Welcome Fellow Educators!!!!

Let’s face it. None of us have the time to do half of what we want to do. We all appreciate good lessons, free resources, and a little inspiration or insight from other teachers. Well, this is my way of paying it forward! Lots of teachers have found the site useful, and if you are one of those, you can leave a comment at the bottom of this page!

Can You Use This Site In Your Own Classroom?

YES! Please do! All I ask is that you please  leave a comment below and let me know how you found the site and/or what you find most useful. I’m a busy teacher and single dad, too! If I can tell what people are interested in, I can better focus my attention on getting the right kind of information and resources out there. It’s also just cool to know where you’re from and how the site is helping you. I only ask that you do not copy and download the files and redistribute them without asking. Let me see the traffic so I can again gauge what people are using and focus my attention in the right places.

How Do You Make Your Own???

Easy! Check out the info here. Make sure you’ve got all the goods and then just sit down and record a lesson. Don’t be perfectionistic. Don’t try to exclude your personality- leave the goofy jokes in. They’re not imperfections, they’re the charm.

What’s here for you?

Well, if you’re a Tech Ed or Business Ed teacher, there’s a bunch.

  1. FREE VIDEO TUTORIALS- Can’t afford Lynda.com? Want tutorials more geared for students and certification for the Adobe Certified Associate exams? Check out our tutorials!!!! We have a HUGE collection of video tutorials for training on the adobe products. More coming soon!!! And be sure to check out the tutorials at the amazing site of Mike Skocko at Valhalla High- the Maclab site is the inspiration and motivation for brainbuffet! Mike also shares an excellent collection of tutorials! (be sure to check out the new CS5 tutorials, too!)
  2. EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK– Not happy with the student work in your lab? Need some creative inspiration for students so they raise the bar? Check out our galleries of student work! Want more? Check out the Maclab , DATA, and Bellarmine galleries, too!
  3. COOPERATIVE SHARING OF WEB RESOURCES– Need links?? Check out and PLEASE JOIN THE DIIGO GROUP!!! It’s a great way we can all share amazing resources we find online. Simply join Diigo, then  Join the Design Ed group, and then when you add your sites to the list, share it with the design.ed group!   The diigo group is a great way to share links, and all of us together can contribute. Why keep those amazing websites you’ve found all to yourself? Share those links with all of us!
  4. LESSON PLANS AND LAB POLICIES– Check out Tech Ed Central for some of my philosophies and strategies (pilfered over many years from teachers better than me…), ideas about Professional Development, ideas about an equipment list for your lab, or ideas on promoting your program.  Lastly, you can just check out the blog and see what’s happening day to day in my lab.
  5. ARTICLES ON TEACHING AND TECHNOLOGY FOR LAB-BASED PROGRAMS – When applying or nominated for awards, or sometimes for publications or simple pleasure, I’ll write an article about certain topics pertaining to education. I have compiled most of them here for anyone that might want to read them. Some are pretty old and don’t really apply to how I teach much anymore, but it’s part of how I got here and may be useful to someone else! I also noticed while looking through them that some are written kind of formally since they were for big fancy-pants awards and stuff… But relax, if the reading gets stuffy, the rest of the site has the informal conversational tone you’re used to! 🙂



What else ya got?


Well, I don’t have much more than what’s here. There are subscription based videos at ACA Test Prep.com, those are for the ACA exams. if you’re not taking those, save your cash. And of course, there’s tons at the Adobe Ed exchange. Click the link below and sign up!

