Peer Review

Solicit feedback from a classmate regarding the design and implementation of your Segway Project. I’d like you to spend the next week incorporating the suggestions from this critique into your project. When critiquing others keep in mind that we are all at different places skill-wise. Be constructive in your criticism and remember to also include what you like as well.

Assignment

Due next Thursday 9/27 – Email me the final implementation of your Dragon project. In a blog post, I’d like to hear about your experience working on this project. What did you do well? What would you do differently? I’d also like you to reflect on the feedback session with your classmates. What did you improve based-on what your reviewers recommended? There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented (Will cover on Monday).

Structure, Content, Design, Behavior

Assignments

  • Read – The history of the Internet and the web, and the evolution of web standards
  • Create an Account on Codepen.io.
  • Evaluate your a web site you frequent based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. Write a blogpost that includes the following elements: Site URL, Screenshot, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change. Due Monday.

Web Services Round Up

Using the Web Like a pro

Assignment:

  1. By the end of this week you should complete the Power Searching with Google course as homework. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6. If you completed this course previously please complete the Advanced course to fulfill this assignments requirements.
  2. Due Thursday – Write a blog post about 5 new tips/tricks you learned from the Power Searching with Google course. Please explain each technique and a situation where you might use it to find valuable information.
  3. Review your favorite web-based service in a blog post explaining it’s functionality, the pro’s and con’s of using the particular service, and discuss the service’s potential for impacting the way you work.

HTML5 Structural Elements

Assignment

  • Create and Validate a prototype HTML document that includes examples of all HTML elements covered thus far. For a list of requirements view this page.
  • Upload to the server and send me the url. Send to tswallace@ualr.edu and before 9.21.17 (Will cover this on Thursday)

Exploring Web Based Services and Search

Using the Web Like a pro

Assignment:

  1. By the end of next week you should complete the Power Searching with Google course as homework. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6. If you completed this course previously please complete the Advanced course to fulfill this assignments requirements.
  2. Due next Thursday – Write a blog post about 5 new tips/tricks you learned from the Power Searching with Google course. Please explain each technique and a situation where you might use it to find valuable information.
  3. Delayed until next week -Review your favorite web-based service in a blog post explaining it’s functionality, the pro’s and con’s of using the particular service, and discuss the service’s potential for impacting the way you work.

Bringing Bringing it all together

Assignment

Please read the following article on image optimization and write a short blog post discussing three takeaways from the article.

Review the HTML & CSS concepts covered last semester and bring questions/need for clarification to class on Monday. We’ll begin a web design project on Monday. If you need some review this site covers a good chunk of what we discussed last semester.

Google Search and Gmail

Google Services

Using the Web Like a pro

Assignment:

Review your favorite web-based service in a blog post explaining it’s functionality, the pro’s and con’s of using the particular service, and discuss the service’s potential for impacting the way you work. Post is due next Tuesday. Please be prepared to discuss in class.

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Read (Quiz Material) Introduction to HTML

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Creating Imagery for your Site

Assignment

Create Banner image for your sample page in Fireworks. The image should be as wide as your container div and between 80px and 200px tall and less than 40kb in size. Emailed tswallace@ualr.edu before class on Monday. Have fun with this. You can make an image for anything. It could be a company, an event, a hobby etc. I’d like to see the following elements present in your design. Typographical Element, some sort of photographic element or vector artwork, and a consistent color scheme (Try Kuler).

Next class I’ll show you how to integrate this image into your template page properly. Please bring the file to class.

WordPress Explained

Assignment

Make sure you have done the following by Tuesday of next week. We’ll be moving on to new topics so you should have all blog related issues and assignments squared away.

  • Make sure I have your Blog URL
  • Customize your blog
    • Apply a new theme
    • Customize the sidebar or wigitized areas
      • Add a few widgets.
      • Display an rss feed from a site that you frequent.
    • Try using a shortcode in a post or a page.
  • Completed About Page
  • Created a Custom Menu

Introduction to HTML5

Assignment

Create a Codepen Account and experiment with it’s features.

