FRESHMAN TECHNOLOGY- JANUARY, 2018
DATE Information/Activities/Projects

WED

1/24

BELLRINGER: PLEASE complete the "Research Paper Checklist" so that you have a very clear idea of all of the things that need to be completed before your paper is done on Friday.

WORK DAY: TODAY IS A 100 PERCENT WORK DAY. STUDENTS THAT ARE NOT WORKING OR ARE IN ANY WAY DISRUPTIVE WILL BE SENT TO THE OFFICE!

  1. All students should be COMPLETING their "History of a Thing Research Paper," based upon your favorite thing from the chart that you made in Gliffy Diagrams at the start of the quarter. Due this FRIDAY at one minute before MIDNIGHT.:
    • Here is the outline for your paper. Make sure that you have all pieces included.
      • Paragraph ONE: This should be already written.
      • Paragraph TWO: Creation of product/ company.
      • Paragraphs THREE-FIVE (minimum): Explain at least three major changes that have occured with your product/ company since the founding. PUT THESE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!
      • Paragraph SIX: Explain your product/ company today.
      • Paragraph SEVEN: Conclusion.
    • REMEMBER: You MUST CITE SOURCES whenever you use ANY information from a SOURCE. Include your inline citations as you go and add all of your sources to your SOURCES page at the end of the paper!
  2. CHECKLIST OF TASKS TO COMPLETE BEFORE YOU CONSIDER YOUR PAPER COMPLETED:
    • READ your paper to yourself. Make sure that the paper is consistent and does not jump around in time. Fix any issues.
    • Check your formatting! Make sure your fonts and font sizes are correct. Make sure your line spacing and paragraphs look appropriate. IF NOT, this is cause for immediate rejection of your paper.
    • COPY the text of your paper and run it through paperrater.com to check for plagiarism (Mr. B. will!) You are shooting for a range of 75-100 percent, depending on the number of quotes that you used in your paper. An originality number lower than that means that your paper is plagiarized and will receive a ZERO.
    • Check all of your citations. There should be at least 5-10 inline citations in the form (Author, Date) or (Article Title, Date). Your sources page should be in APA format in the proper fonts and sizes.
    • Make sure that your paper is called FAVORITE_THING_PAPER and is saved into your FRESHMAN_TECH folder. Make sure that your RESEARCH file is also saved into that folder.
  3. DONE WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE? Our next project is The Google Forms Project..

TUE

1/23

BELLRINGER: We discuss rules for class today: All work, no talk. Disruptive students will be immediately asked to leave the room.

Want to know what a GOOD paper looks like? Please spend 5 minutes reading the SAMPLE FAVORITE THING RESEARCH PAPER. This is a 200/200 paper, complete with ALL elements, proper formatting and good flow. This is an example that you should attempt to emulate with your work!

WORK DAY:

  1. All students should be working on putting together their "History of a Thing Research Paper." Due this FRIDAY, January 26TH at one minute before MIDNIGHT.:
    • Here is the outline for your paper. Make sure that you have all pieces included.
      • Paragraph ONE: This should be already written.
      • Paragraph TWO: Creation of product/ company. (This paragraph should include AT LEAST 2-3 IN LINE CITATIONS.)
      • Paragraphs THREE-FIVE (minimum): Explain at least three major changes that have occured with your product/ company since the founding. PUT THESE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER! (Each paragraph should have AT LEAST 1-2 IN LINE CITATIONS.)
      • Paragraph SIX: Explain your product/ company today. (This paragraph should have at least 2-3 IN LINE CITATIONS.)
      • Paragraph SEVEN: Conclusion.
    • REMEMBER: You MUST CITE SOURCES whenever you use ANY information from a SOURCE. Include your inline citations as you go and add all of your sources to your SOURCES page at the end of the paper!
  2. DONE WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE? Our next project is The Google Forms Project.

RIANNA: Work on typing your story today.

MON

1/22

BELLRINGER: We discuss sources for our paper and complete the "Citation of Sources" Exercise.

