Monday, February 27, 2017

HTML Take 2!

UPDATE!

Complete the following sections of training available here:


http://html.com
View the following video:


Get these under your belt by Friday @2:25pm!

Friday, February 24, 2017

What the What?

If this list from the ning is to be believed, it says these people joined tomorrow?? Can you explain that?


Comment to this blog post with thoughts.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ning Followup

 After getting approved for the ning, don't forget to join the groups:

AAHS FCGP-17-1
FCGP 17-1 Project Group

Then start by exploring "Handshakes" posted by other students in the FCGP 17-1 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!

Intro to HTML


 Complete the first 5 segments of training available here:

https://www.codecademy.com/courses/web-beginner-en-HZA3b/0/1?curriculum_id=50579fb998b470000202dc8b

  • Introduction to HTML
View the following video:

 

Get these under your belt by Tuesday, February 28th @2:25pm!





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Compose a Useful Comment

I came across this great resource. Don't be thrown by the fact that these contributors may be a little more than half your age! (Well, actually, in 2010 they were in 3rd grade, now these students are probably in 9th grade!) 

In addition to the comment lessons there are some great simple hints on using HTML tags as well. (NOTE: to use 'raw' HTML, you must be in HTML edit mode.)

How to Compose a Quality Comment

Section 4 Wikis

http://section4videoapps.wikispaces.com/

http://twitter21.wikispaces.com/

http://everythingaudio.wikispaces.com/

http://googleapplications101.wikispaces.com/

http://iftttandgv.wikispaces.com/

http://allaboutwikispaces101.wikispaces.com/

Section 3 Wikis

http://compappsvideo.wikispaces.com

http://twitter1001.wikispaces.com/

http://audio2tools.wikispaces.com/

http://googledocsandsitesinformationcom.wikispaces.com/

http://googlevoiceandifttt.wikispaces.com/

http://wikispaces-how-to.wikispaces.com/

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:

FCGP Ning
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-17-1).
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 17-1 Project Group (link fixed) 
5) Only post appropriate content.

On screen 1 of the logging-in process, Thomas Friedman's book is The World is Flat. Here is what screen 2 of the logging-in process looks like, use this as a guide:




Start by exploring "Handshakes" posted by other students in the FCGP 17-1 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!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What is a Global Citizen?

As we prepare to begin our global project, I thought this was appropriate to share.

Please use headphones while viewing in Room 110!


Updated: Wikispaces and Screenshots - Perfect together!


"Wiki Wiki Express" sign at Honolulu
Image via Wikipedia
UPDATE: Student teams will show their wikispaces to the class on Wednesday, February 22nd. Just a brief overview (5 minutes max): show us the pages, you've created, the resources you've created (embedded video, etc.), the resources you've linked to, the basic structure of the wiki. DON'T Reteach!
Bonus Points for 1) multiple focused pages (as opposed to 1 long, all-encompassing page), 2) team created, embedded videos and 
3) colorful, graphic loaded pages.

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: http://macscreenshots.wikispaces.com/ 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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What is this FCGP?

Project Overview

The Flat Connections Global Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students (typically grade/year 9-12, 14-18 years old).

The FCGP is about ‘flattening’ or lowering the classroom walls to encourage students and teachers to learn how to work collectively and collaboratively virtually. The aim is for all participants to not work in isolation but to be connected throughout the journey of the project. Connections and collaborations will take place using Web 2.0 tools.

The project is designed to develop global competence, cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 tools for building networked learning communities and global collaboration and online learning. Intended outcomes include amplified awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world through researching and discussing new ideas and actions for future learning.

Students have the chance to take on leadership roles, and begin to understand what it takes to build and contribute to an online learning community. They also interact with expert advisers and other classroom teachers in a true flattened learning mode.

Teachers will meet via synchronously a virtual room most weeks to discuss project goals, aims and progress. They will monitor not only their students in the project, but be part of the larger whole and be active across the entire community.

Enduring Understandings

As a result of this global project participants will:
  • Understand how to learn in an open community virtually
  • Appreciate the potential of connecting and collaborating globally
  • Build and interact with a network of learners
  • Experience collaborative design and co-creation using Web 2.0 tools
  • Gain cultural understanding through connecting with a diverse community

Essential Questions

  • What should learning look like in a ‘flat and connected’ world?
  • What is the future of emerging technologies and how do they support new approaches to learning?
  • How can global collaboration bring the world into our classrooms?
  • What products can we make together at a distance?
  • What will be the impact of our collaborations on the world?

Project Outcomes

It is expected that each student in the project will be part of the larger online learning community, as well as focus particularly on their teamwork while completing these artifacts:
  • Online community contributions:
    • An introductory blog post  including an audio or video introduction (if possible), and posted on the project’s educational network (Ning). (This is the ‘handshake’ greeting).
    • Forum discussions and ongoing blog posts as required
    • Responses to the project keynote
    • A post project reflection.
  • Social bookmarking and research using Diigo: https://groups.diigo.com/group/fcglobalproject
  • Major outcome Part 1: Collaborative Research - Students will use a wiki and Google docs for initial planning and collaborative work.
  • Major outcome Part 2: A personal multimedia response (digital story/video) with collaborative content, based on the selected topic and theme.
Student Summit global presentations hosted in a virtual classroom (such as Blackboard Collaborate or Fuze).

Friday, February 17, 2017

Getting Shared Google Calendars to Show

End the confusion over "Where is that calendar you're talking about!!?" Well worth a minute of your time!




Comments welcomed!

Shared Calendar for Current Events & Due Dates

This calendar will be updated frequently to assist you with managing upcoming due dates. If you are logged in to your ctemc.org account, you will be able to see everything.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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: http://macscreenshots.wikispaces.com/ 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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Effective Immediately

Each student has been ASSIGNED a workstation in Room 110. All students must work at their assigned workstation from this day forward. No exceptions.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Web 2.0 - Teaching, NOT Presenting!

This post is here to clarify, remind and help with preparation of your Web 2.0 tools TEACHING session.

First important point: Your team is teaching a skill. Your team will become the experts on that tool.  All of these tools will be used throughout the semester. When students have a question about a tool they will come to you to ask questions, because you are the experts, you were responsible for TEACHING how to use it!

Presentation: definition: an exhibition or performance

Teaching: definition: to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction in

A Presentation uses a slideshow application almost exclusively.

When you are teaching, you MIGHT use a slideshow for some basic information, but then you would use the application you are TEACHING about!

Think about one of the earliest things you learned, or were taught. Maybe to catch/throw a ball. Would your uncle George have just drawn you a picture of a ball? And then continued with more pictures of people throwing and catching a ball? NO! Would he have had you close your eyes while he talked about the concept of playing catch? NO!

He would have grabbed a ball, shown it to you in his hand, shown how he gripped it, shown you how to throw it up in the air and catch it with he other hand.


Action Plan:
  1. Meet with your Web 2.0 teaching team. 
    1. Plan your teaching session using all team members and the full available 12 - 15 minutes. Planning involves more than just: "I'll do a, she'll do b, he'll do c"
    2. Prepare a handout to email to me, if you think it is appropriate. (not required!) I'll print enough for the class.
    3. Wednesday - you TEACH!

Intro Video Details (UPDATED)

Summary of necessary components for intro video:


  • Video clip of JUST you talking for a short time (less than 20 seconds)
  • 2 titles
  • 1 transition
  • Some added sound
In addition you may:
  • Add more video
  • Add more titles
  • Add more transitions
  • Add music
  • Add voiceover
  • Add sound effects
 FOR NOW!!, this should be saved, in YOUR named folder, in a Videos folder in the Thawspace folder, on your assigned computer as an iMovieProject AND a .mov file BY 2:25pm on Friday, February 17.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Current Event 3-1

Lightbulbs That Help You to Sleep

Light interferes with our circadian rhythm, the internal clock that tells our bodies when to sleep, when to wake up and when to eat. Stare at a bright, bluish light — like the one from your smartphone, tablet or television — and your body sends a signal to your brain to stop producing melatonin, a powerful hormone that helps you fall asleep.

I am a committed sleeper 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 I could become a successful doctor with these devices at my disposal.


Kaysen, R. (2017, February 10). Light Bulbs That Help You Sleep. Retrieved February 13, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/realestate/light-bulbs-that-help-you-sleep.html

Related Video:

Current Events Sample/Assignment

Find an article, 1 per week minimum (first one due the week ending 2/17/2017). First one Titled: Current Event 3-1, second post: Current Event 3-2, . . . 
Any article that you can connect to computers, technology, Internet (++health care!) is allowed.  Put a link to the article, a brief summary and what about the article caught your eye/interested you, and a proper APA reference citation. I used Citation Machine to construct my reference. You could also use/double check with the OWL Site. Post in an article on YOUR blog.

My sample begins:

Lightbulbs That Help You to Sleep


Light interferes with our circadian rhythm, the internal clock that tells our bodies when to sleep, when to wake up and when to eat. Stare at a bright, bluish light — like the one from your smartphone, tablet or television — and your body sends a signal to your brain to stop producing melatonin, a powerful hormone that helps you fall asleep.

I am a committed sleeper 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 I could become a successful doctor with these devices at my disposal.



Kaysen, R. (2017, February 10). Light Bulbs That Help You Sleep. Retrieved February 13, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/realestate/light-bulbs-that-help-you-sleep.html

In this case, I found a related video (You won't always have a related video!), so I embedded it here: 


Friday, February 10, 2017

Section 4 Blogs

http://rileya13.blogspot.com

http://christinaaaahs.blogspot.com

http://noabaahs.blogspot.com

http://myaribblog.blogspot.com

http://itsemilyeb.blogspot.com

http://itsjennamb.blogspot.com

http://jaig1.blogspot.com

http://kateh85.blogspot.com

http://malicah.blogspot.com

http://stephanieiblog.blogspot.com

http://andreaaahs.blogspot.com

http://eshaaahs.blogspot.com

http://lennyksays.blogspot.com

http://sairamyam.blogspot.com

https://itsantoniom.blogspot.com

http://noahnaahs.blogspot.com

http://carolinen26.blogspot.com

https://itsvinnyp.blogspot.com

http://yourfriendkristenr.blogspot.com

http://kylietaahs.blogspot.com



Information About Our Global Project

I've been hinting that we will collaborate on many different types of projects. The global project we will be involved in is called Flat Connections Global Project (FCGP) We will be talking more about this in the next few days. One of the things the project is based on is the 2016 K-12 Horizon Report; the 2016 K-12 Horizon Report has now been released. This video provides some background.

