Creative and Media level 1 Preparing for the Online Exhibition Presentation Unit

This post is for the creative and Media Foundation Students:

The role of the Graphic Designer:
Ensures that a logo is present on the website all the way trough
Ensures that the publicity for the website is ready (both online and print)
Designs both Flyers and banners, AND DON’T FORGET SKETCHES

I REPEAT THE MAIN LOGO SHOULD PRESENT ON THE MAIN SITE AND THE INDIVIDUAL SITES.

The role of the Project Manager:

  • Keeps the team toghether and don’t say no to hard work
  • Ensures that all roles are well understood by all team members
  • Keeps to deadlines (and yours is on the 23rd of this month)
  • Responsible for ordering the domain names and webspace

The project Assistant

  • Supports the Project Manager in all his duties, and put it all together; documentation, meeting minutes etc…

The risk Assessor

  • INFORMS THE REST OF THE TEAM OF ALL RISKS WITH THE WEBSITE
  • Making sure the site complies to copyrights (meaning no copy and paste and I MEAN IT!!!!!)
  • Looks at deficiencies in the site (images, users)
  • Weight the risks of having a website online (data protection and how to avoid lost of data. That should not be a problem – remember IT CLASSES)

I WANT TO SEE EVIDENCE OF TEAM MEETINGS AND MINUTES.

I AM EXPECTING E-MAILS BY FRIDAY FROM YOU ALL.

DO NOT COME BACK TO ME NEXT WEEK WITH NO EVIDENCE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH!!!!!

ONE OF YOU NEEDS TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO UPLOAD THE VIDEOS ON THE MAIN SITE BLOG.

REMEMBER THE CYBER-GOD IS WATCHING ALL YOUR MOVES ON THE NET (ME)………WE HAVE GOT DEADLINES.

Creative Media Foundation Intro to WordPress Part 1

Creative Media Foundation Intro to WordPress Part 1

This is the first part of a 3 weeks tutorial teaching students about creating their own online gallery using a simple content management system. At this stage my students have already had an introduction to www.wordpress.com creating their own personal blog (all my students including Level 1 music media and Level 2 multimedia). Nevertheless, this tutorial sample is a good base for students to start taking control of their website, producing their own portfolio, making decisions,choice on different plugins/themes to use to change the appearance of the website. A sample student material will be available to download at a later date.

Lesson Objectives;

  • Demonstrating confidence in building pages and posts using dashboard (WordPress)
  • Researching and Planning for their own online portfolio

Duration: 1.30 hour
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Helping Music & Media level 1 with the production of Blog

Hello guys,

This will be interesting for Andra who is developing the project blog; you can look a these tutorials to help developing your skills with WP. I have no time to set the whole tuts, for you. But the Internet is the best source to learn about WP, and I don’t think there is a need for more videos from me. You have had your basic training with the free wordpress.com site. But I am available if you get stuck, just drop me an e-mail.

http://speckyboy.com/2008/11/17/100-wordpress-video-tutorials-from-basic-to-advanced/

 

http://mashable.com/2007/07/23/online-media/

Good tip to get the students to understand IP addresses

Good tip to get the students to understand IP addresses

While you are teaching it is not evident for students to understand IP addresses, robots, and crawlers. I found a good tools that would do just that, if you are teaching wordpress, as a web development tool.
There is a plugin that I found interesting in term of getting students to understand the above; Statpress.

Once it is installed and activated on the plugins directory, you can easily access it through the dash board.

Why is interesting? Because once you have the Statpress panel opened students:

  • They can understand statistics about their websites
  • can see which IPs (computers), have visited their sites
  • have and understanding of how crowlers search content on the web

Explanation:

  • The overview section is graphical representation of the visitor, pages visited, feed added, and spiders (or crawlers)
  • The last hits section shows you who visited your site, from where, their IP,  which country, which browser and operating system they use, and the files visited.
  • Last search terms; is about which search engine and which search term has led to your site
  • Last pages is all about the last pages visited
  • Last referrers; if you placed links to your site on other sites that will tell you exactly which referral was used
  • Last spiders; simply the spiders Crawlers that visited your site.

You have loads of option with this plugin, that will teach your students quite a lot and get to understand the back end of web design as well as technology.

The spy section can give you more detailed information about the visitors themselves, where they are and what they are looking at right now.

 

It’s very easy to set the plugin, only install it and it will do the rest for you.

 

Helping multimedia tutors teaching wordpress

Helping multimedia tutors teaching wordpress

This article is based on my difficulties to get the students to create CMS websites and I guess will give an advice to Multimedia/Web Design tutors to get their students going with the learning of skills which are needed on the market. This a challenge that I have been trying to overcome to the last 3 years and this year I have managed to get the opportunity to get students to experiment directly with CMS. The experiment was quite challenging, considering issues with equipment. With my Level 1 NOCN Multimedia I have simply used the online wordpress.com so they could have the basics, and the core of assignment only required them mess around with templates. With the level 2, they need more advanced skills such as the ability to plan,  create, make changes, upload, experiment, test and amend.

To be able to get students to experiment with CMS you will need to –

1 – Get a web domain name, with hosting solution (in my case my site is hosted by www.heartinet.co.uk, they are cheap, £2.90 for a .co.uk domain named and easy to use)

Some internet service providers (ISP) offers free web space , but for the purpose of this project, you need an ISP that will provide you with services which allow you as much freedom as you need to get your students working. This is very important because you will be able to demonstrate how to effectively manage a domain, and also  you have full control of your own domain. With a free domain the chance is that you don’t have a lot of choice (i.e wordpress.com is a good start for learning content management; free domain and hosting, but your students can not experience with plugins and back-end configuration for free. If your institution can afford it just create a domain for each students, this is good if you teach on a one-to-one basis.
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