Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PMB Step 5: Google Map / Moving Day MP4 S2 17-18

Google MAP Project
Today you will be creating a GOOGLE MAP of your new home and work area. Please sign-in to GMAIL and then follow Google site to Google Maps. Below is a link to a sample map that I created for myself. It assumes that my first job out of college was teaching here. I located our school, a local apartment, and I saved the route I take to work (use Get Directions and save the result to your map). I also included most of the information that you will have to find for yourself. See my example at the following link:
Once you have looked at my map, your assignment today is to CREATE your own GOOGLE MAP that includes the following items:

Work, Home, Directions (Route) from Home to Work

You must also include the following:
CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT (In case you need to fly home to Philly)

Please add Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) as a COLLABORATOR and email me the link to your map. 

This exercise will give you an idea of what types of things you need to look for if you move to another city someday to take a job or start college. Even if you share an apartment/house with others, you should know this information. 

Now you need to furnish your new place to live. Find a list of the following sources, and add it to your shopping list page.

1. Transportation around town: (Bike, Car, Public Transportation, Walk, etc.)

2. Basic Furniture: Bed, Couch, Table & Chairs, Lamps, Desk, Lights, TV, Stereo, Dresser, Computer, and other major items:

3. Household Goods: Dishes, Pots&Pans, Glassware, Silverware, Towels, Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Plants, etc.:

List each item on your shopping list sheet of your SPREADSHEET. You must keep track of everywhere online you shop and enter your spending in your checkbook ledger. All of your spending will be tracked on this ledger for the month. Credits are deposits and Debits are spending/checks etc.

Monday, May 21, 2018

PMB Step 4: Finding a House (Start the Budget) MP4 S2 17-18

Figure out your BASE PAY using the following website and formula:

Do career research and find in-depth salary data for specific jobs, employers, schools, and more.  Once you have identified your Job Title and Location in the United States, it will give you a salary range.  You will make the Entry-Level (25%) to start with.  You will need to use the following formula to change your salary from Annual GROSS PAY to Monthly NET PAY for your budget:

Yearly GROSS PAY x .65 = Yearly NET PAY
Yearly NET PAY / 12 Months = Monthly NET PAY

Today we will review the PMB Worksheets, and enter the information that includes estimating our expenses.  We will spend time, in class, reviewing the following worksheet:

Once you have opened the worksheet, review all of the sections.  You are required, for this project, to keep track of all of your spending.  Your CheckBook tab will have all of your Debits and Credits listed as you make decisions.  Today we will fill out the Projected totals on the worksheet to give you an idea of how much you THINK you will spend.  When we put actual costs in, you might be surprised by what differences there are.  Make sure you enter all the information requested on the Data Sheet, and keep track of your Menu, Grocery List, and Shopping Lists on the specific pages listed.  The main worksheet is only for looking at the totals received or spent.  Make sure you use FILE, MAKE A COPY and SHARE it with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Today your project is to find a place to live in your new town.  Make sure you identify how much it is to live there.  You need to make sure that you consider whether the rent includes any utilities, or other amenities that you might want.  Part of this search will require you to find a way to get to your new job.  What type of transportation is available, or will you need to live where you have chosen.  How far is it from shopping and other supplies/stores?

Things to consider:

How are you getting to this new location?

What are you taking with you, and how will you get it all there?

Find a way to price the cost of your transportation.  Be specific about why you are choosing this place to live.  How much of your monthly budget will you spend to live here?

List the Address of your new home below, and include the amount you will pay for rent each month:

You can use some of the following websites to assist you in your search:

More Resources:

Article with GREAT Checklists and Facts from FASTWEB.com:

"7-Step Guide to Finding Your First Apartment"
BY MIRIAM CALDWELL ,Updated April 12, 2018

Once you start your first real job, you will be looking for a new place to live. You need to know how to rent your first apartment. This is an exciting time, and you may be considering getting your own place. This allows you greater freedom and flexibility. Before you make this decision you need to make sure you carefully consider how much you really can afford.

1. Determine How Much You Can Afford to Pay - Before you go out to begin looking for your first apartment, you should determine how much rent you can comfortably pay.  Generally, your rent should be about 25 percent of your income. You may be approved for up to 30 percent of your income. However, you need to consider your other expenses and debt payments. You should be able to cover most of your daily living expenses (groceries, utilities, eating out, and entertainment) on about 25 percent of your income. Take time to look at your budget before you start looking for your apartment. You should be focusing a lot on getting out of debt and saving money.