WORK DAY:

  1. Complete The Google Charting Assignment, if necessary. This is due TODAY!
  2. All students should be RESEARCHING AND WRITING their "History of a Thing Research Paper," based upon your favorite thing.:
    • Here is the outline for your paper. Make sure that you have all pieces included.
      • Paragraph ONE: An EXCITING introduction regarding your TOPIC that explains WHAT IS IT? THIS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE BELLRINGER AT THE START OF CLASS TODAY!
      • Paragraph TWO: Creation of product/ company.
      • Paragraphs THREE-FIVE (minimum): Explain at least three major changes that have occured with your product/ company since the founding. PUT THESE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!
      • Paragraph SIX: Explain your product/ company today.
      • Paragraph SEVEN: Conclusion.
  3. REMEMBER: You MUST CITE SOURCES whenever you use ANY information from a SOURCE. Include your inline citations as you go and add all of your sources to your SOURCES page at the end of the paper!

RIANNA: Work on typing your story today.

FRI

1/19

BELLRINGER: In preparation for the writing of our paper, we complete "The First Paragraph" Exercise.

WORK DAY:

  1. Complete The Google Charting Assignment, if necessary. This is due MONDAY!
  2. All students should be RESEARCHING AND WRITING their "History of a Thing Research Paper," based upon your favorite thing.:
    • Here is the outline for your paper. Make sure that you have all pieces included.
      • Paragraph ONE: An EXCITING introduction regarding your TOPIC that explains WHAT IS IT? THIS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE BELLRINGER AT THE START OF CLASS TODAY!
      • Paragraph TWO: Creation of product/ company.
      • Paragraphs THREE-FIVE (minimum): Explain at least three major changes that have occured with your product/ company since the founding. PUT THESE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!
      • Paragraph SIX: Explain your product/ company today.
      • Paragraph SEVEN: Conclusion.
  3. REMEMBER: You MUST CITE SOURCES whenever you use ANY information from a SOURCE. Include your inline citations as you go and add all of your sources to your SOURCES page at the end of the paper! We will discuss this on MONDAY!

WED

1/17

BELLRINGER: We complete the "Research Paper Requirements Review" Thinking Sheet. This will be a GRADED assignment!

WORK DAY: Once you complete the bellringer, you can spend time completing The Google Charting Assignment.

Students that complete their Charting Assignment should begin working on our upcoming 2-3 page paper regarding "The History of a Thing."

    1. Carefully REVIEW the instructions on the Paper outline, then complete the "Research Paper Requirements Review" Thinking Sheet. .
    2. Research your chosen "THING" on the internet: Look for any information on how the thing was started or created, how it has changed over the years and what it is like now.
    3. SAVE your research information, along with any WEBSITE information to a Google Doc called lastname_RESEARCH in your FRESHMAN_TECH folder. I will be grading this research information directly from your folder during class tomorrow!

GRADING: FLOW CHART PROJECT.

TUE

1/16

BELLRINGER: In preparation for our upcoming two page paper, please complete the "Plagiarism Review Form."

WORK DAY:

  • OUR CURRENT PROJECT: The Google Charting and Graphing Assignment. due on FRIDAY (moved back from Block Period due to day off on Monday) THIS WEEK. Worth 100 points.
  • OUR NEXT BIG PROJECT: AT THE END OF CLASS TODAY, SPEND TEN MINUTES completing some research regarding your FAVORITE THING TOPIC. You will be writing a 2-3 page paper regarding "The History of your Favorite Thing. Due on WEDNESDAY, January 24th at MIDNIGHT..:
    • Carefully REVIEW the instructions on the Paper outline.
    • Research your chosen "THING" on the internet.
    • SAVE your research information, along with any WEBSITE information to a Google Doc called lastname_RESEARCH in your FRESHMAN_TECH folder.
    • When you have research completed, begin writing your paper, as outlined in the assignment sheet. Call this lastname_thing_paper and make sure it is in your FRESHMAN_TECH.

RIANNA: Work on your THINGS IN THE TECH LAB Chart.

FRI

1-12

BELLRINGER: Please complete the "Research Paper Topic Selection Form."

WORK DAY:

  • Our First Big Project: The draw.io Flowchart Project. This is due at the end of class TODAY. (75 points)
  • Our Next Project: The Google Charting and Graphing Assignment. GRADED DURING BLOCK PERIOD NEXT WEEK. Worth 100 points. Work on this today when you have completed the Flow Chart Project.
  • THE REALLY BIG PROJECT: Complete research and a 2-3 page paper regarding "The History of a Thing," based upon your favorite thing from the chart that you made in Lucidchart at the start of the quarter. Due on MONDAY, January 22nd at MIDNIGHT.:
    • Carefully REVIEW the instructions on the Paper outline.
    • Research your chosen "THING" on the internet.
    • SAVE your research information, along with any WEBSITE information to a Google Doc called lastname_RESEARCH in your FRESHMAN_TECH folder.
    • When you have research completed, begin writing your paper, as outlined in the assignment sheet. Call this lastname_thing_paper and make sure it is in your FRESHMAN_TECH

RIANNA: Work on your FLOW CHART of the "Thing you are good at."

WED

1/10

BELLRINGER: More understanding the subject work today! Yay! We reviewed some of the common CHARTS used in dispersing information at the start of class. Here is a link to that Charts and Graphs Introductory slide show, including the "Money in our Pockets" Table, which you need for PROBLEM 1 of the Charting Project.

Please complete "MORE GRAPHS! Thinking Sheet."

WORK DAY:

RIANNA: Work on your Favorite Thing Chart in draw.io.

TUE

1/9

BELL RINGER: Complete the "Flow Charts Are Cool" Thinking Sheet."

Make sure to use CTRL+ and CRTL- to zoom in or out on the flowchart that you select!

DO NOT SPEND ALL DAY GAZING AT THE FUNNY CHARTS, YOU HAVE TOO MUCH WORK TO DO!

WORK DAY:

MON

1/8

BELLRINGER: First, we discuss how to throw up. Then, we complete the "Flowchart Thinking Sheet."

STARTING CLASS: We discuss how to throw up and the meaning and symbols of a "Flow Chart." Then, we do the Bellringer, because "Learning."

WORK DAY:

  • Our First Assignment: Word Web- My Favorite Stuff. DUE TODAY. 25 point assignment. You will be using a piece of paper and a pencil to create a chart or "concept map" of information regarding some of your "Favorite Stuff." HERE IS MR. B.'s EXAMPLE. Your name will go in the center of the paper.
    • Create web "arms" for 6-8 different categories of "Your Favorite Stuff." (these are THINGS that you can buy, purchase, consume, etc. Think video games, energy drinks, cars, pizzas, french fries, chips, fast food, candy bars, etc. DO NOT LIST people, places, etc.)
    • Create 2-3 web "arms" from each of these categories and list the specific brands/ flavors, of each category that are your favorites. (such as "Snickers," "Twix," "Reese's Pieces, etc."
    • Add additional arms as needed to indicate specifics of your things, such as flavor, color, etc. (such as "Voltage," "Code Red" and "White Out" for Mtn. Dew flavors)

Assignment: "My Favorite Stuff" Chart in draw.io DIAGRAMS: DUE MONDAY. 50 point assignment.

  • To make your "Word Web" into a usable piece of information, we will be recreating your chart using draw.io DIAGRAMS, as outlined below.
  • LEARNING TOOLS- draw.io DIAGRAMS: Review the following to help you understand how to use the basics of draw.io DIAGRAMS:

    1. From your GOOGLE DRIVE, click on the NEW button in the upper left corner, use the pull-out menu to click on MORE, then click on draw.io DIAGRAMS.
    2. After some thinking, you will see a CREATE NEW DIAGRAM dialogue box. NAME your chart and then click CREATE.
    3. In general, this program is pretty easy to use: Simply click and drag shapes from the left to the form. Double click a shape to add words. Use the tabs on the right to add color, line style, etc.
    4. Use the CONNECTOR button at the top to create connecting lines between shapes. You can also do this automatically by clicking on connector points on your shape.
    5. If you need more help, try the following webpages from google and draw.io:
    6. Your diagrams save as you go and are already in the proper folder for grading!

