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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:
 
 
 
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Tuesday 11-21-17
Posted 11/20/2017 at 2:46:03 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

If there were an app you could install on your phone to minimize distracted driving, would you use it?


Today we will...

Watch a video about apps that shut out distractions.


After this video, you will:

  1. Familiarize yourself with one of the apps mentioned.

  2. Meet up with people who familiarized themselves with a different app and share what you found.

  3. As a group, decide which app is best and come up with ways to improve the best one.


Complete the Google Classroom assignment, “What will YOU do?” 


Goals:

Recognize unsafe driving situations AND select the correct response or reaction to reduce distracted driving in the future.

Monday 11-20-17
Posted 11/17/2017 at 2:26:17 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]
Bell Work:

If your group has not yet presented, meet with your group members for any last minute preparation. 

 

Today we will...

Participate in and/or watch our final distracted driving presentations!

 

Continue our discussion, including personal experiences past students have shared with me. Do you have any to add to the list?

 

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


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.
  • Share an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.
Friday 11-17-17
Posted 11/16/2017 at 1:19:30 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]
Bell Work:

If your group has not yet presented, meet with your group members for any last minute preparation. 

 

Today we will...

Participate in and/or watch our distracted driving presentations!


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.
  • Share an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.
Thursday 11-16-17
Posted 11/15/2017 at 2:40:49 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]
Bell Work:

Meet with your group and continue to prepare for your presentation.

 

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.
Wednesday 11-15-17
Posted 11/14/2017 at 1:01:55 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 tomorrow!


Goals:

  • Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.
  • Prepare an engaging presentation, including a visual, with a specific audience in mind.
Tuesday 11-14-17
Posted 11/13/2017 at 1:33:49 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about the distracted driving game you played yesterday.

  1. Did you get better with practice?

  2. Did your "driving" improve when you worked with someone else?

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

Today we will...

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


Go over the requirements for the Distracted Driving Project and get started!


Goal:

Understand the risks associated with distracted driving.

Monday 11-13-17
Posted 11/10/2017 at 10:04:20 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

What did you learn about app permissions on Friday? If you weren’t here on Friday, ask your neighbor what s/he learned and/or see the links in Friday’s blog post!


Today we will...

Briefly discuss the Mobile Security Tip card from Homeland Security.


Click the links below to find out more about what app permissions mean for YOU and your phone. You are welcome to adjust the settings on your phone as you do!


Play this game from Head'sUp from Toyota and Discovery Education to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions.


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!


Check out these sites for lots more info:

Distracted Driving Laws by State

Distracted Driving from transportation.gov

Ending Distracted Driving is Everyone's Responsibility

CAA Distracted Driving


Goals:

  • Understand and adjust your phone’s app permissions depending on what you’re comfortable with.

  • Begin to consider the dangers of distracted driving.

Friday 11-10-17
Posted 11/9/2017 at 2:25:52 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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


Today we will...

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


When you're finished, check out this Mobile Security Tip Card from Homeland Security while you wait for others to finish up.


**Finish and turn in any missing assignments before moving on!**

Continue working on the Text Talk worksheet.


Goal:

Use text talk to communicate with a classmate!

Thursday 11-9-17
Posted 11/8/2017 at 2:15:13 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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

 

Today we will:

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

Consider your grade. Is there anything you need to finish? If you earned a grade you don't like, earn back points! Just make sure I know you did so I can go back to update your grade!

 

If/when you are all caught up, work on the Text Abbreviation worksheet. Do you speak "Text Talk"?

 

Goals

  • Understand that culture changes language.

  • Identify various text abbreviations.

Wednesday 11-8-17
Posted 11/6/2017 at 2:48:17 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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

 

Today we will...

Discuss bell work... Is it only about price? What if a plan is really cheap but doesn't have the things you want?


Choose what you would like to do next. Only Rule: Use ALL class time productively to learn more about cell phone plans and/or language. (This may mean you will complete both activities below.)


Choice 1:

Mission Possible: Comparing Cell Phone Plans. Here are some links to get you started. Feel free to find other sources on your own as well!


Choice 2:

Text Abbreviation worksheet. Do you speak "Text Talk"?


Goals:

Compare cell phone plans and share what you find.

and/or

Identify and write using various text abbreviations.

Monday 11-6-17
Posted 11/3/2017 at 1:21:46 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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.


Today we will...

Start to discuss cell phones. You should research online to complete the Cell Phone WS. (You may use the link from bell work, 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?


Goal:

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

Friday 11-3-17
Posted 11/2/2017 at 7:20:36 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Figure out how you can be most productive today...


Today we will...

