Wednesday, March 20, 2013

While I Am Away! (27/3-4)

Students for Computer Science class may work on the following items while I am out:
1.      Any prior work due for class can be worked on:
a.      MLA Article Summary
b.      MLA Biography Project
c.       MLA Business Proposal
                                                              i.      Worksheet
                                                            ii.      PDF Proposal (MS Word)
                                                          iii.      Business Logo (
                                                           iv.      Business Card ( or MS Powerpoint)
                                                             v.      Product Flyer (MS Powerpoint)

2.      March Madness Brackets (CBS Sports Online) – Online bracket challenge for class.  Use the link online, create an account, then use the group code: “caatech13” to fill out a bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  We are using statistics for MS Excel after the break.

3. – Students should have created accounts online to learn to write computer code.  Instructions are on the blog.

4.  – Students can create accounts online to take the “college level” Introduction to Computer Science class.  Credit will be given at the end of the year.

5.  – Students can use information from a presentation yesterday to start, or work on, research for their 8th-Grade projects.  Students should use class time to find new resources, journal entries, and database searches.

6.      Finally, anyone in any Computer Science class can get extra credit by working on the Yearbook.  If they are caught up and want to help, just notify Ms. Cohen and use the time in class or club time to help start photography, layouts, and editing.  Good Luck!

When we return after the break you should be ready to learn about MS Excel, Investing, Payroll, Timecards, Family Monthly Budgets, Architectural Projects, Business Plans and many other exciting topics.  We only have 61 school days until the end of the year and you will need to pass all of your classes to move ahead in June!!  

See you all in April!!

-          Mr. S

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Library Flip Presentation - Free Library of Philadelphia

Please use the following link to see the presentation from class about research and the other resources at The Free Library of Philadelphia (CLICK HERE)

Here is the link to get you started at the Free Library of Philadelphia  (

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March Madness / Basic Computer Programming (27/1)

Today you will each take a shot at picking the winners of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.  Please click the link below, create a CBS Sports Account (with your GMail Address), and fill out a bracket.  You can pick the teams based on your knowledge of the game, the rankings, team color, favorite city, or any other way you like.  Make sure you remember to add the total score of the final game (Tie Breaker).  Once you are done, read the rest of the directions for today below the link!!  GOOD LUCK!!

March Madness Brackets (CAA Technology)


Please watch the following video:


Once you have created your brackets you are now ready to move on.  Please click the CODEHS link below.  You will  use class time to learn how to program computers.  All you have to do is follow the directions, watch the videos and you will learn basic programming.  Everyone should know a little bit about code.  After you learn the basics, if you want to continue, you can.  You may use headphones to listen to the course online and I will be notified as you complete each section.  You must create and account and use the codes below to sign up for your individual class sections.  Enjoy this as well!!

CODEHS (Click Here To Start)

Group Codes
Arcadia:   1145-ARC
Cheyney:  1146-CHE
LaSalle:    1147-LAS
Temple:    1148-TEM
Widener:  1149-WID

Good Luck!!

- Mr. S

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Business Proposal / PSSA Writing / Research (26/1-4)

This week you will be taking the PSSA Writing portion of the annual test.  Please spend the classes in my room working on your Business Proposal.  You must submit the following by 4pm Friday of this week:

1.  Turn in the Business Proposal Worksheet completely filled out.
2.  Email a one-page Business Proposal in PDF format.
3.  Email a JPEG format picture of your Business Card and Product Flyer.
4.  Create a third page on your WEEBLY.Com Personal/Professional Website for your new business.
5.  Email a link to your new website once it is published.

Once you are finished with this project, you will be working on your 8th-Grade-Projects, having your picture taken for the Yearbook, and working on any other work you may have that requires a computer.

I am confident that you have the tools and experience to complete all of these tasks with ease.  If you have any problems or questions, email me immediately.  As always, Good Luck!!

-Mr. S

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Business Proposal Wrap Up (25/4)

At this point you have completed the Business Proposal Worksheet, written a 1-page MLA Short Format Business Proposal, created a LOGO, and used the LOGO to create a Business Card and a Product Flyer.  Your final task for this project is to ADD a Page to your Weebly Webpage.  The third page of your website will be dedicated to your new Small Business.  You will add pictures, descriptions, and store the basic files here.  You will be required to add all of the elements today as follows:

Here is my example ONLINE (Click Here)

Step 1:  Open and Sign In
Step 2:  Click on the Edit Button to Edit your Website
Step 3:  Click the Pages Button and click the ADD Button to Add a Page
Step 4:  Rename the Page using your Business Name
Step 5:  Click Save at the bottom of the Edit Page
Step 6:  Add your Business Name, Logo, and other a Picture of your Product/Service
Step 7:  Add information about your Business.  Describe your Target Customer, Main Competition, Your Start-Up Needs and some of your Goals.  Make sure to add a 3-4 Sentence description of why you are interested in starting this particular Business.
Step 8:  Add any pictures or other items to make your Page look Professional
Step 9:  Add all of the files you created to the bottom of the Page.  Drag the FILE Button down to the page for each item and upload those items to the Page.
Step 10:  Hit the PUBLISH Button
Step 11:  Email me the link to this new webpage with the Name of your Business and what your Main Product / Service is.

