Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Work

Finish any previous assigned coding. Tomorrow, I will assign the next section.  If you want to begin it today, then you may. Otherwise, finish any unfinished work.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Coding for Monday and Tuesday (April 28th and 29th)

The next section is called "animation basics."  Obviously, if you have not finished last week's coding work, then you must finish that first.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Coding Assignments for today and tomorrow

These coding assignments are sequential, so if you did not finish with yesterday's sections, you must finish those first.  The next 2 sections are assigned for today and tomorrow.  The first one is shorter than the second.  For sure you should finish Coloring and begin working on Variables today.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today's Coding Assignment

Finish watching the 2 videos in the "Intro to programming" section and the 2 videos and the 3 challenges in the "Drawing basics" section.


Today, you are going to sign in to with your google account.  We are going to do some coding for the next few weeks of this class.

Coding is a very lucrative career.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blog #8 My Career

What do you want to be when you grow up?

More specifically what do you want to be doing when you are 30 years old?  I wouldn't guess that anyone wants to be working at Taco Bell when they are 30 unless they are a manager or an owner.

Write about your main career goal.  Write about what you are doing now and what you will be doing in the future to be able to have that particular career.  Include at least 2 pictures related to your career and at least 1 link to a related website.

This blog post must be at least 2 paragraphs and at least 100 words.  Title the post "#7 My Career."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Google #8 Drawing

Today's assignment is the last of the "technology proficiency" assignments.  Log in to your Google account and go to Drive.

Click on create then drawing.  Rename "#8 Yourlastname."
Share with me (

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

You final drawing will contains lines, shapes, colors, and letters (your name at the very least).
Your picture must be school appropriate.  
You must spend at least 45 minutes creating this assignment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog #7 Surveys

Today's easy blog assignment is to complete two surveys.  The following survey and one on this site.  Title the blog post "#32 Survey."  

For each of the 16 questions, you are going to answer each with a value from 1 to 5.  Then take the second survey and screen capture your results (apple/shift/4).  Insert those results pictures  after the 16 values. Include all the information in the pictures including the values for all 8 intelligences (probably 3 pics- see my examples).

1 = Statement does not describe you at all
2 = Statement describes you very little
3 = Statement describes you somewhat
4 = Statement describes you pretty well
5 = Statement describes you exactly

1.   I pride myself on knowing my times tables (1-12).
2.   I can mentally add and subtract (without using my fingers).
3.   I consider myself a “math person.”
4.   When ordering food at a restaurant, I know approximately what my total bill is before being told by the cashier/waiter.
5.  Adding and subtracting fractions is easy for me.
6.   I can calculate travel time based upon mph and distance.
7.   I use some form of math every day.
8.   I like sports.
9.   I know what batting average is in baseball, and I know how to calculate it.
10.  I know what shooting average is in basketball, and I know hot to calculate it.
11.  I know (can calculate) how many inches are in a yard.
12.  I would be comfortable working a cash register (counting money, handing back change, etc.).
13.  I know (can calculate) how many seconds are in an hour.
14.  I know how to graph points like (1, -3).
15.  I can add, subtract, multiply, and divide any two numbers without a calculator (using pencil and paper).
16.  Math is easy.

Google #7 Resume

Today you are going to be creating a resume for yourself in Google Drive.  
Create a new document, and rename it "#7 Yourlastname."  Share with me,  Use the picture below as a guide.

1)  Center your name, address and contact information.
2)  Include each of the 5 headings (Objective, Education, etc.)  If you have not taken any college or vocational courses name the fourth heading "Relevant Skills."
3)  You don't need the horizontal lines to separate each category.

Notice that each heading is in bold and starts 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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Google #6 Business Cards

Click on this link.
Choose the fifth template (circle business cards) and click "use this template"
Rename the document to "#6 Yourlastname"
Share with
Edit 1 business card with your correct information.
Copy and Paste that onto the rest of the cards on the page.

You business card must have 
your first and last name
full address  (street number and name, city, state, zip code)
phone # w/area code  (###) ###-####
email address

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Google #5 Letter of Recommendation

This is a Google drive assignment.
Today's assignment is writing another business letter.

Specifically, you will be writing a letter of recommendation.  When applying for certain jobs (usually the higher paying ones) or scholarships you will be asked to provide letters of recommendation (usually 3).  These letters are written by teachers, principals, former bosses, etc.

