Friday, May 20, 2016

Assignment #18 My Grades

To complete this final assignment blog post you do the following:

1) title the post "My Grades"
2) Number each assignment 1-17 followed by a period (.).
3) Log in to schoolloop and click on the progress report for this class.
4) type the number grade for each assignment 0-10.

If you have unfinished assignments or grades that are less than 7, then you can not complete this assignment.

This final assignment is graded as a pass (10)/fail (0).


1.  10
2.  10
3.  10
4.  9
5.  10
6.  8
7.  10
8.  10
9.  10
10.  10
11.  9
12.  10
13.  10
14.  10
15.  10
16.  10
17.  7

Joceylyn, Marbella, Jake and Leslie for finishing on time.

If you do not complete all 18 assignments with a 7 or higher you will get zero (0) credits for this part of the wheel.   If you are not finished with all 18 assignments by end of class today, then you will have one additional week to complete any missing work.  If you haven't completed every assignment by 2 pm on Friday, May 27th you will forfeit (lose) the 5 credits for this class. 
The following students are currently earning zero credits.

Javier                    missing 14 assignments
Jonathan               missing 7 assignments
Kevin                    missing 4 assignments
Michael                missing 9 assignments
Saloman               missing 6 assignments
Edwin                  missing 11 assignments
David                   missing 10 assignments
Margarita             missing 9 assignments
Ernesto                 missing 10 assignments

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Assignment #17 Perseverance Blog Post

In order to complete today's assignment you must first read all of this post.  Then, you must follow the directions at the bottom.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.

The most certain way to succeed is 

always to try just one more time. 

 Thomas A. Edison

Have you ever heard of the noun perseverance or the verb persevere (to persevere)?

Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of 

that?  We must have perseverance and 

above all confidence in ourselves.  We must 

believe that we are gifted for something and 

that this thing must be attained.

Marie Curie

Successful people persevere when attempting to accomplish something (milk).  Graduating college, running a marathon, earning money to buy a car, losing weight, these are examples of accomplishments that require perseverance.  These (apples) things take work and dedication to accomplish.  Once you decide on a long term goal there are endless instant gratification activities that can derail your (bread) plans.  Should I study for the test or play Xbox (chips)?  Should I go to the gym and workout or lounge on the couch and watch television (juice)?  Should I save my money or spend it on random junk?

Most if not all significant accomplishments in life involve some form of delayed (mustard) gratification.  Built in to the process of succeeding is hard work and failure.  Everyone fails from time to time, sometimes repeatedly.  Someone is considered a failure if they quit (candy) and stop trying before succeeding. The question is "Are you OK with failure?  Or are you going to keep trying (persevere) until you succeed?"  As a sophomore in high school Michael Jordan was left off of the varsity basketball team (he played on the junior varsity team) before he became the greatest basketball player on the planet. That (butter) let down fueled his drive and desire to succeed.

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Not everyone is going to be a professional athlete (actor, singer, model, etc.), but whatever your chosen goal (bananas) you must persevere to accomplish it.  Once you realize that meaningful things often times require hard work and dedication, you will begin to prioritize your life (pasta) around your goals.

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."  Benjamin Franklin

Some of you might already know what you want to do with your life.  Others of you might still be trying to figure it out.  The first steps to success are choosing a goal and creating a plan.  

Do you have any long term goals for your life?  What are your goals and have you created plans to achieve these goals.  Write about your goal(s) in life and detail the steps you need to do to achieve those goals.

This is a blog assignment.  Title it "Perseverance."
Answer the questions in red.  The post must be at least 
3 paragraphs of at least 150 words.
Also randomly throughout this blog post there are additional words added (grocery list).  You must list these additional words at the end of assignment #17

If you are at a complete loss (you have no goals and can't think of any, you can choose one of the videos below and write 150 words describing the video.  You still must do the grocery list at the end. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Assignment #16 Color Link Picture

This blog assignment is very simple.  If you can read and follow directions, you can do this assignment in less than 5 minutes.

1.  type your favorite color in all capital letters.
2.  link the color that you just typed to a google image search for that color.
3.  insert your favorite picture from that google search of the color.
4.  publish.

If you fail to do any of those steps, this assignment will be incomplete.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Assignment #15 More Typing

Go here and explore the lessons they have on typing.  Spend a few minutes with at least 5 different lessons.  You must fully complete at least 1 lesson.  Make sure you are keeping your fingers on the home keys, so you can develop good typing form.  This is a blog assignment.
Title the assignment "#15 More Typing."

Do a screen capture (apple/shift/4) of each lesson you have worked on before you exit out.

