MP4 Alternative Curriculum


Having trouble loading Google Docs? - You can remedy the problem by putting an "s" in after the "http" in the web address. So, the URL should look like https://docs.google.com


Videos must be completed by Friday, May 30th.

Wikis and Nings must be completed by Friday, June 6th.

June 16, 2008

  1. Team Presentations
  2. Wiki project managers - be sure to invite jdorman to be a member of your wiki. (If Mrs. Dorman did not receive an invite yet, she requested membership today. Sign into Wikispaces, check your wiki, and click Approve if you see a message regarding jdorman requesting membership.)
  3. Ning project managers - be sure to invite cliotech@gmail.com to be a member of your wiki. (teams 24, 26, & 31 are still missing)
  4. Team Leaders - If you have not completed the team data form from last 2 weeks ago, please complete it today. Click here to access the form. I am still missing data from the following teams: 18, 28, and 29.

Emergency Plans for June 12, 2008

  1. Please follow the Daily Agenda for June 11.
  2. Take the student technology use survey(please use your first name only)

June 11, 2008


TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Next class, each team will present their video, wiki, and Ning network for the entire class. During the presentation, teams will play their video and take the class through the pages on their Wiki and the groups on their Ning network. Teams should be prepared to highlight ONE link on each page/group that represents the best resource they found for that topic.

INDIVIDUAL TASKS: Each person must complete the two tasks below by the end of the class today. (Power of Being Clickable and The Future of Work)

TASK 1: Power of Being Clickable

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.

Directions:

Part 1: Read the following articles.
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal

Social-Networking Sites Catch the Eye of Employers
March 29, 2005

Many recent college graduates and young professionals are avid users of social-networking sites that are blossoming across the Internet. But as Mr. Silverman's case makes clear, the information on these sites can leak into a job search, sometimes hurting one's chances of landing a position... At some companies, such as TheLadders.com, a New York-based company that helps people find high-salary jobs, hiring managers would rather see an innocent, uncensored profile on Friendster or Tribe. Dagny Prieto, the director in charge of hiring graphic designers, Web site coders, and writers, regularly uses Friendster to look at job applicants before interviewing them. "Friendstering" is the next step after Googling, she says, because applicants' profiles are filled with clues about what they might be like to work with. "Someone will come in [for an in-person interview], be all buttoned-up and seem very proper, but you know you just saw their profile, and on it, their friends were talking about how they were wild and crazy and party seven nights a week," she says. For Ms. Prieto, that's fine. "I want to know what your real personality is like," she says. However, bad grammar or typos, even on candidates' friends' pages, give her second thoughts.

Part 2: 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.

TASK 2: The Future of Work

Part 1:

Listen to the Business Week podcast (see note below for podcast location), read the article, Which Way to the Future, and answer the following questions on your Ning blog.

If you are completing this activitiy in class: the podcast can be accessed from the Dorman Shared Folder.

If you are completing this activity from home: you can also stream the file from the wiki:

  1. What is changing about the workplace in America?
  2. What type of people will continue to be employed? What characteristics will they have?
  3. What do you find most interesting that was discussed?
  4. Are you personally optimistic or pessimistic about future employment opportunities for you and why?

* Activity adapted from Vicki A. Davis (Cool Cat Teacher blog.)

Part 2:

Select any one of the following articles below to react to in a blog posting (1-2 paragraphs in length) on your Ning blog. The question you should consider is: "How does the information presented in the article connect to the information contained in the Business Week podcast and what does it mean for your future?"

More Research about the Changing Workplace


June 9-10, 2008


TEAM MEETING:
  • Teams must complete any remaining projects.
  • Teams should meet briefly to prepare their class presentation. During the presentation, teams will play their video and take the class through the pages on their Wiki and the groups on their Ning network. Teams should be prepared to highlight ONE link on each page/group that represents the best resource they found for that topic.
  • Wiki project managers - be sure to invite jdorman to be a member of your wiki.
  • Ning project managers - be sure to invite cliotech@gmail.com to be a member of your wiki.
  • Team Leaders - If you have not completed the team data form from last week, please complete today. Click here to access the form. As of 11 AM on June 9, I am still missing data from the following teams: 18, 28, and 29.


INDIVIDUAL TASKS: Each person must complete the two tasks below (Power of Being Clickable and The Future of Work)

TASK 1: Power of Being Clickable
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.

Directions:

Part 1: Read the following articles.

