Kiara, Western Australia
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Angela Bartels is a Level 3 classroom teacher at Lockridge Senior High School in Kiara, Western Australia. She teaches primarily business management and enterprise, applied information technology, and economics in years 8 through 12.
She helps students focus in years 8 through 10 on Adobe creative software, particularly Adobe® Fireworks®, Photoshop®, and Dreamweaver®. The skills her students gain in these classes form the basis of production work for years 11 and 12.
Bartels introduces Fireworks in year 8 for simple text and logo manipulation. Once the students learn Fireworks, their skills are transferable to Photoshop and other applications in Adobe Creative Suite® thanks to its integrated interface. Bartels then requires students to combine two or more animals in Photoshop using selection tools and other techniques, and then has them create new names for their hybrid animals and show off their work in a slide show.
Her year 9 students begin to build websites. One of their first tasks is to complete a portfolio website to house all of their work. In years 11 and 12 the students build on the skills learned earlier. They apply technology in curricular contexts, such as in the business course where a strong marketing focus requires students to create print advertisements in Photoshop or shoot short commercials using Adobe Premiere® Pro.