Thursday, October 30, 2014

GarageBand - Day II


Today we will continue looking at GarageBand!  I will show you how to open the application and navigate around for the first few minutes of the class.  You will then have the remainder of class to create a new song for yourself.  You will be using part of this song for your IMovie Project on Monday.  Make sure you figure out how to start a project, work with loops, save a project, and export it to your desktop.  You will also need to post a link to your finished song on your weebly website for credit.  Refer to any of the videos and help items in yesterday's post!

Now that you have a basic idea how to navigate around the GarageBand application, please create a music track at least 25 seconds long for use in an IMovie project coming up.  You need to use at least three different loops to create the song.  I would suggest Percussion, Bass, and any other loop of your choice.  It can be slow or fast and have any theme you like.  Try to create it to reflect your personality or have a mood of some kind.  It can be scary, funny, happy, sad, melodramatic, suspenseful, or just plain.  When you are finished creating the music track you must SHARE it by EXPORTing it to DISK.  Place it on your desktop as an MP3 file.  Now you are ready to open your GDrive and UPLOAD the file online.  Once you have finished the UPLOAD, please SHARE the MP3 file with me by hitting the SHARE button and entering my email address.  You should also COPY the web address (Top Of The Share Box) and change the Permission for this file to ANYONE WITH LINK.  You can now put a link to this file on your Website by adding a word or picture and applying a link.  I will show everyone how to do this in class.

Follow these steps in class to complete this assignment:

  1. Open GarageBand
  2. Click NEW PROJECT
  3. Open LOOPS Project
  4. Create Music with at least 3 loops (minimum)
  5. Save Project to Desktop (Create a File on desktop for your stuff)
  6. Click SHARE above project and select EXPORT TO DISK
  7. EXPORT an MP3 Version of your music to Desktop
  8. Open Web Browser (Firefox)
  9. Sign In To GDRIVE
  10. Click the RED UP ARROW next to the CREATE button
  11. Upload your MP3 to your GDrive
  12. Click the new file listed in your GDrive
  13. Click the SHARE button.
  14. Change WHO HAS ACCESS to Anyone With Link
  15. Add to SHARE email list on bottom.
  16. COPY link for file at top of SHARE box.
  17. Open new Tab in Browser
  18. Open Website and Sign In
  19. Open your Website in Edit Mode
  20. On your HOME Page drag a New TITLE Box into the Home Page
  21. Type Garageband MP3 then drag the cursor over the words to highlight it.
  22. Look for the LINK symbol in the Toolbar.
  23. Click it and PASTE your weblink (From SHARE Page) into the box.
  24. Check the box for open in New Window
  25. Hit OK
Once you are finished with these steps, you should now Publish your website (Yellow PUBLISH Button) in the top, right corner.  Then click the link to your active website and make sure your new link works.  Once your link is active, you have finished today's assignment.

Good Luck!

-  Mr. S

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GarageBand Introduction - Day I

Today Everyone will be working with Mrs. Cohen to review and understand your Official School Transcripts.  This will help you figure out which high schools to apply for.  Please take some time to review your information continue the high school application process we started yesterday.  
Once you have completed this, follow the directions below to begin creating music with GarageBand.  If you have already used this program, it is your obligation in class to help others.  YOU MAY ONLY USE GARAGEBAND.  YOU MAY NOT LISTEN TO MP3's OR OTHER COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE MUSIC.  Tomorrow I will show you some websites to download sounds and other music that might be interesting.  Today is your day to familiarize yourself with how the program works, and how to navigate around the different toolboxes.  Save anything that you want to keep by uploading files to your Google Drive.  Because other students use these computers, there is no guarantee that your work will be here tomorrow.

Good Luck!

Mr. S


Open Apple's GarageBand Application.  First, here is the Apple GarageBand 11 Tutorial Video (Click Here) Here is a longer tutorial from YouTube (Click Here).  You can also use this site for a document on how to get started from APPLE (Click Here). Finally, here is a link to Stanford University's class help site for GarageBand (Click Here).  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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

High School Choice 2014

Today Everyone will be discussing the High School Choice Process for the School District of Philadelphia.  Mrs. Cohen will be presenting how to apply to high schools, how to get your parents to approve your choices, and how to access the School District of Philadelphia website.  Please use the following links to help you along the way:

Are you ready to apply?  Click Here To Log Into SchoolNet and Get Started!

You will need to get your parent/guardian permission to finish the application process.  Tomorrow we will go over your transcripts!  Most of the staff here at Crossroads are willing to write a Letter of Reference, but you need to ask.  You need to make sure you are finishing your work, coming to school on-time and every day.  Your transcripts from last year mean a lot, but a letter from us may help get you in.  Do your best, stay out of trouble, and let us help you help yourself!

