Thursday, November 29, 2012

Benchmark Testing (12/3 & 4)

Today and tomorrow you will be completing your Benchmark Testing for Language Arts and Math.  Please go to the School District of Philadelphia LOGIN website.  (Click Here) Enter your STUDENT ID NUMBER and your personal PASSWORD. 

Thanks for your participation in this testing.

- Mr. S

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Habit #4 - Think Win-Win (12/2)

Today you will be watching the video for Habit #4 (Covey) - Think Win-Win.  Please use a few minutes to discuss this habit with the class and then enter a 2-3 sentence reflection in your Journal.  If you missed class, the video is linked on the left side of the page here on the blog.  Thanks for your effort with this part of the class.

-Mr. S

Monday, November 26, 2012

Historical Facebook Page Research Project (12/2)

Today you will be learning how to do Online Research using the Internet.  Please click on this link (FB PP Page) and download the blank Facebook Page PPT.  You will choose a famous person from history and fill in the page completely.  You must add who they would have friended, who they would have blocked, and some of the posts they would have had on their wall.  This project is going to be due by Christmas. 
Make sure you fill in the pages completely.  I will keep a log of the people you are researching.  I would suggest you upload this document to Google Drive for safe keeping and continue to update it as possible.  I will post the list of students and the people they are working on.  Enjoy this project.  You must choose your person from BIOGRAPHY ONLINE TODAY (Click Here) If you are confused, you need to have all of the information for your Facebook page listed like the example below:

Try to have fun with this project!
Good Luck!

-  Mr. S

Monday, November 19, 2012

End Of The Marking Period (11/1,2,3 & 12/1)

Photo Collage Requirements are listed in the last post.  You must also add at least two photographs to our CAA Photo Collaboration Project (Artistic Photo Publication).  I will assign a team leader in each row to collect the pictures and create a 2-page layout in Apple IWork Pages for submission to the APP.

Everyone now has the tools to become digital citizens.  In our class you have done the following:

  1. Created and Email Account
  2. Learned to Use Google Gmail
  3. Sent Files as Attachments to Emails
  4. Created Online Documents with Google Drive
  5. Investigated Personal Learning Style and Left/Right Brain Dominance
  6. Created Digital Stories
  7. Created Online LIVE Websites for EPortfolios
  8. Learned about Internet Safety & Security
  9. Created and Presented Autobiographies
  10. Completed Online Assessments for Reading and Math
  11. Investigated and Discussed the First Three Habits of the 7-Habits of Highly Effective People
  12. Learned Garage Band Basics
  13. Learned IMovie Basics
  14. Learned to Save and Share Documents, Music, and Media Online
  15. Learned to Collaborate with Partners and Teams
  16. Practiced Journal Writing and Active Reflection
  17. Created Timely Public Service Announcements
  18. Participated in Political Races for Student Government
  19. Created Artwork, Flyers, Speeches, and other Items For Political Race
  20. Created Venn Diagrams with a Partner with Inspiration9
  21. Researched and Created a Diagram about a major city in the United States
  22. Created Personal Timelines and Family Trees for Guidance Class
  23. Investigated Veteran's Day History and Meaning
  24. Summarized and Interview with a Veteran and discussed the meaning of SERVICE.
  25. Learned about Digital Photography and Photographic Composition
  26. Created a Titled Photo Composition Collage
  27. Collaborated on an artistic Photograph Publication
Wow!  What a mouthful!  For the final few days of the Marking Period you may finish your Digital Photography assignments.  When that is completed and turned in (See Above For Specifics), you may then work on any assignments you have not completed, or anything you would like to redo for a higher grade.  Some assignments will incur a penalty for lateness, but I will give partial credit to any attempt.  You may also do extra credit, with permission, by reviewing the EXTRA CREDIT LINK and completing the EXTRA CREDIT PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM.  You will only get credit if you are passing my class.  You cannot use EXTRA CREDIT to pass.  If completed, EXTRA CREDIT will improve your score one letter grade from where it is currently.  Have a great holiday weekend!  See you in the Second Marking Period for MS Word, Documents, Resume's, and other items until Christmas Break.

- Mr. S

Friday, November 16, 2012

Photo Collage (10/4)

Today you will be creating a Photo Collage with PIXLR.COM like the one above.  Please make sure that you leave a space on the collage for a "key" (Description or Title for each picture and how it corresponds to the assignment requirements. Also make sure that you upload and make all changes, editing or cropping decisions before starting the collage.  Have all seven pictures finished and saved to the desktop before beginning the collage.  The collage function on will not save work.  You start and complete the collage in one session.  See below for the photo topics. 

