The year is 2035. Your kids are entering high school. What does it look like?
Read all the questions before beginning.
1. Will schools be more modern? Will there be more technology? Are classes bigger? Virtual classrooms? How has the structure changed?
2. Are the subjects the same? Math? English? Science? Social Studies? Art? Music? How are they different? Are there books? Is there still paper?
3. Watch about 2 minutes of this video: High School 1968 It's pretty accurate of what high school looked like when I was there. Skip around a bit and get a feel for it. We couldn't even fathom using computers at school. We used encyclopedias for information. We predicted the future would look like this: Jetsons! It didn't happen that way! But then I could never have even imagined the Internet, cell phones, GPS, ipads, etc. It's pretty amazing to consider how things have changed during my lifetime. Someday you will be looking back at old videos of your time in high school. So thoughtfully consider the vast amount of change I presented in this paragraph and predict with great detail what your life will look like in 2035.
(Grading Rubric: 1=10pts, 2=10pts, 3=30pts)
PS I plan on printing this assignment for each of you to take to Year 2035 to chronicle your accuracy!
Student: Uh...Ms K there is no picture.
Student: Well how am I supposed to respond to "What is this?"
MsK: It's invisible.
Student: I don't get it.
MsK: It's about the web. There is an invisible web.
MsK: Go discover it. The invisible web. You will probably google it. But wait...does google have an index to ALL the deep web information out there? Hmmm... maybe not.
1. What is the invisible web? How big is it?
2. What are other names for it?
3. What kind of information is buried there and how can you find it?
To assist in your quest for educational resources for ipods and smart phones this week check out: Mobile Learner
There are thousands of apps and many are educational.
1. Look at the 2 poll boxes to the right. Choose answers. How do you predict this poll will play out?
2. Comment on why you think more teachers don't use mobile devices in class.
3. OK...now go for it! You have been commissioned to speak at the next teacher staff meeting. Highlight the attributes of ipods/smart phones. Convince teachers of the potential benefits in using these devices in their classroom. Consider what their objections might be and comment about how you'd alleviate those concerns.
Facebook has exploded in media attention in the past few weeks reaching 500 million users, the release of "The Social Network" movie and a seemingly evolving trend shift from 'informational' to 'social' web searches.
Below are 10 strange websites. But some are stranger than others because a few of the websites below are totally fake! The info is totally wrong and the whole website was designed to fool you! But...hey you are GenYES you won't be tricked! Right? Your task is to determine which ones are real and which are fake.
Part 1. Make a list of the sites. For example: Fake = 1, 2, 3.. Real= 4, 5, 6..
NOTE: You can fool your pals here by posting bad information and then re-posting a revised list at a later time! This assignment is all about foolery! Make sure your final list is the real one though because you will be graded for "right" and "wrong" answers out of the ten websites.
Part 2. Give an explanation of how you determined which ones were real and which ones were fake.
Tanner, Ian and Emily... you have all earned a “Free Homework Pass.” Congratulations on doing ALL the levels! Great Job! You can use your pass this week or another week this semester. You must send me an email by the Saturday deadline specifying "I'm using my homework pass" to earn the 50 points.
Your task this week is to play the Hoshi Saga game and discover the stars in each row which will open up all the squares with the ? marks.
Uncover all the ? marks in the first level. You must also collaborate in this blog with your colleagues by leaving (at least) one hint below about any star box. You can also submit questions on some of the tough ones if you want!
Accomplish all the ? marks* and one comment hint in the blog and you are done with this weeks homework!
Challenge! If you choose to go on and complete the next levels, the top player will receive a free homework pass for next week! All homework entries due by Saturday Midnight! See note below
Submitting your homework entry: Take a screen shot of your final board. Try to catch the score at the top. Email it to me.
* (if you fail to complete a row thus leaving a ? mark = -5 points per ? each remaining on your board)
PS It used to release new levels when you completed the board. Now they are separate and actually different too! So if you want to do the "Challenge!" here are a few more levels:
A geeks favorite controversy! Your task this week is to approach it from both angles. Pick two of the newest comparable products and compare a feature of each. Be sure to number your responses. Pick different features for 1 and 2.
1. MAC vs pc. Sell me a new mac based on a wonderful feature that a new pc is inferior. Specify exact models and OS and fully describe the feature.
2. PC vs mac. Sell me a new pc based on a wonderful feature that a new mac is inferior. Specify exact models and OS and fully describe the feature.
A filename extension is the data to the right of a file name. This extension tells you properties of the file and often what application it will work with. Some file extensions only work with certain operating systems. Read about file name extensions:
You will be providing 3 comments. Please number each one.
1. Name a file extension that only works with Windows/Microsoft products. What would be an analogous file for mac? (10 pts)
2. Name 2 graphics or image files. Which ones are the most compatible in most operating systems? What are the reasons you would pick this image file or not pick it? (20 pts)
3. Explore the example sites above. Discover an interesting extension that you've never heard of but think you might use it in the future. Why does this file interest you and how do you think you will use that app? (30 pts)
Visit the GenYes International website and get a sense of the the big picture. Watch the movie. Explore the site and read an article or two. Comment in your own words why this concept for schools is so successful. How does it impact teachers at SMHS? What role will you play?