All daily A and B Day agendas will be archived here for reference. If you miss class, you can access the materials and activities for the day here.

January 25, 2008

  1. Final day of Marking Period 2. Check your Ning blogs to assure that all required posts appear on your blog. Visit the Assignments page of the class wiki for a complete listing of all required assignments.

January 23 & 24, 2008

  1. Public Service Announcement Video Debuts and Reviews
  2. Catch-up time for class assignments (be sure to visit the Assignments wiki page for a quick reference of all the scored class activities.)

January 18 & 22, 2008

  1. Group Editing (for groups signed up to edit today)
  2. Complete the Cyberbullying Quest

Cyberbullying Quest Directions:

  • After viewing the two cyberbullying videos and researching this epidemic on the Online Safety wiki page, create a posting on your Ning blog that addresses the following questions with specific details from the research. (In other words, you must actually read through the information posted on the Online Safety wiki page, including the links to outside resources. You must reference with parenthetical citation or hyperlinks those resources you used to craft yourresponses to the questions.)

(The cyberbullying videos are located in the Online Safety folder of your V drive.)

  • Questions to answer in your Ning posting:
    • What is cyberbullying and how is it similar to and different from traditional bullying?
    • What are some examples of cyberbullying and how does it negatively impact both the victim and the bully?
    • What steps can be taken to protect oneself against cyberbullying?
    • What can YOU do to demonstrate good digital citizenship (a.k.a. netiquette)? (i.e. What specific behaviors will you practice to be a model online citizen?)

January 16 & 17, 2008

  1. Group Editing (for groups signed up to edit today)
  2. Complete the Online Safety Survival Guide.

Online Safety Survival Guide Directions:

After viewing the Internet Safety video in class and researching online safety and privacy issues, create a Online Safety Survival Guide aimed at elementary students who are just starting to use the Internet.
  • Research Requirements (At a minimum, your posting must include and reference information from the following four websites. You may gather more information from the other sites included on the Online Safety wiki page.)
  • Content Requirements of the Survival Guide that you will post on your Ning blog are:
    • Detailed description of some of the common dangers existing on the Internet (i.e. personal identity, physical safety, bullying, etc.) - what should newcomers to the Internet be aware of and watch out for?
    • "Do and Don't" list of at least 7 items in each category that students should do and should not do in order to protect themselves and their personal identity online
    • A recommendation guide for parents to inform them of specific actions they can take to assure the safety of their children who are online.

January 14 & 15, 2008

  1. Group Editing (for groups signed up to edit today)
  2. Complete the Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide and post it on your Ning blog.

Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide Directions:

Task: You have been charged with the task of educating the teachers of Central Bucks about the appropriate use of copyrighted material in their class instruction and student assignments. You must write a 3-paragraph posting in which you:
  • define copyright restrictions and explain the exclusive rights guaranteed to copyright holders
  • explain the four factors that must be considered when determining if the use of a copyrighted work is protected by the fair use provisions of the federal Copyright Act
  • offer bulleted recommendations for teachers (which could be phrased as critical questions) that should be considered when teachers are debating the use of copyrighted material - these recommendations could include suggestions for using Creative Commons, explaining the difference between works that are copyrighted and those in the public domain, etc. (these suggestions should be based on the concerned contained in the required background reading)

Required Background Reading: You must gain an understanding of the ongoing controversy surrounding the fair use of copyrighted material in educational settings. Read the eSchool News article, Fair Use Confusion Threatens Media Literacy. The article will explain the highly controversial and much debated issue of copyright and fair use in education today. You must reference the specific concerns voiced by educators in the article.

Background information - Don't forget that the Copyright Information page of our wiki contains a wealth of research and resources.

January 10 & 11, 2008

  1. Group Editing (for groups signed up to edit today)
  2. Complete the Copyright and Fair Use Webquest. You can access the link for the Webquest as well as helpful suggestions and resources on the Copyright Information page of the wiki.

January 8 & 9, 2008

  1. Group Filming (for groups signed up to film today)
  2. Complete the Copyright Quest: Your task is to find uncover the answer to the critical questions (listed below) AND explain your searching protocol

Copyright Quest Directions:

In a single posting on your Ning blog answer the critical questions and compose your breadcrumbs list.