Email from Teachers:


“Your website was recommended to me by another teacher. This is my first year teaching and I have a Digital Design 2 class. I have found the the project links page useful and the tutorials. Thanks!- MB- Clay County, FL

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the awesome instruction at the two workshops this month at Sheridan Tech Center. I believe that almost, if not everyone, passed the Dreamweaver certification exam this morning. I scored almost 200 points higher on DW than on PS!- DB, Broward, FL

“Thanks for a rocking training session! I am pumped to share what I learned with my students! I knew slim to nothing when I started teaching this two years ago and it’s really helpful to have someone who knows what they’re doing show you the correct way (as my way of teaching has mostly been trial and error). It’s very encouraging to finally see someone excited about our subject or teaching in general… instead of the habitual complaining that I hear almost every time I get together with more than a handful of educators.- JH- Broward County, FL

“I am a teacher at a small charter school in West Palm Beach. I attended one of your break-out sessions at last year’s Technology Conference hosted by the school board. I have been trying to develop a better curriculum at my school. Unfortunately, we have very old equipment and a non existent technology budget. I have been scraping by by using demo or free software. I have watched many of your tutorials as well as several from the maclab. i find your Photoshop tutorials great and like your delivery style.- SM-Palm Beach, FL

“Your curriculum is incredible. I love the scenarios you use to setup each project. Can I use them with my students? Can I share them with other teachers?- JD- Snoqualmie, WA“  (Yes to all!!! -rs)

“I was your “star” student in the Miami ACA Photoshop CS4 class this past December… Thanks for every thing – LOVE your site!  Keep the information coming.- Bev- Miami, FL

“Enjoyed your presentation at FETC and found some needed direction for my program. I love your website and am interested in how you setup the ACA within your program. That was my light bulb moment during the conference. I also like the changes you made with focus on developing ones character, art etc. I too have felt a need for change in that arena. Thanks again for sharing, and may the force be with you! KP- Florida

“I find this web site very helpful, I took one of you inservices class last summer and you made learning fun again.- VB, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“We are having a planning day here in Clay County and, of course, I am looking over your site and getting my lesson plans for digital design!  Our vocational director, Mr. Paul Parker, paid for us to be a certification testing site and now all I have to do is get my school’s computer technician to do his part and we can start testing.  I am excited about accomplishing this, but so know what you have been through to be able to certify so many.  You are awesome!  Just wanted you to know how much you have done so much for me and my students.”- GB, Orange Park, FL

“Thank you so much for an outstanding Photoshop workshop. You are passionate about what you teach and excellent at what you do. I truly enjoyed the 2 days at Miami Lakes and can’t wait to use everything that I learned. My sincere appreciation.- Mrs. R- Miami, FL

“I attended the ACA workshop the last two days and I wanted to say thank you for all of your help in passing the test!  Your training was the best I had ever been to! Once again thank you…and YOU ARE THE MAN!- Andrew, Miami, FL

“Hi, I’ve used some of your projects and online tutorials in my class. I am greatful to have this resource and that some of the projects take more than one day to complete. The projects that my students do within the Reveal series and CIB books are usually completed within the class period. Leaving so many projects for me to grade and keep up with by end of week. Timeframe for completion, objectives learned, tools/commands to use and summary of deliverables are useful to have listed and easily available when lesson planning. Do you teach any other multimedia classes? Looking for Flash CS4 resources. Thank you for all you do and provide. Even Adobe doesn’t have this level of lesson resource for teachers!- JW- Broward County, FL

“I was just dropping you a like to say thanks for your help in Coco for the training you did for the photoshop exam.  They are still installing the newCS4 software in my lab.  I plan to use your videos and projects in my class. Thanks again for all the help you have provided for the design community, teachers and students of Florida. NG- Jefferson County, FL

Thanks for teaching that workshop. You website is fantastic!- AP, Dade County, FL

“I am a Digital Design Teacher at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL (North Florida).  I have found your site and think that it is great!  I would like to use your projects in my class and am curious as to where/how you came up with the projects.- TC- Clay County, FL

“Rob, I am so happy that I came to the FBTEA workshop and met you.  You have been my “sanity savior,” because now I have a website to go for Digital Design that is all inclusive!  We are having a planning day here in Clay County and, of course, I am looking over your site and getting my lesson plans for digital design!(I panicked the other night when your site was down for repair or something.) I am in the process of getting my school to be a Certiport testing site.  I am excited about accomplishing this, but so know what you have been through to be able to certify so many.  You are awesome! Just wanted you to know how much you have done so much for me and my students. Thanks again!  If I had an award to give, I would give it to you, too! DG- Orange Park, FL

