FALL 2018 – Block C – TGJ 4O0

December 17, 2018 –

“Communicating Cheer”

Today, we will start using Communications Technology to start spreading holiday cheer within the school and community.

Using the prompts presented to you today, Brainstorm in a group or individually about creating a video or photo arrangement that helps spread the cheerful messages of the holidays.

For instance, a video could be a series of interviews, asking different people what they are looking forward to about Christmas.  A video could also be a dance routine to a popular Christmas song.  Also, popular scenes from Christmas movies may be used.

A photo could be a re-creation of a famous Christmas photo, or you may attempt to make a family christmas photo in front of a christmas tree, either in the school or in the community.  Also, a series of photos of “greatest christmas lights” could be used.

You will see christmas cheer being spread through many different communications technology methods, try to contribute your skill and creativity into making a great product.

December 10, 2018

TGJ 4O Photography assignment – December 10, 2018

  1. “You’ve got to work with your mistakes until they look intended. Understand?” – Raymond Carver (American poet and short story author) Some may interpret this as fitting for everyone trying to succeed in photography. It’s only through insisting and pretending that the errors are intentional that you can make a real, unintentional masterpiece. Every day, try shooting 20 photos that are intentionally about making mistakes. Choose your top 4 images and print them on 11×17 inch paper, and publish to your flickr account.
  2. Many of us carry a photo in our memory – An event or a moment that we saw but failed to capture in a photograph. Perhaps we had forgotten a memory card or the battery was empty, or perhaps the moment was simply too important.

Sometimes, such perceived moments haunt you like persistent afterimages. Perhaps these kinds of afterimages – fluid, because never recorded—will lead you to new thoughts and new stories.

With these considerations, write a story about your untaken photographs. The story might be better than the photograph ever could have been.  Write your story on the computer and print a finished product.


  1. “I think that’s one of the hardest things to do—combine words and photographs. But I would certainly try it.” – Robert Frank(Swiss-American photographer and film maker) Part of your ongoing education as a photographer is to try and figure out how words and photographs can work together. For this assignment, place a photograph on one half of a sheet of paper. On the other half, write something about the picture. The key is to write something that doesn’t destroy the magic of the photograph. Write in a straightforward way. Do not use adjectives or fancy words. Do not explain the picture, enhance it.

Once you are done, fold the piece of paper in half. Is the picture better without the writing? If so, repeat the assignment with different photographs until you’ve made a combination that is more than the sum of its parts. Print your photos and words on 11×17 inch paper.


  1. As small children, we are more aware than adults of a constant companion that accompanies us everywhere: our shadow. In order to rekindle a fertile, childlike, and visual imagination, create a shadow diary.

Like a written diary, your series of 10 to 15 photographs, or visual “entries,” should suggest a narrative or reveal a linked set of perceptions. You may want to trace your own shadow’s “adventures,” its interactions with other shadows, or your perceptions of shadows around you. Experiment with different angles and perspectives, various times of day and night, and different moods. Also, feel free to create shadows using your own lighting arrangements. As you sequence your diary, focus on elements of visual language such as shape, contrast, depth of field, and composition.  Print your photos on 11×17 inch paper, they may be displayed as a collage.


  1. Picasso’s Blue period – Pick a colour. That colour has to play out in every picture you take. Start with a big brush (a blue wall) and work your way to a very small one (blue nail polish). Print your 4 best photos on 11×17 paper.
  1. Glass bottle assignment.  Using the glass bottles provided in class, experiment with taking photos of the object. Choose your favourite 3 photos of the bottles, that have turned out the way you like them. Publish these photos to your flickr account, and print the photos out using adobe indesign on 11×17 paper.
  2. If none of these ideas work for you, try to adapt one to video.

You will have this week, December 10 – 13 to complete this assignment.

November 12, 2018 – Reflection day

Today, you will share your video with class – Variety show piece.

Following this, you will reflect with your group members on the film. This is a formal reflection, and will be submitted and posted in class.

Your reflection should include the following :

A screenshot of your video

Concepts you feel you learned or attempted for the first time

Concepts you feel you have mastered

Best practices, moving forward, for your next group work.

This is to be completed using Adobe Indesign – If you need help getting your screenshot into indesign, just ask!

November 5, 2018 – Creating a live variety show

Today, we will begin creating our first live variety show at DHS.  A Variety show is a live taped show, where people perform using their own talents and skills, to entertain the audience.  As a class, we will be planning a pre-taped variety show.

Variety shows – Wikipedia

Producing a variety show

Tips on hosting a successful variety show

The beatles on Ed Sullivan

Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan

Chris Farley on SNL

Dunkin’ Donuts on SNL

TPIR – Plinko

By the end of today, you should have started planning ideas of how you could contribute to a variety show


November 2, 2018 – Today, we will be embarking on a 1 day photo assignment.

By the end of today, you will :

Take a photo and print it on 11×17 paper, including your watermark if you have one.

Those who are looking for a challenge will print 2.

The highest achieving students will attempt a photo with the following settings :

Shutter : 1/250

Aperature : f22

ISO : 100

Flash on

These settings allow you to create a neat “black background” effect.