Read (Quiz Material) Introduction to HTML

Introduction to Fireworks

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Working with Photography

Image Optimization

Assignment

Post optimized samples of the images you created to your blog with an explanation of the tools and approach you used.

Introduction to WordPress

Homework

Homework (Due 8.29.17): Write your first blog post reflecting on your first week in the program and your personal expectations for the class. Make sure you categorize and/or tag the post. If you are feeling adventurous try adding a photo to the post as well. There is no length requirement for this assignment.

Structure, Content, Design, & Behavior

Assignment

Evaluate your favorite web site based on our discussion of Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior. This is a written assignment that should be emailed to me (tswallace@ualr.edu) no later than 8-29-17. Make sure you discuss the following elements: Site URL, An assessment of the Structure, Content, Design, and Behavior of the site, Things you like about the site, Things you would change.

Chromebook Orientation

Homework

Homework (Due 8.24.17): Visit WordPress.com and create a new blog. This will be where you reflect and write over the course of the next semester. Send me the address of your blog via email (tswallace@ualr.edu). We will review all of the settings on Thursday. (Note:  your address will be some like so… yourchosenname.wordpress.com)

Introduction to Fireworks

  • Fireworks Workspace
  • Creating Shapes
  • Working with Typography
  • Cropping and Resizing

Complete the following tutorials and submit the folder icon you create in the 3rd tutorial.

You should email this icon to me before class next Thursday. Late submissions will not be accepted. I do not expect you to perfectly replicate the icon in the tutorial but I would like to see a solid effort from each of you. This is a challenging assignment so I encourage you to not wait until the night before it is due. You are welcome to use any graphic design software you have access to to complete the assignment. Good Luck!

IT Diamond Orientation

Assignments

Semester Wrap-up

  • Course Evaluations – Please fill out 3 times (Once for Each Faculty Member)
  • Peer Evaluations
  • Package all project materials in a Team Drive that is shared with all faculty (ERD, Database export, All web-site files, documentation, etc.)
  • Register for ITEC 4610
  • If you have non-profits or other causes that you support in the Central Arkansas area that would benefit from a web/database project next semester please send them my way. We are currently looking for capstone projects.
  • Have a great summer!

IT Amber – Semester Wrap Up

  • Review Grades
  • Peer Evaluation – Due Friday – May 5, 2017 – Emailed to all faculty
  • Course Evaluations – Please fill out 3 times (Once for Each Faculty Member)
  • Project Presentation – Thursday May 4, 2017 – 1:30pm

We hope you have a great Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in the Fall. If any of you are looking for project work for the Summer please let us know and we’ll try to pass along opportunities as they present themselves.

Final Presentations & Wrap Up

  • Final Project Guidelines
    • Due May 9, 10:30am
    • Site URL
    • A brief description of the sites purpose and target audience
    • 1-2 pages outlining the takeaways from the course. (What you learned, What you’d like to investigate further, ideas for improvement)
  • Course Evaluations

I’ve enjoyed working with each of you and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. Please let me know if you need assistance with recommendations or freelance opportunities.

Analytics and Geolocation

Introduction to JavaScript

Assignment

Additional Reading and Study – Javascript 101

Read the following Article on Progressive Enhancement. Send me an email (tswallace@ualr.edu) explaining progressive enhancement in your own words. Please discuss why it is important to use progressive enhancement and include a link to another article you found and read relating to the topic. Due before class Wednesday.

Responsive Image Techniques

Assignment

Using your own images and breakpoints create a working responsive image demo using one of the techniques covered in class today.  Please send the working demo to me. Remember that I’d like to see this technique implemented in your final project. Keep that in mind as you work through the design of your demo.

Bootstrap Wrap Up

Assignment

Please review and research the current state of responsive images. In class on Tuesday we’ll look at current techniques and polyfiills.  Here are a few resources to get you started.