Monday, October 29, 2012

Inspiration9 - Venn Diagram (8/1)


Hello All:

The whole point of this project is to collaborate.  Open the VENN DIAGRAM template under the English and Language Arts section of Sample Documents.  Fill out the following survey (Copy and Paste into a document on your GDrive):

Student:                                                                                              Date:

Favorite List:

            Past-Time (Hobby):
            TV Show:
            Old TV Show:
            Old Movie:
            Number (1-10):
            Subject in School:
Vacation Spot:
Block in Philly:
Historical Place:
Breakfast Cereal:

Sports Teams
            Football (PRO):
            Football (College):
            Basketball (PRO):
            Basketball (College):
            Baseball (PRO):
            Other Sports Team:
Musical Artist:
Computer (Windows/Apple):

Once You Have Completed this survey, add all of your answers (keep them short) to your side of the Venn Diagram.  Have your partner enter all their answers on the other side and find answers you have in common to populate the middle.  Finally, export the final paper and upload it to GDrive.  Share your paper with me for credit.  Work together and have fun with this!
Mr. S

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Public Service Announcement Review Day (7/4)

Today we will be reviewing your public service announcements.  Please make sure you have your laptop open to the class web page and you fill out the comment card about each video we watch.

Each time you fill out the form and hit submit, refresh the browser to get a new form.


Thanks for your feedback.  I will print the feedback for each team.

- Mr. S

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Political Process Day III (7/3)

Today we will be talking about the Technology Student Association.  Anyone interested in the TSA can click here to see the web page.

Second, we are going to watch a short video about HABIT #2 - Begin With The End In Mind (7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Covey)

Finally, you may use any additional time in class to work on articles or submissions to the Contributor Online Version (School Paper).  You may also work on items for the Primary Elections later today.

- Mr. S

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Political Races II (7/2)

The first thing you must do today is create a link on your WEEBLY website (Home Page) to your Marquise Video (10-15 seconds) that is stored in your GDrive.  You do this by opening your GDrive and selecting the video you uploaded.  Click SHARE and change the permissions (middle of page) from Private to Link Only, then COPY the link address in the box above.  Open your WEEBLY website and click EDIT.  Add a picture or text about the Marquise Project and highlight the text.  Click the LINK symbol in the editor at the top-center of the screen.   PASTE the video link address into the box and make sure to put a check mark in the box above to OPEN IN NEW WINDOW.  Hit SAVE and then hit the PUBLISH Button in the top right of the screen.  A blue box should appear with the active web address of your site.  CLICK the BLUE ADDRESS and go to your live site.  Scan down to the TEXT you just created and Click it to View your video.  Anyone who sees your site should now be able to watch your video and you did not have to buy Weebly PRO.  Cool, huh?

NEXT:  If you would like to create a 30 second video to support your candidate, or bash your opponent in the upcoming Student Government Primary Elections, here are the guidelines:

Political Video Project (30-Seconds max. length)

Find Pictures or Video Clips To Import
Select Music (MP3) or create it in GarageBand
Import Video Clips and Music into IMovie
Add Pictures
Create Titles and Information Slides
Add Effects and Transitions

Primary Elections are on Thursday, October 25th during the Block Class at the end of the day!!

Please continue to work on flyers, speeches, buttons, and anything else related to the election process.

The Contributor (School Paper) is available for articles, both pro and con, from any party.  Please feel free to visit our website online (CONTRIBUTOR ONLINE VERSION) or email us your articles, pictures, drawings, poetry and stories to!

Awesome work so far!

- Mr. S

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Political Races (Primary) (7/1)

This week you will be working on Political Propaganda. Your party must create Buttons,Flyers,Speeches,Bumper Stickers, and other materials for your run for office. You will be graded together. Please use Apple IWork Pages to create your items. Specific Item sizes and rubrics will be listed below.  

Campaign Button 

Must be 3" x 3" or larger.  No bigger than a standard sheet of paper (8-1/2" x 11")  It must have at least two colors and you must be able to read any text used clearly.

