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Photoshop Tutorials

Posted by ryancas on June 16, 2008

It’s the night before the final projects are due, I’m uploading another photoshop tutorial. I tried a different microphone for this one, so hopefully it works. I found it in a box and don’t know how well the volume will transfer into the videos. The mic itself is much better than the one I have been using, but it is very old, so cross fingers.

These tutorials are something that I am enjoying and want to continue doing. I do not know if people have found them useful or not, but my stats page tells me that the tutorials section of my blog is the most visited section, so that is positive. I wish I could have more up as of the due date, but the computer crash of the past 3 weeks, plus a squeeze for time since then has made that very difficult. I will keep uploading though, so if they are a help to anyone out there, stay tuned for more! And if they aren’t a help for anyone out there… stay tuned for more!!!


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Posted by ryancas on June 14, 2008

The time has come. I’ve read the stats, watched training camps, scoured over the best blog known to Regina many times, pulled out my jersey, and am ready to go for the start of 2008. I’m off to the game, hopefully many of you will be joining me there!!

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New tutorials available

Posted by ryancas on June 14, 2008

Just a heads up that more totorials are up and good to go

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Applebees and Olive Garden

Posted by ryancas on June 12, 2008

So I’ve been hearing rumors for a long time that these restaurants were coming to Regina. It’s now official that an Applebees will be popping up in the east end by Costco. I’m already salivating for some of these already… I got that image from this website which seems quite appealing… I could handle a small fee to get genuine recipes from restaurants… now, how genuine the site actually is, is a whole other story.

Can anyone verify the Olive Garden situation? I’ve never eaten there but heard it’s del.icio.us!!

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I haven’t kept up with this at all

Posted by ryancas on June 10, 2008

So I’m officially in catch-up mode. Haven’t been blogging near as much as I would like to be. I see other people skyrocketing ahead and I realize how lazy I’ve been.. Will be speeding it up in the homestretch here.

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Why I love (or will learn to love) google docs

Posted by ryancas on May 26, 2008

Yesterday started like any other day… The sun came up. I woke up some time later, gathered my thoughts, poured my fruit loops, added a dash of milk and watched some sports highlights. It was shaping up to be a fine day. I plugged in my old Sony point n’ shoot camera to transfer some pictures from a few months ago that had been trapped on the camera due to a lost (but since found) cord. All was well.

Then, my laptop decided that it had other plans. Windows.Officially.Crashed. I was shocked; it was only 4 months young. So now I’m left without a computer for a few days, I can’t access my files from Norton’s Online file-backup until I get it back so I’m left up the creek. Had I been using Google Docs I would not be worrying as much about the whereabouts of my files.

Needless to say this makes me want to cry… well not cry, but weep… loudly. I was hoping to start my final project using Jing and Photoshop this weekend, but that’s gonna have to be paused for the time being.

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Patterns Vs Sequential

Posted by ryancas on May 15, 2008

During George Siemens’ keynote speech he talked about experts versus novices and how they can teach and learn. I really appreciated his ideas about finding patterns in information as opposed to going through things in a sequential order. I can look back over different classes that I have taken all throughout my academic career and pick and choose which classes I used patterns to succeed in and which classes forced me to go through sequentially in order to pick up the minute details. I have never thought about this type of learning before, and how my classes will have to be adapted for both experts and novices in my classroom. It makes me think of people doing puzzles…

The other day I went to the science centre (sooo fun, everyone should go again, years after your last science centre experience) and found myself trying to solve some 3d puzzles. I am not a puzzle guy, to say the least. I had to try each step of the puzzles one at a time before I was able to come close to solving any of the puzzles. A friend that I went with was able to just sit down, analyze the puzzles and put them together without a worry. I was amazed because it was so foreign to me, yet so easy for her… pattern vs. sequential.

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Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech

Posted by ryancas on May 11, 2008

I just finished watching this video, created by Dean Shareski, and am quite intrigued. It talked about different uses of technology in Saskatchewan classrooms. One of the schools (Craik) implemented cell-phone use into a learning tool, but it didn’t really elaborate on it… something I will have to investigate over the term.

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Things ya need to know

Posted by ryancas on May 8, 2008

Alrighty, here’s a brief introduction to me. I’m 22, with an Independence Day birthday comin up eventually. I was born in Swift Current on a beautiful (I assume) Thursday evening into a family consisting of 2 parents, 1 brother, 1 dog, and 4 cats. The city has changed, the dog is gone, the cats have decreased in number, but everything else stays relatively similar.

I am a B.E.A.D student, with my first degree being a BFA in Acting, and my upcoming degree in Arts Education. Before entering the Acting program, I was a Computer Science major … not a typical transfer to be sure. I love photography more than pretty well anything else right now. It’s the one medium that I actually feel comfortable in artistically, which is a treat for me. I’m an avid sports fan, and have been my whole life. I’ve had Rider season ticks for 8 years with my dad and brother, ran the Green Mile when they won the cup (one of the best nights of my life), and I’m already starting to study the roster for training camp… which starts in a month.

The main reason that I transferred out of Computer Science was my lack of math skills. I really struggled with the equations that I was required to know and use. Since then I have not spent a single second writing programs and am confident I have lost every ounce of programming skill that I ever possessed.

As far as technology in the classroom goes, I think it is a fairly untapped resource. New-age technology was never utilized in my highschool days (outside of C.S. classes). Some classes (social studies comes to mind) consistently used old slide projectors with the beep-track to keep the class awake and remind the teacher to change slides. Social studies (though not a subject I am particularly interested in teaching) is a class that would benefit from the use of computers in the classroom. Gone are the days when a simple google search, or a power point presentation are the extent of computer-usage in the class.

Our society is so tech-driven nowadays that it makes zero sense to keep the benefits of research and science out of our classes. Students are more aware of new technology as a whole than any other age group; teachers can use this knowledge as a hook for students to learn the material in the curriculum. That being said, as of right now, I certainly don’t plan on basing my lessons in drama class around the computer. There are some areas that can be useful (I really like the idea of having parents log in to a password-protected area of a website and seeing an up-to-date report card type of page), and some that wouldn’t be as useful.

My hope for this class is that I walk away from it with a much broader view of what is available to me as a teacher. I am on the internet a lot, but I focus on few websites. I want this class to expand my horizons and introduce me to sites and utilities that will save me time and grief as well as give me more tools to use during my teaching career.

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