Long time - no post.
As you may or may not know, I teach seventh and eighth grad CIT. My class is essentially charged with the mission of providing a transition point between the Elementary "Computer" classes and the High School's Business, Technology, & Graphic Arts departments. A lot of students want to do things with computers for a career, but most are confused when they see the HS course selection guide for the first time and see no category for computer classes. They're really floored when they see that "Technology" means "Shop"
Anyway, needles to say, my favorite part of my curriculum is the Introduction to Design, which introduces:
- Graphic Design - Art Department
- Photography / Photoshop - Technology Department
- Web Design & Publishing - Business Department
I'm always looking for new resources with which to challenge & inspire these kids. Most of these make use of the Adobe Creative Suite. If you don't have access to these applications there are open source alternatives (listed below).