Friday, March 31, 2017

Hour of Code: An Educational Event!

Check it out: Headphones in Room 110!



This is an event done around the world in the fall; since we're on block schedule - we'll do it shortly after break!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Tables Video Series

NOTE: The narrator of these videos makes AT LEAST one error in describing the sample tables. Send a comment to THIS blog entry identifying any errors you hear!
You must view all of these videos to be prepared to complete upcoming assignments and the midterm project. 

Headphones please in Room 110!



 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FCGP Update Blog Post

Use this post:

https://itsmrm.blogspot.com/2017/03/what-should-i-be-doing-now-for-my-part.html

Write a blogger blog with links to all components of the FCGP that YOU have produced. Include required ning blog entries, handshake, team wiki with your name linked to your ning profile and anything else that shows the work you have put into the project so far.

Post this entry by Monday, April 3rd @10pm.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What Should I be Doing Now for My Part in the FCGP??

Flat Connections Global Project Checklist
This is a checklist NOT a how to – how-to instructions are on our help wiki – http://flatconnections-help.wikispaces.com/Flat+Classroom®+Project+Guidelines

Part 1 – Getting Started (25 Points) (Should be DONE!) DEADLINE: March 20th, 2017

   Verify access to the wiki, the ning, the AAHS FCGP-17-1 group and the FCGP 17-1 Project Group on the ning as outlined on The Mr M Blog. Joining the ning and groupsJoining the wiki.
 □ Find your team members on the TeamGrid. Find ways to connect with them on the ning and elsewhere.
   Find out more about your topic from the wiki home page.
     Post a handshake blog post audio or video 'hello' (handshake) for your partners and other FCGP participants on your ning. (10 points)
 □  Link from the team section to your Ning profile. (5 Points)
  Leave a message on the google doc for your partners about what you’ve done today and any comments on things you think your group should consider.

Part 2 – Connecting and Getting Started (25 Points) DEADLINE: March 30th, 2017

 □  Begin editing YOUR SECTION of the page, particularly the introduction.  You will have an effective edit when you have at least 100 words. (10 Points)
      No need to wait for others to begin - jump in and start editing.
   Leave a comment on the wiki about what you’ve done. (5 Points)
   (NOW Available!) Read about the Keynote. Read the related links and blog posts. Post reactions to the Keynote on the Flipgrid page. (10 Points) Complete by April 25th.

Part 3 – Set up your personal Learning Network (PLN) (15 Points) DEADLINE: April 3rd, 2017

   We have talked about  IFTTT,  Netvibes, MyYahoo, Digg Reader & Feedly as ways follow RSS feeds. Begin using your choice so you can track everything happening on your project.  (10 Points)

If you use IFTTT to track changes, you may not be using a 'reader'. In that case, you may replace 'reader' in the steps below with "IFTTT Recipe"
   Add Wiki edits for your main wiki page
   Add edits for your Google Docs page - use this to collaborate with your teammates
   Add discussions for your main wiki page to your reader
   Add All Team member’s blogs to your reader.
   Add Mr. McLaughlin’s Ning blog to your reader.
   Add a Google News Search on your topic to your reader.
   Put a hyperlink widget with links to the Ning (http://flatconnectionsglobalproject.net) , Wiki (http://flatconnections17-1.wikispaces.com) , and help wiki (http://flatconnections-help.wikispaces.com)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Having Trouble Finding Legal Pictures?

Somehow, you missed this blog post:

Creative Commons Pictures That Are OK to Use!

Here are the first 5 categories -  all legal to use with a total of OVER 300 Million photos!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pamphlet Design Wiki

Here is a link to a wiki that reviews many of the pamphlet design issues we mentioned in class:

Pamphlet Design Wiki

Can you add anything?

IMPORTANT:

Here is one thing mentioned on the wiki. It is a phrase (or an equation) that I end up writing on half of the pamphlets I grade!

Equation for success:


Smaller text + more room for pictures = Better Balance

Pamphlet Finish Line

Is rapidly approaching!

