Monthly Archives: January 2013

Class Agenda #1

[Opener]: Circle Up

Group Juggle SLT- I can improve my brain-function, hand-eye coordination and collaborative capacities through my involvement in The Group Juggle.

Lesson- The Weekly Trend Report:

The difference between breaking news & info AND reporting on what’s popp’n

[Weekly Research Assignment]: 20 Minutes SLT- I can present ideas, arguments, and evidence logically and formally in a way that is appropriate to my purpose, audience, and task. Use your research skills to find something that is trending now. Could be from the weekend. Could be from last week. Then, use your writing skills to draft an essay of about 250 words that does the following:

  • (NEW) You must use and cite MULTIPLE SOURCES in your essay.
  • Summarize the story.
  • Analyze the story- Ask yourself, why did this story trend?
  • Predict- What are the outcomes or implications of this story?
  • Cite- Credit your sources using our MLA Format
  • Tweet- Share your links with your twitter followers.

The Pitch- at your tables, share the gist of the stories you found. You will have 10 Minutes to think of “a pitch’ for a new product or service that could directly relate to something trending at your table.

#TrendingNow Math Syllabus

Introduction: Hello, World!

Software to Install:

Code Academy: Click here, and set up an account.

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Class Agenda #40: Wrapping it Up!

[Opener]: Group Juggle Final Exam

[Work Time, Part 1]:

  • Are you proud of your blog?
  • Is your Writer’s Notebook ready to be assessed?
  • Have you contributed to your class web site?

[Work Time, Part 2]:

  • Final Problem Solving Tasks are due today.  I will accept them until the end of the day on Friday, but I will be a more generous grader if you hand them in today.
  • Use your work to complete the final Writing Prompt.  Click on the page for your project to see your RAFT.
    1. Facebook Users
    2. Moore’s Law
    3. Storing MP3’s
  • Use the Rubric to assess yourself on this project, and hand it in with the rest of your work.

[Closing]:

Exit Survey

Class Agenda #39.2

Final Projects

  • What is your role on your class web site?  Have you published anything?  What expertise can you offer?
  • Final Problem Solving Tasks are due on Friday in class.
  • On Friday, you will also have an argumentative writing prompt related to your work.

Updates

Work Time

Final Problem Solving Tasks: Update #1

Yesterday you had the choice of three projects:

  • Facebook Users – 6 people chose to work on this one.
  • Moore’s Law – 18 people chose to work on this one.
  • Storing MP3’s  – 2 people chose to work on this one.

You took a survey at the end of class.  Here’s how you said you’re doing:

TN1 DAY1 CheckIn

 

Here are the questions and next steps you said you’re taking.

  • What makes a good question?
  • What makes a good next step?

Class Agenda #39

[Opener]: Circle Up, Group Juggle

SLT- I can improve my brain-function, hand-eye coordination and collaborative capacities through my involvement in The Group Juggle.

Mini-Lesson

A look at early versions of websites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/6125914/How-20-popular-websites-looked-when-they-launched.html

Comparing and Contrasting then and now.

Individual Work- Spend 5 minutes looking through the early versions of these sites. On your POST IT NOTE-

  • What do you think the most important component of a new website is?

Share-Out-

Lets apply this to our Current #Trending Sites: What are some things we should focus on for these sites?

http://trendingvalidus.webs.com/

http://trendingnow2atvalidus.wordpress.com/

To-DO List- On a Post-It, create a To-Do List for your Work Time

Class Work- 

  1. Class Website- Refer to This Class Agenda or This Class Agenda – Remember that this class site should be at the least something better than a site that we’ve been using for this this class. Check the Rubric for this on our Student Learning Target Page.
  2. Personal Blog
  3. Weekly Research Essay

Debrief From Yesterday’s Check In

Work Time on Final Problem Solving Tasks

  • Due on Thursday
  • You’ll have a 30 minute writing task in class on Thursday.

Editing-

Opener- Group Juggle

SLT-I can improve my brain-function, hand-eye coordination and collaborative capacities through my involvement in The Group Juggle.

Areas of Growth in Revision- 

SLT- I can select 2 grammatical areas where I make frequent errors and correct them in my essay.

Trends that I’ve been noticing:

  • adverbs
  • personal pronouns
  • possessives
  • run-on sentences
  • punctuation
  • sentence fragments.

Try This- Write the definition AND one example to each of the revision trends listed above in your writing notebook.

  • EX- Adverbs- a part of speech that modifies a verb or an adjective. Typically referring to time, manner, and place. (Loudly Sang)

Work Time- Brain Pop- www.brainpop.com

  • Choose any two lessons and work through them- e-mail results to boccheciamp@validusprep.org

Editing-  Now apply your learning!

  • Open your Robot Take Over Essay– in your notebook.
  • Re-Read your essay. Focus on noticing any errors that are the same as what you studied in Brain Pop.
  • If you see a correction to make- INSERT your correction next to your original mistake AND Highlight it.
  • Make as many corrections as you need to.
  • SWITCH with a partner. Your Partner Should make any corrections in a different highlighted color.

Debrief- Circle Up, Share- One element of editing you feel like you’re now comfortable with or 1 that you’re still working on.

Class Agenda #38

Group Juggle

I can improve my brain-function, hand-eye coordination and collaborative capacities through my involvement in The Group Juggle.

“Post Its”- Make a TO DO list of things you hope to accomplish in #Trending this week.

Work Time- (Order Of Operations)

  • Weekly Research Assignment
  • Class RAFTS

[Weekly Research Assignment]:

SLT- I can present ideas, arguments, and evidence logically and formally in a way that is appropriate to my purpose, audience, and task.

Use your research skills to find something that is trending now. Could be from the weekend. Could be from last week. Then, use your writing skills to draft an essay of about 250 words that does the following:

  • (NEW) You must use and cite MULTIPLE SOURCES in your essay.
  • Summarize the story.
  • Analyze the story- Ask yourself, why did this story trend?
  • Predict- What are the outcomes or implications of this story?
  • Cite- Credit your sources using our MLA Format
  • Tweet- Share your links with your twitter followers.

Check-IN-

  • Finding 2 Sources-

[Debrief]: Circle Up, share out essay topics.

[Math Goals]:

  • Look at your Grade Sheet Google Doc.  Update it.  What are your goals this week?
  • Make sure that you’re finishing any Capacity Matrices that you haven’t turned in.  Let me know if you need help or evidence on these.

Final Problem Solving Tasks:

You have a choice of tasks.

You’ve made it to the final week of #TrendingNow, Part 1.  This week, instead of completing a Problem Set, you have your choice of three tasks.  You’re going to use all of your problem solving skills to make predictions about the future of computing.  On each of these assignments, you will have to collect, model, and analyze data.  You will be graded on Habit 1, Habit 4 and Habit 5.  Each assignment is also an assessment of 1 or 2 math content targets, so that might help you choose which assignment you’ll work on.

On Thursday, in class, you will have an argument prompt.

Closing

End of Class Survey – checking in on where you stand so far.