I am at the Docs for Teachers Conference in Toronto today, but that doesn't mean that the work is to come to a screeching stop. We need to keep moving forward so that you are prepared to create and finish spectacular yearbook layouts.
AWE3MI students should work on their magazine covers. If time allows, please have Liam take your picture against the green screen (in preparation for Monday's lesson on how to Photoshop the background out of the photo).
AWE4MI students should make triple sure that their presentations are ready to go for Monday morning. The rest of the time should be spent, calendar and planner in hand preparing your own schedule on how you would like to tackle your 200 points (I would like to meet with each and every one of you next week to discuss your plans). Also, please make yourself available for any of the AWE3MI students that are having issues w/ their magazine covers (you were in the same place they are a year ago....and look how far you have come!)
Today we are working on your most challenging assignment yet. You will need your magazine cover, a ruler, a pencil, and a boat load of patience. I will walk you through expectations in class, and get you started. You will need to work very hard, keep yourself on task and be prepared to have this assignment finished by Monday of next week.
Please spend today polishing your presentations for tomorrow. You should be fully comfortable with your target market, your ad choices (be prepared to explain images, etc), and your pitch.
We are going to take a look at kerning today, and how to make our text look my pleasing to the eye. It is a largely "thankless" task, but the results can be stunning.
We are going to play a game.
Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer's solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck!
Today, we are going to finish up our initial theme explorations, and present our ideas to the class for discussion. We should be able to whittle our main choices down to 3 or so by the end of the period. Use this handy dandy organizer to help focus your thoughts.
We are going to be using a new tool this year, and it will help us capture our conversations and keep ourselves organized. It is called Microsoft Teams, and I am excited to show it to you.
You can access Teams through your Office 365 account.
Yesterday progressed very well. I really appreciated all the help you can give in keeping yourself (and as a result, me) organized.
Today we will discuss, "Theme". It's simple. We need one by the middle of next week. Fully developed, and ready to go. As we start the process, I'd like you to work with a partner and take a look at this list Pick at least 5 from the hundreds listed (or come up with your own), and be prepared to speak in defense of at least one as candidate for this year's book.
With your partner, narrow down your choices to one that you truly feel that you can "flesh out". Take the time to look at all aspects of your theme, and possibilities that could mean for the 2017-2018 yearbook. Keep in mind your target audience, and our need to meet our sales targets (so...think "mass appeal").
Collect your ideas using any digital format you feel comfortable with and be prepared to present your creative findings to the class tomorrow. You job is to sell your ideas, so make sure you polish and rehearse before you share your thoughts with the rest of the yearbook staff.
Think about typefaces, types of photography, index and divider pages, folio, graphics, words/phrases, etc. Try and capture as much supporting elements as possible. The Snipping tool could be your best friend for this task.
We will also be discussing how to work as a Team, and looking at the type of work ethic and time management skills I should be evaluating.
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