  • Make sure your "Blogging Assignment" and "Letter to Grandma - Part 3" are finished. If you did not publish, log in and call me over! I'll grade it right there! :)

  • Earn back missed points on the Blogging Assignment and let me know if you do so I know to re-grade it.

  • Comment on classmates' blogs... I've added more links!

  • Chose a Go-On Activity. I recommend a typing game found on Portaportal!


Goal:

Make sure your grade is the best it can be!

Thursday 11-2-17
Posted 11/1/2017 at 11:11:14 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Look over the "Letter to Grandma - Part 3" assignment.


Today we will...

Watch and briefly discuss this video: Email Etiquette for Students by Mrs. McCarthy


Discuss and respond to Grandma's latest communication. She is no longer sending letters. Thanks to your help, she's communicating online and sending email! The last thing she wants to know about is blogging.


Check the rubric to ensure you will earn all the points you deserve.


Goal:

Show what you know about blogging and email etiquette.

Wednesday 11-1-17
Posted 10/31/2017 at 2:17:38 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Finalize your blog. Turn your PUBLIC link into Google Classroom if you haven't already.

 

Today we will...

Read our classmates' blogs who don't mind sharing.


Log into our Google accounts to comment... after all, the social sharing aspect of blogging is part of what makes it so much fun!


Continue to add to your own blog if you'd like.

 

Goal:

Create and comment on a blog!

Happy Halloween! :) 10-31-17
Posted 10/30/2017 at 2:15:46 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Find a Blogging Assignment rubric - either a paper copy or in Google Classroom.

 

Today we will...

Go over the rubric together as you check to make sure you've done each of the criteria on your blog. You will have time to finish up anything you've missed today.


Go over how to turn in your blog by pasting the link in Google Classroom. When you turn it in, please let me know if you are willing to share your blog with classmates.

 

Goal:

Create a blog!

Monday 10-30-17
Posted 10/27/2017 at 11:27:06 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Check out the "Blogging" section of our Go-On's page to the left.

Today we will...

Continue to work on your Blogging assignment. Tomorrow we will review the rubric and I'll show you how to turn them in!

Goal:

Create and customize a blog!

Friday 10-27-17
Posted 10/26/2017 at 2:14:23 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Check out this blog post written by my former student called: 10 Reasons Why You Should Go to an Affordable College.

Today we will...

Go over a few more details on creating your blog including:

  • Adding links using "Text to Display"

  • Inserting videos from YouTube

  • Using "copyright free" images and/or citing your pictures in addition to your text.

    • Copyright free pictures can be found here:
    • You can cite your pictures by typing "Photo Credit" below the image and turning that text into a link to the original website.

Goal:

Create a blog!

Thursday 10-26-17
Posted 10/25/2017 at 10:32:06 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about the following questions:

  1. What info might we want to leave OFF our blogs?

  2. What kind of info should we put ON our blogs?

Today we will...

Go over the blogging assignment rubric so you will see how you will be graded.

Log into Blogger and take a tour.

Go over a demo on how to create a post using the "Creating a Blog on Blogger" handout.

Use your resources to get started!

Please Note:

  • You should NOT publish today!

  • Save any work you do as a draft. I'll give you more info tomorrow that you should know before publishing!

    • Plus, it doesn't hurt to give yourself some time before re-reading your post to make sure it's exactly how you want it to be before sending it out into the world! :)

Goal:

Create a blog!

Wednesday 10-25-17
Posted 10/24/2017 at 10:31:33 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Take a "Plagiarism Quiz" in Google Classroom. No worries, it's not for a grade at this point. It's just to see how you do.

Today we will...

Go over a Nearpod on Blogging and then discuss plagiarism as it relates to blogging. Then, you will retake the quiz for a grade. 

Return to your blog name. Have you thought of one yet? Is it the best choice or could you come up with something better...

Use the "Forced Association" technique we discussed yesterday. Try one of these combinations:
  • Your first name and an interest
  • Two or more of your interests
  • Things about you (features, possessions, etc.)
Click the links below for ideas:

Explore blogs for inspiration. The idea is to come up with a topic you could write about...

Iowa Girl Eats

Goals:

  • Understand how to avoid plagiarism on your blog.

  • Come up with a name, topic, and possible post ideas for your blog.

Tuesday 10-24-17
Posted 10/23/2017 at 8:47:28 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

42% of you yesterday said that kids under 13 should be allowed to use social media without supervision. Check out what the Federal Trade Commission Says about the online privacy of kids. 

Today we will...

Discuss bell work using a shortened version of "5 Things Parents Should Know About COPPA" as a guide to better understand how children in the US are protected.  

Switch gears and create two lists...

  1. Write down as many words as you can that come to mind when you think of sports. It doesn't have to flow, just get as many words as you can down that are related in some way to sports.

