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Using Photoshop in Visual Arts classes

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by Mark Finlayson Latest activity: Apr 10, 2014

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I'm interested to hear how other people use Photoshop in Visual Arts classes. I am the Leader Of Creative Arts at my school (old terminology read Coordinator) and have been working at integrating Photoshop into our programs to meat mandatory ICT requirements, but Photoshop can be used in so many ways as part of an artistic process rather than an end in itself, so I'd love to hear the experience of others. If you check my resources you'll find a number of tutorials which hare used in both Art and Photography... Read More

Data Visualisation Help

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by clare harris Latest activity: Mar 21, 2014

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Hello, I have finished the data the Data visualisation course in the professional development section. I went back to the course to have a look at its content and resources, but when I stated the module again it said that I had completed it and gave me only two options, to share and discuss. How can I review the content and resources again

Creativity in classroom

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by Jayanthi Sridhar Latest activity: Apr 10, 2014

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I find that creativity is best triggered for children (in Grade 7) when students'energy is channelized by capturing their attention with an anchor - a story,a question,a poem, a picture,an advertisement, an activity and then gently direct them to discuss ideas ,empahsize on their writing down the ideas however fantastic/wierd it may seem.For some sessions I encourage individual creative expression and for some sessions,I encourage a collective creative expression.A lot however depends on... Read More

I am looking for informative videos using information graphics

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 by Amy Huber Latest activity: Apr 11, 2014

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My thesis students are working on a project where they will be using After Effects animations to present their research and preliminary design ideas. If you have any great resources please let me know.

Looking for Animated Video on a survey done showing motivation of kids with grades. without grades and with just comments

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 by marianne kelley Latest activity: Jan 2, 2014

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Please let me know the link. I can't recall if it was in the Creavitity Class or the Beginning Photoshop class, (most likely, Creativity class). It was not a Sir Ken Robinson video. I need to forward it to my head of school we are assessing whether to continue using grades in the arts. Thanks so much!

Design Acumen and Creative Concepts

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Leonel Fred Ador Latest activity: Feb 7, 2014

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I would like to know the strategy of educators in teaching students about taste for design, or design acumen. The way how will educators know that a particular design is better than the other. furthermore, what are the techniques educators are using in teaching design concepts and boosting creativity of the students.

Diseño de un portafolio en Adobe InDesign

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 by Imelda Hernández Latest activity: Sep 21, 2013

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Realicé un pequeño portafolio sobre mi trayectoria profesional utilizando Adobe InDesign. Exporté el documento como Flash Player SWF que da el efecto de pase de página con un doblez simulando un libro. El efecto es interesante y brinda una apariencia más profesional de un Curriculum Vitae.

iPad Screencasting Question

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 by Aaron Roberts Latest activity: Apr 14, 2014

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I'm well versed on creating screen casts on both my Mac and PC. But, I have no idea how to do it on an iPad or iPhone. I show demos in class of Adobe mobile apps through the Apple TV. However, other than recording the demo live from a video camera, I don't know how to record what's going on with my screen. So.... anyone out there in EdEx land know how to record a screencast on an iOS device?

Camera Raw

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 by Nancy Parker Latest activity: Dec 10, 2013

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I am looking for teaching material to use with students introducing them to camera raw. Please post if you have information on where educators can find "free" instructional materials addressing camera raw.

Gaming in Educational iBooks

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 by Brian Dawson Latest activity: Nov 12, 2013

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Hey you gamification educators! I was wondering if anyone would like to collaborate with me on a subject-specific math iBook for 5th graders?  I am specifically looking for someone to create a math game using Edge Animate that could be converted into a widget and can be used within my new book on fractions, decimals and exponents. If desired, maybe more than one... It would be very cool if one of your students were able to do it! What a great way to get these young kids interested in the field of ga... Read More

UX design workflow?

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 by Siobhán Murphy Latest activity: Nov 17, 2013

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Hi all, I'm looking for an easy-read workflow for developing/designing a UX strategy, suitable for college students new to web design. I can find loads of resources online about wireframing, prototyping, responsive design etc., but am finding it difficult to pin down UX. Anyone have any suggestions? Any help gratefully accepted. Thanks.

Acrobat using Educators

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 by Nancy Parker Latest activity: Dec 18, 2013

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I would like to know what educators would like to see in Adobe Acrobat Pro in the future.

