All course activities are completed during class work sessions. Your only "homework" will be to complete class activities as necessary.

"Turning in" assignments generally means posting them on your Ning blog. Your work must be published on your Ning blog in order for it to be reviewed and scored. Visit the tutorials on the left navigation menu for Ning network instructions.

Marking Period 2 Scored Class Assignments

NOTE: All assignments indicated with an * should appear on your Ning blog.

All assignments must be completed by the end of the school day on January 25, 2008. Please message Mrs. Dorman through Wikispaces or Ning when you have completed assignments (if you are completing them after the day they were assigned.)

Points Possible
Online Collaborations Parent Consent Form (signed form turned in)
Personal Narrative *
Korea WebQuest (Discovery Streaming Media and Quiz)
Korean Peninsula Today *
Wikipedia as a Source *
Web 2.0 Quest *
Google Docs Questions (Wikispaces message)
PSA Group Script (Google Docs)
PSA Group Storyboard (on paper)
PSA Group Video (mpeg format)
Future of Work *
Power of Being Clickable *
Copyright Quest *
Copyright and Fair Use WebQuest (Discovery Streaming Media, Writing Prompt, and Quiz)
Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide *
Online Safety Survival Guide *
Cyberbullying Quest *
Total Possible Points for Online Connections

Detailed Instructions for All Class Assignments

Parent Consent Form

Assigned Nov. 7 & 8

Please have your parents sign the online collaborations consent form and return it at our next class.

Orientation to Wiki and Ning

Assigned Nov. 9 & 12

Sign Into Wikispaces

Register for Ning and join our Online Connections Ning network.

Personal Narrative

Assigned Nov. 13 & 14

Personal Narrative - Ning blog posting. (5 points)
  • 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 about something that you did over the summer or last school year

Korea WebQuest

Assigned Nov. 15 & 16

Korea Media WebQuest

Korea Peninsula Today

Assigned Nov. 26 & 27

The Korean Peninsula Today
  1. Your task is to uncover the current political climate in South Korea and share your findings with others through a blog posting.
  2. 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.

external image msword.png The Korean Peninsula Today.doc

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

Wikipedia as a Source

Assigned Nov. 28 & 29

HotChalk "Wikipedia as a Source" activity (you must log into your HotChalk account to access this activity)

Web 2.0 Quest

Assigned Dec. 4 & 5

Directions: Record your work for the following three parts of the Web 2.0 Quest on a Word document. Once you are finished, copy/paste the entire response 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.

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

  • 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.)

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:
  • 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?

Google Docs Questions

Assigned Dec. 12 & 13, 2008

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.)

Public Service Announcement Video Project

Assigned Dec. 14 & 17, 2007

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.)

Future of Work

Assigned Jan. 2 & 3, 2008

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.

Power of Being Clickable

Assigned Jan. 4 & 7, 2008

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.

Copyright Quest

Assigned Jan. 8 & 9, 2008

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)

Copyright and Fair Use Media WebQuest

Assigned Jan. 10 & 11, 2008

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.

Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide

Assigned Jan. 14 & 15, 2008

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.

Online Safety Survival Guide

Assigned Jan. 16 & 17, 2008

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.

Cyberbullying Quest

Assigned Jan. 18 & 22, 2008

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?)