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July 31, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 1 of 3


We hope you are having a great summer. We know a lot of you have been waiting for this tutorial.  Today we will be sharing with you how to make a stop motion digital movie using clay, props, digital camera and the computer.  Here are the steps you need to follow. 

1. You need to brainstorm and draw out what you want your movie to be about.

2. You want to start using the clay to place your props in the scene.

3. Slowly move the props to slightly different positions, as you take pictures with you digital camera.

5. When you are done taking pictures, you may have up to 30 – 50 pictures for a simple 10 second movie.

Now you are ready to bring in your pictures into PowerPoint 2010. To do this you can download the instructions in a PDF by clicking on How to Make The Bumpy Ride Movie or click on the picture below.

After you downoad the PDF document, you can view it step by step and see how we inserted the pictures in order.  You can also pring it so you can have it by your side as you make your stop motion digital animation movie. Next week, we will share with you how to add Your Colorful Background and Your Special Effects Titles

We will see you next week. Take care.

July 24, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Introduction


We hope you are doing well.  We have been baking today in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex.  I believe we had a high of 106 degrees.  Wow!  That's Hot!

Here is the question of the week, in which we have been receiving numerous requests on.  Can you really create a Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint?  The answer is Yes!

First of all let me share with you that we will go into greater detail on how to start producing your movie next week.  The first thing we need to discuss is the materials you will need for your movie project.  Here they are.

1. A Digital Camera

2. Computer

3. PowerPoint 2010, 2007 or 2003 Software

4. Soft clay

5. Materials and props

That's it, just 5 materials for your movie project.  If you have not seen my movie the Bumpy Ride with Music on YouTube, you can view it down below and it will give you more ideas for more materials to use in your own movie.  Remember you can get as creative as you want.  It's your movie.

Next week, we will go into how to use PowerPoint to create your own Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie.  If you want to get a head start you can view my three week tutorial I wrote on Sept. 12. 2010, Teaching with Claymation: Part 1 of 3

We will be following some of these principles talked about in the Teaching with Claymation tutorials.  So your homework is to collect all the materials listed above and we will start showing you in greater detail how to Make a Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie using PowerPoint next week.  Take care.

July 17, 2011

What is Cloud Computing?


I hope you are having a Great Summer!  I know it has been pretty Hot over here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Today I will be sharing with you a new term that is becoming very popular in mainstream.  In fact on Yahoo, this term Cloud Computing was featured the second most popular topic last week. 

If you look at the diagram up above, you can see that as a society we are bombarded with technology from tablets, laptops, desk tops and smart phones.  What if we could have one central location online to store all of our files? Well there is a solution and it is called a cloud.  In a cloud we can store all types of files and access them from our many digital devices. 

You can now access your files from anywhere and from any computer on the internet by using a cloud. Online file storage has been around for many years and is now becoming available to the average person.  You will be hearing more informaton on cloud computing in the future.

Clouds are becoming easy to use and people are starting to upload their files to them. One of the Great features about clouds, is they allow you to share these files with your friends and colleagues.  Clouds also allow you to keep your files safe and secure. 

If you want to get your own cloud, one of the best recommended sites you want to try is dropbox.  This site allows you to hold up to 2GB of memory in their cloud.  You can register with them and get more space if you want for a nominal fee.  Simply click on the picture below to get started sharing your files in a cloud.

We hope you enjoyed this blog article.  We will see you next week with another new and exciting topic.  If you want to learn more technical details about cloud computing, you can click Here. Take care.

July 10, 2011

Have You Heard of Open Office?


I hope you had a Great Fourth of July Week.  This week I will be sharing with you a free open-source office software suite for Word Processing, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Graphics and Databases and More.  There are a lot of people who are not aware about this free software.

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the site where you can download this free open sources office software package.  That's right for free!  This is a program that has similar functions as the Microsoft Office 2003 software applications such as (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access). 

There are free tutorials on the web site and on YouTube where you can learn how to use all of the free open-source office software programs.  The best thing about this free software is you can use it for any purpose you wish and that includes commercial and educational. 

You can also install it to as many computers as you like.  You can make as many copies and give them away to family, friends, students and employees.  If you are not using the MS Office 2010, 2007 or 2003 software applications, I encourage you to download Open Office. 

You will want to learn, practice, create projects and then teach others how to use it.  I hope you enjoy this free resource.  Don't forget, if you are currently learning how to use PowerPoint 2010, you can check out my free tutorials on YouTube.  Just search for the Complabteacher channel.  I will see you next week.  Take care.

July 3, 2011

The New Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game!

Updated: September, 2011 The New Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game has been released.  Be one of the first to get it.  We will only offer a limited supply.  Click here for more details.



We want to wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July.  Today I am sharing with you a new exciting project I have been working on over the past few months.   I have been spending many hours and time working on a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire PowerPoint Game that you all deserve to have.  It will be released in a few weeks, so stay tuned. 

If you are watching the current Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Game Show on TV, it will reflect a similar blue and gold theme.  So stay tuned for this project and you can be one of the first to have it. 

In the mean time, you can download the free version by visiting my second most read blog article as of today.  Simply scroll up to the top and you will see a picture of the thumbnail on the left or you can click on the picture below.

Also, make sure you visit my number one blog article that is getting hundreds of visits on a daily basis.  You will be able to download additional free games.  It is titled Free Power Point Games!  You can click on the picture below and you will be taken to these free resources. 

But wait, before you click on it push the Control Key on your keyboard and hold it down, then press the letter key N and it will open up a new window so you don't close this window out.  You know how you are on a great web site with important information and you don't want to close it out, if you perform the actions above, it will open up a new browser so you can go back and fourth between windows.

Recently, we have been receiving numerous e-mails on how to perform certain activities in PowerPoint. So in a few weeks I will be releasing free YouTube Video Tutorials on PowerPoint 2010.  These tutorials will walk you step by step and hold your hand as you are learning all the new features of PowerPoint 2010.

So I am excited about that project which will be released in a few weeks.  Well I am off to join the family for a Great Fourth Of July Weekend.  We hope you Have a Great Fourth of July Weekend!

Before I go, don't forget to check out my new YouTube channel this week by clicking on the follwing link:  Free YouTube Videos from Mr. Ybarra.  This week I will be featuring more videos that will guide you to different blog articles I wrote last year where you can have access to additional free resources.  Take care.