Education Revolution

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 by Brian Dawson Latest activity: Feb 14, 2014

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Using creativity for project-based learning brings digital tools into the daily curriculum for core subjects. Long term mastery of concepts and an increase in imagination in projects are the results with higher achievement for students. I believe this can no longer be considered as an option for teaching and learning, but MUST become the standard in education.  How can this mentality become integrated into core subject areas, and how can we promote this to our administration?  Is it simply all a... Read More

Online Waiver

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 by Aaron Roberts Latest activity: Apr 14, 2014

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Does anyone have a general online waiver that I can use for students? I want to have a piece of paper where parents give express written consent to allow students to use a variety of online platforms like Behance, Pinterest, Wordpress and others. I also want to be able to post artwork on our own Wordpress (or other blogging platform if you saw my last discussion question). I want all parents to be comfortable with digital publishing before we dive into the real world with it. If you don't have a waiver-... Read More

Muse and Wordpress

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 by Aaron Roberts Latest activity: Aug 14, 2013

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I'm most familiar with "print" design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Flash is a mystery to me, and despite using Dreamweaver when it as a Macromedia product, its tech has passed me by. Thus, not a coder at all.    So, I'm diving into Muse a bit. I also have a very weak little Wordpress blog going. I'm looking for ways to integrate the two. From my understanding, Muse just does HTML. Wordpress only does PHP. Is there an easy way to get a Wordpress blog onto my Muse sit... Read More

Value of badges

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 by Mark DuBois Latest activity: Feb 12, 2014

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I am using Moodle 2.5 and note that one can now include badges as part of the environment. These tie to the Mozilla Open Badge project. I am curious who is using badges in their curriculum and how well they are received. Obviously, we all receive badges as part of the Education Exchange. I am planning to incorporate these in my fall classes. I am using Illustrator and Photoshop to create the badge (and properly size it) and Moodle to distribute them. I do realize that one must have a good understandi... Read More

Public Domain Images

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 by Nathan Pieratt Latest activity: Oct 18, 2013

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What happens when a student needs to find an image for a project but does not know where to turn? Google image searches (the horror!) and bad design. Obviously we want our students to take their own photos and build their own graphics for their body of work but sometimes this just can't happen. This article offers 5 resources for public domain images. I found it useful. You might too. Anyone have others they want to share? Cheers.  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/08/5-good-places-for-... Read More

Product Knowledge

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 by Rashad Madyun Latest activity: Aug 9, 2013

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I am in the Trainer program. My learning and teaching style is hands-on. I would like the opportunity to work with the products. Is there a method  to access the products while training, such as temporary login, simulations, etc.?

Teaching Hacks

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 by Kelly Kermode Latest activity: Oct 23, 2013

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What are you best teaching "life hacks" for automating some of the management tasks for the classroom? What have you done to smooth workflows? What is your best tip for project management? 

Design Thinking with Students

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 by Kelly Kermode Latest activity: Feb 16, 2014

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Has anyone use the design thinking process to introduce a PBL unit or Inquiry-based problem to their students? If so, any concrete tips/tricks/strategies to share? 

Entry level animation for K-12

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 by Dan Armstrong Latest activity: Sep 15, 2013

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I have a course I'm starting for high school freshman. My goal is to teach them a very new modern way. Here is the plan: Week 1-2 Mac OS X Weeks 3-4 Graphic Design Weeks 5-7 Video in Photoshop Weeks 8-11 Web Design with Muse  Weeks 12-14 Animation..... Weeks 15-16 Final Project This is the big question, week 12-14 animation. I want to use a simple tool just so they can get a taste. It has nothing to do with best practices at this point I just want them to have a successful experience where there... Read More

Field Blur - A New Tool in PhotoShop CS6

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 by Julian Wong Latest activity: Aug 9, 2013

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Recently I was asked to create a cover that I need to blur some parts of the image. It used to be a hard work for me to control the blur effect.  But when I  searched for help on my case, I visited this webpage (http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/field-blur-cs6/) and found the new feature in CS6 that is very easy to use. This webpage also gives a very clear explanation on every property on the new tool. This tool and the instruction webpage give me a big hand.

Student Driven Curriculum

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 by Meredith Blache Latest activity: Jul 30, 2013

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Are any of you using Student Driven Curriculum where the students help build or direct the outcome of the assignment? (an example would be the Adobe Youth Voices projects).