mercer is a CBC personality who often hits the nail on the head with social commentary. This might be a good way to start conversations about National Anti-Bullying Week, which begins next week. Probably best for high-school audiences or preview the clip yourself to determine if your group will benefit.
The URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Y7qpiu2RQ
Gayle Grass contacted me the other day to let me know that you can download a collection of no-cost ebooks featuring Iris The Dragon. From the site: “One dragon, four seasons, and lots of drama and challenges down by the riverbank. Download your reader format and start the discussion. All books are medically vetted, endorsed, and represent a superb resource for kids, parents, teachers, and health care practitioners to discuss mental health issues.”
The URL: http://www.iristhedragon.com/bookstore.html
Designer and developer, Kyle Stetz, created this instrument for creating ascii beats. They might be useful for creating hiphop tracks – based on what you type into the input box. Use student names, school names, teams, projects and other text to create interesting beats.
The URL: http://typedrummer.com
My pal, Sandra Gluth, told me about this interesting tool the other day. From the site: “Para is a prototype digital illustration tool tool that uses direct manipulation to define and edit procedural artwork. Through creating and altering vector paths, artists can define iterative distributions and parametric constraints.”
The URL: http://www.paradrawing.com/
Another resource that I’ve found helpful for teaching illustration comes from Cartooning Basics in the form of a no-cost classroom handout. This sheet of expressions is very simple to replicate whether a student is sketching with a pencil and paper or trying to master Illustrator’s Pen Tool.
The URL: http://www.cartooningbasics.com/downloads/CartooningBasics-ClassroomHandouts.pdf