Friday, December 19, 2014

Inspiration 8/9: City Research Project 2014

City Exploration Research Graphic Diagram.

City Web Map CITY LIST by Student


Over the next two days you will create a web for a city in the United States. Click on the picture to the right to see my example.  You will be assigned a city today.  You  will be responsible for creating an identical web to the one described.  Please include the following data:

City Facts:  Year Founded, Longitude, Latitude, Population, Area, Time Zone, and Mayor's Name.
Also include major industries, professional sports teams, colleges, historical places, museums, and weather information.  Each place you list will need to have a link to the website that corresponds to it.  HYPERLINK can be found in the TOOL Heading of the Toolbar.  Weather can link to any local news station, but other links must be the official sites for those places, not some other site or advertisement.  You can use all of my formatting, or create your own diagrams.  You must include the same headings and topics.  You must also use different colors for each section.  You must also include a box at the bottom of the page with a list of all the resources you used to find your information.  This is not an official bibliography, but it must be accurate when checked by me.

YOU MUST SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT AS A JPEG (File, EXPORT, Graphics, JPEG, Save As), and UPLOAD it to your GOOGLE DRIVE.  You must Click SHAREABLE LINK and COPY/PASTE that Link to the Google+ Community Page for credit.  If you have any questions, just ask or email me a question.  This project is worth 300 points toward your Marking Period grade.  


Good Luck!!  Mr. S

GRADING RUBRIC

5 pts - USA Symbol/Name Connection
           Title Block:  Student Name, ID#, Class Period, City Exploration Project, Date
5 pts - STATE Symbol - (If Available)
10 pts - At Least Two Colleges and Two Historical Places
10 pts - At Least Two Industries
10 pts - Two Companies Per Industry
10 pts - Information Sources Box - Cannot use Wikipedia or Google as Sources
10 pts - At Least Two Museums
10 pts - At Least Two Professional / Amateur Sports
10 pts - Weather Information: Average Annual Temp & Avg Annual Rainfall
10 pts - Overall Neatness, Completeness, Spelling, Layout and Appropriate Linking
10 pts - WebLink Bibliography Included in Email
             Bibliography Box must include links for every site you use.
_____

Total Points X3 = Your Final Points Total Score

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Inspiration 8/9: Family Tree & Timeline Project

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Today students will use a graphic organizer to create and display information.  Students will create a Personal Timeline and a Family Tree using Inspiration 8/9.

STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!

Students will review ALL of the directions below prior to starting the project!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
Standards Covered In This Class  
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011


START:  Please read the following article and create a Weebly.com Journal Entry about why learning about your own family tree and heritage is important to you.  Title the entry "My Heritage".  Please include a brief account of where your family if from and how you are going to spend time in search of your ancestors.

ARTICLE:

What is Heritage?

Heritage is the full range of our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture.  Most important, it is the range of contemporary activities, meanings, and behaviors that we draw from them.
Heritage includes, but is much more than preserving, excavating, displaying, or restoring a collection of old things.  It is both tangible and intangible, in the sense that ideas and memories--of songs, recipes, language, dances, and many other elements of who we are and how we identify ourselves--are as important as historical buildings and archaeological sites.
Heritage is, or should be, the subject of active public reflection, debate, and discussion.  What is worth saving?  What can we, or should we, forget?  What memories can we enjoy, regret, or learn from?  Who owns "The Past" and who is entitled to speak for past generations?  Active public discussion about material and intangible heritage--of individuals, groups, communities, and nations--is a valuable facet of public life in our multicultural world.
Heritage is a contemporary activity with far-reaching effects.  It can be an element of far-sighted urban and regional planning.  It can be the platform for political recognition, a medium for intercultural dialogue, a means of ethical reflection, and the potential basis for local economic development.  It is simultaneously local and particular, global and shared.
Heritage is an essential part of the present we live in--and of the future we will build.

 FAMILY TREE AND PERSONAL TIMELINE

Today you will continue to design graphic organizers on Inspiration8/9.  Please create a Personal Timeline and Family Tree in a digital format.  You must create these from scratch using Inspiration 8/9.

YOU MUST CREATE A HAND-DRAWN VERSION BEFORE WORKING ON A DIGITAL VERSION ONLINE!

