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Podcast project links Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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What are podcasts?

Tutorials on how to make podcasts with Apple Garageband

Tips on creating podcasts

Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Non-Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Example of a podcast, notice how the beginning (first 30 seconds) include information such as:

  • The podcast title
  • Episode number
  • Date
  • Place
  • Author
  • Web address (URL)
  • Jingle (music/musical theme)

http://photography.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/photo-podcast-59.mp3

More examples of podcasts here:

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Typographic Portraits in PhotoShop Wednesday, 28 October 2009

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A couple of very interesting tutorials that will show you how to create typographic portraits. I have sorted the tutorials from easy to more difficult (which also implies from less to more complex and striking):

  1. Koh, Johnson. “Make yourself an Amazing Typographic Portrait | 10Steps.SG.”10Steps.SG – Photoshop Tutorials and Resources. 2 Oct. 2009. 27 Oct. 2009 <http://10steps.sg/tutorials/photoshop/make-yourself-an-amazing-typographic-portrait/>.
  2. Grove, Stacey. “Typographic Portraits.” Advanced Photoshop 6 Sep. 2009: 44-47.
  3. Sergio. “Typographic Portrait like Grammy’s Posters | PSDTOP Blog – Design Tips, Photo Effects, Icon Creation, Special Effects and Links.”Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – Design Tips, Photo Effects, Icon Creation, Special Effects and Links, PSD tuts, PSD. 9 Jan. 2009. 27 Oct. 2009 <http://www.psdtop.com/blog/photo-effects/typographic-portrait-like-grammys-posters/>.

For source number 2, the magazine’s web site is www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk. The issue number is 61.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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Project: How do I see myself & others?

Context and challenge:

Investigate and reflect on the influence that peers, mass media, prejudice, and stereotypes play on how we see and think of ourselves and others; how does this affect the way we interact and treat one another? What is your response?
Use the MYP Design Cycle and your computer skills, design and create a suitable product that promotes a healthy self image.

Guiding Question/Problem: How do I see myself and others?

Link to an Area of Interaction: Health and Social Education

Develop a sense of responsibility for your own well-being and for your psychological, physical and social environment.

Links to Approaches to Learning:

All; emphasis: Reflection, Organisation and Study Skills, Information Literacy.

Homework:

Bring two possible topics for next lesson, so we may start with the Investigation stage straight away.

Download the corresponding MYP project planner here

Free Web Creation Software Monday, 28 September 2009

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Please head to this webpage for a list of links and information on Free Web Creation Software.

http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmleditors/tp/freewineditors.htm

DVD and CD Burning Software Monday, 28 September 2009

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If you need free software to burn your CDs/DVDs with your products and soft copies of your work, you may use

Is your phone bugged? Friday, 28 August 2009

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Here are some good ways to determine whether someone has hacked into your cellphone:

GarageBand-like applications for Windows Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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Quite a common question, especially after using GarageBand (included with iLife, from Apple) — Windows users would like something similar that they could use at home.

Fortunately, there are alternatives such as:

My advice: Magix Music Maker. Yes, it’s not free, but I find it worth the money. Cheaper than getting a Mac.

JavaScript programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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Reference links for JavaScript programming:

HTML and CSS programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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HTML/CSS useful links:

Adobe CS4 help Friday, 15 May 2009

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Please check the following links for help with their respective applications:

http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/

You just have to select the application you want to know more about, and start exploring.

Remember that you may also explore Adobe TV – they have video tutorials on all Adobe applications.

http://tv.adobe.com/
(e.g. http://tv.adobe.com/#pg+1584 for Photoshop CS4, http://tv.adobe.com/#pg+1586 for Illustrator CS4, etc.)

HTML snippets Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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You can find interesting HTML snippets of code (that you can insert easily in iWeb) to improve your web pages at these web sites:

If you google html code + something that you would like to add to your web page, (like a clock), you will find tutorials or information that you can copy and paste into your web page in order to achieve what you want.

It’s not 100% guaranteed, but you should try it!

Besides HTML, you may also look for Javascript code.

