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Assignment 2b – About Me Page

Create an About Me page

Your page should include:

  • 2- 3 paragraphs about you
  • 3-4 pictures, flickr letters or wordle to enhance your page
  • Also comment on 2 classmate’s About Me page

Remember Copyright, Fair Use & Creative Commons. “All images on Google are NOT free to republish!”

Here is what Sue Waters posted on her blog on the Edublogger

 Tips For Writing Your ‘About page’:

Student blog

Your ‘About page” is like meeting someone for the first time in a new class.  Tell them a bit about who you are and your interests.  You might even want to share reasons why you blog.

Remember you need to be Internet savvy — follow all your teacher’s guidelines!

  • Only ever use your first name or a nickname
  • Never use any other student’s last name
  • Never post personal information such as your home phone number, home address, e-mail address, IM
  • Remember online is forever – Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to your grandmother
  • Don’t write anything that could hurt anyone else
  • Don’t post photos or videos of yourself unless your teacher and parents have given you permission

Examples of student blogs:

  1. Olivia’s Blog
  2. Jack’s Blog

MA DL & CS Standards: 6-8.CAS.a.4,  CAS.a.5, CAS.b.1-3, .CAS.b.6, DTC.a.4, DTC.c.3, DTC.c.5

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Assignment 2a – Blogging Safely

Objectives
You will be able to:

Safe Blogging Post and comment on 2 classmate’s post

Visit the following sites and create your second post with tips on safe blogging and the school’s rules Fairhaven AUP for using technology. Discuss Copyright, Fair Use & Creative Commons and why is it important?

Your post is informative and shows research was involved, posted under the assignments category and has a proper subject line

  • Paragraph 4-5 sentences
  • 6-8 points in a list
    – proper grammar & spelling
  • 2 proper citations
  • links (at least 2) to where you commented on other classmates safe blogging post.

Use at least 2 different Web sites and create citations using http://www.bibme.org/ or http://www.easybib.com. Add the citations at the end of your post.

Resources: 

  1. Fairhaven AUP
  2. Copyright, Fair Use & Creative Commons
  3. Seven tips for middle school students who will be reading and commenting on blogs.
  4. http://www.isafe.org/imgs/pdf/education/Blogging.pdf
  5. Bud’s Blogging Rules
  6. Magnet Blogging Policy
  7. The 10 Commandments Blogging!
  8. Safe Blogging

Student Blogging Guidelines
http://blogs.isb.ac.th/blogging-guidelines/

ISB has published the following blogging guidelines below. Use the questions in italics to help you decide what is appropriate to post on your blog.

1. Only post things that you would want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to know.
Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?

2. Do not share personal information.
Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?

3. Think before you post.
Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?

4. Know who you’re communicating with.
Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?

5. Consider your audience and that you’re representing ISB.
Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?

6. Know how to give constructive feedback.
Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?

7. Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?

8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling.
Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for proper grammar and spelling?

9. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping).
Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?

10. Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work.
Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?

Commenting Guidelines “this is important”

As a blogger, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. Good comments:

  • are constructive, but not hurtful;
  • consider the author and the purpose of the post;
  • are always related to the content of the post;
  • include personal connections to what the author wrote;
  • answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic;
  • follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing.

Commenting

When you are commenting on other student’s blogs be sure to keep the conversation going and add constructive comments.

Grammar Girl – HOW TO WRITE A GREAT BLOG COMMENT

Take a look at the following blog comments:

Brad and  Abby

Notice that they are actually having a conversation and not just saying “I love your blog!”.

2b Create an About Me page

Your page should include:

  • paragraphs about you
  • 3-4 pictures, flickr letters or wordle to enhance your page
  • Also comment on 2 classmate’s About Me page

Here is what Sue Waters posted on her blog on the Edublogger

 Tips For Writing Your ‘About page’:

Student blog

Your ‘About page” is like meeting someone for the first time in a new class.  Tell them a bit about who you are and your interests.  You might even want to share reasons why you blog.

Remember you need to be Internet savvy — follow all your teacher’s guidelines!

  • Only ever use your first name or a nickname
  • Never use any other student’s last name
  • Never post personal information such as your home phone number, home address, e-mail address, IM
  • Remember online is forever – Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to your grandmother
  • Don’t write anything that could hurt anyone else
  • Don’t post photos or videos of yourself unless your teacher and parents have given you permission

Examples of student blogs:

  1. Olivia’s Blog
  2. Jack’s Blog

MA DL & CS Standards: 6-8.CAS.a.4,  CAS.a.5, CAS.b.1-3, .CAS.b.6, DTC.a.4, DTC.c.3, DTC.c.5

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Citation Review

Student Objectives:
Students learn how to write bibliographic citations for online sources following the MLA Style.

