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Applying Kanban to Project Management

Applying Kanban to Project Management

by Patrick Villanueva, Technology Instructor and Media Lab Assistant  
5/3/21  To help organize current projects and tasks, I wanted to use a Kanban application. It helps me get into a good workflow, and I was happy to see it applied to Microsoft Planner. Here at t...

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Get Smart with Squarespace

Get Smart with Squarespace

By Kristin Ashley Technology Instructor and Media Lab Assistant Squarespace is an easy-to-use web design program that provides templates, tools and other features for a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) design experience. Developed in 2003, Squarespace has become one of the more popular...

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Organizing Your Photos

Organizing Your Photos

By Kristin Ashley Media Lab Assistant & Technology Instructor Like many of you, I have shoe boxes and flash drives and hard drives filled with my photos. I am also a nature photographer, and I take a lot of family and friends-type of photos. So, as you can imagine, that is a lot of photos!...

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Lumpia: The Party Appetizer Favorite

by Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor 
12/12/2020 For the holiday season, I'm going to do something a little different. Today, I'd like to share a Filipino dish that is one of our most popular. Lumpia, pronounced "loom-pia," is basically our eggroll ...

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Great Tech Gift Ideas

By Kristin Ashley
Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor We wish you a Merry Holiday Season! Even though we are all sheltering at home, we can still celebrate the holidays with thoughtful tech gifts that will surely earn you a virtual hug. To assist you in your shopping, I chose a v...

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Reference Code to Solve Problems

Reference Code to Solve Problems

by Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor
November 13, 2020 Steve Jobs once said, "Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think." He didn't quite elaborate on that, but I wanted to explore it a bit further....

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Graphic Design and Font Fundamentals

By Kristin Ashley Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor Hi, I’m Kristin Ashley and I’m one of the Technology Instructors at the Lake Forest Library Media Lab. I’m also a graphic designer, fine artist and photographer. Even if you are not a graphic designer, at some point many of us...

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Overview of Lynda.com

An Overview of Lynda.com

by Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant and Technology Instructor  10/7/2020 Lynda.com is an online resource to learn creative and workplace skills. According to the website:   "Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, softwa...

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Nature Photo Basics (owl in tree)

Nature Photo Basics

By Kristin Ashley
Media Lab Assistant I find that nature photography can be a rewarding and pleasant pursuit. You get to spend time in nature, which is always restorative, and your subject matter may include landscapes, wildlife, plants, trees and flowers all taken in different seasons and...

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Intro to Live Streaming

Intro to Live Streaming

by Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant  Real-time services are all the rage these days and have taken off during the quarantine. With the world turned upside down and everyone stuck at home, it's only pushed us to rely on technology and the internet more than ever before. ...

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Making a Card in Shutterfly

Making a Card in Shutterfly

Making a Card in Shutterfly   By Kristin Ashley Media Lab Assistant If you are like me, you have a number of card-giving occasions throughout the year including birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and weddings. I find it is a hassle to stop by the store for just one card, especially ...

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Theater's Approach to Decision Making

Theater's Approach to Decision Making

By Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant The GOTE Technique is a practice from Theater and is a strong complement to Design Thinking. When used practically, it can help with a more focused process.  How Theater is Practical  While taking some business classes many years ago, it ...

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Making a Creative Collage in Pixlr

Making a Creative Collage in Pixlr

July 27, 2020 By Kristin Ashley
Media Lab Assistant  As a creative person, I’ve been enjoying using the Pixlr app for a few years now. I use it for editing and customizing my images, but my favorite thing to do with this app is to get creativ...

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Applied Design Thinking

Applied Design Thinking

By Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant  From experience, you could say I know a thing or two about the whole creative process. That is another way to describe design thinking.   Design thinking is more than something art-related, and that's important to understand. It's a un...

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