I was interested in this app when I read about it on micro.blog when the developer @becky posted about. I didn’t have a phone that took live photos at that point, so put it in my memory.
Today it popped back out and I installed it. I looks like it will be a useful app. It allows you to choose either live photos or videos and stitches then together. you can add title screens and audio, either from iTunes or some built in tracks1.
This solves the problem with how to share live photos. I have exported these as gifs from photos on a mac but the files are huge.
You can export 30 second watermarked videos for free and a £2.99 unlocks that limit 2.
I guess the app will mostly be used with live photos, to knock out a quick video and these will be short. It might be interesting to experiment with a little DIY ‘Ken Burns’ I an certainly thinking of holding the camera for longer when taking photos.
Anyway I really like the app, the interface is great and it performs a useful task really nicely. I imagined I’ll use it to summarise a walk or a get my class to record a school activity.
I think this could be an interesting classroom app, its simplicity and lack of features will, perhaps, be a better solution than the likes of clips or iMovie for a quick movie. Most of the iPads in my class are original Airs, too long in the tooth for live photos, but we have a few newer ones so I hope to give it a go.
Here is a quick video I made the morning while Christmas shopping.
The new WordPress editor is now official. It comes with a new editor Gutenberg. I’ve tested Gutenberg on and off for a while, mostly worrying about iOS in particular iPads. That has improved steadily.
My concern is pupils using Glow Blogs will find the new editor more complicated.
I am somewhat relived that pasting from Apple Notes on an iPad works fine in the blocks editor, paragraphs generating new blocks. Adding images above or below a particular block seems a little footery but nothing pupils will not handle 1.
Now WordPress 5 is out I need to think about my own use. I don’t usually write in the web editor, preferring to either cut and paste from a text editor or post via micro.blog or xml-rpc. TextMate has a lovely blogging bundle, and I use drafts and shortcuts on iOS.
I’ve installed WordPress 5 on a couple of other sites, and had a quick play. Posting from TextMate, via xml-rpc put the content in a classic block if Gutenberg is enabled.
I’ve also enabled the classic editor plugin on these sites and this one. The ability to toggle back and forward between editors seems like a good idea, but on the sites I’ve tried it has mostly failed 2. This would be a good way to introduce the editor to Glow Blogs users, start with the classic editor, add in the ability to toggle to Gutenberg. I do worry that having two editors will lead to folk having problems or getting confused. I am not looking forward to updating the Glow Blogs help. This is probably a bit in the future as we should wait and see how Gutenberg is going on multi-sites before upgrading.
My other personal worry is that at the moment the indieweb post_kinds plugin is not compatible with Gutenberg. This is compounded by the fact I can’t update that plugin on this site at the moment. I am presuming that things will get shaken out and improve over the next year or two.
My plan is now to upgrade this blog to WP 5 but use the classic editor, waiting to see how the indieweb plugins evolve. I’ll continue writing in TextMate, drafts and the like while I keep half an eye on developments.
“I would urge all parents to read this article. As a parent of a child who often struggles & can sometimes be ‘that’ child, I wish for more understanding. We’re working so hard to help him. As a teacher... well it made me cry https://t.co/sKeXB7FuK2”
Great link: Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid) – The Washington Post
Aaron’s comments 📑 Making Change in Education – Champions are for Charlatans illuminate and extend Dave Cormier’s post: Making change in education – champions are for charlatans
A good read for thinking about how Teaching and Learning changes.
I am not sure that splitting folk into champions, middle 60% and Laggards is quite accurate as folk may be enthusiastic about one thing and not another. It is useful to think about. We certainly need to think about the idea of superstar teachers and promoters of change.
These are some notes on getting some of Dave Winer’s web tools that use node running on a Raspberry pi.
I’d originally posted these on the pi, but the SD card was corrupted and I’d no back up (I’ve had that lesson a few times).
These note are not likely to be of interest to many and are somewhat abrupt.
I was really pleased to get an email from Open Book Publishers (OBP) yesterday which started with this opening sentence: “Dear Chris, I’m delighted to let you know that I received a pos…
Although I am a primary teacher I follow quite a few HE folks blogs.
I started to write the odd weekly recap of my view of micro.blog and it misfired in a very confusing, to me, way. The post went through to the micro.blog app as a titled post. I had kept the character count down to under 280. The post was a status post. It should have appeared in all of its glory on micro.blog.
I looked at it for a while and then headed over to the micro.blog slack community to bother @manton. Only after that I looked again and thought it through.
My script that removes titles in RSS from my status posts if the post <280 chars didn’t account for emoji being counted as multiple chars. It wasn’t till I’d posted to slack that I figured this out.
I’ve figure out how to work round this, replacing emoji with one character using a slight change to this function from @mdhughes. I’ll probably have to wait until next week to post another recap and see if it really will work.
I’ve updated this gist: functions that have do with micro.blog and microblogging that live in my child theme’s functions.php
It is getting time for a rethink of how the tubes are connected here, I need to simplify a little I think.
an informal outlet, blogs allow you to experiment with different writing styles and voices, enabling you to find a tone that is right for you.
Lorna Campbell, @LornaMCampbell
What is academic blogging and how can you use it to build your professional profile?.
There are many other good reasons that would apply inside and outside academia in this post/presentation.
Lorna is drinking her own blogwater with @cogdog‘s WordPress presentation splot too.
Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts | Flickr Blog
Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.
I got my mail from Flickr today explaining the changes. I’ve a pro account so it will not affect my photos at all.
I’ll be more interested in how it affects search. I often use Flickr photos to illustrate blog post, presentations and in my classroom.
I also encourage my pupils to use cc licensed images. It is hard for 8-11 year olds to attribute but the flick API allows me to help them with FlickrCC Stampr.
I wonder if the search will be less useful. There was some chat about keeping CC Images. I do hope so.
Update thanks to ronguest and jemostrom in the comments:
Photos that were Creative Commons licensed before our announcement are also safe. We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.
from: The Commons: The Past Is 100% Part of Our Future | Flickr Blog
That sound better:-)
Featured image for this post: flickr Scrabble by Dirk Dittmar used under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 license. Stamped with the tool mentioned above.