A website. A connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarded as a single entity, usually maintained by one person or organization and devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics. This is what I had to create during my semester in Mr. Herz’s web graphics and design class. There were many things that I had learned while completing this task. First of all, I learned how to make a Flash. Before this class I had worked a little bit with Flash in middle school enrichment, but I had only done basic operations. Never before had I had to create a whole scene. Secondly, I learned how to work with Dreamweaver which is something that I had never done in enrichment. Now I can create a large website with links, white space, appropriate use of consistency, and many other site-designing components. Finally, I got a chance to demonstrate my attention to detail. When I do a project, everything has to be perfect. This project requires this skill, because if even a small component, is askew the whole site could be ruined. I did many things to prepare for this task. The first step was to start with Dreamweaver. I worked on creating basic pages with color backgrounds, tables, etc., and then I learned how to link the pages together. Once I had basic operations down on Dreamweaver I moved on to Flash. I first had to draw pictures to get to know the tool bar. Then I made the pictures move, such as the eyes and mouth moving on a face, or a ball bouncing around a room. Finally I created an actual website and flash based on my specific subject. Then I imported the flash to my “Flash Page” on Dreamweaver and I was finished with the creation of the website.

I think that the most challenging part of this task was creating the flash. This aspect was very time consuming and arduous, and it was hard get everything right. The drawing, like usual, was very easy, but when it came to making all the parts move, it was a challenge. In contrast, making the website look attractive was not a problem. I had access to many great pictures, and I made sure that all the colors worked well with each other. This is where my attention to details helps because carefully thinking about color combinations and placement of site components is very important.

I achieved 1.1 ( communicate effectively using oral, written, and technological formats) because this task was all about using technology. Whether it was through the Dreamweaver web site creation or the animation of a flash, technology was all around me. I met 1.2, Meet proficiency in content and applied learning standards as outlined in the Rhode Island High School Diploma System, by successfully creating a website. This included correctly done links, appropriate pictures, correct information, a working flash, and a legitimate works cited page. I reached 1.4 ( Demonstrate the use of reasoning and problem solving skills and strategies through analysis and synthesis of data and information) because when I encountered a problem I had to figure out what went wrong, then I had to fix it in order to make that component work. I achieved 2.1 all throughout the task. Generally speaking, this task was to be done independently, without any help from my peers, but when I had serious problems that I was unable to fix I would ask my friends for help. This shows a demonstration of the behavior skills for independence and collaboration. I achieved 2.2 ( participate as a citizen in the local, national, and global community) when I published the website on the internet. The knowledge in my website can help anyone who decides to look at it. I learned many things while working on this task. Most importantly, I learned that I am able to work well in a specific time frame. We were given only eight class periods to finish this task, so every day I had to plan out what I needed to complete. This ensured that I would not be overwhelmed with work on the day the project was due. This will help me quite a bit in the future because for all projects, and in many other components of life, time management in very important.

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