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0.5 Responsible Internet Use

1. Adobe Photoshop Elements
An Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Things you should know!

  • is only installed in main-lab due to cost

    works on both mac and windows

  • it is a digital image editor that works in 3 modes: simple, advanced and guided.
  • geared for use from approx 2-12, is not quite as capable as Photoshop but does the job nicely


Fills the gap for!
  • fancy text creation
  • photo touch up and corrections
  • copyright free image creation the way you want them

Why use Photoshop Elements 9
  • Addresses a new media literacy skill - digital editing
  • Teaches complex work with layers
    • most desktop publishing programs, graphic design programs and graphic editors use layers to edit portions of a project without damaging the rest of the digital image.
    • can be a challenge to teach younger ages - Gr. 6+ should definitely be shown how to use layers.

Getting to work
  • the help and guides are fantastic, lots of video how-tos and step by step in the program.
  • classroom in a book - Photoshop 9
  • Comprehensive PS Elements 9 e-Book online.

Demonstration - Starting Somewhere - the guided start!

Project ideas:


Questions?

2. Introduction to google docs and its potential in learning!

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Sign into Horizon's google docs portal

Recently we applied for division wide access to our own google docs portal.
Why google docs?

http://google.com/a/hzsd.ca
  • Sign in using your firstname.lastname / 1234.
  • Access most of Google's premiere collaboration tools here!
    • We hope to make this available for student use, awaiting tech committee approval.

Look up and Share with "Eyes on Education - Battling Boredom"
  • partner up in groups of 2 or 3 and read through the introduction.
  • Stop at the end of the first page and share
    • How significant is his quest?
  • Stop at the end of the second page and share
    • Consider the 6 points: which 3 do you think are the most relevant?
  • Stop at the end of the last page and share
    • Which "news" do you find more challenging to work with?

Working with google docs


Creating a new document and sharing it with group members. Demonstrated.

"Make a case for" - Student Engagement Activity
  • Brief over the table of contents of "Eyes on Education - Battling Boredom"and select a section that you would like to find out more strategies on! Before you go out and buy the book what can you find out about the suggested activities.
  • Research and compile a google doc with your group of several of the strategies you consider worthy of investigation.
  • Now make a case for the one strategy you think everyone should consider
    • Describe and give detail how the strategy works
    • Be prepared to defend:
      • How would this strategy make a case for engagement?

3. Get a blogger blog!


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  1. Access blogger under "more" in your Google mailbox area and create an account
  2. Name your blog something interesting.
  3. Choose a template!

Now you are set and ready to become an active member of a connected learning community!


Take up the blog challenge!

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Blog prompt for today?


    • Think and prepare blog thought, as a 3-2-1.
      • 3 key ideas from the content today
      • 2 strategies or tools you would like to try
      • 1 commitment that you are making
    • Create your first post! Spice it with a graphic.


Complete your learning connection.

  • Add your elbow partners blogs to your blogroll on your blog


Taexternal image 30-day-blog-challenge.jpgke the blog challenge!


Write one post a month.

    • We will check in on them and provide some feedback.


Possible blog prompts for future posts (blog entries)
      • How has technology affected the way you teach?
      • Why go beyond your school and network?
      • One thing I did with my staff today is …
      • One thing I could not teach without is ….
      • other ideas?