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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hey CNMT New Media Students,
The First and Best Lesson You'll Learn this Year!

As we we find ourselves gearing-up to wind down for Winter-Break, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a couple of things. We will now be learning how to build our very own new media team-inspired websites. Of course this means all team members will have to "STEPITUP" BIGTIME!

Over the break I be will updating this blog to keep in touch with you all, and I will also require some over the break participation in preparing and planning and writing on your part.


All the text on your team-sites will need to be original well written copy for your websites.
You will need to produce an introduction to you site, as well as the necessary writing to accompany any visual information, videos, photography, or animations.

Start thinking about what content or "stuff" you are going to want to feature on you sites.
I recommend agreeing on some way of keeping in contact with each other during the break.
Exchanging email accounts and sending invites through your blogger account may be the most practical. There may be others of you that prefer texting or Facebook-my sentiment is to use "whatever works".

To start I would like you all to visit and read the following blog:

A Writer's Guide to Web Building

Also, see:

Writing for the Web: Part 1

Be sure to check back for updates.

Mr. Casas

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Websites that Suck-but that you could learn from

Worst Websites of 2010: The Contenders

Hey CNMT New Media STUDENTS-have a look at the following article summary and go to the website to see the many-many-many examples of WEBSITES THAT SUCK!
Please "learn from their mistakes" so your team can make a really interesting well conceived and well designed website -THAT DOESN'T SUCK!!!

Mr. Casas

(Click to see full article)

It's hard for me to believe, but it looks as if bad web design wasn't as bad in 2010 as it has been during the last 14 years. Plenty of bad websites still exist and since I have the cleverest readers out there, I have an almost never-ending supply of suggestions.

To paraphrase the great American philosopher Jerry Lee Lewis, there's still "A whole lotta sucking going on." I think Jerry Lee said that. I could be wrong.

In keeping with our theme of "On our 15th year of sucking," I've chosen the 15 worst contenders for 2010. These sites were featured as The Daily Sucker during January through early September 2010.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Useful site(s) in beginning to pre-plan developing your own website

Hey CNMT New Media Students,

Believe it or not-we will finally be taking the initial steps in working with our team-members to brainstorm and plan out our "teamwebsites" which we will begin developing this week. As we go through the steps in planning out "who will be responsible for doing what" when it come to our teamwebsite project I thought it would be useful to begin a dialogue about any issues that arise during this process through our CNMT New Media blog. Also, I would like all of you to carefully look at the website(s) I have reviewed for you to begin gathering insight into the process of team-based website planning and development. Follow the links below:
Experience needed to build a website

Starting Out Organized: Website Content Planning The Right Way

website planning

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dreamweaver Basics

Click to Download PDF file Dreamweaver Basics
Learn how to build your first website!

Dreamweaver allows users to preview websites in locally installed web browsers. It provides transfer and synchronization features, the ability to find and replace lines of text or code by search terms and regular expressions across the entire site, and a templating feature that allows single-source update of shared code and layout across entire sites without server-side includes or scripting. The behaviours panel also enables use of basic JavaScript without any coding knowledge, and integration with Adobe's Spry AJAX framework offers easy access to dynamically-generated content and interfaces.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your
Blog Content Fresh

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5 Ways to Fight The Blog Updating Blues

1. Decide on a realistic posting frequency

2. Accept that there will be days when you don’t have time to update your blog, or you just won’t feel like it. Then prepare for it.

3. Always keep your eyes out for new content and have a way to capture it.

4. Find something small that you can easily cover on a daily/weekly basis.

5. Encourage readers to contact you.