  • Interpret bibliography citations for professional sites, online newspaper and magazine articles, online reference databases, and home pages
  • Use citation generator to create citations
  • Recall that citations should be recorded as each site is used

Review & Discuss – Complete Guide MLA 8 on Easy Bib

Student activity:
In this activity you will create a works cited page using the Web sites below and a citation generator.

  1. Create a new Doc on your Google Drive
  2. Save your file as Citations Review_FirstLastName and move to your IT folder.
  3. Centered a title at the top of the page labeled: Works Cited
  4. Insert a header with your name right aligned and “Citation Review” below your name. (Insert > header)
  5. Centered at the bottom of the page > Insert a page number.
  6. One option to create citations: Create citations for the Web pages below.
    You will need to have a citation generator Web site and the Web site you are citing in two different browser windows. Resize the windows so you can see both on your screen.
    Citation Generators:

  7. Another option to create citations: Google Drive allows for Add-Ons. Get add-ons…. “EasyBib Bibliography Creator” and install it to your Drive. Open the add-on and follow the prompts.
  8. Remember your list needs to be in alphabetical order.
  9. Format > Paragraph as double space, hanging indent .5″ (Directions for hanging indent)
  10. Create a blog post/reflection summary with a link to your published citation file. Write a paragraph about what you did and learned. Refer to the MLA citation guide.

PRACTICE TOGETHER:

Website 1: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/why-online-shopping-will-be-record-breaker-year-n676466

Website 2: (Image) http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Apple-Brings-a-Surprising-Touch-to-MacBook-Event-84040.html

Visit the following Web sites and create citations with one of the citation generators listed above, using the MLA style.

  1. BBC News – New iPhone 7
  2. Apple & Nike Team Up
  3. Gadget Ogling – Smart Desk
  4. Van Image on this page:
    http://www.pcmag.com/news/347667/mercedes-teases-drone-equipped-delivery-van
  5. Video on this page:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35460024

 Grading Rubric

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Assignment 11 – Collaborative Presentation

Collaborative PSA Presentation – On Safety Issues You will be working in groups to design a multi-media pubic service announcement in regards to a safety issue.  You may choose what type of media you wish to use as long as the following guidelines are followed. The goal of your PSA is to encourage change in regards to your safety issue. Grading Rubric

  1. Your PSA should be  one to two minutes.
  2. Your PSA must contain information relevant to your safety issue.
  3. You are required to research information on your safety topic.
  4. You need to use at least 3 reliable sources which need to be sited at the end of your media presentation.
  5. The information needs to be clear, concise, and organized in a logical way.

Collaborative Presentation – On Safety Issues

Objective: With a partner create a multi-media presentation in regards to a safety issue.  For this assignment you will use Prezi. The goal of your presentation is to encourage change in regards to your safety issue.
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  1. Your presentation must contain information relevant to your safety issue.
    – What is the issue (define the problem or define the social media site)
    – What are the problems, how to avoid them or how to be safe.
    – Additional Resources (at least 3 websites)
    – Proper MLA citations (3 sources)
    – Embedded Video on your topic

  2. You are required to research information on your safety topic.

  3. You need to use at least 3 reliable sources which need to be sited at the end of your media presentation.

  4. The information needs to be clear, concise, and organized in a logical way.

Online Safety Topics:

  • SHARE WITH CARE
    Social Networking (example: Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, etc)
    Instant Messaging/Texting, Cell Phone Use
    Digital Permanence

  • INTERACT WITH TACT
    Cyberbullying

  • PROTECT YOURSELF
    Sharing information online – Keeping personal information personal (identity theft)
    Avoiding Scams
  • PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER
    Password Safety
    Computer Security
    File-Sharing / Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sites  – Music Downloading

How to use Prezi

Online Safety Web Sites

Onguard Online (Federal Trade Comisson)

http://teenshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/internet_safety.html#cat20019

Protecting your Online Identity & Reputation

http://www.powertolearn.com/internet_smarts/interactive_case_studies/index.shtml
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/teens

Cyber Bullying

http://hastings.edublogs.org/2007/11/13/cyber-bullying/

Passwords
http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.pyhl=en&answer=32040
http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2009/hacker_proof_passwords.asp

 

Standards: MA IT
1.21, 1.24,  1.25, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 2.10, 2.11,  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3. 8, 3.9
ELA

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Sun Safety – focus on tanning beds

Car Safety

  • Drunk Driving
  • Seatbelts

Winter Safety

  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Ice Skating

Bike Safety Skateboard Safety

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Ideas of Mutli- Media that may be used:

Resources

Online Safety

Sun Safety – focus on tanning beds

Car Safety

Winter Safety

Bike Safety

Skateboard Safety

 

Citation Generators:

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Option 3 Digital NationRead the Introduction & Watch the Video

Select a topic – illustrate and define the problem in a Prezi.compresentation. How does this relate to how you or your friends use technology? How does technology effect your learning? Has technology changed your social life?

