FD Early Intervention Webinar: 1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play

first_imgDate:  March 9, 2017Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ESTLocation: 1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of PlayImage obtained from Pixabay and is licensed Creative Commons Public Domain CC0.In this session, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will discuss the way play serves a pivotal role in our development and learning. And while for the most part development unfolds in a predictable and logical set of stages and sequences, there is much we can do through play, to ensure happier and healthier children. This webinar will provide a context for seeing the power of play and how it is necessary for success in school and in life. Recommended practices and research on how to support children’s play will be provided.Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at her website.The MFLN FD Early Intervention team offers continuing education credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

The 5 Best Sliders to Pair with Mirrorless Video Cameras

first_imgLooking to add smooth, cinematic motion to your videos? Here are 5 of the best options to pair with your mirrorless camera.If I had to rank my favorite camera moves, I’d probably have to list the slowly moving camera slide (or dolly) as my favorite. It can be such a powerful effect, and it can transform even the most boring shots into something much more cinematic.If you’re working with a mirrorless camera and looking to upgrade your cinematography, a reliable slider can be a great investment for adding smooth motion — for a variety of shots.And while you can always create a DIY slider for a weekend project, or look into heavy-duty cinema, camera-level offerings, let’s review some other options to pair with your mirrorless camera.1. edelkrone SliderONE v2Image via B&H.The edelkrone SliderONE v2 is one of the smallest, most compact sliders out there, but it’s surprisingly great for those minor camera moves — which can be very cinematic and powerful. At 10.6 inches long (with 7.9 inches of travel space), the SliderONE v2 is compact, easy to move, and easy to set up in a variety of spaces.It’s also capable of vertical moves at ninety degrees (but only with rigs up to five pounds). I highly recommend combining it with edelkrone’s app (Android and iOS), so you can use your smartphone as a monitor for setting up time-lapse and stop motion effects.Compact motorized slider with backlash-free gearsSupports up to 20 lbs. horizontallyIncreased vertical support of up to 5 lbs. at 90°Improved, steadier speed control throughout the sliderQuieter operation with step motor driver designConnects wirelessly to HeadONE and HeadPLUS componentsLANC port for remote camera control7.9″ of camera travel, 10.6″ total lengthiOS and Android control app with time-lapse and stop-motion effects2.5 mm shutter trigger socket3/8″-16 camera and tripod threadsRobust aluminum and stainless steel buildUses widely available LP-E6-type batteriesBuilt-in Wi-Fi module for future updatesPrice: $4992. Rhino RŌV PRO TravelerImage via B&H.The RŌV PRO Traveler is a bit longer but also a solid lightweight option at 16-inches of movement (25-inches actual length). The RŌV PRO Traveler (like its name implies) is great for travel and run-and-gun videography, with folding all-terrain legs and a handy quick release ball head carriage — perfect for supporting a mirrorless camera and rig up to five pounds.It also features wireless smartphone connectivity, with its iOS Bluetooth app for controlling its motorized movements — great for time-lapses and slow, cinematic slides.Lightweight, portable slider supports up to 5-lb. cameras25″ track length, 16″ travel distanceMotorized control via free, downloadable iOS appUse with a separately available shutter-release cable to create time-lapse movesCreate cinematic looks with the included variable ND filterIntegrated battery provides motion for up to 24 hoursCarriage with built-in ball headFolding all-terrain legsBelt tension can be adjusted with a 1.5 mm Allen keyIncludes a smartphone mountDurable aluminum buildPrice: $4003. iFootage Shark Slider S1 BundleImage via B&H.The iFootage Carbon Fiber Shark Slider S1 is a full bundle that includes extension rails and a much longer, more durable drive belt. The Shark Slider S1 by itself (which includes the flywheel) is 31-inches long (with 25-inches of sliding length) — although with the extension rails, it can reach 47-inches.This modular slider can handle fifteen pounds — perfect for mirrorless, DSLR, or even small cine cameras and rigs. The S1 can partner with several wireless motion controllers, as well as the Motion X2 system, for a full 360-degree range of capture.31″ slider + extension rails and longer drive belt47″ total sliding lengthFlywheel11 lb payload (15 lb without extension)1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 tripod mount holesIncludes padded carrying bagPrice: $6384. A&J PRO Moving Dolly Track Camera SliderImage via B&H.The A&J Moving Dolly Track Camera Slider is one of the longest, most durable sliders on our list. With up to 40-inches of travel space (39.4-inches to be exact), this option features adjustable feet, wheels for tracking and free-form shots, and five tripod mounting positions.It also offers up to 22 lbs. of payload support. So if you’re pushing a heavy-duty mirrorless camera and rig, this is one of the sturdier options. It also has a very smooth glide with its roller bearing track. However, it’s a little less run-and-gun and better for when you have time to really set your cinematic shots.The track bed features five distinct 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded tripod mounting holes, allowing you to mount the slider onto a tripod, then use the head to create shots that can vary from horizontal to vertical.The feet enable you to set up the slider track on a surface; you can adjust the height of each foot to level the track.The wheels are removable from the track, and you can use them to create curved moves on a flat, smooth surface.The carriage features a 1/4″-20 threaded stud for mounting your camera directly to the carriage. You can also mount a ball head, or use the included 1/4″-20 to 3/8″-16 bushing for mounting larger accessories to the carriage.The carriage also incorporates a bubble level and two each 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded accessory mounting holes.Price: $1095. Sevenoak Time-Lapse SliderImage via Sevenoak.One of the high-end options to consider is the Sevenoak Time-Lapse Slider. This motorized, belt-driven slider can work with cameras and rigs up to 22 lbs. (and even up to 8.8 lbs when used vertically). The track has 31.5-inches of travel space.The motorized drive is perfect for cinematic time-lapses and tightly controlled motion. All of which you can access from a smartphone with a downloadable iOS device or a 2.4GHz remote control.Adjustable feet mount to the end of the track, for use when using the slider directly on relatively flat surfaces. The carriage incorporates a bubble level to help you balance the slider. The removable motor supports time-lapse, motion control, and stop motion via the included remote control, or by a downloadable app for iOS devices.Tripod mountable, or set up on a flat surfaceAdjustable legs allow you to level the slider on uneven surfacesControllable by included 2.4 GHz remote control or via Bluetooth by the downloadable iOS appProgrammable functions, including camera control with appropriate cablePrice: $629Cover image by Jan Faukner.For more videography tips and tricks, check these out:DSLR Slider Guide For Solo Shooters6 Filmmaking Tutorials for CinematographersAwesome Cinematography: Achieving a Jib Shot with a Slider7 Easy Ways to Improve Your CinematographyLone Operator? Make Your Next Purchase a Motorized Sliderlast_img read more

