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21st Century Tech

21st Century Tech
 
 
Course Description:
 
Want to learn more about technology?  Then this is the course for you!
 
In 21st Century Tech, you will learn about a variety of technologies and how they impact you now and how they will continue to do so in the future!

Course topics include: buying a computer, online communication, social networking, blogging, cell phones, computer crimes, hacking, careers in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

This class features independent research, group work, debates, discussions, and videos... you will even write your own blog!  
 
If you have an idea about something related to technology that you want to discuss, bring it up!
 
To learn more about how this class runs, check out the graphic syllabus.
 
 
Class Files:
Buying a Computer:
 
 
 
 
Online Communication:
 
 
 
 
Cell Phones:
 
 
Hacking:
 
 
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Friday 4-20-18
Posted 4/19/2018 at 2:30:40 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Get your anticipation guide WS and article from yesterday out of the tray. Is there any “proof” you can add under any of the numbers based on what you already know?


Today we will…

Meet in groups with people who read different sections.  The goal is to discuss and write "proof" under each true/false statement on the whole worksheet to explain why YOU think it's true or false, including evidence from the article. When finished, return it to the tray.


Return to your KWL Chart in Google Classroom and add anything you learned today about hacking and keeping your info safe in the "L" section. DO NOT turn it in yet. You will continue to add to it as we learn more!


Goal:

Identify why and how hackers steal information in an effort to protect your own info.

Thursday 4-19-18
Posted 4/19/2018 at 11:15:39 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

  • Stores and companies are hacked all the time. Do you know of one that has been hacked recently? Find some details online and be ready to share!

  • Have you or someone you know had personal info stolen while shopping - or been involved in any other type of identity theft?

Today we will...

Respond to an anticipation guide jigsaw activity with an article called: Do You Ever Shop Anywhere? Congratulations: Your Data Will Be Hacked.


Answer true/false questions before reading. Then, as you read, change your answers if you change your mind. Just be sure to put "proof" as to why you think it's true or false!

 

Return to your KWL Chart in Google Classroom and add anything you learned today about hacking and keeping your info safe in the "L" section.


Goal:

Identify why and how hackers steal information in an effort to protect your own info.

Wednesday 4-18-18
Posted 4/17/2018 at 2:33:45 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Meet with your group and get ready to present if you have not yet done so!

Today we will...

Participate in and/or watch our distracted driving presentations!

 

Complete the assignment, "What will YOU do?" in Google Classroom.

 

Use a KWL Chart to determine what we know, and want to know about hacking and keeping our info safe.


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

  • Share an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.

Tuesday 4-17-18
Posted 4/16/2018 at 2:22:59 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

If your group has not yet presented, meet with your group members and decide if you can go today without the Seniors who are on the fieldtrip. Then, do any last minute preparation and adjustments to accommodate their absences. 

Today we will...

Participate in and/or watch our distracted driving presentations!

 

Color with relaxing music to destress from the testing this week. :)


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

  • Share an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.

Monday 4-16-18
Posted 4/13/2018 at 2:26:27 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Meet with your group and continue to prepare for your presentation. Is your visual all set to go? If you want me to print your facts, please let me know!

Today we will...

Participate in and/or watch our first few presentations!


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

  • Prepare and share an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.

Friday 4-13-18
Posted 4/12/2018 at 2:24:27 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Return to your Distracted Driving Project in Google Classroom. Add facts to educate your audience and/or suggestions for how someone can minimize distracted driving.

Today we will...

Watch the first minute or so of another student's project as an example of a visual.

Meet in groups to plan for and create your visual. If you want me to print your facts, please let me know! First presentations will be Monday!


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

  • Prepare an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.

Thursday 4-12-18
Posted 4/11/2018 at 2:30:40 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Return to the distracted driving app assignment. If you were absent, do Part 1 before moving on. If you were here, move on to Part 2 after getting your paper out of the tray!


Today we will...

Go over the requirements for the Distracted Driving Project.


Watch the first minute or so of another student's project as an example of a visual.


Get started on research while considering your role and how you will best engage your audience!


Goals:

Recognize unsafe driving situations and come up with ways to reduce distracted driving for yourself and the people you care about.

