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The Hardest 4 Icon Challenge Yet

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I’ve been following Jim Groom’s “Name that 80s movie” 4 icon challenge series, and while he promised that they would become more difficult, I think the many summers I spent glued to the TV watching HBO for hours on end gives me an unfair advantage (I totally nailed the Flash Gordon one). I thought I’d try to up the “name that obscure movie” difficulty level, and while it was entertaining for myself to put together the following 4 icon challenge (I learned how to make a parchment-like background in Adobe Illustrator), I’m not sure if I did actually come up with something that will stump anybody….at least not anyone who is halfway decent with Google searching. Think you can name the this movie?

I continue to fiddle with the 4 icon challenge concept, this time blending both icons and actual images, one of those images laying over another. It’s not that I think it adds to the piece any, I’m just having some fun as I mess around with trying to visually represent the major elements of the story.

If you haven’t read any of my previous posts about the 4 icon challenge, you can check out how visually summarizing a movie, book, or other story is both really easy using tech, and is a great way for students to summarize major story elements, while having a bit of fun.

image credits:

vitruvian man -
gold brick -
mask –
cup –

Name that 80s movie #5

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Noun Project Credits:
Football designed by Saman Bemel-Benrud
Rocket designed by John O’Shea
Tree designed by Saman Bemel-Benrud
Palace designed by Okan Benn

Name that 80s movie #4

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Experimenting a bit with The Noun Project and Illustrator before today’s Breakfast Club edition of ds106, and figured I would throw out another 80s movie 4 icon challenge because I can!

The Noun Project Credits:
Television by The Noun Project
VHS Tape by Ted Mitchner
Lips by Davide Eucalipto
Gun by Simon Child

Getting my ds106 Game On (Maybe)

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

School’s out for the summer.* I’ve dedicated at least part of today to ds106 work, finally. I’m working on a Creative Commons poster, but I’m stuck trying to put the CC icon on there. I haven’t given up yet but I did decide to take a break.

Instead I did the One Story/Four Icons assignment. I’ve enjoyed seeing the work of others on this assignment and it seemed doable. I may try some other movies soon as well. The Noun Project made this pretty simple.

*The kids are done but I still have three days next week of meetings and packing up.

Name that 80s Movie #3

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Bear with us, we will be moving to the next level of difficulty shortly. Hopefully you are feeling appropriately confident, but keep in mind the next three will separate the parachute pants wearers from the stonewashed jeans junkies.

Icon Credits (all from the Noun Project): Links for downhill skiing,  hamburger, BMX, and deer.

Name that 80s movie #2

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Here is #2 of the Name that 80s movie, and don’t get cocky people, we are just warming up.  Take the lay-ups while you have the chance :)

Update (forgot the attribution): The keys are from here, the guitar from here, the protestor from here, and the airplane from here.