Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week of October 27th - 31st

Some useful links: 

Monday:
Introduce CSS styles
Everyone working on second HTML assignment - a page about your interests

Tuesday
Give out "Ducks in a Row" worksheet, demonstrate access to web server
Demonstrate HTML validator
Everyone working on "Ducks in a Row"



Wednesday:
(Current events accepted)
Ducks in a Row due by the end of lunchtime
Hand out "Design Principles" reading for Friday
3 page website assignment available when finished

Thursday:
Everyone working on 3 page website assignment

Friday:
Discuss "Design Principles"
Everyone working on 3 page website assignment

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week of October 20th - 24th

Monday:
(App Challenge Reflection due)
(Read Secret Geek A-Team Hacks Back, Defends Worldwide Web and turn in this worksheet.)
Continue with discussion of Internet technology

Tuesday:
(Periods slightly shortened: P1 ends at 8:52, P2 ends at 10:11.)
(TCP/IP try-at-home due. Here are worksheets for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X. If you run into problems with any of the commands, take your answer from these screen shots -- what you would have seen if it had worked.)
(Hand out review sheet for test on Thursday.)
Wrap up internet technology discussion
Begin HTML unit

Wednesday:
(Computer Pioneers paper due, on paper and via turnitin.)
(Why not do a current event?)
Go over test review sheet, answer any questions.
Continue with HTML unit.

Thursday:
Here are the answers to the binary/hex worksheet, for your review.
test on binary numbers, digital representation of information, internet technology
Work on HTML when done with test.

Friday:
JSUMC rotation.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week of Oct 13th - 17th

Please take this quick survey at the beginning of class on Thursday.

Mon:
Staff day, no school.

Tuesday:

App Challenge presentations, videos, and posters due.
Groups give presentations, watch videos.

1st period:
CPR Buddy: presentation video
RemMedi: presentation video
The Ultimate School Survival App: presentation video

2nd period:

BusyBus: presentation video
AllergEasy: presentation video
Hidden Strength: presentation video

Wednesday:

(Why not do a current event?)
PSATs, no regular class.

Thursday:

(Internet vocabulary due either today or Friday - your choice.)
Continue discussion of Internet history, technology
Friday;
JSUMC


For next Monday, Oct 20th:
For next Tuesday, Oct 21st:
For next Wednesday, Oct 22nd: 
  • Computer Pioneers paper due, on paper and via turnitin.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Week of October 6th-10th

Monday:
Last day of in-class time to work on App Challenge.  

Tuesday:

(shortened periods, afternoon presentation)
Introduce binary/hex numbers

Wednesday:

(Why not do a current event?)
Complete binary/hex numbers
Begin discussing digital representation of sounds and images, digital cameras, CAT scans
Thursday:
(Binary numbers worksheet due)
(Give out internet vocab sheet)
(App challenge: written responses and Balsamiq mockup are due)
Complete digital representation discussion, begin internet discussion of internet history and technology
Stuff due next Tuesday, Oct 14th:
- App challenge poster, video, and presentation. Make sure that your presentation is shared with Mr. J, and that you've sent him a link
- We will also give the presentations in class on Tuesday.

Stuff due next Thursday, Oct 16th
- Internet vocab sheet

Stuff due the following Monday, Oct 20th:
- App Challenge Reflection
- Read Secret Geek A-Team Hacks Back, Defends Worldwide Web and turn in this worksheet.
- TCP/IP try-at-home due. Here are the worksheets:
if you run into problems with any of the commands, take your answer from these screen shots -- what you would have seen if it had worked.

Friday:
JSUMC rotation

Friday, September 26, 2014

Week of Sept 29th - Oct 3rd

Monday:
(Each person's App Concept Overview due - 500 words maximum:
  • App Name
  • Clearly identify the need or problem in the school or community
  • Describe how the key features of the app offer an appropriate solution to the identified need or problem - most important!
  • Explain how the app concept aligns with one of the 3 Verizon Foundation Focus Areas of Education, Healthcare, or Sustainability.)
(Each student makes at least one screen with Balsamiq.  Please download your image (using the download image link under the mockup) and print it out to turn in.  If you can't get to Balsamiq for some reason, you can use this template to draw your screen on paper.)