Wednesday 4-11-18
Posted 4/10/2018 at 2:29:58 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Have you heard of distracted driving apps? Do you know of anyone who uses one? If your parents knew about them, do you think they would make you use one? Would they use one themselves?


Today we will...

Watch a video about two police officers to continue our discussion of inattentional blindness and situational awareness. We will talk about the power of expectations, the illusion of memory, and we will revisit multitasking… according to your survey results, 82% of you in THIS class said that you can multitask. Hmmm...


Watch a video about apps that shut out distractions.


Participate in an activity called: "Distracted Driving Apps - Is there one out there that has it all?" During this activity, you will research one app in particular, share your research, and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of these apps. Lastly, come up with the best combination of features for this type of app.


Goals:

Come up with ways to reduce distracted driving for yourself and the people you care about.

Tuesday 4-10-18
Posted 4/9/2018 at 2:49:39 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

How did your “homework” go? Did you run into anyone?


In yesterday’s podcast, the expert mentioned “situational awareness” as something we are increasingly lacking. What is situational awareness? Do you agree that we are lacking it more and more? Explain.

Today we will...

Continue our discussion of distracted driving, including your responses to yesterday’s survey and personal experiences. Do you have any experiences you want me to add to the list?

Watch two videos. One about the little warning signs life sends you and another about attention.


Start to gather info on your own for a group project. (Research shows that teaching others about it reduces the frequency of distracted driving!)


Check out the links below for lots more info. You are encouraged to explore further on your own, too! Tip: You might want to start a Google Doc to gather and organize info you find especially interesting/helpful.

Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

  • Conduct research and determine which info is most relevant.

Monday 4-9-18
Posted 3/29/2018 at 12:45:01 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Check out this infographic about texting and driving. Do you agree with their findings about young driver distractions?


Today we will...

Play this game from Head'sUp from Toyota and Discovery Education to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. Play twice if you have time, taking notice of your scores.


After playing, consider your answers to the following:

  1. Did you get better with practice?

  2. Do you think your "driving" would improve if you could play with a partner? Explain.

  3. How does this apply (or does it) to real life?

**Please be aware that regardless of your results, experts say you should NOT attempt to use your phone while driving. You do not get a "do over" in real life!


Take this survey before listening to a podcast called, “Distracted is the New Drunk” from Note to Self.


Goal:

Consider the dangers of distracted driving.

Thursday 3-29-18
Posted 3/29/2018 at 10:23:58 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

1. Do you use periods in your text messages?

2. What is code-switching (if you don't know, look it up)?

3. Do you find it difficult or easy to code-switch?

Read over an article from Quartz titled, "There's a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry."

 

Today we will...

Discuss bell work.

 

Go over two choices for what to do next: 

1. Return to the text abbreviation worksheet. Do you speak "Text Talk" and

write messages to each other using text talk.

2. Recognize and translate informal and formal style writing.


Goals:

  • Understand the term code switching and determine how you use it in your life.

  • Communicate using text talk and/or practice code switching.

Wednesday 3-28-18
Posted 3/27/2018 at 2:40:44 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

If you are a driver, answer all 3 questions. If you are not, start with question 2 below.

  1. If your car insurance company could collect info about your driving through your cell phone, would that be okay with you?

    1. What if it meant you could get discounts for being a safe driver?

  2. Would it be ok with you if info about which apps you use on your phone was gathered and sold without your name attached?

    1. Would it be okay if you benefited in some way?

    2. What kind of benefit would be worth it?

  3. What other info would be worth sharing if it meant you benefitted in some way?

Today we will...

Read this story from The Guardian about John and his smartphone and discuss bell work.


Talk about "app permissions" and what they mean for us. We will watch two short videos to learn more:

Check out this Mobile Security Tip Card from Homeland Security.

 

**Finish and turn in your Letter to Grandma_Part 2 before moving on!


Fill in the text abbreviation worksheet. Do you speak "Text Talk"?


Goals:

  • Determine what various app permissions mean and how they may impact you.

  • Decipher meanings of various online communication abbreviations.

Tuesday 3-27-18
Posted 3/26/2018 at 2:15:10 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Look over this Military Lingo article. Which terms do you find interesting?

