November 18-21st

Computer Applications: Your goals are to finish the Graveyard Exercise, they will not be accepted after Friday. Following this, you are to move on to the final Alice project of your choice. This can either be the game design or the movie construct. These will be due by the end of the quarter, latest. If you finish this, you are to go to this site


and complete all of the functions: This will be your introduction to blogging, RSS Feeds and other Web 2.0 functions. I will be guiding you through this process and will explain their relevance and utility as you progress through the chain of assignments. This will then be followed by the final program that we utilize in this class known as Antics 3d.

Personal Finance: Here is the term of the day:

Term of the Day – defensive stock

A stock that tends to remain stable under difficult economic conditions. Defensive stocks include food, tobacco, oil, and utilities. These stocks hold up in hard times because demand does not decrease as dramatically as it may in other sectors. Defensive stocks tend to lag behind the rest of the market during economic expansion because demand does not increase as dramatically in an upswing.

Your terms and investing test will take place on the Tuesday of the week we return to school. Please be ready and reference this site for any questions or missed terminology. We continue our exploration of college financing this week and will have a visitor from VSAC on Friday. Please bring your questions.

Radio: Your assignment(s) are posted on the door of the production room. As a reminder, any requests for work must be cleared with me ahead of time.


November 14-17

Computer Apps-At a minimum, you need to have your Alice exercises 1, 2 & 2a done by today. Failure to do so results in a ten point deduction for every day that you are late in turning these in to me. I will not accept any of these after the 20th.

Personal Finance-Circuity City Article is due by the end of class today. Ten minutes should be allocated during this period to trading. We will tackle mutual funds next week. Please continue to register and learn the terms.Here is today’s:

Term of the Day – CD

Certificate of Deposit. Short- or medium-term, interest-bearing, FDIC-insured debt instrument offered by banks and savings and loans. CDs offer higher rates of return than most comparable investments, in exchange for tying up invested money for the duration of the certificate’s maturity. Money removed before maturity is subject to a penalty. CDs are low risk, low return investments, and are also known as “time deposits”, because the account holder has agreed to keep the money in the account for a specified amount of time, anywhere from three months to six years.

Radio-Good Meeting and Dialogue today. Lets plan on cleaning up the audition room next and completing a few more podcasts to put in the mix.

Personal Finance

Term of the Day – rate of exchange

Rate at which one currency may be converted into another. Generally, one unit of the home currency is expressed in terms of another currency. For example, an American bank may quote the exchange rate between the dollar and the Yen as the number of dollars needed to buy one yen. also called exchange rate or foreign exchange rate or currency exchange rate.

Also, I would like you to try the virtual stock exhange game which can be found at:


I can help guide you through the setup and registration process. The idea is to get you used to trading and researching different stocks.

NOVEMBER 11th Veterans Day

Today is the day we remember all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice or served to ensure our freedoms. I was a bit disappointed earlier today when a student shrugged her soldiers and said, “Oh well.” While this alarming, I think as educators we should all take a moment to reflect and remind our students what military service involves, regardless of your stance as a hawk, dove or neutral party.

Computer Apps-Please continue with your Alice exercises. We move on to you programming a game of your design at the latter part of this week and next week. Programming is not just creating things, but its also incremental problem solving that involves spatial awareness, multiple intelligences and creativity. Parts of this program can be frustrating, but I think if you engage with the program, the small victories are refreshing.

Personal Finance-Grapes of Wrath Assignment due today! Your daily investor term is:

 political risk

The risk of loss when investing in a given country caused by changes in a country’s political structure or policies, such as tax laws, tariffs, expropriation of assets, or restriction in repatriation of profits. For example, a company may suffer from such loss in the case of expropriation or tightened foreign exchange repatriation rules, or from increased credit risk if the government changes policies to make it difficult for the company to pay creditors

Given the recent political changes in this country, tell me in a one page, double spaced essay how political risk could potentially affect the stock market. Will it be a bull or bear market? I know I am asking you to predict the future. Do you think that increased credit risk will continue to be the overriding concern? Also consider the case of Circuit City when writing your essay.

Radio-I need your show format descriptions today! There will be a ten point deduction every day that the assignment is late. Please see me if you have any questions or need suggestions for how to set a program format. When finished, please leave for Chapin or me.

November 10th-14th

LUHS OPEN HOUSE ON THE 13th! Please encourage your families to come!!!

Computer Apps-You should have completed all assignments, Island, Snowman Stack, Lunar, Tea Party and Carrier by Wednesday. After this, move on to Assignment #2. This will be due by Friday.

Personal Finance-Grapes of Wrath writing assignment are due by the beginning of class on Tuesday. We start our unit on Stocks, Bonds and other savings instruments on Monday. Please check the page daily to get your daily terms. Here is today’s term of the day:

Term of the Day – ROE

A measure of how well a company used reinvested earnings to generate additional earnings, equal to a fiscal year’s after-tax income (after preferred stock dividends but before common stock dividends) divided by book value, expressed as a percentage. It is used as a general indication of the company’s efficiency; in other words, how much profit it is able to generate given the resources provided by its stockholders. investors usually look for companies with returns on equity that are high and growing.

Radio-The shift schedule will start this week. Please check with either Chapin or Jamie for your slot and you will need to tell me what kind of show you plan on doing. This needs to be filled out and turned in by Tuesday.

November 3rd-7th

Computer Apps-Your Dream School in Sketchup is due on November 4th by the end of class. Once you finish this, you are to move on to the Alice programming module. You must go through all four tutorials or you will be lost! The first exercise will be due on Monday of next week.

Personal Finance-On Monday we look at the Science of Retail. Tuesday will be the utilization of a virtual credit card game. Wednesday, be prepared to be thrown a curve ball as we will look at money media. For Thursday and Friday we will be looking at John Steinbeck’s classic, The Grapes of Wrath and correlating it with our current financial state. Here are your terms for the week:

Par-The nominal dollar amount assigned to a security by the issuer.

Commission-A fee charged by a broker or agent for his/her service in facilitating a transaction, such as the buying or selling of securities or real estate.

Radio-Congratulations again to Brendan and Chapin for their awesome work in getting the station up and running smoothly. Additionally, the PSA’s I have received thus far look very good. All podcasts for the week need to be up and previewed by Friday.