GenTECH - Fall

Weekly Activities Schedule

Week 20 (Jan. 22-25)

  • Thurs:Participatein a scenario related to the local community.
    • The city council wants to find out about trash disposal in the community in order to clean up the streets.
    • Work in groups of 3-4 to outline how they would
      • Approach the problem
      • What kind of data they might need to collect
      • How they would collect and analyze the data
    • Making a case vs. discovery
      • Making a case (advocacy)Use data to document situations that contribute to make a positive or negative case for something. (e.g., Let the Metro know about timing of trains and buses; tell the principal about something that needs to be done at the school; tell someone about something youd like to see continued.
      • DiscoveryCollect data to document situations and then use the data to learn something. (e.g., could your food choices be improved?; do I always take an efficient route to activities?)
        • What research questions might you ask in each case?
        • What is your research question?
        • Why did you choose to collect these data for this question?
        • What are the limits of this data?
        • What can you confidently say based on your data?
        • What perspectives are left out based on your data?
      • Makea Blog Post titled,How to Solve a Problem
        • Answer this question: What are the steps you use to solve a problem?
    • Candy Bar Activity
      • Your task is to determine how many "breaks" it will take to break the candy bar into 12 equal pieces. One break of one piece of the candy bar will result in that one piece being divided into two pieces.
      • Write in your blog the number of breaks you think it will take to break the bar into 12 equal pieces.
        • This should be done without talking to your partner or group members.
      • Working together with your partner or group, discuss and then write your plan for solving the problem. You may revise your guess at this point.
      • Once this is completed, pick one member's plan and implement the plan by opening the candy, breaking the candy, and counting the number of breaks it takes to get 12 equal pieces.
      • Discuss of solutions
      • Choose a group to present their plan to the class
    • Formal Steps for Problem-solving
      1. Understand the problemread or listen to the problem statement.
      2. Make a plan to solve the problemuse pictures, charts, graphs, systematic lists, objects,or act out the solution to help you devise a plan to solve the problem
        • In Computer Science we call this plan an algorithm.
      3. Carry out the planonce the plan is conceived and understood, follow the plan. If you have planned well, this is the easy part.
      4. Review and reflect on how the problem was solvedonce the problem is solved, reflect on the plan that was used.
  • Tues: Introduction to Data Collection and Problem Solving
    • You will explore
      • Recognize various forms of communication as data exchange.
      • Describe the implications of data exchange on social interactions.
      • Consider privacy of data that they create.
      • Explain the difference between data used for making a case and data that informs a discovery.
      • Describe good research questions.
    • Share Communications Methods and Data Chart
    • Share Data and Communications blog post
      • Write down on paper 5 ways that they give off data
      • Discuss what these data sources might tell us about ourselves
    • Read
      • Reflect and discuss
    • Read
      • Reflect and discuss
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    Week 19 (Jan. 14-18)

    • Thurs: Build Presentations and Present
    • Wed: ContinueData and Communications Exercises
      • Poll answers about the Communications Methods Chart
      • AddReflection to Blog Post
        • How would life be different if you could only communicate 1 on 1 instead of with multiple people at once?
        • How would life be different if you could only communicate in person?
      • Create A Privacy Presentation
    • Tues:Dubstep warning!
      • Explorewhat is data and how to gather it
      • How to get happiness: Be it!
      • Data and Communications
      • Create a Blog Post titled Data and Communications
        • List as many computer based communication mechanisms
      • Form Teams of 2
      • Complete the Communciations Methods Chart
        • Let's look at the different ways you can communicate with others. For each of the following examples, fill in the table below with which method you would choose for the given scenario and why.
          • The methods are:
          • Texting
          • Phone call
          • Talking in person
          • Facebook
          • Twitter
          • Email
    • Mon: Finish Current Events Review
      • What is the issue?
      • Who is affected?
      • What is the technology?
      • What are the solutions?