October 31, 2018 –

It’s Halloween today, so there are 3 options :

  1. Create a short, spooky video, using edits and cuts to convey spookiness
  2. Using photoshop, edit a photo to give it a halloween theme : For instance, blend your face on to a pumpkin
  3. Create a spooky audio recording in a halloween theme.


October 30, 2018 –

Explore the online graphic design software at canva.com  Create an appropriate poster to go along with the video you shared with the class yesterday.

Students who feel Canva is too limiting should try using Adobe Indesign.

You should be able to get a poster printed by the end of the period.

October 16, 2018 –

Assignment :

Your first assignment is to create a 1 minute video using one of the ideas mentioned in class.

Your video is complete when you have submitted 3 things :

  • Storyboard sheet
  • 3 printed screen shots from your video
  • Link to video, posted to youtube


You should start with completing your storyboard sheet.

October 1, 2018 –

Communications Technology is not something that operates in isolation. Therefore, today we will start with our first group assignment.  You will choose a group of up to 4 people to work together with on the following 3 part assignment:

Group Assignment 1 – Photography

a)  _____________ of Dryden.  (bridges, schools, roads, people, sunsets, sunrises etc.)

In your group, decide upon a feature of Dryden which you could make a collage of, using photographs.  You will create a collage that is aesthetically pleasing, and includes a descriptive label for each of the photos shown.  The collage should have a minimum of 5 individual photos of 5 different “things”, and each member of the group should contribute at least 1 photo.  This collage is to be created on a minimum 11×17 sized paper, but may be larger.

b) Photo Editing/Altering/ Retouching portfolio

Using Adobe Photoshop, each member of the group is to Edit 2 photos using Adobe Photoshop. Each member will choose different editing techniques.  Finished product will include the original photograph and the altered photograph, each printed on 8.5 x 11 paper.  A caption will also be included, which details the steps taken and the desired finished product.

c) Group work reflection (done individually)

In this reflection, you are to express a first response to the following points :

  • explain the value of sharing ideas, information, resources, and expertise when working in a group setting.
  • describe techniques that encourage participation by all members of a team (e.g., brainstorming, group discussion, celebration of others’ thought or contributions)

This assignment has a soft deadline of Thursday, October 4.

In addition, we will have our first quiz for this course on Friday, October 5.  This quiz will include vocabulary, diagram labeling, camera function, and safety.

September 27, 2018 –

Multiplicity tutorial – here

September 26, 2018 –

Watermark for photos tutorial – Click Here

Blending photos using photoshop tutorial – Click Here


By the end of today, Students should have created a watermark for their photos, and attempted to blend two photos together using the tutorial above.

September 25, 2018 –

Today will be our first day working with Adobe Photoshop –

By the end of today, you should be comfortable with –

Making basic adjustments to a photo

Cropping a photo

Using Selection tools

Using Filters

Using Clone stamp tools

September 24, 2018 –

  1. Complete assignment from last week
  2. Organize flickr account into albums, change cover image, change avatar photo, add some custom “About” text.
  3. New Assignment – Mirrors

Mirrors are great yet underappreciated helpers in photography. They provide unique capabilty of looking at things from different angles, at the same time often offering a visually appealing frame.
So let’s take a picture of primary subject mirrored in a, well, mirror. Mirror frame should play a constructive part in your image and hopefully fill the image frame. Try to avoid cliches (like car mirror shots), unless you introduce some brave new idea to it.
Let’s mirror!  Try to use more than 1 mirror if possible.

Once you have completed a mirror shot, you are to print your photo on 8.5 x 11 “letter” sized paper and include a caption.

September 19, 2018

Today, your first focus is to create your light painting photo.  When you have completed it, you are to wait for Thursday as you will receive instruction on printing it out.


Read the following article : https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/addicted-to-your-phone-apple-google-offer-new-controls-for-you-and-kids-1.4098662


Write a short reflection on how you feel about this article, and the controls on phones. Do you feel this is something that would be helpful to you?   Send your reflection to Mr. Darling at paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca

September 17, 2018 – At this point, all students should be comfortable with camera usage, file transfers, and uploading to a cloud based storage (flickr.)

Today, we will start our first technical assignment of the year – Light Painting.

Light painting is accomplished by setting a camera to a slow shutter speed (5 seconds or more), setting the camera on the tripod, and using a light source in front of the camera. This procedure should be done in darkness, or near darkness.

There are multiple examples of light painting to be found online.  A rubric will follow, but your assignment will be graded on the following :

Aesthetics of overall project

Technical proficiency – Camera

Technical proficency – Post production (printing)

Artistic effort


A rubric will follow.

September 6, 2018 –  Your first task for this course is to send an email to the teacher, Mr. Darling, at paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca In this email, please copy and paste the following questions, and then answer to the best of your ability.

  1.  Do you publish videos, photos, songs or writing on the internet at this point?  If yes, do you wish to share your youtube account/ instagram account/ website at this point?
  2. List three general rules for safety that you feel would apply to the communications technology classroom.

3.  Why is it important to follow guidelines on appropriate content in a high school communications technology classroom?

Camera Safety

List of Selfie deaths

Photographer’s rights

Mr. Darling’s Youtube account

Mr. Darling’s flickr account

Mr. Darling’s website


Copy and paste these questions, and answer in an email to paul.darling@k12.kpdsb.ca