As Geelong students are about to go on rounds, there are a few things that I am going to keep my eye out for, and I think you al should too.

I am going to be looking what technology is used and how it is used.

On my last round with preps, they used computers right next door only once in the whole two weeks. I do not think that this was enough at all with the amount of technology that is around today in our everyday life.


iPhone photo manipulation applications

Hello hello ello.

Just thought I would add a new quick post today as I am very busy. I will be going through some of my favourite iPhone photo manipulation applications (what a mouthful).

Here is the original image which I will be manipulating with all the applications:


1. Pixlr-o-matic – FREE!

This app is extremely easy to use as has a large range of effects for your images. It has coloured filters, lighting effects and frames which can all be applied quickly and effectively. It is also just as easy to save the edited image to your camera roll, email it, or even post it on Facebook.

Here is the image which took about 30 seconds to edit:

2. Camera+ – $0.99

Camera+ is quite similar to Pixlr-o-matic but it is a paid application. The main advantage this application has is it has many features when taking a picture such as focus, zoom and flash options (the normal camera app has very limited options). It’s photo editing capabilities are nothing spectacular.

Here is the image which took about a minute to edit:


3. Color Effects – FREE!

Color Effects is an application which allows the user to choose what area of an image they want to be coloured. They can choose for their selection to be the original photo colour, or a straight colour overlay such as a red or green. It is great because it’s a free app, and you can get really great results from it. It’s let downs are that you need to be quite precise when tracing your image to get it perfect.

Here is the image I created, it took about 5 minutes:


4. FX PhotoStudio –  $1.99

FX PhotoStudio is a paid application, which costs $1.99, relatively expensive compared to many photography applications out there. This app has almost 200 effects which you can apply to any image you like. You can also apply more than one effect which can give some fantastic looking images. It also gives you random facts whilst the image is saving 🙂

Here is the image I edited, it took less than 1 minute to open, edit and save:


This is only a very small selection of photohraphy application, there are thousands out there. The best thing to do is to give heaps of applications a try and find what is best for your needs!

This could be used in an art class where students take an image and edit them, then printing them and presenting them in a book or on a wall. It could be quite a powerful art piece if all the students use the same image.

Mr. Stevens


360 Panorama

If you own an iPhone or iPad, this is a must have app! It is called 360 Panorama. It does cost $1.99, but it is well worth it for the amazing images that you can take.

Here is the link to the application in the iTunes store.

360 Panorama allows you to take spectacular panoramic images that will astound all! You simply open the application, and move your compatible device around in a 360 degree motion. This program then stitches all these images together, and you can save it as a wide image, or as a stereographic view.

– Takes high quality panoramic images
– Application does not lag

– App sometimes crashes when dealing with large images
– Cost is $1.99 (there are a few free panorama apps)

Use in the classroom:
If students had access to an iPad or iPod touch with camera, they could use these to take images of their environment, and then analyse them and list what they can see. They could then analyse another students/groups image to compare and list the differences. Comparing and analysing environments is part of VELS Level 3 Science:
“Students identify and describe the structural features of living things, including plants and animals. They identify how these features operate together to form systems which support living things to survive in their environments. They distinguish between biotic and abiotic factors in their environment and describe interactions that occur between them. They describe natural physical and biological conditions, and human influences in the environment, which affect the survival of living things. They describe the relationship between day and night and the rotation of the Earth. Students explain how features of the landscape are altered by processes of weathering and erosion.”

Here are some sample images that I have taken:

Stereographic View


Stereographic View


Stereographic View


360 View


Mr. Stevens.






Storyrobe :)

Hello 🙂

I am currently making a Storyrobe presentation. Storyrobe is an application for iPhones & iPod touches, but is also compatible with the iPad. Story Robe is a paid application ($.99), which helps students develop the skill to write stories, and attach an image to accompany it. Students can write a sentence or short story using either their handwriting or keyboard. They can then import or draw an image, which completes the story. Multiple pages can be created to get a real storybook sense occurring. The students can then record themselves reading the story book that they have written. The skills that this assesses are story writing, speaking and listening, drawing and general iPad skills (saving, recording voice, sharing work etc.) This application can be downloaded from iTunes here.

Here are some screen caps of the application:

I shall upload the final product this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon 🙂

Mr. Stevens

Digital Story

This week, Melanie Hamilton and myself have created a digital book, where we have recorded us reading a picture book from the library and scanned the images in. To record the audio, we used GarageBand and to put the audio and images together we used iMovie. Mel had the role of the narrator and I was the voices (which was interesting!)

Sadly, the images we scanned were in black and white, which we only realised once we had returned to book to the library.

Let us know what you think!

Mr Stevens.