2. Find the Area Where You Want to Live - You need to determine the best place for you to live in relation to where you work. The farther away you are from work, the higher your transportation costs will be. If you work in a major metropolitan area you will find that the housing costs decrease the farther away you live. The trick is to find a balance between the two. You may save money by moving close to a train line.  You can begin by searching online to get a general idea of the pricing in the area.

3. Consider Getting a Roommate - After you have determined the general prices and what you can afford, you should decide whether or not you need a roommate. You need to take into consideration that you will be paying for all of the utilities yourself.  These may cost more than you realize. You should also determine the size of the place that you need. Generally, your first apartment is rather small.

4. Consider Both Large Complexes and Private Rentals - Once you have decided on one or two areas that you want to live in you should look online as well as in the newspaper. You may be surprised at the deals that you can find there. Landlords with smaller properties often only advertise in the paper, though Craigslist has become another viable option. You may also want to call a few property management companies to find out what they have available.

5. Start By Looking at 5 Properties - Choose up to five properties to look at. If you do more than this all at once, you will be exhausted and the properties start to blur together. You may want to take pictures of the exterior and interior so that you can remember the apartments. You should also consider safety if you are going to be living alone. A second story apartment is safer than one on the first story. You may also want to look for a gated community, depending on where you are living.

6. Take Your Time to Make a Decision - Although you may feel pressured to make an immediate choice, generally you should be okay thinking about it for 24 hours.  You should go with your general feelings about the place when you make a decision. If you simply choose the cheapest but felt that it was too rundown or unsafe, then you are not making a wise decision. You should feel good about both the price and the apartment. Don’t forget to consider the amenities offered by the apartment community. The more amenities generally means you will pay higher rent. However, if you find a good deal, you may end up saving money if you were to purchase cable, a gym membership, and a phone line.

7. Fill Out Your Application - Finally, you will need to fill out the application, and pay the application fee. Some apartments may require a co-signer if you are just starting your first job. They may waive this for a larger deposit. Generally, you will pay your deposit along with your first and last month’s rent when you sign your lease.This usually happens on the day that you move into the apartment

Friday, May 18, 2018

PMB Step 3: AfterCollege.com CSA MP4 S2 17-18


Today you will build on the research you completed Monday. You are responsible for not only finding a college and major you are interested in, but finding your first job after college.


You must find an "ENTRY-LEVEL" job outside the Philadelphia Area (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester, Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties are off limits).

Use the College and Major you chose on Monday and go to the following website https://www.aftercollege.com/. Look on the right side of the opening page and you will see a box that says "Explore Curated Jobs". Select a College you are interested attending (SCHOOL). Enter a (MAJOR) you are likely to study. Set the (GRADUATION DATE) for MAY of 2018 and click SHOW ME THE JOBS.

If you chose professional training that did not require college, you must use Indeed.com, Monster.com, Careerbuilder, or other employment search sites to find your first job away from the Philadelphia area. You will have to search in a part of the country that interests you, and you still need to identify how you were trained to work in your chosen field. Ask me if you have any questions about this. If you joined the Military, ask me to help you identify a base to live near so you can complete the budget that way.

You may have to SIGN IN (Create A Free Account). Use your class GMAIL to sign up, and select a password you can remember.

Now you must choose a job that you are interested in. Once you find the job you must research where you will be working. Look up the company that is hiring for that position and where the office is. You will need to find an actual, accurate address to use. You must also copy the Job Title and Job Description for use later.

Tomorrow you will find out what your salary is based on your job location and title. This will be your Gross Pay before taxes and deductions, so you can spend that money on living expenses and anything else you need to buy to survive. We will discuss your purchases in more depth next week. For now, once you know what you are doing for a living and where you are working, you are now ready to find an apartment. You need to find a place to live near where you work, or someplace that will not cost a fortune to commute from. Everyone must live outside the Philadelphia Area.