  2. Do the same thing for video games.

Discuss the creativity technique of forced association.

Here is a "Go-On" you can check out if you have extra time at all during class today! :)

Goals:

  • Form an opinion and discuss your thoughts on an issue related to social media.
  • Come up with a creative name using forced association.
Monday 10-23-17
Posted 10/20/2017 at 3:19:55 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.

Friday 10-20-17
Posted 10/19/2017 at 2:41:53 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Gather your debate materials and get ready to go!

Today we will...

Debate our social media topics!

Goals:

Effectively debate a topic related to social media.

Thursday 10-19-17
Posted 10/18/2017 at 6:28:01 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 TOMORROW!

Goal:

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

Wednesday 10-18-17
Posted 10/17/2017 at 2:47:33 PM 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!

Goal:

Gather materials to debate an issue related to social media.

Tuesday 10-17-17
Posted 10/16/2017 at 11:23:20 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Review what you know about social media.

  1. What is it exactly?
  2. How is it different than other online communication?
  3. What are some examples and how can different groups of people use them?

Today we will...

Discuss 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.

Monday 10-16-17
Posted 10/12/2017 at 2:28:30 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Respond to the Google Classroom questions listed as, "Social Media and Your Privacy Follow Up."

Today we will...

Watch the video associated with the article we discussed last week and discuss bell work.

 

Watch, listen and discuss online privacy using:

Return to your bell work. Add more to your response based on today's class discussion.

Goals:

  • Consider how social media impacts people and their privacy.
  • Explain how YOU can have more control over your online presence.
Thursday 10-12-17
Posted 10/11/2017 at 2:32:08 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

  1. You don't have to share specifics, but did you ever post something online you wish you didn't? 
  2. 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 yesterday's activity, 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?

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 20 (we shared last Friday, and all this week). 
  • If you do not have 20 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! :)

Goals:

  • Consider how social media may impact your future.
  • Share what you learned and form opinions on various social media sites and apps.

 

Wednesday 10-11-17
Posted 10/10/2017 at 12:04:10 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.
Tuesday 10-10-17
Posted 10/9/2017 at 2:06:18 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Read about this guy who plans to meet all of his Facebook friends in real life.

  1. How many Facebook friends does he have?
  2. How many has he met with already?
  3. What do you think about this idea?
  4. What social media site does he use to share his experiences?

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:

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

Monday 10-9-17
Posted 10/6/2017 at 2:24:20 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.

Friday 10-6-17
Posted 10/5/2017 at 8:34:59 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Go to Google Classroom and return to your assignment: Social Media: What's it all about? Remember, there is a *Bonus* section that may or may not be showing on your assignment!

Today we will...

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

Begin to share our findings if we have time.
 
Finish our last Online Communication Debate...? 

Goals:

  • Gather research on a particular social media site/app.
  • Categorize various social media sites and apps.
Thursday 10-5-17
Posted 10/4/2017 at 2:20:07 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Click the link in yesterday's post to return to the survey. Review your answers and make any last minute additions or changes.

Today we will...

Discuss the results of the survey as I project your responses in the form of pie charts and bar graphs.

Finish our last Online Communication Debate.
 
Review the social media categories and continue to research a particular social media site/app.
 
Begin to share our findings if we have time.

Goals:

  • Consider how technology impacts YOUR relationships.
  • Gather research on a particular social media site/app.
  • Categorize various social media sites and apps. 
Wednesday 10-4-17
Posted 10/3/2017 at 2:17:07 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Today we will listen to a podcast together and you will answer questions about your relationships and technology as we do. For bell work, log into your school Google account and click the link and begin to look over the questions.

Today we will...

Listen to a podcast called, Teens And Tech: How Digital Communication Impacts Young People And Their Relationships.

Prepare for our last Online Communication Debate. If you were in a group for or against Debate #2, make sure you're ready to go tomorrow!

Goal:

Consider how technology impacts YOUR relationships.
Tuesday 10-3-17
Posted 10/2/2017 at 6:53:15 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Think about how news stories spread across the Internet.

Today we will...

Finish our last Online Communication Debate.

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?

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:

  • Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!
  • Consider how "fake news" can impact what we think and more.
  • Conduct research to learn more about a specific social media platform.
Monday 10-2-17
Posted 9/29/2017 at 2:24:16 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...

Finish our last Online Communication Debate.

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!
  • Understand how social media came about.

 

Friday 9-29-17
Posted 9/28/2017 at 7:38:56 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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

 

Today we will...

Finish our Online Communication Debates.

Check out this article called, "Using Your Computer at Work: Employee Rights" by LawInfo. After reading it and hearing yesterday's 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!

