Sunday, June 5, 2016


Happy Summer!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

S 14 Prepare for Battle

Microsoft Office vs Google Drive

Prepare for battle!  Check these out:

1.  Compare a feature of Microsoft Office and Google Drive where "Google Apps" is the winner.

2.  Compare a feature of Microsoft Office and Google Drive where "Microsoft" is the winner.

No credit will be given for any repeat features!  
Make sure your entry is original.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

S 13 Open Source and AI

In 2015 there was an explosion in Artificial Intelligence research and development. Facebook and Google have open-sourced both A.I. software and hardware. Since the iPhone, there have been personal digital assistants that are used in our everyday lives such as Siri, Google NOW, and Cortana. But along with all of this innovation there is controversy on the potential of A.I. and how to stop it if it reaches a point of intelligence higher than humans.

1.  What is "Open Source?"  What does it mean for you?

2.  What do you know about AI?  What does it mean?  What are the implications of its wide spread development?

3.  Read the article.  Link at top.  What parts of the article did you find most interesting?  Why?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


GenYES becomes a different experience for everyone.

"GenYES is what you make of it"  
because there are many opportunities and options that you can choose from and there is a strong mission to allow GenYES students leadership opportunities to participate in the organization and content structure of the class and student organization.    

We will be having our end of the year CTSO meeting next week. Your homework this week will be to reflect on this program and offer your input, comment on the events and structure of the class and what you would like to see in the future.  Complete the link below.

GenYES - CTSO Meeting Wednesday 

May 3 ~ After School 2:30 to 4:00
Talk all about GenYES • Next Year Plans
New things • Biz Stuff • GenYES Recap
FOOD and FUN!  

Click here:  GenYES Recap Link  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

S12 Office Productivity Technologies

Office, iWork, Drive, and OpenOffice: 

Which office apps are right for you?

1. How would you decide which application is best for your business?  (Personal opinion)

2. Discover an online tool or app to improve any business's operations.   (Research.  No repeats)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

S11 Workforce Robotics

Robotics in the Workforce

Welcome to the robot-based workforce

Firefighting Robots

Or pick your article..

1) Read.  Cite your article.  Comment on what you read.  How are robotics affecting jobs, economics, the future of work or life as we know it?  Is this …  Good? ... Bad?  

2) How does this affect you personally in your future quest for a job or career?  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

S9 Social Media

Weighing in on Social Media

1. Each year more social media platforms are created.  Some become wildly popular.  Which social media sites do you think are cool or have unique features that are trending now?  Or do you dislike the new social media venues?  Like / dislike social media in general?   BEFORE you answer open the link above.  Read.  Then informally cite information that you read* along with your personal opinions. 

2. What is one downside (bad thing) about social media, other than privacy breach?  (Think beyond the obvious answer here)

3. What is one attribute (good thing) about social media, other than just the ability to share events? (Think beyond the obvious answer here)

4. What social media do you engage in?  How often? 

*Note:  Informally cite like this:  From the article "5 Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom"  that I read I discovered ...

Sunday, March 20, 2016

S8 Crowdfunding

Raising money for a Project  

Crowdfunding has changed the way innovators can bring their products to the public by appealing directly to the public for funding. No longer do creators need to beg to huge corporations to fund and back their project. Anyone with an idea has the opportunity to make it a reality.

Kickstarter Tech

Use these ^ links to find technology projects 

1. List your favorite 2 projects with a comment why you liked it. 

2. Now what do you think that inventor would have had to do to get their product to the public before crowdfunding?

Use these ^ links to answer these questions: 

3. What are the benefits to crowdfunding? Any disadvantages? 

4. Should companies like Kickstarter or Indiegogo take percentages of profits from projects on their sites? Why or Why Not?

5. Lastly give your opinion on crowdfunding and its impact on technology. Does it free inventors to use their full creative potential or does it only offer a medium for people to promote stupid projects? (Think Potato Salad Project...if you don't know about this look it up...pretty funny).

Sunday, March 6, 2016

S7 Gamification

Gamificatio a trend of turning tasks like work and school into funner, more immersive experiences by mixing them with gaming and gaming fragments, like levels and achievements

Many people worldwide are fighting for more gamification in places like businesses, schools, companies, and other places.

Read or watch at least two (including Sesame Credit) of these sources:

Then answer these questions:

1) Have you used a program, game or gamified system before? What was your experience?

2) Are there some things that should be gamified?  Never be gamified?  School?

3) Do you see Sesame Credit as something to worry about? Or just an interesting and possibly useful social experiment?  Could this happen in the US?