Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Power of a Young Brain

My daughter has begun her new teaching post at a nearby secondary college, and I took care of her eight old (nearly nine) son overnight and today. He begins at his new school tomorrow. He had stubbed his foot badly last week, with a suspected broken toe or two, so needed to be kept mostly stationary for the day.

He asked me to give him some Photoshop lessons, so apart from a drawing session and a DVD movie "Son of the Mask", we spent a few hours playing on the laptop, and having great fun.

It has taken me thousands of hours of practice with a huge instruction book and virtually no assistance, to be able to get Photoshop up and 'boogying'. I can
easily do what I need to do now, although there are so many more skills that could be learned. As with many programs, there are different ways to attack a problem and still get results whichever way you choose. Photoshop is definitely one of those.

I have given a few lessons to friends over the years, and found it surprisingly difficult to get the most basic skills across. This young man's capacity to absorb so many details, and remember them, was absolutely amazing.

He's gone home to get the program put onto his computer, and he will show his grownups a thing or two. Good on him!

A terrific first effort

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
... Clay P. Bedford

3 comments:

zooms said...

Love the earings.

Bwca said...

I love der pudel dogs.
The only breed which comes in 5 colours and 3 sizes.
Having had one, I know it is impossible to photograph a black one.
God I miss her.

BlissHill said...

'Der pudels' are the best. Smart, beautiful, no hair shedding, great companions, protective, you name it.

Downside is hair management and they're killers! They'll hunt anything.