The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal

Social-Networking Sites Catch the Eye of Employers
March 29, 2005
Many recent college graduates and young professionals are avid users of social-networking sites that are blossoming across the Internet. But as Mr. Silverman's case makes clear, the information on these sites can leak into a job search, sometimes hurting one's chances of landing a position... At some companies, such as TheLadders.com, a New York-based company that helps people find high-salary jobs, hiring managers would rather see an innocent, uncensored profile on Friendster or Tribe. Dagny Prieto, the director in charge of hiring graphic designers, Web site coders, and writers, regularly uses Friendster to look at job applicants before interviewing them. "Friendstering" is the next step after Googling, she says, because applicants' profiles are filled with clues about what they might be like to work with. "Someone will come in [for an in-person interview], be all buttoned-up and seem very proper, but you know you just saw their profile, and on it, their friends were talking about how they were wild and crazy and party seven nights a week," she says. For Ms. Prieto, that's fine. "I want to know what your real personality is like," she says. However, bad grammar or typos, even on candidates' friends' pages, give her second thoughts.

Part 2: 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.

TASK 2: The Future of Work

Part 1:

Listen to the Business Week podcast (see note below for podcast location), read the article, Which Way to the Future, and answer the following questions on your Ning blog.

If you are completing this activitiy in class: the podcast can be accessed from the Dorman Shared Folder.

If you are completing this activity from home: you can also stream the file from the wiki:

  1. What is changing about the workplace in America?
  2. What type of people will continue to be employed? What characteristics will they have?
  3. What do you find most interesting that was discussed?
  4. Are you personally optimistic or pessimistic about future employment opportunities for you and why?

* Activity adapted from Vicki A. Davis (Cool Cat Teacher blog.)

Part 2:

Select any one of the following articles below to react to in a blog posting (1-2 paragraphs in length) on your Ning blog. The question you should consider is: "How does the information presented in the article connect to the information contained in the Business Week podcast and what does it mean for your future?"
More Research about the Changing Workplace

June 2-6, 2008


Team Leaders, please complete this form by Friday, June 6th. The form will require that you have the URL addresses for your team's wiki and Ning network. I would advise that your project managers send you a message with that web address (complete with the http://)
Click here to access the form.

Please refer to the rubrics for the wiki, Ning, and video to assure that your team's products meet the requirements.

Complete the wiki and Ning networks. Be sure that all items have been proofed and reviewed. Both the wiki and Ning network must include widgets. Visit the Collaborative Simulation page to access some widgets.

If you need extra time, ask Mrs. Dorman for a lunch pass.


May 27-30, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - Starting on May 14th, we will have video cameras available. The editing stations will arrive on May 14th as well. We will have editing stations and cameras until May 30th. All video editing must be completed by May 30th. To prepare for filming, teams must write and rehearse the script (the actors/actresses should be able to look up at the camera and not rely solely on reading off of the script). To prepare for editing, teams must complete a storyboard and order all images.
  2. Operations Managers - If your team has need for Mr. Armstrong's students to complete tasks for you, submit your RFPs ASAP. They will be completed in order of their submission to the bid list. Check the Collaborative Simulation page to review the RFP steps.
  3. Video Project Managers - You should working on writing the script. Once the script is completed, the actors/actresses can rehearse. Once everyone is comfortable and confident with their portions, you can schedule a filming time. Also, once the script is completed, you can begin the storyboard so that you will have all your photos and visuals in order. The blank storyboard sheets are in the bin next to the demonstration computer. Before you can schedule time on the editing station, you must have a completed storyboard.
  4. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Your products are not due until June 12. You may consider assisting in the production of the video script and storyboard. If you are not needed for the script and your group is not ready to rehearse, continue drafting on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed. You should have all content planned prior to starting to create your new site.

Wiki Project Managers - refer to this tutorial for questions about navigating Wikispaces


May 16 & 19-21, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - Starting on May 14th, we will have video cameras available. The editing stations will arrive on May 14th as well. We will have editing stations and cameras until May 30th. All video editing must be completed by May 30th. To prepare for filming, teams must write and rehearse the script (the actors/actresses should be able to look up at the camera and not rely solely on reading off of the script). To prepare for editing, teams must complete a storyboard and order all images.
  2. Operations Managers - If your team has need for Mr. Armstrong's students to complete tasks for you, submit your RFPs ASAP. They will be completed in order of their submission to the bid list. Check the Collaborative Simulation page to review the RFP steps.
  3. Video Project Managers - You should working on writing the script. Once the script is completed, the actors/actresses can rehearse. Once everyone is comfortable and confident with their portions, you can schedule a filming time. Also, once the script is completed, you can begin the storyboard so that you will have all your photos and visuals in order. The blank storyboard sheets are in the bin next to the demonstration computer. Before you can schedule time on the editing station, you must have a completed storyboard.
  4. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Your products are not due until June 12. You may consider assisting in the production of the video script and storyboard. If you are not needed for the script and your group is not ready to rehearse, continue drafting on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed. You should have all content planned prior to starting to create your new site.