Exam topics Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Grade 11/12 Computer Applications Semester 2 Examination Topics

Photoshop Skills:

  1. Use proper selection and making objects blend with each other after being pasted together
  2. Insertion and warping of text
  3. Use filters (whole layers & selections)
  4. Use special effects (fx) – shadows, glows, etc.
  5. Use the transform tools (resize/rotate/skew/distort/perspective/warp)
  6. Use fill or adjustment layers
  7. Use the shape tools

iWeb:

  1. Images
  2. Text
  3. Video/Audio
  4. HTML (web) widget
  5. Any other widget
  6. Multiple pages (blog, photo album, etc.)
  7. Saving to folder (Web Documents)

Garageband:

  1. Software tracks
  2. Real tracks
  3. Recorded voice (real track)
  4. Play and record a software instrument
  5. Use panning and/or volume levels
  6. Save/export your track to iTunes
  7. Final format has to be MP3

Creating Tutorials Using Jing (screenshots + OpenOffice document)

  1. Use of screenshots
  2. Use of arrows
  3. Use of text boxes
  4. Use of the highlighter & boxes
  5. Text explanations/comments
  6. Teach at least 6 features of the chosen application
  7. Work presented in web, word processed document, PDF, or presentation

Starting resources:

CD labels Thursday, 2 April 2009

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Here’s a couple of links that may help you for the CD label project:

Word 2007 Tutorials Wednesday, 4 March 2009

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Do you know how to automate the creation and updating of a table of contents, reference and citation tools, change tracking, and so on?

Read the following tutorial teaching everything you need to know (and then some more) about Microsoft Word 2007.

http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Word/index.asp

Windows Movie Maker Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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Please visit the following web pages if you need tutorials on Windows Movie Maker:

or

Free Video Editor Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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If you need video editing software alternatives to replace Windows Movie Maker, try

or

iWeb links Sunday, 1 February 2009

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The following link(s) will help you to revise and learn how to use iWeb ’08 to create a web site.

http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html

Go through all the tutorials shown on this web page. Start with all the text tutorials and then move on to the video tutorials, or follow the recommended order below.

*Note: Please ignore references to MobileMe and Google AdSense, and remember that when you want to publish your work, you have to publish it to your Web Documents folder.

Recommended order to go through the tutorials:

  1. Designing web sites
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=designtip
  2. Using the inspector Toolbar
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=inspector
  3. Changing font sizes
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=fontsize
  4. Duplicating page templates
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=dupetemp
  5. Creating a web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=createwebsite
  6. Customising your pages
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=customize
  7. Adding Hyperlinks and Navigation
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=nav
  8. Adding a Google Map
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=googlemap
  9. Adding live web content (“Web widgets”)
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=livecontent
  10. Creating a blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=blog
  11. Adding more entries to your blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=moreentries
  12. Publishing your site*
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=publish
  13. Managing your web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=manage

Webpage project Sunday, 1 February 2009

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Create your own web site inside your Web Documents folder.

Your web site has to consist of:

  • A personal web page showing your basic personal information, interests, skills, academic and work experience. The idea here is to set up your own “Curriculum Vitae” or formal personal profile page online. This should be your main page, with links to your blog and podcasts/photo album. (1 point for contents, 2 for working links; 3 points in total)

  • A personal blog. Informal, four entries minimum (1 point). Each entry should include a multimedia element, such as photos, audio, or movies (1 point), and at least one web widget (1 point; 3 points in total).

  • Include the previous podcast project in your web site. Alternatively, you may create a photo album page with original photos taken by yourself (1 point).

The duration of this project is two weeks/six lessons.

Please refer to the iWeb Links post for more information and tutorials on how to create a web site with iWeb ’08.

For curriculum vitae formats, examples, and content guidelines, check the following links:

MLA formatting of sources Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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If you’re new to the MLA format to refer to sources of information, try the free online services

They’ll help you ensure that your bibliography/works cited list is in the correct format. Just fill in the information you know about the source, they help you with the rest.

For more detailed information check these resources from

I have also found a very interesting blog about information literacy called BiblioTech Web.

Important Information Thursday, 22 January 2009

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Have a look at the following tags linking to posts referring to the following essential information for our classes: