Our exam will be Wednesday April 1. Here is what you will need to know:
Monday, March 30, 2009
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 11:10 AM
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Today we will again practice reading, synthesizing, and writing. What is your message, and who is your audience? Don't forget many of your readers do not live in the United States and might be five years old or fifty.
- Read this color pencil thing carefully. Its brilliant.
- I kind of want to do this thing for Seymour.
- Should dogs be more visible at Seymour High School?
- What do you want to do when you are 96? What did you think of Professor Kurnow and his story?
- Do you twitter? Should we in school?
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 8:18 AM
Friday, March 27, 2009
I think this has been a good week. I have enjoyed watching you create your Fireworks products. As we transition from the more technical part of web design ("What does this button do?") to the creative side ("What emotion do I want to create?") many of you are struggling. This struggle is essential. Quality design does not come without sacrifice, thought, and perseverence.
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:53 AM
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Here is the Fireworks challenge. You get one point for every successful challenge. Goal is five points but you can score up to seven (extra credit). If you submit five successful entries your grade is 5/5. Yes, you will have to move fast. Computers available after/before school and during study halls.
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 9:30 AM
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I enjoyed reading your blog posts about the TED talks. I had fun pushing some of you who are stuck in a pragmatic definition of life. Is life about "metabolic processes" or is it about having a soul? Keep watching, and keep reading.
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:55 AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Well, yesterday was brutal. I slept almost all day. I'm conscious today so I am here, but don't expect too much. By the time you read this I am either feeling fine or I am realizing it was a big mistake to come in.
- Write in 3D. Include links.
- Leave comments.
- Build on what other people say by linking to their articles.
One thing you want to do in life is get around smart people. I was lucky to go to a school that had really, really smart people around. Listening to them makes life interesting.
Many of you have seen some of the TED talks before. TED is a place where smart people get together and kind of do a show and tell.
I would like you to watch at least two videos today from start to finish. Everyone must watch the Theo Jansen video. I give you some prompts to start a discussion on your blog. Some of these videos are about 10-20 minutes long. They say teenagers can't pay attention to anything. Prove them wrong.
Hans Rosling: How data is cool. Think of your little Excel charts. Will you be ready to use data like this. This guy is fun to listen to.
Jeff Han: How displays will change. This would profoundly change how we use computers. This is from two years ago. How fast technology evolves (Hello iPod!).
John Maeda: A smart, funny guy talks about simplicity. Think about how simplicity is the driving force in design (hint: iPods).
Rives: This guy can talk. Power of the spoken word. I laughed out loud (also notice his use of powerpoint). Check this poem about the internet by Rives. Fascinating (and why you should work on your poetry).
Theo Jansen: Freaky. Mind-blowing. But pay attention. What is life? Can you make something that lives out of PVC pipe? He does. Cyborg alert!
Blaise Aguero y Arcos: Demonstrates Photosynth. Wow. The Notre Dame cathedral thing is amazing. Can you think of ways you could use this software?
Anand Agarawala: The BumpTop desktop. Certainly a different set-up! Would this help you search your photographs?
What did you learn? Share what you learned. Start a conversation. Can you add something to a discussion?
Be sure to have links to the talk on your blog.
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:47 AM
Monday, March 16, 2009
We will continue the blogging challenge today. Can you make your blog a "must-read"?
- (this was posted yesterday--now unblocked). Watch a NYTimes video. Respond on your blog. How do they match sound and visual images? Can you relate this to your greeting card project? Are you listening to or watching the movie? Try closing your eyes--can you still follow the movie (aha---the big secret!!)?? Try searching for somethng that interests you.
- Try new ways to improve your blog from the blogging challenge. Can you get a red dot on your clustrmap from three different continents? Ten different states? How will you make those connections?
- Check out this website of Lewis Elementary. Can you find other school sites that are highly usable? What makes this site so interactive, useful, and efficient?
- Cool site of the day. Notice how you use the site, you don't read it. Can you use these design techniques in your work (especially Web 4!!).
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 2:01 PM
I am generally happy with the work Web 2 and Web 3 did on their greeting card project. I would like to highlight a few things:
- Story must be front and center. Most of you have chosen CGallo as the best for this reason. Its the whole point of a card; to tell a story in very few (or no) words.
- Color counts. Check out CWyskiel Easter page-- she nailed it.
- The most elemental mistake was using sound improperly. Don't have the music loop! Stop the film and have an ending.
- If you want credit get your blog post in.
- Leave a positive comment for your favorite greeting card on that person's blog. Use proper format (First name-last initial, email is blank, the URL of your blog). Improper format comments will be deleted.
- Read about the blogging challenge. I think this is a great opportunity to improve your digital footprint. I encourage you to tackle the entire challenge. But at least tackle one of the suggested improvements. This assignment goes to the heart of web design--can you be an effective communicator. Your blog is a reflection of you; if it looks sloppy (typos, colors, etc..) that will be the readers impression of you. Does your site look like this?
- Watch a NYTimes video. Respond on your blog. How do they match sound and visual images? Can you relate this to your greeting card project? Are you listening to or watching the movie? Try closing your eyes--can you still follow the movie (aha---the big secret!!)?? Try searching for somethng that interests you.
- Watch this video. Notice the Flash aspects. Then watch this one. Then watch this one. Do you need to step up your game??
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:47 AM
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I'm going to post some cool tutorials (some hard, some easy) that you might decide to use for your project:
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 11:56 AM
Monday, March 09, 2009
This is week is crazy as well. Period seven meets three times, period four meets twice, and period five meets, of course, five times. Hard to keep track.
- Play automatically when loaded.
- Include at least one of the following: zoom in, masking, or bouncing effect.
- Be saved appropriately (folder--bschneidergreeting) to UDrive when done.
- Include sound.
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:55 AM
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Well, this week has been a bit of a challenge. A snow day, a snow delay, CAPT test, an assembly, and a trip to Boston for a track meet. Obviously I have decided not to assign new work this week as it would be almost impossible to keep track of. I think we will ease back into our regular schedule on Monday.
- Please continue with your Flash tutorial work.
- Make a blog post: What new techniques did you learn? Include link to tutorial. Was the tutorial effective?
- I will grade storyboard on Monday. If you are in class today I would like to see it.
- How will you ensure continuity of your movie? If you have a main character should that be drawn first and shared with all teammates? What about backgrounds, color choices, etc..? How will you set up the movie so your process is efficient?
- Check what other CT schools are doing (acting locally!)
Posted by Mr. Schneider at 6:41 AM