Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2/14 To What Piece of Technology Would You Write a ‘Love Letter’?


Write a 200 or more letter supporting your opinion. Please check grammar, spelling and punctuation. Post it on your Blog.

Try your hand at writing a similar “love letter” to the piece of technology that means the most to you, whether it’s an iPod you own or a computer, television, camera, or cellphone you covet. Like David Pogue does, address the device directly and describe the details that make it “something special” to you. (You needn’t write about the tech specifics of the device unless you want to; instead, you might concentrate on how this device improves, or could improve, your life.) 

You may write a three stanza poem or a three verse song or rap instead.

"iPhone!!!" Mr. Viereck iPhone Love Song
Student Samples
Alexa, my love 

Monday, February 6, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

What is Computing Videos



1. History of Computers
Computer Commercial

3. Software
Software Explained

5. Future of Computing
Using DNA for Storage

Pros and Cons of AI


    Monday, January 2, 2017

    1/3 Happy New Year 2017

    Word of the Day: The New Year's Resolution Generator

    • Post a response to the Question of the Day in your own words. 
    • Use complete sentences, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.  
    I would like to wish everyone a very Healthy and Happy New Year. Join me this year as I resolve to work my best to help you learn.  Do your part resolve to do away with distractions.  

    1. Keep your phones in your pockets
    2. Keep yourself on task - No games, No music, No fooling!
    3. Help yourself to be successful - Don't give up!
    4. Help others - Be a leader! 
    5. Listen, read, and pay attention carefully
    6. Complete all your work on time
    Read the Article: List of Happy New Year Resolutions 2017
    Question of the Day:
    What is your New Years Resolution?
    Make a Powtoon Movie of 3 resolutions for 2017

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Holiday Greetings / Extra Credit

    Please enjoy a peaceful and safe holiday break and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

    Do a good deed for someone this Holiday Season.  Don't tell anyone about it.  Not even the person you are helping. 

    Make your own Voki.com 
    Holiday Greeting, post it on your Blog and send it to your favorite teacher for 100 points extra credit.

    Check out these Technology Gadgets, Products, and Innovations.
    View my Flipboard Magazine.

    Is it better to give or receive? Write a blog post with evidence that supports your opinion. 

    Best New Gadgets in 2016

    Our Favorite Gadgets: Best Tech Gifts 2016 - WSJ.com

    Make you list of the top 10 Gadgets, Products or Innovations.  Post the list on your blog with images and descriptions. You can make a wish list on Amazon. (Up to 100 points)

    Take photos of yourself, your family and your friends using technology.  Then create a photo story.(Up to 100 points)

    Extra Credit assignments.
    Write in complete sentences, use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Credit will only be given for thoughtful well written responses of 5 sentences or more and 2 responses to others.

    Write three paragraphs on your blog defending your argument for the following topics. (100+ points)

    What is better a tablet or a laptop? Which would you rather have?  Which one is better for your particular need? Why?

    What is the Best Video Game Consoles of 2016?

    What's the Best Game Console for Kids?

    Xbox One vs PS4: Which console is best for 2016? |

    Go to code.org and
    WebPage Design CODE <All 3 100 points>
    New Year's Resolution Code
    Happy Holidays
    New Years Party

    18 Web Sites You Can Watch TV Online for Free - LifeWire

    How do you watch TV?

    What is the smart way to use a smartphone?  Does your smart phone make you dumb?
    Do you like being connected all the time?  How long do you think you could go without using technology?  No phone, No TV, No computer, No Internet, No Social Networks, No videos, No music, etc.

    Post a Photo of you with Santa. (100 Points)

    Post your message from the Application Gallery. (100 points) 

    Read technology articles and post your responses on your blog. (100+ points)

    Student Opinion - The Learning NetworkStudent Opinion - The Learning Network
    Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older. Post your comment to any of the articles.  Include your post on your blog.
     (100+ points)

    Make a presentation or podcast on a technology topic of your choice and post it to your blog. (100+ points)

    Make a video showing someone how you use a technology device. (100+ points).

    Make a slide show with captions of your holiday photos on your blog. (100+ points)

    Share your touching or amusing holiday stories. Write a story, make a comic, make a presentation or video.(100+ points)

    Email me with your own project ideas.

    Don't forget to make up your missing work.

