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My Healthy Breakfast

Grade two have been doing a lot of work on food and farming. Last week we explored a few sites that helped them understand where food comes from, how certain foods are made and how to eat a balanced meal. Armed with that knowledge, I had them draw a health breakfast and label the foods in their meals. Here are the final products:



The students created the drawings using Skitch, a free drawing and annotation software available for Mac, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and Android. I really like Skitch because it’s quick, clean and intuitive. Give it a try!

An Introduction to Photoshop

In Grade 7, I thought it was time to introduce the higher level computer skills to the students. After 6 or more years of formal computer lessons, I think in Grade 7 the students need to be pushed and discover more tools that are being used by professionals. This is where Photoshop steps in. A lot of people use Photoshop, but a lot of people don’t use it right, or spend way more time than they need to when using it.

My goal was to introduce the basics of Photoshop to the students along with showing them skills that they could carry over into other projects or uses. Their task was to ‘touch up’ a photo of them self then superimpose it on a background of their choice. Here is one great example, if you would like to see your daughters efforts, ask to see theirs in their wiki (online portfolio).