Thursday, June 8, 2017

Design Contest: Design The "_________" Of The Future!

Hello Students,

Our final class exercise is a design competition. This is not a graded assignment but there will be a prize for the finalist.

Challenge: Your design challenge is to create the "_____" of the future. Imagine what a cell phone might look like in 10 years, or perhaps what will new automobiles look like. There is no limitation of the subject, you could even design the coffee cup of the future. Think about how products change and evolve over a very short amount of time. What did cell phones look like 10 years ago or 20 years ago? What everyday item can you see becoming even more advanced over time? For this challenge, I as your instructor cannot aid your efforts, you must rely on each other to problem solve.

Time limit: 1 Hour, Designs must be completed and ready to present at the deadline

Format: Final artwork must be displayed on screen as a still image or slideshow presentation. Consider that your sales pitch is as important as the merits of your design. You may use any and all resources available to visualize your design but derivative work will be disqualified (no repurposing of pre-existing concepts, designs, etc... don't steal someone else's concept design and pass it as your own basically).

Judgement: While student input is taken into consideration for judging the finalists, the ultimate decision will be made by me. I am judging based on design originality, quality of illustration and details included with your concept. What makes your product/item futuristic? What materials are it made from? How is it powered? Is your design feasible? Is it beneficial, will it sell, is it even possible with existing trends in technology.

Advice: Take a few moments to think of your idea, research similar products or ideas, research current "prototype" concepts already in existence, take inspiration where you can. Check out my own design for an electric sports coupe below.

Presentation: Be ready to present your design to the class. Be prepared to discuss the details and advantages of your design to the class.

Wait for my mark to begin!

BMW M1E Electric Prototype Automobile Design Concept by Seth Wilson

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Web Design Reverse Learning Project

Hello Students,

In this project you will research, write and guide the class through a learning exercise. Use the internet to research a specific topic or activity or use your own knowledge as a base for creating an engaging exercise. Follow the guidelines for writing interesting lessons below and be ready to present to the class. You can use movies, powerpoint presentations, hand outs or online resources to enhance your activity.

Web Design Reverse Learning Project:
Use all resources available to write and develop an fun exercise or activity that can be taught to the class in about 10 minutes or so. Follow the structure laid out below to format your lesson. Teach the class a skill that is useful and relevant to using computers, creating digital media, using the internet or other related IT skills, techniques or concepts.

Getting Started:
  • Think of something you would like to teach to the class, must be related to web design, digital media, IT, internet or digital literacy skills... it could be a cool piece of code that enhances a website or a cool trick or hack you learned... thing of something fun that everyone can try
  • Use the internet to research and gather resources, assets and information
  • Use presentation software like powerpoint to create a presentation or use work to create hand outs, you could even use a video to help deliver your information or to engage the audience
  • Follow the structure laid out below to create a compelling activity, a good lesson will have a hook to get the audiences attention peaked, information should be presented well and there should be some kind of hands on activity.
  • Be ready to present and teach the class
How to write a good lesson for instruction:
Follow the outline below to create your lesson or project, try to have something for each section detailed in your presentation. Use my model lesson as a guide if you need more clarification.

Objectives and Goals: State the objective or learning outcome for your project. What do you expect people to be able to do when your lesson or activity is complete

Hook or Anticipatory Set: Use something to engage the audience and get their brains primed for learning. This could be an interesting image or even a video or a prop. It should be relevant to the material you are covering in your lesson

Lecture or Present: Talk about the material in your lesson or activity, provide some background information or history that is relevant. Discuss or present details about the material. A few bullet points or slides and images are all that is needed to frame the activity

Hands On Activity / Guided Practice or Independent Practice: Have a hands on activity for the class to engage in, or an independent practice activity for students to put their new knowledge to work

Model Lesson: How To Customize The Icon Of Your USB Flash Memory Thumbdrive:













Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Web Design Final Project

Hello Students,
Now is the time to find a final project concept and begin working on it asap. Your final project should demonstrate your professional skills in web design, project management, programming, game development or digital media.

