Friday, January 29

Class Starter:  Write a blog post about “What makes a blog worth following?” Top 20 Best Blogging Platforms

Take the first 15 minutes of class to write your thoughts about the blogs listed here. Before you write your post, go to the following links and take a look around. Notice how each blog is from someone or a group of people who wants to get their message out to the world.    (you may want headphones)

http://chrishadfield.ca/

http://www.debaird.net/

http://www.voicesofyouth.org/

http://ochre.is/

http://www.nytimes.com/upshot/

https://youthradio.org/

Class Activities:  New Assignment – Create a Google Sheet

You have heard of spreadsheets for organizing information and making calculations. The most commonly used application for making a spreadsheet is Microsoft Excel.  But, today you will use the  Google Sheets application to create a new spreadsheet:

This assignment uses a spreadsheet to show employee standings at Donovan Industries. Click here to view instructions.    – worth 50 points due February 2.

 

Wednesday, January 27

GoogleCar

Class Starter:

When you first arrive in class today – you will need to make sure that you have properly created an assignment folder on your google drive and that you have shared it with me.
I have added many of your folders to my drive, but I am still missing a few!

This task is worth 5 points.  So, again here are the instructions again:

•Go to your school gmail and open your drive 1000px-Google_Drive_Logofrom the application grid.

•Create a new folder and name it as follows: “B7 – YOUR NAME”
(or B6 if you are in B6)

•Share it with me:abury@alpinedistrict.org

Class Activities:

#1 – Successfully start a WordPress Blog Website
(50 points!)

Last time we opened WordPress accounts, and started a BLOG website.
Well, almost…
It turns out that many of you were exactly right when you said, “Mrs. Bury, I don’t think we can USE our school email to open a WordPress account!”

So, lets just try that again then.  This time you must open a WordPress Blog using a personal email address.  If you do not already have a personal email address, it’s easy to do, just mention it to Mrs. Bury.  

Follow these instructions:

  1. Go to WordPress to create a profile and use a NON-school email address to sign up.
  2. Click on “start a free blog”
  3. Choose a template
  4. Enter a domain or keyword.  If your domain is available, select the free version.  It will look something like this:   “keyword”.wordpress.com
    *tip: make it short, memorable, easy to type.
  5. Select a free plan
  6. Enter your email address and create a password.  (jot it down somewhere, just in case you forget what it is!)
  7. Once your blog is up, make your first blog post.

#2 – Update the class Google Sheet named “Student Email & Blog” with your new URL.
(5 points)

#3 – Finish your google calendar assignment.
(10 points)
Last week we started creating Google Calendars. Many of you have completed this already. Today you may take some time to finish it. Email me the shortened link to your calendar so I can grade it .   The assignment is fully outlined here.

 

 

Monday, January 25

Class Starter: Create a shared folder on your Google Drive.

Today you will make a very important folder in your drive.  This is the place where you will turn in all of your assignments for this class.

You have 15 minutes to complete this task.
It’s easy!  
Just follow the following steps:
  1. Log in to your your Alpine School District gmail account and find the application grid in the top right corner of the tool bar.
    alpine-email-appgrid
    Click on the grid and select the Drive icon. This will open your drive folder.
    1000px-Google_Drive_Logo
  2. Click on the red “new” buttonnew-button to select “folder” .
    This will open a box for you to name the folder. Call it B6 or B7 – your name and click “create”.  You will now see a folder in your Drive.
  3. Right-click on your folder to open a list of options. Click “share” google-drive-share-icon
    This will open a box where you must share this folder with me, Amy Bury by typing in my email address: abury@alpinedistrict.org
    Make sure that my name pops up and you may also change the permissions from “edit” to “view” if you like. Hit “send”.
  4. Now you have your assignment folder and you have shared it with me. When you double-click on it you can see a space where you can drag and drop files from your computer to your shared folder on your drive and you are ready to turn in your assignments for this class!
    dropfiles

Class Activities:

For the remainder of today’s class, you will create a WordPress account and start a blog!

Let’s get started.
Wordpress

  1. Go to WordPress to create a profile with your Alpine Schools Gmail account.
  2. Click on “start a free blog”
  3. Choose a template
  4. Enter a domain or keyword.  If your domain is available, select the free version.  It will look something like this:   yournameblog.wordpress.com
  5. Select a free plan
  6. Enter your Alpine School District email address and create a password.  Be sure to jot your password down in a safe place!

Great! Now you have your own blog website and you logged into the WordPress Dashboard. This is a good time to slow down and familiarize yourself with the user interface and get to know the dashboard. Here is a introductory video that may be helpful.

 

Thursday, January 21

Class Starter:

View the video about Kelvin Doe, and take a few notes about your impressions of the story and the video production.  Our goal for today’s class is to start a WordPress Blog site and make a first blog post. Put your thoughts about Kelvin Doe in today’s post.

Class Activities:

•Course Outline will be explained and distributed. Please take these home for your parents to read, sign and return to Mrs. Bury.  To download DBA Course Outline and signature page at home, click here.

•Share Google Drive assignment folders to Mrs. Bury abury@alpinedistrict.org

•Every student is required to create his or her own WordPress account and start a blog site.  Participation points will be given for daily blog posts.

talk-bubles  Your blog posts are like Talk Bubbles that stick!

•Time permitting, you may complete your Google Calendar assignment.