Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Quizzes on Friday morning. 15% of your grade are the quizzes, typically 9 new, 1 review, and 1 extra credit question from our articles.
This years Sat / Act prep work comes from “100 Most Common SAT Words” by Quizlet. As we are using their list to pull from you are able to use their free study tools. Make a free account so you add the new words to your Study Bank. As the weeks go by and you are studying from this ever growing word bank, you will find that your vocabulary (speaking and retention) has improved.
Let’s make you smarter, and get another 500 points on some of this standardized testing which right or wrong impacts your educational path.
Sat / Act prep
- Hackneyed – overused, cliched. “Mr. Cronin has to catch up with 2018, he just uses hackneyed memes. Where is the spiciness?”
- Haughty – arrogant, condescending. “Mr. Cronin sometimes comes across as haughty when playing Smash Brothers.” (To be honest, it isn’t his fault, he is just top tier.)
- Hedonist – pleasure seeker. “Ethical hedonism is the idea that all people have the right to do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible to them.”
- Preparing for interviews is a very important step in the college admissions/business hiring process. This goes double for people like us / me that can get anxious and nervous at the situation. You should at a minimum be ready with some boiler plate, standard questions regardless of the type of job. These could include:
- “What brings you here?”
- “Why does this type of work interest you?”
- “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?”
- Whether you want to be an animator, a doctor, a cook, or the President, these questions apply.
- PR stands for Public Relations. This layer of a business is often what sits between the workers and the clients. It is often the PR specialists that deal with clients, try to lure business, spin a message for advertising, etc.
- An “Elevator Pitch” is a succinct 30 second pitch of your business, game, idea, message (heck even reason as to why a girl/guy should go out with you). You need to boil down your message into a short, well articulated talking point to lure investors, get a job, get a date, etc. Often times this is done by the PR specialist, but you never know when YOU as the lead developer are going to be in an elevator with the boss. We all to be able to at least be “meh” at selling ourselves, and our work. At least able to do it, even if you have room to improve.
- We have been doing some work with Spatial Thinking and Spatial Intelligence. Spatial Intelligence is the ability to comprehend three-dimensional images and shapes. This is a primary function of the right side of the brain and is used when solving puzzles, figuring out maps and taking part in any type of construction or engineering project. We can improve upon these skills by practicing them, just like going to the gym to lift and get stronger.
- A Web 2.0 style layout incorporates design elements which are fluid and extend the entire width of the screen. We use invisible containers (such as a wrap class) to hold the content to the center of the screen in a “frameless border” style. This can be seen on the sub pages of BBC, Cawd, Amazon, etc.
- By using the crystallize effect in Photoshop we are able to take an image and reduce it down to the major colors which make it up. This can be handy to create a quick color palette which is somewhat similar the color and tone of imagery given by the client. You could take a photo of a businesses formal dining room and crystallize it, and then get a palette which feels like that room.
- There are numerous Web Development extensions for our Chrome browser to help. One which we installed was the “Web Developer” extension. The handiest feature (in my opinion) is the fact that it can validate your work in less steps.
- Floats have been around for a while, and were great for a long time. There are some limitations with float, such as the order we need to write floated code in for desktop web may not work when going responsive. Due to this it may make sense to make frequent use of the flex display model (display:flex) which gives us more control. Floats still have their place, but there are some other tools we have now.
- In order to leave a folder in web design (such as when we are leaving our css folder to find a background image) we type in “../”. That is a commonly used code in Computer Science to “go back 1 folder”. If you want to go back 2 folders you would type in “../../“. The more you type, the more folders you go back.