Today we will:

Return to the Cell Phone WS we started yesterday. Complete the presentation and watch the video mentioned in yesterday’s blog post.


Discuss how language in different groups (the military, for example), changes over time.

Complete the Google Classroom assignment: Which Cell Phone Plans are Cheapest?


Goals:

  • Interpret cell phone features, distinguish variation in cell phone plan prices, and share what you find.

  • Understand that culture changes language.

Monday 3-26-18
Posted 3/23/2018 at 2:28:41 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Return to the document in Google Classroom that corresponds with the podcast we were listening to on Friday. Finish any questions you did not answer.


Today we will...

Discuss bell work.


Start the topic of cell phones. A cell phone's features are its set of capabilities... in other words, what it can do. Read this Wikipedia page about mobile phone features.


Research online to complete the Cell Phone WS. (You may use the link above, but should also look further on your own.)


When finished, we will complete a presentation together using what you found.


Watch, pause, and discuss the video: Smartphones Explained.


Complete the Google Classroom assignment: Which Cell Phone Plans are Cheapest?


Goals:

  • Consider how your screen usage impacts your life and what, if anything, you plan on doing about it.

  • Interpret cell phone features, distinguish variation in cell phone plan prices, and share what you find.

Friday 3-23-18
Posted 3/22/2018 at 2:27:24 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Would you rather have a broken phone or a broken bone?

How much would I have to pay you to lock your phone in a cabinet for a week?

 

Answer the first 5 questions in the Google Classroom doc: Irresistible by Design.


Today we will...

Listen to a podcast from All Tech Considered called: Irresistible by Design: It's no accident you can't stop looking at the screen. As we listen, we will respond to prompts in the doc and pause to discuss - hopefully! ;)


Goal:

Consider how your screen usage impacts your life and what, if anything, you plan on doing about it.

Thursday 3-22-18
Posted 3/22/2018 at 10:47:46 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

I hope you enjoyed your snow day yesterday! :) Read over today and yesterday's posts.


Today we will...

Follow up on our social media debates, starting with a clip from the show Modern Family and ending with a discussion of a "cell phone parking lot."


Read and briefly discuss transition words in an effort to make sure our Letters to Grandma flow between topics

 

Respond to Grandma's latest letter. Now she wants to know about email and social media!


Goals:

  • Form an opinion and discuss your thoughts on issues related to social media.
  • Show what you know about email and various social media sites/apps.
Wednesday 3-21-18
Posted 3/20/2018 at 2:45:57 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Review what you know about social media.

  • What is it exactly?

  • How is it different than other online communication?

  • What are some examples and how can different groups of people use them?

Today we will...

Read about transition words and how they are effectively used.


Respond to Grandma's latest letter. Now she wants to know about email and social media!


Goal:

Show what you know about email and various social media sites/apps.

Tuesday 3-20-18
Posted 3/19/2018 at 2:10:34 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about social media in YOUR life.

  • Do you feel like it would have a positive or negative impact to eliminate social media from your life?

  • What about decreasing the use of it, but not eliminating it completely?

OR

  • If you are not a social media user, how COULD it benefit you to use it?

Today we will...

Continue with our debates.


Watch videos arguing either side of Debate A - Does social media have a negative impact on the way we communicate face-to-face in the real world?


Take polls using Google Classroom to determine how the class feels on each of the debates overall.


Goal:

Form an opinion and discuss your thoughts on issues related to social media.

Monday 3-19-18
Posted 3/16/2018 at 2:19:22 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

No need to log in! Gather your debate materials and meet in your groups. I will give you copies of the Debate Rules and Rubric.


Today we will...

Finalize debate preparation with group members!


Debate our social media topics!


Goals:

Effectively debate a topic related to social media.

Friday 3-16-18
Posted 3/15/2018 at 2:19:33 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Continue working on your debate paper. Is there any more you could add before meeting with your group (even if you got 10/10)...?

 

Remember: The group with the best evidence usually wins the debate!

  • Could you find better evidence?

    • "According to __, __% believe/saw/agree ___"

  • Can you think of a better question to ask the opposing side... one that might really stump them?

    • "If you were ___, would you want ___"

  • Could you add more to your conclusion?

    • Restate your main idea along with the best reasons and evidence.

Today we will...

Finish our own "Building a Debate" papers. If you want me to update your grade after bell work, bring your paper up!


Go over the requirements of the group as a refresher.


Meet with groups and finalize plans.


Debates on MONDAY!


Goal:

Gather and share materials to debate an issue related to social media.

Thursday 3-15-18
Posted 3/15/2018 at 9:26:20 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Read about cyber security on the "Tip Sheet: Basic Tips & Advice."

For more info, click the menu tab at the top right.


Today we will...

Go over the "Building a Debate" paper.


Research for Round 2 of our Online Communication Debates!


Remember, you will have two grades: one for your individual research and the other for your group's grade. Make sure you turn your research in at the end of class today for points!

 

If you finish before class ends, check out more from All Tech Considered (link in yesterday's post) and/or check out videos from ColdFusion TV!


Goal:

Gather materials to debate an issue related to social media.

Wednesday 3-14-18
Posted 3/13/2018 at 2:44:30 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about the following and be ready to discuss.

  1. Do you have a dream car? Do your friends?

  2. Do you think the answer would be different for teens depending on where they live (cities, suburbs, rural areas)? Explain.

  3. Have you ever used social media to get a ride? Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?

Today we will...

Listen to a story by All Tech Considered called Teens Use Twitter to Thumb Rides.


Finish sharing our social media research and watch a short video about each.

  • This should finish up your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom with a total of 16 (not including the one you shared).

  • If you do not have 16 because of absences, write me a note at the top of the document as a reminder for me to check attendance as I grade yours. Thanks! :)

With remaining time, plug in some headphones and listen to a story of your choice by All Tech Considered.


Goals:

  • Consider how social media is changing the way teens travel.

  • Share what you learned and form opinions on various social media sites and apps.

Tuesday 3-13-18
Posted 3/12/2018 at 2:26:59 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Do you want to be famous? Why or why not?


Today we will...

Watch, listen and discuss online privacy using:

Return to the discussion of how you can protect your privacy online in Google Classroom. We’ve covered adjusting your privacy settings. Now, what can you add based on today's class?


Continue to share research on various social media sites and apps. After each, we will watch a short video. As your classmates share, fill in your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom.


Goals:

  • Consider how social media impacts people and their privacy.

  • Explain how YOU can have more control over your online presence.

  • Share what you learned and form opinions on various social media sites and apps.

Monday 3-12-18
Posted 3/9/2018 at 1:44:17 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

  • You don't have to share specifics, but did you ever post something online you wish you didn't?

  • What did you learn from the experience?

It's ok to make mistakes. Check out Maya Angelou's quote.


Today we will...

Discuss bell work.


Similar to our activity last class, think about these comments as you read the linked article below. Do you agree or disagree?

  1. What you post on social media can make you a target for a crime.

  2. Facebook can't access your info unless you're logged in.

  3. The U.S. is at the forefront of privacy monitoring and privacy legislation.

  4. If you're experiencing issues with your info getting out there, it's your own fault.

Article Link: Facebook and Your Privacy: Who sees the data you share on the biggest social network?


Continue to share research on various social media sites and apps. After each, we will watch a short video. As your classmates share, fill in your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom.


Goals:

  • Consider how social media may impact your future.

  • Share what you learned and form opinions on various social media sites and apps.

Friday 3-9-18
Posted 3/8/2018 at 1:39:08 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Write your opinions about the truth to the article, "One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete." See the paper for more details.


Today we will...

Discuss bell work.


Continue to share research on various social media sites and apps. After each, we will watch a short video. As your classmates share, fill in your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom.


Goal:

  • Consider how social media may impact your future.

  • Share what you learn, form opinions, and record info on various social media sites and apps.

Thursday 3-8-18
Posted 3/7/2018 at 2:08:51 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Read about a school in California that monitors its students on social media.


Today we will...

Discuss bell work.

 

Share research on various social media sites and apps. After each, we will watch a short video. As your classmates share, fill in your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom.


Goal:

Share what you learn, form opinions, and record info on various social media sites and apps.

Wednesday 3-7-18
Posted 3/6/2018 at 1:42:02 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Go to Google Classroom and return to your assignment: Social Media: What's it all about?


Today we will...

Review the social media categories and continue to research a particular social media site/app.