YOU MAY NOT LIVE WITH FAMILY, but if you and someone from class have chosen the same place to work (same City or Area), you may share an apartment or living arrangement. This will help your overall budget. You must still keep separate budgets, but you can share the costs. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN BEDROOM FOR PRIVACY.  Depending on where you live, you will have to decide how much to spend on transportation for work. You may use any Real Estate or Apartment Finder websites to find places to live.

Once you have found all the information above and written it down on paper, please fill out and submit the following form completely (The more accurate and complete your answers are, the easier it will be to do additional tasks for your budget):

I was going to assign cities for you to find jobs in, but this is more realistic. If you take this project seriously, you will be surprised as what you will learn about how much things cost and how keeping an accurate budget will save you money, time, and aggravation. Previous students who complete this project correctly have enjoyed it and learned a lot about their future. I hope you have fun working on it too.

Good Luck!

- Mr. S

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PMB Step 2: Investing & Stock Market

Objective: Students should learn the basics about savings accounts and investing in the Stock Market. Students will use independent learning time to navigate through a series of videos to help them better understand basic Personal Budgets, Saving Money, Credit Card Tips, and how to Invest in Company Stocks. Students will complete a Journal Entry and sign up for our class Stock Market Challenge.

Complete the Following Steps:
1. Read the Article below and complete a Journal Entry (On the CCS-515 PA CEW PMB Worksheet)
2. Watch Videos Below and Complete Class Worksheet & Vocabulary List (on the form listed above.)
3. Create an account on Investopedia.com and click link below to join 2018 Game

To begin your investing journey, please read the following article: Investing VS Gambling Article (Click Here) and write a brief (2-3 Sentences) journal entry about your feelings about the main point of the article.

Second, watch each video link below on your own. After each video, answer the questions on the worksheet for today. When you have completed the worksheet questions, please research and fill in the Vocabulary Section on the back of the sheet. Turn in the sheet for credit!

1. Personal Budget Tips:

2. How To Save Money:

3. Savings Account Video:

4. Credit Card Tips:

5. Company Investing Tips

Third, Use the link below to sign up for our Stock Market Challenge. Please go to Investopedia.com and create an account using your CCS Gmail address. Once Created, click the link below and you should automatically be forwarded to the game. Once you have created and account, follow the directions to BUY and SELL stocks.  You have $10,000 to spend.  If you make any money in the market this week, you can add it to your Final Budgets!

Use the following sites to help you pick stocks for the game:
MarketWatch (Wall Street Journal) Website (CLICK HERE)

MSN Money Top 50 Stocks (CLICK HERE)

Additional Resources: here is a link to the Stock Market Basics Presentation from Class (Click Here)

We will be reviewing the following video together in class: Investing Basics VIDEO (CLICK HERE) and discussing how you can find stocks you might be interested in investing in for the project.

Investopedia Stock Market Game Instructions

Step 1:  Go to Investopedia.com
Step 2:  Create a NEW Account using your CCS Gmail.
Step 3:  Your USERNAME should be your First Initial and your Last Name followed by CCS
Step 4:  Choose a Password you can remember, YOU CANNOT RECOVER IT if you forget!
Step 5:  Once Logged In, Click on SIMULATOR in the menu across the top of the screen
Step 6:  Under JOIN A PUBLIC GAME, click View More Games (Blue Link)
Step 7:  Search by GAME NAME for the game listed as CCS 515 CSA S2 2018
Step 8:  Click JOIN (Blue Link)

Once you have joined the game, view your Portfolio and do some research on stocks you are interested in.  Make sure you click Trade Stock (link) and enter the Stock Symbol for the company you are interested in.  Click BUY or SELL only.  Review the stock information to the left of the screen to see what the stock's current price is.  Calculate how many shares you want to Buy/Sell at that rate.  Enter the number in the appropriate box.  Make sure you are buying at the MARKET RATE and it is "Good Till Cancelled".  Click PREVIEW ORDER.  Once you have previewed the next page, click SUBMIT to start the action.  You can check your progress anytime, as the market is live.  Each morning, I will post the rankings on the board!



- Mr. S

Monday, May 14, 2018

PMB Step 1: College/Major Day CSA MP4 S2 17-18

Objective:  Students will use online research tools, conversation and creativity to identify a prospective college or career path for themselves.  Based on the selection of college's they choose, they will identify a major course of study as well.  Once identified, students will perform a number of tasks to record and explain their choices.  Students will be asked to complete the following tasks as they reflect on their choices:

1.  Constructed Response Journal Entry - Personal Monthly Budget Worksheet (PMB)
2.  Navigation and Completion of College/Major Choice Project
3.  Completion of Online Form to record choices.
4.  Completion of Google Document (SHARE) to outline information about their choice. 

