NewsdaySome schools tell students to bring own technologyNewsdayIt remains to be seen how well technology of this kind can be integrated into the classroom, but it's an important development." In Connecticut, some of the districts adopting "bring ...
Mrs. Cruz's students respond to this article by answering the following questions on Edmodo under the post titled Bring Your Own Technology. Would you like to having the same policy at school? Why or Why not? What problems do you think school administrators and students have to face with the new policy? Earn 5 XP. Closes 9/24/2012
From providing health care to monitoring elections, people in the developing world are turning to their mobile phones. Ms. Cruz's students SMS means Short Message Service (text message). Select a project in the article, find the location on Google Maps or Google Earth save a screenshot. Answer the following questions in Word and insert the map. What project did you choose? Where is the project located? What problem is the project solving? How does the technology solve the problem? Earn 20 XP. Closes 10/1/2012
Getting rid of technology barriers for kidsNews1130VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Not every kid has a computer at home.
Ms. Cruz's students ponder the problem in the article. Do you believe we have the same problem on our campus as stated in the article? Cast your vote on Edmodo then reply to the post by stating why you believe it is or is not a good idea. Earn 5 XP. Closes 9/21/2012.
In Ohio, Israeli-based flight simulator technology is now helping surgeons prepare for complicated operations.
Ms. Cruz's students read the article, select five (5) words you did not know the meaning of or had not heard before. Use dictionary.com or another similar website to locate definitions and listen to the pronoucation of the words. Create a table in Word having a title, the first column labled 'Word' and the second column labled 'Definition'. Fill the table with your chosen words and definition that matches how the words are used in the article. Watch the video to see the simulator in action http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/bLJxAXXJ2n0. Earn 20 XP. Closes 9/28/2012.
Ms. Cruz's students: Locating information on websites is a valuable skill which you need to develop to be a successful student. Use one PowerPoint design themed slide to complete the assignment then upload it to Edmodo. Play one of the games for 15 turns and take a screenshot of your completed game including the score. Answer the following questions on the slide using Smart Art. What is the name of the project, who can fund the project, how is the project able to increase its visual content, when was the project established, where was the project started? Remember your audience, your slide should be visually appealing and clutter free. Earn 15 XP. Close date 10/18/12.
Modern technology allows users to take charge of their healthVancouver SunEHealth - the use of modern electronic technologies to access health information and services - has clearly shown health benefits. Ms. Cruz's students: Read the article to determine 3 health benefits to using technology to access health information. Describe an innovative app that could be developed with access to health information that could be used in a rural area. Design the app icon using PowerPoint and upload your response to the Edmodo assignment. The author states that smartphone are useful in helping to keep people aware of their health. Post a link on Edmodo under this assignment to an app that is already developed to utilize health information to help customers stay healthy. You can not post an app that someone else already posted. Include in your post: the name of the app, developing company, app's purpose and why you think the app is useful. Earn 50 XP. Closes 11/30/12.
GigaOMThe disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselvesGigaOMBy now, most of us have become pretty used to the ways that technology — both devices and social web services — have changed things we have always taken for...
Schools looking to boost students' use of technologyOrlando SentinelIn classrooms across the district, Lake County students can use iPads, personal laptops and cellphones to connect to the Internet and online teacher assignments.
Hindu Business LineToo much technology use can give you 'semi-somnia': ExpertsHindu Business LineA growing number of people are now suffering from a newly identified sleep disorder called 'semi-somnia' triggered by stress and technology use, sleep...
MyBroadbandBest jobs in techMyBroadbandCNN Money and PayScale.com recently published a list of great careers, showing that biomedical engineers, marketing consultants and software architects have the best jobs.
Ms. Cruz's students: Computer Science Week is December 9-15. Particpate in increasing student awearness of Technology careers. Create a poster about one of the careers in the article. The poster should help students become aware of careers in the tech field. Use PowerPoint, one image from the article, Wordle, and information from the article to inform 6 to 8th grade students about their future possibilities. Only 5 students per career. Post a reply with the career title you selected under the Edmodo assignment. Once 5 students have selected a career, it is no longer available for use. The PowerPoint Adjust group in Picture Tools must be used. Cite your image source at the bottom right hand corner of the poster. Use a small font size with this wording (Image Source: ). Do not include the parenthesis. Do not include your name on the poster. Research graphic design tips and look at posters to get ideas. Plan to do this assignment in school to take advantage of PowerPoint 2010. Earn 40 XP and an additional 10 XP if your poster is selected to be displayed on campus (there is no limit to the number of posters selected for display). Be creative. Give the effort. Impact your community! Close date 12/4/2012.
A recent blog at Real Clear Science argues that kids shouldn't just be able to use computers better than their parents, they should be required to take computer science and understand how the technology works. Ms. Cruz's IT Students: Read the article. According to the article's reference, which nine (9) states require computer science as a core standard? What reason does the author state to support his argument that all students should take a computer science class? Respond to the Edmodo poll using the knowledge you know have from taking this class and reply to the poll by stating why you feel the way you do. Earn 15 XP. Closes 12/21/12.