Wiki Project Managers - refer to this tutorial for questions about navigating Wikispaces


May 14 & 15, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - Starting on May 14th, we will have video cameras available. The editing stations will arrive on May 14th as well. We will have editing stations and cameras until May 30th. All video editing must be completed by May 30th. To prepare for filming, teams must write and rehearse the script. To prepare for editing, teams must complete a storyboard and order all images. RFPs for use in the video should be submitted no later than May 14 or 15.
  2. Operations Managers - If your team has need for Mr. Armstrong's students to complete tasks for you, submit your RFPs ASAP. They will be completed in order of their submission to the bid list. Check the Collaborative Simulation page to review the RFP steps.
  3. Video Project Managers - You should working on writing the script. Once the script is completed, the actors/actresses can rehearse. Once everyone is comfortable and confident with their portions, you can schedule a filming time. Also, once the script is completed, you can begin the storyboard so that you will have all your photos and visuals in order. Before you can schedule time on the editing station, you must have a completed storyboard.
  4. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Your products are not due until June 12. You may consider assisting in the production of the video script and storyboard. If you are not needed for the script and your group is not ready to rehearse, continue drafting on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed. You should have all content planned prior to starting to create your new site.

May 12 & 13, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - Starting on May 14th, we will have video cameras available. The editing stations will arrive on May 14th as well. We will have editing stations and cameras until May 30th. All video editing must be completed by May 30th. To prepare for filming, teams must write and rehearse the script. To prepare for editing, teams must complete a storyboard and order all images. RFPs for use in the video should be submitted no later than May 14 or 15.
  2. Operations Managers - If your team has need for Mr. Armstrong's students to complete tasks for you, submit your RFPs ASAP. They will be completed in order of their submission to the bid list. Check the Collaborative Simulation page to review the RFP steps.
  3. Video Project Managers - You should working on writing the script. Once the script is completed, the actors/actresses can rehearse. Once everyone is comfortable and confident with their portions, you can schedule a filming time. Also, once the script is completed, you can begin the storyboard so that you will have all your photos and visuals in order. Before you can schedule time on the editing station, you must have a completed storyboard.
  4. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Your products are not due until June 12. You may consider assisting in the production of the video script and storyboard. If you are not needed for the script and your group is not ready to rehearse, continue drafting on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed. You should have all content planned prior to starting to create your new site.

May 9 & 10, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - Starting on May 14th, we will have video cameras available. The editing stations will arrive on May 14th. We will have editing stations and cameras until May 30th. All video editing must be completed by May 30th. To prepare for filming, teams must write and rehearse the script. To prepare for editing, teams must complete a storyboard and order all images. RFPs for use in the video should be submitted no later than May 14.
  2. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Your products are not due until June 12. You may consider assisting in the production of the video script and storyboard.

May 7 & 8, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and research requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Finish bookmarking research links. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately. Each topic will need 8-10 reviewed web resources posted on Diigo.
  2. Start searching for photos, keep in mind that your 5-minute video will likely require approximately 75 images. Photos must be downloaded in jpeg or bmp format (do not copy/paste onto a Word document.)
  3. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Start to draft on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed.
  4. Team Leaders - continue to work on your Bubbl.us flow chart and Google Calendar (Consider that the week starting with May 12 we will have the camcorders and editing stations available. Your team will need to write your 3-4 page script, complete your storyboard with all background images, rehearse, film, and edit the video by June 12.)
  5. Video Project Managers - begin work on the script
  6. Financial Officers Meeting - review expenditures spreadsheet procedures
  7. Operations Managers Meeting - review RFP/Bid List procedures

May 5 & 6, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and research requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Finish bookmarking research links. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately. Each topic will need 8-10 reviewed web resources posted on Diigo.
  2. Start searching for photos, keep in mind that your 5-minute video will likely require approximately 75 images. Photos must be downloaded in jpeg or bmp format (do not copy/paste onto a Word document.)
  3. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Start to draft on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed.
  4. Team Leaders - continue to work on your Bubbl.us flow chart and Google Calendar (Consider that the week starting with May 12 we will have the camcorders and editing stations available. Your team will need to write your 3-4 page script, complete your storyboard with all background images, rehearse, film, and edit the video by June 12.)
  5. Video Project Managers - begin work on the script
  6. Financial Officers Meeting - review expenditures spreadsheet procedures
  7. Operations Managers Meeting - review RFP/Bid List procedures

