Monday, November 23, 2015

Video Production

By Landon Veleke

This week in Mrs. Conway's class we learned about video production. She explained all of the types of shots. The main shots are Medium, Tight, and Wide. Our first experiences with the type of camera we all had were shaky. Nobody knew what the buttons did.

After we had a "quiz," which we did together, we understood nearly everything. Mr. Oliver came in and explained the buttons, as well. Mrs. Conway then sent all the table groups on a video scavenger hunt. This made us more comfortable with the use of the cameras. We're all having fun shooting our short films. Hopefully we will be able to have even more fun using the cameras in the future!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

6th Period Genius Hour Presentations

By Kristin B.


Claire hosts a Family Feud game
she created in Keynote.
Genius Hour is an activity where all of us pick a topic that we would like to learn more about and do research on it for the whole class period (50 minutes). We do get graded on how hard we work and focus while doing research. So you don't want to distract others or you won't get a good grade. Later, we had to make a presentation on our iPads. You also get graded on how hard you work. It's pretty much the same as doing research. Don't distract others and work hard.

James and Mason share what they learned about
cutting a watermelon with a rubber band.
I've seen some really good topics, like how to cut open a watermelon with rubber bands, the Mandela effect, and how to make a game show on keynote. Although the reason I liked them a lot was actually not the topic, but the way everybody presented and how good they did. Everyone seemed really interested in their topic and did a great job. Nobody seemed to dislike their topic.
Georgia teaches us about the Mandela effect.



Teachers, I would highly recommend this for your students if you need some project ideas.Try it, and ask them if they liked it or not. I know I really liked doing this, and my classmates said they had a lot of fun also. I'd love to know how much your students liked it!
I talked about the Space Race between
the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Monday, November 2, 2015

4th Period Genius Hour Presentations

By: Jonathon Cochran

This project, we were to do a Genius Hour project. First, we get to choose our topic. Then, we have one class period to research about our topic, one class period to create a project, and one or two class periods to present everyone's project or presentation. Research Day and Create Day went well and I was very excited to see what everybody did their Genius Hour projects on. It seemed like everyone was working very hard on those two days and had good information to share with the class. 


Grant shared how various musical features create specific moods.
On the first presentation day, there were some technical difficulties at first, but after it went great. There were many unique topics that were presented today. Presentations included topics such as a one way trip to Mars, why people dream, how to bake a cookie in just a mug, how blood types affect your personality, the NBA, musical emotions, programming, the science of happiness, effects of chewing gum, World War Two, Google, and motherboards. 


Conrad taught us about coding, and even demonstrated it live!
Many presentation tools were used, as well. Some included Keynote, Adobe Slate, Haiku Deck, YouTube, music, Toontastic, Powtoon, ThingLink, Canva, and food for the class to eat. 
Peyton talked about how to use Google Apps.



Overall, I really enjoyed Genius Hour. I learned a lot and I think the whole class did, too.

Friday, October 30, 2015

5th Period Genius Hour Presentations

By: Reid H.

Genius hour is something we do in class where we get an hour to research on whatever topic we want to research about. The next day we get an hour to make a presentation about the topic we picked. And the next day we get to present our presentation that we created. I watched everyone's presentation and wrote about each one. This is basically what they said in their presentation and what I liked about each one.


CAM'S PRESENTATION
Cam did his presentation on string art. First he told about the history of string art. He then told some interesting facts. He asked us a question about it to make sure we were paying attention. And lastly he showed us how to make a string art. I liked how Cam provided a quick question and an example of some string art.


ALLIE AND ANDIE'S PRESENTATION
Andie and Allie did their presentation on birthmarks. First they told the causes of birthmarks. Then they told how you can treat a birthmark. They went deeper into each type birthmarks and told about them. They also told what some dermatologists said about birthmarks. I like how they related to it.




WESLEY AND OLIVIA'S PRESENTATION
They did their presentation on hurricanes. They first told how hurricanes are formed. Next they told how they are tracked. They also told where hurricanes occur the most. Then they told about the destruction hurricanes can make. Lastly they told some fun facts. I like how they had a demonstration on how hurricanes are formed.


WILKS AND JAGGER'S PRESENTATION
Wilks and Jagger did their presentation on football head injuries. First off they talked about what concussions are and how they happen. They talked about younger kids' brains and their maturity after that. They then talked about CTE and how it is caused. They also showed a video of football players being hit. And, they showed videos of them interviewing different coaches about concussions. I like how they included interviews of the coaches. They also included another presentation of the evolution of helmets. They also talked about a man named Walter Camp. Next they talked about the material of helmets compared to now. They showed pictures of old helmets compared to now. And lastly they showed a helmet that we use now for Lee-Scott and how it's padded and protective.


JEEWEON AND SYDNEY’S PRESENTATION
Jeeweon and Sydney did their presentation on melanin. First they told what it was. Next they went into detail of each kind of melanin. They also told about the benefits of melanin and the bad effects. I think they both did a good job projecting their voices in the presentation.



ARIAN AND LANDON’S PRESENTATION
Arian and Landon did their presentation on Apple Inc. They first talked about what Apple is and the history of Apple. Next they talked about the employees for Apple. Then they gave an interesting fact. The fact was that Apple always takes a picture of their phones at 9:41 A.M. because that was when the first phone was created. I thought that was very interesting. They then told more about the history of the phone. I like how they had a visual of the iPhones during the presentation and I like their fact.




DAVIS AND FORD’S PRESENTATION 
Davis and Ford did their presentation on iPads and how they work. They first told about what an iPad is. Next they told about iPads internet connectivity. After that they told about how the battery works. Then they told about the motion sensitivity.