Campaign Bumper Sticker

Must be 4" x 9" or larger.  No bigger than a standard sheet of paper (8-1/2" x 11")  It must have at least two colors and you must be able to read any text used clearly. 

Party Platform

Must be created as a one-page flyer.  This document can be created in MS Word or IWork Pages.  It must be spell-checked and use proper grammar and sentence structure.  You should include the candidate's names, classes they are in, and any description of why they are running.  Also include what they would change if they are elected, and how they stand on any issues that are important to the voters.

Candidate Speech

This can be created in a GDrive Document and Presentation.  It must be spell-checked and use proper grammar and sentence structure.  You should include the candidate's names, classes they are in, and any description of why they are running.  Also include what they would change if they are elected, and how they stand on any issues that are important to the voters.


Good Luck to All Candidates and Constituents!

- Mr. S

Friday, October 19, 2012

PSA Partner Review Form (6/4)

Today you need to finish your Public Service Announcement. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SAMPLE VIDEO (SEPTA ROCKS) THAT I MADE.  The steps to complete it are in the posts below.(See 6/1, 6/2, 6/3) You must also complete the evaluation below for your partner to receive full credit. Make sure you UPLOAD and SHARE the final video with me. Make sure that you have attached a Marquise Project from each of you. Make sure you send me the BIBLIOGRAPHY email as outlined below. When you are done, you may continue to do make up work for my class. Have a great weekend!! - Mr. S

Thursday, October 18, 2012

PSA Turn-In Procedures (6/3)

To turn in your Public Service Announcement you must follow the directions in the previous post to complete the project (Click Here To See The Post).  You must then add (by importing into IMovie) the Marquise Project for both of the students working on your project.  These Marquise projects must be added to the end of your PSA IMovie before exporting the final movie.  SHARE and EXPORT the final draft of your IMovie PSA to your desktop.  Open your GDrive online and by clicking the RED box next to CREATE, UPLOAD your IMovie PSA and then SHARE it with me.

Make sure you also send me the email Bibliography (See yesterday's post) to get credit for the assignment.  Google adds a second to most videos, so make sure that you allow for that before sending it to me.

Good Luck

- Mr. S

PSA Project Topics By Team

One Love Organization - The Teams
World Peace - Team Crackerjack
Kid's Vote - Team Blue I
Internet Safety - Team Technology
Murals - Team Firefox
Censorship - Team Psycho
Homosexuality/Gay Rights - Team M/H
Abortion - Team Hello Kitty
Cyberbullying - Team MB
Dream Chasing - Team Dream Chaser
L'il Wayne Clothing - Team S2N
Famous Quotes - Team Carrot
Drake Music - Team S/B
Art - Team L/M
Big Sean / Rap - Team D/Q
SpongeBob - Team LaSalle
Twitter - Team M/A
Keils & Lush Products - Team Blue II
Social Networks - Team K/F
Tyga's Life Story - Team I/K
Adventure Time - Team J/M
Instagram - Team Nike
Cancer - Team Zoom
90's Break Dance - Team T/B
Motocross - Team W/S
Hip Hop Dance - Team D/L
NFL Football - Team FBI
Smoking - Team N/S
Poetry Slam - Team D/E
Jewely Fashion - Team M/R
Facts About Money - Team Money
Pregnancy - Team K/S
Word World - Team M/B
Name Brand Clothing - Team T/J
Gucci History - Team M/G
Children Imagination - Team B/Y
Animal Safety - Team Saleeme
The Horizon Storms - Team D/L
Child Abuse - Team K/T
Keep Hope Alive - Team Unknown
Safe Against Crime - Team K/T
Clothes - Team Alexis
Bike Riding - Team H/D
Drug Overdose/Abuse - Team T&S
Uniforms - Team Z/J
SkateBoarders - Team YMCMB
Why College Is Important - Team Starfish
Bullying - Team E/M
Animal Abuse - Team Alpha
Drunk Driving - Team Just Don't Do It!
Great Basketball Players - Teacm S/N
Animal Abuse II - Team R/E
Violence - Team J/S
Artist - Team N/S
Teen Obesity - Team Safety
Stay In School - Team C/D
Chris Brown's Music - Team D/S
School Food Is Bad! - Team Flawless

