Monday, April 29, 2013

Cute Kids!


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Shelby, a student in our Comp Lit course, has exciting news to share. 
One of her goats had kids on Sunday! 
As in real, live, baby goat kids! 

Please take a moment to admire their cuteness 
(you can click on the images to enlarge).

The boy, with the brown/black ears, is named Hercules 
and the girl, with the white ears, is Meg.

Welcome to the world, Hercules and Meg!

Thanks for sharing, Shelby!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Image Design Show & Tell


Here are a few samples of student work in our Image Design and Editing course.

First off, students were asked to draw fruit, adding an apple, a banana and an orange to each layer in GIMP. I was not only impressed by the drawing skills my students possess, but by the detail and creativity!

By Malena

By Angela

Next,students put everything they've learned so far to good use. They created funny comics by cutting an image from its background and adding it to a new one. Then, they were to add a speech bubble as well. These were certainly fun to grade. Check them out below!

Moon Doggie...
By Domanin

...or perhaps a karate chop moon man!
By Jeremiah 

Of course there's always the girl 
in the desert with a sweater...
By Megan

...and a little Who-mer.
By Ivy

You guys crack me up!

 Just imagine the possibilities.

More to come!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wise Words


My son said this out of the blue yesterday and it made me snicker...

This is a wise statement by Charlie Brown, one of the greatest non-blockheads around.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Question Hilarity


Okay, so sometimes I like to send out entertaining Weekly Questions to my homeroom students. I know this is a mandatory activity at our school and questions about goals, progress and learning are key. However, I also feel that creative thinking is also important, and in this case, pretty funny too.

For this week's question, I sent this photo to my students and asked them to come up with a title or caption to go with it.

I have received very clever responses, such as:

"Man, I love the feel of wind in my teeth just after I've brushed!"
"Say Cheese!"

"Wind In My Chops!!!!!!" 

"Hey look! A squirrel!"

Funny, right? I may be easily amused, but some responses just make me chuckle.

Well, then I opened this image and pretty much spit out my coffee...

 Thanks Malena! I'm glad those Image Design classes are coming in handy!

I love my job.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GIMP Tutorials


I found two GIMP tutorials that I think my Image Design students will enjoy. The first involves image manipulation, which is used to create a cool 3D photo... starring yourself! The second will come in handy as you make up your comics in Lesson 6.

Photo Manipulation

Adding a Speech Bubble
I can't wait to see more of your creative GIMP creations this semester!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Photo Prompt


What do you think is taking place in the photo above?
I look forward to your answers!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's Never Too Early to Plan for College


There are many colleges and universities out there. Now is the time to see what is available and what you might want to pursue.
For those of you who are interested in science, engineering or scaring... Monsters University may be the place for you!

This just shows what a little creativity, a lot of patience, attention to detail, and computer knowledge can do. 

My cousin Dave is a Technical Director at Pixar, and of all his movies, Monsters Inc. is my all time favorite! Now I'm looking forward to the latest Pixar creation... Monsters University.
Check out the Monsters University website by clicking on the crest above. Then, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Book Trailer: The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Ah, yes. This one is my favorite. I just want to give Eric Carle a big hug.

He's the coolest.

"This short and simple story is chock full of learning opportunities from days of the week, to counting, to metamorphosis. The words are easy enough for a small child to understand the story line and for a beginning reader to get through with little difficulty. The adorable and colorful illustrations engage even the youngest children." - The Well-Read Child

But he was still hungry.