A couple of details I wanted to get into black & white (and RED):

  • A text box with name, date, section & assignment # MUST not be included in your final version.
  • Dotted Lines MUST not be included in your final version.
  • References MAY be included on the pamphlet (Panel 6, usually), IF you have room to properly format them in the panel.
    • OTHERWISE, submit a separate, properly formatted  document with APA References.
  • The 'OFFENDING COMMAND' error is produced when you have a picture that the printer cannot handle. The picture must be replaced. If you have 1 picture that is not printing - that's the one! Otherwise, it could be the first picture on a page or one of the pictures that is not printing.
    • I will discuss some possible fixes with those still experiencing issues.
  • Lab will be open at lunch on Monday from 10:29am - 11:10am
  • Monday's after school lab will stay open until 3:30ish.
Thanks.
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

News!

Here are the first customers eligible to LOSE points as per this post:

https://itsmrm.blogspot.com/2017/03/you-win.html

 
 
 

Web: Next Steps - CSS!

CSS = Cascading Style Sheet

CSS provides some cool ways to format web pages





Get through all the components of this tutorial by 
Wednesday, April 5:
https://htmldog.com/guides/css/beginner/


We will be revisiting the web project and improving it using HTML with CSS!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Picture Citation Demo

Use this video as a reference for how to cite pictures in the pamphlet (and other projects). Please use headphones in Room 110!  

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Join Code

If you have not yet joined the wiki, please do so today!!

https://wikispaces.com/join/QKKQ9HK

Do it now!

Pamphlet Helper Videos

Margin Settings:
 

Magic Reset:
 

Prelim Pamphlet Setup: (Sorry about the microphone breathing!)

Teacher Podcast & Assignment



Can you make one? Yes, you can!

Assignment: Work with your pamphlet building group to create a 3-5 minute podcast (only audio on this one) (perhaps audioboom.fm will be useful?) talking about your experiences during the pamphlet building process. DON'T SAY ANYONE'S LAST NAME! Check with your class audio experts if you need help!

Write out (or at least plan out) a basic script before you begin to record your podcast. Perhaps you could explore a 'mock' interview show (like mine, but with more real people!) Remember that people listening may not know what you did in class, so 'Set the Stage' for listeners by including details. These podcasts will be listened and commented by Mr. M and some other teachers. As you begin to hear podcasts for your fellow students please add meaningful comments. Each student should post the team podcast on their own blog.

Post your podcasts ASAP, but make sure they're posted by 

Monday, March 27th@ 10:00pm.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Joining the Wiki for the FCGP 17-1 Project

Address this ONLY IF YOU HAVE TIME! Otherwise, we'll hit this next week!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your user name on BOTH the wiki and the ning must adhere to the following format:
firstname_last_initial_aahs. So my user name would be:
brianm_aahs or BrianM_AAHS (this IS my user name on the wiki)

This means that if you have a wikispaces account, you'll need to edit the user name to follow this format or create a new account.
You must join and have a Wikispaces account, before you attempt to join the project wiki. After you join and are verified by Wikispaces, you will have to take the second step to join the project wiki. (More info below about the wiki and working with your team)
https://wikispaces.com/join/TKPT9PK 
(Join Code which expires SOON: TKPT9PK)

VERY IMPORTANT:
We ask that all students identify themselves as being part of the FCGP 17-1 project when requesting access to the wiki.

The navigation to the team pages is on the right. (Team Grid). We ask that students only work on their team.  First Task: Find your team members on the ning and make a connection!


We are trying to keep the discussion organized and easy to follow.  The following discussion should take place on the linked Google doc for each team:



  • Overview - contribute researched information and multimedia about the Topic and Theme
  • Current News - contribute relevant updates and news items, including multimedia
  • InfoGraphic Management - Design and development of the eBook
  • Videos - to facilitate the outsourced video clip requirement and share all final personal student videos

Friday, March 17

Preliminary Pamphlet Day

To answer your first question, Jake, No, I have not worked out a deal with Mr. Mucciarone to have all Fridays off.

Make sure you see ALL the new blog posts!

Today, you need to print and hand in, the prelim pamphlet. 

