Archive for November, 2008

Thank to Others

November 25, 2008

Regardless of your persuasion or beliefs, one of the most valuable things you can do for someone who helps you or does things for you is to give them a heartfelt thank you.

If your gratitude comes from your heart, and it sounds like an honest feeling, it will be seen as a valuable return for them.

Today’s assignment is to think of two people in your life, teachers or others, who you can thank. Since this is computer class, I ask that you send them by email, and “bcc” me. You should know what that is by now.

If you “cc” me, the recipient will probably see this as an assignment, rather than something heartfelt and honest.

Use a few minutes, and think about what others do for you, and write an email to thank them, adding me to the “bcc.”

Two emails, with bcc copies to me should be sent before the end of class today.

The email addresses for teachers at McCallum are here. Look in the last column and then add that info to “@austinisd.org”

Email -Kwizzzzzzzzz

November 24, 2008

From our discussion last week, in your blog, answer the following questions. Your answer should be one word (should or shouldn’t) and a sentence explaining your answer.

  1. You should/shouldn’t always have a subject line, so the recipient knows what the email is about before they open it.
  2. You should/shouldn’t leave all of the email addresses in the body of the email when you forward an email.
  3. You should/shouldn’t always reply to everyone who received the same email.
  4. You should/shouldn’t use the “cc” field to send a copy to someone who doesn’t need to respond to your email.
  5. You should/shouldn’t reply to all when your email address is in the “bcc” field of an email you receive.
  6. You should/shouldn’t always include your email address and name in body of the email.
  7. You should/shouldn’t send an email to everyone in your address book.
  8. You should/shouldn’t send an email and expect supernatural things to happen because you sent it to many, many people.
  9. You should/shouldn’t send emails with 30 pictures of cute puppies to everyone in your address book, or everyone at your workplace.
  10. You should/shouldn’t protect other people’s privacy by using the “bcc” field.

This is due at the end of class today.

Today’s Assignment

November 20, 2008

Today in class we will have a discussion.

You need a paper and pencil.

If you miss class today, you will need to get notes from someone in your class. This is your responsibility.

You can be sure that the information we will discuss will be on the semester exam.

Wednesday Second Assignment

November 19, 2008

You need to complete a grade sheet (on my desk).

You will lose FIVE points for every part that is not completed.

Don’t forget to do the assignment that you should do every day this week.

Monday’s Assignment

November 17, 2008

What is a computer virus?

Why can they do so much damage and cost people so much money?

One source of information is here.

Five Assignments in One

November 17, 2008

You will have a daily assignment IN ADDITION to this assignment you should do every day.

This week, every day, find an article about a new technology. Summarize the article in one paragraph, then in a second paragraph write about what you think that the next step is. Where do you think that this technology will lead? How will it change your life?

Designer Cars?

Electric Vehicles you don’t have to plug in?

Exotic Fruits in your back yard?

Strange Tourist Destinations?

Pointless Gadgets?

Bizarre LED Display with a soundtrack?

Recycling Electronics

November 11, 2008

Research the dangers of improper disposal of electronics, and what can be done to recycle and reuse electronics.

There are three options to complete this assignment, of which you must choose one today. This assignment is due at the beginning of class Friday. A rubric will be posted later today to guide you in each option.

Option 1: For 80 points (out of 100), complete a three page, MLA paper about the dangers not recycling and solutions for proper recycling.

Option 2: For 90 points (out of 100). Create a display board about the many options to re-use and recycle electronics, or about the environmental damage caused by improper disposal of electronics.

Option 3: For 100 points (points of 100). Create a multimedia art piece using electronic components or used electronics demonstrating re-use of electronics.

Option 4: For a guarantee of a 75 or better on your semester exam, and a 100 for this project, create a re-use project from this website. You must get your proposed project approved.

This Saturday and Your Third Six Weeks Grade

November 11, 2008

If you volunteer at the recycling drive this Saturday, for at least 5 hours, you will guarantee yourself an 80 for the third six weeks. The drive is from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you show up on time at either 8:00 or 11:00 and WORK for the entire drive, you will be given credit. You must sign up with me. If you would rather exchange this time for your semester exam, that is also an option.

Grade Check!

November 5, 2008

Tomorrow, Thursday, you need to be able to show me the following assignments on your computer. These assignments will determine your grade for this second six weeks.

Blog Assignment: What has changed?

Blog Assignment: History of the Internet

Blog Assignment: Bogus MLA Paper (have it open on your computer when I come to check your work)

Blog Assignment: Parts of a Blog Window

And your quiz grade, from the Word Formatting Quiz will be the other grade for this six weeks.

If you did the extra credit assignment, you should show me that, too.

If you want to make my job easier, you can have a piece of paper with your name and class period listing the assignments and whether you have completed them all. If you have this, I will glance at your work and we will be done. If you do not have this ready, we will have to check each assignment very carefully. It’s up to you!

Create this grade sheet on paper to hand in.

What has changed?

November 5, 2008

Write two paragraphs to answer each of these two questions.

What has changed and what will change because Barack Obama is going to be the president of the United States?

What will you do differently now and in the next four years?

Due at the end of class today.