May 27, 2015
by msnathan
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Pinterest Tutorial

Here’s the tutorial to help you learn how to pin things to our Pinterest page or boards. I’m sorry the quality isn’t great on this one, not sure what happened. I look forward to seeing who you add to the Change Makers board!

Time Markers

1:34 – explanation of boards on Pinterest

2:24 – How to pin from within Pinterest

4:09 – How to pin from outside Pinterest (things you find on the web)

8:26 – How to pin using the Pinterest button (this keeps crashing so not a great choice)

May 30, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week 4-6: Due Thursday 12th June

This video is an awesome example of how design can impact how people behave. Take a look!

Design Challenge!

 Your job this week is to design your ideal school environment. This will be both your regular and maths homework as you will draw on your research and geometry skills.

 1. Create a blog post of images that you are drawing your inspiration from. You could include the colours you like, interesting outdoor environments, buildings that inspire you, new technology or even furniture that you think would work well for learning. Leave feedback in the comments for 5 different blog posts. DUE THURSDAY 5th JUNE.

 2. Your design must follow the following specifications:

– Room for 800-1000 students plus staff (Remember that not all students and staff will necessarily be in a classroom at all times).

– Include recreational areas as well as learning areas (or these might overlap!)

– Consider how to not use up too much space (area).

 3. To hand in:

– A birds eye view or scaled drawing of your school, clearly labelled. Include all buildings, play areas, trees, etc. A3 – A2 sized.

– One floor plan of a building of your choice. Include possible furniture, materials you might use.

– 3 designs for a piece of furniture or equipment (in either 2D or 3D).

– The design for a new piece of learning technology. Be creative!

– A sales pitch promoting your school. Include what the environment is like, any special features, why you think it will be good for learning. A pamphlet, a paragraph in your book, a video, a blog post, a 3d model that you can present to the class, a powerpoint presentation or anything else you can think of!

For inspiration, head over to our School Design board on Pinterest that I will be adding to over the next few weeks. You could even create your own Pinterest account to store images that you like. There is also a collection of photos inside cool schools here. Or, you might use search terms like ‘futuristic school design’, ‘innovative school design’, ‘clever school design’, ‘modern school furniture’, etc.

I will continue to post links and info on our blog and directly to you on Edmodo to help support you in your design project. Remember, think about how you like to learn and what environment you would like to learn in.

4cb2fdb011ce76.74613412Detailed floor plan for the amazing Orestad College in Copenhagen, Denmark.

EK-AH547_DANSCH_G_20120118210428And here’s what it looks like filled with kids. More photos over here!

March 26, 2014
by msnathan
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Portrait of a Leader

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Here is the link to the Pinterest board with the photos of leaders you can chose from for our Portrait of a Leader photo shoot. You can click on them to make them bigger and if you click them again you will go to their Wikipedia page for more info.

Also, here is the link to the board of other people who have recreated famous images if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Remember, you’ll have Friday afternoon to plan your photo shoot. Have a think of a couple of leaders you would like to be because we will try to make sure there are no double ups and you may not get your first choice.

March 13, 2014
by msnathan

Tricky, tricky, tricky.


The camera never lies. Or does it? In class we’ve been talking about how photographers use their photos to tell a story or make meaning. Sometimes a photographer can use their camera to create an image that messes with people’s heads a bit or finds a different meaning in something ordinary. Like turning a cloud into an ice cream or a sidewalk into the top of a tall building.

Today we are going to play with perspective and use our creativity to create an image that makes people stop and think! Here are some cool examples to get you started.












Elias cyrus Eric


For more trick photography, you can check out the Trick Photography board I’ve created on our class Pinterest page. Have fun!



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