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    Week 18 (Jan. 7-11)

    • Fri: Finish Presentations
    • Thurs:WatchPresentations
    • Wed: PresentComputer Purchase Research
      • Scholarship:
      • Listento Le Duc lecture about always being interviewed
        • Example of a teacher being called as a reference a year or two after they had the student
    • Tues: Continue Working on Research and Presentation
    • Mon: Start Computer Purchase Comparison Project

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    Week 17 (Jan. 2-4)

    • Fri: Start What is a Computer Project
      • Create a blog post titled, What is a Computer?
        • Formclass teamsand discuss
        • Determinehow many computers in the room
          • Shareinfo in teams
        • What is a computer?
          • Writeon paper andplacesomewhere in room
            • Additional computers
          • Organize by classification
        • Define is computing
        • Interview a family member (client)
          • Computer buying assignment
          • Ask them what features they want on the computer
            • What uses for the computer?
            • What space constraints, size and storage
            • What price range?
            • Type, Mac or Windows?
            • Etc.
    • Thurs: Share Blog Posts
      • Team up with another student and read and discuss the 3 questions answered in each blog posts
      • Give feedback to each other
    • Wed: Create Blog Post Titled Criterion A: Initial Investigation

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    Week 16 (Dec. 17-18)

    • Tues: Fill in Survey,TakePictures andPhotoshop
      • First person with a topic, gets it
        1. Clearly state a problem, not solutions
          • Describein a complete sentencewhat problem you havewith school, education, your youth group, church, community organization, family business, etc? Keep in mind you need to have some domain over the problem. Meaning,you need control or power to enact change.
        2. Identify a client
          • Name the person you identify as the client. This is the person who will help you create the solution. They will give you feedback and approve the final solution.
        3. Fill in the Google Form
      • Takea unique portrait standing on a white background
    • Mon:ReviewTriumph of the NerdsandDiscussProblems for Projects

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    Week 15 (Dec. 10-14)

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    Week 14 (Dec. 3-7)

    • Fri:FinishEditing andUploadVideo to Youtube as Unlisted
      • Use your school district YouTube account
        • Log in by:
          1. Go to CHS home page
          2. Clicking on Student Email on left side of the page
          3. Sign in with your student username and password
          4. Click on YouTube Menu Item at the top of the screen
          5. Click the Upload Menu in YouTube

    Yearbook needs your summer pictures

    • Emailthem your pictures
    • Include the photographers name
    • CC Mr. Le Duc in the email for leadership credit

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    Week 13 (Nov. 26-30)

    GRADING CUT OFF THIS WEEKENDMr. Le Duc will not except late work after this weekend
    What should you do?Get him your feedback form today for any ungraded work

    • Thurs:Create a Blog Post Titled Plagiarism
      • Searchfor an article about someone being fired or expelled for plagiarizing
      • Copy and pastea section of the article into your blog
      • Linkback to the article (to cite your source)
      • Create
        < /blockquote >around the article text and link
      • Createa section heading titled: My Reflection
      • Writeat least a one paragraph reflection about the article
      • Publishyour post
      • POINTS
        • Title- 1 Point
        • Quote with blockquote- 1 Point
        • Link- 1 Point
        • Reflection- 1 Point
        • Grammar- 1 Point

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    Week 12 (Nov. 19-21)

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    Week 11 (Nov. 13-16)

    • Thurs:Workwith Photos in Photoshop

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    Week 10 (Nov. 5-9)

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    Week 9 (Oct. 28 - Nov. 2)

    • Fri:FinishTaking Your 6 Pictures andUploadThem to Flickr
      • You do not need to share them, yet
      • Seeif you can figure out how to get the metadata of each image you uploaded
        • I will show you Monday, but I am curious if you can figure it out
    • Thurs: Work on your project
    • Wed:Review Terms and Images
      • Reviewterms and images in Flickr Gallery
      • Discusswhat makes a good image
        • Technical aspects
          • Focus - Lens
          • Blur - shutter
        • Creative aspects
          • Compositonal rules
      • Tella story inSix Frames
        • How do we want to publish this?
        • Paper or Plastic?
        • How will Mr. Le Duc know which images are yours?
        • How will Mr. Le Duc know you know the camera settings?
      • Volunteersomeone
        • We need someone in charge of batteries and managing cables
    • Tues: Finish Taking Pictures / Define Photographic Concepts
      • In your teams define the following terms:
        • Lens / Aperture
        • Shutter Speed
        • File Speed / ISO
        • Depth of Field
        • Resolution / Bit Depth
        • Composition
        • Cropping
      • I will be quizzing you tomorrow on these terms
      • Be able to explain them to a 7 year old
        • Don't just memorize the term, know it enough to be able to share an example or an anology
    • Mon: Review Photos on Flickr
      • Move pictures into the class gallery
      • Examine images and comment
      • Discuss what worked and recommendations

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    Week 8 (Oct. 22-26)

