Thursday, May 25, 2017

National Security Agency (NSA) DAY OF CYBER Program

Today everyone will log into the LifeJourney website and start to discover possible jobs in the field of cyber-security.  Please go to the following website, and use the Class Code below to sign-up. ​This is a website sponsored by the NSA to help students learn about possible future careers there.  You can sign in anytime and complete the levels on your own, outside class.  You will participate in the NSA Day Of Cyber​.  The NSA Day of CYBER is a free online program that allows students to experience a day in the life of the nation's top cyber-security experts - in just a short amount of time.

LifeJourney™ is an online career simulation experience that empowers students and individuals to test-drive future career opportunities relating to STEM and gain exposure to the skills they'll need to achieve the future they want.

The Class Code is k1j9rar

Have fun with this program, and use the rest of your time to work on anything you might owe me for class.


Mr. S

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Essential "55" Reflection Assignment (MP4)

Today I want you to think about your goals in life. Please review the following video in class: and participate in the discussion afterwards. We will spend time reviewing the Essential "55" by Ron Clark.

Please follow the directions on the worksheet you received in class to complete this project for credit. MAKE SURE YOUR READ ALL OF THE "55" RULES PRIOR TO CHOOSING THREE (3) TO WRITE ABOUT ON THE WORKSHEET. If you do not get a worksheet in class, or you want to complete this at home for any reason, I am providing links to a Google Document copy of the worksheet. You will need to Click the Link to the "Essential 55 Goal Worksheet" and it will open in your Google Drive. Click FILE and MAKE A COPY to create a copy of the worksheet in your own Google Drive. Complete the worksheet and then SHARE it with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs,us) for credit.


Here are the links you will need:

Next week, in class, we will start our unit on research and create Historical Figure Facebook Pages.  Thank you for your time and effort on this worksheet.

- Mr. S

Students will reflect on their goals and talents after viewing a video designed to help them understand how important it is to recognize the power of having dreams and setting realistic goals to achieve them.

Students have also been given instruction on the Essential "55" in most other classes. Students will be able to select, write, and comment on their TOP 3 rules. Students should list why they chose the rules.


Students will also use class time to review the "Essential 55" document, choose their TOP 3 Rules, write each rule, and explain why they chose the rule. Worksheets are due before class ends.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

History of Digital Animation - Substitute Lesson Plan IV (MP4 - 2017)

Today you will learn about the History of Digital Animation.  Please enter class and sign into your Google Accounts (If you are in the Technology Lab).  Begin the class by viewing the following website about PIXAR ANIMATION (Click Here).  Please watch the video on the bottom of the main page ("25 Years of Pixar Animation").  If you do not have access to technology, you may sit quietly and review the following video:  Make sure you take some notes while you watch.

When you are done viewing the video you will discuss, as a class, some of the videos and movies you are familiar with, and how they were made.  Please be specific about the techniques and animation used in the video you just watched.  How has animation changed over the course of history, and where could it be going?  What are some of the technologies used that are new, and how are we using these technologies in class to create our own video clips.  Please review the PIXAR DIGITAL ANIMATION PRESENTATION here.  Show the following PIXAR Animation SHORT FIlm: "That Was So Cute Bird" (Click Here)

When you have completed the discussion, you should open the following Google Document "History of Digital Animation Worksheet"  Make sure you click FILE and MAKE A COPY to put one in your Google Drive.  Make sure you SHARE your COPY with me as soon as you create it, to turn it in.  Then you may follow the directions and complete the research portion of the project.  If you do not have access to a computer or Ipad, please complete the printed copy on your own for homework.  You may turn it in tomorrow.

Finally,  Please spend some time working on your Digital Animation Project.  Make sure you re-read ALL DIRECTIONS, and make sure you are completing the project correctly.  SHARE the project you have created in your Google Drive for credit.

Animation A filmmaking technique where the illusion of motion is created frame-by-frame. The word comes from the Latin word, "anima," meaning "life" or "soul". 

