Tuesday, March 29

1410479545180849583Class Starter:  99 Percent Invisible

A TED Talk of a radio show about flag design.  Open the link and watch Roman Mars doing his podcast live in front of a TED audience. (to save time, start at 2:00 minutes in)  Pay attention to 2 things:  His radio production and what he says about flag design.

Write a blog post about anything that caught your attention.  (30 points)

Class Activity:  Teacher Demonstration – Photoshop

Before you launch into the Photoshop-1 assignment, watch as I demonstrate the way that I created 3 versions of the cherries image. Cherriesx3

After my demonstration and before you start your project watch the following video about the Photoshop tool panels.  Finding tool panels in Photoshop seems hard at first, but you will get the hang of it!

Your assignment:
Create 3 different versions of the Cherries, using any of the tools that you choose. Make your own version!   
When you have completed the project save your original working Photoshop document AND a jpeg version in your class folder.  DUE Thursday, March 31. (100 points)

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Wednesday, March 9

Class Starter:  How to pitch a new invention

macroscope4Watch this fascinating TED Talk given by Manu Prakash, who shows an invention created by two of hie students!  It’s a 50¢ microscope that folds like Origami.

Write a Blog Post about the way that Manu illustrates a problem before he introduces the product that presents a solution.  Add any thoughts you have about the Foldscope. (30 points)

Class Activities:

Today, I hope to finish our one-on-ones for your new product approvals.  If you have already gotten my approval, use today’s class time to work on your Product Write-Up Assignment which is due this Friday, March 11.