Week 2 Letter!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re staying healthy and home—and that you’re finding things to do!

By now, you should have acquainted yourselves with your online classes, and should have a good sense as to how they’ll be working these days. I’ve spoken to a few of you, and while all the kinks are still being worked out, it seems that online learning has been going well.

I’ve broken this letter down by classes, so check out your sections below:

App Development:

We’re starting the Pre-Planning and Planning stages of our app development. I’ve included the keynote and PDF this time! Check the website: www.tusdcte.org/thmsappdev for the individual blog posts.

  • Lesson 4.1 will require you to fill out a worksheet, which will be submitted via google forms.
  • Lesson 4.2 will ask you to create a presentation using whatever presentation software you have, and submit it to a drop box.

Again, check the website for individual lessons and instructions!


I was under the assumption that your Adobe ID’s would move to your home computer, and it looks like that’s not quite right… so we’re working on getting those restored to you! If you haven’t already, please fill out the two surveys under the blog post, “Online Learning Week 1”. This helps us get Lightroom to you, a lot faster!

You should have already started (or finished) assignment 1, Intro to Mobile Photography. It does ask you to make edits in Lightroom, but if you don’t have that yet, use the filters on your phone or your favorite photo app.

Lastly, check the website for this week’s assignments:


Office Hours:

I’m going to change how my office hours work this week, simply because there were not too many of you who used zoom this week.

I will still continue to have office hours between the time of 1:30pm to 3:30pm, however, you will need to email me to schedule a time to talk! I’m on my email most of the day, so once I see a request, I will email you a zoom code!

Thanks a bunch guys, and remember, if you have any questions or want to schedule a zoom call, feel free to email me at james.bourland@tusd1.org!

Stay Safe!


4.0 Final Project Intro and Survey (Read Me Second)

Hey guys,

If you haven’t read my first post, stop! Read the post below first.

Done? Okay, welcome back.

This is the initial Keynote for our final project. It will give you an idea of where we are going at this point. Unfortunately, I cannot give advanced deadlines just yet, as things are still pretty fluid, and I’m not sure what day the district will officially start things back up.

Either way, download the Keynote here so you can read it:
4.0 Final Project Intro and Survey

If the Keynote isn’t working for you, try the PDF:
4.o Final Project Intro and Survey PDF

Now, there is a survey included in the Keynote, but if you can’t access it, here’s the link:
Tech Survey

I would like these done ASAP, so I know how to approach our assignments. Please make sure you get this done by Friday,

Hi Doods! Read Me First!

Hi everyone,

As you can probably tell, we’re not physically back in school… but, we’re back in school. I hope you’re doing ok and staying away from other humans–I think we’re all hoping that everything goes back to normal by April 10 🤞.

In the mean time, we’ve got some work to do, and that involves our big final assignment for the semester… creating your own app! While this will be a little tricky for all of us, we’re going to do our best to make sure we can get through it.

We will be approaching this assignment via checklist: I’ll require a few pieces as we go along, and give you the deadlines for them as well. I will be staying in contact with you via email, but there may be some Zoom calls we can set up to answer your questions faster. Either way, make sure you bookmark this page so you can keep up with the assignments.

I’ll also have a running list of the assignments and Keynotes we’re doing, so you can stay with us the whole time. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email me at james.bourland@tusd1.org

Hoping to see you all soon,


Hi Guys! An Update from Mr. Bourland

Hi Parents and Students,

I hope everyone is doing well, and staying healthy!

I apologize in advance for the limited information I have—unfortunately, we’re still getting information bit by bit, so here’s what I have:

The district is looking to prioritize technology rentals to seniors, due to graduation requirements. What that means, is seniors who need laptops, iPads, tablets, etc., will be given that technology first.

This will be handed out in a “soft rollout” next week.

For my App Development classes, my assignments will be posted on the class website, www.tusdcte.org/thmsappdev.

For my Photography classes, assignments will be posted on the class website, www.tusdcte.org/thmsphoto, password: bokeh.

By Monday, March 30, I will have two assignments ready to go. Now, since we’re still in the middle of a “soft rollout,” the assignments won’t be due. We are still awaiting a date for the first day of online classes.

You can get a head start on these assignments if you’d like, but it’s not required just yet. Again, we’re waiting on the first official date for online classes start.

I will also have some “Office Hours” posted on the website by next week, which will correspond with my 2-year-old’s nap time 😅.

We will be using Zoom, which is free to use. You can download Zoom on your computer from www.zoom.us, or find the zoom.us app on the App Store or Play Store. I will post a code on the website for you to join the meeting, and you will be able to talk to me in person.

You can always email me at james.bourland@tusd1.org too, if you have any questions.

For App Development Students:

While 4th Quarter would have seen the start to our final project, building your own app, I understand that not everyone has access to iMac, Xcode, or Apple products.

For this reason, we will attempt to build our app, but many of the assignments will allow for use on other types of software (Google Suite, Microsoft Office, etc.).

For Photography Students:

Please check the class website for updated assignments. We understand you’re now working with whatever camera you have at home, but you should continue using your blogs to post the assignments!

These are strange times for all of us, but we’ll make it work!

Please stay safe, stay inside, and WASH THOSE HANDS!



Tutorial Survey

Hi guys,

Click on the link to give some feedback about the project! You’ll also give feedback on your group members as well–feel free to be brutally honest 😀


Sub Assignment!

Hi Guys,

As you probably have figured out, I’m not here today! So I’ve left you a tutorial, from someone other than me, about passing data from one view controller to another (click on the link 🙄). This shouldn’t take you very long, so when you get done with it…


Grades are due this week 😀