Animator The person who draws the moving character in an animated film. 

Background A flat piece of artwork that is the setting for a moving character in an animated film. A background could be a picture of a forest, a sky, a room, or a castle. 

Cel A clear piece of plastic on which the animator's finished drawings are painted. The cel is clear so that when placed over the background, the animated characters appear to be in a setting. 

Frame An individual still picture on a strip of film. 24 frames equal one second of a motion picture. 

Frame-by-frame The filmmaking technique in animation where each frame is exposed one at a time and the object being photographed is slightly altered for each picture. 

Ink and Paint The step in cel animation where the animator's drawings are placed on cels to be photographed. A drawing is outlined on the front of the cel with black ink, while the back of the cel is painted. 

Kinestasis (Kin-e-sta'-sis) An animation technique using a series of still photographs or artwork to create the illusion of motion. 

Model Sheet A reference sheet for animators that shows a number of different poses of an animated character. The model sheet also shows how characters relate in size to other characters. 

Pixilation (Pik si la' shun) A stop-motion technique in which life-size props or live actors are photographed frame-by-frame. When viewed, they appear to be moving at a fast speed. 

Script The written story of a film that supplies dialogue, camera moves, background, staging and action. 

Squash and Stretch A drawing technique used by animators and originally developed at the Disney Studio to show exaggerated movements in characters. For example, if you wanted a character to jump, you would draw him close to the ground as if 'squashed' and then you would 'stretch' him out as he went into the air. 

Storyboard A "storyboard" is a visual representation of a story. Pictures can be sketched on pieces of paper and pinned to a large board, or they can be drawn on a large piece of paper, comic-book style, to represent scenes in a film. A story sketch should show character, attitude, feelings, entertainment, expressions, type of action, as well as telling the story of what's happening. When you look at a board, it should reflect the feeling of the sequence so the viewer starts to pick up some excitement and stimulation. A story sketch artist at an animation studio us usually an artist who has special interest in illustration, design, appearance, and character. 

 Zoetrope (zo'-e-trop) An early animation device that spins drawings in a revolving drum to create the illusion of motion. Inbetweens Drawings that are in between the drawings that are at the beginning and end poses.

Extremes Drawings that are at the beginning and end of a particular pose.


Scholars Students will learn about the History of Digital Animation through online research and classroom discussion. Scholars will be able to create "mini" animations using an online application.  Scholars will also continue creating the basic drawing that will be used for a future "line-art" digital animation project.  Scholars will send and email to Mr. S ( about the "History of Animation" and discuss what they like, or do not like about the project.  You must write at least 4-5 sentences in paragraph form.  State your position about the project, and provide facts and opinions to defend your position. RESTATE the Question, ANSWER the Question, CITE your Evidence, EXAMPLES of your Evidence in your conclusion.  Make sure you wrap up your thoughts with a SUMMARY sentence.


Scholars will sign into Google Drive as they enter the class.  Scholars will read all directions on this post thoroughly and review the YouTube video about the "History of Digital Animation".  Students will discuss various animation techniques presented in the video.  Students will then complete a History of Digital Animation Worksheet using online resources.  Students may use the balance of time left to work on their own digital animation projects that are previously listed on the Class Assignment Site.


Standards Covered In This Class 
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Digital Animation Made Easy (MP4)

Today you will begin to create a Digital Animation Video Clip. There are many resources for creating digital movies, as listed below. Before class is over, read all directions in this post and complete two tasks: 1. Create and Email a Dvolver Animation Scene to Mr. S for credit. 2. Open Google Slides/PowerPoint on Computer and begin to create a "stick-figure" background scene for your longer digital animation using the draw tools found in each of those programs/applications. Tomorrow you will be using your scene to create a 25-slide (minimum) animated scene. Eventually you will EXPORT your slides as Images (JPEG) and using MS Movie Maker to create a Digital Animation with Music, Titles, and Credits.

