Friday, May 11, 2012

School Newspaper Advisers: 17 Websites For Student Photographers

 It's tough to find really committed student photographers. I'm talking about the ones who are always there and ready for any assignment that comes their way. They also need a good camera, preferably a DSLR which they can use to capture sports, whether it is indoors or outdoors. I was fortunate this year to have an awesome photography editor, a young lady who manages to do well in all her classes, run on the track team AND keep after her staff of five photographers. If you are the newspaper adviser in your school, it is very important that your photographers know how to take pictures.
8 Tips For Taking Sports Photos Like a Pro - right to the point

21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Cameras- learn about pixels, aspect ratio, types of graphics formats, memory and digital/optical zooms.

CNET Reviews Point and Shoot Digital Cameras- all within the $100-$200 range

CNET Reviews Best Entry-Level DSLR Digital Cameras- here are the cameras with interchangeable lenses plus a lot more.

Digital Photography Tutorials

Glossary of Photographic Terms- from Kodak

How to Take Better Sports Photos- advice from freelance photographer

How to Take Great Group Photos- 12 excellent tips are listed here with a photo example for each one

How to Photograph Volleyball- video tips from a professional photographer

HP Learning Center- sign up for free and take all 16 classes if you like; great resource!

Sports Photography Techniques- excellent and complete site with step-by-step information on shooting sports. You can view many sample shots taken for a school newspaper.

Ten Tips for Great Pictures- from Kodak; excellent

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Treat yourself because you are special. Click the FREE tab at the top and see how many discounts you are entitled to because you are a teacher. Add your suggestions below and I'll put them on this LONG list!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Author and Illustrator Maurice Sendak Has Died

Having worked as a media specialist in an elementary school, I am familiar with the books of Maurice Sendak. I was saddened today to hear that he passed away this morning at age 83. Coming home this afternoon I heard an old interview with him on NPR. (National Public Radio) I learned many new things about the man I never knew before. It was a touching tribute to the man who entertained so many children.

"I have nothing now but praise for my life. I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more. ... What I dread is the isolation. ... There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." -Maurice Sendak

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Arrives Today: Teachers Can Save 80% !!

I admit it. I love Photoshop. And Illustrator. And Dreamweaver. If you teach graphic design or just love Adobe products like I do, you'll be happy to hear that CS6 has shipped as of today. Best part of all? Teachers (and students) can purchase packages of the software for 80% off list price. EXAMPLE: The Design Standard package sells for $1,299.00.  Cut to the educator price- $349.00.  Just prove that you are a teacher and you get the price! Both versions have exactly the same software. For more information on the packages in CS6, click here. Adobe is not the only retailer with educator discounts; the Academic Superstore sells software for Windows and Macintosh computers, and currently is selling the same Design Standard package for $344.95. Photoshop Elements 10 (stripped-down version of Photoshop which is plenty for most people) is only $114.95 at the Academic Superstore and $119.00 at Adobe. Seems strange that the software costs more money from the people who make it, isn't it?

Ideas for the End of the School Year

It's that time of the year again! Is it just me, or are the years going by faster as we get older? Right now we are involved in AP testing for juniors and seniors, with biology testing this week as well. Then the concerts, class trips, fashion show, prom.....well, you know the drill. It is crazy here as I'm sure it is at your school. If you're looking for some great ideas on how to finish the school year, look no further. These 17 links have hundreds of ideas for you.

150+ End of the Year Activities- the Organized Classroom's blog has gathered this list from their Facebook page.

Certificates, Awards and Coupons- posting from this blog with templates to download

End of School Lessons and Teacher Resources- from HotChalk

End of School Theme Unit- from Edhelper

End of the School Year Ideas for Primary Grades

End of School Year Pinterest Board- ideas for younger children

End of the Year Technology Project Ideas- nice listing from the Port Washington School District

End of Year Activities, Printables, Lessons and Teaching Ideas- from A to Z Teacher Stuff

Five End-Of-Year Lessons- from Education World

Ideas For End of the Year Activities- from Bright Hub

Lesson Ideas and Reflection- from high school physics teacher David Andrade

School Memory Book- Enchanted Learning's activity for young children

Super Teacher Worksheets- teacher submitted ideas; covers all grades

TeacherVision's End of Year Resources- loads of resources here, including printables and slideshows

Terrific Ways to Motivate Kids at the End of the Year

Vicki Blackwell's End of the School Year- nice listing for elementary teachers

Wrap Up the School Year With a Strong Finish- Scholastic's K-6 offerings


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