Begin to share our research. After each, we will watch a short video. As your classmates share, fill in your "Social Media by Category" assignment in Google Classroom.


Goals:

  • Gather and share research on a particular social media site/app.

  • Categorize various social media sites and apps.

Tuesday 3-6-18
Posted 3/5/2018 at 2:14:07 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Get your paper out of the tray from yesterday. Then, think about how news stories spread across the Internet.


Today we will...

Finish the video we started to watch yesterday and revisit the question: How can you tell if what you see/read online is true? Then, consider the question: How can a computer algorithm tell if something is true?


Check out links added to Google Classroom with up-to-date social media stats.


Finish our interactive Nearpod presentation about social media - Do you use something you don't think a lot of other people use, but might be interested in?

Begin to research a particular social media site/app.


Goals:

  • Consider how "fake news" can impact what we think and more.

  • Conduct research to learn more about a specific social media platform.

Monday 3-5-18
Posted 3/5/2018 at 7:50:40 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]
I hope you enjoyed your snow day! Please see Friday's post for today's plans.
Friday 3-2-18
Posted 3/1/2018 at 1:45:31 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

How do you most often communicate with friends? Is it different than how you communicate with your family? How so?


Today we will...

Watch and discuss the video on yesterday’s blog post. As we do, use the pros/cons graphic organizer to collect your thoughts on the topic.


Do an interactive Nearpod presentation about social media - What all does it include? Do you use something you don't think a lot of other people use, but might be interested in?


Goals:

  • Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!

  • Consider how "fake news" can impact what we think and more.

  • Understand how social media came about.

Thursday 3-1-18
Posted 2/28/2018 at 3:00:53 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Click the links to take the polls about yesterday's debates. What do you really think?

Should there be legal consequences for improper nettiquette?


Should organizations such as schools and businesses be allowed to censor the internet?


Today we will...

Finish our Online Communication Debates.


Take the final poll:

Should people have the right to privacy, even on something that is as public as the Internet?

Check out this article called, "Using Your Computer at Work: Employee Rights" by LawInfo. After reading it and hearing our debate about online privacy, what are your thoughts?

Watch a video about Apple vs. The FBI to learn a little more about the right to privacy. (If you're wondering how this news story played out, click here.)


Goals:

Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!

Wednesday 2-28-18
Posted 2/26/2018 at 2:49:39 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Get your debate papers and meet in your groups to do any last minute preparations.


Today we will...

Briefly meet in debate groups.


Debate Online Communication topics!


Goal:

Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!

Monday 2-26-18
Posted 2/23/2018 at 2:42:20 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Find your "Building a Debate" paper and look it over. Get ready to share what you have with your group.


Today we will...

Discuss how the groups will work and how you will be graded.


Meet in debate groups. By the end of your meeting, you should be ready to debate! In your meeting, you should...

  • Decide who is responsible for what.

    • Who is doing the opening statement?

    • Who is asking the questions?

    • Who is answering the questions?

    • Who is doing the closing statement?

  • Work together to make sure that each member has the most useful info your group came up with!

  • Write down notes (statements, questions, etc.) to use while you debate!

Online Communication Debates WEDNESDAY!


Goal:

Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!

Friday 2-23-18
Posted 2/23/2018 at 11:45:12 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Change of plans... We'll get back to the debates next week.

 

Bell Work:

Open your "Explore the Truth" Google doc.


Today we will...

Discuss what we found about the social media posts we looked into the other day.

 

Take some time to log off the computers, seperate ourselves from everything going on outside this room and relax. :)

 

Goals:

Discuss the evaluation of online sources and take some time to decompress.

Thursday 2-22-18
Posted 2/21/2018 at 2:52:38 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Look over your returned "Building a Debate" paper. See if you can add anything based on my comments. If you do add something and want more points, bring it to me and I'll adjust your grade.


Today we will...

Finish up individual research.


Discuss how the groups will work and how you will be graded.


Meet in groups and share your thoughts and what you found. Decide who will be responsible for what and figure out what evidence fits best where.


REMINDER: Be careful not to discuss your strategies in front of your opponents! :)

The goal is to be ready to debate TOMORROW! You should know who is responsible for each part (opening statement, asking questions, answering questions, and closing statement). If a group member is struggling with his/her part, help out!


