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.


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".

Important:

ECHS will be going to an in-person/virtual "hybrid" schedule on 3/29.  This means that we will meet virtually on Monday (as sort of a "check-in" for the week) for 40 minutes per class.  Then, on Tuesday or Thursday (depending on the period), I'll meet with half of the class in person and on Wednesday or Friday (depending on the period), I'll meet with the other half of the class in person.

When we do return (we have to get into the "red" tier first), we'll be following this schedule (or something very close to it).

Be prepared to come to school on the day you're scheduled to appear in person (mask on, ready to work) and be prepared to check in virtually at the start of each class if you're not scheduled to appear.

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 the link to the tutorial and the date you plan on finishing it.

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

4/12 (All Classes): Goal for Friday is for everyone that was selected to get a chance to present.  You will be given a critique sheet to fill out and will be asked to provide comments and questions for the presenter.

If you are the one presenting, you are required to stand (either at the front or next to your chair) and speak to the rest of us (remember, not to the screen) in a voice that we can hear.  We're interested in your idea and there is not an option to just "not present".  The presenters will be chosen at random, so everyone should be prepared.

For Cohort A:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 3 in person and we'll have everyone present.  If we finish early, there's an extra credit tutorial hooked up to Google Classroom.

Wednesday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 in person and we'll have everyone present.  If we finish early, there's an extra credit tutorial hooked up to Google Classroom.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 3 virtually and offer help with the extra credit tutorial.  If there is someone that wasn't able to present on the day they were scheduled and wants to do it during this time, they can do so and not suffer late penalties!

Friday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 virtually and offer help with the extra credit tutorial.  If there is someone that wasn't able to present on the day they were scheduled and wants to do it during this time, they can do so and not suffer late penalties!

For Cohort B:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 3 virtually and offer help with the extra credit tutorial.  If there is someone that wasn't able to present on the day they were scheduled and wants to do it during this time, they can do so and not suffer late penalties!

Wednesday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 virtually and offer help with the extra credit tutorial.  If there is someone that wasn't able to present on the day they were scheduled and wants to do it during this time, they can do so and not suffer late penalties!

Thursday: I'll meet with period 3 in person and we'll have everyone present.  If we finish early, there's an extra credit tutorial hooked up to Google Classroom.

Friday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 in person and we'll have everyone present.  If we finish early, there's an extra credit tutorial hooked up to Google Classroom.

Resources:


Schedule for Web 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 the link to the tutorial and the date you plan on finishing it.

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

4/12 (All Classes): Goal for Friday is to be done with your site, ready for customer to review it.  None of the sites are suitable for this step yet, so I'm hoping that you'll look at the revisions in the assignment folder and take steps to make them better.

These are real people who are waiting on a professional product and we owe it to them to show them our best.

When it comes time to grade it: You've already turned it in.  Remember?  You made me admin!

For this week, any time that you feel like you're done with your part of the website and it's ready for the client to look at, please take a look at some extra credit tutorials on this website: https://filtergrade.com/best-photo-manipulation-tutorials-photoshop/

Note: the students are going to need to figure out some way to collaborate independently.  Talk over Discord?  Start your own Zoom?  Email?  Text?

For Cohort A:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 2 in person and we'll use breakout rooms to get the sites ready to hand off to the client.  I'll expect them to have their site ready to hand off by Friday.  I'll offer tutorials as needed, breakout rooms with personalized help, and tips for those doing WordPress.org.  I will be offering suggestions during the evening, that you'll follow up on during your virtual session.

Wednesday: I'll meet with period 5 in person and we'll use breakout rooms to get the sites ready to hand off to the client.  I'll expect them to have their site ready to hand off by Friday.  I'll offer tutorials as needed, breakout rooms with personalized help, and tips for those doing WordPress.org.  I will be offering suggestions during the evening, that you'll follow up on during your virtual session

Thursday: I'll meet with period 2 virtually and offer help on their revisions.  Their site, after revisions, is due on Friday.

Friday: I'll meet with period 5 virtually and offer help on their revisions.  Their site, after revisions, is due on Friday.

For Cohort B:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 2 virtually and offer help on their revisions.  Their site, after revisions, is due on Friday.

Wednesday: I'll meet with period 5 virtually and offer help on their revisions.  Their site, after revisions, is due on Friday.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 2 in person and we'll use breakout rooms to get the sites ready to hand off to the client.  I'll expect them to have their site ready to hand off by Friday.  I'll offer tutorials as needed, breakout rooms with personalized help, and tips for those doing WordPress.org.  I will be offering suggestions during the evening, that you'll follow up on during your virtual session

Friday: I'll meet with period 5 in person and we'll use breakout rooms to get the sites ready to hand off to the client.  I'll expect them to have their site ready to hand off by Friday.  I'll offer tutorials as needed, breakout rooms with personalized help, and tips for those doing WordPress.org.  I will be offering suggestions during the evening, that you'll follow up on during your virtual session

Resources:

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