Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving "Giving Thanks" Tackk.Com Webpage


Weebly Journal Entry
 Please watch the following video and write 3-4 sentences on how you can follow the presenters advice:

 Tackk.Com "Giving Thanks" Project
Check out TACKK.COM.  I found this in a magazine on the flight home from a weekend trip a couple years ago.  I thought this would be an interesting and fun way to post information (Like Final Projects) for school.  You can easily create single page websites for your work.  You could create a single TACKK without logging in, or create a series of TACKK's.  Please go to the website TACKK.COM to get started.  Make sure you add the TAG (#caatech) to all of your sites so we can see them.

Here is the link for my GIVING THANKS Webpage:

"Giving Thanks" Project

Please go to and create a website.  Create an account using your Gmail 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:

  1. Website must be created using
  2. Website must include keywords #xroadsatmeade and #givingthanks2014
  3. Website must have at least one picture
  4. Website must include a link to your Website
  5. Website must include a contact/message form
  6. Website must have a Thanksgiving Theme
  7. Website must include at least 4-5 sentences about what you are thankful for in your life.  
  9. Finally, when you are done, please search the Tackkboard or Google+ for at least 5 other websites created by our class and post comments on them.  Be careful to be helpful not hurtful and let your classmates know that you appreciate their efforts! 
Have Fun With This!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Word Cloud Personal Reflection Project 2014

Word Clouds - Simple Counseling Project

Please take today's class a Word Cloud with one of the following websites:  This could be the easiest!  Just Download the 1MP version of your cloud without logging in by clicking and Import Words.  Then click SHAPES, FONTS, :LAYOUT, COLORS AND ANIMATIONS to change it.  Finally, use GRAB AND SHARE and click the EXPORT VECTOR IMAGE 1MP Button and open your picture in PREVIEW on the Macbook.  In PREVIEW you will have to SAVE the image you made to the desktop and then UPLOAD and SHARE it.

Other Sites To Try:

All three will work.  Some of your computers may not have the Java Console installed.  Please do not install it.  Wordle seems to work the slowest, but have the most choices for being creative.  ABCYA is the easiest to use and should be simple to download and send to me.  WordItOut requires you to enter your email to get the downloaded copy.

Please choose as many adjectives below to describe yourself.  The more times you repeat a word, the bigger and more highlighted it will be in your Word Cloud.  Copy and Paste the words you want to use to describe yourself into the text box on the Word Cloud creator you are using.  Then hit create.  Each of the sites works in a slightly different way.  Eventually, you need to create a custom Word Cloud, download it to the desktop as a JPEG picture, and email the picture to my email ( so I can print it for inclusion in your personal guidance folder.

Step 1:  Open A New Google Drive Document

Step 2:  List as many adjectives about yourself as you can
Step 3:  List Adjectives multiple time to increase their size in the picture. The More Times They Are In The List, The Bigger They Will Be On The Picture!

Step 4:  Create the Wordle (Other) Drawing
Step 5:  Change Design Colors, Styles and Settings
Step 6:  Save Design AS A Picture (JPEG FILE) or EXPORT IT from Application
Step 7:  Upload PICTURE to your Google Drive and put a copy on your website (Weebly)
Step 8:  Use the SHAREABLE Link on Google Drive to Post a LINK to your picture on the Crossroads 2014-2025 Google+ Community For CREDIT.

You will not receive credit for this assignment until you have uploaded, saved, and shared the picture you created on the Google+ Community.

Look to the right to see an example of my Word Cloud (Click Image To See It Better).  Below is a list of adjectives to use, but you can include any additional words that describe you that are not on the list.  Make sure you do not use any profane, vulgar or other poor word choices.  I will be printing this in color if I can and posting them outside the wall.....MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS IN THE PICTURE SOMEWHERE WITH THE WORDS "XROADSCS2014"

Good Luck,

- Mr. S

ADJECTIVE LIST (If you can't find enough below, CLICK HERE)
afraid embarrassed gentle new slippery
agreeable encouraging gorgeous nice slow
amused energetic great nosy smiling
angry enthusiastic grieving nutty strange
annoyed defeated grubby obedient successful
anxious defiant grumpy obnoxious sweet
arrogant delicious handsome odd tall
ashamed delightful happy old tame
average depressed harsh ordinary thoughtful
awful determined healthy outrageous thoughtless
bad dirty helpful panicky tired
beautiful disgusted hilarious perfect tough
better disturbed hungry petite tricky
brave envious jealous pleasant troubled
bright evil jittery precious upset
calm excited jolly pretty uptight
charming exuberant kind prickly victorious
cheerful fair lazy proud vivacious
clumsy faithful little puny voiceless
confused fantastic lively quick wasteful
cooperative fast lonely quiet weak
courageous flaky loud scary weary
crazy foolish lovely scrawny wicked
creepy frail lucky selfish wide-eyed
cruel frantic magnificent shaggy witty
cuddly fresh mysterious silent wonderful
dangerous friendly nasty silly worried
dizzy frightened naughty skinny young
dull funny nervous slimy zany

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STAMPPASS Philadelphia Sign Up

Today you will be signing up for a STAMPPASS!  Please go to the website below and fill out the application completely!  You need to SHOW me your STAMPPASS after it has been sent to you to qualify for a QUIZ GRADE for MP2!  When you are done signing up, work on your Public Service Announcement with your partner! 

Enjoy your half day today!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Public Service Announcement Partner Project - IMovie

"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

MR. S Made An Example (Click Here To See it) 
This week you will be completing a Public Service Announcement in IMovie.

