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Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home

Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home I came up with this idea that I wanted to work with Kindergarten & first grade using the theme of “my community,” building on what it’s like to live in North Las Vegas and a child’s almost infinite capacity to create based on the tiniest bits of lived experiences. Week 4 we used Google Earth to virtually … Continue reading Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits This week we finished creating self-portraits using a simplified facial drawing techniques that I found on YouTube. This is the video that I shared with students last week, going through the video step by step as students attempted to draw their version of what I later called “generic white guy.” Turned out that the activity last week was … Continue reading 2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

Thinking about Hands…

I recently started or restarted sketching or doodling, now on my iPad. It was something that I did a lot of back in the pre-computer days. Look at any book I owned in those days and you’ll find my doodles and notes bleeding across the margins. Funny that someone who drew long before I was comfortable writing would have mostly abandoned the art when I … Continue reading Thinking about Hands…

Back to Doodling, Now on my iPad

A few weeks ago I got a fancy stylus for my iPad, not-ironically called Pencil from 53, makers of the iPad app, Paper. It’s renewed interest in using the iPad as a sketch device. A bit later I reflected on some work news in “graphic” form… more or less… Resources: Pencil by 53, http://www.fiftythree.com/pencil Continue reading Back to Doodling, Now on my iPad

The Journey from Doodler to Writer

It would probably come as a great surprise to my elementary or middle school teachers that I fell in love with writing, much less learning itself. I was always of a curious nature, but generally not in a way that worked well with staying in one’s seat or working without talking. It probably didn’t help that, as a kid, I also pretty much hated reading. What changed much … Continue reading The Journey from Doodler to Writer

Microsoft’s Courier Tablet – Raised From the Dead… Kind’a

Somehow this seems fitting at this time of year that a darling visionary product from the pre-iPad era, called the Courier Tablet, that Microsoft then killed after the iPad announcement, is back. Well, not the actual device, but two apps that mimic some of the proposed Couriers’ functionality: Paper by 53 Studios and Tapose. For those who may not remember, just before the announcement of what was to become the iPad, Microsoft released a video of a “booklet” type device with dual 7-inch screens that used a stylus and multi-touch gestures and several gadget blogs, particularly Gizmodo and engadget, wet themselves thinking that Microsoft was going to trump whatever it was that Apple was going to announce. Then just before the original iPad was set to ship, Microsoft killed the Courier and decided that Windows 8 (expected in 2013) would be its tablet strategy, thus giving Apple a three-year-plus lead to continue it’s iOS juggernaut.

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