This banner is to be displayed on the classroom door for each Senior Kitchen Workshop session. The Senior Kitchen Workshop is a six session event in which community members over age fifty visit my Family and Consumer Sciences classroom to prepare a themed meal with students. The audience is all participating seniors, students, and guests. The expected outcome is that all participants are able to locate the correct room for the session and feel welcomed as they enter the classroom.
I chose RBG as the color mode given the colors of the apples and text, and 300 ppi as the resolution to provide detail of the image and text as a 10” by 24” poster.
I customized the “Welcome” layer with the color burn blending option to mesh the black and gold that represent our school colors and to allow that text to really stand out. I also added a drop shadow and stroke effect to that layer to again, make that text the focal point of the banner.
I customized the “Senior Kitchen” layer with a color overlay and blended to darken the effects. I believe this did a nice job in blending the black and gold while still allowing the “welcome” text to stand out more than this layer.
Chapter 4 Celebration Banner
Description: The purpose of this assignment was to create a banner to welcome participants to an event. It required the use of two different letter layers within the banner message, one image layer, and customized blending options applied to each text and image layer.
Reflection: This assignment enabled me to develop my skills of adding text to images and become more familiar with the options to do so. The image I created was printed to use in my classroom. I can continue to create similar posters to welcome students to a new semester or guests to various events.
Chapter 4 Celebration Banner
This poster was created with my group to use in my FCS classroom as a welcome poster and placemat.
Chapter 5 Midterm Project
Description: The purpose of this collaborative assignment was to create a poster for an event of our choice. My group chose to create a poster for an event held in my classroom. It was to be used as a menu and welcome message, as well as the placemat for each person’s place setting. The assignment was required to have a clear theme with a visible title or message, and relative graphics. The poster was to be interesting and communicate a clear message.
Reflection: This was the most enjoyable assignment to create. I really enjoyed working with and learning from my classmates. Gaining their perspective and knowledge helped to me to expand mine and pushed me to consider components from a different vantage point. I increased my Photoshop skills thanks to this assignment and created something that was used in my classroom.
Chapter 5 Midterm Project
I created a screencast showing my 9th and 10th grade students how to use Room Sketcher. Room Sketcher is a tool that is required to be used to create a restaurant floor plan for students’ final project in my course, International Foods. I believe this tutorial will help students to navigate the site and tool with more ease, as compared to being on their own or me simply demonstrating how to do so in class. Students will be able to refer to the video as needed, as it will be uploaded to their course Blackboard site. I did not use annotation or animation features as they are not available in the free version of Screencastomatic. However, I am familiar with those tools as I’ve used them in Camtasia for screencast projects in previous courses. Unfortunately, my free trial for that tool has since expired.
Description: The purpose of this assignment was to create a video lesson for students so class time can be used more productively. The assignment was required to be at least three minutes in length and inlcude the following: a title clip, annotation, animation, cursor effects, and audio narration.
Reflection: This assignment was very worthwhile as it is something I will definitely use in my classroom. I believe an instructional screencast used to show students how to initially navigate an online tool is extremely beneficial for all students. It was not a new concept to me, as I've created some in the past. It's helpful to have for students to be able to reference as needed throughout their time using the tool.
I created an interactive video lesson using the screencast I created showing my 9th and 10th grade students how to use Room Sketcher. This interactive lesson extends and enhances the screencast by asking students questions to determine their understanding of the use of the tool and the purpose of creating their floor plan. Using EDpuzzle allows me to collect data of students' answers then determine if reinforcement or assistance is needed for the entire class or individual students.
Description: The purpose of this assignment was to update the screencast to create an interactive video lesson for students so they can be more engaged in their learning. The assignment was required to include various interactive components such as introduction texts, audio notes, additional images, and various types of questions.
Reflection: This assignment was very worthwhile as it is something I will definitely use in my classroom. I enjoyed enhancing my previously created screencast by adding questions throughout to assess students' understanding and learning. I believe it will be very beneficial to use in my classroom.
Chapter 7 Interactive Video Lesson
Throughout the first half of the semester, I really enjoyed gaining knowledge and skills in Photoshop. Prior to this course, I had no idea how time consuming and difficult it can be to edit or alter an image. The tools within Photoshop are so vast, I believe I've only skimmed the surface of learning all that it offers. I really enjoyed learning these skills and gaining a much deeper knowledge of Photoshop. I look forward to improving my skills and utilizing them to create images for personal and professional use.
The second half of the semester offered exposure to new ideas to create visuals to aid and enhance content. My knowledge of principles of design for each tool greatly increased as compared to the start of the semester. Additionally, my experience and knowledge of each of the tools used and discussed has grown and will certainly be used. I also enjoyed creating numerous visuals that have been or will be used in my classroom.
Chapter 10 Overall Reflection