When you make animation you have to create each picture on the film.
There are normally 25 pictures per second. When animating we recreate the laws of nature as we are able to relate to the action. However, with animation we can do a lot more than just follow the laws of nature. We can do anything, we can tell the story just as it is in our dreams.

Animation is a tool of communication.
When we animate we must not forget to put idea and intention in the movements. A movement without idea and intention is boring. Another great communication tool is the contrast; fast/slow, backwards/forwards and so on. If we remember this it makes us animate better. So if you want to animate something going up, you think go down first. If you you want to stretch your character, you squash him first. The best thing is to do the movement yourself or make a friend do it so you can study the movement. This also helps you plan your animation. The better you know what to do, the better you can animate it.

See The Animation Section of ANIMWORK (Click Here) for more information about this project.
I Can't Wait, I Want To Make Something Right Now!  Try using to make a mini-animation:  

A Little More Advanced:  Try the ZIMMERTWINS website for a longer animations made easy. You could have them talk to each other, about different things, or create news-style reporting cartoons.

Learn More About It:  How do I learn animation? For those with a school nearby and some time on their hands, it’s no problem. But for those with limited options, here are some resources to help teach yourself animation. And a step-by-step guide:

You Could Also Check Out:  A European partnership created this guide to help teachers learn more about using animation to teach. With some basics in place such as how to create a good story and what tools to use, ANIMWORK puts everything into perspective for any teacher who wants to create his or her own animation.


Step 1: Log into Google or Open Microsoft PowerPoint on your Computer

Step 2: Create NEW Slides Presentation or NEW Presentation in PowerPoint

Step 3: Use the Drawing Tools to make a stick figure scene. Make sure to place specific layers in order and use a variety of colors and styles to make it vibrant.

Step 4: Export you Presentation/Slide as an Image and Upload to Google Drive
Step 5: SHARE your Image with Mr. S ( for credit.

Your project must include at least 30 slides.  It must have at least 3 layers of depth:  Foreground, Middle Ground, Background.  It must have at least 3 things moving during the course of the animation.  Your motion must incorporate LAYERS of movement where items move in-front or behind each other.  You must Upload and SHARE your project with instructor using Google Drive for credit.

Step 1.  Open your project in Google Slides/MS Powerpoint.  (If you created it in Google Slides you must Download it in MS Powerpoint to Export the slides together.

Step 2.  EXPORT your slides as JPEG Image Files to the Desktop.

Step 3.  IMPORT your JPEG Image Files into MS MOVIE MAKER.

Step 4.  Using MS MOVIE MAKER, you must create a Digital Animation "Short-Film" by making each image "flash" for around 1/2-second each.  This will give the impression that the images are animated.  You should add Titles, Credits, and a short burst of music to finish the film.

Step 5.  SAVE MOVIE as an MP4 file, Upload it to Google Drive, and SHARE it with Mr. S for credit.  
Have Fun with this project.  If you would like to know more, here is the original link to 50 more digital animation websites at TEACHTHOUGHT.COM (Click Here)!  Good Luck!
Scholars will learn the basics of Digital Animation.  Scholars will be able to create "mini" animations using an online application.  Scholars will also start creating the basic drawing that will be used for a future "line-art" digital animation project.  Scholars will be able to complete a Constructed Response about the "History of Animation" and discuss what they like, or do not like about the project.
Scholars will sign into Google Drive as they enter the class.  Scholars will read all directions on this post thoroughly and respond to the Constructed Response found on Google Classroom.  Scholars will direct their browsers to DVOLVER and spend time creating a "MINI" animation project.  They must include text and choose backgrounds and themes.  When complete, they will email their project to Mr. S for review.  Scholars will then follow the directions above to begin to create a "line-art" background for a future digital animation project.
Standards Covered In This Class 
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011

Monday, May 15, 2017

Personal Movie Marquis Project (MP4)

Have you ever wanted to make a video to post on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook? With this tutorial, you will be able to add music, transitions and effects to images and video clips in order to make fun videos to share with your friends. You will need to have a Windows computer, and it will helpful to already have a folder with images or video clips, and at least one music file.

