You will submit your (or your group’s) issue/cause website by linking to it on the portfolio page of your personal website (if you are in a group, each member of the group should have this link on their personal page).
The link to the project on the portfolio page should consist of:
- A link to the site,
- A thumbnail image, appropriately sized for your layout, either of the site itself or representative of it (for some visual appeal), and
- A descriptive title (not “Issue/Cause website” but “Preparing for the Cicada Infestation of 2016”) and a short summary of the site (so readers will know what they are clicking on).
For the purpose of your personal website design, the entry should be visually similar to that of the other entries on the page (that is, similar styling of the title; similar width and placement of images; etc.). If you have questions about how to achieve this with your particular design, please contact me and I will assist you with the details.
Your “Hello, World” files should be text files, titled
YourLastName_HelloWorld.html, that contain correctly formatted HTML such that the file displays in a web browser.
At minimum, your “Hello, World” page should contain the following elements:
- two levels of headings
- two paragraphs
- a link
- a bulleted or numbered list
- an image
- an HTML5 video element (you can download an
.mp4 from archive.org)
At a later stage, we will also create CSS files to accompany your
.html file. Title this file
The CSS version of your “Hello, World” page should contain at minimum, in addition to the elements above, the following stylistic features:
- two text colors
- two font sizes
- centered and left justified text
- a serif and sans serif font
- one stylistic change to the image (such as alignment or a border)
- one stylistic change to the video (such as alignment or a border)
Even though you are working in groups on this project, because you have individual personal websites each member of the group needs to post the video to the portfolio page on their own site. (NOTE: If I noted problems on that page at the time of your last submission, you should correct those problems prior to submitting this project.)
The entry on the portfolio page should consist of:
- An embedded video of the project (instructions for embedding YouTube videos). To add the embed code you will need to access the “HTML” view of the page, not the “Visual” one (see pp. 178-179 of MM for details on the HTML view).
- A descriptive title (not “Ch. 3 of Rheingold” but “Participatory Culture and Net Smarts”) and a short summary of the video’s content (so readers will know what they are clicking on).
To make your page seem a unified whole, you should work on making this entry visually similar to the entry for your multimodal analysis.
You can access the form on Google Drive here.
You will need to download a copy of this form before filling it out. To do so, select
File > Download As > Microsoft Word in the Google Docs menu.
Video Specifications: Your video should contain
- The text “Hello, world”.
- One short, prerecorded video clip (2-5 seconds).
- Archive.org has a vast repository of video clips that are in the public domain and available for download.
- These clips are offered in a number of different file formats. Before downloading one, check the “importing” section of your tutorial or your video editing program’s help files to see what file formats it can import. Your best bet is to chose either the MPEG4 or h.264 format, as they are broadly compatible with most modern operating systems and video editing programs.
- At least one image (displayed for 2-5 seconds).
- One short, prerecorded audio clip (played for 2-5 seconds). This audio clip can be music or any other form of audio and it can be played under one or more of the other elements (the video clip, the image) described here.
- A brief voiceover (no more than one sentence) recorded by you.
- An end credits sequence that provides source citations for #s 2, 3, 4, and 5. If you created one or all of these elements of the video, cite yourself. Everyone should cite themselves for #5.
Post your multimodal analysis to the portfolio page of your personal website. (NOTE: If you have not yet created this page on your personal website, you will need to do so prior to submitting this project.)
If you created the analysis on your site, 1) the body of the analysis should not be on the portfolio page, but 2) it should be linked to from your portfolio page.
The link to your project on the portfolio page should consist of:
- A link to the analysis (if you created a document see pp. 180 ff.—particularly p. 186—of MM for instructions on uploading documents to WordPress),
- A thumbnail image, appropriately sized for your layout, either of the analysis itself or representative of it (for some visual appeal), and
- A descriptive title (not “Multimodal Analysis” but “Appeals to Audience in Old Spice Commercials”) and a short summary of the analysis (so readers will know what they are clicking on).
An Analysis of Multicolored Calendar Balls
In this essay, I explain how multicolored calendar balls are designed to appeal to and entertain cats who like to climb on their human’s desk during work hours, thus freeing the human for other tasks.
image credit: Philip Chapman-Bell
Download this handout for the activity today.
Download the peer review sheet here.
This document is stored on Google Drive. You can download a copy for editing by clicking on “File > Download as” and then selecting an editable file format like Microsoft Word.
The peer review sheet we will use for the website peer review today can be downloaded here.