” Three years ago I fell from a tree and was laid up in bed with a broken leg for five months. The principal was very kind and offered me a chance to do a web design class so I could work from a wheelchair. Thanks for letting me know about your website, truly this is a labor of love. You have lots of great material here and I appreciate having a chance to use it. DC, Braden River, FL

“Wanted you to know how great your tutorials are.  We’ve used them here at Braden River High School and the kids love them.  It is my hope, that… as you design future tutorials for CS5…. that you leave these CS3 CS4 tutorials somewhere on your site.  You see, some schools will still be using CS-3 CS-4 for sometime into the future because of budget considerations. Also, what software did you use to create the tutorials? (check here for info on how I create the tutorials- rs) Thanks for letting use use your tutorials….The kids loved them and as they allowed the kids to actively use a standardized task and achieve success.  I think they were the best turoials I’ve seen for use in the classroom!!” – JF-Braden River High School

thanks for another AWESOME WORKSHOP!!!!!!  I passed the Dreamweaver exam with 850! Matter of fact I think all but 2 people in the class passed! You should get a bonus! you rock!!- Kathy Kudak

All my students who took the ACA test, PASSED the ACA test! Thank you!- Andrew

I had run across your website and bookmarked it at the end of the 09-10 school year. I was already looking back on it as I prepared lessons for my Digital Design and Multimedia Foundations classes this year. Then I got to see you speaking at FACTE. When I went into the how to make a website session I was worried I would be bored, and then I realized I was about to be late to the luncheon that I was going to next and never got to talk to you. Thank you for having this, I am in the process of overhauling my website as I plan for school starting on Monday. We will be teaching CS5 this year and of course I had not seen it until last week. I will be a constant visitor to your site, as well as sending my students here. I hope to see you speaking again or attend a CS5 training if you do one, it will be a crazy year with new programs, and opening a new high school! Thanks for your information and inspiration.- Jennifer Peel

Hey Rob, I first wanted to thank you for your help and all the information you gave us at the Joint FTEA conference a few weeks back.  Me and Ryan (the guy I work with that also took the test and passed) are waiting for our Adobe Production Suite to come in so we can get our students started in the wonderful world of Adobe- NB, Harlee MS, FL

Just wanted to thank you for 2 great days of Photoshop training. I took the certification test today and passed on the first try, thanks to you. Take care and stay in touch. See you at the next training.- TP- Coconut Creek, FL

Brainbuffet training videos ROCK when it comes to preparing students for the Adobe ACA in Photoshop!!! After utilizing the Brainbuffet videos in my classroom students went from a 30% pass rate to well over 70%.  The videos are well crafted, entertaining and right on target!  Thanks for helping us get the much coveted  professional standard certifications for our students. I cannot thank you enough. You made the difference in how well we did!  Rob you ROCK!!!! Your Biggest FAN! – Dena, Denton, TX

I was looking at your site this weekend after accidently stumbling across you! What a wonderful accident this has turned out to be. I teach Communication Technology at Belleview High in Belleview, Florida. We are actually in the process or changing over to Promotional Enterprise (exciting stuff). You site is fantastic! I saw that you have Photoshop ACA videos that can be accessed with a subscription. Please send me info on the subsrciption. With your pass rate for the ACA exam, I really need to do what you’re doing!  Thanks!- CE, Marion County, FL

I have been looking at and wondering at how amazing your site is. Your resources and organization are top notch. You are very gracious to allow colleauges to surf through, it has been a great help to me. I am a first year Digital Teacher (thrown into the deep end from the kiddy pool…..) so I cannot say how inspirational I have found your site to be. Thanks for all you do….and I wonder at how you manage it…..Your lab must be a busy busy place. How do you get them there? We have no electives, so many of my students are placed with no choice….any advice on how to motivate?Thanks again for all your awesomeness (which you are not charging for…..)- EM, Oxford, MA.

