Styling tips: The basics

JDM equipped

EG6, Type one

Modified cars can be seen on the road on a daily bases. This is because some car owners have the desire to make modifications to their beloved vehicle. Some do it for performance gains, some do it for a more customized look or both. But with the present economy and gasoline price, some car enthusiasts may have to save and spend on living necessities rather than blowing money on car tuning. I know some of us may have this crave of doing something to the car. The wanting to make modifications, changing this and that. It’s always in the head, just not quite enough cash in the wallet to do it all at once. Remember that it’s more important to spend your money on the necessary stuff first. If any essential or mechanical part of your car needs to be replaced or fixed then do those first and you can…

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Using Skitch in teaching.

I can't count the number of ways you could use Skitch in teaching!

Skitch is part of the Evernote family, which I'm sure you've gathered by now I'm pretty fond of (being a Yorkshire man, have I told you it's free?). Its a cool app that you can use for, annotating images like this.

It's recently been updated for the iPad so it now includes capturing web pages and being able to annotate them along with annotating normal photos, drawing on maps or just a blank canvas for sketching.

Now if you don't have an iPad you can get the software on most platforms ( and it's still free) there is a windows desktop download along with iOS. Unfortunately my iPad is only on loan so it will have to be returned eventually.

Anyway what about using it in teaching? Add pictures to your moodle page that have been annotated to give the students information, for example the size of nuts or bolts to help them to pick the right spanner first time or get organised for doing a job.

Take a picture of Health and Safety issues that you notice to make them aware of later on in class, making sure there is no risk at the time. (clarify)



Descriptive writing for Motor Vehicle students.

What! yes that’s right. Get your motor vehicle students doing a bit of descriptive writing to show their understanding of a system in a vehicle.  How about what it would be like to be a molecule of fuel travelling from the fuel filler at the back of the car through the tank and fuel pump then onto the engine and injectors. Give it a try and you might be surprised by the results. This can be applied to other areas too how about a paint molecule travelling through a spray gun and onto the car to be baked in the oven, or oil travelling around the engine, or being an electron in an electrical circuit. Students can give a fantastic description of what is going on and they can be quite amusing too. Try it soon you won’t be disappointed.