Archive for March, 2010

Quiz Time!

March 29, 2010

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Due by the end of class today, Tuesday, March 30th.

Tomorrow I will check your papers and presentations and give you your quiz grade.


Converting a Paper to PowerPoint

March 26, 2010

Create a PowerPoint presentation from the paper you created this week.

Use the pictures from your blog, and create at least 15 slides.

Due by the end of class Monday, March 29.

In this presentation, you cannot use black or white for letters or background.

Include your sources (bibliography).

Use this list to be sure that your presentation meets the requirements.

  1. no serif (Roman) fonts
  2. high contrast letters/background
  3. 15 or more slides
  4. no more than 25 words on any slide
  5. no complete sentences
  6. pictures not distorted
  7. first title slide has your name, class period and email address
  8. all slides use the same template
  9. all slides have the same theme/appearance
  10. bibliography includes source websites (Google is NOT a source)

History of Dell

March 25, 2010

Read this article about the history of Dell (just the History section, stop where it says “Dell and AMD”).

Then answer these questions in your blog:

  1. What was the original name of Michael Dell’s company?
  2. How much money did he have to start the company?
  3. What was the speed of the 8088 processor that was in the “Turbo PC?”
  4. When did the company change its name?
  5. When did Dell start selling computers on the internet?
  6. What company did Dell buy in 2006?
  7. What was Dell’s gross sales in 2007?
  8. What’s the name of the guy who started the company?

Due by the end of class today, Thursday, March 25.


March 24, 2010

Use this tool to create a bibliography that lists all of your sources for the paper your created yesterday.

Bib Maker

Add the bibliography to the end of your paper.

due by the end of class tomorrow, Thursday, 3/25.


March 23, 2010

Tomorrow progress reports are due.

Today about half way through the period, I will check your work.

Have your blog and your paper (from yesterday) open.

Creating a Paper

March 22, 2010

From the ten sources you found on the Thursday and Friday before break copy one paragraph from each and use PASTE SPECIAL to paste them into a Word document. Be sure to use Paste Special and select Unformatted Text.

Then select all of the text and make it 12 point in size and Arial for the font.

Select the entire document again and make it double spaced.

Type Your Name, the Date, Class Name and Teacher Name in the upper left corner of the first page. Make this text single spaced.

Write a title (the topic you chose) and place centered after your name block.

Save this paper to a folder in your H drive called Spring Project.

This is due by the end of class today, Monday, March 22nd.

Finish Select a Topic

March 12, 2010

Most people needed more time, so take today to finish Select a Topic, yesterday’s assignment.

Select a Topic

March 11, 2010

Today you will select a topic to work with for the next few weeks. The topic has to be computer related. It can be about anything, as long as it is computer related. Your topic could be laptop computers, netbooks, game consoles, e-readers, cell phones, GPS navigation units, tablet PCs, televisions, blu-ray, digital cameras, software or games.

Find three articles on Wikipedia, and seven other articles about your topic. Post a description of each with a link, and at least twelve pictures in a blog post in your blog.

Some websites for good sources:



Simple Wikipedia

Britannica Online

Make sure your pictures are high resolution. Choose Medium or Large on the left column before you choose your pictures. Be sure to get your pictures from the actual website, not from Google Images (click on the pic).

This assignment is due by the end of class today, Thursday, 3/11.

Creating Links in Your Blog

March 10, 2010

What’s the difference between a link and an address?

An address is the full string, starting with http:// that points to a website.

The thing about addresses is they’re long, they’re ugly and they don’t do anything.

For example, if I just paste an address like this:

You can’t click on it, and to get to the address you have to carefully select the whole string and paste it in a new browser tab. Too many steps!

A link to the same page looks like this:


You can click on it, and it will go right to the page.

It’s pretty easy, all you have to know is how to copy the address from the web page you want to link to, and paste it into the dialogue box you get when creating a link.

Here are the steps:

Step One: Copy the address of the page you want to link to.

Step Two:  First, select the text you want to make into a link. Sometimes I just use the word “link.” Then second, click on the link button.

[Click on the picture to see it bigger.]

Step Three: Paste the address into the dialogue box that appears when you click the link button:

That’s it you’re done! No let’s try it in YOUR blog:

Your assignment today is to choose a topic and find three web pages about it. Create a new blog post, and link to the three pages. Write a one sentence description of each web page with the link.

This assignment is due by the end of  class today, Wednesday, 3/10.

How to Insert a Picture into your Blog Post

March 8, 2010

First get the picture.

You have to find the picture on its own webpage. So if you use Google Image Search, you need to click on the little picture that Google shows you, and let it open a new web page where the picture is. Then click on the link next to the picture at the top of the page that says “See full size image.”

Next, right click on the picture and choose “Save Image As,” and save the picture to a place where you can find it again, like your “H” drive or your desktop.

Now you have the picture. Create a new blog post and when you are ready to insert your picture (it’s going to insert right where you have the cursor).

Next choose the “Add an Image” button next to the words “Upload/Insert.”

You’ll get a dialogue box like the one below. Click the “Select Files” button, and select your picture in the box that pops up.

WordPress will use a progress bar to show you that the picture is uploading. When it’s done, click on the “Insert into Post” button at the bottom (not Save All Changes).

That’s it!

The dialogue box will close and you can continue with your post. Don’t forget to use the “Preview” button if you want to see what your post will look like when you publish.

For today’s assignment, create a blog post about an animal, write a two sentence description of the animal, and insert 3 pictures.

Due by the end of class today, Tuesday, March 9th.