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Option 4 Review “20 Things I Learned About Browsers & the Web” In a Prezi.com presentation illustrate 6-8 Things You LearnedAbout Browsers & the Web”.

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Prezi Math Example by Grace

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Assignment – Intro to Programming

Khan Academy

1. Introduction
Watch A Tour of Programming

2. Sign-Up for an account & Join My Class

3. Complete the following lessons:
https://www.khanacademy.org/cs/programming

  1. Intro to Programming
    If you’ve never been here before, check out this introductory video first. Then get coding!
  2. Drawing Basics
    We’ll show you the basics of programming and how to draw shapes and color them in.
  3. Variables
    We’ll cover how to use variables to hold values, animate your drawings, and more.
  4. Animation Basics
    Learn how to animate your drawings.
  5. Text
    Learn how to display text on the canvas, resize it, color it, and animate it.
  6. Functions
    Make your code more re-usable by grouping it into functions, and then make those functions accept parameters and return values.
  7. Logic and If Statements
    Teach your program to make decisions!
  8. Looping
    Repeating something over-and-over? Loops are here to help!
  9. Arrays
    Store multiple values in your variables with arrays!
  10. Objects
    Learn how to store complex data in objects.
  11. Becoming a Better Programmer
    Now that you understand the basics of programming, learn techniques that will help you be more productive and write more beautiful code.

 

Intro to Programming

If you’ve never been here before, check out this introductory video first. Then get coding!

Drawing Basics

We’ll show you the basics of programming and how to draw shapes and color them in.

Variables

We’ll cover how to use variables to hold values, animate your drawings, and more.

Animation Basics

Learn how to animate your drawings.

Text

Learn how to display text on the canvas, resize it, color it, and animate it.

Functions

Make your code more re-usable by grouping it into functions, and then make those functions accept parameters and return values.

Logic and If Statements

Teach your program to make decisions!

Looping

Repeating something over-and-over? Loops are here to help!

Arrays

Store multiple values in your variables with arrays!

Objects

Learn how to store complex data in objects.

Becoming a Better Programmer

Now that you understand the basics of programming, learn techniques that will help you be more productive and write more beautiful code.

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Math in Movies

Objectives
You will be able to create a blog post discussing how math is used in movies.

Visit the following Web site:

http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/index.html

  1. Create a blog post with a list of 6 movies and write how math is used.
  2. Which movie can you relate to most? Why?
  3. Did you think math was used in so many movies?
  4. How many of the movies have you seen before?

 

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What is a Blog?

Description:

“A blog (a contraction of the term “weblog“) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

Blogs in Plain English

Student Examples:

  1. http://laurawya67.edublogs.org/

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Blog Set-up on Edublogs

Objective: Set-up a blog (edublogs) to post your assignments, collaborate with your peers and interact with a larger audience.

Discussion: What is a blog?

Directions:

  • Create an account with edublogs.org
  • Log into your edublogs account
  • Organize settings:

Log in to your dashboard: Remember to update or save before going on to the next item

Settings>General – check your blog title, tagline and time difference should be UTC -4  save

Settings>Discussion – check boxes 1,2,3,6 and 7  – leave other boxes without a tick but if you want an email sent every time a comment is left, then tick box 5 as well save

Users>Your profile – URL eg http://yourUserName.edublogs.org , nickname, display name publicly as, changed your password to something you can remember save

Users>Your avatar – this one will be your user avatar, which will appear whenever you make a comment on a post.  Make sure you also create the blog avatar; It can be done from the same page. A post will be written about creating your avatar. save

Design – choose your theme and add widgets to the sidebars save

Manage>Post >Categories – create categories for: assignments, reflections. save

Manage>Add link – now you can add your classmates blogs to the appropriate category.  You will keep adding to this as you find more blogs that you visit often.  Remember to tick which category they go under. save

Comments>Awaiting moderation – remember you can moderate your comments whenever you are on a computer.  If unsure whether you should publish a comment, check with one of your teachers or talk it over with your parents.  save

Widgets Blog Side Bar

  • Show pages
  • Categories
  • Calendar
  • Blogroll (Links) – with at least 10 classmates names (these can also be from the 2 other semester 1 – 8 grade classes)

Create your first test post under “Assignments” category

Create your second post under “Reflections” category.