Lesson 1.  Make sure you are spending at least 2 minutes on each lesson.  The time is shown at the top.

The finished blog post will have screen captures from five (5) different lessons.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Assignment #14 My Top Three

This is a blog post.  Title it "My Top Three Yourcategory"

You get to choose the category (sports, video games, candy, soda, movies, television shows, foods, etc.)  You must choose one (1) specific category and list three (3) things for that category.  You must choose the category and title the post with that category (for example- "My Top Three Favorite Bands").  If you write about sports make sure you specify either sports that you watch or sports that you play.

List your choices from 1 to 3.  Write at least 3 sentences about why you made each choice.

Include at least 1 picture for each choice.

My Top Three Sports That I Play

1.  Beach Volleyball

I have been playing beach volleyball for about 25 years.  I love it for many reasons.  It is great exercise, and I love competing.  I have played in many tournaments over the years.  When I was younger, I would play for 8 hours a day on the weekends.

2. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I have wanted to do jiu jitsu for years.  I got both of my children started in jiu jitsu about 2 years ago.  I began training when last school year finished (late June).  I train as often as I can usually 3/4 times per week.  I will be competing in my second tournament on Saturday.

By © John Lamonica, CC BY-SA 3.0,

3.  Curling

The newest team sport that I participate in is Curling (the Olympic sport played on ice).  I have been curling for about 2 years.   In my first league, my team won the championship!  In my second league, my team got dead last!  Overall, my teams have won the championship twice, placed second, placed third, and some lower finishes.  My current team will be playing for third place this Thursday.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Assignment #13- Google Drive #7 Drawing

Today's assignment is the last of the "technology proficiency" assignments and the final Google Drive Assignment (#7).  Log in to your Google account and go to Drive.

You are going to explore the drawing program in Google Drive.  You will spend time creating a masterpiece.

You final drawing must contain 
at least 10 different lines of different colors, 
at least 5 different shapes of different colors, 
and text (your name at the very least).

Your final art must be school appropriate. 

You must spend at least 20 minutes creating this assignment.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Assignment #12 Typing

This is a blog assignment titled "#12- Typing."
Go here and complete some typing tests.

1)  You will take at least one of each of the 5 timed tests (1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, and 5 min). 

Choose  lesson #26- 1 minute test
             lesson #27- 2 minute test
             lesson #28- 3 minute test
             lesson #29- 4 minute test
             lesson #30- 5 minute test

2)  You will take a screen shot (On a Mac- shift/apple/4-then drag a rectangle over the area you want copied) of the best result for each test.  The picture is sent to the desktop.  Right click the picture, click "get info" and rename as "I minute" or "2 minute" depending on which test it was.

3)  You will post all 5 pictures on your blog titled, "#12- Typing."   Caption each picture with the type of test it was (1 minute, 2 minute, etc.).
You will insert the 5 results pictures in your blog.  Make sure that you caption each photo with the type of test it was (1 min, 2 min, etc.).

4)  This site also has typing games that will increase your typing speed.  Try out at least 3 games. List the 3 games,  type which one is your favorite, and why.
1 minute
2 minutes
3 minutes
I tried Desert Typing Racer, Meteor Typing Blast, and Spacebar Invaders.  My favorite game was Spacebar Invaders.  Everyone try Spacebar Invaders at least once.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Assignment #11 Being Charitable

This is a blog assignment.

Name your post "Being Charitable."

Here is the hypothetical situation.  Mark Cuban mega-rich business man and owner of the Dallas Mavericks shows up at Back Bay High School with two million dollars to spend.  He offers you a job.  The pay for this job is one million dollars. The job is to choose a charity that you care about.   Mr. Cuban wants to donate the other one million dollars to that one charity.
Let's be charitable.
Your job is to research different charities to find one that means something to you.  After you find the charity that you want to support, you will write a blog entry that 1) **briefly describes the charity in one paragraph (in your own words), 2) details (at least 2 paragraphs) why this charity is important to you (what about this charity is personally meaningful to you) 3) includes a link to the charity's website and 4) includes at least 2 pictures related to the charity.

There are a total of 3 paragraphs in this assignment.

**The link to the charity's website will include all the information about the charity.  This is why you will only briefly describe (a few sentences) the charity in your post.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Assignment #10- Bucket List Blog Post

A bucket list is a list of things that you want to do/accomplish before you die ("kick the bucket"). There is a 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called "The Bucket List" about 2 terminally ill men attempting to complete all the items on their bucket lists.

