Friday Round up: Zooming and Green Screen!

Today I have a veritable panoply (isn’t that a wonderful word? I think it is a wonderful word. Panoply. And Iet to use it in a sentence. Pause for contented sigh) of neato stuff to show you (sorry. Had to bring the vocab down a notch after Panoply.)

One more time: Panoply.

I’m done.

This morning at the meeting Mr. Math Teacher came up to me in his festive green sweater, eyes aglow like Christmas lights, eager as a kid on Christmas morn (was that too many similes? I incline toward too many similes…)

What did he have to be so excited about? Well, had had just learned that you can zoom in camera! Al you have to do is pinch the screen or do the finger splits if going the other way.

Three cheers for finger calisthenics!

After the meeting, I mosied into the Humanities department to pick up my mail and chat up the elegant English teachers (felt the urge for alliteration. Could have used enigmatic, endearing, enlightened though I guess). During our conversation Ms. MK English teacher professed the desire for a Green Screen app. Well, Lady English, your wish is my command!

I did a quick search and found an app, apptly (couldn’t help myself. Sorry.) called, yes, you guessed it, Green Screen!

I tried the lite version, but the actual app only costs $2.99

Things you need to know when taking your photo:

1. Make sure you have enough light or it will end up looking like this:

However, you can use the erasor, to erase yourself back in:

The options for backgrounds in the lite version are six landmarks and what they’ve dubbed “cutesy” backgrounds. However, in the paid version, not only do you have more options in their library, ¬†you can upload your own backgrounds from your camera roll.

Here are the editing options:

I took the photo in the hallway where the light is better, did some quick touch ups (erased myself in- I know counter-intuitive much?) and here is the result:

Look! I’m in New York!

Not really. I’m at my desk. But one can hope…


How do I use the projector with my ipad: a Monday tale

Once upon a time, there was a dotty librarian who only took in half of what her wise tech guru told her. She lived happily in her own little bubble, happy in the delusion that she was efficient, competent and innovative with her exploration of technology,

One Monday afternoon, while roaming the hallowed halls of her castle, she came across the science teacher.

“Oh, Miss dotty librarian! Could you please tell me how to project with my ipad? I only seem to be able to project movies in my class!” said the science teacher, a look of frustration furrowing her lovely brow.

The dotty librarian, not wanting to seem like she did not know the answer though she had no clue how the smart science teacher was even projecting in the first place, said what all librarians say in these cricumstances.

“Hmmm. That is a good question, oh science teacher,” she said furrowing her dotty brow. ” Let me get back to you on that.”

Well, the librarian went straight to her good friend, the wise and all-knowing Google. “Oh, google, oh google! Please help me find the magic spell to use a projector with an ipad.”

The friendly Google, always willing to help out, soon produced the solution via the Apple store. It turned out that a simple AV adapter was needed!

IN her distant memory, the dotty librarian recalled seeing another adapter attached to the projector. Of course! The wise tech guru had already attached the AV adapter for the ipad to all the projectors in the school! That is how the science teacher was able to project in the first place!

Here is the magic adapter! Already attached! Didn’t even notice!

Here is how it looks like! I am projecting litcharts right now.

And when the dotty librarian used the new trick she learned in last week’s workshop- how to zoom in on a screen, she found a very useful tool indeed.

How to zoom in on a screen:

Go to settings –>General–>scroll down to accessibility–>turn zoom on.

To zoom a screen, tap the screen twice with three fingers. To move the screen around, use your three fingers to move it around.

Alas for the science teacher, however, this tale does not have a happy ending, as she is one of the poor souls who has the ipad 1, which does not have the same projection capabilities as its younger, more handsome sibling. The humanity!