December 17-24th

Computer Apps: The 32 things list has been converted to paper. Please pick one up and complete the assignment. This is due by Tuesday the 24th. However, given the current state of our connection speed, this can be taken under advisement. The obvious choice would be to assign this for homework, but many of you don’t have a computer at your residence  or a reliable connection;thus this would not be fair. An alternative assignment utilizing Microsoft Office will be forthcoming on Friday, if we are still lagging. 

Personal Finance:  Wednesday: Please read the USA today Article on Credit. You are to answer the questions that correspond to it, that are on the front desk. We will also have a mid-week ranking check for the VSE. You may only spend 10 minutes of your time on this today.

Thursday: 15 minutes on VSE. Turn in Credit Card Homework. We have previously discussed how the media can influence the stock market and individual stocks in particular. Please read this article and provide a 2 page double-spaced summary. Be prepared to answer questions on Steve Jobs, Market Reactions to the Announcement and If you think Apple’s strategy is wise or ill-advised.

Friday: Quiz on yesterday’s material. Open-note format. 15 minutes on VSE. Summary of Liabilities and Assets handout. Life Insurance and Retirement if Possible.

Monday-Financial Related Media

Tuesday-Financial Related Media

Radio-I am still waiting for the interview to be done with Mr. Limoge. The portable recorder is set up, charged and ready to go. This should be completed by Friday’s activity period. Collaborate on a list of questions and then set up an interview time with him. If he is not available, set up the same interview with Mr. Lovely or Mr. Teegarden.


December 8-12, 2008

Personal Finance-Please continue with your VSE work. Spend about 10 minutes a day. The final rankings and winner will be declared the day we return from Christmas Break. Also, we are now neck deep in our virtual spouse exercises. For this week, we’ll consider financial emergencies further and also have you purchase a home. We’ll look at considerations of this monumental decision. To help, I would like you to first find a home in Vermont. You may look at the web or a local paper. Then, go to the financial simulator, which is found at:

This site is somewhat helpful in determing your costs. Don’t forget the discussion of closing costs,  hook-ups, etc. Add this to your revised budget that should now include your fictional spouse.

Computer Apps and Cyberculture:

Your final Alice project is due on Friday the 12th. When you are finished, please scroll down to the previous week’s post and go to the 32 things post. Please, please, please read this before you ask me “What do I do now?”  A nifty tool has come to my attention.

This tool is called cooliris. You can browse photos in a matrix type point of view. You can check it out at:

Radio: Each of you need to prepare an interview script for Mr. Limoge about the tech center’s mission and purpose. This must be done by Friday.

Welcome Back from the Holidays

Computer Apps-First a couple of changes: Your final Alice project (game or movie) is due on December 12th. The date change is to enable us to fit a few more projects into the semester. After you finish this, refer to my previous post about completion of the 32 things assignment.

Personal Finance-Your terms test is tomorrow as promised. Here is a list of the last terms you should add to the previous data:

front-end load

A sales charge paid when an individual buys an investment, such as a mutual fund, limited partnership, annuity, or insurance policy. The load is clubbed with the first payment made by an investor, so the total initial payment is higher than the later payments. The purpose of a load is to cover administrative expenses and transaction costs and sometimes to discourage asset turnover.

ticker symbol

A system of letters used to uniquely identify a stock or mutual fund. Symbols with up to three letters are used for stocks which are listed and trade on an exchange. Symbols with four letters are used for Nasdaq stocks. Symbols with five letters are used for Nasdaq stocks other than single issues of common stock. Symbols with five letters ending in X are used for mutual funds.

Radio-Each DJ must have three podcasts in the can by Friday latest at a minimum. Also, lets plan to meet after school on Wednesday for five minutes for a yearbook photo.