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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:

Protected: Marketing project: Investigation feedback Wednesday, 27 January 2010

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Protected: Marketing project Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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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.

Alternative project – Promoting an intercultural environment Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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Guiding Question/Problem: How to promote an intercultural environment in our school?

Link to an Area of Interaction: Community and Service – Learning and teaching about some else’s culture

Links to Approaches to Learning: All; emphasis: Information Literacy, Organisation and Study Skills, Reflection

Duration: 6 weeks, starting from 19.Oct.2009

Context and challenge: Use the MYP Design Cycle and your computer skills, design and create a suitable product that reflects a culture other than your own, in response to the guiding question/problem for this project.

Possible Interdisciplinary Links: Language B, Humanities (World History and Geography)

MYP Technology Design Cycle Outline:
Criterion A: INVESTIGATE

  1. Identify the problem (say what the problem is)
  2. Explain the problem and say why it is relevant (important)
  3. Find information about the problem from many different, good sources
  4. Summarise each source
  5. Evaluate those sources (say why they are good/better/best) and state how you used them
  6. Develop a design brief: Say how you will solve the problem you identified, in general terms.
  7. Prepare a design specification: a detailed description of how your solution must be so you can solve the problem, everything you need for your solution (or to make the product) and what your solution can and cannot do. What you write here has to be important for you (the designer) and the user (the person/people who will use or be helped by your solution or product). All your suggested and appropriate solutions will need to meet the terms of the design specification.
  8. Describe (say in detail) how you are going to test your product against the design specification (how you will check whether you product sticks to the specification)

Criterion B: DESIGN

  1. Compare each possible mode (media) against your design specifications
  2. Create at least one original design for each mode
  3. Choose one mode and justify your choice in terms of how it meets your design specifications
  4. Make several different designs for the mode you chose
  5. Explain how each of your designs meet (or not) the design specification (you can show how you are going to implement each design specification element in each layout/design)
  6. Choose one (or more, if appropriate) design and explain in detail:
  • Why you chose that design and not the others
  • How and why it meets the requirements of your design specification better than the others you dropped.
  • Criterion C: PLAN

    1. Make a detailed plan of steps (in proper logical order) describing how you will use:
      • The resources (everything you’ll use to create your product and/or what you need to implement your solution)
      • The steps you need to take (what you will do) to create the product
      • The time (timeline, Gantt chart, when you’ll do it)
    2. Explain and evaluate your plan (pros and cons / strengths and weaknesses, what if… alternatives for the weak points)
    3. Justify any modifications you made to your design (the one you chose in the previous step)

    Criterion D: CREATE

    1. Follow your plan, justifying any modifications you make (if you deviate from your plan and/or your design)
    2. Document the creation of your product using a journal (Format: Date, Comments, Screenshots, explanation of screenshots, problems, how you solved them, and any modifications)
    3. Your product must be as good as possible (of “Appropriate quality”1) using the resources available to you and/or those resources you have chosen to use (in the planning section)

    Criterion E: EVALUATE

    1. Objectively evaluate your product/solution based on:
      • Does the product do what you said in the design brief?
      • Does the product meet your goal and solve the problem?
      • The results from the ways of testing2 the design specs.
      • How would you improve on these ways of testing the design specifications?
    2. Explain how your product/solution can be improved based on the feedback and evaluation you have done
    3. Evaluate your own performance at each stage of the design cycle (compare initial and final Gantt charts, talk about strengths and weaknesses, etc.)
    4. Suggest improvements to your performance at each stage of the design cycle
    5. Explain how your product/solution will impact/change/improve (people’s) life, society, and/or the environment
    6. The usefulness of your project for your intended audience
    7. Your use of the IT tools that were available to you
    8. Your ability to follow the design cycle & the links to the AOI’s
    9. Users of online social media, IT lab and software, Internet and library.
    10. Promote awareness of health and social issues related to the topic.
    11. Ability to research effectively from various sources
    12. Refine publishing and presentation skills
    13. Expose students to “product testing” and feedback

    * Appropriate quality: This is the best product/solution that you can produce, taking into account the resources available (hardware, software), the skills and techniques you have used, your educational development (what you know and have learned), how the product/solution addresses the identified need, and aspects of safety and ergonomics.
    ^ Product testing: Here is where you show people your product and give them the tests that you created at the end of your investigation section. You can also check if the product solves the problem / fulfill the need, applied to the context and presented to the end-users or target audience.

    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

    UN Celebrations Project Friday, 4 September 2009

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    For year 4 students, here are the resources for our first MYP full Design Cycle project.

    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:

    Protected: Sample MYP projects Monday, 24 August 2009

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    MYP Technology Glossary Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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    Please download this extract from the official MYP Technology Guide. It contains a glossary that includes all the essential concepts each and every MYP Technology student needs to know in order to succeed.

    Download the PDF document myptech_glossary.pdf.

    August 2009 – Welcome back to school MYP lovers! Saturday, 15 August 2009

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    For those of you in the grade 9 and 10 classes, it is strongly recommended that you hit the yellow button at the bottom of each page until you get back to the beginning of the blog and then read as much as you can as this will give you a clear explanation of what you need to know to producea good MYP project.

    So far, there are eight  pages in the blog – it is recommended that you have a good look around and focus on learning what the MYP criteria are, how to get to the highest levels of assessment and what the common mistakes in each section tend to be.

    With a little bit of digging around, this information will be easily accessible to you in a short while.  Good luck and have fun!!!


    If you have any questions, please email your teacher and he should be able to answer your questions in a hurry!

    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.)

    Exam topics Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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    Grade 9 MYP Computer Applications Semester 2 Examination Topics

    MYP:

    • MYP Design Cycle
    • MYP Technology Assessment Criteria
    • MYP Approaches to Learning: Information Literacy, Reflection, Organisation and Study Skills
    • Your experience and reflection on MYP Technology projects, plus your teacher’s feedback on them

    Resources:

    Photoshop Skills:

    Use proper selection and making objects blend with each other after being pasted together

    1. Insertion and warping of text
    2. Use filters (whole layers & selections)
    3. Use special effects (fx) – shadows, glows, etc.
    4. Use the transform tools (resize/rotate/skew/distort/perspective/warp)
    5. Use fill or adjustment layers
    6. Use the shape tools

    Starting resources:

    Helping students do better projects Sunday, 26 April 2009

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    This project, which requires you to assist new students to High school learn how to do better MYP Computer Applications projects, is due on Friday May 8, 2009.

    You are required to do the following:

    1. Create a product that will assist a new student in better understanding how to do an MYP project. This could involve teaching two of the criteria or building a tutorial that will assist the student in gaining skill in a useful application. (eg. Photoshop).
    2. Create a write up that covers two of the MYP Computer Applications criteria. (eg. Investigation and Evaluation)

    Your work will be assessed on both the quality of the product and the write up.

    If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Balcer or Mr. Drien Vargas.

    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: