Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Strikingly.com Single-Page PSA Website Instructions

Please check out Strikingly.com. It is a little hard to understand at first, but your results are going to be fantastic. If you master this tool, you will be creating stunning, professional-quality sites in no time! Have Fun With This Project!
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
SINGLE-PAGE WEBSITE ASSIGNMENT

IMPORTANT NOTE:  YOU MUST NOT INCLUDE OR DISPLAY ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, THIS SCHOOL OR ANYTHING THAT COULD PROVIDE A WAY FOR PEOPLE WHO SEE THIS SITE TO CONTACT YOU!  NO TWITTER, INSTAGRAMS, EMAIL ADDRESSES. NO PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU OR COLLEGIUM IS ALLOWED ON THESE SITES FOR ANY REASON!



Please go to Strikingly.com and create a website. Create an account using your Gmail address and a password you can remember. On Strikingly.com you just click "Create Account" and enter your First Name, Email 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:

ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A STRIKINGLY.COM WEBSITE AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A TOPIC YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT.

Here is a video to help you with Strikingly.com (CLICK HERE)


Here are the steps to create a new WEBSITE:
  1. Log Into Your Google Account
  2. Go to Strikingly.com
  3. Sign In with your FIRST NAME, CCS Email Address, and a PASSWORD you can remember.
  4. Select ANY Template you like by moving the cursor over it and CLICK "Start Editing"
  5. Use "View Example" to see what it might look like before choosing the Template. (Then Step 4)
  6. Review the MENU to the Left.
  • PREVIEW: Shows what the site will look like LIVE
  • PUBLISH: Puts The Website LIVE Online (You can still make changes)
  • STYLES: Allows a change to a whole new style or type of site.
  • SETTINGS: Change other settings about your site:
    • Basic Info:  Site Title, Category of Site, Description, Keywords, Language
    • Domains:  You MUST use (any words).strikingly.com unless you pay.
    • Sharing Information: Social Image Share, Favicon, Twitter Card?
    • Mobile Actions: Do Not Worry About These (Must Go PRO) (DO NOT GO PRO! - Costs $)
    • Header & Footer Display Settings
    • ANALYTICS!
    • ADVANCED
  1. Preview all of the SECTIONS listed on the Site you chose.
  2. Adjust each SECTION to fit with your overall THEME and what you need to get your Message Accross.
  3. Once you have Setup your SECTIONS the way you want,  spend time on each section entering pictures, video, facts and links.
  4. When complete click PUBLISH and then Copy & Paste the link you created into an email to Mr. S for credit.  (hscribner@ccs.us)
Here is what your "Public Service Announcement" STRIKINGLY Website should include:
  1. Website must be created using strikingly.com
  2. Website must include keywords ccstech and collegiumpsa
  3. Website must have at least four (4) pictures and one (1) video (embedded)
  4. Website must have an informational theme that has an Opinion about your topic.
  5. Website must include at least 4-5 sentences of REAL DATA about your topic.  You  must have at least four (4) FACTS and three (3) SOURCES listed as a reference.    
UPDATED ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

YOU MUST EMAIL THE ACTIVE LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE TO MR. S FOR CREDIT!

In addition to the items above, you must also include the following items on your new website:
  1. Add a video to your website.  You may copy/paste the link from Youtube or Vimeo, but it must be appropriate for school use.  DO NOT POST ANYTHING that might be offensive or inappropriate.
  2. Add a FORM for visitors to send you an email.  
  3. Add a MAP of something to do with your topic. 
    Have Fun With This!!

    - Mr. S
    OBJECTIVE & STUDENT OUTCOMES

    Students will use online collaboration tools (STRIKINGLY.COM) to create a single-page webpage. Students will learn to use the online toolbar in Strikingly.com to add content to their website, share their website, and publish their website online. Students will comment (positively) on other pages posted online.

    STUDENTS MUST READ ALL DIRECTIONS ON THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO STARTING ANY TASK!

    Students will enter the class quietly and LOG IN to ccs.us Google Accounts. Students will read all directions posted on the class assignment site prior to starting work. Students will choose a Public Service Announcement topic to create a web-page about using Strikingly.com. Students will be guided through the creation process for a Strikingly.com website, and then be given time in class to complete the project. Students must SHARE their projects, once published, by posting the link on Google Classroom. Once complete, Students will then review other sites created by their peers, and leave constructive (positive) comments to each other!

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Strikingly.Com Single-Page PSA Website Project - Research Day

    Today everyone will spend time choosing and researching the topic of their choice for this project.  No two students can work on the same topic.  See yesterday's post for the link to the S1 Topic List.

    Create a Google Document to store your information, links, pictures and other items you will need when you begin building your websites next week.


    Make sure you check out my Sample PSA Website Here:  (Selfie Sticks Should Be Banned)

    Have fun with this project and DO YOUR BEST! Happy Friday!

    - MR. S

    OBJECTIVE & STUDENT OUTCOMES
    Students will use online collaboration tools (STRIKINGLY.COM) to create a single-page webpage.  Students will learn to use the online toolbar in Strikingly.com to add content to their website, share their website, and publish their website online.  Students will comment (positively) on other pages posted.
    STUDENTS MUST READ ALL DIRECTIONS ON THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO STARTING ANY TASK!
     Students will enter the class quietly and LOG IN to ccs.us Google Accounts.  Students will read all directions posted on the class assignment site prior to starting work.  Students will choose a Public Service Announcement topic to create a web-page about using Strikingly.com.  Students will be guided through the creation process for a Strikingly.com website, and then be given time in class to complete the project.  Students must SHARE their projects, once published, by posting the link on Schoology.  Once complete, Students will then review other sites created by their peers, and leave constructive (positive) comments to each other!
    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. 2014

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Exploring Websites: Strikingly Single-Page PSA Site Creation Project

    Exploring Websites (Unplugged)
    Code.Org CS Discoveries Unplugged Lesson Plan (U2L01)


    Technology Journal Entry Prompt

    What was the last website you visited?
    (NOT SCHOOL RELATED)
    Why did you go to that website?


    Overview:  Every website has a purpose, a reason someone created it and others use it. In this lesson, students will start to consider the purposes a website might serve, both for the users and the creators. Students will explore a handful of the most-used websites in the United States and try to figure out how each of those sites is useful for users and how they might also serve their creators.

    Purpose:  Unit 2 is all about the World Wide Web, with a focus on creating websites for self expression. To start students thinking about why they might want to create a website, they must begin to consider how websites are useful tools for both users and creators. The lesson starts with popular websites because they all serve clear purposes for a large number of users, but eventually students are asked to narrow their vision to simpler sites that might serve the needs of a smaller user group.


    AGENDA
    Journal - The Last Website You Visited
    Top 10 Websites Used Activity
    Introduction to Strikingly.com
    Wrap-Up (What Website Will You Create)

    INTRODUCTION TO STRIKINGLY.COM
    Please check out Strikingly.com.  It is a little hard to understand at first, but your results are going to be fantastic.  If you master this tool, you will be creating stunning, professional-quality sites in no time!  Have Fun With This Project!

    SEMESTER 1 (17-18) Student Topic List



    OBJECTIVE & STUDENT OUTCOMES
    Students will use collaborate to discuss and discover how websites can help us synthesize and present information to others.  Students will discuss the top websites that are used in society today.  Students will then complete an activity to learn the difference between a major industry website and a personal topic website.  Students will discuss the differences and similarities of both while completing the class worksheets.  Students will be introduced to the Strikingly.com interface, and some examples of websites they can create.  Students will leave with the ability to start creating an outline of a website.
    STUDENTS MUST READ ALL DIRECTIONS ON THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO STARTING ANY TASK!
    Students will enter the class quietly and LOG IN to ccs.us Google Accounts. Students will read all directions posted on the class assignment site prior to starting work. Students will work together and complete all assigned tasks.  Students will be able to provide a topic for a Public Service Announcement Website for the next day's activity.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!

    Primary Standards Met:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.A: Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    PA BCIT K-12 15.3.8.S.Apply appropriate electronic communication based on message requirements.