Standards: MA IT
1.24, 1.25, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.7, 3. 8, 3.9

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Edublogs “How-to” videos (note the interface on edublogs has changed since these videos were made):

Video 1 – The Basics

Video 2 – Managing Your Pages & Posts

Video 3 – Customizing the Design of your Blog

Video 4 – Writing Posts & Pages

Video 5 – Playing with Plugins

Video 6 – Embedding Copright Free Images on Blog Posts (from Portable PD )

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Assignment 1 – Avatar

Objective:
You will be able to created an avatar for your blog and comments.

Visit the following sites:

Read this page for directions:

This page has additional avatar Web sites:

TOOLS:

Directions:

  1. Create an avatar using one of the on-line tools.
  2. Save your avatar picture to the server.
  3. Log into your Edublogs account and create a post titled:
    Assignment #1 – Blog Avatar. Write a paragraph  explaining why this avatar represents you. (4-5 sentences) Upload your avatar to this blog post.
  4. Add the avatar to:
    Users > Your Avatar
    Browse & Upload your avatar
    This is your user avatar and will appear whenever you make a comment on a post.
  5. Add the avatar to:
    Settings > Blog Avatar
    Browse & Upload your avatar
    This is your “blog” avatar. It will appear whenever your blog is listed (for example, on the front page of the site).
  6. Visit your classmates blogs and comment on their avatar.

Standards: MA IT
1.21, 1.24, 1.25, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.7, 3. 8, 3.9
ELA

 

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Assignment 3 – Digital Footprint

Objectives
You will be able to
create a presentation on the concept of digital footprint.

It’s great to share things online with your friends. Part of the fun of sharing videos, images and other content, is that lots of people can view and respond. Remember that what you share with your friends may also be viewed by others who you don’t know. They may also be able to look at it for years to come. Everything you post adds up to make your digital footprint and, once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post.

VIDEO 1 : Live My Digital Footprint

VIDEO 2 : Protecting reputations on-line in plain English

VIDEO 3 : Follow the Digital Trail

VIDEO 4 : 6 Degrees of Information

WEBSITE: Building a Positive Reputation

You can also think about a digital footprint as a digital legacy. What type of trail are you leaving behind? Would you want your coach, future employer, college admissions officer or grandmother to see that message, picture or video you posted? Is it a good trail or ugly? Check out the different types of legacies these people are leaving behind:

 

TIPS  [protect your online identity and build a positive digital footprint]

  • Never post anything that you might find embarrassing later.
  • Be careful with the pictures you post on your public profiles. Remember others will see them and judge you based on their content.
  • Change the privacy settings on your social networking sites so that only your Friends can see your information
  • Do not disclose your personal address, phone number, passwords. Bank card numbers…etc even in private messages. There is always the possibility of somebody hacking into your account and finding them.
  • Do not post things to bully, hurt, blackmail, insult, or afflict any kind of harm on others
  • Always keep in mind that once information has been posted online, it can be almost impossible to remove because of archiving and file sharing. Even though you deactivate your accounts, the information may still be retrieved by others.
 
EXAMPLES OF PAST STUDENT WORK

GO Animate Example 

Go Animate – Olivia & Yariel

GO Animate – Claire’s Example

GO Animate 5 parts

GO Animate 4 parts

GO Animate Example  – Don’t Dance for Strangers

PhotoPeach Example
 

Directions:

  1. Gather information about digital footprints.
  2. Create a presentation, with a partner(s) to embed in your blog to help students learn about keeping their reputation online positive.
    (see list of presentation tools)
  3. As you work on this presentation use your shared Design Process Journal to organize and track progress (see me for Check-ins).

When you are done with your presentation:

  • Create a new blog post called Assignment #3- Digital Footprint
  • Write a paragraph about what you did & learned in this assignment.
  • Add a picture/screenshot of your presentation
  • Link to your presentation
  • Watch other students’ presentations and select “your favorite” presentation
  • In your blog post write another paragraph about why you like this presentation the best and also add a link to that presentation.

 

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU LEARN ABOUT DIGITAL FOOTPRINT:

Digital Footprint Web sites:

Footprints in the Digital Age

Discover What Your Digital Footprint Says About You

Internet Society Tutorial on Digital Footprint

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation Tools:

You may use any of the following on-line tools to create your presentation (sign-up for free):

Standards: MA DLCS
6-8.CAS.a.4, 5, DTC.b.1, 2, 3, 4

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