Sunday, 20 December 2015

Increase Your Digital Clout Day 23/30


I have used a couple of different picture sharing sites, Instagram works great, check flicker, I have used google photos and by now you must know I like all that is google and so that is the one that I have used for the last couple of years.
The google photo I have used to create a facebook page called TADO humor… because I have been send so many great funny images, I decided to put them together for others to enjoy…
If you want to waste a pile of time check out that page but don’t expect to be able to just check in …it will make you giggle… these images I have used to support some of my entries…remember a picture is worth a thousand words…feel free to use some of these image on whatever social media site you decide to use.

Here is an article that might you find of interesting about images
"It has been said throughout time that a picture could be worth a thousand words. As you can imagine though, for each individual that views it, the words can be decidedly different. It has been stated that during the time of Martin Luther only 3-5% of the population could read the written word. In order to send a message or to just simply get one across, the messenger had to be extremely resourceful. When Luther lit the fire of the Protestant Reformation, he fanned the flames using persuasive images disguised as art. Some of these would even be called propaganda in today's thinking. Those for whom the messages were intended had little trouble deciphering the meaning. It is now most ironic that in our present, mostly literate society, we still see the use of images as a major means of influence in TV, movies, Public Service ads, and especially political campaigns. It's not what people are saying that's troublesome, but how it is they are saying it" (Macdonald 2006 ¶ 1).
The use of images is nothing new to the author. For seventeen years as an art teacher, images have been front and center in his life. For twenty plus years he has been a professional artist applying the use of color and composition to create a feeling, a message or just an interesting image. These images he has displayed since 1995 on the internet within a virtual art gallery. The creation of this gallery is the catalyst to his position as the creator and administrator of the Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School (SCCS). The virtual gallery forced the learning web design and html. At the same time he was required to learn to manipulate digital images. During this stage he also experimented with digital drawing programs like Corel Draw and Bryce. This gallery is called DDC Art Gallery and can be seen at the following URL:

Teaching art meant that he spent all day thinking about composing images and assisting others to create and compose their own images. The art teacher stage of his life ended in 2000 when he started his role at the SCCS.

"What's imperative is the creation of a style that becomes a culture linking you to the community. You can only do that through good design" (Roddick, 2007 ¶ 2).
The first use of images and design would be the Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School website. But even before that was the design of a logo for the school. Creating a simple logo was a challenge and it can be seen at the following URL:

The development of the cyber school logo was shown in a video which can be seen at:

Once an acceptable logo was established we, being a Cyber School, created the front of the school as a website. Cheong (2007) explains the thought behind the Cyber School website design by stating "Design is essentially problem-solving. Devising a visual solution to communicate an intended message effectively. Why use ten effects to treat a graphic element when you can do it with one "(¶ 3)?
This history of the website can be seen at: 
The popularity of the Cyber School allowed us to use some of the other social networking tools to assist in creating awareness of the school. This was done by creating wallpapers for students to use on their home computers, these can be seen at:
A second system designed was a Google toolbar, which can be seen at:
Necessity for student cards made it necessary to design a template. This can be seen at:

As the Cyber School grew so did the number of teacher/developers involved in the programming. It was necessary to design an efficient online tool for communication with the growing group. The system chosen was a Movable type blog.
This blog has grown to be a worldwide blog and has gone through many design changes.
The designs were done with an understanding that Goodman (2008) explains "No one will visit, let alone bookmark your site if your pages look unprofessional, long-winded or in worst case, having a bad design..."(¶ 1). The last of these designs can be seen at: 
Along with the growth came more courses and more students taking numerous online courses. It was decided that a common navigation system, icon and reminders for courses was necessary. The steps used to make these changes to the system happen can be seen at:

Common icons...
Common reminders...
One of the many challenges which have faced the Cyber School is having access to a large collection of copyright free images to use in the courses for assignments, aesthetics and design. This collection was created by asking Facebook users to share their personal images into a group which can then be used for educational purposes. This Facebook group can be seen at:
The images are sorted and then placed in a picture showcase which will enhance the use of the chosen images. This can be seen at: 
One of the beliefs of the author is that effective administration must be done with humor and to this end the TADO cartoons have been created, these are used in the TADO blog and in courses. These can be seen at:
The color of the courses is changed on a continuous basis. Valentine's Day and the week leading up to it have had a pink and red coloring. October has the Halloween colors of black and orange. Next to our changing the format and icons in the courses, this is commented upon more than any other changes we make in the course. It is interesting how much of an impact a change of color and icons can make on the first impression of a student upon seeing the course. They tend to get accustomed to a color theme and then it is changed. It keeps things fresh.

Being the administrator of the Cyber School for the last eight years has, in my mind, forced me to abandon my interest in images and the graphic sides of my nature. The Visual Literacy in the Digital World course made the author stop and think about the visual aspect of his role in the Cyber School which has been outlined briefly in this paper. In actual fact a large amount of visual work has been done in the last eight years and it is this author's hope that it has made the Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School a strong entity because of this. As an artist and administrator this author will continue to apply, share and use his visual literacy interest and experience in his role because:

"An image can convey thoughts, ideas, or events to which words alone sometimes cannot do justice. Images can thrill us, like the images sent back to Earth from the Mars Rover missions. They can inspire us, like the photo of the American flag raised over the rubble of the World Trade Center by three New York firefighters on September 11, 2001. They can be heartbreaking, like the image of Oklahoma City firefighter Chris Fields carrying tiny Baylee Almon out of the wreckage of the Oklahoma City bombing. They can incite outrage, like the photos of the stacked bodies of Holocaust victims; they can bring us face to face with the worst inhumanities imaginable. They can bring tears to our eyes, lift our spirits, or sink our hearts. Images are powerful, and with such power must come responsibility for their prudent and thoughtful use." (Tagliere, 2007 ¶1)

Cheong, S. (2007, September 22). 14 Simple Quotes to Improving your Design. Retrieved February 15, 2009, from Pagethinker:

Goodman, A. (2008, October 6). Magazine Style Wordpress Theme and Why Your Site Needs it. Retrieved February 17, 2009, from

MacDonald, R. D. (2006, April 13). A picture is worth a thousand words. Retrieved February 10, 2009, from Score History/Social Science:

Roddick, A. (2007, June 26). Five Reasons Why Design is cool. Retrieved February 15, 2009, from Pagethinker:

When talking about visual literacy these sites might be of use
10 X 10
21st Century Literacies 
Basic Strategies in Reading Photographs
Discovering How Images Communicate
Educational Technology Standards for Students
How the Media Persuades: Verbally and Visually
Images and Influence
Images in Action
In the Mind's Eye
Introducing Visual Literacy
Is Seeing Believing?
No Picture Tells the Truth
Photo Literacy
The Power of Literacy
The Visual Literacy White Paper
Thinking Visually
Tools for Reading the World
Visual Literacy Activities
Visual Literacy and Picture Books
Visual Literacy and the Classroom
Visual Literacy in the Classroom
Visual Literacy K-8
Visual Literacy Lessons
Visual Literacy: 21st Century Skills
Visual Literacy: Information Inquiry for Teachers
Visual Ranking Tool

In Project Management terminology: 
The Project
  • Building a Foundation for a Social Media Network.
Deliverable (is the noun):
  • Adding images to your posts
Tasks (is a verb):
  • Believe that images add value to your posts
  • Use google image search to look for images
  • Start to save images in a folder on your desk to add to entries
  • Collect images that promote your passion

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