EC Digital Arts Media Academy

El Camino High School's Digital Arts Media Academy is a series of career technical education (CTE) classes that focuses 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 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 are missing an assignment and believe that you already completed it, it is your responsibility to contact me via email ( 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 and 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 "")
  4. Your password is your eight digit birthdate
  5. Sign up for classes using the codes I give you
  6. Use this portal to view, complete and turn in assignments

Note: If you don't plan on checking your district email (, 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".

Schedule for Web Design:

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

1/21: MLK day, no school

1/22: Talk about "shipping cards", take a gallery walk of Business Map graphics, record suggestions.  Each group gives and gets suggestions, make revisions based on suggestions, part of grade.

1/23: Finish up business maps and possibly present.  Remember, I'm going to be looking for a business map that is comprehensive and that outlines the process in detail.  Nothing vague here; people are going to be able to read through this and know exactly what it is we do every step of the way.

1/24: Return to websites, hopefully clients have responded, start creating.  Talk about the value of seeing things through the customer's eyes and managing time accordingly.

1/25: Quiz on business map, continue working on site.


Schedule for Graphic Design:

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

1/21: MLK day, no school

1/22: Continue with penguin tutorial, work on the eyes.  Talk about gradients and working with layers

1/23:  Work on the feet and the shadows.  If you're getting to the point where you're done with the tutorial, please look at other tutorials.  No time to get distracted, always be learning something!

1/24: Penguin due as JPG by the end of the period.

1/25: Quiz over lessons learned in penguin tutorial, start next assignment

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