Today, the first thing you will create is a Journal Entry (see PMB Worksheet) after reading the following article:


Please describe what major you are interested in and why you chose it at this point in your life.  I realize college is a few years away, and I am sure your interests might change between now and when you are going to go to school, but you will use the information you develop today to research future careers tomorrow.  Eventually, you will be responsible for choosing a College, Career, and your first Job after college to complete the PERSONAL MONTHLY BUDGET PROJECT (PMB) over the next few weeks!


If you choose not to pick a college and major, you must identify another path to a career.  You will need to identify how you will receive training, and complete all the steps below based on that training choice.  I will explain what I mean in class.

After your Journal Entry is complete, please go to CollegeBoard.Org and create an account. (CLICK HERE).  You will use this site to research your College and Major and use the information tomorrow to decide what your first career might be.  You must complete the COLLEGE SEARCH and MAJOR AND CAREER SEARCH sections of the CollegeBoard.Org website prior to completing the survey below.

When you have completed today's research, please add the name of your college and the major you have chosen to the Google Spreadsheet by answering the following questions on this link:  

Next, you must open add the following information to the PMB Google Document:

College Name
College Address
Major Area of Study you would be interested in.
Sport you are interested in participating in.
Fraternity/Sorority you might belong too.
Extra-curricular activity you might be in.
What dorm you would be in during your freshman year / Where would you live?

How much the school costs (Credit Hour/$)
The name of the Sports Mascot
Name 2 places to eat.
Name 3 things to do around campus
Name 3 things to do off-campus
List the phone number for the following people:

  • Dean of Students
  • School Police
  • Dining Facility
  • Sports Complex
  • Main Campus Phone Number 
You must find out all the information listed above about the college or career training program you are most interested in.  You need to SHARE this document with me for credit.  In the case of a career training program (ITT Tech, Electrical Union, etc.) you will need to fill in as much information as possible. 

Tomorrow we will discuss Financial Literacy and Financial Planning, and you will see a list of entry-level positions that people could choose based on a variety of decisions.  You will be entering your college and major and choosing a career with this site.  Your choices will determine where you will live and what career you will start with.  We will also be discussing financial planning and investing later this week.

When you have completed the Journal Entry, College & Major Survey, and Google Document above, you are free to work on anything else you owe me for class.  Good Luck!

Good Luck!

Mr. S

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Even More Code! Multiple Projects & Sites MP4 S2 17-18

PA State information on Programming Jobs!
Here it is!  Please visit csedweek.orgcode.org, and hourofcode.com to find a wide array of projects for you to complete in class, and at home.  Make sure you are spending some time at home showing your parents (and other family members) how cool is is to learn how to be a programmer!

There is a wealth of information about careers, opportunities, and other ways to learn to code!  Use the information found at code.org/promote to help learn about what your states are doing to increase learning opportunities for students who want to learn about computer science.

Watch The Video Below To Get Started!

Once you have looked at some of the resources above, and we have discussed them as a class, you have a choice to work on the following items for credit this week:

Project 1:  Try the Celebrity Challenge:  Go to code.org/challenge and create an app, game, or design with Code.org and tag #HourOfCode and one of our special guests for a chance to win a video chat for your classroom!  SHARE a link to your project with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Project 2:  Go to the KANO, Anyone Can Make website and complete the Street Artist Hour of Code tutorial.  You must SHARE your project by creating an account, and emailing a link to your project to Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Project 3: GOOGLE LOGO  Use your creativity and imagination to bring the Google logo to life using code. Make the letters dance, tell a story or create a game. With Scratch and CS First, anyone can become a designer and programmer for the day!  Go to the GOOGLE LOGO Link to get started.  You must take a screen shot (or video if necessary) of your Google Logo Design and email it to Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Project 4: Hour of Code Tutorials  Choose any other tutorial found on hourofcode.com, get a project pre-approved by Mr. S, and Share it for credit!  You can also use freecodecamp.org or w3schools.com, as well. Make sure your content is appropriate for school!  You get extra credit for sharing a new source, tutorial, or application I have not seen yet!