    CSTA K-12 Computer Science StandardsIC - Impacts of Computing
      2-IC-20 - Compare trade-offs associated with computing technologies that affect people's everyday activities and career options.

      5.1-L1 - 2. Collaboratively design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., videos, podcasts, websites) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum
    concepts.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    DRAW.IO - Introduction to Graphic Organizers

    Today you will design graphic organizers on DRAW.IO. Please create a Personal Timeline and Family Tree in a digital format. You must create these from scratch using DRAW.IO.

    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. Sign In to Google. Open DRAW.IO and CONNECT it to your Google Drive. 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 15 events to complete the project.



    To create your  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 place-marker 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 PNG File to DROPBOX Link below for credit.  YOU MUST ALSO UPLOAD THIS JPEG FILE TO YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE AND SHARE IT FOR CREDIT,

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





    - Mr. S


    STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
    1.  HAND-DRAW A VERSION FIRST!  LOG INTO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT
    2. Open DRAW.IO on your computer and Click DIAGRAM Button to create a blank Diagram.  Connect the DRAW.IO Application to your Google Account.
    3. Drag enough blocks into the workspace to allow for one block for each person in your IMMEDIATE Family.
    4: Label Each Block with Person's Title (Dad, Mom, etc.) and First Name
    5. Connect each block with who is related to who.
    6. For the Timeline, you must drag in at least 15 blocks.  
    7. Label each block with event from your life.
    8. Make a connection, in the order that the events occurred in your life, from one event to the next.
    9. If you have not completed your work before class ends, If you successfully connected your DRAW IO account to your Google Account, your progress should automatically be saved.
    10. Once complete, Click the SHARE Button and add Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us).  Make sure you click CAN EDIT for credit.  You also need to EXPORT your file as a Graphic Image (JPEG) and Upload the Picture to the DROPBOX Link Below! 
    11.  Open your Google Drive and click "NEW", Click "UPLOAD FILE", and choose your JPEG File from your Desktop.  Once the file is uploaded, Click "SHARE" and add hscribner@ccs.us to SHARE the file with me for credit.

    ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE 
    Today students will be creating a Personal Timeline and Family Tree with DRAW.IO. Students will outline major events in their lives and a complete list of family members. They will organize their items in chronological order, create hand-drawn organizers, create digital versions of their work, and SHARE their work using Google Drive.
    STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING! 
     
    Students will work individually on the assigned projects. Students must complete a hand-drawn version of the project prior to starting on their computer.
    Today we will begin the Graphic Organizer Timeline and Family Tree Project! 
    Standards Covered In This Class
    PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
    CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2014
    ALTERNATE PROGRAMS ONLINE: https://cacoo.com/ or https://bubbl.us/mindmap

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Gamestar Mechanic 17-18 (Introduction To Video Game Creation)

    Today you will spend some time working on GAMESTAR MECHANIC! This is an introductory program to teach the basics of creating video games. Please use the link below to join our class:


    Once you have joined, spend time in class today working through the QUEST and initial levels. You can work on this from any place you have an internet connection. Once you see how basic game design works, by completing the story-line and levels, you will then be able to put this together with the basic coding we work on later this year. Take your time and work through this at your own pace.

    Enjoy today's fun day, and be ready to work on creating web sites next week. Relax and Enjoy this reward for your hard work over the last few weeks!

    - Mr. S 

    STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
    1. CLICK THE LINK ABOVE
    2. Look For "I Do Not Have An Account"
    3. Click "I AM AUTHORIZED TO JOIN THIS CLASS"
    4. TYPE In A USERNAME (Your Choice But Appropriate)
    5. TYPE In A PASSWORD and CONFIRM IT (Same Password Twice)
    6. ENTER Birthday
    7. ENTER First Name and Last Name
    8. CHECK BOX "I Have Read And Agree To Terms"
    9. CLICK REGISTER
    10. CLICK ON ONE PICTURE FOR EACH GROUP, REMEMBER YOUR CHOICES
    11. CLICK THE SAME PICTURES AGAIN TO VERIFY YOUR CHOICES (You Will Use These If You Forget Your Password)
    12. CLICK "QUEST" And Complete Each Level To Get More Items To Use In A Game You Will Design
    13. GOOD LUCK!  HAVE FUN!
    ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
    Scholars use a link provided on the class website to begin learning about how video games are created.  Each scholar will work on their own to work through the storyline and levels of the game-making process.  Scholars will be required to use Peer Mentoring to help each other through difficult levels prior to instructor intervention.

    STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!
    STUDENTS MUST START BY READING ALL DIRECTIONS ON CLASS WEBSITE!
    Scholars will create individual accounts on Gamestar Mechanic using the link provided on the class website.  Scholars will work independently on each level of the storyline to begin creating a video game.

    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. 2014

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Interview A Local Veteran (HERO) Project, What Does It Mean To Serve?

    Please think about the following project for this school year in preparation for the 9/11 Rememberance Activities, Veteran's Day in November and Memorial Day in May:



    While we remember the terrible events of 9/11, celebrate our Veteran's in November, or reflect on Memorial Day in May, please bear in mind that these days should be a solemn time for us.  The following excerpt from About.com explains the difference between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day like this:  "Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime."

    Use the following links to find out more about the history of Memorial Day, and why you should be thankful for the sacrifices made on your behalf.  We are not a perfect nation, but the blood of a few has been given so we can enjoy the freedoms we have.  

    Reference Article Links:

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/memorialday.htm
     
    http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html




    PART A:  TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE
    Today you will use class time to complete a Constructed Response Assignment and write a paragraph (4-5 Sentences)  about how you might be able to serve your community or country someday.  This service does not have to be in the armed forces.  I want you to really think about how you can repay the gifts of liberty and freedom that you have because you live in the United States.  Consider the sacrifice of others, both in uniform and out, while this country grew and up to the modern era.


    PART B:  HERO PROJECT 2017-2018
    3rd Herd - Prior to Deployment (Fall 2007)
    Please talk to a veteran that you know. (NOT MR. S!)  This assignment is due prior to the end of the First Marking Period.  You must find a relative or friend that has served our country in the armed forces and interview them.
      
    Find out when and where they served.  Create a Single-Slide Presentation to be added to our class project for the year, and SHARE it with Mr. S for credit.  

    Make sure to include how long the person served, why they joined, what was the hardest and easiest part of their service, and what they feel about others serving.  Try to include a picture of the person in uniform if possible.  Please SHARE this interview with me so I can add them to the overall project.   Make sure you end your slide with how you feel about service, and how your view might have changed in light of the interview you conducted. Why is it important to serve your country/community in any capacity?



    THE KEY TO THIS ASSIGNMENT IS TO INTERVIEW SOMEONE AND COME AWAY WITH THE CONNECTION BETWEEN A WILLFULLY SELFLESS ACT AND THE IMPACT THAT ACT HAS ON OTHERS!  MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THAT CONNECTION WITH YOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION. 

    IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT FIND SOMEONE YOU, OR YOUR FAMILY KNOWS, THAT HAS SERVED IN THE MILITARY, YOU MAY INTERVIEW SOMEONE WHO IS A LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND SERVES YOUR REGION, COUNTY, OR AREA IN SOME SUBSTANTIAL WAY.  YOU MUST GET PRIOR APPROVAL TO INTERVIEW A NON-VETERAN FROM MR. S!

    Thanks for your input on this project.

    - Mr. S
    ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
    Today students will use a time in class to reflect on how they might be able to serve their country someday.  Students will be assigned a Journal Entry to write about what they think the meaning of military service is.  Students use the balance of class time to complete the MyBIO Project and anything else that is outstanding to date.  Students will create documents and upload files appropriately for credit.  Students are required to finish a homework interview outside of class before the end of the 1st Marking Period.
    STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!
    Students will review ALL of the directions below prior to starting the project!  Students will go to begin by writing in their TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL about the question above.  Finally, students will utilize class time to complete the MyBIO Project assigned last week.  All other outstanding work will be submitted for credit prior to the end of the 1st Marking Period.
    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. 2014 


    Friday, September 8, 2017

    MyBio Google Slides Project 17-18 (S1)

    All students will complete a Technology Journal Entry about "Heritage". Once complete, you will use your time in class to begin a 10-slide presentation on Google Slides called "MyBio". You will include at least 4 pictures and 10 slides. See instructions below for specific requirements. You must SHARE this project with Mr. S for credit.