You will be making a number of movies as you get older and create presentations for class, family and friends.  Movie Maker is a free program that allows you to upload, edit, add titles and effects, and then publish a movie to send to people.  The more organized you are, the easier it will be to follow the steps below and use this software. 

Watch the following clip on your own to get an idea of what a Movie Marquis is.  You will then choose pictures, music, and effects to create a Personal Movie Marquis (PMM).  Your PMM is a short movie clip (10-15 seconds) that you will add to the end of any other movie you create. 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 is shown with.  A PMM can be used at the end or the beginning of a movie.  You should 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 Soundation for this project.  You may find pictures and other video clips online.

Please create a Personal Movie Marquis in Windows Movie Maker.  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 Soundation.  You may not use commercially available music.  When you have edited the movie and created it, please use the SAVE Movie Function to save the file and the 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 Soundation (You must EXPORT your Music as a .WAV file and place it on the Desktop of your Computer.

Step 1A:  You may need to use AUDACITY (See Windows Computer) to Load and EXPORT your music file from Soundation.  Here is how:

  • Choose Saved File from Soundation on Desktop.
  • Open Audacity and DRAG your Music File into the Audacity Workspace
  • Click FILE and EXPORT as WAV File.  Choose Desktop to save the new file too.  Use New WAV file
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 Windows Movie Maker and using the FILE Menu click on NEW PROJECT

Step 4:  Name your Project "(Your Last Name) Marquis P(?)" and SAVE it to Desktop.

Step 5:  Use  the CHOOSE PHOTOS/VIDEO BUTTON to select video/image files to use.

Step 6:  Use the CHOOSE MUSIC BUTTON to select the audio file you will use.

Step 7:  Use the pointer to place images and pictures in the proper order for the video.

Step 8:  Use toolbars to enter TITLES and Text.

Step 9:  Use toolbars to add effects and transitions.

Step 10:  Save the final file to the DESKTOP.

Step 11:  Upload and SHARE your Final Movie Project using Google Drive.


Grading Rubric:

  1. Within Time Limit = 15 points
  2. Clear Pictures = 15 points
  3. Titles = 15 points
  4. Appropriate Music = 15 points
  5. Effects / Transitions = 15 points
  6. GDrive Shared = 15 points
  7. Creative (Subjective - Mr. S) = 10 points

Total Score = x/100 points

Here are links to my BIG DADDY PRODUCTIONS 2016 Movies:   (FEB)      (SEP) 


- Mr S. 

You could also use this online site to create movies at home:

This is another music file I created in Garageband:


ConceptStudent has a clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey.Student has a fairly clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey.Student has brainstormed his/her message, but no clear focus has emerged.Student has spent little effort on brainstorming and refining his/her message.
OriginalityPresentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness.Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
Use of Graphics and ImagesAll graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content.Most graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content.Some graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content.Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content.
Digital Camera UsePictures are high quality. The main subject is in focus, centered, and of an appropriate size compared to other objects in the picture.Pictures are good quality. The main subject is not quite in focus, but is it is clear what the picture is about.Pictures are of marginal quality.The subject is in focus but it is not clear what the picture is about.No picture taken OR picture of poor quality.
Overall EffectivenessProject includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic.Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic, but is lacking one or two key elements.Project is missing more than two key elements.Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies.

Students will be able to use Windows Movie Maker to create a short (10-15 second) Movie Marquis (Logo). Students will be given an introduction to Windows Movie Maker today. Before we start with Movie Maker, you will watch a short video about Movie Studio Logo’s. Please complete the Google Classroom Assignment.

