Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Advice From Dr Seuss

I remember as a child reading books by Dr Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham.

But until recently I really didn't get the bigger picture. The hidden meaning that exists behind the books of Dr Seuss.

The Sneetches. Oh, The Places You Will Go.

There is so much more to Dr Seuss' work than meets the eye.

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A couple of years ago I travelled to the United States of America and visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. And I fell in love with Seuss Landing. I know that I do have a soft spot for gift shops, but walking around and reading about Dr Seuss, and picking up a book with information and some of his stories, I began a journey with the work of Dr Seuss.

Looking at Pinterest, I can see how popular the work of Dr Seuss is in classrooms across the USA.

I teach in a high school setting. I work with students aged 12 to 18. But Dr Seuss isn't just for primary students. The messages translate. I have used The Sneetches with students to look at analysing perspectives and will be using it next term as we discuss Refugees and Asylum Seekers. I have used his quotes to engage students with Reading. And I have used Oh, The Places You Will Go to look at goal setting and ambition.

This past term in my classroom I have had a display up about why it's important to read. You can find the resources for this in this post. This term, I wanted to try something different.

So this term, we're going to have the "Advice from Dr Seuss" display.

The quotes have been pulled from a range of sources. There are some that have been attributed to Dr Seuss. Some quotes are contested but there is no real clarity around them, and the majority of sources establish that they are by Dr Seuss. I believe that these quotes can provide some guidance to students, to help them to think about themselves and others. A little reminder in the room every lesson; something for them to have a look at.

I have created the materials for this display using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio. Once the display is up in my room I will share the photos with you.

The banner has been made using the Build a Banner Simply Created - 1 punch, circle punch and the font Doctor Soos Bold. The colours have been created using an image from Seussville in Adobe Kuler to come up with the specific colour scheme - close to Cat in the Hat...

The quotes have been created using DSP Day in the Life 1 - 12. The font is Doctor Soos Light. The square punch has been used as well.

I have used Photovisi to create the collage of the posters.

You can download the posters from my Dropbox.

I am very conscious of the copyright around Dr Seuss's work and have worked to ensure that all the quotes contained in this post have been created from sources available at a number of sites online.
Monday, 7 July 2014

July Wallpaper

This month's wallpaper is based on the words of Dr Seuss. More from Dr Seuss to come this month.

This wallpaper has been created in Stampin Up's My Digital Studios using the scalloped edge punch and Build a Banner punch 1. The stamp used is Beautiful Today - large stripes. The font is Doctor Soos Bold/Light.

UPDATE: This post was updated with changes to the wallpaper on Monday 7 July with to address issues with the size of the banner.

Organising Your Pinterest Boards

Today, my Mum came to me asking about how she could get her 151 Pinterest boards into some order. She was finding it difficult to locate boards directly from her pins from "Your Profile & Pins" page.

I sat for quite some time on my computer moving the boards into an alphabetical order that suited her. As I was doing this, I remembered a post recently published on the Canva blog. It discussed how to use the Canva tools to create eye-catching images for your blog that would work well on Pinterest and attract attention.

This is something that has been floating around in the back of mind but that I haven't had time to work on. But today as I worked through Mum's pins I realised that a similar idea may work for the board cover images; that they could be clearer and easier to discover when looking at all the images.

So this is where I started. It's not something I've seen when looking at anyone else's Pinterest boards, although I'm sure that somewhere someone has already done it. I've kept the colours and design similar to what you would already be able to see on my blog.

To make the images the board covers you need to follow the steps outlined below. You will need to follow these steps on a PC or Mac, not an iPad (unless someone knows a way to do it on the App?)

STEP 1: Click on the red cross in the top right corner and select 'Upload a Pin'.

STEP 2: You will be asked to select an image from your computer.

STEP 3: Choose the image that you want to use from your computer.

STEP 4: Let the image load to 100%.

STEP 5: Pin the image to the board that it will be the cover image for.

STEP 6: You must write a description for the pin - I have just used Cover Image so that others are aware that it is just a photo used for this purpose.

STEP 7: Choose the board that you have just pinned the image to. Select "Change Cover".

STEP 8: The last image you pinned will come up as the option for the cover photo. Move it around until it is suitable and select SAVE NOW.

And we're left with...

I think this makes my boards not only stand out, but they're much easier to navigate on any of my devices.

I created the images in Stampin Up's My Digital Studios. I used the postcard template 3.5 x 4.87 and focused on utilising an embellishment in the middle so that the area that would be seen as the board cover would fit. I used embellishment Back to School - blackboard with DSP Watercolour Wonder - 3. The font used is Sketchnote Square purchased with a commercial licence.

You can use a range of graphic design options to create your images. You might want to also look at Canva.

UPDATE: I strongly recommend using Safari to organise your boards as other browsers didn't save as effectively.