Hope you enjoyed the “long” weekend!  We do not have any more “days off” for a while …. just back to work 🙂

For the rest of the year you will email me your goal for the week on the first day of the week.  For example, if you are working on the Lynda.com Up and Running with Photoshop for Design course you may have the goal of completing Chapter 3: Working with Layers and Chapter 4:  Working with Type and Effects and posting all work on your website and blog.  You can try to judge how much you can complete by the length of the videos in each chapter.  Allow yourself time to also create your own projects at the end of each chapter.  If you need help with your goal(s), please ask me.  So… each week you have to email me your goal.

This week I will start including your blog entries as part of your grade.  Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time at the end of each day to create your blog post.

Ask yourself the following when creating each post:

  1. Did you describe what you worked on or completed?  Include the name of the Lynda.com course, name of chapter, and name of lesson or description of project.
  2. Did you describe what new concepts, techniques, or skills you learned or what existing skills or concepts you used or enhanced?
  3. Did you include a link to your work that is posted on your website and/or a graphic of your work?

All three of those items should be included in each daily post!  If you want examples of what I think are excellent blog posts, please ask me.

I have a question for first year students…. which of the following are you most interested in:

  • using Photoshop to edit photos
  • using Photoshop and the Wacom tablet to draw or create artwork
  • using Photoshop for anything you can
  • creating animations (with Flash)
  • learning anything I can about computers during the year without a preference to any one area

All first year students need to send me an email containing one of the above.

Returning students… if you have not started working on a particular Lynda.com course, you need to do so today.  Please ask me what you need to work on.  I will be visiting with each of you individually this week on what “courses” you will be working on during the year and what my expectations are.

Do you like working with Photoshop but just can’t afford the price of the software?  Maybe another option might work for you…. Have you heard of Adobe Creative Cloud?  Adobe Creative Cloud is an ongoing membership that lets you download and install any of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 desktop applications plus other applications such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  You also get online services for file sharing and publishing.  As a student, you can purchase the membership for $29.99 per month but you must commit to a one year membership and set up a monthly payment plan such as a credit card charge.  If $29.99 a month though for several Adobe software programs interests you, you might want to check out the Adobe site at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.edu.html.

Do you use Twitter only to communicate with friends or do you use it as a professional tool by following graphic and web design professionals?  Amazing what I can learn by following people in the web and graphics industry!  Here is a link one person tweeted – http://www.danrodney.com/mac/ – which is a great resource for us now as Mac users.

Remember that SLC (Superintendent’s Leadership Class) applications and references are due this Friday.  You don’t have much time to get your information in if you are interested.

You will attend the Career Center on Wednesday.  The times are listed under the Calendar page of this blog.

Popcorn will be available to at break time in the Student Lounge area!  Follow your nose and Mrs. Koehn’s voice 🙂

Quote:  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.  ~ Abraham Lincoln