Welcome to Week 31 “Distance Learning” in Cawd. Inside this document you are going to find:
- Explanation of our pivot from “Maintenance of Education” to “Continuity of Education”
- Tasks to complete this week
- Due dates – evidence of completion
- “Vacation” status
- Contacting Mr. Cronin
Explanation of our pivot from “Maintenance of Education” to “Continuity of Education”
Schools in Vermont have been directed to move from “Maintenance of Education” to “Continuity of Education”. There are some differences:
Maintenance of Education (what we have done until now – this is OVER):
- No attendance
- Limited new content / just try to engage with students
- Work graded as collected / not turned in
Continuity of Education (starting Monday 4/13 for the rest of the year – this is STARTING):
- Daily attendance check-ins (in different ways depending on the day of the week)
- New content taught
- Work graded through letter grades
Every Monday the next week’s Cawd work will be posted. This work will be due Friday at 3pm, and will be graded through letter grades (as normal in Cawd) for the rest of the year.
In addition we have to start “taking attendance“. At 9:40 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday you will receive an email from me with an article to read – just like the routine we have in our physical Cawd classroom. With this article will also be a link to a form to give feedback on the article. Just like in the classroom, we are looking for 3 facts and a question. It will look like this:
You must fill out this form each day – by midnight – to be considered “in class” for that day.
I realize that we are all moving in different directions, some are working more to support families, some are taking care of younger siblings, some are in different living situations – but we must have a way to ensure engagement and keep track of students. Luckily we can do this asynchronously, at 10AM, at 12pm, at 9:35pm, at 11:40pm – whenever.
Do it on your computer, chrome book, cell phone, whatever – so long as you submit your response to the article by midnight the day it is sent you are in “class” that day. If you don’t submit the form, you are considered “skipping” that day of school, and I have to alert the main office and your family.
It is what it is. We have to just adapt to the situation, and frankly life could be worse.
Tasks to complete this week
This week there are going to be two tasks to be complete:
- Sketch of slightly open mouth
- Web Dev work
- Responsive Layout
- Using Flexbox
- Page duplication for multi-page site
Part 1 – Sketch of slightly open mouth
Last week we sketched a closed mouth, which will work for many different portrait sketches.
This week we will pivot to sketching a slightly open mouth. What we are looking for is something neutral / natural.
First watch this resource that goes over sketching a slightly open mouth:
Turn to the next page of your sketchbook and draw your slightly opened mouth.
When complete please take a photo to email me.
Part 2 – Web Dev Work
The next phase of our work will be doing Web Design work dovetailing off of what we built in Week 30.
In Week 30 we setup a desktop header/navigation setup that used:
In Week 31 we are going to continue to develop this project:
- Turn it Responsive using Media Queries and some powerful properties and values built into the Flexbox display model.
- Duplicate the pages once one page is “done” so that we can build the 5 pages of the site.
- Use the box-sizing property to adjust how browsers calculate widths
By the end of this week you will all be able to start with nothing and code a responsive, multipage website.
As typical in our Cawd Distance Learning I am going to give you assets to follow along including a Video Lesson and Screenshots of my code.
Screenshots of code:
Top of CSS:
Bottom of CSS:
You will code this in Atom and upload from home. If you are using Codepen.io please continue to develop your “pen” and email me the completed link.
Due dates – evidence of completion
- Take a photo of your complete “Slightly Open Mouth Sketch” and email it to me by Friday April 17th at 3pm. Please note that we are back to letter grades! Not only should you put “A” level effort in, you should be taking as good a photo as you can as evidence of your work. I can only grade what I can see.
- Create a “week_31” folder inside of your “distance” folder. Upload your updated project (the responsive website) that we coded this week by Friday April 17th at 3pm.
In addition to these two main deliverables, please don’t forget our daily Cawd Article check-ins. This is how we will be tracking attendance. You are considered in class if you take care of the following weekly:
- Monday – article / form by midnight
- Tuesday – article / form by midnight
- Wednesday – article / form by midnight
- Thursday – article / form by midnight
- Friday – turn in work
Vacation is technically scheduled – and still happening – for next week. There will be no Cawd work, nor daily attendance check-ins from Monday April 20th through Friday April 24th.
On Monday April 27th we will get back to normal with our Cawd classwork and daily attendance check-ins.
Contacting Mr. Cronin
I am going to hold “office hours” where I sit at my computer on Monday’s from 10-12. My work email goes right to my phone, so you are going to have no trouble contacting me outside of this. I will respond as soon as I can. I have already been in contact with students at different times during the day – let’s just keep that communication flowing as normal.