    "HERITAGE"

    Please read the following article "What Is Heritage" below and write a Constructed Response in your Technology Journal (4-5 Sentences) about why learning about your own family heritage should be important to you. Please include a brief description of where your family is from, and how you could spend time in search of your ancestors (What sources could you use to help find out about your 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.

    Article taken from the following website: WHAT IS HERITAGE ARTICLE (CLICK HERE)

    MyBio Google Slides Presentation


    Your assignment is to create a GOOGLE SLIDES PRESENTATION Slide Show that is all about you. Here is a list of the requirements and some suggestions for what to include in your slides.

    A) PRESENTATION
    (1) Saved as “(Your Name) Bio” and emailed to Mr. S
      
    (2) Have a logical order to your slides
         (a) Do NOT follow the slide suggestions order
      
    (3) Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
      
    (4) Have 10 Slides
         (a) Include a Title Slide
         (b) Include a Birth Information Slide

    (5) Have at least 4 Graphics/Photos that are related to their slides

    Slide Suggestions: You may use these suggestions or come up with your own (APPROPRIATE CONTENT)
    Title: First and Last Name **
    Birth Information: Birthday, Birthplace, Length, Weight, and Time **
    Accomplishments: List at least three accomplishments.
    Career: What you want to be? How you will do this?
    Class Schedule: What is your schedule this semester?
    Dislikes: Identify your dislikes.
    Family Information: Family Size, Parents Names, Siblings
    Favorites: Identify your favorite things.
    Friends: Who are you friends? What do you do with them for fun?
    Goals: List short-term goals (for the year). List intermediate goals (for the next 3 years).
    List long-term goals (for the next 10 years).
    Hobbies: Identify your hobbies.
    Job: What is your job? What are your job duties?
    Likes: Identify your likes.
    People: Have different people make comments about you.
    ** Required Slides

    STEPS TO COMPLETE PROJECT (READ ALL DIRECTIONS FIRST!)
    1. Sign into Google Drive
    2. Open NEW Slides Presentation
    3. Rename SLIDES "MyBio (Your Last Name) P(?) S1"
         Example: MyBio SCRIBNER P1 S1
    4. Open new Browser Tab to Google Images
    5. Select VIEW IMAGE of Full Size Pictures (You need at least 4 images in your project)
    6. Save Images or Image URL's for Use In Presentation
    7. Choose Template Style
    8. Begin to enter personal information on each Slide.
    9. Complete each slide by adding information and photos
    10. SHARE with Mr. S for credit! DO NOT EMAIL! JUST SHARE IT!
    11. Be Prepared To Present This To The Class In The Future!


    OBJECTIVE & STUDENT OUTCOMES
     Students will use online collaboration tools (Google Drive) to create a 10-slide multimedia presentation.  Students will follow directions and use photos, text, and color to highlight specific facts about their topic.  Students will be able to understand the difference between a written report and how writing for a presentation requires bullet-style sentences.

    STUDENTS MUST READ ALL DIRECTIONS ON THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO STARTING ANY ASSIGNED TASKS.  PLEASE FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS AS GIVEN FOR FULL CREDIT!

      Students will log into their Google Drive and open a New PRESENTATION.  Students will learn the basic tools used to create a presentation.  Students will create a MY BIO Presentation about themselves.  Students will use Google Images to select pictures for use today.  Students will Copy the pictures selected to the desktop of the computer they are working with.  Students use PIXLR.Com to upload, manipulate, adjust, save and add pictures to their project.  Students must complete the steps below to CREATE and SHARE a MY BIO Presentation for credit.

