Works from an Aspiring Artist

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist,not of the sitter.”

― Oscar Wilde

Hi everyone : ) I’m back to blogging again. I know you don’t hear from me very often but been busy with work, Blake’s first birthday, and of course my playing with colors. I’ve never shared my art works before but here are some. Most of my subjects are women. And no, I don’t hate men. I just love the concept of women empowerment. so yes, you can call me feminist.

 

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Assessing Student Eportfolios: Focus on Standards Rubrics

Education with Technology Harry G. Tuttle

Avoid Non-Standards Based items in eportfolio rubric

I’ve been looking at various eportfolio assessment tools such as rubrics and checklists and I’ve been shocked by what I found. Many of these rubrics or scales include evaluating these non-standards items: “creativity”; “visually appealing”; “has variety”; and “links work”. Usually these non-standards items receive the same point value in the rubric as content. So if students have a beautiful, creative, varied, and well-linked eportfolio but has no valuable content about their standards-based learning, they can still score very high(80% or higher).

I believe that educators should assess an eportfolio using the national or state rubrics. For example, I would use the National Council of NCTM’s standards or the state math standards rubric as a basis for evaluating a math eportfolio. I would use the NCTE or the state’s English rubrics to assess an English eportfolio. If a school is measuring something for which there are not standards,then the school…

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Introducing: Rubrics

VLE News

We are releasing a new feature this week – rubrics for Blackboard assessment items. See the Guide.

In the Leeds VLE, you’ll be able to associate rubrics with assessments, discussion boards and some quiz question types.

Watch a Blackboard video on Grading with rubrics, download and test out some shared rubrics from the Blackboard website, or head over to the Help website to read the guide on using rubrics in your module. Remember: online help is available within the rubrics tool – just click the ‘More Help’ links.

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Learnist – a ‘Pinterest for Education’ – releases apps for iPhone, iPad

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Learnist, a Pinterest-like social learning platform from ed tech company Grockit, launched in May to let teachers and students of all kinds can create “learn boards” for everything from 8th grade English standards to data visualization to punk music.

On Thursday, the company is announcing that it is rolling out apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Over the past few months, the company said, tens of thousands of people have joined the site to check out about 20,000 user-created “learnings” – collections of web videos, blogs, images and other content sequenced to help people learn various topics and skills.

Among the users are a “small army of teachers,” said Grockit founder Farbood Nivi, who have created numerous resources to support K-12 students and teachers, including learn boards for every Common Core standard for grades 7-12 (the standards are part of a new education initiative to bring…

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Home Improvement – Great Decorating Tips

A lot of homeowners think that redecorating their home can be difficult and time consuming. This is not true, home decorating can be fun and exciting activity that you and your family will enjoy. All you need is just great imagination and creativity to transform your home into a uniquely designed place that you have been dreaming of. The good news is that you don’t have to be an artist or an interior design to achieve the design that you want, there are tons of home decorating magazines and TV shows that you can use as a guide. In this article, we will discuss home decorating tips that you can follow when you want to redesign your home.

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One great concept that you can follow when it comes to interior decoration is the use of glass materials. You can use glass cabinets like vitrine and place it in the corner of the room. You can also purchase glass tables for your kitchen. Vitrine can be filled with artwork items, wine glasses is also a good choice of display for this type of cabinet. You can achieve a contemporary look if you use glass materials.

Another great decorating idea you can use to improve your home is by using artificial plants and flowers. When it comes to choosing the design and color, it should match the entire design of your room. This is one of the easiest ways to bring more color to your house. You can place the artificial flowers and plants on your tables or in any corner of the room.

You can also use conventional decoration such as candle-holders, this elegant decoration is not only charismatic but it also provides warmth to your home. There are different designs you can choose in many home design stores. You can also choose wooden decors that you can place on your dinner table.

Light, when used effectively can be a good home decoration strategy as it can change the entire appearance and mood of your room. You can use dazzling lights if you want to make your place brighter. While dimmer lights used in certain areas of your house can make your room appear classier.