To start, use a blank piece of paper to list your birthday, list all the schools you have attended, list any significant events in your life (birthdays, deaths, weddings, graduations, holidays, family trips, honors, awards, or any other events you can remember) and the dates they happened.  Open Inspiration 8/9 and open a New Blank Document.  Begin to drag boxes into the timeline and label them in order.  Once you have created your first box with a date underneath, you can now select the box, copy and paste a new one next to it, and link them with an arrow.  Continue until you have listed all the events up to today's date.  You need to list 10-15 events to complete the project.

For the Family Tree, make a complete list of all of your parents, step-parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and any other family members you can think of.  Now begin dragging in boxes and labeling them with each person's name and date of birth (if you know it).  Now list weddings in text between married couples.  Make sure to line up each placemarker with others in the same generation.  Make sure you include extended family (Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Etc.)  I would like you to do your best to include at least 3 levels of your family tree.  These should include siblings, parents, aunts & uncles, grandparents, and anyone else you might know.  Once you have your Timeline and Family Tree on one document, Go To FILE and EXPORT and save it to the desktop as an IMAGE (JPEG) File.  Upload the JPEG File to your Google DRIVE and Copy/Paste the Shareable Link to the Google Plus Crossroads 2014-2015 Community Page for credit.  DO NOT

Create a NEW box.....look for the assignment box I created to post your link.


See the sample below for some more clarity.  Good Luck!

- Mr. S

Monday, December 15, 2014

MP2: Pre-Holiday Catch Up Day II

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Today students will have the opportunity to complete outstanding work.  Students will review the class website and work on any items that are not already turned in for credit.  These items include, but not limited to VENN DIAGRAMS,
WORD CLOUDS, CODE.ORG INTRO COURSE, SCAVENGER HUNT, or any other assigments for the Second Marking Period.
STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!
WORK ON YOUR JOURNAL ENTRY IMMEDIATELY UPON ENTERING CLASS!
Students will review the class website to determine what items are due, and what items they have not completed for the Second Marking Period.
Tomorrow we will begin the Graphic Organizer Timeline and Family Tree Project!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
Standards Covered In This Class  
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011


ADDITIONAL PROJECT:  Big History! (Click Here For Information)

Make sure you check out the link above for an exciting project that you might be able to earn additional High School credit for!

Today you have the ability to work on any of the following items:

     Veteran's Day Interview

     IMovie Public Service Announcement

     StampPass Sign-Up

     Personal Word Cloud

    "Giving Thanks" Tackk.Com Project

    VENN Diagram Project

    "Peace Day" Tackk.Com Project

SCAVENGER HUNT (SEE BELOW) - YOU MUST TURN IN THE ONLINE VERSION, NOT THE PAPER VERSION YOU DID IN CLASS!

Do not forget to check to make sure your Weebly website is up to date with links to all of your assignments.  You also need to make sure you are keeping up with the Journal Entries.

If you have completed all of the work listed above, please look on your computer for the Inspiration (8 or 9) application.  We will be using this program to create Venn Diagrams, Family Trees, Personal Timelines, and a City/State Research Project.  We will be looking at different uses for Graphic Organizers and posting our creations to the school Google+ page.

Good Luck!

Mr. S

To Complete The Following Scavenger Hunt, you must include the Answer AND The WEBLINK Where You Found It! COPY AND PASTE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS INTO AN EMAIL TO me at hscribnercaa@gmail.com.  The Subject of the Email is "SCAVENGER HUNT".

SCAVENGER HUNT 
(This Counts As A Quiz Too!)

Copy the following questions into an email and add the answer and the weblink you found it at:

1. Find information about a new Baskin Robbins Ice Cream flavor.

2. Where can you find information on how people without computers can access “Welcome to the White House”?

3. What are the Italian and Chinese names for Mickey Mouse?

4. Who won the 2002 White House News Photographers’ Association photographer of the year award?

5. What college did WNBA player Diana Vines attend?

6. Find a site with the daily feature ”On this Day in TV History.”

7. When was Pluto the dog first seen and in what movie?

8. Find a band with “guava” in its name.

9. What player appears first on the College Football Hall of Fame New Members site?

10. Where is the Red Feather Lodge located?

11. In season 3 of “The X-Files,” what was the name of episode 3X12, which aired January 5, 1996?

12. How many Beanie Babies are there?

13. Which college team holds the 1997 USILA Club championship?

14. Where is Camp Lachenwald located?
15. What happened to Bill Cosby on November 11th 2004?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hour Of Code - Followup (Post Script) Teach The Teacher!