Your videos are great!  You provide an excellent teaching tool and thank you for sharing.- SV- Univ. of Wisconson, Lacrosse

82 thoughts on “Teachers”

  1. Hi Rob,

    I am seriously considering putting up a web site for my students. The need now that becomes more and more evident is to forward email info that I get, to them, such as; events, college scholarships, lab/class related, etc. And of course I would like to link a lot to ‘old.brainbuffet.com’ if that’s OK. I created and tried to maintain a web site back in 2001 but the software and operation of it wasn’t time effective for me. I do have a life and this was robbing me of it, I thought back then. Anyway it seems now is the time to try it again. Any advice? and what software should I use?

    Thank’s Rob, Forever young, Cliff

  2. Yeah- First bit of advice- USE WORDPRESS. It’s easy, quick, free, and has tons of support. can login and update anywhere. Most hosts will install it for free. If you need hosting, contact me directly and I can hook you up with some hosts I can recommend. You won’t need any other software to edit the site (well, maybe FTP software if you want to add some extra features or themes).

  3. I was in your workshop yesterday at the Tech Conference, and I’ve been on this website almost every waking moment since I got home. It is now 6 AM!

    I’ve learned more about Photo Shop in this time, than in the entire time that I’ve had the program.

    I can’t thank you enough. I imagine that you are an absolutely amazing teacher.

    Tom Justice
    Park Vista High School
    Intensive Reading.

  4. conference 3-26

    Your presentation on photoshop was great! You gave enough info to guide us, while giving an example of what we’ll be able to do! The way you explained transparencies and masks made it all make sense. thanks

  5. Mr. Schwartz,
    I aplaude you for you excellent work on these tutorials. Our Communications Technology class at Fort Lauderdale use your videos everyday to excel in our every project. Your ACA tutorials is the sole reason I was able to pass the exam. You are like a second teacher for our class.
    Thanks for your helping Mr. Carlton (‘cus we know he needs it), and we’re looking foward to your Dreamweaver and Flash tutorials.

  6. I received this website recommendation from a teacher that was in a workshop with you at a conference. This will be a life saver for me! Our district recently asked all Introduction to IT teachers to become certified in Photoshop. Since, I am brand new to Adobe products, I felt overwhelmed. After working through the student tutorials, I was able to learn concepts and techniques in a relatively short period of time. I’m using this website to finish out this year with my classes. Thank you, very much, for all of the time and effort you put into this. It is appreciated!

  7. Wow! Thank you for the incredible amount of work you have put into these videos/tutorials. I can’t wait to get my students started on them.

  8. Brian Carlton

    Hey Bro!

    I just signed up for Diigo and look forward to the Dw training at month’s end. We have 40+ students that have passed the ACA in March in large part to your outstanding ACA prep tutorials.

    Keep up the great work…thanks for teaching my students!


  9. My teacher uses your website to teach photoshop and thanks to you I just passed the photoshop ACA exam. Have you ever thought about posting some flash or dreamweaver tutorials? 🙂

    Many thanks, MK

  10. I just used your ‘Logo’ project as a stand-alone assignment. It worked great. I am taking the ACA Photoshop test next week. Is the CS4 test still the same as it was on the certipoint review site during the Spring?

  11. I want to thank you, again, for sharing this resource with us. I passed my ACA certification exam today with flying colors! These tutorials were instrumental in my preparation. My students are testing over the course of the next two weeks. I feel confident that students who followed along with the video tutorials will do very well.

    Enjoy the ending of the school year!

  12. I found this site just by serendipity. I would certainly like to send links to my students.

  13. Hello. I am a language arts teacher at Green Cove Springs Junior High in GCS, Florida. I use a lot of technology in my class. I wish I knew Photoshop, but I don’t, so I am an old fashioned PowerPoint girl. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I like to use your motivational text to spur my students to consider excellence and dedication to schoolwork. After all, it is their lives we are talking about!Please let me know if you have a problem with that. I like your site.

