Thursday, June 14, 2012

Web Design Final Exam

You have reached your destination.  Your final exam should demonstrate a full semester of learning.  The exam should demonstrate a keen sense of story telling, recognition of audience, and technical knowledge.  Good luck.

Create a website about the history of the internet.  The website should include how the internet has changed family and school life.  I would like you to focus on the years 1980, 1995, and 2010.

You have many tools at your disposal including HTML, Flash, Fireworks, Creative commons searches, etc.... Be sure to create a website that is easy to read, highly usable, and accessible.

You may notice that I have not included specific guidelines about pages, images, and the like.  By now you should know how to tell a good story by using a website.  You should know how to effectively include links.  You should know not to include copyrighted images.  You should know how to embed video, animation, and images.

When done you must copy your exam folder to the Udrive: Web Schneider.  You MUST finish during the allotted time for the exam.  I will begin grading once your folder is placed in the UDrive.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Final Exam Prep

Today is a prep day for the final exam.  You need to know how to do the following.

1. Make a basic webpage using a table for layout that is highly usable.
2. Use fireworks to manipulate an image.
3. Create animations using Flash.
4. Tell a story.
5. Search and evaluate internet sources.
6. Develop an audience.

It will be very hard to complete the exam during the allotted time so I am giving you some assignments now.  I urge you to work hard today.

Your exam will be a website that demonstrates the "web" in 1980, 1995, and 2010. I will give all the details next week.
  • Create a folder in your WDrive.  Name it correctly (BSchneiderFinalExam).
  • All work will be stored in this folder.
  • Research the following questions.  Keep the notes in your folder.
    • Who is credited with inventing the internet?  
    • How did the internet develop?  Who used it first?
    • How many internet enabled devices existed in 1980? 1995? 2010? (you will have to estimate, but you can find this information).
    • How many people regularly accessed the internet in 1980? 1995? 2010?
  • Think, research, review the following questions.
    • How is your family/social life different than a high school student in 1980 or 1995?  Focus on how the internet has changed daily life (for better or worse).
    • How is your school/academic life different than a high school student in 1980 or 1995?
  • Prepare a very simple Flash animation to display on "the internet" page (see above).  For example, a computer zooming into focus, or a smartphone "buzzing".
  • Prepare simple Fireworks images of "The Internet", 1980, 1995, 2010 to display as headings at the top of each page.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The End is Near

Please turn in your "Who are You?" projects today.  If the project is online please write a blog post and provide me with the link.  Otherwise please submit into the UDrive folder.

We will use Wednesday for some exam prep and then we have the exam next week.  E period on Monday and H period on Tuesday.

Want to get started on Final Exam prep? Then click here.  It would be really helpful to start early....

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Building a Resume: Who are You?

For your final project I am going to ask that you build an online resume or portfolio. Who are you? What do you want to tell the world?

I have spoken before that I am amazed at some of your twitter and facebook accounts. Some of you swear, say bad things about classmates, ridicule your teachers and in a PUBLIC FORUM. Remember, none of your posts are private.

Now, some of you do all those things in the hallway too, but its fundamentally different when you attach the megaphone of the internet. Why? Because its there forever.  I mean the real forever.  Eternity.  We can even track your deleted tweets.

Also, many of you have not made a footprint on the internet.  Your blogs in this class were an effort to create one.  When people google you, what will they find?  If they find nothing, thats not so good either.  In 2012, people judge people based on the stuff they have done--and the only place they look is the internet.

Check out some sample student portfolios.

I'm asking you to create an online resume.  You can do this in two ways:
  • Create using HTML and notepad and then post in our UDrive.  
  • Utilize online tools such as wix, weebly or google sites.
Your website should:
  • Be yours.  Who are you?  
  • Be creative.  Use tools to highlight why people should notice you.
  • Be cool.  Can you make people visit your page and stay there?  
  • Be modern.  Does your site look like it was made in 2012 or 1996?
A few rules:
  • Don't include things like your address or phone number.
  • Don't include pictures, videos, text that are copyrighted.
  • Must be turned in by Monday June 11.  Grades will close in
We will talk much more in class and I will probably add stuff to this page as we go.  Good luck!