One more day and I will be back with you all. I'm having some medical tests today - but I'm not expecting any major problems. I will be there on Tuesday morning. Between snow and the conference I went to last week - I haven't seen all of you in over a week.
The snow has really messed up our schedule and it has been difficult to maintain any continuity with our work. We are way behind in our yearbook work and we need to begin planning for the possibility of more snow days. One event that normally takes place during Tech-Ed week is Hippie Day. That was going to be a major photo-op day for this year's yearbook and couldn't take place because of weather interruptions.
Here is my plan - we are going to host our own Hippie Day. On this day we'll give out one free 2010 Shield yearbook to the person (in each lunch) who dresses as hipped out as possible. We'll run a contest during both first and second lunches. Second prize will be $10 Wawa gift cards.
Today's assignment requires you to create an 11 x 17 poster to advertise the event. Here are the details:
Below is the path:
Today's project asks you to build a Netvibes page. Here is a sample of my public Netvibes page. My public page includes those things that I'm passionate about: Graphic Arts, Education, Career Planning and helping other teachers use technology. Netvibes takes the web and ties it together into themes. Basically, my Netvibes page is my start or home page on my computers.
Some of the content on my Netvibes page comes directly from Netvibes widgets. Other content is material that I Stumbled Upon or had shared with me by colleagues via Twitter. Your netvibes page should include a few class-related tabs - Graphic Arts, Communication, Photography and New Web Technologies. It should also include your other passions - animation, sports, movies, music - whatever your passionate about. Here is a tour of Netvibes. Follow the tour by clicking the next button. It will explain Netvibes pages in detail. You can add actual YouTube videos, web radio stations, picture slideshows- whatever. At the end of the tour you will be able to set up a free account and begin building your pages.
You'll need to set up an account on Netvibes to be able to build your own personal and public pages. Make sure you use an accurate e-mail address when first signing up because you'll need to respond to a verification email in order for the site to work. if you're working on a senior project, your Netvibes page could be a great way to organize information and research on your presentation.
Be creative - make me proud.
First year students can work on the AM Class Assignement. Advanced students are expected to create a self-portrait with text using this tutorial website:
For the text portion of this portrait I would like you to Google-search song lyrics or a poem that is important to you. This is going to require a bit of copy/pasting into separate PS text layers and a lot of creativity on your part. When the assignment is complete save the file as a jpg and post to your class notebook site.
Today I'm going to ask the AM and PM class to do different assignments. The AM class is expected to work on this InDesign Tutorial:
While you're working on this basic tutorial remember that you can create a filled text frame by choosing the following path from the menu pictured below. You can use the pen tool to create your balloon shaped object. When you are finished the assignment, post an exported jp
Today I would like both classes to finish and print their 3-dimensional graphic designs. All designs should incorporate both graphics and text into their design. Those students who need assistance with printing can get help from the following students:
AM Class - Nikki Taylor
PM Class - Mike Morgan
Please print, cut and tape/glue 2 copies of your finished designs. One copy is yours to keep, and the other will be graded Thursday upon my return. If you have questions, They can be submitted directly below or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
My students are what some members of society call "Digital Natives." My students have grown up with game controllers in their hands and computers in their classrooms and living rooms and/or bedrooms. They communicate via text faster than most of us "non-natives" can type on a traditional keyboard. They are multi-taskers able to study, investigate new music and entertainment trends and communicate using various tools simultaneously. I learn from them every day.
Here is what they don't do so well - they often lack the ability to use technology to make themselves better students. They lack a strong understanding of how to save themselves time by managing their digital lives in a more organized manner. Many students don't understand the basic concepts of bookmarking and search methodology that make up so much of how to use computers and the web as sophisticated research tools. Organizing files on their computers is often not a strong point. They often can use digital tools - but fail to manage or control how those tools work.
My students come by their ignorance and lack of skill honestly - none of them have ever been taught HOW to use tools they use socially for professional or academic excellence. We adults often assume that the "digital natives" understand boolean searches and file organization as a natural part of being born into "generation digital." When students get training and exposure and possess a good understanding of how these tools can affect their grades, they run with them and far exceed their teachers. We're going to work on these skills over the next few weeks.
Here are some links we'll be using:
I had good conversation this morning with quite a few 10th grade students about choosing topics and completing the topic form for their research paper. The intent of this paper is for you to research a career related to your career area, Graphic Arts. You want to do a good job on these papers because they are components of your ePortfolio. Employers and Colleges want to see writing samples when considering hiring or admitting potential students/employers.
Here is what I see as being major subject areas for this paper:
11th Grade students are expected to finish their Job Shadow Experience by March 26th. The forms you need to complete your Job Shadow are also available below.
I just stumbled upon a site called Graffiti Analysis 2.0. Watch the video below to see how it works. Basically the software records the motions made by graffiti artists and digitizes the finished artwork created.
The idea was created by Evan Roth as a thesis he was writing while a student at Parsons in NYC. It's visually impressive - and a good example of Creative Commons licensing. Evan has made the technology accessible to everyone. I'm going to try to contact Mr. Roth and see if he can visit our class virtually via Skype. Think of questions you have about how he went about creating this.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
PHYS. ED. DAY
AM - Thursdays - 1
PM - Thursdays - 7
PM - Mondays - 7