Project: Each Student will create a Movie Marquis using Windows Movie Maker. You must be able to save your work, export your Movie, and upload it to your Google Drive. You will then SHARE your file with me for credit. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Soundation "Original Music" (MP4)

SOUNDATION PROJECT:  Please follow the directions below to begin creating music with If you have already used this program, it is your obligation in class to help others. 


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 or save them to your desktop. Because other students use these computers, there is no guarantee that your work will be here tomorrow.

SOUNDATION.COM INTRODUCTION:  Open the Application. I have included a short VIDEO from YouTube to help you work independently. Once I have finished the demonstration in class, use your headphones to listen to your work while you create a personal track. Try to create a track that is 20-25 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 Microsoft Movie Maker later in the Marking Period. Make sure it sounds like you want it too. When you are done look under the FILE section to Export Song To Disk as a WAV File and save it. You must upload your file to your GOOGLE DRIVE and SHARE it with MR. S for credit.  Please upload the file to the DROPBOX Link below as well:

When you have finished the project, use the GRADING RUBRIC below to figure out your score on this project. Additional learning should include working on completing the Music Lyric Project listed below, or use SOUNDATION.COM (Link Below) to create another unique song and EXPORT it as a .wav file for use later. Have Fun With This Project!

Step By Step Instructions
  1. Log In To Computer and Go To
  2. Click on STUDIO and select either Flash Version or Chrome Version.
  3. Create Music with at least 3 loops (minimum)
  4. When finished, Click FILE and "Export .WAV File" to your Desktop
  5. Play the file using Media Player and make sure it is at least 20-seconds long for credit.
  6. If you have access to Google Drive, Upload your file to your GDRIVE and SHARE it with Mr. S ( for credit.
  7. Once the file is on your Desktop, Open the Class Assignment Site ( and find the Soundation Project Post.
  8. Click the "MR. Scribner's Dropbox File Link To Upload WAV File" Button
  9. Follow the direction, using your Gmail Address to upload your file for credit.
  10. If you were able to sign into GOOGLE, you must also SHARE your file with me once it is uploaded to your Google Drive.
R - Redo
3 Loops Minimum
3 or more loops used
2 loops used
Only 1 loop used
Not Completed
Loops Blended Correctly
All Loops Sound Correctly Blended
One Loop Is Off Key or Out Of Sequence
Multiple Loops Are Off Key Or Out Of Sequence
Not Completed
File Is Exported As MP3
File Correctly Exported To Desktop
File Exported But Lost
File Not Exported
Not Completed
File Is Uploaded to GDRIVE
File Is Uploaded Correctly
File Is Not Uploaded Correctly
File is SHARED For Credit
File Shared With Instructor Correctly
File Not Shared Correctly
Overall Effort
Scholar worked diligently on the project and has at least a 20-25 second MP3 to use
Scholar included most items, but MP3 is less than 20 seconds long.
Scholar\'s MP3 is too short and lacks more items or was not shared correctly for credit
Project not completed at all

Once you are finished with these steps, you should now CHECK your website.  Once your link is active, you have finished today's assignment. 

SWBAT CREATE a 20-25 second MP3 for use in an upcoming project.  Scholar will use on Windows Destop (Chrome) or similar music production software to create, adjust, save, share, work with an original music arrangement using pre-downloaded LOOPS.


Project:  Scholars will open Soundation and use pre-downloaded LOOPS to create an original music (MP3) project of 20-25 seconds in length.  Scholars who do not bring headphones may complete an alternate project by reading articles about writing lyrics and submitting a Google Document with an original song of some kind.  Scholars must also complete a Constructed Response on Google Classroom about Music and Learning.


Alternate Project:

(Extra Credit for those who already created a Soundation Music Track.)

Open a Google Document or MS Word Document and name it "(YOUR LAST NAME) Music Lyrics (Class Day/Number)".  Read and review the following articles on writing music (like poetry), write your song in the document and SHARE it with MR. S for credit. 



















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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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