This design process model is based on the Ontario 2008 Technological Education curriculum.
From the curriculum:
“Although processes such as this involve a framework of sequential steps, they are typically iterative processes that may require a retracing of steps, diversions to solve specific problems along the way, or even a return to the start of the process if it becomes clear that the situation needs to be clarified and the problem redefined. Problem solvers soon discover that the process calls for an open mind, the freedom to be creative, and a great deal of patience and persistence.”
The graphic above is based on one created by Jackie Griffith. Thanks to Jackie for allowing me to adapt it.
Here’s a comical look at the design process! (click to view full size)
Be sure to include the course code in the subject line as well as some indication of what the subject is. Do not leave the subject line blank. An appropriate subject for this email assignment would be:
TGJ2O Email Assignment
When replying, please include any previous dialog we have already had.
Send me an email from your “permanent and professional use” email account (see below). In it, please tell me:
why you took this course,
what you are hoping to do in this course,
whether or not you are pursuing a career related to this course,
what background you have in this subject (hobbies, previous courses), and
what mark you hope to get.
(It might help to copy-and-paste the questions into your email.)
Note: be sure to read the Class Email Protocol above so you know what is expected in the subject line.
After I receive your email, I will send a quick reply so you are added to my address book.
The email address for you to send to will shared with you in class.
What is a “Professional and Permanent” Email Account?
A professional use email account is one that you would not be embarrassed to use with your employer or with the public. It must also be an accurate representation of your full name, not a nickname. Also, it must be an email address that is not related to your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Good, permanent email hosts are Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. My own preference is Gmail because it integrates with tools like Google Drive and Docs, Google Photos, Google Keep, and other products.
I often get asked which is better — Gmail or Hotmail (or its derivative outlook). The answer for me is so easy: Gmail, and one of the reasons is because it handles phishing attempts so much better than Hotmail.
I only log into my Hotmail account once a month or so, just to keep it alive. This time, there were approximately 20 emails in my inbox. A few were legitimate security alerts created by my Google account, a few were from Microsoft trying to sell me something or other, but the rest (over half) were phishing attempts — bogus emails attempting to get me to click a link where they would prompt me to reveal private details such as account numbers or passwords. Continue reading “Let’s Go Phishing!”
The instructions on this site were invaluable to help me fix a USB drive that had multiple partitions and was no longer usable in Windows.
If your USB flash drive, SD card, or another drive isn’t working quite right, “cleaning” the drive and removing its partitions is one possible solution. This can fix problems with a drive that can’t be formatted or one that shows the wrong capacity.