Examples Of Student Public Service Announcements (CLICK HERE)

Grading is as follows:  (PARTNER/TOPIC LIST CLICK HERE)

     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:
          60 points for neatness (smooth transitions)
          80 points for completeness  (All items present)
          20 points for within time limits
          40 points for partner review

Links For Music (MP3's)

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 filming 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.
  5. Create a script and keep your script to a few simple statements. A 30-second PSA will typically require about 5 to 7 concise assertions. Highlight the major and minor points that you want to make. Be sure the information presented in the PSA is based on up-to-date, accurate research, findings and/or data.
  6. Storyboard your script.
  7. Film your footage and edit your PSA.
  8. Find your audience and get their reaction. How do they respond and is it in the way you expected? Your goal is to call your audience to action. Are they inspired?

PSA Bibliography Requirements

You and your partner must send and EMAIL to me (hscribnercaa@gmailcom) that has a paragraph about 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

Public Service Announcement (PSA) Rubric (Original Project From 2009)



- Mr. S

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day 2014


In preparation for a day off, please view the following video in class:

Today you will finish work on your Movie Marquis Project in IMovie!  Prior to finishing this project, please open your Weebly.Com Journal and write 2-3 sentences about how you might be able to serve your community or country someday.  This service does not have to be in the armed forces.  I want you to really think about how you can repay the gifts of liberty and freedom that you have because you live in the United States.  Consider the sacrifice of others, both in uniform and out, while this country grew and up to the modern era.



3rd Herd - Prior to Deployment (Fall 2007)

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 6, 2014

IMovie - Movie Marquis Project


You will be making a number of movies with Apple IMovie during this class.  Starting next week you will work on creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a partner.  Start thinking of ideas now so you will be able to pick something for next week.

Watch the following clip on your own to get ideas about your Personal Movie Marquis.  This is a short movie clip (10-15 seconds) that you will add to the end of your PSA to "sign" it.  The Movie Marquis you are creating should be a reflection of your personality, and is intended to let people know who created the movie it follows.  It can be used at the end or the beginning of a movie.  I want you to pretend you are creating a Movie Production Studio and give some thought to the kind of movies and messages you would like to support.  Be creative and have fun with this project.  It can be serious, funny or anything you want it to be.  Please make sure you use the clip you created in GarageBand for this project.  You may find pictures and other video clips online or sign out a camera.  I have a limited amount of equipment, so you will have to share.

Movie Introduction Video Clips Promo (Click Here)

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.

Step 1:  Download or Create Music with GarageBand (You must EXPORT your Music as an MP3 file and place it on the Desktop of your Computer.

Step 2:  Find and Download 1-3 Pictures or Images you are interested in using.  Place those Images on the Desktop of your Computer.

Step 3:  Open IMOVIE and using the FILE Menu (Top Left of Screen next to the word IMovie) click on NEW PROJECT

Step 4:  Name your Project "(Your Last Name) Marquis P (2,3,4,8,9)"

Step 5:  Drag your Music File into the WorkSpace (Upper Left Area of your IMovie Program Screen), it should create a Green Box.  Click the little white button with a settings wheel to adjust the clip or trim it down.

Step 6:  Drag your Image File(s) into the Green Music Box within the WorkSpace.  Use the upper left hand Black Box (Crop Symbol) to adjust the way each picture is viewed during the.  Use the lower Blue Box with a settings wheel to adjust the length of the picture in the movie and add effects to the picture(s).

Step 7:  Click the Preview Arrows (Left Lower Middle of the screen below the WorkSpace) to see what your finished Movie will look like at any step of this process.

Step 8:  Click the small "T" button under the Preview Screen to add Titles to your work.  You can add them before images, on images or at the end.  Make sure you complete the TEXT sections prior to clicking DONE!

Step 9:  Click the small "Box" to the right of the "T" button to add Transitions between images and Titles.

Step 10:  Use any additional functions you might know about in IMovie.  Above steps are just the basics.  This is your Project!  Make it UNIQUE!

Step 11:  Click the SHARE Menu and Select EXPORT MOVIE.  Make sure you EXPORT your movie to the Desktop so you can find the finished file.

Step: 12:  Open Your Google DRIVE and find the UPLOAD Button.  Click it and Find the Movie FILE you just created.  UPLOAD your Movie to your Google Drive.  Once it has finished uploading, Click the SHARE Button and add my Email Address for credit.  You must also Click the GET SHAREABLE LINK Button in the Upper Right Hand Corner of the SHARE Box.  Highlight the Link Created and use the COMMAND-C to Copy it!

Step 13:  Open the Class Google+ Page and use COMMAND-V to Paste the Link to your IMovie Marquis project to the Post for this assignment.  You must also put a link to this video on your Weebly Web Page for Credit.

Step 14:  You should review at least 2-3 other Movies from your peers and hit REPLY on the Google+ Group!  


Name Your Project "(Last Name) Marquis CS P?"

Grading Rubric:
  1. Within Time Limit = 30 points
  2. Clear Pictures = 30 points
  3. Titles = 30 points
  4. Appropriate Music = 30 points
  5. Effects / Transitions = 30 points
  6. GDrive Shared = 30 points
  7. Creative (Subjective - Mr. S) = 20 points
Total Score = x/200 points

Here are links to my Big Daddy Productions 2013 I and BDP 2103 II movies as examples!


- Mr S.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014



Today we will Create a Journal Entry on Habit #1 of Highly Effective People (Covey) and start working with IMovie:

We will start today by creating a journal entry after discussing 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.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to review all 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Covey)!

PROMPT: 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? 
(Please write at least 4-5 Sentences about the PROMPT above using proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.  You must restate the PROMPT in your own words as part of your entry.)

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.

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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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