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Students will TEACH a level from the Hour of Code to the class.  Students will have to understand how the level works in order to explain it to the class.  Students will be called upon to present during class time. 

 

 Students will learn basic computer programming using Code.Org online.  Students will understand the basic vocabulary used in programming.  Students will also be able to explain why it is important for everyone to learn to code and how it can provide equity in our society.

 

STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!

READ ALL DIRECTIONS BELOW BEFORE STARTING WORK!

Today we will continue to celebrate Computer Science Education Week!  We are part of 180 nations and thousands of schools worldwide who are concentrating on Computer Science this week!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
Standards Covered In This Class  
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011

 

Everyone:

When you enter class, please read the article at the bottom of this post and complete a Weebly.com Journal entry on how learning to code will improve your ability to be successful in high school or a future career.  Name your Journal entry "Coding The Future".  Write at least 2-3 complete sentences with proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.  When you have completed this initial task, you may continue working on your Code.Org program until we begin our Teaching assignment below.

Today we will be "Teaching The Teacher" and the rest of the class how to complete levels on the Hour of Code (Code.Org).  Yesterday in class you signed up for one of the lessons from 4-20.  If called upon to teach your lesson in class, you will receive up to the agreed upon number of Merits for your effort.  Merits may be deducted for not using the correct terminology, missing steps, or not acting professional while presenting your lesson.  Additional Merits will be awarded at the discretion of Mr. S for providing an excellent instructional experience (meeting all requirements, enthusiasm, or additional items not found in the level).

When we have completed the Teach The Teacher portion of the class, you are free to complete the following:

When you have completed the Hour of Code levels for our class, Join the INTO Course Class (See Link - Top Left of Class Website).  You will need to complete all 20 stages of the Intro Course (K-8 15 to 25 hours) on your own.  Please complete these levels prior to June 1st!

Additionally, if you want to start learning to code in other languages, go to the following link and see other ways to learn to code.  You could start with Java, HTML, or Python.  You could also choose to use Code School (See Link To The Left).  Some of these services require payment, and you need to get your parent/guardian permission to work on these.  Try clicking here (CODE.ORG/Learn) to get started.

Have Fun!

Mr. S

JOURNAL ENTRY ARTICLE

"8 Reasons Why Students Should Learn To Code" by Jack Lawicki (15 May 2014)

The main arguments behind the push for students to learn to code, usually center around preparing students for future jobs. There is a skill shortage in the computer science industry which determines skilled job seekers can walk into lucrative contracts. This trend is predicted to rise.

The other aspect to the usual argument is that even students who do not work in the technology industry will also benefit throughout their life and careers by learning computer science, as all industries now involve some component of programming.

While these arguments are perfectly valid, there are many more reasons why kids should learn to code. They include:

1. Learning to code teaches you a number of life lessons.

  • Learning from mistakes is vital.
  • You shouldn’t fear mistakes or failure.
  • Success is a scribbly line.
  • Persistence pays off.
  • Teamwork is important.
Computer science forces you to take responsible risks and engages you in the problem solving process of trial and error. This encourages students to:
  • Get out of their comfort zone and have a shot.
  • Make a logical attempt to solve a problem.
  • Analyze the errors and think about this analysis.
  • Apply their thinking while making another attempt to solve the problem.
  • Repeat the process, sometimes seeking assistance from a friend, until they have managed to solve the problem.

2. Learning computer science teaches you about learning and teaching.

Students who are introduced to computer science in school often catch the ‘coding bug’ and want to learn things that aren’t going to be covered in the class content. In Scratch it is common that students want to make their program do something that isn’t being explored in class. These students often teach themselves how to achieve their goal by looking at other programs, watching tutorials, reading or experimenting.
Quickly experts in certain areas arise. A student who has figured out how to create a scrolling screen game suddenly becomes the teacher or is sought after by other students who want to solve a similar problem. This results in the student becoming a teacher and increases a student’s confidence.

This results in the student becoming a teacher and increases a student’s confidence

3. You learn how to think and problem solve when programming.

In all programming environments, students learn:
  • Sequencing is important
  • To break big problems into smaller manageable steps.
  • Examine examples and apply this knowledge.
I think everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think. – Steve Jobs

4. All school subjects become meaningful and related to the outside world for a computer science student.

  • Literacy has a purpose as you are required to read to learn.
  • Numeracy has a purpose as a wide range of mathematical concepts are involved in programming.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

5. Your creativity is expanded by learning computer science.

Students introduced to computer science quickly realise that they have been provided with a new avenue of expression and that creating is more rewarding than consuming.