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    11/30 Scratch Tutorials

        1. Go to Scratch Login
        2. Go to Create
        3. Click on the question mark under the "see project page" in the upper right.
          Complete the "Step-by-Step" tutorials.
        4. Share your projects - Copy the link - Paste it in your assignment

        Additional Scratch Tutorials
        Scratch Lesson 1: Introducing Scratch and Creating Sprite

        Scratch Lesson 2: Animating a Sprite (Dance)

        Scratch Lesson 3: Adding Sounds (Dance to the Beat)
        Scratch Lesson 4: Create a Music Sprite
        Scratch Lesson 5: Work with the Stage 
        Lesson 6: Create a Scratch Song 
        Scratch Lesson 7: Understanding the Pong Game
        Lesson 7: Create a Scratch Cartoon Animation         
        SCRATCH Lesson 8: Create a Cartoon Animation Part I
        SCRATCH Lesson 9: From Stories to Animations Part II

        Animate Your Name
        Create a Pong Game
        Design a Holiday Card
        Scratch Pen Challenge
        Problem III. Changing the Looks of a Sprite
        Problem II. Moving to Specific Locations
        Scratch Coordinates
        Draw your first sprite.

        Cartoon Animation
        How to Draw Comics the Marvel

        Keyhole Ken
        How to Draw Cartoons
        Cartoon Animation 


          Friday, November 18, 2016

          Happy Thanksgiving 2016


          Take time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Share it with your friends and family. Here are some activities to help you enjoy your holiday. Look for the Black Friday Coupon in the Friday Google Classroom from 12 am to 10 am.

          If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

          Record your thanksgiving message at: Voki: http://www.voki.com/ Post it on your Blog. (up to 100 points extra credit) Email one to a teacher.
          Turkey showing it's football skills hoping to put off the inevitable Turkey Day Celebration
          What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? (up to 100 points extra credit)

          Post your Thanksgiving Photos and write your Thanksgiving story on your blog.
          (up to 100 points extra credit)

          What is your role on Thanksgiving?  Do you help with the cooking?  Do you help decorate? Maybe you clean up.  Take 10 or more photos that show your role.  Add a one line caption for each photo and post it to your blog. (up to 100 points extra credit)
          Holiday TV Guide
          Books and Movies That Inspire Kids to Be Grateful 
          Best Holiday TV Specials of 2016 
          2016 Christmas Movies and TV Show Schedule: An Awesome Guide

          Complete your assignments Google Classroom

          Extra Credit 
          Scatch Tutorials 
          • Go to: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/
            Create an account. Send me your user name as a private message.
            Click on the question mark under the "see project page" in the upper right.
            Complete the "Step-by-Step" tutorials.
          Visit https://code.org/ and explore computer science.
          Work on Kodable K1    K2    K4   K6   K7 

          Student Opinion Questions

          Student Crosswords and Fill-Ins

          http://www.myspacegraphicsandanimations.com/images/animated-thanksgiving-turkey1.gifPost your Favorite quote on your Blog. (up to 10 points extra credit)
          Thanksgiving Jokes & Riddles

          Take the Thanksgiving quiz:

          Wish someone a Happy Thanksgiving:

          Thanksgiving activities:

          10 Memorable Thanksgiving Day Quotes

          1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
            • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
          2. Edward Sandford Martin
            • Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
          3. Erma Bombeck
            • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
          4. J. Robert Moskin
            • Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.
          5. James Smith
            • It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.
          6. W.T. Purkiser
            • Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.    
          7. Phillips Brooks
            • Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.
          8. Wilbur D. Nesbit
            • Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.       
          9. O. Henry
            • There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
          10. John Greenleaf Whittier
            • Ah! on Thanksgiving day.... When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
          What is your favorite quote?
          Make Thanksgiving Quote #11 yours. Post it on your Blog.

          Here are a couple of My favorite recipes.  Do you have any you could share?  in Google Classroom

          Country Apple Dumplings

          http://www.rhodesbread.com/images/recipes/AppleDumplingsLarge.jpg Prep Time: 20 Minutes
          Cook Time: 45 Minutes     Ready In: 1 Hour 5 Minutes
          Yields: 16 servings
          "Oh my Goodness!! Who knew that fresh apples, crescent roll dough, and citrus soda could make such a wonderful treat!"
          2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
          2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
          1 cup butter   
          1 1/2 cups white sugar
          1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
          1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew ™
          1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
          2. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
          3.Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew™ over the dumplings.
          4.Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

          Chocolate Cresent Roll

          Prep Time: 10 Minutes  Cook Time: 15 Minutes     Ready In: 30 Minutes
          Yields: 16 servings
          "Great for Chocolate Lovers!"
          2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
          12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
          1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
          2. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Place about 2 tsp. of chips on the largest end. Roll each crescent roll dough. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
          3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.