Monthly Archives: March 2013

Class Agenda #20

Group Juggle-

Contagious- Excerpt from Chapter 1 Social Currency

Group Time- 

  • Finalize hires
  • Make sure you know your team
  • If there is new talent in the room, recruit them

One Pager

  • Click here to download a simple template
  • Fill it in by completing each prompt.  You may change the formatting as much as you like.
  • When you’re done, save your work and export to .pdf.
  • Attach both the .pages and .pdf files in an email to Mr. Boccheciamp and Mr. Dunseith.
  • Due by the end of today’s class.

Web Address

Work Time

  • Work towards achieving your mission.
  • Keep track on your Programming Log.

Spring Break

  • What will you accomplish over break?
  • What does your team need you to accomplish?
  • Can you get a Code Academy streak going for the entire break?
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Class Agenda #19- Hiring Fair

Group Juggle: Things that wouldn’t fit in this classroom.

Listening: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Task: Open your Notebook. As we listen, jot down any thoughts or connections that you’re having with this text.

Hiring Fair-

And the selected projects are…

  • Project Managers stay in the room with Dunseith
  • Applicants step out into the atrium with Boccheciamp

Project Manager have until Thursday to notify applicants of your hiring decisions.

An e-mail should also be sent to B/D of who’s on your team.

Hiring Fair Debrief

Learning Target: I can make something.

  • 2: Use scratch to make something.  (If it’s beautiful and useful, maybe this is worth more than a 2.)
  • 3: Use HTML and CSS to make something.
  • 4: Use HTML, CSS, + Ruby or Javascript to make something.
  • Write me an email by the end of the week telling me about the first thing you’re going to make.

 

Class Agenda #18

Group Juggle:

[Weekly Research Assignment]: 20 Minutes  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.

Learning Target: I can make something.

  • 2: Use scratch to make something.  (If it’s beautiful and useful, maybe this is worth more than a 2.)
  • 3: Use HTML and CSS to make something.
  • 4: Use HTML, CSS, + Ruby or Javascript to make something.
  • Write me an email by the end of the week telling me about the first thing you’re going to make.

Current List of Workable Projects:

  • Sean Woods: comeback app
  • Kassandra Hernandez: problems & advice app
  • Noheli Perez: app that suggests outfits to wear
  • Teachers: the Twitter vocabulary backchannel
  • Fatema Waggeh: tutor-matching app
  • Someone?: recipe alert app
  • Workout Routines-

Each of these requires some knowledge of databases.

Jobs for Projects-        Description and Skills

Project Manager-   Clear creative Vision, 90% of life is showing up, face of the company, thinking about this 24/7.

Technical-                Strong computer skills: including coding. Attention to detail. Able to remotely access projects.

Creative-                   Able to produce clever or catchy designs, slogans, phrases, images, jpegs

Marketing-                Analyzes global and community trends. Strategically places the company’s message into the world.

Tomorrow we will have a Hiring Fair for these positions. To prepare for this today-

Task-

Option I- If you are interested in a project manager position for any of the projects, please send an email to dunseith@validusprep.org AND boccheciamp@validusprep.org explaining why you deserve one of these jobs. We will select the best project managers for each start-up.

Option II- Prepare your resume, cover letter, and portfolio for tomorrow’s fair.

Share Out:

  1. Share pitches / Who’s is really excited about their own ideas / Who is excited about someone’s idea — would you work for them.
  2. Twitter Vocabulary Project – project manager, designers, advertising & PR & marketing

Programming:

  • Take steps to gain the technical know-how you need to fulfill your role.

Programming Logs

  • Are you keeping up on your programming log?
  • You should be recording the work you do both in and out of class.

Class Agenda #17

Group Juggle: Things that wouldn’t fit in this classroom.

Listening: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Task: Open your Notebook. As we listen, jot down any thoughts or connections that you’re having with this text.

Learning Target: I can make something.

  • 2: Use scratch to make something.  (If it’s beautiful and useful, maybe this is worth more than a 2.)
  • 3: Use HTML and CSS to make something.
  • 4: Use HTML, CSS, + Ruby or Javascript to make something.
  • Write me an email by the end of the week telling me about the first thing you’re going to make.