    • Fri: How Do We Make The Best Class EVER?
    • Thurs: Take Pictures
      • Take pictures with your team
      • Each students takes an example of each one of the 6 composition rules
      • Download and save to your account on the server
      • Join the Class Photo Gallery
    • Wed: Watch Mr. Steele Presentation of Intel and Total Quality Management
    • Tues: Finish Compositional Slide Show
      • Gather 1 image for each of the 6 rules
      • Create a presentation
        • Have each image fill the whole slide
        • Have the name of rule on slide
      • Create a citation slide
        • Be sure the title Work Cited is at the top of the slide
      • Publish the slide show to
      • Create a blog post titled, Photography Composition
        • Include the link to the presentation
        • Each team member needs this blog post
    • Mon: Explore Photography Basics
      • Sharequestions about what makes good photography
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    Week 7 (Oct. 15-18)

    • Thur: Review Learning Topics for Class
      • Write down 3 questions about the photography
      • Save them somewhere so you will remember them for Monday
      • Be prepared to share your questions on Monday
      • Explore Photography Compositonal Rules
    • Wed: Participate Total Quality Process to Structure Class

    • Tues: Essential Question: How do you improve your process?
      1. Create a blog post titled: What is Quality?
        1. Write down and answer this question: How do I create quality in my life, my school work?
        2. Write down and answer this question: How do I measure my progress toward my goals?
      2. WatchDr. Deming
        • What are the 5 Deadly Diseases?
      3. Take notes on the Total Quality Movement presentation
      4. Fill inClass Survey Form
    • Mon: Present Slideshows
      • Reminder: You must turn in a completed My Presentation Checklist to receive credit for your My Presentation blog post
      • You can have your parent or guardian complete it at home, if you chose
      • Presentation Feedback Criteria
        1. Work Cited slide must use MLA
        2. At least 16 slides
        3. Numerous high quality images
        4. No more than a few words per slide
        5. Present for 30 to 60 seconds
        6. Use proper grammar
        7. No last name
        8. No self portraits, unless permission granted by parent or guardian AND a signed note granting permission is submitted to the teacher
        9. Upload to
        10. Linked in blog
      • Reminder: You must turn in a completed My Presentation Checklist to receive credit for your My Presentation blog post
        • You can have your parent or guardian complete it at home, if you chose

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    Week 6 (Oct. 8-12)

      • "Presentation skills are extremely essential for you to succeed professionally. In todays business environment, the competition in the workplace is getting more competitive. It is no longer enough for you to have the necessary capability to do the job, you should also be able to talk well, write well, and present yourself attractively to your superiors. What better way to let other people know what youre capable of than by presenting a great idea or a plan during a meeting. However, you need to have the necessary presentation skills to succeed in this endeavor."
      • from:

    • Fri: Complete the My Presentation Blog Checklist
      • Team up with another student
      • Check each other's blogs for all the required project components
      • Review a couple more excellent student blog posts
      • Mr. Le Duc will be checking off your citation slides
    • Thurs: Complete My Presentation Blog Post
    • Wed: Review Blog Post Content and Format
    • Tues: Finish The My Presentation Blog Post
      • Upload scans and screenshots to your Flickr account and place in your blog post
        • Video tutorial for uploading and placing images
          • Click the Actions button (top left corner of page), after you have clicked on one of your images to view all sizes
          • Hold down the Control Key on the keyboard and click the image to select "Copy Image Location" (Firefox) or "Copy Image URL" (Chrome) or "Save Image Location" (Safari)
    • Mon: Finish Citations and Upload Slide show

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    Week 4 (Sept. 24-27)

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    Week 3 (Sept. 17-21)

    • Fri: Participate in the Art Institute of Seattle Visit
    • Thurs: Brainstorm Ideas, Storyboard Content, Scan Papers
      • Review blog format steps
      • Remember: "Lack of limitation is the enemy of art" - Orson Welles
      • Overview of project details
      • Watch Made to Stick Presentation
        • Take notes in blog post
      • Brainstorm on half sheet of paper ideas for your presentation - RIGHT BRAIN CREATIVITY
        • When planning your presentation remember to connect with your audience with the Five F's
          • Family
          • Friends
          • Food
          • Fun
          • Feelings
    • Wed: Take Notes About Great Presentations
      • What, Why and How of the project
        • What - This project about how to engage an audience with a creative presentation style
          • It is also about workflow or how you get things done
            • Demonstrating how you get things done is important in the world of work
        • Why - Because you will create presentations your whole life
          • Making them efficiently and with good design will help you or your ideas get noticed
        • How - Step by step in class, follow the daily directions
      • Review the The Autobiographical Presentation Project
        • Remember this presentation is about connecting with your audience
        • Remember to include details about yourself that you feel comfortable sharing and that will grab the audience's attention and help them identify with you
      • Overview of project details