northanger (northanger) wrote,

game plan

{1} Zip current APPRENTICE website and send to self.

unfortunately, there are three versions floating around making my head spin.

{2} Fast-forward Production Model

get R on board PDQ & for god's sake, figure out a fix for the mop site & get it done already.

{3} Update Skill Sets & Skill Assignments.

thinking of serious changes to entire structure. not critical right now, but definitely needs to be ready by summer.

{4} Write Linking Assignment.

OVERVIEW to HTML ELEMENTS connector. it's very easy to learn HTML tags to format text & paragraphs and add color & images. watching my students made me realize that the ANCHOR tag is not only the most challenging tag of all, it's the essence of HTML. absolute links are simple; relative links require knowing how & when to go up & down directories. students need to understand directory structure, the meaning of icons, and the difference between local, network & remote. during the linking exercise, students take an incomplete directory with broken links, missing pages, etc. their task is to link all pages together. during this process, students create numerous web pages in notepad, and learn to work from the desktop not the network to keep links simple. hopefully, after the initial grok crunch, students should gain confidence in their abilities. (i'm actually discovering this learning process watching my students—they're excited by this point & really want to learn more. they're committed.)

{5} Write HTML Elements Assignment

i usually give this verbally walking students through the process. this assignment builds on Linking Assignment where students use the HTML Practice Pad to learn how to use the tags properly. they create single or multiple pages so i can view their progress, then create a main index page to link all of their pages.

{6} Revise & Complete CSS Elements Section

argh. actually, css Zen Garden gave me the idea how to introduce css (toughie). check DDC & see what they offer (may need massaging). critical? understanding box model & making sure students understand HTML structure versus CSS layout (this-is-your-web-page-on-css kinda idea). think i'm actually closer to finding a way to introduce this on the site.

{7} Write CSS Elements Assignment

Builds on Linking & HTML Elements Assignments using PVII's QuickDraw MacFly. objective: students explore and solidify their understanding of the difference between structure & layout. drill that. two students at this point already. breakdown: they don't know Dreamweaver! excellent how this is blending together. Dreamweaver & Fireworks intros needed—focus is not on TOOLS yet—keep students moving forward where "creating" generates "understanding". don't you get buy-in with the rest once they get it?

{8} Overhaul Web Design Section

Probably describe Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design—but all assignments can be linked here. luckily, happily, design basics included with curriculum. yeah.

words from the greatest Coach in the world!

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever - the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it. —Vince Lombardi

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. —Vince Lombardi


simply brilliant!

non-prof hired me to rewrite their skill sets & create a curriculum for a kick-ass web design team. non-prof wants to support program with a client payment structure. apprenticeship program is self-paced program teaching web fundamentals & tools. we hire & pay interested students who prove they can handle the work. design model customizes PVII Design Packs and ensures: {a} clients get quality websites, and {b} students gain solid on-the-job training.

lightbulb: just realized learning process outlined above actually follows the design model.

wow. need to go to bed, get up early & make this happen.


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