Good Luck!

Mr. S

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Internet Safety and Security "Class Discussion and Presentation"

Today and Tomorrow we will be discussing Internet Safety & Security in more detail.  There will be a comprehensive quiz at the end of the training.  Take notes and pay attention!

Step 1:  Journal Entry (When You Enter The Room!)
Please log into and start a NEW POST on your Journal Page.  Our Journal Entry today is to read the following article and answer the question below:

Journal Title:  Internet Safety

Question:  What steps do you take to secure your Facebook and Email from predators?  What else could you do to help yourself and your friends and family stay safe?

Step 2:  Pay Attention During The Presentation and Discussion

Step 3:  Take The Quiz (Click Here To Open Quiz) 

You may use the presentation online to help you answer the questions.  This is an OPEN-BOOK (Laptop) Quiz!  Good Luck!  Quiz may be completed anytime until November 6th at 4pm for credit! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Internet Safety & Security FBI SOS Program


Happy Friday!  Today you will be starting the FBI SOS Program.  Please go to the link below and follow the instructions on the Student Section.  You must work on each task in the 8th Grade Section.  You will have time in class to finish all of the levels.  When you feel you have gone through all the levels, you must ask me for a code to take the QUIZ!  You will recieve a grade for the QUIZ and I will be notified when you have completed the program.  This is an ongoing project until the end of Marking Period 1.  If you do not complete this program prior to the end of MP1, you will take a zero on this project.  Take your time and Good Luck!  -Mr. S

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "A Thin Line" Program


Please find the MTV "A THIN LINE" Quiz below, on the left side of the screen as you scroll down, and take it.  Do additional research/work on the website after completing the quiz.

Make sure you review information from all 5 sections of the website:


Under the DRAW YOUR LINE section, POST YOUR ACTION!  Using your zip code and the drop down list, Post Your Action Online (What action you will take to help yourself or someone else.) 

Write a short blog ( Journal) entry about your results.  Please discuss in your journal how you did on the quiz, how you can be better digital citizens, and what you can do to further protect yourselves from online threats.  (1-2 Paragraphs, Yes, I Said Paragraphs!)

Tomorrow is our Internet Safety & Security "FBI SOS" Program.  If you have time left when you are finished with this program today, you may complete your questions in "lol...OMG" or work on the coursework in TYPINGWEB.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG" Final Day


Your final questions are below.  Tomorrow and Friday you will have a chance to catch up if you missed any of the questions:

1.  What is Digital Citizenship?

2.  List and Describe three (3) of the nine tests described in this chapter.

3.  Describe the Tenth (10th) test.

4.  Describe the Future of Reputations as described in the text.  What lessons can you take away from your reading of this book?  What information will you pass on to others and why?

Once finished, you may continue to work on any of the other items online that you still owe.  Some of you owe me Left/Right Brain or Learning Style scores, others need to finish presentations and submit them.  All of the work, and directions to finish are still listed on the posts below.  Use the links to the left to see work from past posts.  Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG" Day 5

All Classes:

Continue to read and respond to the questions posted for the book "lol...OMG" by Matt Ivester.  When you have completed the work, you may work quietly on the coursework.  DO NOT JUST PLAY GAMES.  Use the correct fingers, as highlighted on the program, to strike the appropriate keys and complete each level.  If you are diligent about this program, you will begin to type better.  

Good Luck!

- Mr. S


1.  Explain, in your own words, what happened in Chapter 8 and describe how it could have been avoided.

2.  What is Unintentional Cyber-Bullying?  How is it different than Intentional Cyber-Bullying?

3.  List and explain the seven (7) types of Cyber-Bullying described in the text (in your own words),

4.  How do abstraction, invisible impact, shaming, anonymity, and normality contribute to people behaving differently online?

5.  What are the five (5) steps to follow if you are Cyber-Bullied?

6.  Why should you not be a Bystander?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG" Day IV

Make sure you Copy and Paste the questions below into the SAME Google Drive Document as the previous questions. DO NOT MAKE A NEW Google Document for each day!  Please make sure to SHARE the Google Document with Mr. S ( for credit.  Good Luck!


1.  What websites have you signed up for without asking WHY you signed up?

2.  Explain where your Public and Private line is and why?

3.  Explain how controversial you are willing to be online and why?

4.  List the seven (7) steps to Active Reputation Management and what you found when you followed them.
     (You should list each one and have 2-3 sentences about what you found.)