In class, plan on meeting with your group for the first 40 minutes to share ideas and agree on the features you want to include in your app.  Avoid the "kitchen sink" approach, and try to identify a Minimal Viable Product - the bare minimum set of features that would still make a distinctive and useful app.

Each group will present their ideas to the class and get feedback.

Tuesday:
Each group will allocate subtasks so that they can deliver the items required for this project:
  • Final Concept Overview (500 words, reflects the final group consensus on the product's key features)
  • Essay responses to Verizon prompts (each 200 words):
    • Team Research: Describe the team's research to locate existing/similar app solutions to the identified need or problem.
    •  Identified Need or Problem: How does the mobile app concept offer an innovative approach to solving the identified need or problem? 
    • Unique Form and Functionality: Explain how the app concept leverages the unique form and functionality of a mobile app. 
    • STEM Principles and Practices: How were STEM principles and practices applied during the design process?
  • 3 - 5 minute video
  • Wireframe mockup of user interface, using Balsamiq.
  • Poster - maximum 24" tall, 40" wide (so that 6 will fit on our bulletin board).
  • Class presentation
by Tuesday, Oct 7th.  There will probably not be any class time to work on this on Monday. Presentations (including the videos) will take place on Tuesday, October 7th.  Each group will have a maximum of 15 minutes, including the time to show the video.

Groups reconvene at the end of class (stand-up meeting) and share progress, identify plans for Wednesday.  Every student fills out an exit ticket.

Wednesday:
(why not do a current event?)
Groups convene at the beginning of class (stand-up meeting) and share concerns, verify that everyone is on the same page.
Groups continue to work on project deliverables.
Groups reconvene at the end of class (stand-up meeting) and share progress, identify plans for Thursday.  Every student fills out an exit ticket.

Thursday:
(Probably the last in-class day)
Groups convene at the beginning of class (stand-up meeting) and share concerns, verify that everyone is on the same page.
Groups continue to work on project deliverables.
Groups reconvene at the end of class (stand-up meeting) and share progress, identify plans for completing tasks by next Tuesday.  Every student fills out an exit ticket.

Friday:
JSUMC

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week of Sep 22nd - 26th

Monday:
(App Evaluation Project due - on paper and via turnitin)
Review AppInventor quiz
Review Verizon App Challenge  - creativity, smartphone resources
Groups review and evaluate problems from brainstorming session, prepare 5Ws and elevator pitches for apps. Here is the link for your elevator pitch.
Pass out Verizon consent forms and letter.  You can get the consent form online here.


Tuesday:
Turn in Verizon consent forms!  Please!
Make sure you have submitted the elevator pitch (link is above)
Continue with problem/project evaluation exercise
Students present elevator pitches, vote on most promising - reduce to 6 candidates per class
Here's an inspiring example of what's possible.  (These were middle school kids, by the way.)
Here's the BTHS entry that was best in state last year.

Wednesday:
(Why not do a current event?)
If you didn't submit an elevator pitch yesterday, your homework assignment for today is to submit TWO, in writing, by the beginning of class.
Last chance for Verizon consent forms
Break into teams, start working!

Thursday:
No school

Friday:
JSUMC rotation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week of Sept 15th-19th

Monday:
JSUMC orientation
MoleMash writeup due

Tuesday:

for Tuesday, read about sprite animation in App Inventor 2
In class, we will work through the Pong tutorial and then do some extensions

Wednesday:

(Why not do a current event?)
for Wednesday, read about making a slideshow app that can step through a list of images.  You may find this confusing - try to follow along, we will clear up any questions in class.
We won't actually be making a slideshow, we'll be making a quiz app.  Here are the directions.
When you finish the basic app, extend it:
  • make it speak - have it say "You answered " + your answer (use the Join block) and have it say "Correct" or "Nope" or something school-appropriate
  • make it count correct and incorrect answers
  • make the background change colors for correct and incorrect answers, and go back to white when you move on to the next question.
  • think about how to make it be multiple choice.  Tricky!  You might want to look into how to work with lists of lists. . . 
Thursday:
Review for quiz on AppInventor
Introduce group App project based on the Verizon App Challenge.  In particular, here are the guidelines for Education, Healthcare, and Sustainability that they offer.

Hand out "App Investigation" project - due Monday.

Here are some links to help you get started with this:
Friday:
quiz on AppInventor
continue with group App project

Here is the link for your elevator pitch.