For today's assignment, you are to come up with 5 things that you want to accomplish during your time here on earth.  Do not include things that you have already done.  Graduating college and having children are not on my bucket list, because I have already done those things.  List the things from 1-5 including at least 1 sentence describing why you want to do/accomplish each thing.

Minimum requirements
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numbered list of 5 things/goals/etc. that you haven't done yet.
at least 1 sentence describing why each thing was chosen
at least 1 picture to go with one of the things
at least 1 correctly done link related to one of the things

1.  Get a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-  I have been training jiu jitsu for almost a year.  I love it.  It will take about 10 years of continuous training to earn a black belt.

2. Run a half marathon faster than 1 hour and 50 minutes-  I will never be an elite level distance runner, but I consider running 13.1 miles in less than 2 hours an accomplishment. My original goal was under 2 hours, but last year I ran a 1:57:29, so I changed the goal to 1:55. A few weeks ago I ran a 1:54:23 at the OC Half marathon, so I changed the goal again to 1:50.

3.  Run a marathon in under 4 hours-  I ran my first marathon in February.  At 19 miles my legs started cramping, so I had to begin walking to keep my legs from fully locking up.  Those slow last 7 miles added about 30 minutes to my overall time.  I finished at 4:25.

4.  Complete a triathlon-  I know I can swim, bike and run.  The question is "can I find enough time to properly train for a triathlon?".  Hopefully, one day I will.

5.  Travel to other countries-  I have only been to Mexico at this point in my life.  I would love to travel to and around Europe one day.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Assignment #9- Google #6 Resume

Today you are going to be creating a resume for yourself in Google Drive.

In order to complete this assignment you must have all of the following parts.

1)  Center your name, address and contact information (phone # and email address).

2)  Include each of the 5 headings (Objective, Education, Experience, Relevant Skills & Courses, and Interests)  If you have not taken any college or vocational courses name the fourth heading "Relevant Skills."

Objective                  To obtain a ...

Education                High School including full address

Experience               list of previous jobs along with dates (volunteer jobs count)

Relevant Skills         list of work skills that you possess.  If you have taken any college courses  
                                  they would go here as well.

Interests                   list of (school and work appropriate) interests 

3)  You don't need the horizontal lines to separate each category.

Each heading must be bold and start at the left margin. 

All of the information after each heading starts at the same tab unless it is a further indented bullet point.  

Correctly formatting a resume will make it look professional.  The last thing you want is your resume to stand out for being sloppy and/or unprofessional.

 Use the following picture as a guide.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Progress Report Grades

There is no new assignment for today.  Your current schoolloop grade is your progress report grade.  If you finish complete something, you need to tell me so I can regrade it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Assignment #8- Google Drive #5 Flyer

This is the fifth Google Drive Assignment

Today you are doing a one-page flyer document created with Google.  The content of this flyer will be whatever you choose (lost dog, garage sale, baby shower, etc.).  Make sure that you size the pictures and the font so that your flyer fits on one page.

Minimum requirements

Flyer must be school appropriate.

Large centered title in the document 
(Lost Dog, Garage Sale, etc.)

at least 2 pictures (found in Google images)

at least 5 descriptive details about your topic.  (you can 

write in complete sentences or use bullet points)

full contact information including name, street address, 

city, state, zip code, phone number and email address

  (can be fake info)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Assignment #7- Google Drive #4 Weekly Schedule

This is a Google Drive Assignment
Today, you are going to create a spreadsheet in Google Drive.  This spreadsheet will be a weekly schedule for next week starting with this Sunday.

Across the top of your spreadsheet 

you will type the 7 days of the week starting with Sunday (skip the first cell-A1).
Down the first column (A) 

you will type every hour starting with 6:00 am through 2:00 am. (skip the first cell-A1).   
Select cells A2 through A23.  Click on the format button and choose time.  Now, you only have to type 6:00 and Drive will put the rest (AM or PM).  After 12:00, you need to type 13:00, 14:00, etc. up to 24:00.  After 24:00, you will type 1:00 and 2:00.
This schedule will have 147 cells to fill in.

You will color code the cells by changing the background color and the font color.

Type the first cell (for example- "sleep").  Then click on the background color and change it.  Then, click on the font color and change it.  Now, click on the cell and copy it (apple key/C).  Then click on or drag over all the other cells that will also be sleep and paste it (apple key/V).  Repeat this process for every repeating cell.  You will not retype and change the color for duplicate cells.  Do it once and then copy/paste.

You must have the following uniquely colored cells in your schedule in addition to whatever things you do during the week..

Wake Up
Get Ready
Go to Sleep

To finish this assignment you must have a fully complete, color-coded, week-long schedule.