    Sincerely, RT Glenn

  14. No problem at all! I’m really excited that the site found it’s way into the core classes- I have always believed that our courses should be much more mixed than they tend to be. Use whatever you can and keep me posted!

  15. Thank you for a great resource. I am using your tutorials for our students as we prepare them for certification and know they will have great success. Do you ever use InDesign? Looking for additional resources with my Digital classes if you have any suggestions. I have searched the web and found several, but just thought I would ask you also. Thanks

  16. Hey Brenda…
    Yeah- I have a long term plan of getting all the software in the Master Collection up on the site. I’m focusing on PS and DW right now, but as you can see, I’m working on Illustrator, and plan on InDesign and Flash soon. Thanks for visiting! Join the diigo group and share those awesome ID links you already have with the rest of us!

  17. Hi Rob,
    Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your workshop this summer!! I will be following your site this school year and will be trying some of your projects with my kids. I am really looking forward to doing the zoo project with my students.
    Thanks for all that you do,

  18. And thank YOU for taking the time to comment… It really does make a difference to me to know that you guys find this a useful resource! 🙂

  19. I just stumbled upon your website tonight through Adobe Education Exchange and I simply can’t stop watching your videos! It’s 11:30 pm on a school night! 🙂 I am a high school Computer Graphics/Photo/Design teacher (Michigan) with no mandated curriculum and you have given me some great ideas for new projects and tutorials (and even classroom rules and motivation). Thank you for sharing your content and hard work!

  20. Yeah.. I know that feeling!! I get stuck when I find cool new resources, too!!! I’m glad the site is useful to you! More videos coming soon, and Keep popping in! Thanks for taking the time to comment… really means a lot since I don’t have ways to gauge how much people like what they see without this kind of feedback! Check out the maclab and other sites and friends as well- they’re listed in the bottom right of the site’s front page.

  21. Hi Rob,
    Have been in several of your classes and you are an amazing teacher. I teacher Info To Informational Tech classes at Piper High in Broward. Can you help answer something please.
    We are on a network at school. At my request the computer tech put a dropbox on the student desktop for my kids to save their work into. I have total access from my computer to read and grade their work. BUT the tech is unable to figure out how to secure it the way I WANT IT.
    I want the kids to be able to drop their work in the box and NOT be able to reopen it or save it. The way she has it now the kids can save their work and every student in the room can access each others work. They just have to change a their name and resave it. I would have rampant copying and cheating. If we make the oprivileges read only they they can’t save at all to the drop box.
    Do I need to buy a drop box program (like FileShare or Microsoft Dropbox) to do accomplish what I want. Can you please steer me in the right direction. It would reallly be a dream if I could pull an entire class set of work up in thumbnails so I could compare
    Thanks for your wisdon
    Kathy Cudak
    Piper High

  22. Hi Rob! I took your workshop this summer and I am using your tutorials in my classes! The kids find them easy to follow and its great when they miss a day…I can just direct them to your site! I am having some IT issues in my classes…we have a common drive the kids save their files to but they all have access to each others files!!! Files have been deleted and moved causing a lot of headache on my end and theirs as well! Can you email me your contact info…I would like to see how your files and security are set up, maybe I don’t have to recreate the wheel. Thank you!!!

  23. Hmmm… 2 in a row about file management… I’m moving this over to the FAQ… I’ll try to respond in the next couple days. I’m working on it myself.

  24. I’ve begun to use Moodle with forums. Working AMAZINGLY in my lab. I love it, the kids love it… it’s pure educational goodness!!!! Just need to get a domain name and some hosting- check out the sites I recommend here. They all install moodle for free with a one-click installer! (and using those links to go and sign up gives brainbuffet a little help in paying for our own hosting and providing the tutorials… it’s a great way to say “thanks!” )

  25. Hello Rob! Thanks for all you do to encourage teachers and ultimately students to become more than they are prior to taking one of your trainings face-to-face or via a video. Keep on keeping on…love ya man!