Goals:

  • Gather information to debate a topic related to online communication.

  • Help organize a debate for an online communication topic.

Wednesday 2-21-18
Posted 2/20/2018 at 2:22:28 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

What does a good argument look like?

It has lots of facts (real facts, not fake news facts) to back up claims.

 

Today we will...

Conduct research individually to prepare for a debate. You should not worry about who is in which group yet. Working separately at first builds stronger arguments once group members come together. At the end of class, turn your paper into the tray.

 

If you have extra time, return to yesterday’s assignment in Google Classroom and/or do a Go-On Activity.

 

Goal:

Gather information to debate a topic related to online communication.

Tuesday 2-20-18
Posted 2/20/2018 at 10:52:41 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

What are THREE ways you can check to see if something you read online is "fake news" ...can you remember three of the ten we went over last class? Share with your neighbor.


Change in today’s plans:

So last weeks fake news article didn't turn out as planned. In the end it was still questionable so I was already thinking we should revisit the topic of fake news. Then, on Wednesday, the horrible tragedy in Florida happened and suddenly there was a flood of emotionally charged and politically charged content online.

We are going to explore some of the things you may have seen online since it happened, but first does anyone have anything they want to say about it or ask about it?


With at least 5 minutes left in class, we will…


Define the word: debate.

  • What does it mean to debate?

  • Do you think the candidates in presidential debates prepare what they are going to say?

Go over how to "Build a Debate" so that when you get your topic tomorrow, you can get to work!


Goals:

  • Continue to evaluate online sources.

  • Define debate and consider how it corresponds with the evaluation of online sources.

Wednesday 2-14-18
Posted 2/13/2018 at 1:39:42 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

How can you tell if you have a healthy heart?

 

Today we will...

Discuss ways to be heart-healthy, using the questions as a guide. Find the questions by clicking here OR use a paper copy in class.

 

Create a collage or puzzle about heart health and/or perform some virtual open heart surgery (click the link above for more info on these activities).

 

Goal:

Consider how YOU can keep your heart healthy!

Tuesday 2-13-18
Posted 2/12/2018 at 1:15:19 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

How can you tell if something is "fake news" as you scroll through your social media feeds and/or come across articles online? Discuss with your neighbors.


Today we will...

Continue our interactive Nearpod on the topic of Online Communication.


With remaining time, return to your "Letter to Grandma" and/or check out more articles on Snopes to see if Internet rumors have any truth to them.


Goal:

Come up with strategies to determine if what you read is true or not.

Monday 2-12-18
Posted 2/9/2018 at 1:56:48 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Check out the infographic: Is Your Computer Killing You? TIP: Click on it to enlarge and then pan around using the scroll bars to read it!


Today we will...

Go over bell work.


Start our interactive Nearpod on the topic of Online Communication.


With remaining time, return to your "Letter to Grandma" and/or check out Snopes to see which Internet rumors have any truth to them.


Goals:

  • Consider your computer habits and how they may be impacting your health.

  • Explain various features, advantages/disadvantages, and dos/don'ts of email.

  • Begin to explore how to evaluate an online source.

Friday 2-8-18
Posted 2/8/2018 at 12:49:06 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about someone in your life who isn't very good with technology. It might be a grandparent, a friend, or even your pet...hehehe. :)


Today we will...

Check out the assignment in Google Classroom called: Letter to Grandma. Today, instead of taking a test, you will write a letter! First, read the letter that she wrote to you and then you should write a letter back, answering all the questions. See the rubric for details!

P.S. If you would prefer to write to someone other than "Grandma," you're welcome to do so.


Goal:

Show what you know about what we've learned in class so far!

Thursday 2-8-18
Posted 2/8/2018 at 7:50:37 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]
I hope you enjoyed your SNOW DAY!
 
Scroll down to yesterday's post for today's plans.
Wednesday 2-7-18
Posted 2/6/2018 at 1:52:23 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

What is APR? Find out and tell your neighbor! Together, determine what it has to do with buying a computer.


Today we will...

Revisit saving for your computer. You will complete an anticipation guide and we will read an article about buying it with a credit card. Lastly, you should calculate the cost of credit and include what you find in your assignment.


