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Be sure to email me your detailed goals for the week (after reading this entire blog entry).  AHS afternoon students need to remember that Friday is AHS Homecoming and a parade starts at 2 pm.  If you will be attending the Homecoming parade and missing my class or leaving early, be sure to submit a leave request form before Friday.

If I have written on your time sheets or emailed you about taking Brainbench certifications, please take those today.

You are scheduled to attend the Career Center this Wednesday.  The last group of students will attend towards the end of the class period instead of the beginning due to me having parent-teacher conferences starting early.

This will be a designated “project week“.  What’s that mean?  It does NOT mean free days every day.  What it does mean is you have an assignment project and then you have a choice of projects to complete this week.

The “assigned project” is to create Facebook cover photo and profile pid.  You will complete this project even if you do not have a Facebook account.  See the detailed instructions below before starting this project.  The instructions are also posted on the Student Projects page of my blog which is available under the Links menu at the top of my blog.

Facebook Cover Photo and Profile Picture Instructions:

I realize not everyone has a Facebook page or account; however, your assignment is to design a cover photo as well as a profile pic that is included as part of the lower left corner overlapping the cover photo.  When you have completed both the profile pic and cover pic, you will need to take a screenshot of your Facebook account using these two images.  You do not have to leave them on your Facebook account if you do not want to.  Consider reading these instructions for those who do not have a Facebook account. If you need some inspiration for this project, check out “30 Examples of Creative Facebook Timeline Covers” by Vandelay Design.

The following is basic information you need to set up these two files (one for profile pic and one for cover pic).  Cover photos are 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.  You can Google Facebook cover photo and get more information if you need it.  The profile pic that overlaps the cover photo is 160 pixels by 160 pixels.  More information about that is available by clicking here.

Don’t have a Facebook page?  Creative a cover and profile pic for another company or organization or yourself.  I will have you put the two images together in a Photoshop document so we can visualize what it would look like in Facebook.  Ask me for help with topics or approval possibly.

Optional project #1 – You may also choose to make buttons or magnets this week.  I have 3″ and 2.25″ buttons or 3″ magnets.  This might be a good activity for celebrating Homecoming or other types of activities!  If you choose to make buttons or magnets, you cannot just get an image off the Internet and place on a button.  You need to DESIGN something!  Also, do not use just basic pre-installed fonts in your designs.  Go to dafont.com and download a font that different than the standard, pre-installed fonts on your computer.  Ask me for help if you have not installed fonts before on a Mac.  I will provide you with the button templates if you choose to do this project.

Optional project #2 – You can also make a poster this week if you want.  The dimensions for posters are 11″ x 17″. You cannot just get an image off the Internet and place on a button.  You need to DESIGN something!  Also, do not use just basic pre-installed fonts in your designs.  Go to dafont.com and download a font that different than the standard, pre-installed fonts on your computer.  Ask me for help if you have not installed fonts before on a Mac.

Optional project #3 -You may choose to create a t-shirt design as long as it is an original, appropriate design. This means not just an image off the internet!  If you need some design inspiration, check out the Digital Design Pinterest board for T-Shirt designs – http://www.pinterest.com/DDClass/t-shirt-design-info-and-samples/.  I will be providing more “constructive criticism” as the year goes along and not letting you print just “any” design so make it good!

Optional project #4 -You may choose to create a beverage insulator but it needs to be an original, appropriate design. This means not just an image off the internet!

Optional project #5 – You can create a design using the drawing tablet.  It needs to be original and appropriate.

Optional project #6 – You can edit images using the techniques you have learned through Lynda.com training.

Superintendent’s Leadership Class students will be gone on Wednesday for a SLC activity.  Be sure to submit a leave request form prior to Wednesday.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday evening.  I will send a card home with you today with the time for which your parent is scheduled to visit with me.  If you have a parent or guardian you wants to meet with me, please let me know.

Congratulations to Macy for another championship!  She won Grand Champion Limousin Steer at the Tulsa State Fair!

Cooperative Alliance (College Credit) Opportunities

Now through a Cooperative Alliance Agreement high school and adult students may earn college credit for courses taken at Northwestl Technology Center and apply that credit toward an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.  Northwest Tech currently has cooperative alliance credits for Digital Design students available through Northern Oklahoma College.

Individuals enrolling in a Cooperative Alliance will save on:

  • college expenses
  • avoid course duplication from high school to college
  • shorten the time needed to earn a college degree
  • earn college credit for approved Northwest Tech courses
  • transition easily from high school to college and on into a career
Adult Students must meet the following criteria in order to enroll in the Cooperative Alliance:
  • Adult students must pay $8 per credit hours
  • Adult students must sign Adult Statement of Understanding
  • Adult students must submit an enrollment form signed by instructor

High School Students must meet the following criteria in order to enroll in the Cooperative Alliance:

  • Only high school students who meet one of the following criteria will be able to enroll for Cooperative Agreement Credit:
    • Score 19 on ACT
    • Score 15 on PLAN
    • Have a high school GPA of at least a 2.5
  • A parent or guardian must sign a statement of understanding.
  • High school students must submit a high school transcript at time of enrollment.
  • High school students must submit a copy of ACT Plan or ACT test scores (if HS GPA is below a 2.5) at time of enrollment
  • Students must pay $8 per credit hour.

The deadline for Cooperative Alliance enrollment for the Fall semester is Wednesday, October 16.  I will give the necessary paperwork to the students whose parents indicated they were interested when they completed the forms at the beginning of the year.  If you have not indicated your interest in college credit but now want to enroll, please visit with me.

Quote: Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you may lose. ~ Tom Krause

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