Friday, February 19

Class Starter:  Blogs to Follow

teenartI have some great blogs to show to you.  Like the Teen Blog from the Metropolitan Museum of Art because the blog entry is Sasha telling her own story being a college intern.

I would like to feature a few blogs from our classes today.

Class Activities:

It’s February, its still cold outside, its not even close to summer vacation and today we need to learn about some very important DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP topics that might seem rather dull.  So I have decided that YOU’RE going to have to teach this one!

How we’ll proceed:  
1- 4 Groups will choose out of A HAT one of the following topics.  Work as a group for 20 minutes to prepare a classroom presentation. Note: I will review your plan before you present.

2- Classroom Presentations.



Friday, February 12

Class Starter:   What is “Free Time”?


This is what I would do.

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 Activities: iPad Scavenger Hunt

Get a partner to do this in-class assignment.  You will need to write your answers on the ipad-scavengerHunt paper and turn it in to me to be graded.
(10 points)

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

Thursday, February 4

Class Starter:  Blog about your “Sloop John B”

sloopJohnBListen to first 5 minutes of Episode 11 of the Pitch Podcast Somewhere in My Memory. 
Please use headphones for the listen.  After listening, 
go to your blog and write your own experience of how a sound or even a smell will remind you of something from your own life.  Mind you, this blog post must be your own story.  Don’t blog about the Pitch Podcast.  The more authentic your story, the more interesting your blog.   What is your “Sloop John B?”
(30 points)

Class Activities:

•Today we’re going to learn some basics of using OneDrive, Microsoft’s version of cloud storage.
->Use OneDrive to create your Spreadsheet – 2  assignment.
Instructions for submitting assignment:
1-Click on the green ‘Share’ button on the top right of the spreadsheet
2-Get a link from the left side of dialogue box and copy it.
3-Send an email to with ‘your name Spreadsheet-2’ in the subject line and paste the link in the message body.
Due Monday Feb. 8 (50 points)

Help for using formulas in spreadsheets here.

•Today is a good day to get caught up as Parent-Teacher Conferences is this coming Wednesday, Feb. 10.

You should have 3 blog posts:

“Why Blog”
“Cloud Storage”
“What is my Sloop John B”

Assignments to date:

• Create and publish a WordPress Blog Website  (50 points)    

• Google Calendar  (10 points)     

• Spreadsheet-1 using Google Sheets (50 points)    

• Spreadsheet-2 using OneDrive (50 points)   


Tuesday, February 2 – Groundhog Day!

Class Starter:

Watch the following video on Cloud Storage.  (Headphones)
Write a 2 paragraph blog entry with an appropriate title summarizing the video and what you learned from it.  Include an applicable image.  (30 Points)

Class Activities:

1 – Finish the Google Spreadsheet-1 assignment.  This assignment was given in the last class.  You can find the instructions on my post from January 29th.

*special instructions for turning it in:

-Title the document like this:  Spreadsheet-1 “your name”
– You have created the document from your Google Drive. Be sure to put it in the assignment folder which you have already shared with me.

I will grade it tonight.  It’s worth (50 points)

2 – Create a OneDrive account. Go to


OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service. We will talk more about what cloud computing means in the near future, but for now, just know that OneDrive is Microsoft’s version of Google Drive, the service you have already been using.

*Save your new account information on a google document and place it in your assignment folder.


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)

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


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

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”
    *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.