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Academic Aesthetic

The philosophical musings and goings on of a technology loving Art teacher.The philosophical musings and goings on of a technology loving art teacher.

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Will This Be Graded?

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:36:00 +0000

Let’s talk about assessment. … OK, now that I’ve scared off any random students who’ve managed to find my website, let’s have an honest talk about assessment. Grades in one form or another have been a staple of education for a very long time indeed. With the push to quantify school quality through standardized testing…

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Scholar.Social: A Mastodon Network For Teachers

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000

I wrote a short time ago about how I really liked Mastodon and thought teachers should give it a try. At the time I’d settled on a home server but lamented that there was no instance (each Mastodon server is called an instance) set up specifically for teachers. Well never fear, because has stepped…

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Adam Savage’s “Sunday Sermon” at Maker Faire 2017

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:37:00 +0000

I’m growing more and more certain that everything Adam Savage touches turns to gold, even the things that fail spectacularly. For years, now, Mr. Savage has been giving a  short talk at the annual Maker Faire. They are full of inspiration, encouragement, and awesomeness. This year’s talk is no different. The giant ant he rides…

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Why This Site Is Self-Hosted

Wed, 31 May 2017 09:32:00 +0000

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr (the list goes on…) are (or have been) extremely popular, in part because they’re free, but also because they’ve reached a “critical mass” of users. I know many people who only use Facebook because their friends and family use Facebook, for example. Separate from this is a trend known…

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5(ish) Photography Lesson Ideas

Tue, 30 May 2017 09:12:00 +0000

Lesson ideas: Take 100 unique shots of the same item and/or in the same location. (The first 50 or so will likely not be so good. After that, students will be forced to think.) Photograph something being made (Lego sculpture, a meal, a painting, etc.) with the camera in a different location in regards to…

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Test Quality

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:51:00 +0000

As I write this, a lot of final exams are being given and/or graded. Mine are actually due today, and internet use isn’t an option, it’s a requirement.

PICO-8 Progress

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:09:00 +0000

It’s been a few days since I  started messing with creating content in PICO-8, so I thought I’d document my journey so far through the magic of bullet points. There’s a programming cheat sheet.  This helps. There’s also a more detailed manual online,  if you want to know everything.  (This might not be the best…

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It Shouldn’t Be Hard(er)

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:23:00 +0000

Taking a short break from long blog posts to give you this little tidbit I’m fond of saying. Note that this doesn’t specify who’s doing it wrong. Sure, it MIGHT be you, but it might be a student, administrator, or even the person who designed that bit of technology in the first place. Come to…

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Getting Homework to Work, Part 2

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:06:00 +0000

Yesterday  I started documenting my efforts towards making homework enjoyable enough for my students to actually do it for a change. By the end of that post I’d set up a weekly assignment where students made a video series as if they were YouTube stars. There was a definite increase in participation and quality, but…

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Getting Homework to Work, Part 1

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:40:00 +0000

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been experimenting with letting kids grade student work. The whole journey will take more time to tell than I feel comfortable putting in a single blog post, so I’ve split it into parts. I’m not at a point where I’d say I have a perfect system, but…

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Teaching Criticism With Spam

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:04:00 +0000

In the near future, I’m going to be sharing some spam with my students, and not for the reason you’d think I’d do it. While teaching how to tell the difference between actual important emails and unsolicited commercial and/or malicious emails is important, that won’t be the primary goal. In addition to everything else I…

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Game Design With PICO-8

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:24:00 +0000

The more time I spend on Mastodon, the more I like it. It reminds me very much of the pioneer days on Twitter, but without  all those issues of @ signs meaning nothing, retweets being something we had to copy/paste, not having a decent phone app… Never mind that.  Mastodon isn’t even the subject for…

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Download NASA Photos, Videos, & Audio For FREE!

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:21:00 +0000

One of the (many) cool things about NASA is that, as a government-run organization, media created by NASA is  considered public domain. There are a few exceptions to this (mainly when NASA works with a company or university, the resulting works might be copyrighted by the other party…), but it still makes NASA a wonderful…

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Edit Video For Free With HitFilm Express

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:51:00 +0000

I blogged a while back about OpenShot, which is open source, cross-platform, and still not bad for some things. Are you stuck with 32bit computers? Use OpenShot. For everything else… use HitFilm Express. HitFilm Express is a robust, cross-platform, non-linear video editor capable of rendering multiple tracks of audio and video, applying chroma key, moving/cropping…

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Gave In To The Dark Side (Facebook)

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:45:00 +0000

After a long hiatus and much thought,  I now have a presence on Facebook again, though this time it’s a page meant as a companion to this blog. Content on both will be of a similar nature, but what I put here will be in a longer form than anywhere else. It will also be…

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How Much Of Your Photo Is Your Choice?

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:08:00 +0000

“It’s not the camera that takes the photo, it’s the photographer.” This or something like it is said a lot by photographers. Sure, a really expensive camera can help, but give an experienced photog a point-and-click disposable film camera from a bygone era and they’ll still crank out a few shots worth remembering. So I…

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Is Sharing Still Theft If It’s A Site Feature?

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:11:00 +0000

If we don’t teach our students about respecting the copyrights of artists, who will? Although this case is a bit of a grey area. “I attend breaking news stories across the county of Sussex as my role as a full time bonafide news-gatherer,” he wrote in a letter to the court. “In this case one…

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I Didn’t Know About The Great Social Media War

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:11:00 +0000

This article on Mashable reads like it was written by a petulant teen. Schools may provide students with a wealth of academic knowledge, but do they really think they have what it takes to outsmart children when it comes to social media? What’s worse is … they’re kind of right. While many educators are more…

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Free Art Books on

Tue, 09 May 2017 09:56:00 +0000

I’ve loved for a lot of reasons over the years. Many of my early podcast files are hosted there for free,  their Wayback Machine lets you see older versions of almost any website (but not my first site, as it went down before they  could get to it, THANK GOODNESS!),  I have lost far…

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Obligatory Spinner Opinion

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:00:26 +0000

TL:DR: I  haven’t banned fidget spinners yet, and I don’t expect that I’ll have to do so. Long version: Spinners: Kids love them, teachers demonize them. They’re a distraction! They’re disrupting the classroom! They’re fine for autistic kids, but to everyone else, they’re toys! I won’t have them in my classroom! We’ve banned them on…

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