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

PSA Bibliography (6/2)

PSA Bibliography Requirements

You and your partner must submit an email to me ( with the reason you chose your topic, the names of the two students who worked on your PSA, and the six references that you used to find your facts.  The following format must be used:


Subject:  PSA Project (Topic of Project)

Body of Email:

Students Collaborating:  (Me) & (You)

Team 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
  5. "(Fact 5)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
  6. "(Fact 6)".  Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found

Monday, October 15, 2012

Public Service Announcements (IMovie) (6/1)

Public Service Announcement (PSA) Rubric

"There are many different definitions for a public service announcement (PSA) or public service ad, but the simplified version of PSAs are messages in the public interest disseminated by the media without charge, with the objective of raising awareness, changing public attitudes and behaviour towards a social issue."     - Wikipedia Definition 

This week you will be completing a Public Service Announcement in IMovie.

Grading is as follows:

     The Public Service Announcement must use a minimum of 20 pictures or video clips

     PSA must be no less than 30 seconds in length and no more than 1:00 minute in length

     PSA must have smooth transitions between pictures

     PSA must use at least one piece of music.  If more, smooth transitions between sound bites

     PSA must have at least 6 facts about your topic
     PSA must be published (SHARE) as a movie file and viewable by Media Players

Following is the grading outline:
          30 points for neatness (smooth transitions)
          40 points for completeness  (All items present)
          10 points for within time limits
          20 points for partner review


- Mr. S

Friday, October 12, 2012

Grades and Marquis Projects (5/4)

Hello Everyone,

I am missing a great deal of work from some of you.  Anyone who is missing work should speak to me right away as interim reports are going out this week.  If you have not added me as an Administrator to your Weebly website, please add it as soon as possible.

I am also missing a bunch of the Marquise projects.  When you are done with it, please UPLOAD your movie file to Google Drive and SHARE it with me.

See you Monday!!

- Mr. S

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Habit #1 Reflection and Marquise Project (5/3)

We will start today by creating a journal entry after discussing (yesterday) Habit #1 from the 7-Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey).  Please pay attention to the information and answer the following questions in your Journal (  If you missed our discussion, please download and view the link (Habit #1 Video) to the left.

How will you try to "carry the weather with you" from now on.  What can you do to encourage others to see this as an important first step in being more mature? 

When you are finished with the Journal Entry for today, please continue to work on your Marquise Project.  Your Marquise will be used in the next project as part of your Public Service Announcement.  See details below for requirements.

Are we having fun yet?

- Mr. S

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

IMovie Marquise Project (5/2)

Please create a Movie Marquis in IMovie.  It should be 10 to 15 seconds long and use audio, pictures/video, titles and effects.  You must create your music for this project with GarageBand.  You may not use commercially available music.  When you have edited the movie and created it, please use the SHARE function and EXPORT video to the desktop.  Upload that file to your Google Drive and share it with me for credit for the project.

Grading Rubric:

  1. Within Time Limit = 1 point
  2. Clear Pictures = 1 point
  3. Titles = 1 point
  4. Appropriate Music = 1 point
  5. Effects / Transitions = 1 point
  6. GDrive Shared = 1 point
  7. Creative (Subjective - Mr. S) = 1 point
Total Score = x/7 points


- Mr S.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

GarageBand in all of it's glory!! (5/1)

Today we will hear the rest of your presentations.  There are only a handful of students that need to go.  Afterwards, please follow directions while you open GarageBand.  I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to create some custom music for the IMovie project tomorrow.

