Friday, September 30, 2016

Wikispaces and Screenshots, Perfect Together!

"Wiki Wiki Express" sign at Honolulu
Image via Wikipedia
There are some great resources referenced in this post.

Wikispaces is a great site for creating wikis to collaborate with classmates for a variety of reasons.
I created this wiki: to demonstrate the use of screenshots AND to show how to incorporate screenshots in a wiki AND to link to more learning opportunities about screenshots AND to demonstrate the creation & use of a wiki.

A picture from a screen can help to clarify what words alone may not be able to do.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, if that is so then a moving picture must be worth even more! With that in mind, here is another great resource:
Apowersoft: Free Online Screen Recorder allows you to use a browser on any platform and easily record what's happening on the screen. The result can then be tweeted or easily posted to your blog or even included in a wiki!!

Here is a brief screen record tour:


Task: Work with your teaching group to create a protected wikispace on your topic. You are not part of a classroom, so enter Wikispaces as "Everyone Else."

When you create the wiki, BE SURE that it is protected - no one should need to login to see this wiki. One member of your group must create the space and then invite the other members to join. Also, make sure to invite me! Note: A protected wiki will not cost any money - you may need to make/accept a phone call to prove your humanity.

Your topic wikispace should include descriptions of your topic as well as screenshots and embedded videos created by you and/or found on the topic sites or YouTube.

The resulting wiki should be a useful resource to anyone needing to learn more about your topic! Use your local wiki expert.

All of this work should be done with each team member sitting at their assigned computer and communicating through the wiki or some non-verbal (noise-free) method!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Flat Connections Project Research

Carefully read the summary of The Horizon K-12 Report for 2016

Summary of Horizon Report

Main goal for today: 
    1. Read the linked summary of the 2016 Horizon Report
      1. A paper copy has been provided, as well!
    2. Create a new google document to summarize 5 things you did not know before reading the document or 5 things you found interesting. Use a different paragraph for each item you identify
    3. If you need help with using the drive and/or creating a document, a brief tutorial is located here: (or, you can check with your in-class Google experts!)
    4. This document is NOT going to be emailed, shared or printed for today; this document does not need to be completed today, although you should have time to make some pretty good progress. It will be in your drive when we need it. (Which will be soon!)

The Horizon Report: A Quick Video Overview

Headphones please in Room 110!


We'll explain this later: 
All FCGP posts (no matter where they are) must be tagged (AAHS, FCGP
& FCGP16-2)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Current Event 1-1

Facebook's Zuckerberg and Chan Pledge $3 Billion to Curing All Disease

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the limited liability company into which Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan put their Facebook shares, on Wednesday said it would invest at least $3 billion over the next decade toward preventing, curing or managing all diseases by the end of the century. Other Facebook executives have joined the cause.

I am a Facebook user and a high school student in a Science/health related program taking a technology course, so of course something that involved technology and health care interested me! I would love it if they could be successful become a doctor with one of these devices at my disposal.

Benner, K. (2016, September 21). Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Pledge $3 Billion to Fighting Disease. Retrieved September 22, 2016, from

Related video: 

Sites to join for the FCGP

During the course of our involvement in the global project - Flat Connections Global Project (FCGP) you will be joining (signing up for) several sites. (Like joining Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

For now, Start HERE:

1) Students must adhere to the following naming format:
firstname_last_initial_aahs. So my user name would be:
brianm_aahs or BrianM_AAHS.
2) Please accurately identify where you're from. (You are all from Neptune, NJ)
3) I've created a group for our school - join the group (AAHS FCGP-16-2).
4) This site is PUBLICLY viewable, however you have to be approved to join, so please be patient because we check everyone's profiles and will not approve you unless you are appropriately set up.

IMPORTANT: Also join the ning group: FCGP 16-2 Project Group

5) Only post appropriate content.

Start by exploring "Handshakes" posted by other students in the FCGP 16-2 project. Comment on handshakes to begin to get to know some of the students. We'll talk about posting your handshake in the next few days!

We'll explain this later: 
All FCGP posts (no matter where they are) must be tagged (AAHS, FCGP
& FCGP16-2)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Work For Friday

Things to work on:

  1. Check all blog entries!
  2. Video: 
    1. Double check/Work on/Finalize/Save your video! (.mov)
    2. All saved in YOUR folder in the Thawspace
    3. See the separate post specific to the video
  3. Current Event and example should be reviewed, so we can talk about it next week and answer questions!
  4. Work on Assignments 1.1.3  & 1.3.1
  5. Begin to work on the Expand the Blog post.

Expand the Blog!

Blogs can be used for a variety of purposes. We intend to use this blog to expand the conversation beyond what we have time to fit into our school day. Help fellow students (and teachers) to learn more about you. 

 Create a blog entry (or three separate ones might be better!) responding to the following questions/comments: 

  1. Tell us about your commute! Many of you have to spend A LOT more time on a bus than you have at any previous time in your school experience. Tell us the good, the bad and the gossip! 
  2. Express your opinions on how things are going in Computer Applications class. What do you like? What do you dislike? What would you change if you were in charge? 
  3. Express your opinions on how things are going at AAHS. For most of you it is a very different situation than you have experienced in previous years. What do you like? What do you dislike? What would you change if you were in charge? 

  Try to respond as soon as you can, so people can begin to share experiences. As fellow students begin to post responses, explore posting comments back to them. Make the comments 'meaty', meaning put some thought into it and don't just do a "Yeah, what she said!" Post your three answers by September 27 @ 10:00PM. NOTE: Blog deadlines are not as strict as other assignment deadlines.