Block B, S2 – TGJ 3O/4O

Thursday, May 18, 2017 –

How to make a lip dub

Monday, May 1, 2017 –

End Task Introduction –

Your End Task will consist of 3 components  – Photography, Video, and other media

Today, you will begin looking at the different components of the End Task –

Photography –

So far this semester, you have been able to explore the use of the digital SLR camera, in addition to your exisiting photography experience.  You will create a photographic masterpiece as part of your end task.


Video – So far this semester, you have created a youtube channel, and created short video projects recorded using various devices.  You will create a masterpiece in video by the end of this end task.


Other media – In the fast-changing world of communications technology, the number of options for alternative media are many.  Use the following prompts and use a communications technology based approach to describe an aspect of communications technology you are interested in –

  • Describe industry hazards and methods for preventing accidents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply safe work habits when using equipment
  • Describe health risks associated with the use of photographic, imaging, and computer equipment, and identify ways of avoiding them.
  • Identify career opportunities in photography, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling, and/or web design, and describe the qualifications and skills need for entry into these occupations
  • Identify programs and groups that are available to support students who are interceded in pursuing non-traditional career choices in communications technology.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues related to communications media production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social standards and cultural sensitivity, and use appropriate and inclusive content, images and language in communications media productions.
  • Describe effects current photographic, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling and web design technologies have on the environment.
  • Describe ways in which environmental problems are being or can be addressed by communications technologies.
  • Identify recent innovations in photography, digital imaging, animation, 3D modelling, and web design, and describe their social and economic effects.

Monday, April 24, 2017 –

Adobe Indesign and print publishing

Intro to Adobe Indesign

How to design a poster in Indesign CS3

10 tips for perfect poster design

Today, we will be revisiting poster design using Adobe Indesign CS3.  This program is available on all computers, and is a powerful tool for designing sharp posters.

After todays tutorial, you are to begin designing up to 2 posters –

  1. A poster describing a short cut or handy trick for using a desk top computer, or for using an iphone, gopro, android device, any type of technology
  2. A poster describing a tip for a beginner digital photography.  This may be a fun one, as you will be able to use photos from your own portfolio.

When designing your poster, keep in mind the following :

-CTRL + D to drop an image on to your canvas.

-We have access to over 1000 fonts, consider using only 3.

-All images used in posters should be of highest possible quality.

-Keep in mind the 10 tips for perfect poster design.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Today, we will continue with our website assignment.  It may take a while to get back in to the design headspace, so we can start with the following link :

Blogging for beginners.

Remember to populate your site with the required pages, and be sure to add your own sense of style!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 –

Today, we will continue with our website assignment.

100 Creative Ideas (not all are available)

Have a look at the above link and add to the list of ideas you already have in terms of content for your website.

From here, Have a look at

Best Design Practices  (written for wordpress, applicable to all projects.)

Design fails that will ruin your website

Student Website project TGJ 3O/ 4O

  1. Choose one of the four website platforms you have familiarized yourself with over the last week – Google sites, Wix, WordPress or Blogger.
  2. You may either create a new website or continue with one you have already started. When naming the website, as well as picking the URL for the site, keep in mind that a good website name should be easy to remember, and easy to identify.
  3. The front page of your website should be welcoming, and make sense to the viewer as they see it. By the end of the week, the front page should have at least 3 posts on it.  The first post you will write today, and it will cover the following :
  • Explain why you chose the name for the website you did,
  • Explain why you chose the platform that you did,
  • explain what you plan to put on the website.
  1. You are to create at least 6 distinct pages within your website – 6 pages that are navigated to beyond the front page.
  2. 1 page should be your about page – you may keep this brief as you like, and you may be humourous if you wish.  The about page is often a place for the site’s builder to show some personality.
  3. 1 of these pages must feature your own content, relative to something that is of interest to you, or something that would be convenient for you to make an informative page about (photos with captions or writing)
  4. 1 page must feature embedded content from your youtube and flickr accounts.
  5. 1 page must be a promotion of something you like about Dryden – for example your favourite restaurant, the skate park, the gym, Wabigoon lake, the Dryden Ice Dogs Jr. A hockey club, something specific about Dryden.  If you wish to use a different geographic location, you may.  You will be able to get original, authentic photos in Dryden.
  6. 1 page where you try something exciting with the website.  For example, set up a web cam or create an elaborate viewer questionairre or create a guest book.
  7. Content from the remaining page will be combined from other sources on the internet (wikipedia, personal websites, the weather network for example.)  When taking content from elsewhere on the internet, you must reference the source.

Overall, the finished product website must look polished.  There should be no place on the site where there is place holder text.

Themes, header images, fonts and colours should be thought out and aesthetically pleasing.  High resolution images should be used,

At the end of this assignment, you will be completing a reflection where you describe the decisions you made, and how you feel about the finished product.