Part 1: Answer the following critical questions about copyright (in your own words - do not copy/paste your answers)
  • What is copyright?
  • Why should I care about copyright?
  • Which works are protected by copyright and which are not?
  • What is copyright infringement?
  • When do I need permission to copy?
  • How do I obtain copyright protection for my intellectual property?
  • How long does copyright protection last?

Part 2: Create a “breadcrumbs” search explanation that lists the all sites you visited (including search engines and the keywords you searched) on your Quest. NOTE: your breadcrumbs list is like a timeline that tracks your searching history and is like a works cited -- e.g. Google (Copyright infringement) - Wikipedia (Copyright Entry)

January 4 & 7, 2008

  1. Group Filming (for groups signed up to film today)
  2. Complete the Power of Being Clickable activity.

Power of Being Clickable Directions:

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) more than half of all employers use some kind of online screening technology including social networking sites like FaceBook and MySpace. It is essential that you know how your online footprint might impact your future.


Part 1: Read this background to gain some context:

(Note: Background is from "Little Freddie's Two Faced Future" on the TechLearning blog)

Chris Lyle, of Ocean Springs High School recently won a $10,000 scholarship by:

"upload[ing] a video to the Champs Sports group on as part of the nationwide "Are you a Champs Sports Champion?" contest this past November. The challenge asked contestants to show why they're a Champion on the field, in the classroom or in their community."

Chris is a football player, a member of the Spanish Club, a member of Future Business Leaders of America, medical volunteer at a local hospital and also the first black student at his school to be elected as senior class President. However, it was his video uploaded on Facebook that earned him the scholarship.

There is a rapid proliferation of scholarships being offered via youtube (check out the hear me scholarship contest) facebook , and myspace! And with more scholarships opening up live voting (see the $10,000 live College Toolkit scholarship), that facebook or myspace network could come in handy for your students! More scholarships are allowing audio essays or videos (California's Save Me a Spot in CollegeScholarship.)

Students need their network and need an easy way to communicate with that network. Students can reap the benefit from being networked with many opportunities emerging daily from a society hungry for leaders who understand this perplexing new medium.

Freelancing is on the rise with 31% of businesses expecting to have a relationship with freelancers in 2008 in one survey. Sites like are on the rise, as well as the use of trade associations and other organizations to find work and new employment opportunities. Linked In has more than 17 million professionals who have joined and it is rapidly become a place to find employment, freelance work, and ask questions of a professional network of your associates and friends.

With some companies advocating Facebook Fridays and other companies requiring blogging, knowing how to network and communicate online is an essential skill with many of today's famous authors, movie stars, and rock stars boasting prolifically viral networks via Facebook and myspace.

Miss New Jersey was forced to share her public pictures on the Today show when one of her "friends" copied them and threatened to blackmail her and mail them to the news outlets.

Wall Street Journal's college edition advises students to "Clean up their Facebook" accounts. Inappropriate photos are coming back to "haunt" people now. Imagine in 20 years when someone is running for president if he or she has to account for every photo taken in college!

Part 2: Read the following articles.

Part 3: On your Ning blog . . .

1. Summarize the major points of the articles and background reading (this can be a bulleted list and should be representative of both the background reading and the two articles)
2. Explain in a solid paragraph the impact of this information on your future. (This paragraph could include both positive and negative consequences of being clickable.)
3. Then, offer a list of suggestions to people who are currently seeking jobs or applying for college.

January 2 & 3, 2008

  1. Group Filming (for groups signed up to film today)
  2. Complete the Future of Work activity. Visit the Future of Work wiki page for full instructions. You will post your responses to parts 1 and 2 on your Ning blog.

December 20 & 21, 2007

  1. Group Work Time - Storyboard and Script Development (Both should be completed by the end of class. Mrs. Dorman will review them over the holiday. Be sure that you have invited Mrs. Dorman ( as a collaborator on your script - you do this in the Share Tab of your open Script document.)
  2. We will begin filming in January 2008. All groups should sign up for one filming and one editing time slot on the PSA Filming and Editing Schedule posted on Google Docs
  3. In the spirit of the holiday, please enjoy this timeless story, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. Food for thought: Is this a sad story?

