Archive for February, 2009

Assignments for the next two weeks

February 27, 2009

You should finish the last lesson your are working on today, Friday.
On Monday, we will start with Illustrator. There are some similarities to Photoshop, but some big differences as well.

We will discuss the differences on Monday, and the information will be on your six weeks exam and the semester final.

When you start Illustrator, start with Lesson 2 first, then Lesson 1, then continue with Lessons 3 through 5. Lesson 5 is due by the end of class on March 13th, Friday, which is the day before spring break. This will determine your grade for your progress report. Everyone who did not complete the 11 Photoshop lessons and the 5 Illustrator lessons.

For every lesson you complete after lesson 5, you will add 5 points to your six weeks grade. It is up to you to show me the extra lessons you complete so you receive credit. Completing extra lessons will also make up for lessons you did not finish in Photoshop.

You can also improve your grade by creating your own Photoshop images. Ask me if you are interested in this and I will give you the guidelines.

Drinks and Food

February 27, 2009

Due to another spill yesterday that ruined a keyboard, food and drinks will not allowed in this lab.

You can leave your food or drinks on the shelves near the door.

If you bring in food and drinks to your workstation, they will be confiscated.

This applies to everyone who uses the lab, and at all times, lunch included.


February 26, 2009

So what exactly was the point of that quiz yesterday anyway?

Some students has a hard time following instructions from the subs on Monday and Tuesday. Some students chose confrontation rather than compliance. This might not be as big of a deal here at school, but as the adults in your life probably tell you, the habits you learn now are the habits that will stay with you through adulthood. If you choose to inappropriately challenge authority here at school, you are going to have a difficult time finding and keeping a job, and you are going to have trouble with “authority” in the “real” world.

If someone tells you to do something you don’t want to do, ask yourself if it will really hurt you to just comply. In your future, the people who have authority in your life will tell you to do things that you don’t want to do. Unless the task is morally or ethically objectional, it’s usually easier to just do it, and deal with your own frustrations later. Of course, you don’t have to do this, but I advise you to learn to do so so that oyu can skip the little confrontations that won’t matter 10 minutes or a day later.

Ambiguity. Defined as having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns. Why were the questions on the quiz so hard to understand? They were intentionally ambiguous. Think about how you learn. If someone gives you a list of stuff to memorize, do you learn about the stuff, or do you just memorize it for the sake of memorizing it, and move on to the next forced feeding and regurgitation? While you can learn facts by memorizing or being told something to remember for a test, you don’t gain understanding of the subject. You don’t gain comprehension of the subject and its context (i.e. you memorize some stuff, but don’t know what it means or why it’s important). If the questions on the test had been simple choices, like (A) smack the sub, (B) fight the sub until they call the office, or (C) just try to get along for 50 minutes, some people would think about it, but most people would just pick an answer and move on.

Given, some of the silliness in the quiz may have made the questions more confusing, but hopefully it made you think. And one of the “jokes” was even a little inappropriate, but you can discuss that with me if you wish.

And finally, in the context of getting along with people, think about this: do you think that reporting someone to their boss or supervisor is better than talking to that person one on one? For example, if one of your teachers says something with which you disagree, or you think is offensive, which reaction do you  think will help you in your relationship with your teacher? Talking to the teacher, discussing it at the wrong time in class, going straight to the principal, or having your parents talk to the principal. If you answered anything other than the first choice, you don’t understand relationships in a way that will help you get along better with people, and possibly get them on your side? Which way is most likely to make that teacher not want to be on your side?

When you start working for someone, and they do something that you know is against the rules or inappropriate, and that person is some of authority, and you run to their supervisor, you can bet that you won’t get any favors or help from them. Of course, they not supposed to retaliate (which means keeping you from being promoted or treating you differently as your supervisor), but they won’t be helping you when you show up an hour late to work or have to leave at lunch to meet the plumber at your house.

btw, the quiz is a completion grade – no scores will be recorded as long as you finished the quiz.


February 25, 2009

There is a quiz on the shared drive in my folder called “Social Implications.”

It is due by the end of class today.

Your Grade

February 18, 2009

Some simple math.

Figure out how many lessons in Photoshop are due by Thursday (the last day to turn in work for this six weeks).

Figure out how many lessons you have completed AND posted in your blog with explanation and TEKS.

Divide the number you have completed by the number of lessons due.

This is your grade.

For example:

Due on the 17th – 7 lessons.

Completed and in “my” blog – 4 lessons.

4 divided by 7 equals = 0.571 = 57.

So my grade would be a 57 for this six weeks.

Extra Credit

February 17, 2009

If you participate in this activity, you will receive a 20 point credit on your semester final.

The TV pilot “Runaway” will be filming at the school starting this weekend. 80 to 100 extras to play both student and teacher roles are needed. No acting experience is necessary. Please pick up a release to sign up in the main hall during both lunch periods today.

You will need to ask Mr. Rogers to send me your name by email to prove you were there.

You can receive production credits for FAA, too.

Vector Raster Quiz

February 17, 2009

Your six weeks quiz is posted in the shared drive.

It is due at the end of class on Wednesday, February 18th.

The quiz is here: S:\shared\students\Bjerke\CApps\RasterVector Feb 18

If you open “My Computer,” and paste the path above, you will see a file that opens with Firefox. That’s it!

Computer Adventures for Huge Extra Credit

February 3, 2009

On February 21st, Saturday is another “Breakfast Bytes” and the topic is “What Can We Compute?”

If you attend and document your attendance, you can get a 25% credit for the Final Exam.

If you want information about when and where, and how to document your attendance, talk to me.