Wednesday, 11/26/14

Thanksgiving is a time to:


And I’m thankful I get to teach YOU every day.  It’s a short period today, but we will hopefully have enough time to accomplish the following:

  1. See TED Talks by Erick and Alex
  2. Write reflections for your digital literacy final projects

Please make sure your websites are up to date with all 12 posts, since grades close for first trimester today.

And have a fabulous, wonderful, fantastic Thanksgiving!  I’ll see you on Monday for second trimester!



Tuesday, 11/25/14

Today we have 6 TED Talks…


Everyone’s final project post is due today on your websites, but the following 6 students are doing TED Talks for honors credit:

  1. Jason
  2. Kendra
  3. Alex
  4. Briana
  5. Erick
  6. Gualter

If for some crazy reason, your post is not 100% completed, or if you have other posts you need to catch up on before grades close tomorrow, you need to stay after school today.

Tomorrow we will be doing the reflections on your projects!

Monday, 11/24/14


After almost a full week of working on your final project, today is your last day before they’re due. Some of you are presenting TED Talks to the class tomorrow for honors credit, and the rest of you are just doing a post. Either way, all of you have the following things to do today:

  1. Sign into your WordPress site.
  2. Create a new post.
  3. You can make your own title for this project, or you can use, “Digital Literacy Final Project.”
  4. Write a post that gives information about the topic you chose, from two separate sources, and your own viewpoint on the topic.
  5. Create your digital presentation aid, using Canva, Flipgrid, Animoto, or text-to-speech avatars.
  6. Embed your digital presentation aid into your post.
  7. Publish it!
  8. Practice your TED talk, if you’re going for honors.

Friday, 11/21/14

The plan for today is to practice your speech and/or review your script in small groups!


I can hear some of you panicking: “How can I practice?  I’m not finished drafting!”  No need to panic, friends.  Simply finish your draft.  And don’t forget to include 5 of our 48 SAT vocabulary words in your post/talk.  You’ll have a handout, but they are listed below as well.

abbreviate– shorten
amicable– agreeable
anachronistic- out-of-date
anonymous– nameless
antagonist– opponent
arid- extremely dry
– sanctuary
benevolent– friendly, helpful
camaraderie– trust among friends
clairvoyant- able to see the future
to come together
compromise– to settle differences
conformist– follower of customs
congregation– a crowd of people
deleterious- harmful
rabble-rousing leader
– dishonor, disgrace
divergent– variant, moving apart
empathy- sharing of feelings
emulate– to follow an example
enhance– to improve
fortuitous- lucky
frugal– thrifty
haughty– arrogant, condescending
– theory requiring proof
inevitable- unavoidable, certain
integrity– honesty, decency
intrepid- fearless, adventurous
jubilation- joy, exultation
longevity– long life
novice– beginner
opulent- wealthy
perfidious– disloyal
procrastinate– to delay unnecessarily
prosperity- wealth, success
querulous– irritable
rancorous– hateful or bitter
resilient– quick to recover
restrained- controlled, restricted
profound respect
sagacity– wisdom
spurious- phony, false
surreptitious– secret, stealthy
submissive- meek
more than enough
transient- temporary, fleeting
to clear from blame

Thursday, 11/20/14

Half of you are at URI today!


For the half of you here, our one-on-one schedule, while you draft, is as follows:

  • 9:35-9:40 Johnny
  • 9:40-9:45 Jailene
  • 9:50-9:55 Christian
  • 9:55-10:00 Diamond
  • 10:00-10:05 Claudia
  • 10:05-10:10 Ashlei
  • 10:10-10:15
  • 10:15-10:20
  • 10:20-10:25
  • 10:25-10:30
  • 10:30-10:35

Wednesday, 11/19/14

Let’s get it!

start line

In honor of Lorenzo Perry’s moving thought of the week speech this morning, our go time image is fitness-oriented!  Today you will begin work on your final project for the digital literacy unit, while we hold the first half of your one-on-one meetings.