Learn how to design a template using your own background image and shape options for PowerPoint 2010... Ms. Cruz's students, create it, post it to the correct Edmodo post and receive 10 XP. Closes 10/1/2012.
Have you thought about a career in technology? See what jobs are slated to be in high demand over the next decade. Ms. Cruz's students respond to the infographic in the article under the Edmodo post. State why you believe these two IT career fields are in high demand. Earn 5 XP. Closes 10/1/2012
Girls in Technology program takes young women off center stage and into behind-the-scenes theater production technology.Ms. Cruz's students respond explaining what Richard's means when she says
“We always put our girls on stage, but technical theater is usually predominantly a man’s world.” and why do you think she makes this statement. Use evidence from the article to support your conclusion. Post your response to the Theater Careers thread on Edmodo. Earn 5 XP. Closes 9/24/2012
Express yourself digitally (Today's technology has the ability to turn anyone into an instant artist and just about anything into a potential...)... Ms. Cruz's students if you could select one project focus from the article which one would you select and why? With an IB diploma from high school you could be accepted to international universities and colleges. Where is the university in the article located? Find it on Google Earth and take a screenshot. Earn 10 XP. Closes 9/26/12.
Stellar benefits, challenging projects and top-notch training keep IT workers focused and engaged at these top employers. Find out more in our 19th annual report. (RT @PublixJobs: We're on it for 8th consecutive yr!
Ms. Cruz’s students, you have learned about the four (4) IT career pathways. Use the map at the bottom of the article entitled, “Where do you want to work?” for this assignment. Select a company located in a state other than Florida. Click the push pin, view the company profile and record in a Word document the following criteria: Company name, location state, total number of employees, percentage of IT employees, and percentage of minority IT employees. View the company’s website to locate IT jobs currently available. Include a job title, the career pathway the job falls under and copy/paste the job description into your document (use MLA format to cite the job description). Earn 30 XP. Close date 10/9/12.
Make kids get phone licence, says expert (RT @brightideasblog: Make kids get phone licence, says Michael Carr-Gregg #vicpln http://t.co/9dV8DeqK via @SwinEdTech...)... Ms. Cruz's students use dictionary.com to find the definition of pro, con and argument. The article has both pro and con statements about the issue. State the issue and both pro and con sides mentioned in the article. Write an argument to support both pro and con sides of the issue. Earn 15 XP. Closes 10/16/12.
Technabob (blog)Robotic Wheelchair Can Use Its Wheels as Legs: Clearly an AutobotTechnabob (blog)A group of researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have figured out how to make an off-road wheelchair.
Mrs. Cruz's students: This month we participated in school-wide activities on disability awearness. Read the article to see how technology is being used to help people with disabilities. Summarize what you have read focussing on why the author would consider the technology an 'Autobot' (use evidence from the article) and why this wheelchair is better than wheehchairs currently being used. Watch the video at home, remember YouTube is blocked on campus. Earn 5 XP. Closes 11/6/2012.
IPPmediaUse mobile phones to assist farmers-WBIPPmedia"Through the use of mobile technology and consistent with results found in Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda, it has been shown that farmers in Rungwe District have significantly increased their... Ms. Cruz's students: What is the World Bank? Cite your source using MLA format. How has mobile technology helped decrease poverty among farmers? Base your answer on the information in the article. Earn 5 XP. Closes 11/13/12
With STEM, a Chance to Grow New Careers. Why are women so underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math? November 6, 2012. Lois Joy's research is about women's access to science, technology, engineering, and ...
Prezi, a popular alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation applications, launched a new version of its interface today. The company, which is advised by Jack Dorsey, also announced that it has passed the 15 million user milestone.
For those not familiar, Prezi uses a map-like metaphor for creating presentations instead of a slideshow metaphor. This makes it possible to create non-linear presentations, or presentations that use spatial metaphors for organizing ideas, like mind maps...
Ms. Cruz's students: You have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations for school. Read the article and investigate this map-like presentation application. Use it to advertise your project 1 game. Remember, if you are using images, you must site your image source using MLA format on the last slide of your presentation. Earn 40 XP. Close date 11/14/2012.
How to create flowcharts in Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010 - illustrated with screen shots and samples.
Ms. Cruz's students: Use the article to create a flowchart using the Getting Ready for School flowchart draft you did for homework. Flowchart design specfications: Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010, 3 decision blocks, all actions included from the homework sheet, flowchart evaluated by one student in the class, a paragraph explaining recommendations and/or comments about the flowchart made by the evaluator, evaluator's name, and what problems you encounter while completing this Scoop iT assignment. Plan to complete in school if you do not have Microsoft Word at home. Earn 30 XP. Closes 11/27/2012
Umonya,a Cape Town based non profit founded by Lindsay Gaynor is teaching programming and computer science to kids as young as 10 to 19 years in South Africa, in a move seen to expose them to programming and ...