6. You prepare yourself for success by learning computer science.

As addressed earlier, ‘future jobs’ are often listed as the main reason students should learn to code. Every company has a presence on the web so understanding how the web operates can assist employees.
Computer science also gives you a skill set that can be used to become an entrepreneur and potentially make millions of dollars. Students who gain the skills early can achieve this success at a very young age. Nick D’Aloisio, who at age 17 sold his app to yahoo for $30 million dollars, is old when compared to many successful app developers.

7. You can change the world with computer science.

Students can go on to change lives with computer science by working in defense, energy, education or health.

8. You appear to have superpowers when you program.

The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else. – Gabe Newell

BIG HISTORY CLASS


HELLO EVERYONE:

To read about this project from the History Channel (Click Here)!

Visit the Youtube (TEDX) Site for History of The World In 18 minutes! (Click Here)

The following class is available to everyone at Crossroads.  Please go to the following link to begin your progress and learning about the BIG HISTORY PROJECT:

URL: https://school.bighistoryproject.com/joinclass
Classroom Code: GLEKV6

Use the Classroom Code above to create a STUDENT Account for the program.

This program will be used at the end of the year as an independent project.  EVERYONE MUST COMPLETE THIS PROJECT!  The total points awarded for the 4th Marking Period will be between 1000 and 1500 (30%-50% of your overall grade).

Please complete all levels at your own pace.  To receive any credit, you need to start and keep a Tackk.Com Website with links to your assignments and posts for your "Learning Diary" (see below)!


INSTRUCTIONS AND SAMPLE LEARNING DIARY (Tackk.com)

Create a Tackk.com webpage all about your learning experiences with this program.  You will include pictures for each post, journal entries about what you are learning, and at least one opinion article for each major section.  Please post how you feel about the material and the course as you complete it.  I would also like you upload your activities and quizzes to your Google Drive so you can add links on your Tackk.com Journal to your test/quiz results.  (You will need to keep PDF copies of your work online (Print and Click PDF to save Documents, then Upload them to Google Drive)).  This will give you the ability to track and respond to your course progress.

ALL ASSIGNMENTS, PROJECTS, QUIZZES, AND WORKSHEETS SHOULD BE UPLOADED OR RE-CREATED IN YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE.  COPY/PASTE THE "SHAREABLE LINK" INTO YOUR TACKK.COM SITE FOR EACH POST YOU COMPLETE SO I CAN CHECK YOUR WORK AS YOU GO!

YOU MAY ALSO COMPLETE THE KHAN ACADEMY VERSION OF THIS PROGRAM AS AN ALTERNATE.  GO TO https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/big-history-project/what-is-big-history/welcome-to-big-history/v/the-big-history  AND SIGN INTO KHAN ACADEMY.  YOU MUST STILL FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND COMPLETE A TACKK.COM "LEARNING DIARY" AS OUTLINED ABOVE.

Use the Feedback Form or Comment Stream on the Sample Tackk.com website for questions and comments as you go!

Good Luck!

Mr. S

Hour Of Code - Day 4 (Preparing To Teach A Level)

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE

 

Students will prepare to TEACH a level from the Hour of Code to the class tomorrow.  Students will have to understand how the level works in order to explain it to the class.  Students will be called upon to present during class time tomorrow.

Students will learn basic computer programming using Code.Org online.  Students will understand the basic vocabulary used in programming.  Students will also be able to explain why it is important for everyone to learn to code and how it can provide equity in our society.


STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!

READ ALL DIRECTIONS BELOW BEFORE STARTING WORK!


Today we will continue to celebrate Computer Science Education Week!  We are part of 180 nations and thousands of schools worldwide who are concentrating on Computer Science this week!


STEP 1:  Complete Your Code.Org "Hour Of Code" Program


Students will sign into their CODE.ORG account with their Crossroads GMAIL Address and the password they created last week.  Students will continue to work on the programming levels in order on their individual lesson page.  They can use headphones for watching the training videos only!  NO MUSIC OR OTHER VIDEOS ALLOWED! 

