design, Technology

Adobe Education Exchange (Design Courses Continued)

First things first…Happy New Year!!!

I pray this year, 2020, will bring more prosperity than last year.

With that being said, in this post I would like to share with you a site that has a lot of resources involving EdTech (Education Technology). I use it for teaching purposes as well as a way to continue to enhance my digital skills. Adobe Education Exchange is a free professional development and resources site owned by Adobe, the leading design software company with well known softwares such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Adobe Education Exchange is similar to MOOC courses like EdX and Coursera but do not charge a fee. Upon completion of the course you will receive a digital badge and a certificate of completion via a pdf file.

I’ve taken quite a few courses and workshops and find this site at the top of my list when it comes to online learning. Most importantly because I use Adobe Creative Cloud software everyday its good to know I can go to their site and find these tutorials or go deeper and take a course.

Though Adobe Education Exchange is geared towards educators I feel their intro workshops and self-paced courses can benefit anyone who is looking to enhance their creative skills with Adobe.

Adobe Education Exchange can be found here.

Change, design, Technology

Online Web/Graphic Design and Development Courses

 

Though I went to school for Graphic Design and Multimedia Design, I always find myself searching the web for resources. Technology changes everyday and I have to make sure I’m on the up and up. I’ve paid for courses online as well as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). I’ve attended different graphic and web design workshops in the city (NYC) also.

Below I’ve listed great online and campus courses that I think are very resourceful. I will continue to post more companies once I check them out…

coursera

Coursera

http://www.coursera.com

Coursera was actually the first online MOOC that I’ve taken. It has come a long way from 2012. You can take a course with well known colleges and universities and receive a free certificate of completion or you can pay for a “Verified Certificate”. Coursera also offers specializations certificates which is a set of courses put together that you can purchase individually or together. Upon completion of all courses in the specialization subject you will receive a verified professional certificate.

edx-logo-header

Edx

http://www.edx.org

Edx works just like Coursera. They are also very big on interacting with other students who are taking  the same course as you. Since its debut, it has change a lot. While you can audit the courses for free, if you want to submit work and receive a verified certificate you will need to pay a fee.

udemy

Udemy

http://www.udemy.com

Udemy is another company where I take courses from. Most courses are paid courses but you can complete them at any time and still receive a certificate of completion. Udemy almost always have sales on the courses so be sure to sign up for any newsletters to catch the deals.

General Assembly

https://generalassemb.ly/

General Assembly offers training in design, marketing, coding and data. You can take a course by yourself or with your company. Courses are offered full time, part time and even as a one or two day workshop. Courses are offered online and on campus. Check out their website to find a location near you.

*Prices do vary starting from  free and up and can get expensive. 

Touro College

gst.touro.edu/

Touro College offers workshops every few months and you receive a certificate of completion. When I first started attending workshops at Touro they were free but as of late they have been charging a registration fee which is usually around $20. I’ve  attended workshops as an educator and designer and found all workshops at Touro to be really good and filled with a lot of resources.

 

 

feelings, Life, love, poetry, religion

Psalms 23

I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite Scriptures, Psalms 23. I know it’s a popular Psalm but while reading it in service one day I realized this is a very POWERFUL set of scriptures when broken down line by line. Whenever I get to verse 6 (“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of The Lord for ever”) I get a chill down my spine and I tear up a little.

So, below I posted Psalms 23 KJV. You can’t get any better than the WORD. 🙂

Psalms 23

1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

feelings, Life, Technology, Throwbacks

Go Go Gadget Brittany Part 2: “GoodBye To My First”

Pocket Pc, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone.

I have been using computer phones since they pretty much came out. Computer phones have always been my choice of “Tech Drug” since cell phones became popular. Back in 2002 with a Pocket PC, you could type papers, listen to music, surf the web and even mess with the system by customizing the wallpaper, ringtones, etc… Those were things you couldn’t do with the average phone back then. This was when Windows Phones were ahead of the game.

Fast forward ten years and I’m still a fan of Windows Phones. My latest Windows phone was the Nokia Lumia 710. I liked the live tiles that Windows Phone 7 offer and the instant updates of my friends and families on my wall from various social networks. But with the development of various operating systems dating back to about five years ago ( Andriod, iOS) Windows Phones started to become unpopular. Android phones are coming out left and right and the iPhone is in a league of its own. With that being said I’ve made one of the hardest decisions I could make as far as technology is concerned: I will not be buying a Windows 8 phone but instead I joined Team iPhone this past weekend (tears). It was definitely a tough decision.

The image above shows all of the Windows Phones I’ve owned spanning the past ten years. All the years i spent using this OS has not been in vain. Maybe down the line I will come back to it but I think its time to turn over a new leaf. But Windows Phone will always be my 1st love.

Change, feelings, Life, love

Anticipating

40 weeks…….10 (not 9) months of waiting. Anticipating the day I get to see your face….the day I get to hold you in my arms for the first time. From the moment I found out I was carrying you I knew you were a blessing. My little blessing……. I dont know how many more hours or days I have to wait until you finally make your debut, but just know that you have a big family thats ready to spoil you.  You have a mommy that can’t wait to teach you so many things: how to walk, talk, how to sing, reading, writing and most importantly about God 🙂

This is just a little note to let you know I’m waiting and ready…..just  take it easy on me though on your way out Miss Skylah Julisse lol  🙂

Love your Beautiful Mother