You will create the following photographs (each topic is YOUR interpretation of what that picture should be,  be creative and show me what you think represents each topic below) for this assignment:

1.  Architecture With Attitude

2.  Self-Portrait

3.  Blur Blur Blur

4.  Black and White

5.  Comic Book

6.  Food For Thought

7.  Micro-World

You must take all of the photographs yourself or find them online.  You may not just "Drag and Drop" photos into your project.  You must manipulate them with in some way.  Add a background, text, or effect to make them yours.  You can use to change pics into cartoon mode.  Do not download the trial, just use the online version.  Your email should include a description of each picture in the format below:

Body Of Email (Sample):
Picture 1:  Architecture With Attitude:  Taken by me at Pyramids of Giza.  Overlayed picture of me at Pyrimids with picture of Sphynx to show size comparison.

Picture 2:  Self-Portrait:  Taken on the Subway from City Hall on the way to school in the reflection of the window.

Picture3:  Blur Blur Blur:  Taken on the train platform at City Hall (Subway) with Negative Mode on camera.

Picture 4:  Black & White:  Taken on corner of Broad and Dauphin of the building accross the street.  Cropped and added Sepia tone for old time look.

Picture 5:  ComicBook:  Taken of UCHS Cheerleaders last year and then used to change into cartoon look.

Picture 6:  Food For Thought:  Cupcake shot from Christmas last year.  Cropped with MS Office Preview.

Picture 7:  Micro-World:  Tear of Friend.  Face picture taken last year.  Cropped and Zoomed with MS Preview to show only the tear. 

You may copy and paste the above sample to keep formatting, but you must use your own information on each picture.

Thanks for being creative.

-Mr. S

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PIXLR.COM (10/3))

Today we will be working online with  This is a powerful website (CLICK HERE) to help you work with and manipulate digital photographs.  Please use the time today to explore this software using pictures from Google Images.  You will also be given time in class, after our preview of this software, to take pictures and start creating your Photo Collage.  Please keep in mind the information in the Digital Photography presentation (See Below Link To The Left).  Try to remember the basics of Composition that we discussed and the information on how our Nikon L24 digital cameras work.  I hope you enjoy this project.  We will be asking each row to choose a leader and create one to two page layouts for an artistic Photo Publication.

I hope you enjoy this project as we start to think about the Thanksgiving Holiday.

- Mr. S

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Digital Photography (10/2)

Today we will be discussing a brief history of Digital Photography.  Watch the presentation (CLICK HERE) and fill in the questions below on a separate piece of paper:

Photography Training Worksheet
14 November 2012


College ________________________________________

1  Describe the difference between F-Stop, Shutter Speed, and Film Speed and how they effect pictures.

2  Describe two different types of LIGHT and how they effect pictures.

3  What are pixels and how do they “create” a picture digitally?

4  List four different settings for the Nikon cameras in the classroom and how you will use them:

On the back of this page, write a one-page essay on how you plan to complete the photo project outlined online.  You will need to take the following pictures:  Architecture with Attitude, Self-Portrait, Blur Blur Blur, Black & White, Comic Book, Food for Thought, and Micro-World.  


Tomorrow we will discuss the Photo Collage Project and the Artistic Photography Composition Project.

- Mr. S

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Veteran's Day & I9 Followup (10/1)

Today you will be given a chance to email your Veterans Day Interview Summary to me.  Please open your GMail and COMPOSE a new email to me (  Type your interview summary into the body of the email, and use your (LAST NAME) VETERAN SUMMARY for a Subject.  When you are finished, please hit SEND.  I should be able to review your summaries quickly.  Hopefully you were able to understand the meaning of Selfless Service and a little bit about what it means to live in the United States and serve in the Military.  Thanks in advance for your effort with this project.  It means a lot to me.

If you have not completed the Inspiration9 projects, you may use the balance of the time to finish them.  Please make sure you EXPORT your projects as PDF Documents (See Under FILE Header) to the Desktop.  When they are there, Open GMail and ATTACH the PDF's to a new email to me.  I will print your project in color, grade them, and return them as quickly as possible.

Finally,  we will be starting our final unit for the marking period.  We will discuss Digital Photography in class.  Part of the lesson will be a PowerPoint Presentation about the cameras we have to use here (Nikon Coolpix L24).  We will discuss the history of photography, how to use equipment, vocabulary, and how to compose basic pictures.  We will be creating Photo Collage pages, and designing an Artistic Photography Publication in Apple IWork Pages.  More information on specific projects will be in tomorrow's post.

Good Luck!

