Pranav Mistry and the Sixth Sense

January 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

This video -and the technology that it showcases- is amazing.  Be patient with the pace of the presentation.  Then be amazed.

Academic Workshop – email your teachers

January 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Today’s mission: email each of your teachers to check in regarding your academic performance in the class.  Include me in each email that you send – my email address is rmilstead@tamdistrict.

  • teacher emails are first initial, lastname followed by
  • identify yourself
  • explain that you are in Academic Workshop
  • ask them – using please and thank you- for any time that they can spare

Ask each teacher to reply to you AND to CC me (

Web Design Blogs – commenting

January 15, 2010 at 10:38 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Now that you have some posts running on your blogs it’s time to work with comments.  If posts are the skeleton of a blog then it’s the comments that give it strength.  Working with your commenters is critical to your blog’s success.

Visit two of your classmates blogs and make an intelligent comment on one of their posts. Here’s the list of blog URL’s that I have. If yours’ is missing let me know:


January 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

SCRATCH is a new programming tool developed by MIT.  It’s comparable to Carnegie Mellon’s ALICE tool that you used last semester.  I’d like you to give it a try.

Get started here:

Web Design – web critique

January 11, 2010 at 11:50 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Answer the following questions in a blog post.

1. What makes good web design? Remember, I am not talking about content. Just how easy the site is to use and navigate.  Give me your thoughts.

2. Find two websites that have good, appealing design. Don’t worry about the content and information on the website. Just think about how easy it is to use the site. For each website list the following:
-the URL of the website – make it a link.
-describe why you think the website has good design. Consider how easy it is to find information on the site (navigation), how well the colors work together and how well images and/or flash are used.
-what elements stand out as good design to you?
-how and why is the design appropriate to the content of the site?

Academic Workshop – day one

January 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Click here for the survey

Your web design blog

January 6, 2010 at 11:09 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Blogging is a critical skill for any web-user, whether you are a web designer, content creator, content content consumer or all of the above.

Today you will create a blog for use in this class. Your blog will:
-be the forum for you to offer web design critiques
-a place for you to share your new web-design discoveries, useful tools and thoughts about making web pages
-a place for you to comment on your classmate’s work

Some things to keep in mind Continue Reading Your web design blog…

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