Your project:

Using one of the four digital tools we examined during this unit, you will prepare information and a view point on a topic of your choice.  If you would like to earn honors credit for this assignment, you may present a TED Talk on the topic.  Either way, your 12th website post will be a presentation on the topic you’ve chosen, using either Flipgrid, Canva, Animoto, or text-to-speech avatars to share information and your view point.  You have today to find information about your topic that you’d like to include.  For guidance in finding research that will work for you, use the guide that Ms. Lubman created:

2. Click on LIBRARY in the upper RIGHT corner
3. Select HIGH SCHOOL in the yellow box on the LEFT
4. Scroll down and select READING AND WRITING LITERACY on the LEFT side under GRADE LEVEL PAGES

Your one-on-one meetings:

  • 1:15-1:20 Maria
  • 1:20-1:25 Princess Briana
  • 1:25-1:30 Alex
  • 1:30-1:35 Lizmarie
  • 1:35-1:40 Kendra
  • 1:40-1:45 Erick
  • 1:45-1:50 Gilian
  • 1:50-1:55 Yunior
  • 1:55-2:00 Romy (aka RoRo, apparently)
  • 2:00-2:05 Jaaron
  • 2:05-2:10 Jason
  • 2:10-2:15


  • 9:35-9:40 Johnny
  • 9:40-9:45 Jailene
  • 9:50-9:55 Christian
  • 9:55-10:00 Diamond
  • 10:00-10:05 Claudia
  • 10:05-10:10 Ashlei
  • 10:10-10:15
  • 10:15-10:20
  • 10:20-10:25
  • 10:25-10:30
  • 10:30-10:35

Tuesday, 11/18/14

Cool Tool Review Post!

cool tool

The main objective is to publish your 11th post on your websites today, but all of these things should be done by the end of the period:

  1. Preview this week and next (end of first trimester!)
  2. Publish your 11th post (directions below)
  3. Check to make sure that your posts for SAT Vocabulary Words # 1, 2 and 3 are published
  4. Schedule your one-on-one meeting with me tomorrow or Thursday (some of you have field trips on one of these days, which is fine; just pick the other!)
  5. Show me your post planning sheet for homework credit
  6. Start thinking about your topic for the final project for this unit; it will be a post that uses a digital tool to present information and share your view on a certain subject, and if you want honors credit, it will include a TED Talk of your own next Tuesday!

Preview of this week and next:

  • Monday: Last TED Talk and Socratic Seminar
  • Tuesday: Cool Tool Review in the library
  • Wednesday: Establish a topic for your post and/or TED Talk (for honors), decide on a presentation tool, and begin collecting research in the library, while we do the first half of one-on-one meetings
  • Thursday: Draft your post/speech while we do the second half of one-on-one meetings (Note: you will need to use at least five SAT words from the 48 we studied in the past four weeks)
  • Friday: Practice your speech and/or review your script in small groups
  • Next Monday: Create your presentation tool in the library
  • Next Tuesday: Present!
  • Note: Next Wednesday is the last day of the trimester!

Follow the directions below to create your 11th post:

  1. Go to your WordPress website.
  2. Choose “New Post.”
  3. Title your new post “Cool Tool Review”.
  4. In the box below the title, copy and paste the headers and sentence starters and fill them in.

    In the past four weeks, we’ve learned about and used different digital tools for our digital literacy unit: Flipgrid, Canva, Animoto and text-to-speech avatars.  Here is a brief description of what each program is and how it can be used:




    Text-to-speech avatars:

    Out of these four, the tool I chose to review is

    Some of the benefits of this tool include

    Some of the limitations of this tool include

    In the future, I might use this tool to

    For the final project in our digital literacy unit, I am going to use this tool to present information and share my view on the topic:

    Ideas I have for doing this include

  5. Choose an image to accompany your post.  This might be an image of the tool you chose, or something that has to do with the topic you are going to present on.
  6. Click on “Add Media.”
  7. Click on “Upload files.”
  8. Choose your picture(s).
  9. Click on “Insert into post.”
  10. Click on “Preview” to check out how awesome it all looks.
  11. Make any changes you may want to make.
  12. Click “Publish.”
  13. If you finish early, you can always feel free to help out a neighbor.

One-on-one meeting sign-ups:

Wednesday, 11/19:

  • 1:15-1:20
  • 1:20-1:25
  • 1:25-1:30
  • 1:30-1:35
  • 1:35-1:40
  • 1:40-1:45
  • 1:45-1:50
  • 1:50-1:55
  • 1:55-2:00
  • 2:00-2:05
  • 2:05-2:10
  • 2:10-2:15

Thursday, 11/20:

  • 9:35-9:40
  • 9:40-9:45
  • 9:50-9:55
  • 9:55-10:00
  • 10:00-10:05
  • 10:05-10:10
  • 10:10-10:15
  • 10:15-10:20
  • 10:20-10:25
  • 10:25-10:30
  • 10:30-10:35