  • The charts from yesterday were recorded and shared on another blog. Read the advice included there.
  • The posted video shows you EVERYTHING you need to know to produce the Prelim Pamphlet. (WATCH IT!)
  • Further advice: Try text boxes of 3.1" x 8.0" to start.
  • Use Print Preview, so we don't kill a billion trees today!
  • Don't wait until the last 5 minutes to print! The papers won't come out instantly!
Make sure you hand in something at the end of class, even if it is not as good as you had hoped.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Video: Setting Up the Preliminary Pamphlet

Prelim Pamphlet Setup: (Sorry about the microphone breathing!)

Disappointing News

Due to the time crunch as we approach the end of Marking Period 3, I have NOT been able to copy the 3.web files over to my computer to evaluate the 3.web projects.



I will have to complete this file transfer (Monday), after the school day. The bummer here is that I will not be able to tell if files are edited, replaced, updated or fixed after Wednesday's due date.

If you are doing any last minute testing - remember to do so WITHOUT a USB in place!

So sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pamphlet Building Workshop Chart Comparison

At the end of the workshop I took photos of the charts on the board. We are sharing them here for easy reference. You are not expected, required or encouraged to use the values from your workshop team.  Listen to our classroom discussion and refer to the chart special marks (?,  !+) to assist you in creating your prelim pamphlet. Clicking on either chart will produce a larger version.

Here's my typical, exaggerated example (assuming all would choose a 6-panel pamphlet): if we had a 6" height, 2" width text box, it would be easy to position all the text boxes correctly. The problem: we would not have enough room for all of the info the pamphlet has to cover. On the other hand, if we use all the largest sized text boxes from the charts, it would be difficult (Impossible!) to correctly position them all!










Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Margin Check

The other day we talked about margins on OUR laser printer. We also ASSIGNED you the job of checking out what happens when you zero out margins and FIX at your house.

If you have not yet competed that task, do so NOW!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Submitting the Occupation Research

All of this information WAS discussed in class at the time of the original assignment. That means the answers SHOULD be in your notes??!!


  1. All the separate research documents will be printed during class on Monday, March 13. The formatting of the research documents is insignificant.
  2. The final sheet (bottom of the pile) will be a complete, properly formatted APA reference sheet. This will show ALL references from ALL research documents.  Refer to the Purdue OWL site for proper formatting.
  3. All of these papers (Cover sheet including important information about you, APA Reference on the bottom) will be stapled together and placed on the back table before the end of class.
  4. Create a folder in your Thawspace Folder: 'Occupation Research'
    Save all the .doc files there with names that make sense.
    (Something like: education.doc or duties.doc or citations.doc)
    Make sure those files are on the Thawspace by the end of class!

Friday, March 10, 2017

OK Go! Cool Stuff!

I don't know if you folks are familiar with OK Go! They have produced some really cool YouTube videos over the years

Being Productive

I am attending a conference so I won't be with you today.


I've posted many new blog entries indicating that you have much work to do! (Blogging, FCGP, Other Assignments, Occupation Project Research, Podcast Assignment Review, . . .)

I will have a laptop with me and may be available through email, if you have a need for a critical answer, give it a try. If you think it's an emergency, you can try a text. (Celly Members can reach out through that path as well).

Please be productive without me!!

3.Web Assignment Notes


Reminder: The shell is NOT a stopping point. We are not going to grade the shell. Our definition of a shell is used to make sure those simple things get DONE before we move on to the rest of the details as specified in our assignment.

You Win!

If your mini-poster is still hanging, congratulations! You did an amazing job of attaching it to the wall!! Many have fallen and been trashed already, others have just fallen - but in any case the time for mini-posters has passed.

Please remove your mini-poster from the wall in Room 110 (or the counter or the floor . . .). Let's have the walls clean by Tuesday 3/14 at the end of the day. After that we start LOSING points for those still around!! Thanks!

UPDATE: Finding Interesting Podcasts: An Assignment!

Update/Clarification: It seems as though the highlighted area below has been misinterpreted. The example I found was a 37 minute podcast of which I embedded a 1.5 minute sample.

That's the idea here:


  1. Find a Podcast - not a sound file somewhere on the web.
    1. The first line from wikipedia's podcast page:
podcast is an episodic series of digital media files which a user can set up so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer or portable media player. 