Goal:

Explore the real cost of buying a computer using a credit card.

Tuesday 2-6-18
Posted 2/5/2018 at 2:49:14 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Revisit your "Buying a Computer" project. Look near the bottom where you should find the total of how much your computer will cost, including extras and software.


Today we will...

Talk about a guy named Dave and how he saved for his computer. Then, you should follow Dave's example to explain how long it would take you to "Save for it!"


When finished, make sure you're finished with all class assignments (see me if you're unsure).

 

Then, work on a "Go-On" Activity if you have extra class time.


Goals:

  • Determine how long it would take to save for the computer you want.

  • Use class time effectively!

Monday 2-5-18
Posted 2/2/2018 at 12:46:32 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Open your "Buying a Computer" project.


Today we will...

Go over a few more slides, complete the projects and turn them in!

 

When finished, choose a "Go-On" Activity. I recommend "Color-by-Vocab" or Code Combat! :)


Goal:

Use what you've learned about computer hardware and software to follow the steps of buying a computer.

Friday 2-2-18
Posted 2/1/2018 at 1:57:22 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Check out the links below to see examples of comparison charts.

Today we will...

Do a little demo on how to work with tables in Google Docs.


Continue to work on the project: "Buying a Computer."


Go over a few more slides and complete steps 3 and 4 (#9-12). You may need to return to #7 and #8 first.


Goal:

Use what you've learned about computer hardware and software to follow the steps of buying a computer.

Thursday 2-1-18
Posted 1/31/2018 at 2:55:06 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Click the link, scroll down, and check out this infographic: Paper is Eco Friendly


Today we will...

Discuss software - how to decide what to buy and if you should buy.


Begin working on the "Buying a Computer" project. After we discuss each step, you should complete that portion of your project.


As you work, you may reference the class files to the left as well as your past assignments:

  • Hardware vs. Software

  • Buying a Computer - The Extras

  • Venn Diagram: Inkjet vs. Laser Printers

You may also use these links:

Goal:

Use what you've learned about computer hardware and software to follow the steps of buying a computer.

Wednesday 1-31-18
Posted 1/30/2018 at 2:24:15 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Click the link in Google Classroom: Computer Basics - Check YOUR Understanding. (It will look like a quiz, but no worries, I'm not grading it as a quiz!)


Today we will...

Briefly discuss bell work.


Continue with the presentation about computer extras together. Please share what you have and add to your table as we go. You will turn it in for a grade when we're done.


Watch a video called: Inkjet vs. Laser Printers - Which one is right for you? As we watch, compare and contrast them using the VENN Diagram worksheet.


Watch a video called: The Future of 3D Printing Will Blow Your Mind! and if there's time, we'll watch another one called: Giant 3D Printers Make 10 Houses in Only a Day! AND if there's even more time, there are some videos at the end of this second one that are worth a watch!


Goals:

  • Review computer hardware including keyboards, mice, and other extras.

  • Compare and contrast printers in an effort to decide which would be best for you.

Tuesday 1-30-18
Posted 1/29/2018 at 2:34:26 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Get your paper from yesterday out of the tray. Continue looking up various types of computer keyboards and mice. Are you surprised by how many different types there are? Be ready to share!


If you finish before we are ready to move on, see what you can find out about various types of the following:

  • monitors

  • sound input

  • sound output

  • printers

  • laptop or tablet cases or bags

  • any other "extras" you might buy along with a computer!

Today we will...

Watch the video: The Greatest Story Ever Told Part II by ColdFusion.


Complete a presentation about computer extras together. Please share what you have and add to your table as we go. You will turn it in for a grade when we're done.


Goals:

  • Understand more about the history of computers.

  • Explore computer "extras," specifically keyboards and mice.

Monday 1-29-18
Posted 1/29/2018 at 11:33:09 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Open the Follow-Up Questions in Google Classroom that  you were working on at the end of our last class.


Today we will...

Review the activity follow-up questions. Feel free to add and/or edit your answers as we discuss them.


Watch the the following to reinforce what we've learned.

 

Finish our Nearpod presentation including an article discussion about RAM, a discussion about computer ports, and taking a survey.