  26. Rob,I want to thank you again, for the great seminars, tutorials and just the friendship that you have given to your fellow teachers. You helped me pass the photoshop certification and I have had 3 students pass the ACA Photoshop Certification, so far. We have to give the exam one at a time because of our infastructure at the school. But for our small community it is a huge Schools.

  27. Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials. I have been using them with my classes since I first saw you present at an FBTEA conference 3-4 years ago. Whenever I hear that you are presenting at a conference, I make sure I attend your presentation. I have passed along your site to fellow teachers who have thanked me for letting them know about it. I, too, am looking forward to seeing what you do with Dreamweaver and Flash!

  28. Dreamweaver is literally around the corner. Your school will be able to purchase a DVD with all of the tutorials on it to install on the hard drives of your computers in the entire school!

  29. Thanks so much for all your great information at the FETC conference. Looking forward to the Dreamweaver series and am poking around your site right now!

  30. First off, love the website. I’m a digital design instructor in Pennsylvania. I’m in the process of developing more video tutorials as well, and was curious as to what you’re using for your screen captures? Are you using Captivate? We don’t have a license for that (just Design Premium CS4). I’m currently using Camstudio, but trying to find better full screen alternatives.

  31. Rob,
    I have been to several of your workshops, and I always enjoy them and learn so much. Thank you for this site…sharing your work with us. My students and I have certainly enjoyed your tutorials. I am teaching Dreamweaver for the first time this semester, and I have not found many tutorials for us to work with. I noticed you mentioned Dreamweaver tutorials that require subscription. Do you have any suggestions?


  32. Incredible tutorials. I teach Communication Technology at Bishop O’Byrne HS here in Calgary, AB and came across your site though the Adobe Education Exchange. I was wondering if I could use some of your tutorials with my classes.

  33. Absolutely!!! Contact me at rob@old.brainbuffet.com if you’d like info on access to the super-secret lair of awesome tutorials that are via subscription… but everything available on this site is free to use in your classroom or for your own personal use for ever and all eternity! (well, at least as long as I’m alive!)

  34. Thanks, Lisa!!! I appreciate the comments! As a matter of fact, I do recommend a great set of tutorials on Dreamweaver… the ones I just created! 🙂 They’re subscription only, but everything here at brainbuffet remains free. I’ll be posting and sending word soon on details for the subscription, but it’s available over at acatestprep.com for what I think is an excellent price!!! 🙂

  35. Anthony Rodriguez

    Hey, I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for all the content that you provide on your site. I was in TSA when you were the advisor at McFatter. I was really good friends with Jenniferanne (We were state officers together), Falon, and Ellen. I remember them saying how much they loved you when we were at conferences (It’s got to be the great personality that is evident in all your tutorials)! I am a high school teacher in Polk County teaching Comm Tech, and working on convincing my department to grab CS5 AND a school license from brainbuffet. We’ll see how the budgeting goes, but I’m pretty hopeful that we’ll be able to get both. Kudos to the great content and helping out other teachers like myself come up with a great lesson plan or two….or twenty! 🙂

  36. Rob – thanks for sharing these wonderful resources! I’ve been teaching a hybrid design/printing technology program for the past 12 years and I’ve been looking for a different approach since our program is becoming more design centered and after viewing your design process video – I”m really encouraged. I’ll contact you regarding a subscription to your full library – I’m looking forward to working with you.

  37. I can’t explain how excited I was when I started building my Multi-media curriculum and found your website! It is absolutely fantastic! I teach both Multi-Media art (Illustrator and Photoshop) and webpage design. I am hoping I can reuse these items in my classroom, if that is okay with you! I know my students would learn sooo much from them!

