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07:53 am: Club hopping, day 1
Yesterday was my first non-ESS day, so I dropped by one of the other clubs. I picked the "design club," in which the students play around on Photoshop and Illustrator and various other programs to design clothes.

I was slightly late, because I was called to a meeting to request that I give a speech next month. Once that was finished, I headed to the club room. There were only three girls there, and they were all intent on a computer. From what they say, most of the club members generally don't bother showing up to meetings.

I watched them drawing on Photoshop for a while. They were really funny, tossing out comments about the pictures they were drawing, making up elaborate stories to go along with everything. They were slightly frustrated, though, that they couldn't do some things that they wanted to. I thought that was strange, since I can do those things with my version of Photoshop (7), so I checked which version they were using. It turned out to be 5.5, which I don't think I've used since I was at MSU. I was rather surprised that the school had such an old version, considering that they teach Photoshop and Illustrator as part of the curriculum in the design major...not to mention all the money Ritsumeikan has put into upgrading the technology all over the school. I had expected that they would use a much more recent version than that. (Hmm...I wonder who would be the best person to talk to about getting the design students an upgrade...this is CAREER training for them, after all.)

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From:megory
Date:April 25th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
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You are right. That is very surprising. If the students were expecting to be able to do certain things, maybe they even own other versions at home.

Yet, our schools do not have the latest technology--it keeps changing, and once we invest, we have to keep it for awhile. I think this is the first year we upgraded to this century's Windows OS--maybe we had '98 last year.
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