  • NOT : Find the smallest podcast file available, so you don't have to figure out how to create a snippet!
  • If what you have posted is NOT a podcast snippet, you have until 10pm on Monday to repost a proper blog entry. (replace the existing one)

  • We mentioned podcasts at the start of the course. Now it is time for you to find and share some interesting podcasts. The following video, created by me, shows the basic concepts necessary to use iTunes on any computer to find podcasts.




    Your task is to find a podcast that is interesting to you and share it in a post on YOUR blog.The podcast you share does not need to be educational, but it does need to be appropriate to share in school.

    Post your blog entry by Thursday, March 9 @10pm. Find a way to share the podcast you choose so that visitors to your blog can get an idea how the podcast looks/sounds - not just here's a cool podcast: The NPR Tech Show.

    This is better:
     

    My snippet here is about 1.5 minutes. This whole episode of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast is 37 minutes. Create a clip to give the audience the flavor of the podcast you share - up to 5 minutes. DON'T post an entire episode!


    You will be taking us on a tour of your podcast one day next week! (After Thursday!)

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Procedural Clarification - Leaving the Room

    Leaving the room for bathroom, locker, nurse, water - or whatever requires notifying me FIRST! If we are done with the demonstration portion of our class, there is no problem leaving for one of these purposes.


    Don't just sign out and leave - I need to know who is here and who is out of the room. Only 1 person can be out of the room at any one time.

    Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

    M

    Creative Commons - Pictures That Are OK to Use!

    What is Creative Commons?

     Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

    Great Resource:
    https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Switching Classes

    Alternating Schedules for Periods 3 & 4

    1. Thanks to both classes for smoothly switching things around last Friday.
    2. One of the good things for Ms Sargent and I is that we can change the schedule for an activity, or a guest speaker or just to shake things up WITHOUT affecting the rest of the school.
    3. With spring sports starting up we are going to have more people signing out early and it makes sense for us to be able to keep from having the same students missing minutes from the same 4th period class.
    4. We are going to be doing the switch another couple of times this week (Tuesday & Thursday). I'll be posting a reminder schedule by both rooms which will just say Regular or Switch on the remaining days of the week.
    5. This is not hard to figure out! You have 2 afternoon classes. If a day says Regular just go to classes in the order that you have since the start of the Marking Period. If a day says Switch go to classes in the reverse order.
    Thanks again for your help with this!

    Finding Interesting Podcasts: An Assignment!

    We mentioned podcasts at the start of the course. Now it is time for you to find and share some interesting podcasts. The following video, created by me, shows the basic concepts necessary to use iTunes on any computer to find podcasts.




    Your task is to find a podcast that is interesting to you and share it in a post on YOUR blog.The podcast you share does not need to be educational, but it does need to be appropriate to share in school.

    Post your blog entry by Thursday, March 9 @10pm. Find a way to share the podcast you choose so that visitors to your blog can get an idea how the podcast looks/sounds - not just here's a cool podcast: The NPR Tech Show.

    This is better:
     

    My snippet here is about 1.5 minutes. This whole episode of the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast is 37 minutes. Create a clip to give the audience the flavor of the podcast you share - up to 5 minutes. DON'T post an entire episode!


    You will be taking us on a tour of your podcast one day next week! (After Thursday!)

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Procedural Clarification - Not On-time Assignments

    Assignments that are completed on paper are typically due at 7:45am and in the labeled envelope on the bulletin board.

    On days when assignments are due, I look in the envelope. On days when assignments are not due, I don't look in the envelope.

    Any assignment that you are submitting, for any reason, after I have emptied the envelope, must be submitted directly to me - handed, in person, to me.

    There is no IFTTT applet from the envelope to me to notify me that something new is in there. It is not like the mailbox at home you might check every day because, stuff might be in there!

    DO NOT SUBMIT LATE WORK BY PUTTING IT IN THE ENVELOPE! It could sit there for days, becoming later with each passing day. I have no reason to look in the envelope on days when nothing is expected to be in there.

    Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

    M

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Multimedia Rubric for Thursday's Demonstrations

    Review the "Exceptional" Column with your team before showing off your product during Thursday's class.


    Ning Video Demo

    Instructions for posting videos on the ning. (Some schools are blocked from YouTube).