Most of you should be done with your HOUR OF CODE and have joined our INTRO COURSE. To JOIN any of our classes, sign in to your Code.Org account and go to the class website to CLICK the link for each class.  You will be registered in the classes for credit.  Anyone who completes levels without registering will not receive credit.  There will be some repeated material, but the INTRO COURSE has a number of additional lessons that you might be interested in.  See the links for our Code.Org classes in the Critical Links Section to the Left!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Computer Science Ed Week - Famous Computer Scientists Google Presentation Project

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Students will learn about the history of Computer Science by completing research for a presentation. Students will use time in class to learn about the people in history who have contributed the most to the Computer Science field. Students will be able to identify key facts about the people they include in their project, and use presentation and graphic design software and applications to present their work in a professional manner.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
Standards Covered In This Class  
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011

STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!

Students will watch a short video and participate in a discussion about the history of computer programming.


 
Students can use any of the links above to help identify people for the project.  
STUDENTS MAY NOT USE WIKIPEDIA AT ALL!

Students will then work on the project below for EXTRA CREDIT:
(If Students Complete The Project Below, They May Log Into Code.Org)

EXTRA CREDIT PROJECT
Famous Computer Scientists


Project Originally Designed by BHGRAY@HSES (School District of Philadelphia)
See EXTRA CREDIT LINKS FOR INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT:

In this project, you will create a presentation or poster series on five great computer scientists of your age.  You may choose to create a poster with IWork Pages, ComicLife, Prezi, Powerpoint, or Google Slides.  If you choose to create a poster, it should be a single, printable page.

STAGE I:  RESEARCH

Research great computer scientists on the web.  Your presentation must include a diverse field of scientists in terms of ethnicity, nationality, and gender.

Need Ideas?  Check out the following links:


You can also check out your favorite technology company (Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, etc.)

Decide on the five you will use for your presentation.  For each person you must list the following:

  Full Name
  Date of Birth and Death (If Dead)
  Education
  Major Accomplishments in CS (Invented something?  Started a Company?)
  Why is the person a famous contributor to Computer Science
  Picture(s)

STAGE II:  CONSTRUCTION OF PROJECT:

Your project must consist of AT LEAST the following:
1.  A cover slide with a title, your full name, CS Period and college class group.
2.  AT LEAST one slide for each of your five scientists
3.  Each slide must have a title, a picture, and information required.

GRADING RUBRIC:

BASIC
  • submitted on time
  • includes five computer scientists
  • may omit one or two pieces of required information (see above)
PROFICIENT
  • submitted on time
  • includes all information specified above
  • includes all slides specified above
ADVANCED
  • all requirements for PROFICIENT PLUS further exploration that indicates an increased level of research, care, and understanding.
  • Examples of this level of care include:
    • inclusion of other computer scientists (at least two more meeting the above requirements) OR
    • extra research and an explanation (in at least two extra slides) about connection or theme between the chosen computer scientists, OR
    • extra research and an explanation (in at least two extra slides) about the technical details of their research or invention
TURN IN PROCEDURES:

ALL Projects Must Be Uploaded to GOOGLE DRIVE and the SHAREABLE LINK Needs To Be Posted on the Crossroads Community Google+ Page.  You will Create a New COMMENT Under the Existing Project Box listed online!  Please SHARE Your Project with me at hscribnercaa@gmail.com as well!   

Monday, December 8, 2014

CODE.ORG - DAY 3 (Happy Computer Science Education Week!)

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Students will learn basic computer programming using Code.Org online.  Students will understand the basic vocabulary used in programming.  Students will also be able to explain why it is important for everyone to learn to code and how it can provide equity in our society.


STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!

READ ALL DIRECTIONS BELOW BEFORE STARTING WORK!


Today is the start of Computer Science Education Week!  We are part of 180 nations and thousands of schools worldwide who are concentrating on Computer Science this week!


WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MESSAGE TOGETHER FIRST! 

(CLICK HERE)  

STEP 1:  GOOGLE+ COMMENT WITH SUBSTANCE

You May Watch Individually Or As A Class At The Teacher's Discretion.


Students will start by watching the video: "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

(Click the Title To Watch)
  Open your Google+ page!  You need to go to the Crossroads 2014-2015 Community Page and look for a posting that says "HUMANITY".  Post a 3-4 Sentence COMMENT about the video.  Your post should explain how you think the speaker in the video is right or wrong, and why.  Support your thoughts with at least 2 facts (not your opinion).  You may have to search the internet for support for your opinion.  If the substitute teacher wants to lead a discussion about this topic, let them!