Final Project:
Choose from one of the options below and begin your final project asap:

  • Create a website for someone that needs one, could be a teacher, coach, friend or even yourself. This website should meet all requirements for mobile use and browser flexibility.
  • Create a game, this could be a flash game or an HTML/JS/PHP/Etc game. The type of game is your choice. Look up a cool tutorial if you need some guidance.
  • Propose your own idea. Do you have an idea for a final project? Speak to your instructor to get it approved!

All projects are due for review the day before our finals day.

Good luck everyone!

- Mr.W

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to Write a Good GREAT Letter of Introduction

Hello Students,
Your next assignment is to create a "Letter of Introduction" that describes you! Your special traits, qualities, hobbies, and personal, educational and career goals. List your top 5 skills and abilities. It should consist of at least one page. Make sure to use correct spelling and grammar.

Letter of Introduction Assignment:
  • This is an introduction letter, about you, written to people that may be viewing your portfolio.
  • Should be about 1 page long.
  • Letter should be free of typo's, spelling and grammar errors.
  • Follow the examples in the Portfolio Handbook and include the information listed below...

You letter should include:
  • Who you are
  • Where you are currently attending school
  • What courses you are currently enrolled in aside from standard courses (such as this ROP class your in right now)
  • Your top 5 work related skills
  • Special acknowledgments from employers/instructors
  • Future education plans
  • Hobbies or other activities you enjoy
  • Discuss what is contained in your portfolio
  • Discuss the type of work/projects/activities you enjoy the most in school

Sample Introduction Letter:

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

John Star
242 Crest St.
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 553-2323
jostar@yahoo.com
Date

To Whom It May Concern:

I am currently attending Santa Cruz High School where I will be graduating this year in June. I have enrolled in ROP classes, which are business-oriented. ROP classes have given me a closer look at the business world and I have learned excellent work skills. 

My top five work skills are:
  • Excellent communication skills with strong listening skills
  • Responsible and reliable with attention to detail
  • Strong team player who thrives in teamwork situations
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent time management skills
I have received special acknowledgement from my employers for strong skills and work ethics.
I recently was accepted to CalPoly and plan to go there in the Fall and pursue a degree in Agribusiness. After receiving my degree, I plan to work in my family’s strawberry farming business. Eventually, I hope to be the president of the business. I have many hobbies including surfing, skiing and playing baseball but most of all, I enjoy riding my horse up in the hills. It gives me a sense of freedom and independence.

My portfolio shows some of the skills and abilities I have acquired in while attending Soquel High School and throughout my work experience. I have always enjoyed landscaping and have enrolled in the Horticulture class for my last semester of high school. From my past experience you will notice that I enjoy working especially when I leave the job better than it was when I first got there. I have been doing tree work for three years and have worked for commercial and residential customers. Thoroughness and safety are some of my favorite qualities.

Included in this portfolio, is my resume summarizing my schooling, work experience, and skills. In addition I have a list of references, letters of recommendation, and samples of my work. I hope you enjoy reviewing my portfolio.

Sincerely,

John Star


- Complete your letter of introduction and add it to your Portfolio project!

 - Mr.W

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Assignment: Portfolio Website

Hello Students,
Your next assignment is to create a portfolio website that documents the skills you have developed in this course, documents the work you have completed in this and other courses and displays your prowess with writing html and css and incorporating graphics into your website. Your portfolio site must be rich in graphics and utilize the techniques from our previous projects. You are also required to write about yourself and to complete some research and write about your possible future career path, whatever that may be. You may draw upon and incorporate work you have completed from any previous ROP class, or can include examples of any work or projects or other classes or even hobbies that you are particularly proud of.

The organization of this site should mirror the ROP Career Portfolio.  Review the portfolio handbook in detail for tips on writing your letter of introduction and creating the other sections of your website. Download the ROP Portfolio Handbook to use as a guide for creating your own portfolio website.