COOL NEW SPECIAL PROJECT:  MICRO-BIT Build a Virtual Pet using code!  
Click the link here https://groklearning.com/hoc/activity/virtual-pet/ and check it out!

Have a great week and ENJOY this time learning to code in our class!

- MR. S

Monday, May 7, 2018

CodeMoji.com (Introduction to HTML/CSS and More! S2 17-18

Check out the Youtube Channel for an 11-year-old kid who has 8 Apps in the Apple Store already.  He learned to code at age 8, and is cranking out his own Apps now!  He also has scholarships and numerous awards for his work already!  You could do the same thing!


Today you will be improving on your learning about the programming languages we saw with Code.Org.  You will learn a little about how HTML and CSS are used to create websites.  Please go to the following website after signing in to your Google Account:

Click on "SIGN UP" and click the drop-down list to identify yourself as a student.  Next, enter your CCS Gmail account and choose a password you can remember!  Enter your password in both the Password block, and the Confirm Password block.  Click "Register Now".  You could also click "Register with Google Login" and follow the directions.

Once you are logged in, you will see a user-friendly dashboard.  Click on "Settings", enter the class code below, and click "Join Class"


Once you have joined the class, begin working on the HTML Lessons, and click on the HTML Beginner Lesson #1.  READ ALL DIRECTIONS, and start learning HTML.  As you complete each lesson, you will see how basic websites are coded using cute emoji's.  As you progress through each lesson, you will learn more about creating these sites.

You will be working independently on these lessons, and I encourage you to work on as many different languages as you like.  I will be around to see your progress.  Let me know if there are any problems.  I will create a post later this week with a project for you to work on as an assessment of your progress and learning.

Codemoji's computer science curriculum for schools allows 1st-8th grade students to learn the basics of web development and coding, including HTML, CSS, and Javascript, in a fun and easy way, allowing them to create their own websites, animations and much more with our unique and adaptable learning platform.

We have already used many of the Blockley-Style Programming tutorials found on Code.Org.  Now, without creating an account, try some of the tutorials on other programming languages found on freeCodeCamp.com.  Here is some basic information (taken directly from their About Us page) to get you started.  Good Luck!

What is freeCodeCamp?

We’re a community that helps you learn to code, then get experience by contributing to open source projects used by nonprofits.

How can you help me learn to code?

You'll learn to code by completing coding challenges and building projects. You'll also earn verified certificates along the way. We also encourage you to join a study group in your city so you can code in-person with other people.

Is freeCodeCamp really free?

Yes. Every aspect of freeCodeCamp is 100% free.

Can freeCodeCamp help me get a job as a software developer?

Yes. Every year, thousands of people who join the freeCodeCamp community get their first software developer job.

How can I get a job?

Most people get jobs through friends and hiring managers they know from coding events. There are also services that can help you get interviews.

How long will it take me to finish each of freeCodeCamp's certificates?

Each certificate takes around 400 hours of dedicated learning. Some people may take longer. These certificates are completely self-paced, so take as long as you need.

Is freeCodeCamp a replacement for a 4-year degree?

No. Please don’t drop out of college just to pursue freeCodeCamp. You can pursue both concurrently. Even though you don’t need a 4-year degree to work as a software developer, it still helps a lot.

Should I complete all of the coding challenges in order?

We’ve put a lot of thought into how we introduce concepts. But you’re free to jump around.

Where can I get technical support for using the freeCodeCamp.org platform?

Click The Link Below To Start:

You can also try www.W3Schools.com tutorials for many different programming languages.  There are also coding resources onhocphilly.strikingly.com

If you are super-advanced, and really want a challenge, 

The definitive JavaScript handbook for your next developer interview (14 minute read): https://fcc.im/2jwgTmL

Here are 450 free online programming and computer science courses you can start in December 
(browsable list): https://fcc.im/2A1x6Gs

Google Doc Link To Resources:

Bonus: Learn how to build an API using Node.js with this free in-depth YouTube tutorial (33 minute watch): 


Students will extend their individual learning about reading and writing CODE by working on a basic program online.  The program will allow students to begin to use the lessons learned during ‘Hour of Code” in December to begin learning specifically how to code in HTML, CSS, and  JavaScript.  Students will be able to access this program anywhere they have access to the internet.

