In A World Trailers on Age of Exploration / Renaissance #edtech

8th and 7th grade students utilized the mobile IPod app “In a World” to create a movie trailer that showed off the artwork they were currently learning in Social Studies. The 8th graders just wrapped up a unit on Native Americans, so they primarily featured Cherokee artwork. The 7th graders were studying the Age of Exploration, which was also featured some moments during the Renaissance.

How can you teach with blogs? Use Posterous for Portfolios

Want your students to Blog in a safe environment but reach as many social networking platforms as possible?


I was initially informed about the great power of Posterous through Horry County schools Edtech guru Sean Junkins, (check out his Posterous here –

The great power of this site is to post information such as images, text, links, videos, etc and have them automatically feed into a variety of other sites. My goal this year is to use it with my students to keep them informed, to also allow them to create their own Posterous sites and share their information into a variety of their own social networking platforms.


Find out how you can use this awesome educational technology for your classroom and click on the tech tutorial link.

What are some of the best E-learning & Distance Learning articles


Build the Lens with Keywords to promote content

After learning about web “lenses” I have been trying to connect all of my writing together in order to reach my largest audience possible. I got to search for hot keywords using the Google Keyword Tool to find out what were the current keywords that I could develop my writing together and help create backlinks. I then got to go to the site, Squidoo, where I could compile links of my best stuff from my Associated Content page into a searchable list. Squidoo is really easy to use, it is kind of like a web page creator and blogging platform. 


You can check out the first page that I made on Elearning through Squidoo by clicking on the hyperlink. Very special thanks goes out to Kerry Thomas, the Article Genius, and you can check out his site by clicking on his hyperlink.

How to create an atmospheric perspective painting using the free DrawCast app on your Apple device

It was really nice to have some time to sit back and relax to paint. I haven’t really done this before (posting via email to posterous)so bare with me and feel free to check out this post often as I post more pictures and turn this more into a tutorial


Step 1:I was really inspired by the overall amount of nature around me on the back porch. I framed my shot of the trees to decide how strong would the composition be.



By using the free Drawcast app, (which you can check out here) you can make an excellent painting. There are a variety of free drawing apps for the IPad/Iphone, I really like Drawcast due to drawing on layers, variety of brush sizes and being able to adjust the transparency of color or layer and you can instantly post your art to Facebook.

You are going to want to create a background that has a watercolor wash effect to it, and we will then gradually add layers to properly show Atmospheric Perspective.


This is a picture that we took while in Asheville. Notice that the colors at the bottom are nice and dark, and they get gradually lighter and more blue the further away from us. Just remember DARKER=CLOSER,  LIGHTER=FURTHER SO what I did to create the illusion of atmospheric perspective, was by creating a graded wash with my palette and stylus.


A graded wash is used in watercolor painting to help show depth or value. I created a “wash” by clicking on the color wheel icon, and adjusting the size of my brush to 100 and the intensity/translucence to 100. You can also use a dark shade of a blue for the bottom, but as you start to fill the canvas and you make back and forth strokes, you should gradually lower the intensity/translucence. Basically, by the time you reach the top of your canvas, you should have a light shade of blue. And if you want to make a color darker, just go back over it with your stylus.


You can also add a few random bushes here and there to break up the open area. Once your background is completed, click on the gear icon in the upper left hand corner. Select “save to photo library” so that you can utilize this saved picture for later.



Create a new piece of art in the app. Make sure you click on the icon in the upper right hand corner fo the screen and then select Midground.

I primarilly made the trees on my midground. On my image above, it is shown with my background. Once you complete this drawing, you can create a special added effect by clicking on your “midground icon” and then adjust the intensity/translucence of that layer as well.



If you look at the image above, I combined the two layers together. To get this going, click on your layer icon in the upper right hand corner and select “set new background”

This will take you to another screen to select your background. Choose the option “photo from my Photo Library”

Open up your Photo Library and select the background picture that you created back in Step 2 (you can also use another photo for a more realistic background. Finally, click “Done” on your Layers window, and the two images are now together.



You can see from the image above that I have already drawn on the foreground layer so that it was primarily the leaves/greenery of my composition.

To do this, click on the layer icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Then select “draw on foreground.”

The foreground is the closest thing to you, so when you color it, make sure you make your colors fairly dark, at least they should be darker than the midground and background. You can accomplish this by adjusting the transparency of the layers and the colors that you paint with.



If you look at the above picture, this is my completed work with all three layers and I have signed it.

After completing your foreground, double check to make sure that all of your layers, colors, opacity, etc. is all set.

You can click on the gear in the upper left hand corner to share the work that you have completed whether email, saved to your device or right to your Facebook page.

You can also go into the layer window and select “Tools” and you then have the option to merge all of the layers into a lattened image. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU ARE FOR SURE YOU LIKE YOUR WORK AS YOU CAN NOT UNDO IT.

Best of luck and can’t wait to see what you make