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January 26th Webinar ~ Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools 

January 24th, 2012 1 comment

Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lascaux2.jpg

Creating art can be traced back almost to the beginning of human kind. Even those with little background in art history have heard of the Lascaux Caves in France where prehistoric drawings and paintings can be found on the walls and ceilings depicting images of animals and humans. Aesthetically these drawings and paintings, thousands of years later, still bring us to imagine their meanings.

If we continue to look back in history we also have the development of text. Illuminated Manuscripts brought us the initial. “The earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD400 to 600, initially produced in Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire.1 These text images can be found in a variety of forms throughout history eventually even appearing at the beginning of fairy tales. Today initials are still in use and can be found in various artworks including street art tags often recognized as graffiti.

A set of sixteenth-century initial capitals, which is missing a few letters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ornamental_Alphabet_-_16th_Century.svg

The MLTI program has many tools which allow for art creation. Over the years artists have used many materials to engage their interests and talents. We now have the ability to create digital pieces of art. Photography, painting, drawing, music, poetry, movies, stories, comics, to name a few…All these and more can be created with the suite of tools on our MLTI devices. Although traditional art will always be an important part of our cultures we now live in a time where digital images flourish. Digital Literacy includes digital images as well as digital text. Our students will need to know how to use digital tools in many different ways to be successful in their future.

Join us Thursday to explore creating digital art with MLTI tools. This is a hands on session so bring your MLTI device and roll up your sleeves. We will work together to create a piece of digital art

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form.  Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

First Principal’s Webinar Tuesday October 26th at 4:00PM!

October 21st, 2010 7 comments

Is your school library a quiet storage facility for books gathering dust or a vibrant hub of academic learning characterized by collaboration, research, and problem solving? Principals and Librarians are a powerful team for moving a school toward effective integration of learning and technology!

Library media specialists should be the hub for the wheel that connects 21st century information technology with all the content areas in Maine’s schools. Principals, as the educational leaders in schools, make key decisions that can support, enable, and sustain the core supporting role of the school library program.

Principals and librarians are invited to join in the conversation with our panel of librarians and principals including Teri Caouette from MLTI, Nancy Grant from Penquis Valley High School, Pam Goucher from Freeport Middle School, and Eileen Broderick tech integrator and library media specialist from Rumford Elementary School.

To sign up for the free webinar please select Webcasts at the top of this page.

Music, the Mantra, and the MacBook

September 30th, 2010 1 comment

GarageBand allows everyone to be a musician almost immediately.  You can drop in a couple of loops, slide them around, and create some decent sounding music very easily.  This ease of creation inevitably leads to the rehashing of the, “Technology will replace real musicians.” mantra.

The truth is, technology can never replace musicians any more than a typewriter can replace writers.  What technology can do is provide tools to assist musicians in their craft.  It allows all levels of musicians access to recording, scoring, and editing capabilities that were previously unattainable without spending thousands or even millions of dollars.  In the same way that a word processor gives writers the ability to easily edit, rearrange, and splice together ideas, music software programs give musicians an easy way to do these manipulations in the audio realm.  The quality that is now attainable on a portable device rivals that of professional studios forever changing the paradigm of music production.  This is not to say that professional studios will go away.  One elite microphone can still be out of the price range of most home musicians and good studios have entire collections of microphones and other esoteric gear that leads to a unique sound and, as any practicing musician knows, it takes a very skillful hand and ear to get the most out of any piece of equipment.

While anyone can take advantage of audio loops almost immediately, musicians (and anyone that wants to be a musician) can delve a little deeper and use the technology to make the creative process a much richer experience.

If you have not looked at the MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) functionality built into GarageBand, you owe it to yourself to spend a few minutes looking at the power available to you.  Audio loops allow you to layer a few tracks, but these are basically prerecorded parts that you can put together in interesting ways.  They sound good, but they can not be changed.  MIDI parts, on the other hand, use sounds generated by the computer, but they can be actually played by you using the built-in keyboard function found under the window menu in Garageband (and Logic too if you need more power).  The musical typing option in the same place lets you play keyboard parts on the actual computer keyboard.  By adding an inexpensive USB MIDI interface you can plug a real keyboard in to make playing easier.  Almost any keyboard produced in the last 15 years has a MIDI out port.  You can layer drums, bass, keyboards, and anything else just like loops, but these are parts that you create and edit.

Here is an example of an original MIDI file with a guitar solo played over the top of it.  All of the Keyboard, bass, and drum parts are MIDI.

MIDI  clip

For years I would have students creating music on their computer with varying degrees of success.  The latest GarageBand makes the process so easy that everyone can get on with the business of making music and not wasting time on making things work.

Thanks to the MLTI program, there are over 70,000 personal music studios in the hands of students and teachers in the state of Maine.  Let’s take advantage of them.  Feel free to email me at <a href=”mailto:steven.garton@maine.gov”>steven.garton@maine.gov</a> with your musical questions, thoughts, and compositions.