Archive for July, 2010

Session 5: A review of Picasa from an educators perspective

For those of you who don’t know Picasa is a free Google applications that offers the ability to edit photos, and more. First lets start with its functionality, well honestly its packed with features I would not expect from a free package. Overall, I was pleased to see that it offers a nice array of options for editing images as it allows a person to use its very intuitive controls to modify images. Honestly, it offers many of the basic functions a person may come across in Adobe’s Photoshop, but instead of a very involved learning curve it has almost Microsoft Paint ease of use. Some examples of this would be its ability to crop,retouch, and adjust color tone using simple on click buttons or slides.

Now I’m sure many people are asking what type of educational benefits are there to a piece of software that simply allows a person to edit photos?  Well there is a lot more to it than that. This software also allows a person to create and share photo albums very easily, even offering free web space. This of course would be a very helpful feature for both students and teachers as it allows for an excellent way to transfer or share images that maybe part of a lesson plan or presentation. I found this feature again to be very easily used, which is always a benefit in an educational situation.

Relating back to its functionality as an image editor I found that it would be very beneficial in my own setting as a Drafting instructor. I say this because it would allow my students to take rendered images from one of our CAD software packages and modify them in such a way as to improve the overall look of the finished image. This would be a great benefit to them for their submissions to the competitions we compete in throughout the year.  It will also allow them to create a collage of all of their work in my classroom, which would be a great benefit to their portfolios’

Overall, I am impressed with the software’s ease of use and more so by the fact that it is free. Along with the fact it offers web storage space for people to share their images its pretty hard to find much of a fault with it. I know that I definitely won’t be uninstalling it anytime soon.

Web 2.0

Well incorporating podcasts into thunder bird wasn’t to bad :) Now I need to get this my website finished up. Overall it looks like session four isn’t going to badly

Wiki editing wasn’t to bad here’s a list of the changes I have made (see below) and a link to the wiki page I edited Mt. Pleasant Public Schools

The start of my own wiki page :)

Beginning Session 3

Well it looks as though things are rolling along rather well so far. This week maybe interesting since I’m getting married on Saturday. I’ll keep you posted

Session 2: Reflection

Well it looks like things are moving along fairly well. Overall its looking as though I may have to think things through pretty thoroughly after looking at some of the available webquest’s out there. Honestly it seems like people in my field just aren’t doing them. I searched for almost every topic I could think of and came up with some pretty dismal examples. Let’s switch this up a bit and show what not to do with a WebQuest.

http://senior.billings.k12.mt.us/drafting/webquest1-architecture/

I feel this is somewhat lacking in its depth and its application seems a bit questionable. Tell me what your thoughts are?

Session 1

Well as we draw closer to the end of Session 1, I am feeling pretty good about the class content. More importantly I am enjoying  how it is being presented.

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