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Post PD session notes

Monday was a pd session on location @ PIC with Les Walkling.The topic was colour management, it ran for over 2 hours.From a personal level, I understand enough about colour management to know it's important and to employ it when needed. However, to create a series of task and projects that were fun yet challenging for the students to come to terms with the ideas involved is going to be a real challenge.Anyway after 2 hours we had worked through a Unit of the new Diploma of Photoimaging, and put together a suite of tasks that would help the students come to terms, with the ideas surrounding colour management.Colorthink 2 is a great application to use as a teaching aid to demonstrate how different colour spaces and profiles look, when compared to each other on a computer screen.We got brief intro to the history of colour theory and human perception of colour. But the focus was mainly on a colour managed workflow, and what tools or tasks could be used to teach it.Marcus our residen…

PD Session, at NGV Monday, 1st December 2008

What we learntNGV photography section now have a permanent space, also now has funding for publications.The permanent space has broadened to include more mediums.The NGV primarily purchase Australian works?Rennie Ellis estate owns his work.Rennie Ellis left 500,000 images lots of work is negatives. Contains lots of commercial work including commissioned work.Study Room, is open to the public and they are more than prepared to allow tertiary students access to it.Image & Content paramount, whereas HOW the image was made is of a lesser importanceIn-house photograpers copy work for publication.Careers in curatorial work requires Arts Degree & post grad quals at least up to Masters, even then unpaid work as an intern is NOT guaranteed.Career paths require involvement with the arts as an observer rather than as practitioner.Collection policy focuses on artists, whereas institutions like the SLV are more interested in 'VICTORIA'.The process to view work is to contact gallery…

Time Just Keeps Ticking Away

Again this weekend more work on my rpl application, for my CERT IV TAA40104.Of the 14 units in total, I have 5 rpls and this weekend covered another 5, total time taken? Twelve hours!Units covered this weekend:-TAADES4018 Use Training Packages to meet client needsTAAENV403B Foster & Promote an inclusive learning cultureTAAENV403B Ensure a healthy and safe learning environmentTAADEL403B Facilitate individual learningTAADEL301B Provide training through instruction & demonstration of work skillsTake that V.I.T!

Another one for under the belt

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It's been a week of meetings/PD and it's only Wednesday, so to keep the overlords at VIT happy, here's what I've done.VTAC, Draft Advertising proposal, 10:00 - 11:30, 1.5 hoursMonday staff meeting/PD session, 8 hours, preparing documentation for AQTF audit next monthTuesday, RPL meting at Victoria University for Cert IV TAA40104 3:00- 5:00 pm, 2 hours. This makes 11.5 hours of PD this week alone!

Weekend? What Weekend?

This weekend saw me spend 4 hours of writing and preparing my RPL for my Certificate IV, TAA40104.Then today another full day of eetings and administration preparing documentation for AQTF, as we have an audit next month.That makes 12 hours more of PD in my books.A small succes, as a result today, myself and another colleague, worked out how to add version/tracking control to a document in Indesign, stick that in your pipe and smoke it Microsoft Word.To ad version/tracking control to your documents in Indesign, do this:-go to type>text variable>define... This dialog appears Click New, call it something obvious, like oo I dunno version control.Then, check the boxes, that say show file path and include file extension
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Acronym City

I attended a meeting on Tuesday this week at the head office of VTAC. It wasn't a total waste of time, I learnt a couple things, the main one being there are many other members of the ITC's out there, who feel neglected and frustrated.But what I really realised after the meeting was sheer volume Organisations I deal with at a professional level.DET [Department of Education and Training]VIT [Victorian Institute of Teaching]AQTF [Australian Qualification Training Framework]NCIS [National Training Information Service]VTAC [Victoria Tertiary Admissions Centre]VU [Victoria University]All have copious amounts of paperwork to read and respond to, some even have difficult and incomprehensible systems in place, that leave me wondering, am I doing anything right?