Portfolio Website Technical Requirements:
  • Your portfolio website must have the following sections:
    1. Front page: file must be named index.html for proper functionality. Think of this as the cover of a book about you. This page can contain your letter of introduction
    2. Career Development: This should contain your resume, your career research assignment and your letter of recommendation.
    3. Work Samples: This can be multiple sections, this should include graphic projects, animations, written assignments, lecture notes, artwork, previous website projects, etc. Anything you have created that makes you proud should be included as long as it's content is professional. Written details about each work sample must be included
    4. Contact: This page can contain your email and any other links or contact information, no phone #'s or mailing addresses
    1. This project must be created or edited with a text or code editing program such as Komodo
    2. This project must utilize a platform that provides mobile ready responsive design, W3C.CSS/Bootstrap/Etc..
    3. Each page must display your web page title or name in the <title> area and self explanatory, such as "Seth Wilsons ROP Web Design Portfolio"
    4. Each page must contain the HTML 5 DocType declaration that will enable you to use the HTML Validator, your pages should strive to validate 100%
    5. Each page must contain the character encoding meta tag for utf-8 and each page must be formatted for utf-8 when created
    6. Each page must contain either graphic buttons or text links to the HTML and CSS validators. Make sure you use the code to validate as HTML 5. Put these at the bottom of the page or incorporate them into your page design so that they are not obtrusive
    7. Each page should contain colors for text, backgrounds and link states
    8. Each page should use the same font families and use consistent sizing, spacing and style
    9. When complete the entire website must be less than 20Mb in file size

    Portfolio Content Requirements:
    • Have an example of everything required in the ROP portfolio handbook, letter of introduction, letter of recommendation, resume, work samples
    • Take a photo of yourself to include in the front page, this photo can be turned into an illustration with Illustrator or processed with Photoshop if you like. A camera can be provided upon request.
    • Research 1 possible career you are interested in and write a 1 page paper about the career, what does it involve, what is the salary range, what kind of education do you need, how do you break into the career. Include this in your "Career Development" section. 
    • Show your best or favorite work samples in the work samples section of your website, minimum of 3 examples must be shown, more is encouraged. You can include work from other art, design or ROP classes. Write a 1-2 paragraph summary for each work sample.
    • Include your resume and letter of introduction in the career development section if your website. Do not include phone numbers or mailing addresses, only email addresses for contact info.
    Design Style:
    • Your website should be professional and clean looking
    • Your website layout should be easy to navigate and text should be easy to read
    • Each page should show the same menu at the top for easy navigation
    • Your website should show good design choices for fonts, colors and style
    • Your website should demonstrate the techniques, skills and abilities you have studies during the course of this class
    • Your website should be viewable on mobile devices
    Website Flow/Organization:
    Your website must follow the flowchart below as closely as possible...



    Meeting the minimum requirements above does not guarantee an A+. You must put the time and energy into the project and really use it as an opportunity to shine. Include more material and content and information to guarantee a stellar grade. Must be original work that you created, create some artwork, take some photographs, make a movie, write a paper... this is your portfolio, make it shine.




    How To Add Validation to your website:
    Validating HTML and CSS is a great way to demonstrate your coding skills. Use the code below at the bottom of your page to add a validate button to your pages...
    This is an example of code to add both HTML and CSS Validate buttons to your webpage
    This is how the Validate code above will be displayed, you could also use an HTML5 logo and CSS logo to make graphical buttons for your validators

    How Your Portfolio will be evaluated:
    • Contains required content and format
    • Well organized
    • Free of grammar errors
    • ROP related work samples
    • Shows creativity
    • Shows skill development
    • Appropriate for use in job search
    • Professional yet creative appearance
    Final Portfolios are due May 6th!