    Our First Big Project: The GLIFFY Flowchart Project. This is due at the end of classon FRIDAY. We will introduce this project on Monday, but you could start in on it early by reviewing the project sheet.

  • SYLLABUS IS DUE TODAY!

FRI

1-5

BELLRINGER: Due to Google changes, we are going to now be using a NEW diagramming APP. This will be a HUGE improvement over our old APP, but will take some work up front:

  1. First, LOG IN to your Google Drive. Click into your FRESHMAN_TECH FOLDER. (NOTE: I do not have shared FRESHMEN_TECH folders from Rebekah, Darceal, Julian or Crystal yet. See below how to do this!)
  2. Click NEW>MORE>Connect More Apps
  3. Enter "draw.io" in the search bar and click CONNECT.
  4. Now, back in your Google Drive in your Freshman Tech Folder, click NEW>MORE>draw.io DIAGRAMS.
  5. This should bring up a CREATE window. Name your diagram and click CREATE.
  6. In the new window asking for an ALLOW, click ALLOW and then select your account again. This will open your new diagram.

FOR TODAY:

  • Our First Assignment: Word Web- My Favorite Stuff. DUE TODAY. 25 point assignment. You will be using a piece of paper and a pencil to create a chart or "concept map" of information regarding some of your "Favorite Stuff." HERE IS MR. B.'s EXAMPLE. Your name will go in the center of the paper.
    • Create web "arms" for 6-8 different categories of "Your Favorite Stuff." (these are THINGS that you can buy, purchase, consume, etc. Think video games, energy drinks, cars, pizzas, french fries, chips, fast food, candy bars, etc. DO NOT LIST people, places, etc.)
    • Create 2-3 web "arms" from each of these categories and list the specific brands/ flavors, of each category that are your favorites. (such as "Snickers," "Twix," "Reese's Pieces, etc."
    • Add additional arms as needed to indicate specifics of your things, such as flavor, color, etc. (such as "Voltage," "Code Red" and "White Out" for Mtn. Dew flavors)

Assignment: "My Favorite Stuff" Chart in draw.io DIAGRAMS: DUE MONDAY. 50 point assignment.

  • To make your "Word Web" into a usable piece of information, we will be recreating your chart using draw.io DIAGRAMS, as outlined below.

LEARNING TOOLS- draw.io DIAGRAMS: Review the following to help you understand how to use the basics of draw.io DIAGRAMS:

  1. From your GOOGLE DRIVE, click on the NEW button in the upper left corner, use the pull-out menu to click on MORE, then click on draw.io DIAGRAMS.
  2. After some thinking, you will see a CREATE NEW DIAGRAM dialogue box. NAME your chart and then click CREATE.
  3. In general, this program is pretty easy to use: Simply click and drag shapes from the left to the form. Double click a shape to add words. Use the tabs on the right to add color, line style, etc.
  4. Use the CONNECTOR button at the top to create connecting lines between shapes. You can also do this automatically by clicking on connector points on your shape.
  5. If you need more help, try the following webpages from google and draw.io:
  6. Your diagrams save as you go and are already in the proper folder for grading!

Our First Big Project: The GLIFFY Flowchart Project. This is due at the end of class next WEDNESDAY. We will introduce this project on Monday, but you could start in on it early by reviewing the project sheet.

THU

1-4

BELLRINGER: First, we go over the Freshman Technology Course overview and classroom rules and regulations.

FRESHMAN TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS: DUE MONDAY, 1/8, 15 point assignment.

Then, we do our first Thinking Sheet of the year: The "Start of the Quarter Rules and Regulations" Thinking Sheet.

