We just got our whole shipment of brand new iMacs in at school. They are pretty, but setting them up is a full time job. We have 22 new machines and they have to be updated and install Final Cut Express on them first. In the next couple of weeks we should be getting Adobe CS4 products. That means more time installing and then setting up the student login account. Finally we can then switch out all the Mac Minis. The new machines are so fast and have incredible, huge screens. So far, the only downside is the wireless mouse and keyboard. This will mean checking them out each period. Lost instruction time. But the cool factor is going to be worth it. Now, on to the links.
1 – If you teach newspaper or journalism, then you know how difficult it is to get students to write opinion pieces well. Here’s a great presentation to teach the way to do it right.
2 – Ever had another department want you to shoot their event, edit it, create videos for them and make DVDs too. And of course they want you to do it all for free. That’s a lot of wear and tear on the equipment. I’m not against creating video or any other media for any department, but if it is not news – then we need to charge for our services. But how much? I used the FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator and it actually gave me a realistic result – $50/hour. Try it out yourself.
3 – Yearbooks, newspapers, graphic design and video makers all need fonts that are royalty freed. Here are a couple of sites that offer fonts that you can use. Dafont.com and Font Squirrel offer contemporary font looks for all your needs.
4 – SF Weekly says we don’t pay for news online because we mainly view it on our work computers Monday-Friday and that we would rather read a real hard copy paper on the weekends.
5 – Straight from the UK, Charlie Brooker has this hilarious sendup of the typical news story.
6 – Photographers have to deal with a dizzying array of alphabet soup: PNG, JPG, TIFF, PSD, RAW – what does it all mean? The dPS is always quick with an answer for every photo question.
7 – Natural sound stories can be very powerful ways to sell a story that has strong sound elements. Advancing the Story blog has a superb list of tips for nat-sound.
8 – Free Tech for Teachers has a super useful post about how to add an RSS feed for any web site in Google Reader.
9 – Adam Westbrook has Five Myths about Shooting Video. My favorite is Shooting Video is Easy!
10 – The Bob Kaplitz blog is always full of great example videos, both of the what to do variety and the what not to to type.
11 – The Oatmeal comic blog is funny, crazy and a grammarian. This month it is the semicolon that takes center stage. Great fun for kids – and they might learn something too.
12 – Tamron lenses has their episode 2 in their DSLR series about focus modes.
Well, I’m going to watch the ‘semi-’pro Bowl now. Have a great week.