A PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 eWords?


My blog rant (introduction)















I've taught Photoshop for years. There's no questions that Photoshop and the Adobe creative suite are an industry standard. There's also no question that you will not always have access to Photoshop, at least not the whole application, because it's, like, expensive.

Photoshop has a file managing software program called ... It sorts and organizes your files and tags your photos and even makes copies of your work so that when you edit originals, you're not really screwing things up. But you have to take your computer with you everywhere you go to access all your work. Unless it's in Dropbox or some other Cloud-based file server.

That's where the online, cloud based photo programs are so powerful. They let you do most of the basic editing that you would normally do in Photoshop. Sure, much of it is automated and less manual than photoshop, but then again, most people are good with that because they lack the training and the expert eye and the super hi-res monitor so tell the difference.

Also, our online, cloud based photo software are incredible storage and back up devices.









THE CONCEPT
Students will use become familiar with cloud storage for images and simple cloud editing options.

Outcomes:
1) Learn the basic Google Cloud image storage and editing
2) Explore how to save files on the iPad and on cloud-based file management
3) Understand the relationship between Blogger and other Google products

Resources:

THE ASSIGNMENT



STEP ONE:
EXPLORE PICASA
PART ONE:
  • READ the Wikipedia Description of Picasa. Especially read about Picasa Web Albums. Wikipedia: PICASA
  • Bookmark the official Google Help center for Picasa: PICASA HELP
  • READ the Picasa Tutorial Site's explanation of the shift from Picasa Web Albums to Google + Photos
  • Bookmark the new Google Plus help webpage: Goto the menu for Photos

  • USE PICASA on the iMAC
    • Goto Picasa.Com and DOWNLOAD the new Picasa Player 3.9
    • FROM the download, use the Picasa Icon (MOVE IT TO YOUR LAUNCH PAD)
      • run the program from the .dmg (don't copy or try to install on the iMacs)
    • SIGN IN to your ACCOUNT in Picasa with your MSSD14 email.
    • CREATE AN ALBUM. UPLOAD it to the Picasa/Google + Cloud
  • FROM PICASAWEB.GOOGLE.COM/HOME (Picasa Web Albums *not Google Plus Photos)
    • Because of the merge between Picasa Web Albums and Google + Photos these instructions are evolving all the time objective here is to create a Web Album and collaborate that Album with someone else so that they can ADD TO your album.
    • This Website "GOOGLE SYSTEMS" may explain the current state of Google Plus and Picasa Web Albums better
    • TASK: Add an new image to your Web Album from the Cloud/Internet interface.
    • TASK: Share the Album with Myself and Someone Else. These instruction work ONLY on PICASA WEB ALBUMS. Here are Specific Instructions for COLLABORATIING
      • From the right menu window. Select Share.
        • In the new window, AT THE BOTTOM, select the link to "SHARE VIA EMAIL ONLY"
        • In the new window, select "Let people I Share With Contribute to Photos"
        • Add "droberson@mssd14.org" and 1 more email for collaboration.
      • Follow Up with them. Did it work? Did you collaborate?
    • TASK: Publish a Web Album

PART TWO:
  • DOWNLOAD iPAD app: PICASA PHOTO ALBUMS LITE
    • Link your iPad to your school Picasa account
    • explore the Picasa App.
      • download an image from your Picasa Web Albums into your Camera Roll
  • DOWNLOAD the GOOGLE APP (blue icon)
    • Try Loading an Image to your Picasa account from your iPad from the Google APP

PART THREE:
  • MAKE a new Blog post titled "1000 eWords 100; Step One"
    • Discuss why Picasa is part of "the cloud" and why "sharing" a web album is important
    • Discuss the development between Picas Web Albums and Google Plus. Is technology in a state of change? What does that mean to us as end users?
    • Describe the process of using the application Picasa on the iMac and the iPad
    • Add a link to your shared web album from Step One: Part One.

STEP TWO:
USE PICASA TO EDIT PHOTOS
PART ONE:
Read about the Editing capability in Picasa in the Edit Photos Help Section

PART TWO:
  • Upload a few Photos to your Picasa Account
    • Use the Picasa Editing Features to enhance or change the photos


PART THREE:
  • MAKE a new Blog post titled "1000 eWords 100; Step Two"
    • Discuss what you can do with photo editing in Picasa
    • What does Picasa automatically do with the original image when you make an edit
    • Post a before and after copy of an image edited in Picasa

STEP THREE:
EXPLORE PANARAMIO
PART ONE:
CREATE a Panoramio Account
  • USE your school Account
  • Access the Panoramio HELP (you can find this on the bottom of each page)
    • Watch the short video and read about what Panoramio is.
    • Read the Help file: "Getting Your Photos in Google Earth"
  • From the MAIN page check out the tabs:
    • EXPLORE
    • COMMUNITY

PART TWO:
PANORAMIO on the iPAD
  1. Download the APPs "Panoramio" and "PCoolPlaces"
  2. Explore "Panoramio"
    1. Pick a photo. Find out who took the photo. Where was it taken? what else can you learn in this app?
    2. Download one Photo to your Camera Roll.
    3. Add one photo and one photographer to the Favorites selections
  3. Explore "PCoolPlaces"
    1. Log in with your school gmail account
    2. Do you have the same access to Panoramio as on the iMac?


PART THREE:
  • MAKE a new Blog post titled "1000 eWords 100; Step Three"
    • Discuss what you know about Panoramio. How do you get a photo onto Google Earth?
    • What was one photo that caught your attention. Include it in the post. Where was it taken? Why is it interesting? Who took it? Do they have other photos that you like?
  • Use Panoramio App on iPad to share a photo with me via email



STEP FOUR:
REFLECTION

PART ONE:
Write a Blog Post called "1000eWords, Step 4"

Using complete sentences (NO LISTING ANSWERS)
  1. Discuss how Panormaio and Picasa are part of what we call Cloud computing.
  2. How do these programs expand or enhance the opportunities for "sharing" and "collaboration"
  3. Have you ever looked at images in Google Earth? How does Panoramio's contribution to this enhance the Google Earth experience?
  4. What do you think of Google now? Has learning about these programs increased or changed your understanding of Google's presence n the web?
  5. What methods of publishing did you use?


CONSIDER THESE ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS IN YOUR LEARNING:
EL 1 Students will demonstrate a sound understanding of basic operations and concepts of technology systems.
3. Select, and use applications effectively and appropriately
7. Access online help to solve common hardware, software, and network problems
EL 2 Students will utilize digital technology in a safe and ethical manner.
8. Discuss means for encouraging more effective use of technology to support effective communication, collaboration and personal productivity.
EL 3 Students will utilize digital applications to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
2. Use online environments or other collaborative tools to facilitate design and development of materials, models, publications, and presentations
3. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
4. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
EL 5 Demonstrate competence in the use of technology research tools.
3. Know how to select and use information and communication technology tools and resources to collect and analyze information and report results on an assigned hypothesis or research question
4. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
5. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
EL 6 Demonstrate competence in the use of technology in problem-solving and decision-making.
1. Identify two or more types of information and communication technology tools or resources that can be used for informing and solving a specific problem and presenting results, or for identifying and presenting an informed rationale for a decision
2. Students describe the information and communication technology tools they might use to compare information from different sources, analyze findings, determine the need for additional information, and draw conclusions for addressing real-world problems