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Personal Learning Statement 2: Reflection

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga No Comments


Since my previous statement I have finally been able to complete one of my two prescribed Teaching Practicums. This was an interesting experience not least because I had the opportunity to flex my teaching muscle in front of several classes of unwitting (actual) high school students, but all the theory covered during countless lectures and tutorials was finally tested.

Despite the predictions regarding the uptake of digital devices by the younger generation, outlined in the NMC Horizon Report, I was met with something quite different. Located in the North Western outskirts of Sydney, amongst both rural farming land and the suburban sprawl, I found a majority of the students at my prac school either not interested, or lacking in digital technology. Despite some encouragement on my part, I found that very few of the students were really interested in engaging in online learning. ... Read More

DLDG week 1

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga No Comments


In this weeks DLDG post I will be comparing two annual predictions in E-Learning trends found on ELearn magazines annual predictions for the years 2003 and 2011.... Read More

What is a PLN?

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga No Comments


During my time as a freelancer I was occasionally called up to work at random locations with companies I had never heard of and often on software I wasn't yet familiar with. This is all too often the way freelance work plays out, especially during your the early days as you're learning the ropes and discovering ways of dealing with new challenges, some days I would get calls from agencies who may have exhausted their current stock of candidates and need someone to solve a problem quickly. Sometimes you're just the first freelancer capable of thinking laterally when solving a problem and flexible enough to think outside the defined category of work most clients or agencies have you pinned for.

It would be a mistake to say I bluffed my way through these jobs, part of being a capable freelancer is acknowledging your own strengths and limitations and building on your knowledge and networks in order to best prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. Though I didn't know it then, this is where my own Professional Learning Network (or PLN) came into play, there really is no limit to where you're learning comes from, what matters is that you can find ways to encourage personal growth that includes the aptitude for both deep and shallow learning. ... Read More

Personal Learning Statement 1

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 1 Comment


As part of my DLDG (Designing Learning for a Digital Generation) subject, I am required to create an online personal learning space, where assessment tasks and reflections can be posted. After carefully considering the advice about establishing (yet) another online blogspace for just one subject I have decided that this blog was the most appropriate forum for such posts, after all as a portfolio site it reflects where I'm at, and right now that means full time study. I'm already familiar with Google blogger and have already established a free wordpress blog for group work in this subject.

Ultimately I'm at the beginning of a journey in becoming an effective and relevant secondary teacher capable of providing quality visual arts education in a digital age. Prior to furthering my studies I worked in the field of Graphic/Web Design, and fancied myself as a bit of a traditional Painter, but you'll find more about all of that on my about page and by looking through some samples of my work on the portfolio page.... Read More

Book review: Just my Type

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 1 Comment


After noticing this on the shelves of many bookstores over the years, I'd had it mentally earmarked to read for some time. Just my Type by Simon Garfield is light hearted and easy to follow book about fonts. Even if you arrive here armed with nothing more than an appreciation for the written word and no typographic background, this book is bound to spark in you a new reverence for typography and have you looking at street signs and bill posters in a new light. This is not a book about type designs but the stories that led to the creation of some of the worlds most loved and loathed type faces, typography's history is rich in folk lore and tales of old.... Read More

Art History Timeline

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 1 Comment


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Brave new world of online education

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 4 Comments


Now that I've gone back to study at Uni again, I've become even more aware about the ways in which we learn, as part of my education to become a teacher I've been discovering the wonders of learning and the things that motivate us to continue. In one of the subjects in my course Designing Learning for Digital Generation we are expected to explore the digital landscape, with particular reference to ICT - Information Communication Technology (ultimately referring to mobile and tablet devices).

After some snooping around, It has also become more evident that there are a multitude of available resources online if you wish to teach yourself new skills or learn something useful. Apple, Google and many other online companies are all jumping on the bandwagon in order to offer their unique take on education whilst promoting their own version of digital pedagogy. The classroom of the future appears to be digital, classrooms are being offered in the cloud, where lectures are attended virtually and physical location is becoming irrelevant.

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New year, new direction

Posted on: March 30th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 1 Comment


Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember, my earliest memories are of painting on a kids easel in our Five Dock backyard at my mothers feet while she hung up the washing. Thankfully I would have been too short to start painting the white sheets above my head, as she hung them out to dry.

I think I've always associated being artistic with being happy, and as a young boy, the successes I achieved in art class did a lot to make me feel accepted in school, as I wasn't very good at the other subjects. My memory of primary school art classes is patchy, I don't believe we had a regular Art class in our timetable, though in year 5 I was fortunate to have won a school held painting competition, which meant I was accepted into private art tuition.... Read More

Creating your first EDM or HTML Email

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga 1 Comment


Have you ever wondered how to create an HTML email? As a Designer, have you ever had a client ask how best to impliment an email marketing campaign which makes use of their visual branding, or... are you just plain curious?

Welcome to the world of EDM - Electronic Direct/Digital Mail. A marketers best friend and if designed and managed well, can prove a great skill for any web designer to be able to master. Anyone who's got an email account these days knows what an EDM look like, they often come as a personalized email, including your name or email address in the greeting, and often surrounded by graphic images and a reasonably well thought through layout.

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Free Quality Fonts

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by Alexander Stanuga No Comments


It is important to take an interest in typography, as Designers, we communicate a clients ideas and aspirations through the use of words and images, either by creating those images through with photography, then carefully crafting them in software, or through generating icons and logos. Still we are often required to use text to accompany images or to be set independently in a way to communicate a message.

Fonts (or 'founts' for the puritans out there) are the form that have the power to express those words into meaning, and through the expressive hands of typographers we have seen much change through the ages. Where once only type foundries or a Printing Press could afford a fair selection of fonts, today they are virtually everywhere, and whats more... everyone's an expert. There has never been a better time to explore creating your own letterforms, and with digital font creation tools available and affordable, everyone appears to be having a go.... Read More