December 18 & 19, 2007

  1. Group Work Time - Storyboard and Script Development

December 14 & 17, 2007

  1. Film makers' tool box presentation: Rule of Thirds, Glossary of Scene Shots, Storyboards, Scripts
  2. Film makers' software presentation: Overview of Pinnacle Studio DV
  3. Group Work Time - Storyboard and Script Development (Required - Use Google Docs for your script / Optional - Use Google Presentation for your storyboard if you are proficient with drawing on the computer)

Public Service Announcement Requirements:

What is a PSA?
  • A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good.
  • The main concept is to modify public attitudes by raising awareness about specific issues.

Essential Details:
  • Time Frame: 30-60 seconds
  • Due Date: January 18, 2008
  • Group Points: Groups will earn 10 points each for the storyboard and 10 points each for the script. The final PSA video will be worth 30 points.

Processing Step Requirements: (These must be submitted for Mrs. Dorman's approval before groups will be allowed to record and edit their video.)
  • Complete storyboard
  • Complete script
  • Bibliography (if you elect to use any media that is not your own creation.)

December 12 & 13, 2007
  1. Web 2.0 Quest processing - Which application would you use?
  2. While the collaborative nature of wikis make them very useful for group collaboration and content creation, they are asynchronous (a.k.a. they cannot be editing at the same time by different people.) Online office suite offer the collaborative nature of wiki pages in a format that allows for synchronous editing. Google Docs is one such office suite.
  3. You explored Google Docs as part of our Web 2.0 Quest. Today, you are going to deepen you understanding of the functionality of Google Docs.


Part 1: Watch the training video, Google Docs in Plain English, [located in the V Drive of the 149 computer lab].

Part 2: Take the tour of Google Docs. As you do, answer the following questions on a Word document. Once you are finished, copy and paste your answers into a Wikispaces mail message and send it to Mrs. Dorman (jdorman).
  • What are the three types of files that can be created by and edited in Google Docs?
  • How can others be invited to collaborate on and/or view a Google Doc?
  • Where are your Google Docs stored? How do you access them?
  • In what formats can Google Docs be exported?
  • How do you publish your final document? Who can see your published documents?
  • How could you use Google Docs for a collaborative school project? (e.g. Ninth Grade Assessment, Science Lab, Social Studies Group Research Presentation, etc.)

Part 3: Register for Google Docs.

Part 4: Have one member of your group create a Google Doc that will be used as your group's video script. [We will be using Google Docs as our primary organizational and collaborative tool in the planning phases of our Public Service Announcement Video Project.] Invite your group members and Mrs. Dorman ( to be collaborators on the document. Begin to brainstorm your PSA topic and how you will present it.

December 10 & 11, 2007

  1. Complete work on the Web 2.0 Quest (refer to the December 4 & 5 agenda for directions.)
  2. Sign up your Public Service Announcement video group on your class's thread on this page's discussion tab. (3-4 students per group - must be in the same class period)

December 6 & 7, 2007

  1. Continue to work on the Web 2.0 Quest (refer to the December 4 & 5 agenda for directions.)

Blog Check: The following assignments should be posted on your Ning blog. (Note: all assignment instructions can be accessed both on the Daily Agenda page and the Assignments page.)
  • Narrative
  • Korean Peninsula Today
  • Wikipedia As A Source (letter to Dr. Laws)

December 4 & 5, 2007

  1. As we continue to explore online learning applications in the month of December, we need to first gain an understanding of the evolution of the Internet called Web 2.0.
  2. In order to uncover the meaning of and applications that define Web 2.0, you are going to go on an Internet Quest. A Quest is a an Internet search designed to provide the researchers with an understanding of the topic of the Quest. For this Quest, you will use your Internet researching skills to discover the meaning of and applications associated with Web 2.0 and, thus, uncover the true learning nature of Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 Quest Directions: Record your work for the following three parts of the Web 2.0 Quest on a Word document. Once you are finished, post the entire work on your Ning blog.

NOTE: This Quest is designed to take approximately three class periods. You do not need to complete it outside of class.