Once you are done with this, Open MS Excel and start getting familiar with the pages and commands. We will begin this Unit next week!

Good Luck...

-MR. S

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LOGO & Business Documents (25/3)

Create a LOGO using photos, drawing, or any other medium.  Watch the video about why a LOGO is important (Click Here).  We can photograph your work and use it for creating stationary, flyers, business cards and other documents.  Tomorrow I will list specific instructions for creating Business Cards in MS Word and a Product Flyer in MAC Pages.

You can use the Free Logo Designer on LogoGarden / Vista Print to help you come up with an idea, but you will not be able to download your creation.  Once you have designed it on LogoGarden / VistaPrint, try to use a drawing program or PowerPoint to recreate your logo.  Once you have created it and saved it as a PICTURE, you should be able to use it to create all kinds of Business Documents for your new company.  We will focus on a creating a Business Card below. (Click Here) - Create and Download a Low-Res Logo for Free!!

VistaPrint Logo Designer (Click Here) - Create a Logo (No Free Download).

You must create a LOGO for your new company.  This will be the symbol of your company and product line.  Think about what was mentioned in the video you saw above.  This LOGO will appear on all of your Business Documents and should reflect your Brand, Company, Products, and Ideas/Ideals.  Save a copy of this logo online.

 Business Card Project:
     Using MS PowerPoint,  use the Business Card Template below to create a design for your Business Card.  Make the business cards have the same design elements and LOGO as the Sales Flyer you will create.  You should use the contact information of the School (see below) and your name, title (CEO, President, whatever), your email, and your weebly website account.  Be creative and save your final draft and email it to me.

Business Card Template PPT (Click Here)

Sales Flyer Project:
   Using a Sales Flyer Template below in MS PowerPoint you will create a 1-page Sales Flyer for your business.  Include the business name, your weebly website, and your email.  Use our school's address and contact information (listed below).  Make sure you are creating a flyer that will use at least one picture, 2-3 paragraphs of text, and some design elements that are the same as other Business Documents you will be using.  When you are finished, email the flyer to me at

Sales Flyer Template PPT (Click Here)

All items must be submitted as a PDF Email to Mr. Scribner (

Grading Rubrics for the Assignments will be posted online tomorrow.

- Mr. S

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

MLA Business Proposal (25/2)

Today you will be developing a Business Proposal for a Small Business that you want to start in the Philadelphia, PA area.  We will begin with two videos to help you to start thinking about the kind of business you want to be in.

Video 1:  (CLICK HERE)  10 Bizarre Business Ideas That Made Millions

Video 2: (CLICK HERE)  You Have A Business Idea, Now What?

We will work through the Business Proposal Worksheet (Click Here For A Copy) together.

You must use the MLA Short Form (Click Here)

Here is a copy of the Business Proposal Presentation(Click Here) that goes with the Worksheet.

Once you are finished with the Business Proposal Worksheet, you are ready to write your one-page Business Proposal.  This should be written in the same MLA Short Format as the Biography Project.  Proper Heading and Page Numbers,  11 or 12 font Times New Roman, Single-Spaced Main Body.  You should use a couple sources (websites references in MLA Format on a separate page) and reference them appropriately.  Once this is turned in you may begin working on your LOGO, Business Card, and Product Flyers.

MLA Business Proposal GRADING RUBRIC:
20 pts  Grammar, Spelling, Sentence Structure
20 pts  All points on Worksheet included.
20 pts  Imagination and Ingenuity
10 pts  Legal and Ethical Idea
10 pts  Submitted Correctly

Good Luck!!

- Mr. S

Monday, March 4, 2013

MLA Historical Figure Reflection (25/1)

Today you will finish your MLA Historical Biography project.  Please take a minute to post your final paper to your Weebly Website and to describe in your Weebly Journal at least 3 things that you learned about your Historical person while completing this and the Facebook project.  Take the time to make sure that your MLA Paper is complete and to the proper standards outlined below in previous posts.

If you finish early, please use the rest of the class to think about and research a Small Business idea of your choice for the Philadelphia Area.  Tomorrow we will be creating a Business Proposal.

-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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