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  • Ship2 Welcome to Technology 
    & Yearbook Classes!
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    Click the links below to learn more about me and my classes this year. 

    (Haga clic en los enlaces abajo para aprender más sobre mí y mis clases de este año.)

    For ordering a yearbook online, use the link below.
    (Para ordenar un anuario en línea , utilice el siguiente enlace.)

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  • If you have any questions, comments, concerns, ideas, hopes, dreams, fears, or ruminations about Tech or Yearbook, feel free to contact me via email at aparker@sonomaschools.org, by phone at (707) 935-6020, or in person here in room A1.


    Si usted tiene cualquier pregunta, comentarios, inquietudes, ideas, esperanzas, sueños, temores o cavilaciones sobre tecnología o Libro Anuario, no dudes de contactarme vía correo electrónico a aparker@sonomaschools.org
    , por teléfono al (707) 935-6020, o en persona aquí en la sala A1.
  • Class Schedule

    Here is my schedule of classes for 2016-17… (Aquí está mi horario de clases para 2016-17...) 

     

    A Period 1  Tech
    A  Period 3  Prep
    A  Period 5  Yearbook 
    B  Period 2  Tech
    B  Period 4  Tech 
    B  Period 6  Tech 

     
  • What We're Using

    School Equipment:

    The students in our classes will all be using Apple iMac computers running on Mac OS X. They will be using programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Word, and Apple’s GarageBand and iMovie. They will also be using Google’s online suite of software (Google Docs, Forms, Drawings, Sheets, etc.). 

    At home:

    While students are not expected to do any work at home for this class, those with Internet access can always use the browser-based Google programs mentioned above for word processing, spreadsheets, and basic drawing.

    For those wishing to pursue photo-editing at home or beyond their stay in the classroom, Adobe’s creative software can sometimes be on the pricey side. For those with Macintosh systems, a more affordable alternative that I like to use is Pixelmator

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator doesn’t have quite all of Photoshop’s bells and whistles, but it does many of the fundamentals and is really quite intuitive for students who have already used Photoshop. 

    There are also many other photo-editing options available on a variety of platforms (including tablets). Here is a list that might be helpful if you’re searching for a good photo editor: The 9 Best Alternatives to Photoshop.

  • About Mr. Parker

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    A little about Mr. Parker and his Tech/Yearbook classes… (Un poco acerca de Mr. Parker y sus clases de Tech/Yearbook…) 

    01010011 01100001 01101100 01110101 01110100 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 01110011 00101100  00100000 01100101 01110110 01100101 01110010 01111001  01101111 01101110 01100101 00100001  Or rather "Salutations, everyone!" For those of you who do not read binary. My name is Aron Parker, and I am the Yearbook and Technology teacher at Altima Middle School. This will be my second full term at Altimira, though I have served the Tech / Yearbook teacher for the latter part of the previous school year. Before that, I served as a K-12 substitute teacher with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District and with a number of districts in Los Angeles County (which totally like explains my bodacious SoCal accent, dude). We will be exploring a number of technologies this year, practicing skills ranging from word processing to image editing to coding to movie editing. We will also be reviewing aspects of Internet Safety, learning the elements of Net Etiquette, and investigating the rules of how to be good Net Citizens (or "Netizens"). I believe that technology can be used to make the world a better place. We live in an era of unrivaled innovation, where everyday, people are developing new tools to help us better understand our planet and our universe. And over the course of a generation, the Internet has made it possible to communicate easily with people around the world; To seek out educational opportunities that would have been previously restricted to a select few; To virtually express ourselves and seek out pathways to become who we would ideally like to become; To boldly go where no one has gone before! In summary, our goal in technology for the year-and for life, really-is simple: To learn to use technology for good, and not evil. That way we can set a good example for the robots once they're ready to take over the world. (And maybe we can leave them a few fun yearbooks to read too!)