TGJ 4M – Fall 2019

November 18, 2019 –

Today we will start working today on two separate ideas – Video tricks and illusions, and making connections in the community.

  1. Video tips and tricks – Create a short video where you implemenent at least 1 or 2 video(editing) tricks to create an entertaining optical illusion.  You may work in a group, and your video can be of any length.


2. Creating connections in the community –

Today, we will begin the component of the course where we build connections in the community and use our various communications technology skills in a generious, altruistic way.  Think of an organization within the community that might benefit from some of the skills you posess (think poster making, designing christmas cards, a small video), and build connections with that organization.  If you have existing connections you wish to build on, that is great. If you are hesitant to make connections, I can take you to the second chance pet network.   This is an opportunity for you to use communications technology for good.

November 11, 2019 –

Consumer electronics 2019

Consumer electronics and communications go hand in hand.

Today, you will start researching communications devices that are currently on the market, with the ultimate goal of picking an item you would describe as “the hottest new technology for consumers”

Research at least 3 new gadgets, and pick one that you consider to be your best.  Be sure to mention all three in your assignment.   Try to stick with technology that is new within the last 5 years at most.  The newer the better, try to find something you didn’t know existed!

In terms of comparisons, you should choose at least 8 criteria to judge these items by, including :



Weight/ Dimensions



Level of expertise

Battery life

Outputs/ Storage devices

In addition, please include the retailer you have found the item at.

Finish this research by stating wether you feel this new technology will have a far reaching impact on society, or if it is just a new take on something that already exists.

You can start with the following link to research some tech gadgets –

November 4, 2019 –

Grade 12 Comm Tech

Assignment – November 1, 2019


  • Light painting progress –

For this assignment, you are to prepare a finished product light painting photo edit.  This photo must be printed on minimum 8.5 x 11 paper, for display in the hallway.

I am not interested in the very first photo you take. As a grade 12 student, I am expecting that you take the time to produce multiple photos and create a finished product that you are happy with.

The expectations for this assignment are as follows :

Create a flickr album with at least 5 light painting attempts.  A short description of each photo, including what you wish to improve, should be included as the description.

Choose one of your light painting photos to create a photo edit.  Use all of your available tools to edit this photo, including :

Blending multiple photos through layers

Adding elements of other images

Use of fliters

Use of text


  • Communication Analysis and reflection –

Using a comm tech medium (photography, video, or audio) – attempt to analyze, speak of personal experience, or conduct interviews regarding communications in 2019.

Specifically, you may choose a news article related to an app, you may describe a specific experience you have had or have witnessed, or a topic Mr. Darling provides.

Through the analysis and reflection, be sure to comment on the relationship between your subject and yourself, and your subject and all people in Canada.


October 23, 2019 – Breaking the fourth wall, Movies with little speech

Link – Breaking the fourth wall in film

Link – Fourth wall wikipedia article


Link – How to direct screenplays with no dialog

Link – Writing screenplays with no dialog


October 22, 2019 – Narrated video

Today, you will start with the production of a video that is at least one of :


-Breaks the 4th wall

-No voices used

-Minimal (for example – 10) number of words or lines spoken.




September 25, 2019 – Intro to Video

Video safety – Article

Sarah Jones – Article

Essential Video techniques – Link


B-Roll Footage – Wiki

Mr. Darling’s Youtube channel – Here


Your task for today is to capture some video using at least 3 of the different techniques listed above under essential video techniques.


September 7, 2019 –

Today, students will print their first photos off. The grade 12 students are asked to produce the following :
(1) Produce one unedited photo, printed off using Adobe Indesign, and printed on 11×17 paper.
(2) Produce one photo with moderate to heavy edits – may take a fresh green screen photo if needed. When you have completed your edits, save the file as a .jpg, and print using adobe indesign.

When students are complete, they are to work in small groups and brainstorm the following statement :

describe and apply a variety of team-building strategies (e.g., cooperative discussion, collaboration strategies, conflict resolution strategies, motivational strategies, respect for the ideas of others);

As a group, decide : What is one strategy we could apply to make the strongest Communications Technology classroom team? If you have a strategy you strongly support, please email to

Students are also to : Customize their flickr account byb changing the profile picture and the banner image on the main page.

September 6, 2019 –

By the end of today, you will :

Perform a photo edit which blends two photos together.

Perform a photo edit which involves creative use of 1 or more filter.

Perform a photo edit which involved a text layer, and layer effects applied to the text layer.

Perform a photo edit which involves distinct colour changing.

You may do these edits on 4 different photos, or you may do multiple edits on fewer photos.

Upload your finished work to an album on flickr named “September work”

September 5, 2019 –

Hi!  Welcome to Communications Technology.

Today, you will do the following :

Create a flickr account (or re-access your existing account)

Retrieve a photo from flickr.

Perform basic edits on the photo.

Upload the photo to your flickr account.

You may attempt to edit other photos.

When complete, you are to :

Send me an email to


In this email, please include the following information :

How often you use email?

Do you use Social media?

What do you feel you consume more of, Television, Youtube or other (short phone videos)


You may make the subject of the email as “first email”