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Google Document Autobiography Project

    Autobiography Project Instructions

    Today you will log in to your Google Gmail Account and then open your Google Drive. You will CREATE a new document. This document will be a one-full-page Autobiography all about you. I have copied and pasted my example below. Please use the whole page to describe everything about you since you were born. You must use proper grammar, spelling, sentences, and be prepared to SHARE it directly from Google Drive to Mr. S. You must use no larger than a 12-font Times New Roman and single space lines. Please leave a line between paragraphs. I am looking forward to reading these, and you will be creating a Presentation from the content later this week. Make sure you include LIKES, DISLIKES, where you grew up, things you did, schools and activities you participated in, and add some things people do not know about you. Good Luck!



    - Mr. S

    STEPS BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. CREATE DOCUMENT IN GOOGLE DRIVE
    2. RENAME DOCUMENT: AUTOBIOGRAPHY (LAST NAME) P(?) S1
    3. SHARE DOCUMENT WITH Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us)
    4. Set FONT to Times New Roman
    5. Set FONT SIZE to 12
    6. Set LINE SPACE to Single
    7. Type TITLE LINE: "Autobiography of (First Name) (Last Name)" [Bold & Underline]
    8. Copy Questions Below Onto Document
    9. Answer Each Question With A 4-5 Sentence Paragraph
    10. Remove Questions (Delete) and leave a space between paragraphs
    11. Add enough material to make sure you have typed a FULL PAGE for credit.
    12. Notify Mr. Scribner you are finished by sending an EMAIL.
    13. After Review, Make Any Requested Changes or Adjustments For Final Credit.

    Questions To Get You Started (Copy and Paste Into Document To Help You):

    1. Name, Birth Date, Family, Where You Were Born

    2. What I Like Doing At Home, School, In My Community And Schools I Have Attended?

    3. People and Things That Are Precious To Me And Why?

    4. What Do I Want To Be When I Get Older?

    5. How Do Others See Me? What Contributions Do I Make To My Family/Community?

    6. What Are My Other Ambitions/Goals/Desires In Life?

    7. Anything Else I Want People To Know....



    TIPS TO HELP YOU!
    From:  http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/0/9_tips_for_writing_your_autobiography.aspx?p=1
    • Get a feel for the work. ...
    • Understand your intended audience. ...
    • Develop a core concept. ...
    • Jump-start your memories. ...
    • Organize your story. ...
    • Keep your focus. ...
    • Keep it interesting. ...
    • Use writing tools.


    EXAMPLE PROJECT

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MR. SCRIBNER

    I was born in Bloomington, Indiana. I was raised in Indiana, Virginia, and Missouri until I was in the Second Grade. My family moved to western Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I attended schools in the Upper Perkiomen School District from 2nd to 8th Grade. I was then transferred to St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, PA for grades 9 thru 12.

    Growing up in rural Pennsylvania had many advantages. I was active in sports, outdoor activities, and once I was in Middle School, I was able to ride my bicycle just about anywhere. I also had many part time jobs since the age of 12 to support myself. I started working on farms in my area to make extra money. I bailed hay, milked cows, and chased calves around the barn when I accidentally left the gate to their pen open. I then spent time working for a stone mason who lived on our block. I spent a summer lifting bricks and blocks, mixing cement and building scaffolding systems. I learned a lot. I also delivered papers, worked at local fast food restaurants, and did maintenance work on a local golf course throughout High School.

    My grades were horrible throughout school. I graduated at the bottom of the class from my high school despite scoring very well on standardized tests. I was accepted at Shippensburg University in 1986 for a summer program called Act 101. I was also accepted to the Antonelli School of Art and Design for my photography skills. In hindsight, I probably should have gone to the photography school. I did not succeed in college and partied too much. Eventually I flunked out. It was not all bad though, I was put in the position of needing to join the Army Reserve to help pay for school, and the leadership skills, training, and discipline would ultimately make that one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life.

    I went to Basic Training in 1988. I was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC for Initial training and Fort Gordon, GA for “Commo” school. I made some of the best friends of my life while serving my country. I have excelled at military training and went on to be deployed twice overseas after 9/11. I am still very interested in the firearms training, first-aid, and other classes I was required to take. My military service also allowed me to see the world and to really have an appreciation of what being born in the USA means. I have seen the advantages that are taken for granted by others who have not had the same vision of poverty and war. I am thankful for those experiences as well.