Students will work individually, but be able to peer mentor if necessary, to sign-up for and teach themselves to read and write Java Script. Students will create an account on codemoji.com and begin working on the entry level Computer Science course as a followup to working in Blockly programming on Code.Org earlier in the semester.


Monday, April 30, 2018

United Nations Sustainable Goals - US City Collaborative Google Map Project

Today you will begin working on a US CITY COLLABORATIVE GOOGLE MAP PROJECT.  This project will allow each one of you to research an assigned city, review the UN Global Sustainable Goals (UNGSG), and find out about how people, organizations, and groups are banding together to help everyone reach these goals throughout the United States of America.  Please follow the directions below to identify the city you have been assigned, creatve a Google Document that outlines how each of the UNGSG's are being worked on in that city, and where people can find out more information about these issues.  You will SHARE the active link for your document so it can be added to an interactive Google Map.  To complete the project, you must write a 2-3 paragraph essay on specific things you learned, and how you feel about our progress toward these goals.

Step 1:  Read the description of the UN Global Sustainable Goals Below:
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.  Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.

Step 2:  Create a Google Document to start outlining each goal for the city you have been assigned:

Here is the link to the City Assignments:

Project Worksheet Link:

Project Sample (MR. S: Philadelphia, PA):

TOP 200 Cities (Population) WebPage: http://www.citymayors.com/gratis/uscities_200.html
Step 3.  Make An Entry On Your Google Document (See Example) For Each Goal

Step 4:  Research an Example of a person, group, or organization working on each goal in the city you were assigned.  Make sure to include all information required for each entry.

Step 5.  Complete your research, and make sure you have included all information for each goal on your document.

Step 6.  Add a 2-3 paragraph explanation of "What You Learned" at the bottom of your document.  Make sure to add your favorite, or most interesting goal and what you found!

Step 7: Include a City WEB Map using DRAW.IO on your document (See Details Below)

Step 8:  SHARE the active link to your document with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Good Luck!

-Mr. S

City Web Map DRAW.IO Requirements: You will create a web for a city in the United States. 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.

Extension Blocks: Major industries, professional sports teams, colleges, historical places, museums, and weather information. Weather can be annual precipitation and average temperatures.

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. 

When you have completed your Google Document, you must SHARE it with Mr. Scribner (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.  You must also go to the padlet listed below, use the appropriate password, and create a posting for your project for everyone to review.  Make sure you include a picture of the skyline of your assigned city (you should be able to find it on Google Images).

p/w:  ccs515352

You will have the rest of this week to finish this project.  I will use the link you provide to create a Google Map of all of the cities for people to find.  We will also be submitting this project as a resource to the United Nations Global Sustainable Goals education website.  Thank you for helping us be a small part of this important mission!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Career Exploration Activity (CCS-515 Career Day 2018)

Please complete the Career Day Reflection Sheet for CSA Class!  This worksheet should be added to your Google Drive (File, Make a Copy).  SHARE it with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Here is the link to the document:

During Career Day, please complete the following activity while you are in the Technology Lab:

Change the Equation, in partnership with E-Line Media, has created iON Future— a suite of free online learning games that encourage middle school to early high school-age youth to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Unlike many efforts to get kids excited about STEM, these games connect directly to their passions, abilities, and sense of identity, exposing them to the breadth and variety of STEM-based professions and allowing them to explore the potential pathways to these interesting careers.

Today you will be completing a 10-15 minute activity about STEM Career Exploration.  You will create a log-in on IONFUTURE.ORG and spend time navigating through some of the activities on that website.  There are many more resources on this site than we can cover today, and you are welcome to spend more time on this site anytime in the future.  As usual, please share this site and the activities on it with someone at home as a follow-up assignment to today's activities.

Career Exploration Activity (10-15 minutes) Step-by-Step Directions

1. Go to http://ionfuture.org/ and click "Sign Up".

2. Enter a USERNAME (something appropriate that you can remember), and a PASSWORD you can remember.  We cannot recover your password!  Please DO NOT Forget It!  Enter the same password in the RETYPE PASSWORD box.

3.  Enter answers, in the drop-down selection lists, to the questions asked and click SUBMIT.

4.  Once you have logged into the site, please look under the heading PLAY GAMES, and choose "Stem Is Everywhere".  Follow the directions to play the game.  

