Tornado – 1 year later

I find it very hard to believe it has been on year since the EF 5 tornado passed through Washington, Illinois. I put together some notes using the Luca Project. I find this a most interesting tool. The link above points to my original post on this project.

I hope you enjoy reading this note [What a year]. Certainly, our family has a lot to be thankful for as the holidays approach. I tagged this under technology (among others) as I am amazed at what one can do with tools on the iPad these days.

As always, I look forward to your comments. I do hope you are having a great start to the holiday season this year.

Teaching a MOOC – results

Now that the web design MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is concluded, I wanted to share some final thoughts. I also thought it would be appropriate to indicate overall success rates. Read more »

Teaching a MOOC – technologies used

In my last weblog post, I focused on an overview of the Adobe Web Design MOOC which I recently taught. In this post, I thought I would focus on the technologies employed. One insight which came through loud and clear is that one must be highly fluent with a number of technologies. Obviously, this includes the technology being taught. However, there are many other supporting technologies which one must also be very competent with. I can not stress this enough – you must be able to anticipate any issues which may arise and have alternate approaches ready. One must also have a very robust and reliable network. Sadly, I was unable to run any of these sessions at school because of this last fact. I wish some of my current students could have seen what was involved in the development and presentation of course materials. Let’s focus on some of the technologies employed. Read more »

Teaching a MOOC

I had the opportunity (and unique honor) to teach a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Web Design recently. [Actually, the course is still in progress as final assignments are due on Nov. 2, 2014.] I wanted to share some observations and insights about the process as well as the technology. There will be a series of posts covering my experiences. In this first post, I wanted to share what the actual course looked like. But, before getting started, I want to offer my thanks and appreciation to my colleagues Greg Hodgson (@greghodgson) [London vicinity] and Jason Carthew (@jasoncarthew) [Sydney vicinity] for their help and collaboration. Their help made it so much easier to offer this class. In this blog post, I wanted to provide a short overview of the class and cover a bit of the technology. Read more »

Premiere Elements Oveview

Last week, I had the honor of participating in a session on Premiere Elements taught by fellow Adobe Education Leader Sara Martin. She inspired me to further investigate this tool. Some of the ideas in this post came from her examples. As readers of this blog may recall, I am gradually learning how to use and employ video. I personally believe video if the language of the 21st century (especially as it relates to teaching and learning). I thought it might be appropriate to use some of the video I have generated in Photoshop (as a series of time lapse recordings) in Premiere Elements. Let’s see what was involved in my initial work with this tool. Read more »

Windows 10 First Look

I recently installed Windows 10 Technical Preview in a virtual region on one of my computers (using VirtualBox).  I thought readers might be interested in my first impressions of this operating system. The abridged version is – I like it. To me, this is what Windows 8 should have been (ok, Windows 8.1 at least). Let me add in a few screen captures and more details (for those who are interested). Read more »

Latest Adobe apps

A large number of enhancements were featured in the initial keynote at AdobeMAX on Monday, October 6. Since there were such a large number of enhancements and new features, I thought I would focus on the mobile apps [there were a number of new apps (and enhancements to existing apps)]. Readers of this blog (and those who know me), know that I am a firm believer that tablets and smartphones are content creation devices (in addition to devices which consume content). Just think of all the photos and recordings taken with smartphones over the past few years. That being said, these devices have a lot more potential than just being cameras. One can use the camera for many creative endeavors. Many of the apps released by Adobe on Monday demonstrate this capability. I am particularly impressed that they work well with the desktop applications many have been using for years (such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere). Read more »

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