Steps to help you:
1.  Open Apple's GarageBand Application.
2.  Watch the "Building A Song" (Click For Link)
3.  Use the HELP section with the class on the Main Screen
4.  Use the headphones to listen to GarageBand while you create a personal track.
5.  Try to create a track that is 10-15 seconds long
6.  Use the instruments listed in the Loop Browser.
7.  Look in the SHARE drop down list to EXPORT your work to the desktop.
8.  Import the track you created into IMOVIE for use in the Marquise Project
9.  You might want to Upload it to your GDrive so you do not lose it.

I hope you enjoy the next couple weeks in class.  We will be getting pretty creative while we learn about some important topics.


- Mr. S

Friday, October 5, 2012

Autobiobraphy Presentations (4/2,3,4)


You have done an outstanding job finding the courage to present to your peers.  While the presentations themselves are a little rough, I applaud your effort and I look forward to even better presentations for the next project.  Next week you must be prepared to work with GarageBand and IMovie.  We will be creating our own music, original Marquise's to identify your personal production companies, and finally you and a partner will create a 30-60 minute Public Service Announcement on a topic of your choosing.  It should prove to be a fun week.  Enjoy the three-day weekend and I will see you Tuesday!!

- Mr. S

Monday, October 1, 2012

7-Habits Introduction / GarageBand (4/1)

Hello All:

I cannot believe how fast we are moving through this material.  I feel like you are mastering everything with a speed I have not seen before.  You are exceding all of my expectations in both scope and substance.  Great Job So Far!!

Start with a quick Journal Post ( about the 12x12x12 Impressions located at the bottom of the Posts here on the website.  Hint:  Scan to the bottom of the page and look for where the background changes to flat grey.  Journal about what you think this passage means to you?  How have you noticed, in hindsight, this idea in action?  Good Luck!

Today we will be looking at the following Video (Click Here To Download It), and PowerPoint (Click Here To Download It):

7 Habits For Highly Effective Teens
Be Proactive
Being proactive is the key to unlocking the other habits. Help your teen take control and responsibility for her life. Proactive people understand that they are responsible for their own happiness or unhappiness. They don't blame others for their own actions or feelings.

Begin With the End in Mind
If teens aren't clear about where they want to end up in life, about their values, goals, and what they stand for, they will wander, waste time, and be tossed to and fro by the opinions of others. Help your teen create a personal mission statement which will act as a road map and direct and guide his decision-making process.

Put First Things First
This habit helps teens prioritize and manage their time so that they focus on and complete the most important things in their lives. Putting first things first also means learning to overcome fears and being strong during difficult times. It's living life according to what matters most.

Think Win-Win
Teens can learn to foster the belief that it is possible to create an atmosphere of win-win in every relationship. This habit encourages the idea that in any given discussion or situation both parties can arrive at a mutually beneficial solution. Your teen will learn to celebrate the accomplishments of others instead of being threatened by them.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Because most people don't listen very well, one of the great frustrations in life is that many don't feel understood. This habit will ensure your teen learns the most important communication skill there is: active listening.

Synergy is achieved when two or more people work together to create something better than either could alone. Through this habit, teens learn it doesn't have to be "your way" or "my way" but rather a better way, a higher way. Synergy allows teens to value differences and better appreciate others.

Sharpen the Saw
Teens should never get too busy living to take time to renew themselves. When a teen "sharpens the saw" she is keeping her personal self sharp so that she can better deal with life. It means regularly renewing and strengthening the four key dimensions of life – body, brain, heart, and soul.



 Open Apple's GarageBand Application.  Watch the "Building A Song" (Click For Link) video from the HELP section with the class on the Main Screen in the classroom.  Once we have watched the video, use the headphones to listen to GarageBand while you create a personal track.  Try to create a track that is 10-15 seconds and includes any of the instruments listed in the Loop Browser.  You will be using the final cut of this track you are creating as the background for the Marquise Project in IMovie on Friday.  Make sure it sounds like you want it too.  When you are done look under the SHARE section to Export Song To Disk and save it.  You might want to Upload it to your GDrive so you do not lose it.

Have Fun!!

- 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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