-Mr. S

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veterans Day Remembrance (9/4)

As you finish up your Inspiration9 projects for the week, please take a few minutes to watch the Veteran's Day Video (CLICK HERE).  There will be a homework assignment for the weekend regarding this holiday.  See below for details.

Please open your websites and complete a Journal Entry for today on HABIT #3 - FIRST THINGS FIRST.  Describe what the video and conversation yesterday meant to you personally and how you will be "putting the Big Rocks" first in your life.

Finally, you may use the rest of class to get caught up on work that is due.  I will be printing and reviewing your Inspiration9 work today and I will try to post it in class as soon as I can.

Enjoy your weekend!

- Mr. S

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT for Veterans Day 2012:

Please talk to a veteran that you know.  Find a relative or friend that has served our country in the armed forces and interview them.  Find out when and where they served.  Write a one-page summary of the interview.  Make sure to include how long they 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 email this interview to me so I can print them and post them.  End your summary with how you feel about service in the armed forces and why it is important to serve your country in any capacity.

Thanks for your input on this project.

- Mr. S

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Inspiration9 (Continued) & Habit #3 (9/3)

Today you will start by viewing the Habit #3 Video (Covey - 7 Habits Training - First Things First)  Make sure you complete the third question on your 7 Habits worksheet and rewrite Habit #3 in your own words.  When that is completed, you may continue to work on your Inspiration9 projects.  You must save each project (Venn Diagram, City Exploration Research Project, Timeline & Family Tree) as a PDF (FILE, EXPORT TO PDF) on the desktop.  Then open your GMAIL account and COMPOSE a new email to me.  ATTACH your PDF drawings to the email and add your name to the SUBJECT LINE.  Hit SEND to send the email to me and turn in your work.  I will print your submission, grade it, and post it in class.  These are very creative and I appreciate all of your efforts.


- Mr. S

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Inspiration9 Family Tree & Timeline (9/2)

Today you will continue to design graphic organizers on Inspiration9.  Please recreate a Personal Timeline and Family Tree from your Guidance sessions in a digital format.  You must create these from scratch.  Include all of the items from your worksheets in your Guidance folder.  Make sure you include extended family (Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Etc.)  See the sample below for some more clarity.  Good Luck!

- Mr. S

Monday, November 5, 2012

Inspiration9 - City Research Project (9/1)

City Exploration Research Graphic Diagram.

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

City Facts:  Year Founded, Longitude, Latitude, Population, Area, Time Zone, and Mayor's Name.
Also include major industries, professional sports teams, colleges, historical places, museums, and weather information.  Each place you list will need to have a link to the website that corresponds to it.  Weather can link to any local news station, but other links must be the official sites for those places, not some other site or advertisement.  You can use all of my formatting, or create your own diagrams.  You must include the same headings and topics.  You must also use different colors for each section.  If you have any questions, just ask or email me a question.  This project is worth 100 points toward your Marking Period grade.  Good Luck!!  Mr. S


5 pts - USA Symbol/Name Connection
           Title Block:  Student Name, ID#, Class (College), City Exploration Project, Date
5 pts - STATE Symbol - (If Available)
10 pts - At Least Two Colleges
10 pts - At Least Two Industries
10 pts - Two Companies Per Industry
10 pts - Information Box
10 pts - At Least Two Museums
10 pts - At Least Two Professional / Amatuer Sports
10 pts - Weather Information\
10 pts - Overall Neatness, Completeness, Spelling and Layout
10 pts - WebLink Bibliography Included in Email
             Bibliography Box must include links for every site you use.

100 points Total Score

Friday, November 2, 2012

Politics, Testing, Catch Up (8/3)

Use today to work on projects for your Political Campaigns.  In addition, please complete the STAR Reading and Math Tests as outlined in yesterday's post.  Finally, you can work on the VENN Diagram for Wednesday.  Keep up the good work in my room!  Have a great weekend!

- Mr. S

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Political Fun And Benchmarks (8/2)

Today you will be taking the STAR READING and MATH Benchmark Tests.  Please select the link (SEE LINKS OF INTEREST Below On The Left Of The Screen) for ONLINE ASSESSMENTS and follow it to the website for Renassaince Learning.  Select the STUDENT link and enter your personal information to access the site.  Your Username is the First Letter of your First Name and the First Four Letters of your Last Name. (JSMIT for John Smith as an example).  Your PASSWORD is "ABC".  Once logged in, please complete the READING TEST first and then the MATH TEST.  These tests are being taken each month to track your progress.  They should only take 20 minutes or so each, and they are very valuable to us to help us help you.

When you are finished with the STAR Exams, please finish your VENN Diagram in Inspiration9 from yesterday.  You may also work on anything you need to create for the General Elections on Monday!

- 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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