STEP 2:  Complete Your Code.Org "Hour Of Code" Program


If You Cannot Log In To CODE.ORG Go To Code.Org, Click Learn And 

Work On One Of The Levels Without Signing In!


Students will sign into their CODE.ORG account with their classroom GMAIL Address and the password they created on Wednesday.  Students will continue to work on the programming levels in order on their individual lesson page.  They can use headphones for watching the training videos only!  NO MUSIC OR OTHER VIDEOS ALLOWED! 

Most of you should be done with your HOUR OF CODE and have joined our INTRO COURSE. There will be some repeated material, but the INTRO COURSE has a number of additional lessons that you might be interested in.


CODE.ORG INTRO COURSE LINK (CLICK HERE)

STEP 3:  Peer Programming Day!

Today you must use Peer Programming to complete any levels.  Find a partner, watch the PEER PROGRAMMING Video (Click Here), then work together to work on the Code.Org Levels.  You will work on levels for the partner with the fewest levels complete first.  Then you can work on levels for the other partner.  You may only use one laptop per partner team at a time.  You may not have any other laptops open while you work.  No music or other videos playing except for the ones that are on the Code.Org Website!


Friday, December 5, 2014

CODE.ORG - HOUR OF CODE DAY 2

All Crossroads@Meade Students:

I am taking some personal time to spend with my family.  Please follow all directions from the substitute and work on following items in class today.  THIS IS NOT A FREE DAY TO MESS AROUND!  Make sure you are completing work as assigned.  Your technology packet, questions & responses, and your letter to the editor are due by Friday, December 12th at 3pm for credit.  No late entries will be accepted.  

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR WORK!


ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Students will learn basic computer programming using Code.Org online.  Students will understand the basic vocabulary used in programming.  Students will also be able to explain why it is important for everyone to learn to code and how it can provide equity in our society.


STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!  

STEP 1:  GOOGLE+ COMMENT WITH SUBSTANCE

You May Watch Individually Or As A Class At The Teacher's Discretion.

Students will start by watching the video "Code Stars" (Click Here) and then open your Google+.  You need to go to the Crossroads 2014-2015 Community Page and look for a posting that says "CODE STARS".  Post a 3-4 Sentence COMMENT about the video.  Your post should explain how you could use programming in your future career, and tell me about a specific project you are interested in working on for extra credit.  Are you interested in creating a game, doing graphic animation, working on an application (IPhone/Android/Windows), or something else.  Explain in your post what idea you have and why it interests you!  If the substitute teacher wants to lead a discussion about different projects or your coding interests, let them!


STEP 2:  Complete Your Code.Org "Hour Of Code" Program


Students will sign into their CODE.ORG account with their classroom GMAIL Address and the password they created on Wednesday.  Students will continue to work on the programming levels in order on their individual lesson page.  They can use headphones for watching the training videos only!  NO MUSIC OR OTHER VIDEOS ALLOWED!



STEP 3:  Go Beyond the "Hour Of Code" Program


Once they have completed the Hour of Code (20 Levels), students will click the link below to the Code.Org Intro Course while logged into CODE.ORG.  Students will begin to complete levels for this course.  They only need to view the videos during "UNPLUGGED" Lessons.  I will be able to track their progress while they work.  If there are any questions, a student should first try to ask for PEER HELP!  PEER MENTORING is a Key Component of this class.  If they need to email me at hscribnercaa@gmail.com, they are allowed too!  



There is a prize for anyone who completes the entire INTRO COURSE (ALL LEVELS)!

CODE.ORG INTRO COURSE LINK (CLICK HERE)


HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!

Standards Covered In This Class  

PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011

CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011



Thursday, December 4, 2014

PEACE DAY 2014

Check out TACKK.COM.  I found this in a magazine on the flight home from a weekend trip.  I thought this would be an interesting and fun way to post information for school.  You can easily create single page websites for your work.  You could create a single TACKK without logging in, or create a series of TACKK's.  Please go to the website TACKK.COM to get started.  Make sure you add the TAG (caatech) to all of your sites so we can see them.