May 1 & 2, 2008


5th Period - May 2 - You will not have regular class today because of the Public Works Concert. You will have time on Tuesday to finish your researching. You do not need to complete your researching outside of class. Thanks for your cooperation.
  1. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and research requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Spend the class period researching your assigned topics. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately. Each topic will need 8-10 reviewed web resources posted on Diigo. If teams start searching for photos, keep in mind that your 5-minute video will likely require approximately 75 images. Photos must be downloaded in jpeg or bmp format (do not copy/paste onto a Word document.)
  2. Wiki and Ning Project Managers - Start to draft on paper or a Word document what links and content will appear on each page/group of your product. Explore the widgets on the Collaborative Simulation page to decide which ones you will embed.
  3. Team Leaders - continue to work on your Bubbl.us flow chart and Google Calendar (Consider that the week starting with May 12 we will have the camcorders and editing stations available. Your team will need to write your 3-4 page script, complete your storyboard with all background images, rehearse, film, and edit the video by June 12.)
  4. NOTE - Mrs. Dorman will be meeting with the Financial Officers and Operations Managers next week.

April 29 & 30, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and research requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Spend the class period researching your assigned topics. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately. Each topic will need 8-10 reviewed web resources posted on Diigo. If teams start searching for photos, keep in mind that your 5-minute video will likely require approximately 75 images. Photos must be downloaded in jpeg or bmp format (do not copy/paste onto a Word document.)
  2. Team Leaders - continue to work on your Bubbl.us flow chart and Google Calendar (let Mrs. Dorman know when you have finished so that she can help you embed the calendar onto your team planning page and share the flow chart with your team)

April 25 & 28, 2008

  1. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and research requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Divide the topics so that each group member has a focus for researching. Spend the class period researching your assigned topics. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately. Each topic will need 8-10 reviewed web resources posted on Diigo. If teams start searching for photos, keep in mind that your 5-minute video will likely require approximately 75 images. Photos must be downloaded in jpeg or bmp format (do not copy/paste onto a Word document.)
  2. Wiki Project Managers Meeting - Wikispaces tutorial
  3. Ning Project Managers Meeting - Ning network creation tutorial
  4. Team Leaders Meeting - Google Calendar & Bubbl.us flow chart

April 23, 2008

NOTE: We have an assembly on April 24. Thus, we will not meet for our regular class.
  1. Check your Ning blog to be sure that your personal narrative and your Do and Don't List are posted. Refer to the agenda details for prior classes for instructions for those blog posts.
  2. Team Meeting - review the instructions for and content requirements of the three team products on the Collaborative Simulation page. Divide the topics so that each group member has a focus for researching. Spend the class period researching your assigned topics. Post your finds on the Online Connections Diigo group by using the Diigolet. Be sure to tag each posting appropriately.
  3. Team Leaders Meeting - Tutorial for Google Calendar and Bubbl.us.

April 21 & 22, 2008

  1. Join the Online Connections Diigo Group
  2. Diigo usage overview (install Diigolet) - tagging protocols
  3. Team Meeting - choose leadership roles & visit the Teams Page to enter your information, begin work on your wiki research
  4. Homework - Ning blog posting = Personal Narrative Introduction to KIS
You will write a narrative to introduce yourself to our partner class in South Korea. Your narrative should address, but is not limited to, the following:
  • 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
  • Your transition team number and your leadership role(s)


April 17 & 18, 2008

  1. "Follow The Leader" website registration - Google, Bubbl.us, Diigo, Voicethread, SlideShare, MyStudiyo
  2. Digital Citizenship (what is an isn't appropriate and professional on our online collaborative sites) - 1 paragraph Ning blog posting - Do and Don't List for Digital Citizenship in Online Connections (What actions will you take and will you avoid to be a good digital citizen of our online community?)
  3. Homework - check your e-mail to verify your registration for Google, Bubbl.us, Diigo, Voicethread, SlideShare, Animoto, and MyStudiyo

April 15 & 16, 2008

  1. Transition Team assignment- seating chart
  2. Collection of parent permission forms
  3. "Follow The Leader" website registration - Wikispaces (join our class wiki) and Ning (join your class and team group on Ning) *
  4. Homework - check your e-mail to confirm your registrations by following the instructions your receive from Wikispaces and Ning

  • NOTE - Do NOT use your real name in registering for Wikispaces. Our wiki is publically viewable. You SHOULD use your real name when you create your Ning profile. Our Ning is entirely private (only viewable by your fellow students and teachers).

April 11 & 14, 2008


  1. Introduction - Why this course?
  2. Overview of collaborative simulation
  3. Overview of networking applications and user profiles
  4. Individual student network logins
  5. Homework - parent permission form due back next class