Besides today, we only have two more class periods before the end of the semester. Next Tuesday and Wednesday are the last two period 7's for Semester one. For semester two, you will probably have a different period 7 class (I still need to confirm that with Ms. Rubio, but that's what she mentioned last time we chatted).
You have free choice today on the approved websites as long as you are sure all of your work is done otherwise. I will be working on your final grades, so please make sure it remains quiet in here so I can focus :-)
If you have FOUR blog posts, and all four of them are posted on your HOMEPAGE (yesterday's assignment) you have FREE CHOICE today within the Approved Web Sites Page.
If you don't have FOUR blog posts, I would like to notify you that my Grades for Semester One are due at the end of next week. I will send home final progress reports at the end of next week. I have not inputed any grades for about a month and half, but I will be catching up in the next three days. Please realize there will be no chance for you to re-submit any more work after I grade everything you have done on your new website. So, it needs to be good. Go back through my assignments blog and make sure you completed all of the assignments for the social justice webpage!!!
Good Afternoon. This rainy weather is good for California but it really saps my energy!
We are going to spend some time today fixing the homepages of your websites so that visitors to your site can easily navigate to the blog posts you have written. I will be sharing my screen to show you how to easily add these links. Please log into your weebly editor while everyone gets settled.
Yesterday you spent some time studying what copyright safe FAIR USE of someone else's work looks like in video. Today I want you to read a blog post I wrote a few years ago about the Dodgers that used other people's words and opinions and cited my sources so I wasn't plagiarizing. This blog post is located on the Forum (like yesterday). Once you have read it, and noticed HOW I cited my sources (by linking to the articles I read), I would like you to find some news today and write a blog post that also uses quotes and cites your sources with links and references (really study the way I discussed different points of view ["so-and-so of the LATimes thinks that...., but so-and-so at the NYTimes thinks that..."]).
Today's lesson is located on the FORUM page in the menu bar. Please navigate to the "Forum" and begin a careful reading. You will need headphones as there are video's you will be watching today.
Good Afternoon Everyone! Welcome to the new year!
Today I would like you to open Microsoft Word and create a visual mini-poster that declares to the world what your new-years resolution is. What is a new year's resolution? According to Wikipedia, A New Year's resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves (decides and declares) to change an undesired trait or behavior about themselves.
Some popular New Year's Resolutions are:
I had my 6th Graders in period 5 complete a similar assignment, but I would like your's to be more visual and fun looking since you have the whole period and they only had about 15 minutes. Take a look at the bulletin board near the window for examples.
Please sign into your weebly account, and navigate to the new website you created on Monday!!!
You might have noticed I'm not here today. I started feeling really sick after school yesterday and by the time I went to bed I was losing my voice and coughing pretty bad. I just needed a day of rest. I'm already feeling better this morning (I was able to sleep in!).
Since I need to be there to shepard you through the next stage of your new journalism website, today can just be an approved websites day. No youtube. Please stick to links that are on my homepage. I will see you on Friday. Please use the comments box below to send me well-wishes and beg the universe to make me feel better :-)
Yesterday we did a brief activity watching a couple of videos to get you thinking about the way's in which you can start using technology to make an impact in the world!
For all intents and purposes, when I say "our world," at first, I only mean our school. We are going to target all of our current work towards informing and changing the minds of your classmates and teachers. We will expand outwards from there.
Here is what I want you to know right now:
1. You are about to begin making a website that will be visted by hundreds of Camino Nuevo Students and Staff.
2. The purpose of your new website is to report and share your opinions (and the opinions of others) about current and important NEWS that is taking place all around the world. You are now a reporter and an opinion writer!
3. The news you report on should be important! I really don't think it would be a good use of our time and efforts right now to be reporting about Celebrity Gossip and Video Games. Those are entertaining topics, for sure, but those are things you might already be reading and talking about with others. This new website of yours needs to be bigger and more impactful than that.
Today: I want you to visit 3 news websites and record notes about topics that you are interested in reading more about. I have a worksheet on my desk you should walk over and get right now that you will use to write down topics you find that you are interested in. You should actually READ the articles. When you finish reading one you found interesting, write a summary on the worksheet you took from my desk. I included an example of what this should look like on the worksheet. You have until 3:15 to read and write these summaries out. I was only able to fit 4 summary slots on the front of the worksheet. Please flip the page over and write ONE more on the back. NO. YOU CAN NOT WATCH NEWS VIDEOS TODAY. YOU NEED TO READ :-)