Monday, April 10, 2017 –

Today we will be looking critically at websites –

Most popular websites in the world

You will ultimately be creating your own website by the end of this assignment, so you are to look critically at the following 4 platforms –

Google Sites




By the end of today or tomorrow, you should have attempted to create or familiarized yourself with each of these three platforms, and be able to rank them from 1-4 in terms of which platform you wish to use.

Begin by looking at some examples of websites –

Amanda Bay from T.Bay

Winnipeg O’ My Heart

Christopher Riddle


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 –


Monday, March 27, 2017 –

Focus on podcasting –

History of Audio Recording –

How do we record sound digitally?

What are standard audio recording formats?

Wikipedia article, Audio file formats – Article

Wikipedia Podcasting article – Article

History of Radio – Article

An audio podcast can take on just about any topic or format.  Today, we will take time to search and research what podcasts are available.

Ultimately, by the end of this week, you will be recording an audio podcast using online software such as the Trycast website, or on a computer using audacity or garage band.

Monday, March 20, 2017 –

Please complete the following four tasks :

  1.  Extend your usage of youtube.  You are to Create a playlist, Subscribe to at least 10 youtubers (search for youtubers who are popular and relevant to your interests,) comment on a video, give a video a thumbs up or thumbs down. Subscribe to as many people from this class as you feel comfortable with. Reflect on the experience in your culminating piece.
  2. Teach yourself a skill from a youtube video – Spend at least 30 minutes trying to teach yourself a skill from youtube – A card trick, a new song on guitar, or how to spin a ball on your finger, for example.  Reflect on the experience in a culminating piece.  ***Alternately, if you have a unique skill you’d like to share, you may make a polished video of you sharing the skill.
  3. Using a google news search, find at least 1 legal issue which has arisen from the use of youtube.  The youtube article may pertain to copyright, privacy, or any range of issues. Obtain a copy of this news article for your own records, saved as a PDF on your Z: drive.  Reflect on this article in your culminating piece.
  4. Explore the concept of youtube fame.  Reflect on 1 individual who you consider youtube famous, and “where they are now.”  Has this individual’s youtube fame lead to long term success?

Monday, March 6, 2017 –

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign – Digging a little deeper.

Today, we will be looking at Adobe Photoshop and Indesign.  By the end of this assignment, you are to post 3 finished .jpgs to your flickr account.

1 – Making selections in photoshop – See Here – You are to create a new photo, where you have selected at least 4 other objects and placed them on a new photo.  Try to create a central theme in your selecting – for example, selecting 4 different hockey players and having them all on the same rink.

2. Creatively using filters in photoshop – See here – You are to create a new photo, where you have applied a filter.  Experiment with different photos and different filters.

3. Creating a watermark in photoshop – See here – You are to create a watermark, and post one photo with the watermark on it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 –

By the end of today, you are to :

  1. Have a hard copy printed of your light painting, multiplicity and reflection photos, as well as your written reflection.  This is to be all attached to a larger piece of paper to create a larger body of work.  Ensure your name is on your assignment, either front or back and place on the black wheeled cart.
  2. Have digital copies of your 3 photos uploaded to your flickr account.
  3. Create your own youtube channel – This will consist of logging in to youtube using your k12.kpdsb account.  Give your channel a catchy name.
  4. Go on a video walk – Using the cameras in the classroom, start to build your video portfolio by taking stock video clips around the classroom and school.  Ensure you leave yourself enough time to upload these clips to your Z: drive at the end of class.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 –

Multiplicity, Light Painting, Reflection and reflection.

Today, we will get started on our first assignment.  This assignment will consist of you creating a finished piece of light painting, a finished multiplicity composure, and a photo where you display light reflecting.  At the end of this, you will write a 50 word reflection.

I will instruct you on light painting and reflection.  The instructions for the multiplicity photo are below.  1st deadline – Monday, February 13.


Web Link –



Thursday, February 2, 2017 –

Search google images, and find images that are 100 pixels wide, 500 pixels wide, 1000 pixels wide, 4000 pixels wide.

Save these photos to your Z: drive in a new folder, titled “internet photos”

Open these photos in Adobe Photoshop.

crop each photo to 2000 pixels x 2000 pixels, using fixed target size.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017 –

Search google for the following images, and make mental notes of what each photo looks like :

Photo with slow shutter

Photo with fast shutter

Photo with small aperture

Photo with large aperture

Panning photo

Light painting photo

Multiplicity photo

Next, visit the camera simulator website, and use the simulator to create different images.  Visit the Canon version of the same tool.

Finally, Visit and create an account if you do not already have one.

January 30, 2017 –

January 30, 2017 – Write an email to me at

In this email, please include copy and paste the following :

Name :

Name and number of communications devices available to you :

Communications device you prefer the most :

On a scale 1 to 10 what is your comfort level with learning new electronics :

(1 not very comfortable, 10 very comfortable)

On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your ability to work unsupervised

(1 not able, irresponsible, 10 very comfortable and responsible)

By the end of this course, One thing I definitely want to accomplish is :