February 9, 2015 at 9:02 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

So I’m out sick.  That cough caught me.  Stay healthy everyone.

Computer Graphics– check your portfolio to make sure you have completed the following:
Hybrid Animal
This Doesn’t Belong
Haunted House
Photoshop Time Travel
QR code redo (3rd period we haven’t done this yet)
Combining images with layer mask
The Content Aware Project

Advanced Computer Graphics – no laser cutting until I get back on Tuesday.  Today’s work:

1. I cut out the four hearts for Ms. Defino in the library.  Please drop them off.
2. Work on your final designs for the online store.

Computer Programming/AP Comp Sci – continue work as assigned.


January 21, 2015 at 8:20 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Lesson plans for the day:

Computer Graphics
Review and begin the Post Apocalyptic house project.


The following MUST happen before the end of the period:
1. post remaining flyers about price increase in hallways, etc.
2. use FB, etc to spread the word that the yearbook price goes up Friday, January 30th.
3. Tate and Sophie – give Mr. Rice a hard copy of the superlative voting sheet.  I don’t know if he has plans to give input once more.  Check with him to make sure that the final list is approved and then make copies on the office copier.  Double sided to save some paper.  Check with Jolie for the yearbook copy code.

Computer Programming – continue work as assigned.

Sub plans 1-16-15

January 15, 2015 at 11:36 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Computer Graphics – click here


1. Here’s what I asked Tanya to send out to parents, Facebook and Twitter:

The Drake Yearbook is almost sold out!  Buy your 2015 Yearbook today by credit card at http://www.drakeyearbook.com/buy-your-yearbook/ or by check at the Drake Budget office.  Please make checks payable to “Drake Yearbook” for $95.00.  The price goes up on Monday, 1/26.  Last year we ran out of books – act now.

Please put the same, or similar message, out to your friends.

2. Daisy – can you run copies of the poster that you created yesterday and get them approved by Tanya?  We need to get them posted today.  The same image can go out on Instragram, etc.

3. Review your assigned spread and email me your plans for how you will get copy and photographs.  Send it to rmilstead@gmail.com with the name of your spread in the subject line.

4. Finish addressing any revisions that Daisy gave you on your last spread.  Unfinished spreads should be finished today.

And enjoy your three day weekend!

Computer Programming/AP Computer Science – continue work as assigned.

And enjoy your three day weekend.

2014 Fall survey

August 21, 2014 at 11:17 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Follow this link to take the class survey.  When you are done, follow the instructions on the “thank you” page.

Sound cloud test

October 24, 2013 at 11:14 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment


October 24, 2013 at 10:32 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Now that I have my picture in place.

Click here to visit my website. 



raptor in cafe


September 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Autographer is a wearable camera that captures images when the camera thinks they are worth capturing.

Relive those social networking memories.  MySpace has been refreshed.

Self driving cars are now legal in CA. 

Video: Wearable suite of sensors builds maps of building interiors in real time and streams them wirelessly.

RFID tags guarantee that you will never suffer the trauma of lost socks again

Video: Dad sends son’s Stanley the Train, friend of Thomas, to the edge of space via balloon.  The video is so much more.  Watch it.


Intro to Computers class survey

August 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Click here to take the Intro to Computers class survey

Academic Workshop – Day One

August 18, 2011 at 6:45 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Click here to complete the Academic Workshop student survey.

Stuck on an escalator

The Fun Theory

RIP Flip Video: a lamentation

April 17, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in video | Leave a comment

I can’t join in on the chortling and “I told you so’s” over the death of the Flip.  While it’s easy to blame it’s passing on the millions of smartphones sold in 2010 and easy access to video cameras there’s another side to the tale.   The Flip niche still is still alive and well because:

  • not all consumers want or can afford a smartphone
  • the complexity of a smartphone doesn’t meet the need “I just want to shoot video” with ease.
  • the multitasker conflict: smartphones are designed to perform many functions and their form factor can be downright clunky when it comes to shooting video. 
  • my Droid Incredible died last week and with it went the ability to shoot video – not the end of the world for me but if video is critical then a multi-tasker may not be the best bet.
  • the smartphone/iPod touch device is not always the best move for the classroom.  What would I rather lose from a replacement perspective: an iPod touch or a Flip?  I’ll take the lower cost Flip any day.

Kodak and Samsung still have good options in this market.  Plus there’s always the point and shoot video option.

Having said that it’s clear that market feels otherwise.  The shuttering of Flip (and 550 jobs) seems to be Cisco’s only option.

Then there’s an interesting viewpoint on how the death of the Flip shows a trend in innovation.  Check out the Mass-Customization blog for this one.

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