    I was married in 1992 to my oldest son’s mother. I was divorced and now am re-married to the mother of my other son’s. My sons are 25, 13, and 10 and are awesome! I will celebrate my 16th anniversary of my marriage to my wife this year. We live in our home near King of Prussia, PA. I began to try to be a teacher while at Shippensburg in 1987. I wanted to be a history teacher, but found my way into other jobs as I needed more money to support a family. I started in sales and customer service for various companies in the Philadelphia area in 1991. With a new family and child to support, I took whatever job was available at the time. I gradually, over the years, was able to turn one opportunity into another while moving from job to job every 3-4 years. I got better at sales and more professional in my manners and appearance. I have sold building products, health care services, engineering services, coatings and paints, and ultimately ended up as a kitchen designer and architectural sales representative. I also went to Gwynedd Mercy College from 2004-2006 and finished my degree in Business Administration 20 years after beginning it at Shippensburg University.

    While on deployment in the Middle East in 2008, I was given the opportunity to take my Praxis (teacher’s) exams. I scored very well with no preparation. When I returned from overseas, I went back to Gwynedd and enrolled in the Teacher Certification program. I also approached the School District of Philadelphia for a job. I was given an Emergency Certification and allowed to teach in January of 2009. I was at University City High School for 3 years. I also taught Middle School at Crossroads Accelerated Academy at Meade. Most recently, I was teaching K-8 classes at Roosevelt Elementary School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, and at Universal Vare Middle School in South Philadelphia. I am excited to be working with you here at Collegium Charter School in Exton, Pennsylvania.

    In addition to teaching, I coach many sports for my kids, I play volleyball and lead both worship and missions teams at my church, and I spend time with my family as much as possible. I am also a Boy Scout Leader for my sons. I am interested in sports, video games, and construction projects around my home. My family and I also enjoy spending time outdoors fishing, camping, hiking, and riding bicycles.

    Foods I enjoy include anything grilled, ice cream, and spinach dip with pumpernickel bread. I love to cook and enjoy cooking with my 13-year-old. In 2014 I completed my Masters Degree. I want to continue to coach sports and work with the Boy Scouts (BSA), improve the curriculum here at Collegium, and continue to teach as much as I can. Ultimately I might want to be a Principal or a Counselor as well.

    ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE 
    Students will learn to use Google Drive Documents by CREATING a ONE-PAGE Autobiography. Students spend the next two class periods completing the assignment. They must SHARE it with Instructor for Credit.

    STUDENTS MUST START BY READING ALL DIRECTIONS ON CLASS WEBSITE!


    Students will enter the room quietly. Once seated, they will log into their Google Account and Click on the Google Drive Button in the Applications Menu (Waffle) of the Browser. They will Create a NEW Document. They will immediately rename the document as outlined below. They Must SHARE the document with MR.S for Credit!  

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Google Drive Introduction: Collaboration Made Easy!

    Today you will be learning the basics about using your Google Drive and other online and computer-based tools.  Read the passage below as an introduction to these tools, and be prepared to follow along in class while we Log-In, Create, Share, and Collaborate on different projects! 

    Google Drive is a great way to create, store, share, and collaborate files such as documents, spreadsheets, photos, slide shows and PDFs.  If you create a personal Gmail account (ONLY WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION), then you automatically have 15 GB of free space.  If you have an education account, like all CCS Students, then you have unlimited space to store files.  Your files in Drive can be reached from any smart phone, tablet, or computer with an Internet connection. So wherever you go, your files follow.  What a deal, right?

    You can quickly invite others to view, download, and collaborate on all the files you want.  There is no email with an attachment needed. One of the best things about Google Drive, which makes it a much better option than Dropbox, is the ability to work on your files with up go 50 people at the same time.  No more multiple versions of a document to keep up with .  No more carrying a thumb drive to and from school.  Everything is stored and updated immediately in Google Drive.

