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Lesson Plans


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Sally L Shumard (sshumard)
Sun, 8 Feb 98 22:48:41 EST

This message is for Delia, who wrote and asked about PhotoShop...

I teach in more than one computer lab and have run into all kinds of
problems with different machines, programs, peripherals-- you name a
malfunction and it has happened in one of my classes. Irecommend that
you bite the bullet and invest in the RAM. Sixteen megs of Ram is so much
less expensive-- I remember ordering it for $577 in 1996. It is worth it
though, not to have to fuss over every student being stumped with "primary
scratch disk full" messages (if you are running PhotoShop.)

I used to teach with this great program called TypeStyler which was
distributed by Broderbund, and then I could not find it to purchase a
few years ago. Ken Stillman (the creator of TypeStyler) has a beta
version available to download for free from a website. It doesn't have
all of the bells and whistles that the $125 version has, but it's
great for kids (and adults) to use as an introduction to using
computers for simple text-design projects. Very easy to use and the FILES
ARE SMALL so they can get a lot on their disks. We use it in the
begining of the semester when everyone is still unsure of themselves,
and before they know it, they are exporting their designs and
importing them into Quark. I think many of the students will buy this
for their own artrooms when they begin to teach.

The site is

It's something to work with for awhile before you work out your
PhotoShop/Painter dilemma.