5.  Click on the HOME link at the top, right of the screen.  READ ALL DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!  Choose one of the "Passion" buttons that best describes a field you are interested in.  Click on the Skills, Education, and Salary buttons, Read the Directions, and choose the best answers.  

6.  Move the pointer (using the mouse) over the careers in the "MAYBE" box above.   You may click on any of these careers to learn more about them.  You could also learn more about the careers listed in the "BEST MATCH" box.

7.  If time allows, or on your own, click on one of the careers in the Stem Career Quest section.  This takes longer, but shows some of the skills and activities you might need to look for while pursuing any of the careers listed.  It is a great way to identify how some projects in school, or other learning, can lead to great careers.

8.  Choose one (1) of the careers that you saw described in the game.  Make sure you make note of the details of that career/job so you can answer the final question on your Career Day Response Sheet.

See the screenshot below for more details on this site.  I do not know what the points are good for, or why they total them.  If you find out, let me know!  Here is the link to the Learning Guide if you are interested in more information about this activity:


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Introduction to Graphic Organizers (Draw.IO) MP4 S2 17-18

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.


HAND-DRAWN VERSION:  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. 

DIGITAL VERSION: 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.

TURN IT IN: 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

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.

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 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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Strikingly Single-Page PSA Website Project - MP4 S2 17-18

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!




Resources:  PSA Central (Home)      PSA IDEAS FOR TEENS     Peers Influence Peers Project

Getting Started (from Center For DIGITAL Education Website)

  1. Choose your topic. Pick a subject that is important to you, as well as one you can visualize. Keep your focus narrow and to the point. More than one idea confuses your audience, so have one main idea per PSA.
  2. Time for some research - you need to know your stuff! Try to get the most current and up to date facts on your topic. Statistics and references can add to a PSA. You want to be convincing and accurate.
  3. Consider your audience. Are you targeting parents, teens, teachers or some other social group? Consider your target audience's needs, preferences, as well as the things that might turn them off. They are the ones you want to rally to action. The action suggested by the PSA can be almost anything. It can be spelled out or implied in your PSA, just make sure that message is clear.
  4. Grab your audience's attention. You might use visual effects, an emotional response, humor, or surprise to catch your target audience. Be careful, however, of using scare tactics. Attention getters are needed, but they must be carefully selected. For example, when creating a PSA about controlling anger, a glass-framed picture of a family can be shattered on camera. This was dramatic, but not melodramatic. Staging a scene between two angry people to convey the same idea is more difficult to do effectively.

You must send and EMAIL to me hscribner@ccs.us that has a paragraph about the reason you chose your topic, your name, and the four (4) references that you used to find your facts.  The following format must be used:

To:  hscribner@ccs.us

Subject:  PSA Project (Topic of Project)

Body of Email:

Student's Name


Reason For Choosing Topic:


  1. "(Fact 1)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
  2. "(Fact 2)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
  3. "(Fact 3)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
  4. "(Fact 4)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found


ConceptStudent has a clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey through the PSA.Student has a fairly clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey through the PSA.Student has brainstormed his/her message, but no clear focus has emerged for the PSA.Student has spent little effort on brainstorming and refining his/her message.
OriginalityPresentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness.Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
Use of Graphics and ImagesAll graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content of the PSA.Most graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content of the PSA.Some graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the PSA.Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content of the PSA.
Website Layout & MessageThe Main Message is clear and understandable.  Layout is neat, and no errors are found in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or contextThe Main Message is clear and understandable.  Layout is neat, and a few errors are found in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or contextThe Main Message is difficult to figure out, but there.    Layout is not perfect, and more than a few errors are found in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or contextAlmost no identifiable message, layout is hard to understand, or follow, and there are many errors in all aspects of grammar, punctuation, spelling and context.
Overall EffectivenessProject includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective PSA.Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic, but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an effective PSA.Project is missing more than two key elements. It is a slightly effective PSA.Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it an ineffective PSA

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:


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
  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. 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.
  5. Add a FORM for visitors to send you an email.  
  6. Add a MAP of something to do with your topic.
  7. 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 four (4) SOURCES listed as a reference.    

Have Fun With This!!

- Mr. S

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 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!

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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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