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Performing Arts Show

// November 3rd, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Events

Saturday 7th November

Saturday 7th November

FILM CLUB

// August 6th, 2010 // No Comments » // Events, Media

Attention all film and media mad Newmanite Students.

A new ‘Film Club’ is starting on Wednesday 11th of August at 2.45pm in the media rooms at NSHS. Come join us. Print out the attached permission slip and return it to Mr Lewis at the High School.

Alex – Awesome!

// December 28th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Media

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Top 3 Sites For Finding Sweet Photoshop Tutorials

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // Design, Featured

Photoshop is fun. I never took any real classes in it, but it didn’t stop me from making art with it.  If I wanna learn something new though, it means I have to look else where to find tutorials on how to use it.  Here’s 3 places I found for finding sweet tutorials online.  Note: This blog really needs another category for putting these tutorials in:)

  1. Photoshop Tutorials
    Duh.  Sounds like what it is.  I like their alien one.  Heaps creepy.  But they have other good stuff too.
  2. Photoshop Star
    this site is really easy to understand.  I dig it for nice fat images to illustrate each post.
  3. PSD Tuts
    I already wrote about this in another post, but I had to put it here again.  they just got such good stuff!  have you seen their ivy green article tutorial?  They charge for access to some of their posts, but here’s all the freebies :)

How to Add and Delete Categories On This Blog

// November 26th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // How To Use This Blog

If ever you want to add a new category to the blog – like say you want to create a whole new series of say ‘Student Reporter’ posts – here’s how.

How To Add Links (Using a Widget) To Your Sidebar

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

The links widget displays any or selective links added via the Links menu to the sidebar of your blog.

How To Bulk Edit Posts

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

Quick Edit and Bulk Edit are two features that will make it easier for you to quickly make changes to single posts or a whole bunch at once.

This short video shows you how.

14 Types of Stories You Can Tell On Your Blog

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

I came across this great post on Problogger.com.  In it, Darren Rowse goes over 14 types of stories you can tell on your blog.  What kinds of stories might you have?

  1. Personal Discovery Stories – tell how you discovered a lesson. These stories show your readers how similar you are to them and also might give some practical advice on how they might learn from your experience.
  2. Stories as Analogies and Illustrations – tell a story that on the surface has nothing to do with your topic but which illustrates a principle that is relevant.
  3. Success Stories – tell how you achieved something. These stories can be inspirational and motivating for your readers.
  4. Failure Stories – I find that these stories are incredibly powerful – particularly if you are able to show some lessons learnt through a failure.
  5. Tell Someone Else’s Story – sharing the journey of someone else and how/what they learned can be effective
  6. How I did it Stories – these practical stories can be effective because they talk your readers through a process in a relatable way
  7. Biographies – pick a key person in your niche and tell your readers that person’s story – pulling out useful parts that can be applied and used to enhance your readers lives.
  8. Autobiographies – tell your own story from start to finish. I’ve done this a couple of times (example) and find readers really respond well to it. It can also be something to link to from your About Page for further reading.
  9. Picture Stories – using images or video can be another great way of communicating a story because it engages the senses in a way that text can’t (similarly – audio posts/podcasts can do this too).
  10. Case Studies – quite often pulling apart someone else’s experience in a case study can be a powerful way to connect with readers. Similarly you can use your own story, or the story of a project, brand or company that you had something to do with can be useful.

It’s not always nice to copy all of someone’s awesome post into your own blog, so I’ve only linked to the first 10 types in this post. If you’d like to read the rest, check out the orginal post here.

How To Add Categories and Tags To Your Posts

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

Categories help sort posts on a blog.  In the context of this blog, lots of different studetns from differnt classes will be adding things.

  • Categories are used for grouping kinds of posts together.
  • Tags are used for describing individual posts.

Here’s a video on how to Categorize and Tag your posts.

How To Write and Publish A New Post

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

If you’re not sure how yet, here’s how to add a Post into this blog.

How To Put Media into Your Posts

// November 26th, 2009 // No Comments » // How To Use This Blog

When you want to put media in your posts, you have two options:

  1. Upload your media to this blog’s Media Library and insert it into a post
  2. Upload your media All Around You.net, grab the URL/code and paste it into your post.

Option 1 is easier, but you can only upload images up to 500kb in size.

Option 2 has more steps, but works well if you have larger pieces of media.

In both cases, you’ll need to click one of the ‘Add media:’ buttons found on your Post editing form.

Here’s a short video that goes over adding images to your posts.  Note: not all features mentioned in the video are available on this blog.



Not sure how to grab the URL of an image?  Here’s how:

1) Simply right click on the photo.
2) Choose “Properties”

3) Then Highlight the Address(URL)

4) Copy it by hitting CTRL+C
5) Hit “Cancel” on the “Properties” window
6) Now Paste the url in your post by hitting CTRL+V

Then you get this…