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Upgrading Software Skills

PIC recently upgraded to the new CC versions of Adobe Products. A quick look at the 4 we use the most, Photoshop, Bridge, Indesign & Dreamweaver.
None have major changes at first glance other than Dreamweaver. In the past we have taught web design using an simple box method of laying out pages. The software no longer permits this.  I discovered this very quickly after opening the software. This meant several hours using online tutorials on how to use the new software.

Again after completing the tutorials the changes will impact directly on how we are going to teach it. Marcus and I decided to keep the older version of the software and continue to teach it  the way we have in the past. Even though the new design makes sense form a technical perspective in creating websites, this is nor what and why we teach the students how to do make web pages. Hence we will be sticking with the older version of the software

Below a screengrab from the old software



Below a screengrab from the new …

Work Safe quiz

Yesterday I undertook the safe at work quiz, found at this uri, http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/students/beyond/Pages/quiz.aspx
I spent an hour and 45 minutes reading the material and 25 minutes undertaking the quiz.
I passed successfully.

Total time 1 hour and 10 minutes

BIFB 2013

On Saturday, I visited Ballarat the for the bi-annual photography festival called BIFB or Ballarat International Foto Biennale. I saw a small section of the show focusing on the core program at 3 venues.

The Mining ExchangeArt Gallery of BallaratPost Office Gallery These 3 galleries had a brad cross section of work from Australia and overseas, as well as historic and contemporary artists. My favourite was the John Cato. I also enjoyed the work of Ayala Gazit, in the Post Office Gallery.
I used the time spent there to prepare a list of questions for the students to answer when we visit the galleries later this week.
Four hours total.