EC Digital Arts Media Academy

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 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 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 "@oside.us")
  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 (yourstudentid@oside.net), 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".

Notes for this week:

Remember, the 31st is a "hard" deadline for your portfolio!  There is no flexibility when it comes to working on it after that date.  You're not going to have the opportunity to work on it the week after that, because we're going to be going through mock interviews.

Schedule for Web Design:

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

5/20:  Set goals for the week.  This week is going to be busy.  Your final client website is due on Friday and you're going to be working on your portfolio site.  Today, we're going to talk about setting up MetaSlider and creating your first slider.  How do you figure out the size of the picture?  How do you edit the header if you need to? Try clicking on appearance > editor and see what's there.  Be careful...

5/21: Work on creating your descriptive paragraph below your banner.  Must be full of keywords.  Also, let's create the content for your "about" page today.  Also loaded with keywords.

5/22: Talk about the benefits of Gutenberg.  Maybe I was too quick to judge this plugin.  Let's re-activate it.  Also, let's install "Ultimate Add-ons for Gutenberg" plugin.  This all allows you to do more... with less.  Try adding some columns for your three services.  Also, add a little intro to your "about" page at the bottom.

5/23: Start creating the structure of your services pages.  You'll have three: web design, graphic design and search engine optimization.  See assignment sheet for what goes on each.  Use images of your own work, coupled with images from the internet.

5/24: Due date for final client website.

The remainder of the year:

Account balances here
Final client of the year (for a grade) should be finished before 5/24
Create an end-of-the-year portfolio that wraps in your knowledge of WordPress.org (individual), due 5/31
Select a nonprofit for our donation by 5/31
Go through a mock interview week of 6/3
End of year party (catered) on 6/3

Week of 5/13: Find theme, learn about plugins, learn about optimization, create pages
Week of 5/20: Work on pages, talk about security and backup, how to recover from hacking
Week of 5/27: Finish up site, learn how to write up a resumé, prepare for interview
Week of 6/3: Interview with panel, revise if needed

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Schedule for Graphic Design:

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

5/20: Create the home page of your site.  This should feature a banner, a descriptive paragraph, three sections for your three specialties and a lead-in to your about page.  Talk about "Gutenberg" editor and what "blocks" are.

5/21: Work on creating your descriptive paragraph below your banner.  Must be full of keywords.  Also, let's create the content for your "about" page today.  Also loaded with keywords.

5/22: Talk about the benefits of Gutenberg.  This all allows you to do more... with less.  Try adding some columns for your three services.  Also, add a little intro to your "about" page at the bottom.

5/23: Start creating the structure of your services pages.  You'll have three: whichever three you want to focus on.  Remember the video?  Focus on skills that you like doing.  See assignment sheet for what goes on each.  Use images of your own work, coupled with images from the internet.

5/24: Do you need more work for your portfolio?  Do tutorials while we're working on your site!  Quick text tutorial, intro gallery.

The remainder of the year:

Create an end-of-the-year portfolio that wraps in your knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator, due 5/31
Go through a mock interview week of 6/3
End of year party (potluck, only packaged foods) on 6/7

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