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Lead By Example

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 27, 2015

When we returned from winter break on January 5th I challenged my students to step out of their comfort zone and step up the creative effort. I felt the best way to make the challenge stick was to accept it myself so on the 4th I recorded a few videos, uploaded them to a YouTube playlist, and announced on the 5th that I'd add to the playlist every school day from that point forward. Crazy, eh? Teachers, like students, need a challenge. This is day 33 of a new series of Mac Lab videos (not counting finals and the first day of semester 2) and I'm currently on a 33 day hitting streak with 92 videos in the playlist. These tutorials aren't intended to be refined or polished (and they're not). They're intended to be a daily extemporaneous exercise—though subject to rerecording when I become especially maladroit (which happens all too often). The idea harkens back to the spirit of Confessions of a Video Tutorial Junkie. But because not enough kids were embracing the challenge,... Read More
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SkoStock Photos | California Coast

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 27, 2015

67 unprocessed high-res photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.) I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  California Coast Photos
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SkoStock Photos | Golden Gate in Fog

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

38 unprocessed high-res photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.) I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Golden Gate in Fog Photos
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SkoStock Photos | Man-Made

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

52 Unprocessed high-res photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.) I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Man-Made Object Photos
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SkoStock Photos | Macro

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

55 Unprocessed high-res photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer. I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Macro Photos
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SkoStock Photos | Textures

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

53 Unprocessed photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.) I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Textures
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SkoStock Photos | Crater Lake

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

51 Unprocessed photos converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.) I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Crater Lake Photos
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ADOBE Creative Class

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by German Silva Last Activity on Feb 25, 2015

In this video, different presenters use ADOBE in a variety of ways.  There are many ways to reach a target an audience.  The only limit is our own imagination.  Here's the link: http://youtu.be/ic3WeaCTz98
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SkoStock Photos | Oregon Coast

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 26, 2015

48 Unprocessed photos, converted to max quality JPGs from Raw originals. Free to use for education purposes. No attribution necessary. I have over 30K digital photos to sort in the months to come and I thought others might find value in free imperfect stock photography. Lots of opportunities to teach straighten, crop, enhance, sharpen, etc. (I'm not the world's greatest photographer.)I'll continue sorting and selecting images that are (hopefully) of potential value.  Oregon Coast Photos
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The Puzzle of Motivation

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 25, 2015

In this TED Talk, Dan Pink presents the case for changing the way we attempt to motivate our students (just substitute schools and students for business and employees in the talk).  After watching, you might realize that the real puzzle is why so many folks continue to resist the evidence or deny the validity of the research.  The Puzzle of Motivation
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AMP Revisited

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 25, 2015

This video connects directly with ZIM! Revisited. Both were recorded to remind this years' students of the foundation for our self-paced, student-centered learning environment. Dan Pink's Drive does a wonderful job of synthesizing a broad range of research leading to his Autonomy, Mastery, & Purpose triumvirate. We've used AMP, along with ZIM! with great success since the 2010/11 school year and I encourage other educators to consider implementing some degree of AMP and ZIM! in their own classrooms.
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ZIM! Revisited

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 23, 2015

The Zone of Intrinsic Motivation explained in six minutes. I recorded the video as a ZIM! refresher for my students. It's not a polished video by any means but I thought others might find it of value so I'm sharing it here as well. ZIM! in six minutes (6:06 actually) The ZIM! Venn diagram was inspired by Budd Caddell's How to be Happy in Business Venn on http://whatconsumesme.com and was repurposed with his permission.* Thanks, Bud!  *The page is currently a 404. Here's a copy of Bud's original Venn.
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Practicing 3D shapes

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Fred Benitez Last Activity on Feb 23, 2015

This online applet is great for introducing students to 3D drawing based on 2D instructions. The student are given the top, front and side view of an object and are asked to create the 3 dimensional shape. The trick is that the applet also gives the minimum number of cubes needed to create the shape. The figure name will be yellow when you have the correct shape, and it will turn green when you have the shape with the correct number of cubes.  I used this applet  before getting into perspective drawing and when introducing engineering and architectural design. 
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Pinterest-Based Morgue File

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 21, 2015

Since many students already have an affinity for Pinterest, I decided to begin moving my Web 1.0 Morgue File (a copious collection of links, examples, and resources strewn about several computers and external hard drives) to a dedicated Pinterest Board and encouraging students to do the same. The results have been off the charts (students are building their own boards, too) and I'm left wondering why I didn't do this sooner—especially since I'm only about 2% into this massive labor of love. Web 2.0 rocks! Mac Lab Morgue File
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Free High-Quality Fonts for Academic Use

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 by Mike Skocko Last Activity on Feb 20, 2015

After reading this article, I wrote the folks at Dalton Maag Ltd to verify the offer. The reply, in part, read: ...we are happy to support the academic world. Your student are free to use the fonts under our Trial License for non-commercial academic projects. Wow!  Each user must create an account and abide by the Trial License. (A potentially valuable lesson in itself.) Dalton Maag Font Library
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Free Sound Effects and Music

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 by Kev Lavery Last Activity on Feb 20, 2015

I have mentioned this in a comment on another post but figured I'd put it up here in case anyone doesn't know how to unlock this amazing part of the Adobe suite.  Adobe Audition (and Adobe programs in general) is packaged with heaps (thousands) of royalty free sounds. You simply need to download them and unzip them and you can import them into Audition, Premiere, Flash, etc. There are heaps and heaps of really well recorded and specific sound effects that you will never be lost for sound. My personal favourite is "Human Chew Banana". This is the link.   If that link doesn't work here is the URL that you can copy into your browser: http://offers.adobe.com/en/na/audition/offers/audition_dlc.html
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Adobe resources that map to the Australian Curriculum

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 by Tim Kitchen Last Activity on Feb 11, 2015

Adobe and the Australian Curriculum The Australian Curriculum is being developed by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority - http://www.acara.edu.au) as a nation wide curriculum framework for all Australian States and Territories. It began to be implemented in 2013 and continues to be developed and implemented throughout the country. The Australian Curriculum is based on the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) which emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning. The goals of the Melbourne Declaration were that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. https://www.education.gov.au/melbourne-declaration-educational-goals-young-people The Melbourne Declaration... Read More
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Self-Paced Flash Animation Course

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 by Sally Mack Last Activity on Feb 6, 2015

This course is an introduction to Flash CS 5.5 intended mainly for Somerville House Year 8 students.It contains links to Adobe HowTos, and also task-specific How to movies.It is based loosely on the book 'How to cheat at Adobe Flash CS5' by Chris Georgenes.The introductory and intermediate activity videos have been completed, the rest are WIPs.The course works very well for my students who are able to move through it at their own paces.
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Typography

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 by Aalia Rahman Last Activity on Feb 23, 2015

Butterick's Practical Typography by Mathew Butterick and Erik Spiekermann is a free ebook that lays out ways to improve your typographic skills through type composition, text formatting, recommended fonts, and page layout. He notes simple and key aspects that when altered can change the way you look at type all together. http://practicaltypography.com
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