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Saturday, August 10, 2013

EDLD 5366 Course Reflection


Course Reflection
This course provided me with an excellent insight on various programs to use within the classroom. Firstly, I was very comfortable with this class because of the professor, Dr. Abernathy, and the same group of classmates I have had for the past 3 courses. I knew nothing about Desktop Publishing and was hoping to get an idea of what it was about. Within the first week, we were introduced to the C.R.A.P. model which consisted of four basic design principles: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. We were able to analyze and use the C.R.A.P. model to distinguish the different principles, if any, that were used with various flyers. In addition, for week 2, we were to create our own logo as well as a group logo by using the C.R.A.P. model. The transition from analyzing various flyers in week 1 to actually creating your own logo in week 2 was an excellent way for use to practice hands-on the design principles. Week 3 consisted of creating an animation with the Stykz software. I am always so eager to learn new programs and this was definitely a week of learning and absorbing what I learned from the program. Week 4 was my favorite week because it allowed me to work with my team from the previous class. We had such great chemistry then that it transferred over to this class so that we could produce an excellent webpage. Overall, everything that I have learned, I plan to apply it whether it be towards to students, parents, or other fellow teachers.   


References

1.) C.R.A.P.- Basic Layout and Design Principles for Webpages - YouTube. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved August 18, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF_mWi6r-9I&feature=youtu.be

2.) Stykz • Home. (n.d.). Stykz Home. Retrieved August 18, 2013, from http://www.stykz.net/

3.) Williams, R. (820). The non-designer's design book (3rd ed.). Berkeley, Calif: Peachpit ;.

EDLD 5366 Web Conference Reflection



This web conference took place on August 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Abernathy started off the class by mentioning that for week 4, everyone would provide the same webpage as well as a link to our google document which would provide the contributions that each member in our group has done. She also mentioned the different certificate programs that will soon be added to the Educational Leadership program at Lamar University. She did mention a change for week 5 which she will include in the week 5 overview/announcement. In addition, she mentioned that week 5 will consist of a reflection and she would like for us to include that in our webpage created from week 4. A reflection is what you knew coming in, what you learned, and how can you apply in the future. It was a very quick web conference as we wind down towards the end of this course which is quickly approaching the following week.