Use of frames is another good way to improve your home. Frames are not only used to protect artworks but it can also be used to add elegance and beauty to your home. You will only need to consider the design of any room you want to improve when buying frames; it should match the style and color of the room

Adding fragrance lamp to your home is a unique idea. Today, a lot of homeowners realized the benefits of using fragrance lamps in their home.  It doesn’t only add magnificence to any room but it also provides great benefits such as purifying the air that you breathe by eliminating bacteria and adding soft aroma which help you relax and feel comfortable.

 

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Must-Have Features for A Baby Car Seat

When you are buying a car seat for your baby, there are two things that you should look for– safety and comfort. One of the most important things that you will buy for your baby is the car seat. This is most especially true if you and your family are inclined to having requent travels every now and then. You will realize that almost all car seats will pass the government standards. However, it is best that you ensure that your car seat will give you more than that. With that in mind, here are some of the most amazing features that your baby car seat should have:

–  Reclining feature

If you have a newborn, then a reclining feature is what you need the most. When you travela round with a newborn, one thing that you should ensure include avoiding their head from rollinf around. This is because this might leat to a damaged neck. A lot of parents would create a makeshift solution for this—towels and blankets under the head. However, a reclining seat is the best solution for this. With this option, you are given the option to recline the seat at an angle that would provide the ample support for your child’s head.

–  Impact Head protection

These days, a lot of car companies have decided to build extra padding in order to provide added protection to the child’s head. When looking for a baby seat, one thing you should ensure is the fact that the child’s head will have an adequate support and protection. This can be done by reinforcing the plastic with the addition of cushioning for your baby’s head.

–  Five Point Harness

This is one of the best things a car seat may ever have. Among all the different types of harness out there, the five point harness is by far, considered the safest of them all. This helps to keep the child on their seat for a long period of time. In the event that you have encountered an accident, this five point harness will be able to keep the baby safely tucked into the car seat as opposed to being ejected or falling out.

– Latching option

This is most commonly seen in the newer car seats. With the latch option, you can be able to latch the entire car seat into the car as opposed to having to belt the seat with the use of a seatbelt. These seats are the safest however parents should ensure that the seat is fully latched into the car before they start the trip.

–  Rear facing car Seats

This is great for newborn. With a rear facing car seat, you can protect your child from different dangers such as whiplash.

Ensure that your car seat has all these features for a safe ride with your baby!

 

Gatsby Inspired Hair and Make Up

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Hi everyone 🙂 Tonight, someone asked me on how to do a Gatsby Inspired Hair and Make Up. I don’t know how to take videos while I am doing my make-up yet but I am hopeful! someday I will eventually be able to do it (I’ve been meaning to do it hehe). I don’t have videos so please bare with me with my step by step instruction.

Make Up

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1. For the eyes, If you will watch the movie Great Gatsby, most of the eye shadows they use are dark. I decided to use silver and black eye shadow.

– Using a brown eye liner, create a line over the crease of your eyes. Smudge it to refine the line.

– Apply black eyeshadow over the crease extending to the outer corners of your eyes but leave the inner corner.

– Apply silver eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eyes.

– Blend the edges of the silver and black liner to make it look natural.

– Apply highlighter or white eye shadow over your brow bones.

– Apply white eye shadow on your water line (if you have Asian eyes like mine) and below it, apply black eye liner. I refrain from using black eye liner for my lower eye lids because it will make my eyes smaller. White eye liner will make my eyes look bigger.

2. Lips

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Since we have too much colors going on our eyes, you can choose a nude lip color but if you really want to look like the women from the Great Gatsby film, then choose darker colors like violet, chocolate, dark red lipstick.

Hair

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I curled the top of portion of my hair only and braided the lower parts and created a rolled bun out of it. The idea is to tuck it in so you will look like you have shorter hair. I got a black lace and wrapped it around my hair. I also found a feather earring and placed it at the side of my head. Hair ornaments during that time are usually feathers, gems, and headbands.

Outfit

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I don’t have any gown so I decided to wear a black top and a black mullet skirt. I found a feathery gloves (hahaha it doesn’t have a pair, for picture taking’s sake, I tried to cover my other hand).

That’s it 🙂 I hope you like it and I promise that next time I will have a video tutorial.

xoxo

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