Remix #1: Time of Day from My Window

My New Appreciation for Photo Editors
I’m not going to lie…When asked to edit an image in Pixlr or Photoshop, I was a little nervous. I have never done anything but a collage. In fact, the biggest difficulty I encountered while trying to complete this task was figuring out how to navigate the picture editing program, Pixlr. However, after I figured out how to navigate, it was pretty easy. YouTube tutorials help a lot, even though I did have to figure out some things on my own still.
I knew I wanted to do the option of Time of Day because the beach picture was beautiful, and I love nature images. Although I would have loved to travel to Jamaica and spend a week on the beach gathering different images throughout the day, I settled on a tree in my backyard. Usually, there is a beautiful sun set in my back yard, but I did not luck up to capture the images on a night that was red, orange, pink, and yellow. However, I still am very happy with the final image.
For those that would like to try this on their own, I hope these instructions are easier to follow than anything I found online.

How To:
1) Take multiple pictures throughout the day and upload them to your computer.
2) Log on to Pixlr, Online Editor.
3) Click on the “Open Pixlr Editor (Advanced)” link.
4) Click on the “Create a New Image” link. It’s the first option.
5) You then have to chose a size. You can manually set the size, or there are some options to chose from. My images were 2448 x 3264. I had to load an image first to see the size. If your size is not set the same as your images, it will crop out a large portion of your image, which gets frustrating. After that, a white blank working box will appear.
6) Next, click on “File” and then select “Open Image.” Find the base image (mine was the image on the far right) from your documents on your computer and upload it.
7) After that image appears, you need to unlock it. There is a box on the right, middle side of the screen titled “Layers.” There will be white box with “background” written next to it. There is a lock next to that. Double click on that lock. You will need to repeat this for all images and the initial blank box.
8) In the toolbar, there will be a Marquee tool, found under the crop button, that you need to click. Then use that tool to select all of the first picture. (You will select less and less of each subsequent image, subtracting an equal amount from the right side of each image.) After you have selected the portion you want to use, press “Ctrl + C” to copy that portion.
9) Click on the Blank box and press “Ctrl + V” to paste that into the working blank box. If you need to move the image, which you probably will move more as you paste each subsequent portion into the box, click on the Move Tool and then move the image into place.
10) Repeat steps Step 6 – Step 9 for the number of different images that you want to include. Make sure you divide out the space equal to however many images you want to combine. Don’t forget to unlock each image that you upload so you can copy and paste it.
11) Last, go to “File” and select “save” to save your image.

Boarder: I then entered into the “Open Pixlr Express (Efficient)” mode, uploaded the image, and added the feather boarder to smooth out the edges that didn’t line up perfectly.


Wikipedia takes on Britannica and Encyclopedia Americana

When discussing how to teach crap detection, of course Wikipedia always arises. There are those that absolutely, under no circumstances, allow their students to use Wikipedia. However, if students are made to research a topic on which they are not experts, isn’t a starting point going to have to be established? Can’t Wikipedia serve as a great place for students to educate themselves before venturing off into the unknown world of scholarly research? After all, how bad is Wikipedia?

An experiment had to be done. Heather and I opened up our handy print Encyclopedia Americana and found that “exorcism” needed a little love; it was pretty scarce with information. Additionally, it only discussed exorcism through a Christian religious lens. Wikipedia needed to be referenced.

When viewing Wikipedia, a much more detailed entry was found. It included history, several different religious ties to exorcism, a scientific view, notable exorcisms, etc. Even Britannica could not quite compare, although it was much more thorough than its print brother. How can this be? Even thought Wikipedia can be (and is) edited by anyone online, it is a source that should be looked upon as a great source of information and perfect starting point for students researching some topic which they know little to nothing about. Then scholarly research can build on that foundation of knowledge.

The fact of the matter is that there are too many people deleting incorrect information, but not just incorrect information; information is even removed if it is not proven with a scholarly source, as we saw with the exorcism entry. Wikipedia is starting to be able to keep up with the big boys on the research playground.

My Statement Teaching Image

My intentions with this piece were to sum my teaching style up so I thought a collage would be a good way to show more of what happens in my classroom. I love the larger image because it reflects my relationship with many of my students. I love to initiate an activity and have my students take control of the steering wheel. I have found that a student learns more when they can do or teach.

I also included two pictures from the walls of my classroom. Across my board is the quote from Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage.” Over my curriculum map is the “Now Showing: Roper Productions, Inc.” sign that I made for my classroom. I wanted to make the theme of my classroom a theatre because being an actor in a play is like being a student in a classroom. We have roles, parts, cues, and all must act together as a team to be successful. I expect for my students to participate in class as actors would on stage. I like for students to be vocal and interact with discussions. They are required to be able to interact in collaborative partners and groups to perform a given task, and all of these methods are implemented to try to make class more entertaining in hopes that student will become vested in the curriculum. If students are having fun with the curriculum, they learn without realizing it sometimes. This is shown in the last two images. Students are working together, sharing the load, to build on each other’s knowledge and expertise.
I first wanted to capture an image of an interactive and fun activity with me included because I am usually all over my classroom (seriously, I bought a $500 iPad so I wouldn’t be confined to the front of my room). I love to get out of the front of the classroom or my desk and work with my students. Hearing the things that come out of their mouths sometimes makes me not so scared about the future.

Next I wanted to demonstrate the method of collaboration that I implement on a regular basis. I love to have my students work with one another. Hearing ideas bounce off of one student to then another excites me.

I liked the vintage oval because with the placement of the oval, it kind of greys me out and shines the spotlight on the students, which is my whole purpose for teaching. Next, I wanted to include the boarder because my entire classroom is black and white. I thought it was fitting. So this image mirrors both myself as a teacher and mirrors the set up of my classroom.

NET SMART…Barton/Roper Style!

For our first assignment for our ENGL7741 course, Heather and I were assigned with leading a class discussion on Chapter 1 of Henry Rheingold’s NET SMART. We had a great discussion on how to keep away from distraction in a time where there are so many distractions. The important thing for teachers that spawned from this chapter was the idea of how to teach students to use technology in an attentive and healthy manner. Attached is the video we made as an introduction to the discussion.