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When It Snows, It Gets Creative

Necessity is the mother of invention. For those of you who do not live in the North East, you may not know that it feels like it has been snowing forever. The concept of leaving the house has become fleeting, and the image of green grass is one of a ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

Conseils pratiques partie 6 : Disparition et Grossisement

Conseils pratiques partie 6 : Disparition et Grossisement Stop-motion ou animation image par image est une technique d'animation étonnante qui vous permet d'amener des objets inanimés à la vie. La beauté de cette technique est qu'en l’utilisant, vous pouvez créer beaucoup d’illusions, comme par magie. Regardez cette courte vidéo. Selon vous, ...
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iCreate[d] the LEGO Movie: Stop-motion hits the big screen

Just last night I had the pleasure of having a one on one dinner with my daughter. This is a treat on multiple levels: 1) My daughter is an awesome little human, and full of interesting and often hilarious thoughts. 2) She is 5. If you want a fairly unfiltered ...
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/ Animation, Children, HUE Animation, LEGO

Animation tips part 6: Disappearing and Growing

Stop-motion is an amazing animation technique which lets you bring inanimate objects to life. The beauty of stop-motion is that by using this technique you can do many things as if by magic. Watch this short video. How many animation tricks do you see were used? Well, first of all, ...
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The Teacher that Made the Difference

The Teacher that Made the Difference Through my journey to obtain my degree in elementary education I would often reflect on my years I spent in school. I think about all of the amazing teachers I was fortunate to have along the way. The first one that comes to mind ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, K12

Southbank Centre: Being present in the present

After the BETT show ended in London today, I randomly picked a train station to stop at in search of a coffee shop to catch up on some work. One of my favorite things to do while traveling abroad is to actually NOT have a map or a plan and ...
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Is your creativity hibernating?

Is your creativity hibernating? A few weekends ago, we were hanging out with some of our friends. We like to get together to play board games like Cranium, Scategories, Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit. This night we decided to play a new game, Lego’s Creationary. This game is similar to Pictionary ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, LEGO

Toys, Tech, and Fun! What Gets You Excited to Learn?

I can still remember the feeling as a child. The excitement, expectations, anticipation, and amazement that came along with getting a new toy! The simple pleasure it brought you to open the package, touch it, feel it, and check out all of its amazing features. The hours of play it ...
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/ Events, HUE Animation, UK

Back to Basics: Crayons & LEGOs ease anxiety

While I don't necessarily agree with the cliche "Everything you need to know you learn in Kindergarten," I will say that one of the most valuable skills I learned in Kindergarten that I still use today - at least weekly - is...coloring! Get back to basics: Color & build to ...
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/ Children, Education, HUE Animation, LEGO

Cool Designs, Animation, and Contests…Oh My!

Our good friends over at Next Vista for Learning have been holding an awesome contest entitled the Cool Designs Video Contest. The contest was an opportunity for students to create short videos (90 seconds or less), to demonstrate any concept or skill they may encounter in school. Once students creatively ...
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Animation tips part 5: Weather

In this post, we’re going to talk about some animation tricks you can use in your films to animate different weather conditions. SNOW As you can see in this video, there are different materials you can use in your animation if you want it to be taking place in a ...
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Conseils pratiques partie 5 : La météo

Conseils pratiques partie 5 : La météo Aujourd’hui, nous allons parler de quelques astuces d'animation que vous pouvez utiliser dans vos films pour simuler différentes conditions météorologiques. La NEIGE : Comme c’est le cas dans la vidéo ci-dessus ; il existe différents matériaux que vous pouvez utiliser dans votre animation si ...
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London –> Florida –> Austin : iCreate hits the road!

We're jet-setting with most of the edtech community this month and next with the back-to-back shows of BETT, FETC, and TCEA. While we won't have our own "iCreate" booth per say... we are lucky enough to have partners in both the UK and here in the US that will be ...
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/ Education, Events, HUE Animation, UK, USA

Make 2014 The Year of Creativity!

And just like that another year is over, and we enter into 2014 with new goals, new perspectives, and another whole year to learn and reflect upon. As Melissa mentioned in her post just before the holidays, iCreate to Educate is working on a lot of new things as well ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

Wouldn’t it be cool if more schools were like interactive museums?

Today I checked out the newly re-opened Thinkery, an interactive children's museum in Austin, TX. Many of the displays reminded me of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and as I walked through the maze of giddy children maneuvering life-sized pulleys and molding magnetic clay, I realized this is exactly how ...
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Odyssey of the Mind: Fostering Creative Thinking

When I was visiting my parents in Montana over the holidays, we managed to dig up old photos and newspaper clippings, and this was probably one of my favorites (not entirely because I was dressed in cellophane, but that definitely helps). Odyssey of the Mind: Fostering Creative Thinking My happiest ...
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/ Children, Education, HUE Animation, K12

Animation tips part 4: Time-lapse

Time-lapse is a technique used in film-making to record processes that take place over a longer period of time. How this technique works is that you set the camera to take pictures at a set interval for a period of time and then play the photographs back at a certain ...
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Inspiration and Confidence in the K12 Classroom

Inspiration and confidence are not easily taught in classrooms. With everything becoming more focused on standardized testing, the teachers feel the pressure to perform. I feel like, in general, the classroom focus has been geared more towards how well your students score on a test. My recent experience in an ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, K12

Taylor Swift’s RED inspires iCreate’s Holiday Video

For the holidays we wanted to do something light...fun...relevant...and creative! Oh, and how could we possibly leave out Red Bird? RED: A Holiday Dedication to iCreate's Red Bird With original lyrics by iCreate's own Jason Verhoosky, we hope you enjoy our holiday music video below in the key of Taylor ...
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/ Animation, HUE Animation, Videos

Animation tips part 3: Special Effects Tutorial

We’ve released a brand new video again this week to show off a few more things you can try in HUE Animation Studio. The topic this time is special effects like explosions and crashes. We’ve used clay models, Lego minifigures, drawings and toys for variety. We’re going to highlight some ...
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