Google Draw – Creating Cartoonified Drawings

Introduction

Want to know how to Create awesome Cartoonified Drawings, even if you can’t draw? Then Google Draw is the tool for you. By working through this simple tutorial you will be able to go from the picture on top to the drawing below in under 2 hours.

 

 

 

Step 1 :  Sign into the Chrome Browser, your name  appears in the top right hand corner.
Step 2 :  Locate Drawings inside of Google Drive and open a new blank document.
Step 3 :  Install this chrome extension called Color Picker.
Step 4 :  Locate a picture you want to Cartoonify.
Step 5 :  Open the video below and follow the instructions.

 

Bonus Tips to make everything easier:

  • To Zoom without distorting, use Ctrl Alt + (zoom in) & Ctrl Alt – (zoom out) , to trace more accurately.
  • Always close your shapes , don’t draw unbounded regions.

Sharing your drawings, so everyone can see them

Once you have started your drawings, share them for everyone to see by taking the link to your drawing and posting it in the comments below. Remember to change your sharing settings so that “Anyone with the link can view”.

Examples from my class

 

 

Teaching a Computer to “See Things” by Doodling

 

Introduction

Recently I came across an awesome tool that google released to assist in creating the world’s largest doodling data set of common objects. I used it in my weekly ICT lesson with Grade 8’s & 9’s and was surprised by how much they enjoyed it. We also managed to have a brief discussion of what a neural network is and how researchers  are trying to use them to teach computers to recognise common objects.

Neural Network – “A computer system modelled on the human brain and nervous system.”

Outline of Lesson

  • Begin the lesson by asking the class if they know what a neural network is?
  • They probably wont, then ask if they have ever heard of AI?
  • Most will have, and some will even want to tell an interesting story about what they’ve heard.
  • Explain how one of the challenges for AI is getting computers to recognise common objects.
  • One type of solution is to have a massive human generated Database to compare things to.
  • And today we are going to make our contribution to that Database.
  • Begin use of Google’s Doodling Tool
  • The learners normally enjoy using the Tool for at least 30 min.

If you feel like you could offer any suggestions for improving this lesson , please leave a comment.

 

Zamzar – a great free online file conversion service

Introduction:

I often find myself working on digital media project and need to do a quick file conversion for the purposes of compatibility with a particular tool. I don’t wont to download any extra software and I want it to be quick, convenient & free. This tools ticks all the boxes and yet doesn’t seem to be widely known, hence I thought it was worthy of a post. Just click on any of the images or this link to access it.

 

 

 

Creating Engaging Multimedia Content Task

 

 

Task 1: – Getting Connected & Experimenting

 

  • Sign into the Chrome Web Browser (your name should reflect at the top).
  • Go to the Adobe Spark Website.
  • Click on the yellow black “Start now for free”
  • Click on your chosen Web account, probably Google (this links your Google account to Adobe Spark).
  • You then answer a series of prompts/questions and finally get to the page below.

 

 

  • Adobe Spark offers 3 creation choices a Post, Page or Video. (See the video below for help)
  • Experiment with all 3 choices and decide which one you like best – browse through the gallery of previous creations to help you see whats possible. Finally, make a decision about which type of Spark you would like to create.

 

 

Task 2 – Building a Spark

 

  • Decide on a Spark project that is personally meaningful to you. ( eg Holiday Trip, Friends Birthday etc)
  • Gather all the media (photos, videos , songs, posts …) that you would like to use in one place.
  • Start the process of creating your Spark.
    After you finish your first draft, ask the people around you for Feedback.
  • Make any changes that you need to, to improve it.
  • Repeat as many time as necessary.
  • Finally when you are completely finished you need to share it which is task 3.

To understand why feedback and repeated refinement of your project is important, see the following video.

 

 

Task 3 – Sharing your Spark

 

When your Spark is complete share the link to it by including its url in the Comments Section Below. Remember to change the viewing settings appropriately.