Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a good break and are ready to get busy with the new year!

Please help me welcome two new students to class!  Nicole is an adult student who will be attending all day.  Aaron is an AHS student who will be attending for 7th/8th periods.

You will continue to email me your goals for the week on Monday (or the first day of the week).  I am contemplating changing things a little this semester though.  I am considering either 1) having you to work on assignments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and then projects on Thursday and Friday, OR 2) having you work on assignments for one entire week and then working on projects the entire following week.  The projects though have to be detailed in your goals you submit on Mondays.  You cannot just do the same tasks repeatedly.  You need to be incorporating new and/or advanced techniques.  If you wish to edit photos, I want you to take photos to bring to edit… not spend an entire period searching Google for photos.

If you need help with ideas for projects, check out the Projects page of my blog.  You may NOT just create koozies and tshirt designs repeatedly.  Select one of the other projects listed on that page or give me a description of another project of your choice.  Since the Super Bowl is fast approaching, some of you may be interested in completing that project.

Returning students:

Please visit with me individually as to work you should start working on. You will then email me your goals for the week.  You will NOT be attending the Career Center this week.

New Students:

The following is a list of things I would like you to accomplish in the next several days:

  • Adult students need to complete the Student Information Form and Computer Experience Survey. Both are available from the menu at the top of my blog.
  • High School students need to complete the Student Information Form, Computer Experience Survey and the High School Schedule.  All are available from the menu at the top of my blog.
  • Check your email and send me an email with your five favorite quotes.
  • You will create a folder for your work on your computer desktop.   Use your first and last name as the name of the folder.
  • Create a letter in personal business format (I will email you an example).  In the first paragraph you will provide me with some basic information about you; such as high school, grade level, parent or guardian names, hobbies (be sure to include art or drawing if it applies to you), school activities, etc. as well as if you are currently employed. In the second paragraph you will tell me what computer and work experience you have; specifically what type of computers and software you have used.  In the third paragraph you will tell me what your future plans are (in the next couple of years and then within the next ten years) and what you expect to gain from this class that you can apply in the future.
  • Take a photo of yourself using the Photo Booth.  Right click on the photo, export it,  and store it in your folder on the desktop.  Then send me an email with that photo as an attachment.
  • Create a front cover for your Professional Development Planner.  You may use MS Word to design the cover.  (Later you can use Photoshop if you wish.) Include a QR code  on the front cover you design for your Professional Development Planner.  The QR code will direct people to your blog.  One resource you may use for the QR code is qrstuff.com.
  • You will create a blog using WordPress.com.  The first page or home page of your blog will include your daily posts.  Create additional pages for About Me, Assignments,  Projects, and Favorite Work.  You will be adding to the pages as you complete assignments and projects during the year.   I have some training options listed below that will help with setting up your WordPress blog. You will be allowed to select a theme for your blog as well as add widgets as long as they are appropriate.
  • Create a blog entry titled “3 Truths and 1 Lie”.  List three “truths” about yourself and 1 “lie”.  You will present these 4 pieces of information to the class.  We will try to guess which is the lie.  Remember that your blog is public so be sure to use acceptable information and not personal information in the blog entry.
  • Ask me for help installing and setting up Dropbox on your computer. You will use Dropbox to backup important files that you have saved on your computer.

If you have completed all of that, it is time to start a little training on the Mac environment and/or graphic design or web coding courses.  I will show you how to log in to the Lynda.com online training.  Unless you have extensive experience with the Mac and can demonstrate all the skills required, I want you to complete the video training from a couple of courses.  If you think you can demonstrate all those skills, let me know and we’ll discuss it.  And… there is an “extension cable” for the headphone jack so you don’t have to turn the monitor around each day to plug in your headphones.

Additional Info for All Students:

Just a reminder that I post information that I think graphic and web designers may be interested in on the class Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/nwtech.web as well as the class Twitter page – http://twitter.com/DDClass.

Business Professionals of America

The Oklahoma Business Professionals of America organization hosts a State Leadership Conference and Competitive Events competition each spring.  The competitive events allow students to compete against other students throughout the state.  The 2014 State Leadership Conference is March 4 – 5 in Okmulgee and Tulsa.  Students must be “in good standing” to be allowed to compete in an event.   Basically this means students must have good grades, good attendance, and good behavior in class to be allowed to compete.  Several of the events have “pre-judged” portions which mean you must submit your work by January 31 and it will be judged and only the top designated number (for example 10, 12, or 20 students) will be allowed to actually compete at state contest.  Some of the events have “online testing” components which mean students must take an only test in February and online the top designated number (for example 10, 12, or 20) will be allowed to actually compete at state contest.  Event guidelines limit the number of students each school can enter per event.

The events available for Digital Design students are:

  1. Fundamentals Desktop Publishing (Adobe CS6 Design Suite) –Objective and application tests but only top finalists complete application test at SLC
    Demonstrate proficiency in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of business publications.
  2. Digital Publishing with InDesign (Adobe InDesign CS6) – Objective  and application tests with only top finalists complete application test at SLC
    Demonstrate expertise in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of business publications for web, print, and mobile devices.  At the NLC all contestants will also take the Adobe Certified Associate – Print & Digital Media publication using Adobe InDesign CS6 certification exam which will count 25% of the final score.
  3. Fundamentals of Web Design (Notepad) – Objective and application tests with only top finalists complete application test at SLC
    Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental web design coding and syntax to include CSS.  At the NLC all contestants will also take the MTA Web Development Fundamentals certification exam which will count 25% of the final score.
  4. Graphic Design Promotion – Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    Develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, and then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer.  The output of this competition is to be produced as a basis for the NLC advertising and logo for 2015.
    See instructor for more information about graphic requirements.
  5. Web Site Design Team –Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    The team will work together to create a Web site based on the assigned topic.
    Topic for 2014: A Greener Home with Alternative Energy Solutions.
    See instructor for more information about web site requirements.
  6. Interview Skills – Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    Demonstrate proficiency in job search and interview situation which includes producing a cover letter, resume, and job application in addition to the interview.
  7. Advanced Interview Skills – Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    Demonstrate advanced proficiency in job search, interview, and portfolio development which includes producing a cover letter, resume, job  application, and portfolio.
  8. Presentation Management—Individual – Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    Demonstrate knowledge of desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation on the assigned topic.
    Topic for 2014: Business professionals are expected to conduct business in the international marketplace.  You are to create a presentation on business etiquette in a country of your choice.
  9. Presentation Management—Team – Prejudged event with finalists presenting at SLC
    Demonstrate knowledge of desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation on the assigned topic.
    Topic for 2014: Business professionals are expected to work in teams to promote their ideas and their specific department.  You are to prepare a presentation highlighting techniques that empower and motivate your team to success.
  10. Information Tech Concepts – Open Event – Objective Test
    Demonstrate knowledge of information technology concepts

Secondary students may participate in a total of two events:

  1. One individual event that contains a pre-qualifier component (online objective or pre-judged) and a team event, or
  2. Two individual events, one of which must contain a pre-qualifier component (online objective or pre-judged)
  3. A student may also compete in open Workplace Skills Assessments for which they are registered within their division

Post-secondary students may participate in a total of two events, only one of which can be a team event.

Students participating in two events need to check national eligibility guidelines for restrictions on what events can be taken in the same year.

Students will have to adhere to a dress code during the competitive events and general sessions.

Students interested in attending the State Leadership Conference and Competitive Events must express their interest and visit with me by Friday, January 10, at the latest!!

The BPA National Leadership Conference is April 30 – May 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Quote:  Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey

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