Blender [2 hours of PD]

Spent 2 hours yesterday dabbling in Blender. I found this video tutorial very useful.I also learnt that my mouse configuration need to be set up with 3 buttons to use the software the best way it can.
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Uploaded with plasq's Skitch! And finally, the default layout has a 'hidden' area where you need to drag down an area on the interface to access it.Like many software applications of this ilk, it is very processor heavy, so I closed down all but the most needed applications running in the background, and ALSO minimised the numbers of tabs I had open in Safari.Useful Links for learning BlenderVideo TutorialPDF books and manuals, free.Blender's e-shop, with manuals and training DVD's for learning Blender.This not going to be to easy, at least however as it's free I can install it anywhere and learn it in my spare time.

My Online Presence

Has been expanded yet again, but a quick look at the keyword tag cloud suggests I might be in the wrong place?
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch! edna has released a new and exciting service for educators called new system provides an online professional network where educators can identify their professional interests, join communities with similar interests, and view and respond to the activities of their online colleagues. It incorporates features of social networking sites to build professional communities. With further releases during 2008, will become a personal network and resource for Australian educators

PD to date for 2008

As part the VIT registration process, we are required to fulfill a minimum requirement of hours of PD here's their wordy statement.From their VIT website:-The Standards Framework
The standards of professional practice for full registration for teachers in Victoria were approved by the then Minister for Education and Training, Lynne Kosky in November 2003. The standards, which describe the characteristics of effective teaching and establish the essential components of teachers' knowledge and practice, were developed by teachers, for teachers.
Here's my list to date for 2008Regular visits to the NGVapproximately 16 hoursRegular visits to MGA approximately 8 hoursLes Walkling Inservice 3 hrs.Ian Lobb Inservice 3 hrs.Bendigo Gallery of Art Tour and Talk - 8 hrs.Self taught software, Aperture, Lightroom, Blender, iGTD, 50 hours.Other activities for the college I've participated in up to this point in 2008.Participate in PIC Photographic Imaging College Staff MeetingsMinut…

Post Photoshop Workshop Ponderings

So the last 2 Saturdays, I spent teaching two people photoshop.One of the people who attended had a background, in IT. Their difficulty in dealing with the Macintosh interface has me once again wondering about how people learn using computers. The way they used the mouse seemed to go against the way the operating system worked, they were constantly loosing their place on the screen. What is it that people do so differently on a P.C. that makes their experience with a Mac different?Over the years the course I teach has not only shrunk from 4 days, but the content has crept away from the original idea. Now most people have access to a digital camera, this essentially changes the way we explore the idea of image size in the class for example. The idea of a workflow now predominates the workshop, rather than how to use the tool that is 'Photoshop' amongst other things.

New Software

Two New Packages, I'm throwing myself at at the moment.
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Uploaded with plasq's Skitch! Aperture a photo manipulation and management tool.Stay tuned for the responses.

RPL Portfolio

Have spent some time putting together a portfolio of requirements to aid in my application for recognition of prior learning for my Certificate IV in TAA 40104. At one level it is refreshing to re-vist ideas about lesson planning and assessment. On the other, all this takes some time out of my life, so far about 32 hours of work including a full day course last week.


After returning from a PD session with the other staff today from pic photographic imaging college, to Bendigo Gallery of Art, I've had time to think, about many things.Fostering team spirit is one of those things. I am reminded once again how important it is to treat it, team spirit, with care and foster it as much as possible. After all the government does not give a fig about us, in the end we need to support each other. get involved and participate and generally look after each other.Other things I thought about, were the amount I have learned over the years about computers, software, and digital tools to create objects with. Here is a list of the software tools I have taught myself or taken workshops in over the last 13 years.Apple Computers, the Apple Operating system and troubleshooting Apple computers generally.Photoshop, a large photo editing application, that has major upgrades every 18 months or so.Expression Media Pro a digital asset management generally.I've be…

Pedagogical Musings

How do people learn, especially using computers?I plan on blogging my own professional development here.This will involve all kinds of explorations revolving around teaching, photography and in particular using computers and the Internet to do so.