HOUSEKEEPING DUTIES:

  • Computer login.
  • Google Drive login.
  • Navigate to highlandtechnology.org. Bookmark the Freshman Tech page, we will be using it often. To do this, click on the little STAR in the upper right corner of your screen, then type CTRL-SHIFT B, which will bring up your bookmark bar.
  • In your Google Drive account, create a new folder called "LASTNAME_FRESHMAN_TECH." Click to highlight this folder in Google Drive and then click on the SHARE button in the upper right section of your menu. SHARE this folder with pburkhard@weldre9.k12.co.us. ALL FUTURE FILES FOR THIS CLASS MUST BE MADE IN THIS FOLDER!
  • Using "Google Apps," install the app "GLIFFY DIAGRAMS " to your Google Drive account. Follow the steps below:
    • Log in to your Google Drive Account.
    • In the upper left corner of your drive menu, select APPS.
    • Click on the WEB STORE.
    • SEARCH the store for an APP called GLIFFY DIAGRAMS.
    • Click +ADD TO CHROME from the Shop Menu for the app, then click OK on the next screen. This will install GLIFFY DIAGRAMS as an app accessible from Google and allow you to create charts and diagrams needed for this class.

Our First Assignment: Word Web- My Favorite Stuff. DUE TOMORROW. 25 point assignment. You will be using a piece of paper and a pencil to create a chart or "concept map" of information regarding some of your "Favorite Stuff." HERE IS MR. B.'s EXAMPLE. Your name will go in the center of the paper.

    • Create web "arms" for 6-8 different CATEGORIES of "Your Favorite Stuff." (these are THINGS that you can buy at a store. Think video games, energy drinks, cars, pizzas, french fries, chips, fast food, shoes, makeup, candy bars, etc. DO NOT LIST people, places, etc.)
    • Create 2-3 web "arms" from each of these categories and list the specific brands/ flavors, of each category that are your favorites. (such as "Snickers," "Twix," "Reese's Pieces for Candy Bars, etc."
    • Add additional arms as needed to indicate specifics of your things, such as flavor, color, etc. (such as "Voltage," "Code Red" and "White Out" for Mtn. Dew flavors)

LEARNING TOOLS- GLIFFY DIAGRAMS: Review the following to help you understand how to use the basics of GLIFFY DIAGRAMS:

  1. From your GOOGLE DRIVE, click on your APPS button in the upper left corner. If you have installed GLIFFY DIAGRAMS properly, there should be a large icon to open the app.
  2. The first thing you will see when you open GLIFFY DIAGRAMS for the first time is a 7 step animated tutorial that will show you how to begin creating a diagram. FOLLOW THIS TUTORIAL, so that you understand how to operate the app.
  3. Once you understand how GLIFFY works, use the program to create a digital version of your FAVORITE THING PENCIL CHART.
  4. Use CONNECTORS in Gliffy to attach the bubbles of your chart. Include arrows on the end of your connector lines.
  5. PLEASE USE GLIFFY editing tools to add some COLOR and STYLE to your chart for maximum credit on the assignment! Make sure to include a TITLE, as well!
  6. SAVING:
    • If you are still working on your diagram, click FILE>SAVE and save your file as a .GLIFFY file IN YOUR DRIVE ON THE NETWORK! You can reopen this file again later, if you need.
    • If you are done with your diagram, click FILE>SAVE AS JPG. Save this file to your drive on the network. Call it FAVORITE_THINGS.JPG.
    • So that Mr. B. can grade your diagram, you must UPLOAD your file to your FRESHMAN_TECH folder on Google Drive. Click into this folder and then click NEW>FILE UPLOAD. This will upload your diagram picture to your folder for grading.

Assignment: "My Favorite Stuff" Chart in GLIFFY DIAGRAMS: DUE WEDNESDAY. Mark this in your Day Planner! 50 point assignment.

  • To make your "Word Web" into a usable piece of information, we will be recreating your chart using GLIFFY DIAGRAMS, as outlined above.
  • Make sure that you save your diagrams properly, as outlined above. If your diagram is not uploaded to your FRESHMAN_TECH folder, you will receive a ZERO.

Our First Big Project: The GLIFFY Flowchart Project. This is due at the end of class next WEDNESDAY.