To those of you who think that newspapers only report bad news, I say “HA!” and “HA AGAIN!” James McHenry Elementary School really has a good thing going for it with Mr. King and his Rainbow Warriors program, which is one of the many reasons why I’m glad it’s one of my schools. I won’t read you those two articles word for word, but this is one of those programs that just gives everyone involved a positive mental attitude. Kids, parents, teachers, everyone’s glad it’s…Continue Reading “Rainbow Warriors”

It should go without saying that a good teacher should know his or her subject area well enough to teach it without a book. Being able to and having to are much different things, however, and I for one am grateful for that. Texts are wonderful resources that can foster discussion, provide background information, and give step-by-step instructions on how to complete tasks. One book that is a good example of some of these things is Photography: A Crash Course by Dave Yorath. (Sure, I…Continue Reading “Book Review – Photography: A Crash Course”

As a teacher, I pride myself in using technology intelligently every day to help with my lessons. I include the word “intelligently” because as cool as computers are, they aren’t always the best solution for every problem encountered. For example, let’s take a look at my typical day. I start off checking my e-mail and my schedule for the day. As I can only teach each class once before I move on to my next building, every day’s schedule has different classes at different times….Continue Reading “A day in the life of a tech addict Art teacher”

A while back I fired off an email to Steve Dembo of teach42.com about several things, including a mysterious person named GCPS who was posting all kinds of useful educational links on a regular basis. At first Mr. Dembo and myself were both under the impression that GCPS was a person who was just very, very helpful, but then I got to thinking. You see, I work in Prince George’s County Public Schools, which we often shorten to PGCPS. That made me wonder if the…Continue Reading “I’m relatively famous!”

I’m switching my RSS feed over to Feedburner because I’d like to know how many people subscribe to it and, let’s be honest, we all like to jump on bandwagons. Because of this, I would appreciate it if those of you who are subscribing to my RSS feed would delete the old feed link and repace it with http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAcademicAesthetic. The old feed won’t last much longer. Thanks.

There are some who would say that PowerPoint® is a teacher’s best friend. After all, here is this simple little (ok, not so little …) program capable of displaying any media you choose, and all you need to do is drag and drop! If you’re giving a linear presentation, and chances are you are, then this is all you need to know. However, there are other times when a linear presentation just won’t do. Perhaps you need to go to a certain slide during a…Continue Reading “Mastering PowerPoint”

I’ll admit I myself have an aversion to clip art, but then I make my own stuff all the time and not everyone does that. As a result, I present to you several alternatives to making everything from scratch. I assure you that I’ve never seen a principal act in the way portrayed below – I just wrote that to add some humor. Your mission: Replace the school’s old web site with a web site that looks nice. “Looks nice,” so far as your principal…Continue Reading “Oh clip art, where art thou?”

Golly gee whiz, I’ve got more content! When I created this blog I wanted to use it not only to to provide useful information to others, but to also show the blend between art, tech, and education. (Insert venn diagram … here.) As such, I always get a kick when I see other web sites that blend some or all of these things. So when teach42‘s Stephen Dembo podcasted about Edugadget, I was quite pleased indeed. Edugadget (not to be confused with Engadget, another nice…Continue Reading “Edugadget”

Interested in improving your drawing skills? Well you can always take more Art classes, buy drawing books, and join local art clubs – all of these are helpful in encouraging you to push your skills to the limit. However, you can also try visiting online “how-to-draw” sites for advice and information. They’re often not as detailed as other methods, but they’re a lot cheaper. One of my favorites is a site entitled Drawing / Sketching. This is actually part of the About.com network, which I…Continue Reading “Drawing / Sketching”

Let’s say you’re teaching a web design or digital photography lesson. You’ve made all your plans, you’re ready to go, but you have one problem – you didn’t sign up early enough to use the computer lab that has Adobe Photoshop installed on the computers. There’s still a lab available, but those computers are so old that they won’t even run a current version of Photoshop. So what do you do? Well you could reschedule, but do you have a plan B to be working…Continue Reading “myImager.com and FlamingText.com”