26 January Newsletter


IPhone Movie with Hyperlapse App

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.53.49 pmThere are some great photo features on the Iphones – anything from a 5 onwards has slow-mo, panorama and even a time-lapse feature built in. I came across this great app that you can combine with your IOS phone called Hyperlapse. This app films the video in normal time but then converts it to your desired frame rate and makes it looks like a time lapse. In most cases I think the clips look great sped up!

The app is an off shoot of instagram but there is the ability to upload the video footage into imovie and link them all together, like I have below, and throw some music in for fun. It’s a great app to combine with some other features like still shots.

Playground from mark herring on Vimeo.

Professional Blogs

Do you have a professional blog as a teacher or principal in our region? I’d love to highlight your posts, ideas and reflections on this site as a link.

Send me the link through the contact on the right so I can create a list of blogs people can see, but also so I can highlight your blog post here.

Here is a link to a post I’ve written recently about cleaning up your Facebook page. Click on the link to see how you can get rid of those annoying ads and ‘People you may know’ banners.


Cleaning up your Facebook Page

dislikeIf you’re like me then you have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. At the moment I use Twitter for professional connections (and for occasional political, sporting updates) and Whatsapp to keep in touch with close friends and family. I actually tried to delete my Facebook account but started one again for work and, slowly but surely it sucks you back in.

I like Facebook for connecting with people and sharing photos but I don’t like the way it sometimes over steps those relational boundaries and shares with people you hadn’t anticipated.

And don’t get me started on the ads, the spam notifications and my latest bugbear – the ‘people you may know’ bar at the top of the page. I don’t really want to see a selection of strangers staring at me when I refresh the feed every time. So today I had a look at doing something about it and, what do you know – there is a solution!

Here are the before and after shots since using a browser plugin called ‘Facebook Purity.’ A plugin is an extension to your browser that does something to the pages that you download. In this case, fbpurity.com gives you the option to block certain features of FB. Awesome!


Watch the clip and follow the instructions. I’m totally loving it. Thanks to REtechfocus for the video.