Thursday 9-28-17
Posted 9/27/2017 at 2:11:14 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...

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 TODAY!

Goal:

Contribute to a debate about an online communication topic!

Wednesday 9-27-17
Posted 9/26/2017 at 2:32:49 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.

Tuesday 9-26-17
Posted 9/25/2017 at 2:14:01 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Define the word: debate. What does it mean to debate? Do you think the candidates in last year's presidential debates prepared what they were going to say?

Today we will...

Go over how to "Build a Debate."

Then, I'll assign your debate topic and you can begin your research!

Goal:

Gather information to debate a topic related to online communication.

Monday 9-25-17
Posted 9/22/2017 at 2:53:56 PM 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 on Friday? Share with your neighbor.

Today we will...

Finish our Nearpod about Online Communication and cover topics including: 
  • Newsgroups

  • Click the link and explore the Microsoft Community news group.

  • Chat Rooms

  • Video Chat & Conferencing

    • You may be familiar with video conferencing in your personal life such as using FaceTime to communicate with relatives, but let's watch this video to learn more about how businesses use it.

  • Instant Messaging

  • Blogging

  • Social Media

Continue to explore the truth. Use Snopes (or another fact-checking website - see the list on #10 of your paper) and/or search online for a news story you've heard recently of which you question the truth. Use the paper to check its validity! 

Goals:
  • Distinguish between various types of online communication.

  • Continue to seek the truth! :)

Friday 9-22-17
Posted 9/21/2017 at 2:45:59 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.
Thursday 9-21-17
Posted 9/20/2017 at 6:39:44 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.

Wednesday 9-20-17
Posted 9/19/2017 at 2:54:16 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!

Tuesday 9-19-17
Posted 9/18/2017 at 8:58:38 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Find your new seat. Log in and find the answer to the question: What is APR?

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.

Monday 9-18-17
Posted 9/15/2017 at 11:16:38 AM 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 the board for your name).

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! 
Friday 9-15-17
Posted 9/14/2017 at 11:23:12 AM 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.

Thursday 9-14-17
Posted 9/13/2017 at 2:51:47 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.

Wednesday 9-13-17
Posted 9/12/2017 at 2:57:53 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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.

Tuesday 9-12-17
Posted 9/11/2017 at 7:05:45 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Complete the Google Classroom assignment: 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. 

 

Monday 9-11-17
Posted 9/8/2017 at 3:29:55 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

We talked about ergonomic keyboards on Friday. What is an ergonomic mouse? Look up some images of them. What do you think?

Today we will...

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!

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!

Goal:

Explore computer "extras," specifically keyboards and mice.
Friday 9-8-17
Posted 9/7/2017 at 7:06:46 AM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Again, open the follow-up questions you worked on after the Wednesday's activity.

Then, look up various types of computer keyboards and mice. Are you surprised by how many different types there are?

Today we will...

Discuss the follow-up questions we didn't get to yesterday.

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

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!

Goals:

  • Understand more about the history of computers.
  • Explore computer "extras," specifically keyboards and mice.
Thursday 9-7-17
Posted 9/6/2017 at 11:25:44 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 class yesterday.

Today we will...

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

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

Review the follow-up questions to yesterday's activity. Feel free to add and/or edit your answers as we discuss them. When finished, click the "Turn In" button.

Goal:

Explain how the processor works with RAM and secondary storage.

Wednesday 9-6-17
Posted 9/5/2017 at 2:52:39 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

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.

Tuesday 9-5-17
Posted 9/1/2017 at 2:44:45 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

What is the difference between computer input and output devices? Did you figure it out on Friday? If not, figure it out now! :)

Today we will...

Continue our 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.
Friday 9-1-17
Posted 8/31/2017 at 9:50:35 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Talk to your neighbor about:

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

  • 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

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

Goals:

  • Learn a bit more about the history of computers.
  • Begin to understand more about computer hardware and what you would want/need if buying a computer.
Thursday 8-31-17
Posted 8/30/2017 at 2:49:05 PM by Alicia Antol [staff member]

Bell Work:

Go to our Google Classroom and open the assignment: Software vs. Hardware. Below the table on the first page, 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.

Wednesday 8-30-17
Posted 8/29/2017 at 4:04:29 PM 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...

Finish going over classroom procedures.

Join our 21st Century Tech Google Classroom. Here is our class code: o5abfov

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:

  • Further understand how our classroom runs.
  • Join our Google Classroom.
  • Learn and share something about computer history.
  • Understand the difference between hardware and software.
Tuesday 8-29-17
Posted 8/28/2017 at 9:16:16 AM 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.
  • Log in, navigate to our class website, and check it out.

Today we will...

Start with a "get-to-know-ya" activity called Stand & Appreciate!

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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