  38. Rob – I am extremely ecstatic to have found this site. The “empire” of knowledge you have built and organized is something I aspire to create. Your students are so lucky to have such a talented educator, with a great personality to boot! I was just recently hired to create a Digital Media course for a public high school that has has no program like it. As I embark on my first year in teaching, I am met by all sorts of hurdles that have me question whether the curriculum I have developed will truly excite the students. May I link some videos/tutorials from your site? This will help me as I work towards creating a really robust program at this school. I would also love the opportunity to talk with you about how you came to teach these courses, and what professional development you think has been most beneficial. Sorry ’bout the long post!

  39. Absolutely!! That’s why it’s here, man!! Be sure to also check out the blog roll on the bottom of the right column of the home page… lots of amazing other sites there like My inspiration in the mac lab!

  40. Hey there Rob,

    I hope all is well. I love your stuff. Its great, organized and just about everything a teacher needs. Currently, I’m teaching the Pen Tool to about 140 students, I was looking for something that would make it really easy for them to catch on. I found it in your pen tool exercises. Simple, Quick and easy enough to do even for someone who’s a first timer. One question though. On exercise 6, the face, do you have students trace around your image, then as they complete parts of it, hide your locked layers. If not can you give me a little insight on how you would have them go through that. Also, I plan to use your site to rewrite how I teach illustrator and photoshop… thanks so much for helping out teachers all over the world.

  41. Thanks so much for all these resources! You’ve totally inspired me to start playing around with WordPress and design a site for my class. I ran across your site through the Adobe Education Exchange- Vector Self Portrait project. Great overview and walkthrough– very well done! I plan to test out the project with my seniors. Thanks again!

  42. Marquis- Thanks for the compliments! I’m always stoked to hear about how the site is helpful to other teachers.

    Yes- on Exercise 6, I teach the kids to trace the neck first, then hide and lock the “neck” and “my neck” layer they just created. Show the “face” and “your face” layers and trace. Lock and hide, move up, etc.

    Hope that makes sense!

  43. I stumbled onto your website while looking for ideas and I feel like my creativity meter just got filled again! I am a high school art teacher who also teaches web design and photoshop. My lessons were feeling a little on the blah side so I needed some inspiration and your blog definitely did the trick. I found out there were also some concepts that I have been having a hard time getting students to understand and you have those same ideas here but better! Thank you for allowing me to pick at your Brain Buffet. Unfortunately we have a low version of Photoshop due to financial restraints but so far that hasn’t prevented my kids from doing some awesome work and having fun with it. Did I read correctly that you send lessons via subscription?? Keep up the great work here and thank you again!

  44. Mr. Schwartz,
    I am so glad I located you. I recently completed a technology class using myeducationkit.com. I was surprised when the class was nearing to an end, they gave us so many days before the site was closed to us. One of our assignments was to pick three video tutorials, watch and practice then write a reflection. Well as you might figure out, I did not get to view all of them. I thought I would get a chance after the course was complete to do so, but as I said, they closed the site. You were wonderful with the tutorials.. After many years of workshops and other classes, you were the only one that could explain it and teach it in plain easy to understand terms. So, my questions is….can I find those tutorials some other place? I am a preschool teacher. Through those tutorials I was able to bring my preschoolers to another level. Although I am a digital immigrant, I am falling in love with technology because of your tutorials. Please help me.

  45. I’m an Engineering and Architectural Design teacher in Texas, I was recently assigned to teach Graphic Design and I’m not a Graphic Design teacher. I have no idea how to use Illustrator and I need help with lessons, project ideas, and lesson plans. With your permission I would like to use your materials in my classroom.

    TL Nelson

  46. Sure! Help yourself. The resources I created for MyEducationKit.com are property of Pearson and I do not have the rights to share them. If you’re interested in Adobe tutorials, there are plenty here! But the materials I did for Pearson are unfortunately not available here.

    I’m sure they’d sell you another licence term at myeducationkit.com! 🙂 I have no idea what they charge though, sorry!!!

    The best resource I can recommend is Lynda. There’s a link on the front page. Expensive, but worth every penny. I subscribe every year!