For this assignment you will be writing a letter of recommendation about yourself.  You will be writing this letter as President Barack Obama.  It needs to be typed in the proper format in Google documents (drive).  Name (Rename) your google document "#5 Yourlastname"   After you have named the document, share it with me

Follow this example.  Write this letter "Dear Mr. Walske:"  instead of "To whom it may concern:"

Your letter needs to have at least three paragraphs.  For example the paragraphs could be 
1) background information  2) skills/talents  3) accomplishments.

This letter is by President Barack Obama, about you, and addressed to me.

Barack Obama
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Mr. Walske
Back Bay High School
390 Monte Vista Ave
Costa Mesa, California 92627

You will not be writing in first person "I this and I that."  You are writing about yourself (as the President), but you are not writing as yourself.

Example: this would be how I would write about myself.

          I would like to recommend Brent Walske for the Governor of California.  He is a very intelligent and motivated person.  Brent has great problem solving skills and works well under pressure. Blah, blah, blah, etc.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blog #6 Free Choice

For today's blog assignment you can write about anything that you want provided that it is school appropriate.

Write at least 3 paragraphs.
Write at least 150 words.
Include at least 2 pictures related to your topic.

Friday, April 4, 2014


Log in to schoolloop and check your grade for this class.  Any grade that is a zero or less than 7 you need to do/redo to improve your grade.

There have been 9 graded assignments so far in this trimester
(5 blog assignments and 4 Google assignments).

If everything is done with a grade of 7 or higher and you have verified it with me, you can have free time.  THIS MEANS THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON CLASS ASSIGNMENTS ONLY UNTIL YOU HAVE VERIFIED WITH ME THAT EVERYTHING IS COMPLETE.

Any grades that are less than 10 can be revised and edited for a higher grade.  Every assignment so far has been worth 10 points.

If you are finished with everything, have checked in with me, and are interested in extra credit, then you can go here and attempt to finish the game.  Anyone who finishes (there is a finish line) and shows it to me will get 10 points of extra credit.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Google #4 Budget Spreadsheet

Today we are doing one of the required parts (the 4th of 8) of the applied skills portion of this class.  We will be creating a budget spreadsheet using Google.

To begin, you must log in to Google and go to drive (documents).

Follow the directions that I give in class.  

Sign in to Google and go to Drive.
Click on Create.
Then click on Spreadsheet.
Change the Untitled Spreadsheet to "#4 Yourlastname."
Click share and type in

You are going to create a monthly budget.

Starting with cell A1, then A2, then A3, etc. through A10, you will type in these 10 expenses:

Cell Phone
Car Payment

In cell A11 you will type Total.

Then you will select cells B1 through B10 and then click the dollar sign button.  Then with the cells still selected click on the sum button found in the "Crazy E looking tool" at the end of the row of tools.

Now enter in dollar amounts in each of the cells.  The program will automatically add the dollar sign and total these dollar amounts.

Finally, select all of the cells (words and dollar amounts) except for the total cells at the bottom.
Then click on insert chart (There is a button for this or you can find it under the insert tab).
Select the pie chart.
Position the chart so that it is to the right of the cells.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Google # 3 Flyer

This is the third Google Drive Assignment

Today we 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.).

1)  Login to your google account.
2)  Click on the drive button in the top middle of the page (or found in that square made up of 9 smaller squares in the upper right corner of the page).
3)  Click on the red create button and select document.
4)  Click on the "Untitled document" title and change to "#3 Yourlastname."
5)  Click on the blue share button in the upper right hand corner.
6)  Type in and make sure you allow me to edit.

Once you have completed steps 1 through 6 you can begin creating your flyer.

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, address, phone number and email address  (can be fake info)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Google # 2 Weekly Schedule Spreadsheet

Today, you are going to create spreadsheet in Google Drive.  This spreadsheet will be a weekly schedule for next week (April 6-13) starting with this Sunday.

Title the spreadsheet "#2 Yourlastname" 
Share with

Across the top of your spreadsheet you will type the 7 days of the week starting with Sunday (skip the first cell).
Down the first column (A) you will type every hour starting with 6:00 am through 2:00 am. (skip the first cell).  We will format the cells before we begin typing in the hours.

This schedule will have 147 cells to fill in.

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

I will go over all the specifics in class.  It is important that you listen and follow along as I explain this assignment.