Here is a quick video to help you get started:

Quest Part 1: Use your researching skills to define the following common Web 2.0 terms. (5 points)

  • RSS (Feeds and Readers)
  • Tagging
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Blogs
  • Microblogs
  • Wikis
  • Podcasts

Quest Part 2: Explore the following Web 2.0 applications and briefly summarize the user functions (i.e. how each can be used be those who register for the service.) (5 points)

Remember, you will have to spend some time interacting with this applications in order to learn how they are used. Make sure you review product demos, click on the Learn More/About/Tutorial links, and always experiment with Sandbox demos.

Quest Part 3: Now that you have gained an understanding of the terminology associated with Web 2.0 and have explored some popular Web 2.0 applications, you will construct a comprehensive understanding of Web 2.0. Respond to the following prompt in 2-3 paragraphs: (5 points)
  • Explain how the Internet has evolved into a read/write creation platform that is popularly referred to as Web 2.0. What does Web 2.0 look like? How are Internet users interacting differently with others online as a result of the functionality of Web 2.0? How might you use some of the Web 2.0 applications highlighted in this Quest for learning?

November 30 & December 3, 2007

  1. Finish the HotChalk "Wikipedia as a Source" Ning posting.
  2. Develop your personal Voki. For the audio - introduce yourself and select two questions from your "The Korean Peninsula Today" article response to ask our South Korean partners. Embed the Voki on your Ning page.
  3. Mrs. D is going to be among a small group of educators who will be testifying as "Educational Content Delivery Experts" at a Senate hearing in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Dec. 4th. She is gathering some student responses to relay to our state Senators. Take the student technology use survey to make your ideas known to the decision-makers in Pennsylvania.

November 28 & 29, 2007

  1. Our last few classes, we have been working on activities that fit with our "connections to the local, national, and global community" course goal. We are now going to move into a series of activities to help us meet our "connections to the tools and habits of mind for life-long learning" goal.
  2. Complete and post your Korean Peninsula Today activity (see the Nov. 26 & 27 agenda for instructions)
  3. Register for our HotChalk class and complete the "Wikipedia as a Source" activity (written response posted on your Ning blog)

HOMEWORK - Create a Voki account (this will include your accepting a confirmation e-mail.) You will be signing into your Voki account next class and creating an animated talking avatar to place onto your Ning profile page.

November 26 & 27, 2007

  1. Now that we have a better understanding of the historical forces that continue to influence the political, social, and economic reality for the Korean Peninsula, we are going to apply that background to contemporary situations.
  2. Your task is to uncover the current political climate in South Korea and share your findings with others through a blog posting.
  3. Directions - Open the Word document, The Korean Peninsula Today, by either downloading from this page or opening it from the V Drive in the 149 computer lab. Add to the organizer as you read the four articles below. Once you have finished, copy and paste your responses into a blog posting on your Ning pages. We will be inviting our South Korean sister class to answer your questions.

South Korea Wants Peace Summit
Korea, US Defense Chiefs Agree That North Korea Remains a Threat
South Korea Says U.S. Troops to Stay After Deal
US House Bill Proposes Giving Citizenship to Korea War Children

November 15 & 16, 2007

  1. Click here to access our Korea media webquest. Follow the directions contained within the webquest. (Be sure to include a space in between your first and last name when you log in.)

November 13 & 14, 2007

  1. Sign into Ning. Open a Word document and save it as "Ning Narrative."
  2. You will be creating your first Ning blog posting to introduce yourself to your classmates and to our sister class in South Korea. Here are the instructions:
  • You will create a 2-3 paragraph blog posting on Ning. Your narrative should address, but is not limited to, the following content:
    • Your name, the members of your family, where you were born, places you have traveled, your likes (music, movies, foods, etc.), ways you use the Internet, and at least one interesting story about something that you did over the summer or last school year
NOTE: If you are unsure how to post on your Ning blog, please refer to the Ning Tutorial for directions.

November 9 & 12, 2007

  1. User names and passwords
  2. Computer login - password change
  3. Follow the Leader - Wikispaces and Ning tutorials (Ning registration)

November 7 & 8, 2007

  1. Overview of Online Connections.
  2. Discussion of negotiated Class Contract.
  3. Wiki orientation - where's the data . . .
  4. Online Collaborations Consent Form.pdf