Tuesday, January 17

Class Starter: 

First Graded Assignment: Write a review of this blog article from TED.

Take time to read through the blog article.  Next go to your new shared folder and open it. From there, hit the “new” button and select Google Docs icon.  This will open a document where you will put your name on the top, a title of the article, and then just tell me what you think of it.   Google Docs will auto-save your work!

Turn In Instructions:
Last time we met, you created folder on your Google Drive and 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 todays assignment.
dropfiles

If you have your folder shared, and this document inside of it, you will get full credit for this assignment!     (50 points)

Class Activity:  Successfully start a WordPress Blog Website  
Open a free WordPress account using a personal email address.

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.
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Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!

Just for Fun:  The legend of Saint Patrick has evolved for 1500-odd years.

The Shamrock; which grows all over Ireland; he used to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity. The magic fire:  The Celtic feast of Beltaine (feast of the fires) was a major festival to celebrate the beginning of summer and triumph over the dark powers. Traditionally, a fire would be lit by Ireland’s High King on the top of the Hill of Tara, and his fire would then be used to light all other fires.   St. Patrick did not buy into pagan beliefs, so he once lit a fire before the king had a chance to, just to be a buzzkill – ha ha.   Banishing the snakes!  Probably as famous as the story of the shamrock is the legend of Saint Patrick driving all the snakes of Ireland into the sea where they drowned. 

I love this cartoon by the famous Dan Piraro combining some mythical figures.
© Dan Piraro
pat&medusa

Class Activities:  Last Chance Day!

Please, log in to your Skyward to see if you are missing any assignments for DBA, then spend the remainder of today’s class to complete them.  Remember that the assignments weigh more heavily than your blog posts, so give them priority.   You have until Friday morning to turn assignments in & you MUST email me to let me know about your ketchup!
ketchup-clover

 

 

Friday, March 4

Class Starter:  Product descriptions for online shopping

This is an example of a product description for Nalgene Bottles.

Nalgene
Description:
Our most popular bottle, available in a variety of colors to help brighten up anybody’s gear. The large opening on our wide-mouth bottles easily accommodates ice cubes, fits most water purifiers and filters, and makes hand washing a breeze. The attached loop-top never gets lost and screws on and off easily. Printed graduations let keep track of your hydration. Dishwasher safe (Please make sure the top does not touch the heating element, or it will melt).

Write a Blog Post about how often you shop online and how the product description influences your purchase.  (30 points)

Class Activities:

Today your new product proposal is due.  Make sure that you have filled out the My Tiny Company Google Form.  You will need my approval before you proceed to the next step. You will have time to discuss it with me during class today.

When you get the go-ahead from me, you may start your “Write-Up” about the product that you will market. Open the  Write-Up assignment and hit save-as, insert your name in the file name and save it to your Drive class folder.
Your Write-Up will be due next week and will be worth 100 points.

 

 

 

 

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.