5.  Explain your basic legal options to clearing your good name online. (2-3 Paragraphs) 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG" Day III

"lol...OMG" by Matt Ivester Chapters 4 & 5

Today as you enter the room, please quietly read Chapters 4 & 5 in "lol...OMG" by Matt Ivester.  Once you have completed the reading, you may open a laptop, copy and paste the questions below, and answer them in 2-3 complete sentences each!  Make sure you use the same Google Document you started yesterday and add these questions below the entry you already made.  Make sure you have SHARED the document with Mr. S ( for credit.  Once you have finished this assignment in class, you may work on anything else you like.

1.  How many reposted views did the "Asian Rant" video on get according to the text?

2.  Explain how Nicole's situation fits into the "lol...OMG!" theme of the book.

3.  What are the "Facebook Blues"?

4.  Explain the term "Superiority Bias"?

5.  How do you Create Your Reputation online?

6.  What percent of college admissions officers check out Facebook pages for applicants?  What percent Google an applicant's name?

7.  What percent of recruiters reject applications based on information found online?

8.  What percent of single people, in their early 20's, Google or Facebook their date prior to meeting?

9.  How are you going to protect your online reputation because of reading this book?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG" Day II

Today as you enter the room, please quietly read Chapters 2 & 3 in "lol...OMG" by Matt Ivester.  Once you have completed the reading, you may open a laptop, copy and paste the questions below, and answer them in 2-3 complete sentences each!  Make sure you use the same Google Document you started yesterday and add these questions below the entry you already made.  Make sure you have SHARED the document with Mr. S ( for credit.  Once you have finished this assignment in class, you may work on anything else you like.


1.  What was Melissa Murphy's joke?  How many people ultimately saw it on

2.  Why was the book named "lol.....OMG!"?  What does it mean?

3.  How many posts does the average Facebook user post per month (according to the text)?

4.  Define the term "Open Authorship" and explain how it has changed your life.

5.  What percent of the world population has access to the internet according to the book?

6.  What is the WAY BACK MACHINE?

7.  How many photos can you store online with a standard GMAIL account?  How many emails?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Internet Safety & Security Pre-Assignment

Please watch the following video and describe, in a one-page essay due today, what the main points of the article were.
Open a Google Document and share it with me!

Mr. S

Internet Safety & Security "lol...OMG!"


ISS (Last Name) Period (?)

You must SHARE it with me for credit!  (

This week we will be reading "lol...OMG!" by Matt Ivester.  You will not remove the books from Room 216.  Each day when you enter you will read the appropriate chapters and then answer questions about the reading.  Today you will read the PREFACE and CHAPTER 1.  Answer the following questions by posting (Copy & Paste) them into a Google Document and sharing it with
Mr. Scribner (  You must answer the questions with 1-2 complete sentences.  The questions are as follows:

1.  Where did the author go to college?

2.  How much did investors want to offer him to grow his website?

3.  What type of information is on your Internet Permanent Record?

4.  Explain how the Internet itself is a college student?

5.  What are you doing to protect yourself and your "Record" online?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

12x12x12 and TypingWeb

Hello All:

Today you will be reading the following passage:

12 x 12 x 12 IMPRESSIONS 
12 by 12 by 12 is the distance you are being judged by the people you meet every day of every week of every year of your life.

Your first impression starts 12 feet away. This is the distance people see what you are wearing and how you are acting. This is the first chance you have to make sure that people see you in a positive, accepting light.

At 12 inches away you are now about to speak. People will notice the minute details of the way your face looks as you smile, frown, or grimace. People are judging your looks, your demeanor, and the way you carry yourself. The way you shake a hand, smell to others, and present yourself are now under the microscope and you should be aware that what you are about to say will forever place a note in people’s head about your level of maturity.

Finally, the first 12 words you speak are a reflection of your heritage, upbringing, and education level. Whether you like it or not, the person you are interacting with is taking a mental picture of you for future reference. What kind of picture have you given them? How can you make a difference in how you appear? The mark we leave on the world is a made up of the thousands of appearances in other people’s memories. How you are perceived by others is the only yardstick we are all measured equally by. Make your impression a positive lasting one with others, and you will make your world a better place live in.

Once you have read the passage above (12x12x12) please open your Journal and write, in your own words, how you will change the way you act because of what you read.  Please write 3-4 sentences about how this will impact you and the impression you leave with others.

Once you have completed your journal entry, you will work quietly on learning to type:

You will sign in using the Username: firstinitiallastnamex and your Student ID# as your password.  See the example below:

EXAMPLE ---->   Username:  hscribnerx  Password:  1234567

Start with each lesson in order.  Make sure your are resting your fingers on the HOME KEYS while you type and trying your best to use all of your fingers to reach the appropriate keys.  The training program will identify the proper fingers to use to reach each key while you type.  Work through as many of the lessons as possible!  

Good Luck!

Mr. S 

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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