Before steam there was…email?

I visited two great schools last week in our rural area – Howard Springs and Girraween Primary school. My purpose for the visits was simply Service Improvement. Those who are the recipients or deliverers of service know that there is…

Home Automation – first step – Go to Bunnings

With all the hype around home automation, flying cars and robots greeting you in restaurants, I thought I would resist the urge, but then one day I went to Bunnings, that ultimate man-cave where many a dad and husband can…

Upgrading my TAE qualification

First mistake… Don’t use unexplained acronyms! But I admit I did it on purpose as will be explained. Although search engines help and actually guide people to pages like this… but only if they are familiar with the subject. In…

Routers, Cyberattacks and a horrible surprise

I read the article about “What you can do to protect your home internet” in The Age and thought maybe I should update the firmware on my foreign branded modem with a large Internet Service Provider in Australia. It is…

Spark Tools by Adobe now more Education Friendly!

Adobe Spark is a set of tools every teacher and student should be aware of. They are free and fun to use. Now they are even easier to use in a school environment because Adobe has integrated them into the…

PowerPoint as an image editor

Although Photoshop and illustrator are typically the graphics tool of choice, never underestimate the power of PowerPoint. Many schools in Australia have signed up to use the Adobe Creative Cloud, but for those who haven’t there is a very strong…

Adobe Max – View all the workshops, keynotes and more online!

I would have loved to go to San Diego and be among the 10,000 creative people at the Adobe Max conference. What is sensational is that I could watch the keynote live (okay it was 3am in the morning for…

Back to building iOS apps – the good, the bad and the frustrating

About three years ago I tried my hand at not only building an iPhone app, but publishing it in the store. It was free and didn’t have any in-app purchases or advertisements. For the pleasure of building an app and…

Automatically creating graphic files from photoshop layers

When you create apps for various sized mobile phones and tablets, there is a requirement to create icons and splash screens of different sizes – Sometimes up to 20. The sizes are very important and need to be accurate.…

Hour of Code December 2016 – Let’s run an event!

I received this in my email and thoroughly support its intent. One question I had was “When is the hour of code” – thinking it was a little like “Earth Hour” with specific date. I include the detail and encourage…

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