Injury scare for Tendulkar, hit at helmet

first_imgThe Indian cricket team suffered an injury scare as Sachin Tendulkar escaped unhurt after he was hit on the helmet by a rising delivery from fast bowler Umesh Yadav during pre-series training at coach Gary Kirsten’s academy in Cape Town.A delivery from the uncapped right-arm paceman caught Tendulkar by surprise as it hit the left side of his helmet as he ducked, expecting the ball to rear up higher and pass overhead during the morning training session at Claremont Cricket Club last evening.Tendulkar, who was among the second batch of players who reached here, took the very audible whack with great calmness, even as colleagues in both his and the other nets swiftly turned heads out of concern for his well-being.The 37-year-old veteran of 174 Tests simply stooped a little, removed the helmet and inspected it, while Yadav rushed in but heaved a sigh of relief after laying his hands on Tendulkar’s head which apparently did not have any signs of taking the blow.Tendulkar then carried on serenely as if nothing had happened and shortly afterwards S Sreesanth sent him a shortish ball that barely climbed knee height, which caused some amusement.He was batting on a strip which was with some up-and-down sort of bounce apparently prepared by Kirsten as part of preparations for the three-match Tests series against South Africa starting at Centurion on December 16.”You can’t control these sorts of situations in a net environment. It even happens in India; guys get hit on the glove and so on. You just have to hope nothing too serious occurs,” said Kirsten afterwards of Tendulkar’s minor scare.advertisement”Interestingly enough the one net here is pretty flat and low and the other is going around a bit. The guys wanted to use the one that was more (spicy). I’m pretty excited about that; we’ll use the one that?s going around a bit again tomorrow,” he said.Kirsten wanted to simulate the South African pitch conditions as best as possible as India are not having any warm-up game before the Test series.The Indian squad will reach Centurion on Monday.last_img read more