IT Amber

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Semester Wrap-up - May 4, 2017

  • 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 - April 27, 2017

  • 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.

Introduction to JavaScript Libraries - March 7, 2017

Assignment

Read the following Article on Progressive Enhancement. Write a blog post 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 Thursday.

Site Planning - February 23, 2017

Site Planning

Working with HTML5 Boilerplate

Individual Web Site Project

Assignment

Watch the HTML5 Boilerplate Video | Download the Files (If you haven’t done so already) Review the HTML and CSS Documentation while looking through the boilerplate files. Be prepared to discuss on next week.

Begin thinking about a topic for your individual web project. By next Tuesday I should have a planning document and site map for the new site.

Web Forms - February 21, 2017

Web Forms

Assignment

  1. Implement a contact form solution on your Segway Project. If necessary create a contact page.
  2. Due Thursday (2/23) – Create a blog post on the Segway project. Include the site URL, Feedback you received,  How you improved/fixed your site based-on what your reviewers recommended. There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented.

Peer Review - February 16, 2017

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 (2/23 – Email me your final Segway project. I’d like to hear about what you improved/fixed based-on what your reviewers recommended. There should also be a working version of a contact form implemented (Will cover on Tuesday).

Bringing it all together - February 2, 2017

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 Tuesday. We’ll begin a web design project on Tuesday. If you need some review this site covers a good chunk of what we discussed last semester.

Creating Imagery for your Site - January 26, 2017

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 Tuesday. 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.

Web Hosting and Working with Imagery - January 24, 2017

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 Thursday. 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.

Introduction to Fireworks - January 17, 2017

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 Fireworks - January 12, 2017

  • 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. Good Luck!

Usability Testing - November 1, 2016

Assignment

Please write a blog post regarding today’s usability tests. I’d like you talk in detail about your observations from both tests and your thoughts as to why usability testing is a valuable part of the design/development workflow.

Web Publishing and Workspace - October 18, 2016

Assignment

HTML5 Structural Elements - October 13, 2016

Assignment

Introduction to HTML5 - October 6, 2016

Assignment

HTML Reference – Code Guide | Introduction to HTML

Structure, Content, Design, Behavior - September 29, 2016

Assignment

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 Tuesday.

Mastering Google Search - September 20, 2016

Assignments

  1. This week you should complete the Power Searching with Google course as homework. Be prepared to discuss when we return to class next Tuesday. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6
  2. Due next Tuesday – Write a blog post about 5 new tips/trick 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.

Using the Web Like a Pro - September 13, 2016

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.

WordPress Explained - August 30, 2016

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 WordPress - August 25, 2016

Homework

Homework (Due 8.30.16): Write your first blog post reflecting on your first week in the program and your personal expectations for the class. Make sure you catergorize 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.

Chromebook Orientation and Introduction to WordPress - August 23, 2016

Homework

Homework (Due 8.25.16): 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 Tuesday.

Welcome to IT Amber - August 18, 2016

Assignment

Complete Program Pre-Survey if you have not done so already. Bring your Chromebook to class on Tuesday.