Web Design 12: Principles of Web Design

typography

“Good typography is invisible. Bad typography is everywhere.” This is a famous piece by London-based designer Craig Ward. How does this apply to our course?

Not only does this concept apply to typography but also to many areas of visual art and design–including web design. We often notice poorly designed websites when we see them because they pop out; however, nicely designed websites often go unnoticed or are taken for granted. This phenomenon occurs partly because we rarely critically analyze web design.

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IT 10: Access 2013 Exercises (BCA 11 cohort)

This post contains information for students in the BCA 11 cohort who wish to learn about databases using Access 2013. Continue reading

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IT 10: Social Media

linkedin_vs_facebookFor this assignment, you will work with a partner to prepare a slideshow presentation that reviews and compares two popular social media platforms.

These platforms do not need to be exclusive to those popular in North America, nor do they need to be exclusive to desktop computers. For example, you may compare a popular North American platform to a popular Chinese platform (e.g. QQ). You may also choose ones exclusive to games (e.g. Steam), entertainment (e.g. Netflix), or mobile devices (e.g. WhatsApp).  However, the choice of your social media platforms must be similar in natureContinue reading

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Business 10: Stock Market Challenge – Official Link

Only open to Business 9/10 classes: goo.gl/2nqMcW

  • Contest begins on Nov. 24, 2014, and ends Feb. 13, 2015.
  • At least one transaction by Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Same rules as trial contest.
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Business 10: Stock Market Challenge

A stock is a share in the ownership of a company, and it represents a claim on the company’s assets and earnings. Public corporations allow any investors to buy shares in their company via a stock market exchange. Investors can earn money on a stock through dividend yields (profit sharing) and capital appreciation (equity reselling); however, investors can also lose money through poor investments. For the next few weeks, our class will be trading stocks on the real-time stock exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ and TSX) using virtual money.  Continue reading

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IT 10: List of Student Sites

Students in Info Tech 10 and Business Computer Applications 11 have created WordPress blogs to store their artifacts of learning throughout the year and to serve as portfolios.  Continue reading

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Info Tech 10 Makes Star Wars History

It isn’t every day that students have an opportunity to collaborate in a massive crowd-sourced project like The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a fan-made, shot-for-shot recreation of the Star Wars classic.

The project selected 480 fan-made segments culled from over 1,500 submissions and integrates a wide-ranging mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion.

In April/May 2013, 51 students from Windermere teacher Colin Kam’s Info Tech 10 class created almost a dozen 15 second clips. Three of these submissions made the final cut.

“All of the students worked hard and had fun applying what they have learned in class,” says Kam. “I wish to recognize all the students that were involved in this global project for their creative efforts.” Continue reading

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Business 10: Types of Advertising Appeals

The article Top Five Appeals That Advertisers Use to Sell a Product describes five techniques how advertisers appeal to consumers on TV commercials. Working either in pairs or trios, you will find different YouTube videos that use these types of advertising appeals. Continue reading

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Web Design 12: Top Websites

Imagine that you and your partner have been assigned to create a multimedia presentation for your boss but you two live in different cities. This is no longer an uncommon practice due to globalization in the workplace. Synchronous communication between two parties is made easier with chat clients (Google Chat, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Continue reading

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