Task: “Pitch” your project using the Quirky Model- http://www.quirky.com/ideations

  • A Problem
  • Your proposed solution
  • Materials and Roles needed

Share Out:

  1. Share pitches / Who’s is really excited about their own ideas / Who is excited about someone’s idea — would you work for them.
  2. Twitter Vocabulary Project – project manager, designers, advertising & PR & marketing

Programming:

  • Take steps to gain the technical know-how you need to fulfill your role.

Programming Logs

  • Are you keeping up on your programming log?
  • You should be recording the work you do both in and out of class.

Class Agenda #16

Group Juggle: What are you scared of?

Listening- Listen to about the first 10 Minutes of the book “Contagious” by Jonah Berger. As you listen, jot down any ideas you’re having or quotes that you like from this selection.

Pitch- Look at the following models on the site Quirky- http://www.quirky.com/ideations

  • What are some good ideas on this list? Why do you think that?
  • What are some half-baked ideas on this list? If they don’t apply to you, fine, but what is there target market?
  • Practice- Think of a product and in your Notebook create a pitch for it in this format.

We’re going to run a vocab backchannel on Twitter (remember Today’s Meet?)

  • Be experts for the teachers!
  • What hashtags should we use?  Can you suggest some?
  • What vocabulary assignments should Upper Academy complete over Spring Break?
  • Can this connect to Battle of the Books?

Let’s play with Twitter

  • create.visual.ly — how do they do this?  
  • You need some design experience, and you need to know Twitter’s API

Programming Logs

  • Are you keeping up on this?
  • What is the best use for this log?

Learning Target: I can make something.

  • 2: Use scratch to make something.  (If it’s beautiful and useful, maybe this is worth more than a 2.)
  • 3: Use HTML and CSS to make something.
  • 4: Use HTML, CSS, + Ruby or Javascript to make something.
  • Write me an email by the end of the week telling me about the first thing you’re going to make.
  • What hashtags should we use?  Can you suggest some?

Class Agenda #15

Group Juggle SLTs- 

  • I can determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text. (R2)- This means that I can understand and use quality information that I find from the web.
  • I can develop creative products using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. (W3)- This means that my personal blog, weekly trend report and my tweets are carefully constructed.

[Weekly Research Assignment]: 20 Minutes  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.

Programming

Initial Programming Targets

  • I can make something.

  • I can use HTML to make web pages.
  • I can use Cascading Style Sheets to make my web sites beautiful.
  • I can use Javascript to make programs.

Mastery Update

  • The first six Code Academy modules are done and graded.
  • How did you do?
  • What did you learn?

How Did Grading Work?

  • You had to be part of the #TrendingNow group on CodeAcademy.
  • If you finished…
    • HTML Fundamentals
    • Build Your First Web Page
    • More With HTML
    • The Recipe Card
  • …then you earned a 3 on the HTML SLT.
  • Four people went farther than this – you also received something higher than 0 on the CSS SLT.

Now what?

  1. What do you & your group need to know to work on your digital endeavor?
  2. What do you want to learn how to do?
  3. A brief tour of what’s on CodeAcademy?
  4. Does this look like something you’d like to try?

If so, let’s try this:

Class Agenda #14

Group Juggle Opener.

Group Task- You have 15 minutes to put together “A Pitch” presentation for your start-up internet platform.

  • Tell us about your company
  • What problem have you identified that you’re working to address.
  • Show us the early stages of your product.
  • Tell us about where you’re product will go from here.
  • Each presentation should be NO MORE than 5 minutes

Audience- As you watch each presentation-

  • What are some of the pluses of the company?
  • Would you invest in this company? If not, think of some useful suggestions for how to improve/address any oversites

Group Task- Give your groups a grade for this task for the first marking period.

  • If 4 is a successful website, 3 is something that you’d link to your E-Portfolio, 2 is operational, and 1 is a domain name, what did you score?
  • Plan out your next steps

Programming

Initial Programming Targets

  • I can use HTML to make web pages.
  • I can use Cascading Style Sheets to make my web sites beautiful.
  • I can use Javascript to make programs.

HTML Quiz 1 Debrief

First Marking Period Programming Assignment