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Update: We will meet during the scheduled exam time, 10:30 to 12:30, in order to present our final projects and so that you can review and comment on each other's online galleries.Project log, developer's commentary screencast, related resources, online publication, author's statement - all accessible from an attractive central location. (If you need to break it up into separate chunks, provide clear navigation so that a visitor knows how the chunks are connected.)
Write for an audience that includes potential employers, younger NMJ majors, and strangers. Demonstrate your ability to articulate what you have learned. (Check the syllabus for the statement of NMJ goals.)
- The project log is simply a record of your project-related blogging, and such details as when you did your beta-testing, etc.
- The developer's commentary screencast should present the coding/design issues that you're most proud. of. It will appear on a page on your blog that also presents the full version of your project, so you don't need to spend much time demonstrating your site for your viewer. Instead, show some of the source code, and demonstrate how the code creates some of the effects that you are most proud of. Make sure that any text that is important to your project is visible on YouTube when you upload your project there. This means that you should either capture only a very small window in CamStudio (about 640 by 480), or that you use a very large type size. (I'll be happy to help you fiddle with CamStudio during class.)
- The related resources might be links to the tools you used, models that influenced your work, etc. If someone else wanted to create a similar project, what tools would they need? If someone wants to know what skills went into producing your project, what would you say? Be creative and informative.
- The online publication is a blog page where your project is visible. (I'll show the Inform 7 students how to make their games playable via their blogs. Those of you who are doing Flash already know the procedure.)
- The author's statement is simply a brief narrative that explains what you were trying to accomplish, a self-assessment of your efforts, and anything else that a visitor to your blog will need to know.
Moved from Nov 06.
A SHU-related news item suitable for the Setonian Online. (Focus on original, local content.)
Step-by-step instructions for the project are in Flash Journalism, Lesson 10.
Use interactivity to present information or make a point.
The book hasn't yet covered sound, and you don't need to have fancy graphics. Even just words would be fine. You know those word puzzles that put the word "mind" above the word "matter" ("mind over matter")? Something like that would be fine, too.
This assignment also includes an in-class review of a peer's beta-release.