Monday, 10 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Last work to finish off

Please get your blog into the right order - from today, back to last September.

You must complete your planning and preparation work, including scans of sketches, evaluation of your photography, survey work and research. This is worth 20% and you don't want to be without it.

The audience for you media product must be supported by evidence from your survey. Your evaluation must have all seven major points as specified by the exam board, and the points that deal with audience must have your survey as backup - ie the evaluation of the survey and pie charts or bar charts are essential.

Keep it going - it's getting there

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Industry research

Who hosts Websites?

The host of a website, is the person or organization who designed it for they are the main people who operated and use the website, but there are many occasions where the designers wish for another group or website to host it for it may be too much to manage, so the answer is really it could be anyone who is in direct contact with the company or organization behind it.

What is a domain name and how would you register one?

Domain names are a human friendly version of a website address. Without a Domain name, you would be stuck with a load of numbers. So we use Domain names to identify sites. When choosing your Domain name you should select a term people will use to search for your site. Most obviously, this could be your brand or personal name. A domain name makes up the address of your site and can end in .com, .net, and more. You can register your domain names with big name companies like and Network

How much does it cost?

The cost of hosting a website can scale from nothing for you may be the only provider of the website, or if you have someone else to host it, it may scale from £10 – £100 per month for local hosting, very big companies you never really know for there is so much legal issues behind it.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The website is very functional, but perhaps not as developed as it could be. There are excellent uses of colour and placement, and it would have been nice to see some pages differentiated from others - the layouts are all very much the same.

The preliminary site is not complete, and the Media page is perfunctory. This must be made good or it will be penalised.

There is a fair amount of level 3, a lot of level 2 and some level 1 (particularly the video). The overall mark for coursework may be in the region of 36 marks out of 60.

In your research and planning, the survey results are hard to read, because you need to write about what you found out - explain the statistics that you got, and then relate them to your site. The question about ‘how does your media product represent particular social groups’ has to have your survey as the evidence for what you have achieved, so you need to discuss the results of the survey against what your site does. This applies to ‘How did you attract/address your audience” as well.

Your research into similar products and a potential target audience is good, but must be improved by analysing your survey properly. The organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props seems to have gone well - although I think you should comment on how you photographed the babies. There isn’t much work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding. Time management is good. There is proficient use of digital technology or ICT in the presentation.

In your evaluation, there is basic understanding of the forms and conventions used in the productions. Better use of evidence would get you a better mark - suggestion: write more about forms and conventions to show off your knowledge.

There is basic understanding of the role and use of new media - this seems clear. There are little flashes of development, with the colour and general layout making more of it. Rollovers and other interactivity work competently. The video is a bit of a disappointment. There is fair understanding of the combination of main product and ancillary texts.

The basic understanding of the significance of audience feedback has still to be reflected and posted.

Please would you put your blog in the logical order that the exam board needs - from first to last..

There is proficiency skill in choice of form in which to present the evaluation, ie your Blogspot. You are a fairly proficient communicator, but this needs more evidence.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Polish up your blog
Please read this and start to get your blog beautiful and polished. Each improvement will help you get another mark - the difference between one grade and another is only a mark.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

6What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

The aim of the project is to design and make a working website about a charity of our choice which we had to create the idea of. The website will we be making, will be of a high quality and working standard. Me and Olivia have used a variety of different technologies to construct our website.These are:

Microsoft word and excel, a camera, adobe photoshop, and iweb.

Microsoft word and excel:
All my analysis and print screen work was done in microsoft word, and excel helped me to produce my survey results in a high quality.

Since starting the media course I have learnt about, and how to use adobe photoshop, this helped me to create the websites main features, such as the title and the please donate here button. This programme also helped me to enhance the quality of my pictures used in the website and gave us lots of options of how to make things look better for our website.

Iweb was the main programme we used to produce and develop our website in, before doing the course I wasn't familiar with this programme and found it hard to use and get used to, but I have now learnt how to use it properly and I don't find it too hard to use now. I Web makes your website look professional. I Web also allow you to create your website the way that you want it.

7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

The preliminary task for when we first got showed the programme I web was about a school that we had to create a website for, I found it hard to get used to how to work I web and found it quite hard, but as I have been working with it for a while since starting the website of our charity I am now confident with it. We produced 2 pages the home page and a media department page these included simple pictures and hyper links which were quite easy and simple to create.
Our main website 'babies in need' was a big upgrade from the level we were working in the preliminary website. Our main website let us use a wider range of tools making more pages and linking more pages together and using a variety of pictures, which made this website a lot more interesting than the preliminary one. We got our inspiration from other websites with the same target audience as us such as 'children in need' which helped us get ideas and make our website look better. We had a navigation bar at the left hand side of the page which included a variety of different hyperlinks which was different to what our preliminary website had. Also to add to the professionalism of our website we used pictures which were of high quality with the help of the programme photoshop.
I feel as I have got used to using all these programmes that the end finish of our website is at a high and professional standard. And that I have improved which is evident from what our preliminary website is like compared to our final and main website.