Friday, August 17, 2012

Here is a video I made with Animoto. I could use this tool to introduce video production to my students.

I also used Xtranormal to create this video:

I can see using these tools to help students see the limitations of just select and plug programs. I want them to stretch and really learn how to create their own drawings in Adobe software products.

This will open a whole new world to them. I want to inspire them to not only acquire the technical skills, but to also develop their innovative creative side.

Open your mind & heart to learning, and the world opens up to you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

#4 Up Up and Away...In the Clouds

I will be using Google Docs with my students. In my 3D Modeling & Animation class, we will be working in groups. We will be constructing a historical building in 3D. I bought a really cool 3D pop up book on historical buildings this summer, and they will choose a building from there.

I will have each team create a Google Doc, and require them to make a plan of construction. Then they will track their progress, noting things that went well, and areas for improvement.

I talked with the Guthrie Architect teachers this summer. If my students really like 3D & architecture they will flow into those classes. I hope to have them ready to take it to the next level, which would be to learn AutoCad.

I also bought a cool Frank Lloyd Wright book. It has floor plans which I hope are inspiring to my students. I love Frank Lloyd Wright's work!

I sent a Google Doc to a teammate, and I sent a survey to two other teachers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#3 Video & Image Resources

Since Adobe software is the content I am teaching, I have used Adobe TV extensively. Last year, I was learning Photoshop and Flash. I spent my Christmas vacation watching Adobe TV since I had never used Flash before. I wish I credit for all those hours!

This is a video I will use in the beginning of school to inspire my 3D Modeling and Animation students:

This next video explains the new features in Adobe CS6, and will give the students a quick overview of Photoshop.

I liked the videos on Copyright and fair use. My students need to understand Transformation. They need to  make sure they are adding value, and re-purpose when they use images.

I set up my Dropbox, and created a new folder for my 3D Modeling & Animation class.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Personal Learning Networks

Since I have spent the summer learning new software programs, I have lived by several Personal Learning Networks. Thank goodness they exist, because without them, I would be lost. I could spend hours and hours trying to figure out how to do something on my own, or I could jump on SketchUcation (for SketchUp     users). There are lots of forums, and they have one called Newbie Forum. This was right up my ally! 

I also use Adobe software, and thanks to our district leaders, they upgraded our software to the newest version this summer. Spring Branch does an awesome job of keeping us up to date with technology.This meant I needed to learn the upgrades to two more products I use. I used the Adobe Education Exchange to help me. It's a great resource, however it's so massive it has taken me a while to harness it. I was able to do four webinars put on by Adobe and the Corpus Christi Region 2 Service Center. Region 2 service center is now another resource I have access to, since I was able to get to know them through the webinars. I'm hoping to talk with a 3D Modeling teacher from their area when school is back in session.

I have joined the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) High School Tech Apps Course Group. This is a new group, and it already has some great resources.

As far as posting, since I am in learning mode, I usually just try to find what I need at the moment. I spend my time going to the resource and playing with the software. I will post if I have a question. Next year when I'm not such a newbie I will post to help others. This summer I was just in help me mode!

One last note: I am somewhat old school, and wanted real books. I contacted our Pearson Education sales rep, and she sent me ten free books! Yea!! There's nothing like reading a book, and punching buttons on a computer... :)

Here are the links to the resources I mentioned above:      Google SketchUp    Adobe Education Exchange           Texas Computer Education Association