Here is the link for my PEACE DAY Tackk.com Webpage:

http://tackk.com/exru5f

http://tackk.com/wjzhgy



Peace Day Project

Please go to Tackk.com and create a website for Peace Day 2014.  Create an account using your Gmail address and a password you can remember.  You may use photos, youtube video links, and other items.  Please make sure your website has the following items to receive credit for this project today:

  1. Website must be created using Tackk.com
  2. Website must include keywords #xroadsatmeade and #peaceday2014
  3. Website must have at least one picture
  4. Website must include a link to your Weebly.com Website
  5. Website must include a contact/message form
  6. Website must have a Peace Day Theme
  7. Website must include at least 4-5 sentences on how you will "increase the peace" in your own way.  Please describe how you can help the world, our community, or your family be more aware of peaceful ways to resolve issues and be kinder to each other.
  8. Finally, when you are done, please POST the link to your PEACE DAY TACKK to our GOOGLE+ Community for Credit.  You must comment on the best sites and leave some feedback for your peers.  Be careful to be helpful not hurtful and let your classmates know that you appreciate their efforts!  KEEP THE PEACE!
Have Fun With This!!

- Mr. S

HOMEWORK WORKSHEET:

Please Read the Following Article:

http://buildingpeaceforum.com/2014/07/tailored-technology-for-peace/
Answer the following questions on paper and turn it in:

1.  Summarize the Main Idea of the Article
2.  Describe the Primary Question or Argument.
3.  What is your opinion of the article and WHY?
4.  What do you think the biggest technology will be to further peace in your lifetime?

Write a One-Page Letter To The Author describing how technology has been used to peacefully resolve an issue in your neighborhood.  Make sure to use specific examples from the article to describe your issue.  Also describe why your story should be printed for everyone to see.  Handwrite the letter on a separate page.  Make sure to address the letter properly to the author of the original article.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CODE.ORG - Introduction Day

Introduction to Code.Org

 Step 1:  Journal Entry "Why Learn To Code?"

Create a Weebly.Com Journal Entry.  Your topic is
"Why should you learn to read and write computer code?"
You must write at least 3 sentences about why you should learn to code,
and what you could use this skill for in your future career.

 

Each participant will be able to…

Participants will learn computer science skills such as critical thinking, logic, persistence and creativity in problem-solving by completing levels on Code.Org.


The course design and the instructor methods to accomplish this objective are…

Computer science and computational thinking skills will be addressed through hands-on "unplugged" and online activities, including computer programming and coding. Skills of a computer scientist through the computational thinking practices of creativity, collaboration, communication, persistence and problem solving will be emphasized. Computer science themes of algorithms, data, abstraction, computing practice and programming, computers and communication devices, and community, global and ethical impacts.


Participants will demonstrate they know and understand this objective by…

Participants will take part in "Unplugged" activities, reviewing vocabulary, and completing assessment levels online. Participants will receive feedback on their performance, as well as resources for improvement.  Students will use Peer Mentoring whenever possible to help each other prior to asking for direct assistance from the teacher.

 Step 2:  Why Is Learning To Code Important? (Click Here For Video)

 Step 3:  What is Equity (Class Discussion)

Step 3:  Play A Game!

Step 4:  Sign Up For CODE.ORG and Join Our Class Online!

CLASS HOUR OF CODE SECTION (CLICK HERE TO JOIN)

Step 5:  Work Independently On Your Individual Code.Org Program

Step 6:   Prior To Leaving Class Today, Fill Out The Exit Ticket
And Turn It In To Mr. S For Credit!

More FUN Stuff To Do:
  Do Not Race Ahead!  If you complete Hour Of Code, you may sign up for our PlayLab or Frozen Course with the links below:
(Note:  You must be signed in to Code.Org to click below and join the classes)

Crossroads@Meade Playlab Course (Click Here)

Crossroads@Meade Frozen Course (Click Here)

Crossroads@Meade Flappy Bird Course (Click Here)

ONLY JOIN ONE (1) Course At A Time, Work Until You Complete It, Then Try Another One.  Good Luck!

Introduction to Computer Programming (Code.Org)

ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Students will learn basic computer programming using Code.Org online.  Students will understand the basic vocabulary used in programming.  Students will also be able to explain why it is important for everyone to learn to code and how it can provide equity in our society.
STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!  
Students will start by completing a Journal (Weebly.com) entry:
Why Should Students Learn To Read And Write Computer Code?
 Students will watch a short video and participate in a discussion about future careers and equity.  Students will then play a game to introduce basic vocabulary and terms.  Students will sign up for accounts on Code. Org and begin working through the program online.  Exit tickets will be used  to check for understanding and wrap up the days activities.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
Standards Covered In This Class  
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011
SEE CLASS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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