Monthly Archives: October 2009

Playing In Photoshop Elements

Play Play Play

 

Hello, Butterfly!
Hello, Butterfly!

I used clone tools on the left side of this photo

  • I blurred the entire photo
  • I softened the forehead with the blur magic brush
  • I added a frame
  • I adjusted the lightness.
  • Playing in Photoshop is fun, confusing, frustrating, and rewarding. I am so glad to know a little bit of how to use this program.

  

 

Feelings

Feelings

On this photo, I added white, shaped text.

I added a frame.

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Article Summary

Article By Judy Van Scoter

I read the article, Using Digital Images to Engage Young Learners, and worked with Katie and Suzy. Our article was interesting and had practical classroom applications.  It discussed using digital images in the classroom to integrate technology into other subject areas. Students can use digital cameras, digital video recorders, digital microscopes, kid pix, etc. These tools and programs stimulate curiosity, motivate & empower students, engage children as active learners, and are fun. These tools encourage students to look closely at the world around them and from multiple perspectives. The article chronicles practical usage in actual classroom, such as using digital cameras to record patterning activities in math. Many different classroom applications are detailed in different subjects. The article also cautions instructors to start small and take it easy. It also warns that technology should not replace quality teaching by the instructor.

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Born Into Brothels

Born Into Brothels

Last night, I watched the documentary, Born Into Brothels. I was struck by the harsh living conditions and bright colors.  Zana  Briski went into the red light district of Calcutta and taught photography classes to the children who lived in the brothels. Zana gave each child a camera and film to photograph their world. The stark contrast between their living environment and the children’s ability to still act child-like and play was a striking juxtaposition throughout the film. The photos the children took were powerful windows into their world. The children still managed to find beauty amidst the poverty and stark reality of the brothels. Technology and the connections these children made with Zana changed their lives. Ms. Brisiki was able to get many of these children into schools and give them HOPE for the future . A three year update on the current realities of the children at the end of the movie was uplifting. It will be interesting to see longitudinally how these changes affect their lives in the long run.

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My Goals

I would like to be able to do a few things with Photo Shop. I take many photos, and besides fixing red eye or an occassional crop in iPhoto, I do not edit my photos. I would like to be able to use some simple and basic features of Photo Shop.

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