May 17, 2007

Seevak Lessons

VII. Training Classes

All training classes are currently planned for Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday, January 12 and occurring every Wednesday that school is in session. The classes will begin promptly at 2:30 and will conclude around 4:15. Topics to be covered include:

* how to begin the project and find a topic appropriate to the creation of a website
* how to do research suitable for a Seevak website project
* web design basics
* using Dreamweaver and Photoshop
* a little bit of Flash animation
* uploading, including video and audio. Compressing video and audio.

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Make deadlines! If you can't make one for any reason, please come see Ms. Freeman, or your faculty adviser, or your technology adviser, or Julie Ng or Katarina Yee. Don't avoid us! In order to have all these projects finished on time, we need to have strict deadlines, but we don't want to lose hardworking teams. Check in if you having problems with a deadline; don't hesitate.

All deadlines are listed on Appendix A of this booklet. Read through them carefully; you are obliged to meet all of them. You are responsible for knowing them. They are established so that the last few weeks of this project doesn't turn into a nightmarish series of all-nighters.

Ms. Freeman reserves the right to disqualify any team that is missing deadlines without any communication.

About the Competition


$1000 Prizes Awarded to Each of the 3 Students on the 1st Place Team $500 Prizes Awarded to Each of the 3 Students on the 2nd Place Team $250 Prizes Awarded to Each of the 3 Students on the 3rd Place Team

All students are eligible to participate; you do not need to have taken Facing History in order to participate. These projects will be multimedia computer projects that combine print, images, and possibly video and audio. If you wish, you will be taught the skills that you will need to design a multimedia website project during the competition. The projects will be due in late March and will be presented to the judges in April.

Topic for this Year’s Awards:

The topic for this year’s Seevak Facing History Prize competition is a person or group in the twentieth century that has taken a courageous stand and, as a result, has made an important difference to society, either on a local, national, or international scale. The topic encourages the investigation of an individual or group that contributed in some special way to building or improving tolerance, human rights, justice for individuals and the citizenry and/or democratic institutions. The person selected could be someone well known or could be someone local, perhaps less well known, but who has contributed something meaningful and important to the betterment of society. Each team will select the subject of their project, research a variety of different sources, and write a core document that is then expanded into a multimedia computer-based project using the latest tools available for website design. Each team will be assigned a faculty adviser who will help with research problems and refining topics and website content.

Examples of successful projects from previous Seevak competitions are available on the website.

Important Meeting for Interested Students:
In order to participate, you must plan on attending one of the 20-minute meetings in room 307 that will be announced in the bulletin and throughout the school.

See Ms. Freeman in 307 if you have additional questions.