    With Google Drive your files are private and for you to see only, until you decide to share them. You can quickly invite others to view, comment, and edit any file or folder that you choose.  This is great if you share lessons with other people on your team or at another school.  You can create a shared folder where everyone on the team can see and add to the shared lessons or unit. This is also perfect for student group projects.  Groups of students could each take a chapter of a novel an create a slide show that summarizes it.  Each student in the class could build a reaction slide to something that was covered in class and then those slides could be combined into one giant slide show.  The possibilities are endless.

    Every file in Drive stays safe no matter what happens to your smart phone, tablet or computer. Drive uses the same security protocol used on Gmail and other Google services.
      
    - Excerpt taken directly from http://evscicats.com/digital-tools/day-11-30dc14-what-can-google-drive-do-for-me/ 

    VOCABULARY LIST 
    GOOGLE DRIVE- THIS IS WHERE YOU SAVE EVERYTHING--think of it kind of like DROPBOX or the H DRIVE.
    DOCS-DOCUMENTS (Like MICROSOFT WORD)
    SHEETS-SPREADSHEETS (LIKE MICROSOFT EXCEL)
    SLIDES-PRESENTATION (LIKE MICROSOFT POWERPOINT)
    FORMS- CREATE FORMS, SURVEYS, QUIZZES
    DRAWINGS- CREATE PICTURES USING TEXT, SHAPES, ARROWS, ETC. (MUCH LIKE YOU WOULD DO IN MICROSOFT WORD).

    WHAT IS GOOGLE DRIVE?

     

     GETTING STARTED WITH GOOGLE DRIVE

    ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
    Students will learn to use Google Drive to Create, Collaborate, and Store Documents and Files for Class.  Students will understand that this or Gmail is the ONLY way to turn in assignments unless specific instructions offer additional options for each project.


    STUDENTS MUST START BY READING ALL DIRECTIONS ON CLASS WEBSITE!

    Students will SIGN IN to their Google Account.  Students will create a NEW Google Document to use as a Technology Journal.  Students will learn how to upload files and create new documents.  Students will participate in a collaboration project to find out how to work on documents together in real time.


    We will be learning how to use our new Google Drive to Create, Save, Store and Collaborate on documents and projects.

    This Google Account (Gmail and Google Docs) is your Personal-Professional account.  It is only to be used for school, and will stay with you for as long as you are a student here at Collegium Charter School.  Today you will create two documents!  Please follow the directions below to complete your work today.

    To create a NEW document in your Google Drive, you must sign in to your Google account as follows:

    Go to Google.Com and click the SIGN IN button in the upper right corner. 

    Students simply log in using their @ccs.us Gmail address and password, which for students is their firstname.lastname#@ccs.us.  You should have created a password when you signed on to the network.  
    Your password should be at least 8-digits long, and contain an Upper Case Letter, Lower Case Letter, and a 
    Number.

    In the upper right corner of your screen you should see a small grid of little boxes ("the waffle").  This is your link to other Google Applications.  Please choose the button for your Google Drive.  You can now select the NEW button (Blue Button Upper Left Side of the Screen).  This will allow you to create Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and upload files.  We will discuss each today.

    Your project today is to create a NEW Google Document and name it "Technology Journal".  Once created, you will create your first post (See Instructions Below).  Any time you are in class, and you are instructed to create a Journal Entry, you will use the following format:

    Today's Date:
    Topic:
    (Body of Post)

    Each entry will be made at the top of the page so the entries "push" each other down the page.  Your most recent entry will be at the top, and other entries will be listed in chronological order.

    When instructed, please copy the following items into your first, newly created Google Document (Technology Journal):

    05 September 2017
    Topic:  Personal Information
    Name:
    Homeroom:
    Computer Science Period: 
    City/Town where you live:
    Favorite Food:
    Favorite Animal:
    Favorite Class:
    Favorite Color:
    One Thing People Should Know About You:

    Please SHARE the link to your new "Journal" document with MR. S for credit.  During the next class you will be writing a one-page Autobiography of yourself and you will be creating a basic Google Presentation to present to the class.

    Good Luck!

    -Mr. S

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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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