EC Digital Arts Media Academy

Welcome to El Camino High School online!  I know it's strange not going back to school fully 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 is on an in-person/virtual "hybrid" schedule as of 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.  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.


Mock interview results:

Please see this spreadsheet for your overall grade and comments


Schedule for Graphic Design:

Important!  To help boost up your grades a little, I'm going to start accepting Photoshop tutorials for extra credit (examples are here).  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)

5/31 (All Classes): Goal for Friday is to be done with your interview and completely caught up with your assignments.

For Cohort A:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 3 in person and I'll be assisting with the mock interviews.  Although you'll have a substitute teacher to help me out, I'll still be there to monitor the room.  Note: some of you still haven't given me the link to your portfolio, which is part of your final grade!  Put the address to your portfolio here.

Wednesday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 in person and I'll be assisting with the mock interviews.  Although you'll have a substitute teacher to help me out, I'll still be there to monitor the room.  Note: some of you still haven't given me the link to your portfolio, which is part of your final grade!  Put the address to your portfolio here for period 4 and here for period six.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 3 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Friday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

For Cohort B:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 3 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Wednesday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 3 in person and I'll be finishing up grades and grading the mock interview.  You'll be expected to work independently.  Note: some of you still haven't given me the link to your portfolio, which is part of your final grade!  Put the address to your portfolio here for period 4 and here for period six.

Friday: I'll meet with periods 4 and 6 in person and I'll be finishing up grades and grading the mock interview.  You'll be expected to work independently.  Note: some of you still haven't given me the link to your portfolio, which is part of your final grade!  Put the address to your portfolio here for period 4 and here for period six.

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 (examples are here). 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)

5/31 (All Classes): Goal for Friday is to be done with your interview and completely caught up with your assignments.

For Cohort A:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 2 in person and I'll be assisting with the mock interviews.  Although you'll have a substitute teacher to help me out, I'll still be there to monitor the room.

Wednesday: I'll meet with period 5 in person and I'll be assisting with the mock interviews.  Although you'll have a substitute teacher to help me out, I'll still be there to monitor the room.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 2 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Friday: I'll meet with period 5 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

For Cohort B:

Tuesday: I'll meet with period 2 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Wednesday: I'll meet with period 5 virtually while I work on finalizing grades.

Thursday: I'll meet with period 2 in person and I'll be finishing up grades and grading the mock interview.  You'll be expected to work independently.

Friday: I'll meet with period 5 in person and I'll be finishing up grades and grading the mock interview.  You'll be expected to work independently.

Resources:

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