Wednesday, 31 March 2010

April Fool's Gimp Tutorial

I made a mean Gimp Tutorial in the spirit of it being April Fool's Day. If you came here looking for the Beautify script I apologize for your wasted time, but it does not exist. Also, if you see it early, again I'm sorry - all to do with the timing I'm afraid!

But before you unsubscribe from my channel, stay tuned until next week when I will reveal how the prank was done.


Love from Jackson

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Your Pupils Need You!

This is a call to action, albeit a small one, to all Victorian teachers worth their salt...

There is an excellent new website out here on the internets that is quietly being awesome while very few notice it. It has the potential to be a very important resource for VCE students (and who knows who else once the National Curriculum takes off) but right now it has a small user base.

What is this wonderful site? Merspi.

Merspi is a site that allows for VCE students to ask questions and they are in turn answered by the Merspi community. It is a simple yet beautiful idea, representing all that is great about Web 2.0. Merspi is run by a community of dedicated users, made up of current and past VCE students, parents, tutors and teachers. It promotes a strong editing culture and is well moderated by the community to ensure the most accurate answers are the ones you see first.

Furthermore, it is free to use and does not even require registration. Registration is possible for those that wish to become a more settled member of the community and the registration process is a breeze, since you can sign up using OpenId or simply by following the simple sign-up process on the site itself. There is nothing wrong with this site at all!

Except that it's user base is currently small.

So small at the moment that it is in danger of not living up to its great potential. That's why it is up to you, dedicated teachers of VCE subjects, to give Merspi a little plug amongst your students.

So What Can You Do?

  • You could simply mention it in class as a potentially useful tool.

  • You could print out a few flyers and leave them in the computer labs and library.

  • You could mention it in your school newsletter.

  • You could even sign up and start answering questions yourself!

Please help this very good website to grow in any way you can.

Think of the children! Won't somebody please think of the children?