Research some of the "extras" that you may need to purchase when buying a computer. Specifically, keyboards and mice... or is it mouses...? Fill out tables (with or without a partner) and be ready to share!


Goals:

  • Explain how the processor works with RAM and secondary storage.

  • Consider what computer ports may be necessary if you were to buy a computer.

  • Explore computer "extras," specifically keyboards and mice.

Friday 1-26-18
Posted 1/25/2018 at 1:03:24 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Return to the assignment: Vocab First. Finish it up and add pictures if you haven’t already done so.


Then, talk with your neighbor about what impacts your computer's speed. Think about the highway analogy... what is the computer's "speed limit" and how many "lanes" does it have? What else might impact your computer's speed?


Today we will...

Do an activity where we get up and move to demonstrate how a processor works with RAM and virtual memory.


Return to our interactive Nearpod presentation.


Answer a few follow-up questions in Google Classroom.


Goal:

Explain how the processor works with RAM and secondary storage, including virtual memory.

Thursday 1-25-18
Posted 1/24/2018 at 1:51:25 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

  1. What is the difference between computer input and output devices?

  2. What are some examples?

  3. Did you think of an output device that cannot also be an input device?

Today we will...

Begin an interactive Nearpod presentation about buying a computer, specifically the hardware - what are your needs?


Complete the Google Classroom assignment: Vocab First.


Goals:

  • Differentiate between computer input and output devices, describing some in more detail.

  • Understand more about computer hardware and what you would want/need if buying a computer.

Wednesday 1-24-18
Posted 1/23/2018 at 2:46:00 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Talk to your neighbor about:

  1. The difference between computer hardware and software (and software vs. web-based applications)... share examples of each.

  2. The difference between computer input and output devices... if you don't know, look it up! :)

Today we will...

Watch a video called The Greatest Story Ever Told (Where it all began) by ColdFusion


Research a type of software you would like to have and answer the questions in the "Extend" section of the assignment: Software vs. Hardware.

...One more question: Is what you found software, web-based, or something in between?


Goals:

  • Learn a bit more about the history of computers.

  • Explain the difference between software, hardware, and web-based apps AND give examples of each.

Tuesday 1-23-18
Posted 1/22/2018 at 2:10:55 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

  1. Return to the Google Classroom assignment: Software vs. Hardware. Fill in the table we started working on yesterday.

  2. Look at each of your answers. Is what you typed software or a web-based app? Do you know the difference? If not, look it up!

  3. Below the table, type all the differences you can think of between software and web-based apps. Can't think of many? Talk with your neighbor!

Today we will...

Complete a class Venn Diagram on software vs. web-based apps.


Go over the rest of the assignment and determine what our computers are working with in terms of hardware and software.


Research a type of software you would like to have and answer the questions in the "Extend" section...


...One more question: Is what you found software, web-based, or something in between?


Goal:

Explain the difference between software, hardware, and web-based apps AND give examples of each.

Monday 1-22-18
Posted 1/22/2018 at 11:17:21 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Log in and read the blog. Hey! Look at that! You're almost done already! Read below to finish up...


Today we will...

Join our 21st Century Tech Google Classroom. Here is our class code: ixl5gi


Check out the first post in our Google Classrom - Evolution of Technology. You are welcome to respond to the questions in the comments!

 

Explore computer history. You may go to this Timeline of Computer History or the Computer History Museum's Timeline page here. Share anything interesting you find with your neighbor.

 

Get started on the Software vs. Hardware assignment in Google Classroom.


Goals:

  • Join our Google Classroom.

  • Learn and share something about computer history.

  • Understand the difference between hardware and software.

Friday 1-19-18
Posted 1/18/2018 at 1:42:19 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

WELCOME!!!

When you come to class, the first thing you should do is log on and check the blog. This is where you will find bell work, the plan for the day, and the daily goal...


Bell Work:

Fill out the Student Survey. Then, log in, navigate to our class website, and check it out.


Today we will...

Start with a "get-to-know-ya" activity called String a Story!


Begin to go over classroom procedures.


Make sure to follow the end of class procedures.


Goals:

  • Navigate to the class website and understand that when you get to class, you should log on and check the blog.

  • Get to know classmates a little better.

  • Begin to understand how our classroom runs.

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