EC Digital Arts Media Academy

Welcome to El Camino High School online!  I know it's strange not going back to school in person, but we have all the resources in place to successfully do this virtually.  Depend on each other, your teachers, and your counselors to help you get through this year and you can't go wrong!

Here's the plan:

  1. Check your email frequently.  Go to gmail.com and make sure you're logged in as a student.
  2. Check Google Classroom.  Go to classroom.google.com, signed in as a student, and watch for upcoming assignments.
  3. Check our class schedule on this page.  I'll update this weekly (and even daily, if needed) with links and resources.
  4. Check our YouTube channel for past meetings and tutorials.

Do you need a Chromebook? Go to the library between 9am-12pm.  If you need technical assistance, call 760-966-4444, 7:30am-4pm.

Do you need internet?  Call 855-846-8376 for free access and equipment.

As of right now, we're planning on being closed "indefinitely".  This means that unless the situation changes dramatically, we'll be out for weeks or months to come.

When we do return (tentatively planned for 1/11/21), we'll be following this schedule.


El Camino High School's Digital Arts Media Academy is a series of career technical education (CTE) classes that focus on digital media arts.  The program features graphic design (marketing and advertising through images that have been digitally produced and enhanced), and web design (production of online content aimed at selling or promoting products or services).


Grading policy:

Each assignment has clear expectations and a defined due date.  If the student does not turn in the assignment by that date, the highest possible grade that you could get on that assignment goes down one letter grade (10%) each business day.  If a student has excused absences for days that we worked on the project in class, they have that many days to make up the assignment with no penalty.

If you simply don't hand in an assignment, that "red spot" shows up on your grade report.  If you do make up an assignment, that red spot goes away but you are subject to the score depreciation mentioned in the previous paragraph.

If you are missing an assignment and believe that you already completed it, it is your responsibility to contact me via email (aaron@grablegraphics.com) to get that fixed.

 Google Classroom:

Google-Classroom-Logo1Google classroom is a useful tool for organizing your classes, viewing your assignments, interacting with each other, and the teacher as well as turning in your work digitally.  The district gives you unlimited space on their Google Drive but that goes away after your senior year.  At that time, you'll need to find a way to migrate your information to your own Google Drive if you want to keep it.

This is the process for working with Google Classroom:

  1. Make sure you're logged in to your school Google Drive.
  2. Click on the green Google Classroom icon above or click here
  3. Sign in, using your school email (your permanent ID plus "@oside.us")
  4. Your password is your eight-digit birthdate
  5. Sign up for classes using the codes I gave you on Aeries or in your email
  6. Use this portal to view, complete and turn in assignments

Note: If you don't plan on checking your district email (yourstudentid@oside.us), you should set it up so those emails forward to your personal account.  For more info on that, go to this link and follow the instructions on "how to forward all new emails".

Your animation for this week:

Schedule for Graphic Design:

Important!  To help boost up your grades a little, I'm going to start accepting Photoshop tutorials for extra credit.  To complete a tutorial, you must clear it through me first by sending me an email with this information:

  1. The internet address to the tutorial
  2. A short description of why you chose this tutorial
  3. A short explanation of what you hope to learn from it
  4. A proposed date that you'll be finished with it

With tutorials, there is no late work.  The date you give me is the date it's due.  I'll let you know what your score on the finished product is and the score you earn will be spread out among your other assignments to bring as many as I can up to 10/10.

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here)

11/30 or 12/1: Intro mid-term, which is a marketing brochure for a local nonprofit.  These organizations give a lot to our community, and it's time we give something back to them.  What is a nonprofit?  How do they run? What do they do?  How to they make money?  Why do they need our help?

What local nonprofit organizations in Oceanside (or that directly service Oceanside) do you want to help out with?  To make sure we are able to help each other as much as possible, I'm going to limit the number of nonprofits that one class can do to five (you pick out of those five which one you want to do).  Choose one and we're going to start sketching a mockup for the customer.  This will be shared with the actual business, so make sure the sketch is on clean paper and when you turn it in, it should be a clear image of the front and back.

Based on your choice, you're going to create a sketch.  The purpose of this is to show the client what your idea is and get feedback from them before you actually start creating.  Please don't start working on your actual creation until you get feedback from the client, as your idea might not match up with what they want.

12/2: Sketch of brochure due, as JPG (photo taken with camera), by end of the period.  Sketch is required to move to the next step; comments will be in the assignment folder.  Revisions will be expected and will be figured into your final grade.  Watch tutorial on how to set up brochure template, attendance question will include a "code word" from that tutorial, so pay attention to it!  🙂

12/3 or 12/4:  Start setting up brochure cover.  Would you like to use a back ground?  What goes on the cover?  Find a high-quality logo for the top, figure out what font would be good for a title and figure out a "tag line" or a subtitle.

Once done with the front cover, move on to the inside flap.  There should be five things that you find out about the business that you can put on here.

Schedule for remainder of the semester:

Week of 12/7: Work on cover and inside flap of brochure, work on inside content.  Turn in rough draft

Week of 12/14: Work on revisions, final product due (ready to submit for printing) by Friday

Semester ends 12/18, break from 12/21-1/8

Resources:


Schedule for Web Design:

Important!  To help boost up your grades a little, I'm going to start accepting Photoshop or HTML/CSS tutorials for extra credit.  To complete a tutorial, you must clear it through me first by sending me an email with this information:

  1. The internet address to the tutorial
  2. A short description of why you chose this tutorial
  3. A short explanation of what you hope to learn from it
  4. A proposed date that you'll be finished with it

With tutorials, there is no late work.  The date you give me is the date it's due.  I'll let you know what your score on the finished product is and the score you earn will be spread out among your other assignments to bring as many as I can up to 10/10.

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here)

11/30 or 12/1:  Intro to WordPress.  What is it?  Why do I see wordpress.com AND wordpress.org?  What's the difference?  Why is WordPress useful to me?  Why is this something that we could easily build a business off of this?  Create an account and let's start working on your very first

12/2: Let's figure out what business you're going to do.  Fill out the form and tell me a little about it.  Whip up a rough sketch of what your new site is going to look like.

12/3 or 12/4: Talk about revisions from sketch and start piecing together your new site.    Create a skeleton frame and start filling it in.  Talk about mission statement for RWS.

Schedule for remainder of the semester:

Week of 12/7: Site should be done and ready to review by Friday

Week of 12/14: Revisions done and site turned in by Friday

Semester ends 12/18, break from 12/21-1/8

Resources:

  • Assignment folder here.
  • W3Schools: excellent source of information about HTML and CSS here.