The 2016 K-12 Horizon Report: A Quick Video Overview

Section 3 Blogs

http://thoughtsbyleylaa.blogspot.com

http://itsamya.blogspot.com

http://lilyb9.blogspot.com

http://itsmatanb.blogspot.com

http://kkaylabaahs.blogspot.com

http://carolynb13.blogspot.com

http://thisisjakec.blogspot.com

https://lymebrian.blogspot.com

http://sebastiangaahs.blogspot.com

https://nickg6.blogspot.com

http://armaanptheog.blogspot.com

http://isabellarblog.blogspot.com

http://alexandraraahs.blogspot.com

http://thisischrisr.blogspot.com

http://amolaahs.blogspot.com

http://ryliepaiges.blogspot.com

http://jamesaahs.blogspot.com

http://kaylatollblog.blogspot.com

http://itsadamw.blogspot.com

http://itslancez.blogspot.com

Please Join Our Celly Group

Our Celly group is called: @ComputerApps2017 

When asked to identify you, create a user name of FirstL_AAHS. Mine would be BrianM_AAHS

This group will allow me to send out quick group messages, hints on projects/assignments and manage brief discussions on issues that arise during our course. It is safe and secure.

Free Apps are available for iOS, Android and they have access through the web

This is NOT required. If you WANT to be in the group, you may join.


The website for this service is located at cel.ly, if you want to find out more about Celly before you join. You can also signup and find our group there.

Click on the link below for fast signup:
https://cel.ly/c/CompApps2017/share/mrmclaughlin10

Using Google Voice

We were talking about Google Voice. Some folks have already made use of it to ask questions! If you have not yet explored, learn more here:




https://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html

Reminders: to ask a question by text, include your first name, last initial and section before you start asking. ("Hi, it's JosieB from Section 4 - I have a question about the moon").

Answers are not available 24/7! Answers may not be immediate. Answers would probably be faster than emailed questions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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 February 16 @ 10:00PM. NOTE: Blog deadlines are not as strict as other assignment deadlines.
Slideshow prepared for CTE Night:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lab Work Guidelines

Lab Work Guidelines: We discussed some important issues. When lab time is provided in class it is important that work gets done. Some conversation is acceptable, but is not the focus of lab time. Each student is responsible for their own work, don't ask others for details on assignments; look on your assignment sheet and make your own decisions (even your own mistakes!).



Lab Music: Each student may listen to a personal music device or use earphones on the computer at a volume which allows you to hear announcements made by the instructor. I will play a few different types of music on the teacher computer. (Alternating days, something like classic rock on day 1, modern popular stuff on day 2 using some Pandora stations.) Also, students may bring in music CDs to be played on the main classroom computer, suggest some Pandora adjustments or even post playlists on their blogs for use some of the time. Students may not play music at each station at a volume that others can hear. 


Thanks for your cooperation.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beginning Research for Our Global Project

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7xnHJmBcg4 (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
& FCGP17-1)




Friday, February 3, 2017

YOUR Blog

This blog is created on Blogspot (Blogger) through Google - for free.
For this course you will need to establish a blog of your own. This will be associated with your GAFE account.

Create a blog. Use a name that clearly includes your first name and last initial. Note: the name of your blog web location is different from the title of your blog.

For instance: This blog has a URL of: itsmrm.blogspot.com but at the top of the blog, the title is: The Mr M Blog

So, the URL you send me could be: michaeltaahsblog.blogspot.com and the blog title could be Random Thoughts from Mike.

Post a first entry letting the world know that you are a blogger. Email a link to your blog to me (Copy & Paste from your blog page to ensure accuracy!). 

Complete this by Tuesday, February 7 @10:00pm.

The following link leads to several movies and help files for Blogger:

https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1623800?hl=en

IFTTT - A Very Useful Tool!

We have asked this question many times already: Is there something new on the Mr M Blog?
(You need to KNOW the answer!)

IFTTT may help. I use a recipe to send a tweet (@mrmclaughlin10) every time I post a new entry on the Mr M Blog. That way I don't have to remember to tweet about a new blog - it happens automatically.

Begin to explore IFTTT:

Intro Video Details

Summary of necessary components for intro video.
  • Video clip of JUST you talking for a short time (less than 20 seconds)
  • 2 titles
  • 1 transition
In addition you may:
  • Add more video
  • Add more titles
  • Add more transitions
  • Add music
  • Add voiceover
  • Add sound effects
FOR NOW!!, this should be saved, in YOUR named folder, in a Videos folder in the Thawspace folder, on your assigned computer as an iMovieProject.