September 15-19th 2008

Computer Apps-You are now deep in the heart of Excel. The final exercise is called Fast Food Fun and can be found at this link: http://www.wmburgweb.com/Resources/Lesson/index.htm

 When you finish these exercises, you are to move on to the PowerPoint Heaven Unit. Once we finish this, we will be moving on to other projects outside of the Microsoft Office Realm. For homework this week, please be able to demonstrate that you know how the sum, max and min functions work.

Personal Finance-We will be shopping for automobiles this week as well as testing your knowledge of the previous week’s vocabulary. Please be prepared for a quiz this week.

Lancer Radio-Your new program directors are……..drumroll please……Hayden Archbold and Bryce Chapin.


Movie Maker June 2-6

Now that you have finished your menu, you are to move on to working with Windows Movie Maker software. Admittedly this is not the most advanced digital movie editor out there. Having said that, the learning curve is fairly simple and easy to pick up. If you have video footage of your own shot in mini-dv format you may bring that in to work with. If you do not, you may choose to sign out a mini-dv camera from the library. If all else fails, here are some sites from which you can import footage for use in your project:

http://gallery.mobile9.com/c/wmv-videos/1/

www.archive.org

You can also get royalty free music for your videos from this site:

jamendo.com

 ***THIS IS YOUR FINAL PROJECT. YOU WILL NEED TO EXHIBIT YOUR BEST EFFORT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A PASSING GRADE ON THIS PROJECT. OBVIOUSLY THE MORE DEMONSTRATED EFFORT THE HIGHER THE GRADE!

*****Note: It is highly recommended that you import video in WMV format. There is no guarantee that other formats such as Mov or QT will work. Happy Hunting and only 2 weeks left!!


May 29th-June 2

Remember that your Publisher Menus are due on Monday latest.

1st and 4th Period will work with Excel. Also if any of you have video that you would like to upload, I would like to finish the week out with Microsoft Movie Maker. Obviously this video must be appropriate for school. Or you can search the web for wmv format video to load into the program.

You will be receiving study guides for the final exam next week. If you have a question about your status as an exempt Senior with an A average, please see me with any questions.

7th period. We will be working with Antics next week. We will work on your installation on Friday the 30th.

Not too much longer before you embark on summer vacation.


April 10-17

Alice The gang from Sims 2Your webpages are due on Friday. Periods 1 & 7 must have them done by the start of class. Period 4 has until 11:00 A.M. due to the in school performance we attended on Wednesday. Please make sure that you either give the page address to me in class or e-mail it to me @ cmooney@luhs18.org.

Friday all classes-We will start our tech reading integration piece. This will last until the end of the semester. Every Friday, we will discuss a tech article submitted by one of your classmates to me. These will be known as tech correspondent reports. It can be anything that is technology related. There are some very good resources out there. Here are some suggested links:

www.digg.com

www.livecrunch.com

Please make sure they are tech related (computers, video game technology, auto technology, etc.) I will not accept stories about your favorite sports team.

Also, we will start on Monday with a formal introduction to Alice. You can find more information about Alice at www.alice.org. The Alice program has partnered with EA games to build the popular Sims series of computer games. It is a great introduction to programming without having to learn hours of code strands. You will start with the tutorials that can be accessed by clicking on the Alice program that I have installed on all of your desktops. For the first week, I will allow you to work in pairs of two. Once you have finished the tutorials, you are to move on to chapter 1 in the handout packet I have in the front of the class. The exercises at the end of Chapter 1 are due on Thursday at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted. 

As a final note, from now on when we are doing the tech writing/reading piece on Fridays, absolutely no computers are to be on.No games, cellphones, mp3 players, nothing, zilch, nada. Just you, your ears and a piece of paper and writing utensil.  Failure to observe this will negatively reflect on your grades and will result in a detention slip. There will be no exceptions to this rule!


Computer Applications

This week we are finishing up with the Word projects. We begin an Excel unit next week. Please expect a quiz. Once we have finished with the basics of Microsoft Office, we will be moving on to a few programs which can be found at these links:

sketchup.google.com

http://www.go-2-school.com/podcasts

alice.org

pages.google.com

docs.google.com

http://pptheaven.mvps.org/index.html

http://344design.typepad.com/

http://www.cartoonsmart.com/

http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

http://www.pulsethebook.com/index.php/index.php?tag=second-life

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/techapp/instruct/hs/dga_les1.htm

http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/11/best_of_the_web_my_most_useful.php