    Grading for total of 10 points:
    2 Points - Portfolio website meets assignment specs and requirements
    2 Points - Portfolio contains all sections
    2 Points - Portfolio links work correctly and is error free (including spelling and grammer)
    2 Points - Portfolio has no missing graphics or elements
    2 Points - Portfolio turned in on time and is awesome and is 6Mgb or smaller

    Check out these collections of amazing portfolio sites for inspiration:

    Check out these examples of web page portfolio designs from previous students:





    Ok, stay focused, work hard and have fun!

     - Mr.W

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Explore Programming Languages with Code Academy

    Hello Students,
    In this modern tech industry having a well rounded skill set in web design and programming languages is incredibly important to staying in demand. HTML and CSS are just the first components to creating websites that are compelling, interactive and intuitive. In this project you will explore other languages, complete 3 programming goals and complete one entire lesson in the language of your choice.

    A gifted mathematician, Ada Lovelace is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s
    Web Programming Language Exploration Project:
    • Log into Code Academy and find the language skills section
    • Complete the "Introduction to Javascript" and "Rock, Paper, Scissors" project
    • Complete the "Introducing JQuery" module
    • Complete the "Introduction to PHP" module
    • Complete the "Python Syntax" and "Tip Calculator" modules
    • Complete the "Introduction to Ruby" and "Putting the Form in Formatter" modules
    When you have completed these modules, navigate to the GOALS section and complete these 3 modules:
    • Animate Your Name
    • About You
    • Sun, Earth and Code
    When you have completed the GOALS modules, you must choose one of the following languages and complete its entire module:

    • Javascript
    • JQuery
    • PHP
    • Python
    • Ruby


    Have fun! All progress should be complete by the 1st!

    - Mr.W

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Learning Bootstrap: Bootstrap Tutorial and Project

    Hello Students,
    Your next assignment is to work through the Bootstrap tutorial on W3Schools.com and create a website using the bootstrap platform. Follow the tutorial, or follow along with the class to create an example, then create a compelling website utilizing the bootstrap framework. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS and Javascript framework being used to develop responsive and mobile friendly websites. Bootstrap is completely free and open source!



    Our own schsdigitalmedia.com website was created using the bootstrap frame work to provide flexibility and ease of use for users from mobile devices, tablets, etc.


    Assignment: After working through the bootstrap tutorial below, create a single/multi page website about a subject of your choice, you could create a website for a class project, document something you created or participated in, etc. Think about how this project could be used to your benefit (book report, etc). You can document your favorite hobby, band, sports, celebrity, movie, video game, etc.

    Bootstrap Page Assignment Specs:
    • Single scrolling or multiple page website, subject is your choice
    • Website should be complete with information, photos or gif's, content (150 words minimum), links, resources etc
    • Website must be built with bootstrap frame work, be free of glitches or errors and function correctly when uploaded to server
    • Website must contain menu at top of page for navigation
    • Website must contain 1 external link
    • Website must contain credit with link to your email at bottom of page or contained in an "about" or "contact" section (this page created by "insert name") with email hot-linked
    • Website must be free of errors or bugs, broken links etc...
    • Final website displays good use of typography, color palettes and shows understanding of the elements and principles of design

    Tutorial: Read through the bootstrap tutorial... try out each step and create your own gallery page that demonstrates the following bootstrap elements:

    Download and Modify Bootstrap to Customize your Template:
    Want to change the colors of your template? Download bootstrap and re-link your html file to the downloaded bootstrap CSS file.  Click the following link and un-zip the contents into your project folder. Change the bootstrap link code to embed the local bootstrap resource instead of using the online resource.

    Link: Download Bootstrap

    Customize Your Bootstrap Colors:
    Want to change the color scheme of your template? Check out the link below, you can upload a photo and create a color scheme, or choose one of their pre-made ones. Copy-paste the CSS into the bootstrap.min.css file.

    Link: Custom Color Scheme's for Bootstrap

    Custom palette on my sample bootstrap page.