  47. I enjoy your expertise, passion, and commitment to this website and your classes. I would love to use some of your videos/tutorials if that is okay with you.

  48. Melody McBroom

    I found you by googling “cs4 free lesson plans for teachers”. I am writing lesson plans for another teacher who had to leave the classroom suddenly due to illness. Your site enabled me to do this with ease. Thanks!

  49. Cathryn Buckley

    Thanks for your great session at the tech conference…..there are many of us out there that need a shot of info like this more frequently then just once a year……..

  50. Hi,
    I am a teacher of middle school children and wrote up your robot video tutorial as a booklet and simplified it a little to use as a project for my Grade 6 class could I please use it. I have made sure you have been given as the source of the original information

  51. I found this site through the Adobe Education Exchange site. I am just beginning to explore it, but am excited by all the information that is here. I am teaching Digital and Interactive Media for the 1st time, and need all the help I can get!

  52. Thank you for this great site. I am redesigning my class and have found some great ideas here!

  53. Glad you found some here!! Also check the Ed exchange and blogroll on the right sidebar in the front page of brain buffet!!! 🙂

  54. As Susan McCoy said I also found you thru the Adobe Exchange and teach Yearbook and am the webmaster of the school web site. One thing I wanted to do this year was start with a photography project. I will be comming back to your site latter to see what you can help me with. It looks really great and I will share anyting that I make that would be usefull on your site.

  55. I see you have a forum for your students to submit their work! That is excellent, how do you have that set up? Is that directly on your server? Do you run it off a remote server? Is it a program? This has been my Achilles heel for a while. Usually have the students place their work on the shared folder that we have on our class server, but when I get home I cannot access it. This would greatly alleviate it as well as really help student see each others work. Please please let me know 🙂

  56. Thanks Ted!!! Happy to post anything you want to share and give you credit….. I’d suggest posting to the adobe Ed exchange first… Adobe looks there for their superstars!!! 🙂

  57. Just found your site through the Adobe Education Exchange- March 2012- Finally a moment during the summer to research new lab ideas and I found some great tutorials on Illustrator, a weak spot in my expertise but get to teach it! As I dug deeper, saw the classroom policies page and really like the “hip” titles for usually very boring basics that we have to get through at the beginning of the year… like “Geekspeak” to get them up to speed in the beginning of the year.

    Thanks! I will be checking back in the next weeks before school starts to read more. I so appreciate your professionalism and realism towards teachers as we are all pirates, in search of the golden “inspiration” for guiding our students to achieve better quality work and more!

  58. I am switching from teaching math to tech this year. Your site has been extremely helpful as I get my head around my new curriculum. Thank you!

  59. Love your site. Will be using it this year for the first time and I hope to create my own tutorials for premiere pro. I passed the dream weaver test using only your tutorials. Keep up the good work.

  60. Glad to hear it Louis!!! The ACA test prep tutorials have definitely helped the classes that use them!! Thanks to Dade for making it a district wide purchase!!!

  61. Just found your site today via the AEE September issue. On brief glance, it looks great! I’ll make a point of commenting again after I’ve had some opportunity to make use of it.
    I am a web designer, middle school technology teacher (among a few of my hats).
    Thanks for the resource!

  62. Hi,

    We are anxious to begin using your tutorials again this year. Our students enjoy your format and we are seeing excellent results with Photoshop and Dreamweaver. However, can you send me an updated username and password for our account? I cannot seem to access the tutorials. Thank you!



  63. I came across this site through the Adobe Education Exchange and have thoroughly appreciated the resources. The videos are fantastic and the lessons are a great inspiration. My students love the format.

  64. Hi Rob,

    Our county purchased a site license for BrainBuffet, but I couldn’t find a place to log in. Is the log-in requirement just for teachers?

    My students can’t see the pages you have linked to on the “Students” page. Could that be because they need to log in, or could it just be a problem with our network?

    I attended a workshop you held at an FBTEA conference several years ago, and have been using your site ever since. Your site is terrific!

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