Monday, February 27

Class Starter:

Class Starter: Spruce up your Blog

When someone goes to your blog to read “Site Title” or “My First Blog Post” at the top of the page, well, it looks like you don’t know what you’re doing or that you don’t care. Today’s challenge is to go to your WordPress Blog & actually customize your site.  

Go to Theme > Customize and make a change in every tab:

To change your site icon, go to Settings.

If you want to have a little fun with your site icon, you might like 8biticon











Class Activity:   Vocabulary – 2 Assignment  Due Wednesday (50 Points)

Please put definitions in your own words.  Turn your assignment in by uploading it to your assignment folder on Google Drive.
WARNING:—->This time I plan to deduct points when I see that you have simply copied text from the internet  : )

Download the assignment Here for English..  Or Here for Espaniol..


Thursday, February 23

Class Starter:  Creative Commons – Royalty Free – Public Domain 


Creative Commons: a kind of copyright that makes it easy for people to copy, share, and build on someone’s creative work – as long as they give the creator credit for it

Royaltyfree:  The right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

public domain: creative work that’s not protected by copyright and is therefore free for one to use however one wants

Class Activity:  Check out Library of Congress & Incompetech697_234

The Library of Congress has an interesting history.

The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress – and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…”  You can find more to read about the history, here.

Incompetech is  a website where you can download mp3 files that are FREE & royalty free, also!  What that means is that the creator of the music has released their work with a Creative Commons license.  Simply put, if you use media with a Creative Commons liscense, you are required to attribute the piece to it’s creator. 

For example, I downloaded Zanzibar.mp3 

Credit this piece by copying the following to your credits section:

Zanzibar Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Tuesday, February 21

imagesClass Starter:  RSS Feed – What is it?

Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication!
Lets watch and explanation from Magnet Media.

OK, that was a bit snarky. Let’s watch the Quick Tutorial from WPforall.


Class Activity:  RSS Feed Assignment
(100 points) Due Thursday 2/23

Subscribe to an RSS feed & Create an RSS Feed from your own site.

1- Create a widget on your WordPress blog that follows the class website.

2- Create a blog post called “Episodes…”. Make it about something interesting that happened to you recently. Include a  a write up and pictures that support the story.

3-TAG your post with a unique tag which will only be used for episodes from your life.

4- Publish your post and make sure that you see your unique tag associated with the post.

What does an RSS Feed look like???

*Turn-in instructions:  Follow instructions above and make sure that it is published.  I will check your blogs.*



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Thursday, February 16

Class Starter:  How does industry use Podcasting and Video?
In class today we will watch the workings of Elbert & Co.
Take a look as Elbert Budin and crew shoot a tabletop commercial in 1990.

Podcasting-for-Content-Marketing_newClass Activities:  Podcast Review Assignment

To get started, go to your class folder in your Google Drive and create a new Google Document. Head the document with “Podcast Review” and add your name and class period. Listen to the 2 podcasts listed below.  You may not have time to finish the entire recorded podcast in class, but make sure you hear enough to understand the purpose and tone of the show.  Write 2 reviews.  (50 Points)

do-good1Rob Greenfield had a simple idea, that people are good and the world is a good place. So he decided to put his idea to the ultimate test by flying one-way to a far off place with no money, no credit card, no cellphone, not even a toothbrush. Just the clothes on his back and a passport. He says “Mainstream media portrays the world as a dangerous place, a place that you should fear and I’m out to prove them wrong.”

Listen to Rob Greenfield’s story  from the It’s a Beautiful World Podcast.

cbc59a7def23dba897e89ad9571712f6We all laugh. This hour of Radiolab asks why.

If you look closely, you’ll find that humor has very little to do with it. We ask what makes us laugh, and how it affects us. Along the way, we tickle some rats, listen in on a baby’s first laugh, talk to a group of professional laughers, and travel to Tanzania to investigate an outbreak of contagious laughter.

Listen to the first 8 minutes of the episode titled Laughter from the Radiolab Podcast.

Tuesday, February 14

Open Source Podcast is the world’s longest-running podcast

Class Starter:

Today let’s start with a glimpse of the Open Source Podcast with Christopher Lydon.  This Episode titled Our Postmodern Myth: “Star Wars” is Back  came out in January of 2016 right after  The Force Awakens, the latest installment of Star Wars was released in December 2015.

I think it’s really fun to follow a podcast that talks about our culture, because it gives me clues about why we do what we do and think what we think!

Class Activity:  Draw a Hosting & Publishing Diagram

Today I will diagram the way that an audio file such as an mp3 is hosted and published online.

Assignment for today: Draw your own version of a Hosting & Publishing Diagram. Turn in your drawings to me with your name and class period in the heading.
(50 Points)

Friday, February 10

Class Starter:  What do you know about Copyright Infringement?


We will watch this video, to get the discussion started.   Let’s discuss what you already know about Copyright and Fair Use.

Write up a blog post about this article from 99 Designs. (30 points)
5 famous copyright infringement cases (and what you can learn).
Class Activities:

In class today we will view some Case Studies and discuss whether these follow guidelines for Fair Use or Copyright

  1.  Scary Mary


Copyright and Fair Use Vocabulary Assignment
Open the document Vocabulary-1 to complete.  Save it to your own class folder on Drive.
*Descargar la versión española de la Asignación de vocabulario-1..
Due Tuesday, February 14
(40 points)

Wednesday, February 8

Class Starter:  Let’s take a minute to explore Augmented Reality.  I will share a few videos to show just a few great ways that AR can be a useful tool.  Here’s a video showing how an AR App gives you more info about your location.   My favorite AR App is called La Bamba!

Class Activities: iPad Scavenger Hunt

ipad-pro-video-review-thumbnailToday we will use classroom iPads to practice some basic skills using the device.  There are not enough iPads for every student so you will  work in small teams using an iPad.

Download iPad Scavenger Hunt

1-Every student must open the assignment and complete the assignment by answering the questions.
2-Save the Assignment Document to his or her own drive folder for assignment credit.
Due Friday 2/10  (30 points)

*If you have any class time remaining, use it to finish any assignments that you are missing, or improve your blog website!

Monday, February 6

Class Starter:


Watch this video explaining QR (quick response) Codes. If we have time let’s watch this video about a fun way to use QR Codes.

There are many QR code readers to choose from.  Here’s a few:

QR Droid Code Scanner by DroidLA
QR Code Reader by Scan, Inc.

Class Activities:

For today’s assignment, you will generate 4 kinds of QR codes. In class today I will demonstrate how to complete the assignment below.

QR Codes Assignment – Due Wednesday Feb. 8  (50 Points)
Go to either of the following online QR Code Generator sites to complete the assignment.

•QR Code scanner
•Kaywa QR Code

Open the QR Code Assignment in Microsoft Word, where you will edit the document and save the project to your assignment  folder on Google Drive.

Thursday,February 2 …Groundhog Day


Class Starter:   What is “Free Time”?

This is what I often do with my free time!

Write up a blog post talking about what you would do if you had 24 hours entirely free of any obligations.  What would you do with your free time?  Would it be your favorite past-time or would you use it for catching up on something?
 Include a picture in your post.
(30 points)



Class Activity:  Google Calendar

Today we will learn how to create a Google Calendar.  Watch as I demonstrate the Google Calendar application.  You will create your own calendar as you do today’s assignment.