Archive for March, 2009

Step Two with Your Partner

March 30, 2009

Choose one of the three issues.

Get all of the background info that you can. Find information about what your topic is, who is involved, pictures, locations, facts about the topic like how many are made, or how many are needed, what the cost of the “plan” will be. If you need specific questions about your topic, bring a pencil and paper and talk to me.

This section will be due at the end of class Friday. This will also count as a quiz grade for this second half of the six weeks.

YOU MUST PRINT THIS OUT ON YOUR OWN and turn it in. EVERYTHING on it must be printed – nothing handwritten.


Are You Ready?

March 26, 2009

Use this checklist to see if your first assignment is ready to be graded tomorrow.

  1. partner names both listed on the top of the paper
  2. title
  3. introductory paragraph that tells what three topics you will discuss
  4. three short descriptions of each topic
  5. description of how each of the three topics will be changed by Obama’s policies or legislation
  6. your list of sources in MLA format

This work will be checked Friday during class. You must have all of the information on one single document.

An MLA bibliography looks like this for each item:

Bezlova, Antoaneta. “China to Formalize One-Child Policy.” Asia Times Online.
24 May 2001. 10 Oct. 2005 <;.

An MLA paper looks like this:


First Partner Test

March 23, 2009

New Technology and the new New Deal.

Work with the partner of your choice. You must have a partner – and only one.

Locate the policies stated by the Obama administration, and legislation since his inauguration relevant to technology.

List all of your sources using MLA format.

Pick three topics – specific technology objects from wind turbines to low VOC paint – and summarize how the policies, intentions and legislation will affect each product.

Your final product should be a paper with a brief introductory paragraph, a description of each product followed by specifics of how the product will be affected by the changes.

You should use news sources, official government sources and “other” sources which are neither.

You should draw conclusions about each product and how you think that the changes in policy and opinion will affect the product. Predict how it and the market for your product may change.

An example will be posted by the end of class tomorrow.

This is due by the end of class Friday.


March 13, 2009

Beginning next week, we will start working on activities to test potential partnerships for the final project. In the first round, you can choose your partner. The assignment will be to complete  a large volume (lots of stuff) to see if you can finish what you need to together. If you pass this test, you can stay together.

If you do not complete the entire “Partner Test Assignment,” your partnership will be dissolved and I will assign you to a different partner. If you and your partner complete the assignment, completely and on time, then you stay together.

We will have another “Partner Test Negotiations” assignment, with the same rules. Again, successful completion means the partners stay together.

The final test will be your project proposal. If you and your partner submit a proper proposal, you will stay together through the entire project which extends until the end of the year.

If you do not succeed with any of your partners, you will work in a group on daily assignments focused on teaching the social and business skills you need to develop.

Throughout this process, you will have a chance to enter your work in competitions against all of my BCIS and Computer Applications students. Winners will receive a prize and a letter of recognition for their final portfolio. Each letter of recognition will give you a 10% cushion on your final exam.

Be prepared: over the next few weeks you will need to purchase some supplies for this project. You will NOT be able to print any part of this project on my printer so start planning to use someone’s printer or find somewhere you can afford to have them printed (like a copy shop). Some of the documents will require a color print.

Last Chance to Get Full Credit for Photoshop

March 13, 2009

I will check with everyone today to see how many lessons you have completed.

If you have at least 2 of the six Illustrator chapters done, and all 11 Photoshop lessons, properly posted you will have a 100.

If you have 11 Photoshop lessons finished, you will get an 80.

If you have less than the 11 Photoshop lessons completed, but at least 8, you will receive a 70.

Remember: you must post the last image from the lesson, a two sentence description of what you learned and two TEKS in separate entries in your blog to receive ANY credit. If you do not have all three elements in your post, you will not receive credit.

You will have three days the week after break to finish the rest of the lessons in Illustrator. At the beginning of class Thursday I will check for any more completed, and properly posted lessons. After that time you can only receive a 70 for any lesson that is completed late.


11 Photoshop and 2 Illustrator properly posted: grade=100

11 lessons Photoshop properly posted:  grade=80

8 Photoshop lessons properly posted: grade=70

Less than 8 Photoshop lessons: grade=50

11 Photoshop lessons, 6 Illustrator lessons: grade=100 AND 100 on next weeks quiz.

Opportunity for the Ambitious

March 11, 2009

If you want to find out what a Fermi problem is, and follow through with a project that will be complicated, but interesting, you can work on this project for the rest of the year, and the final portfolio will be your final exam.

I will give you help but it will take some thinking and planning. It may also end up being something you can use in your college interviews.

Talk to me.

Your Daily Grade

March 10, 2009

Today, within the first five minutes of class, bring up your blog to show me how many chapters you have completed.

Due by the end of today and from previous classes are Chapters 9, 10 & 11 from PHOTOSHOP.

Your grade will also include the number of completed Illustrator assignments, which should be Chapters 2, 1 & 3.

If you have all six lessons properly posted to your blog with explanation and blog, you will receive a 100. If not, your grade will be lower.


March 2, 2009

In Illustrator, you need to complete 6 chapters, but look carefully; you don’t complete them in order or even all of them!

Do chapter 2, then chapter 1. Then do chapter 3, 4 and 5, and skip to 7.

These chapters are all due next Friday March 13th.

It is likely that the deadline will be changed by TAKS time that we miss classes. You should work through the lessons as fast as you can.