REID AND KENDAL’S PRESENTATION
Kendal and I were the last to present. We talked about what "hanger" is and why some people get angry when they are hungry. Mrs. Conway said that she liked the way we talked about how, in historical times, people who were fighting for their lives needed extra aggression. So if they were hungry, the anger that went along with it would let them be more successful in battles. We gave out Snickers bars after our presentation, but Mrs. Conway wouldn't let people have them until class was over.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Genius Hour

By Kendal H. and Olivia D.

Genius Hour gives all students the ability to explore and learn about their passion. When you do a Genius Hour project you research for an hour, and make a presentation or a model for an hour. The presentation or model you made will be used to show what you did your research on. Genius Hour also gives students the ability to choose what they want to spend their class time researching, and what they want to make their presentation or model on. With Genius Hour, children have the opportunity to learn about new things, and even make new discoveries. Genius Hour makes students feel like they actually have a say in what they're learning about.


This is the process that you would go through for Genius Hour. First, you ascertain an idea that you are interested in. Then, you research for an allotted amount of time that your teacher gives to you. Third, you make a presentation or model on what you have researched. This will also be given an allotted amount of time. Finally, you will present your presentation or model, and teach about your chosen topic to the rest of the class.

There have been many discoveries made with Genius Hour. One is when fourth grader Liam made a discovery by putting brackish water and seaweed in a fish tank. This was an experiment that Liam fabricated with no help. Using a magnifying glass, Liam connected a speaker to his iPad, and he placed it against the tank. Then he plays music. He was trying to ascertain if the baby grass shrimp react to different music sounds. His question was, “Are they smart enough to know the difference between upbeat and low beat music?” As you can see, with Genius Hour, children can discover anything.

Raise Your Voice

 By Grant B. and Luke D.


This year, The Student Blogging Challenge theme is “Raise your voice”. This topic is important for many reasons. There are too many things going on in the world everyone needs to know about. 

We probably all know one third of Africa doesn’t have access to clean water. But most don’t know the enormous size of the continent. To put into perspective, the U.S., Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the entire eastern portion of Europe, China, India, Japan, AND the UK can all fit comfortably inside of Africa. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. You may say, “But what about all the things I heard about people helping in Africa?” Well here’s another interesting thing. A game a the AT&T Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. Or how about that less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget goes into fighting poverty. There is so much more we could do, yet, we would rather sit in an indoor stadium and watch football. Or spending $750,000 on a soccer field for prisoners. There are so many things the U.S. government spends money on, and then watches in apathy as 5 million children die in Africa alone each year! 

Which brings me back to the “Raise your voice” topic. We all need to realize how much we could be doing but we don’t do. We need to raise our voice against stupid government spendings. That money should be used on people who need it to survive. Not on watch a bunch of grown men fighting over an oval ball. Some people though, have already started. Here are some people who are starting to raise their voice.


Here is Cameron Cohen. He had a medical condition and wanted to help other children in the same condition.


Another young difference maker is Jeremy Medeiros. He had a friend who had a tumor in his jaw. He raised $5,475 for his surgery. His voice managed to save his friend.



These example are very large scale, but you may be thinking how you can do something in your community alone. There are many websites online in which donations can be made. You also may be able to spend volunteer time at a soup kitchen for the homeless. It may not seem like much, but one person at a time, we all could help and may be able to put some sense into someone, and stop useless government spending. I hope this has been somewhat of an inspiration for you. Even if one person does something, that’s one person raising their voice, and one person making a difference.


Thank you kidsareheroes.org for the picture of Jeremy

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Day in the Life

By Georgia and Mackenzie

Have you ever wondered what a day in your fellow classmates' lives would be like? This week we are going to find out. We are making a magazine on a day in our lives. Then, we will sell the magazines to help buy a 3D printer.

We first wrote a rough draft in Google Docs on these subjects: school life, extracurricular, family, hobbies, interests, what we think makes us special, what we would print with a 3D printer, and any other topics we wanted to. Then, we got a partner to proofread our papers to correct any errors. Next, we turned them in to Mrs. Conway to be graded. Mrs. Conway told us about the website we are using to make our 20-page magazines. It is called Lucidpress. It has many magazine formats that we could select. After selecting our format, we began designing our magazines.

Since we have a minimum number of pages to fill, we can also include pictures of us, our friends, a table of contents, and even advertisements for anything we want someone to give us (hint, hint). We think this was a very unique touch to add to our magazines. Some people even chose to add coloring pages or word searches to their magazines.


Overall, it was a very fun experience learning how to create our very own unique magazines to raise money for a 3D printer. We think that we may even use this in the future to create more informational magazines. We can't wait to see what people will create with a 3D printer!






Are You a Different Person Online Than in the Real World?


By: Wesley W. and Wilks F.

       We have been invited to write a blog for the 2015 Student Blogging Challenge. The blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blog. 

      Are you a different person online, compared to who you are in the real world? Many people are, and want to keep it that way. We interviewed a few people that go to our school to see what they had to say. Abbie S.is the first person that we interviewed. She said no, she is not a different person online than in person. Abbie says that you should be yourself online, because people can get to know a fake you.

Maggie W. also says she is not different online, but she thinks too many people care more about who they are online than offline. Maggie thinks that people use the internet as a shield to close them off from the real world.

We also interviewed Lauren S. Lauren says she is not a different person online, but that people are too critical of others when they are online. This causes them to become different while they are on Instagram, Facebook, or just texting.

Almost everyone who we interviewed is not different online, but have strong opinions on why people might be different. Most people who are different online are much more popular, and have many more "friends," such as on Instagram. Some people edit photos to make them look prettier, others try to appear smarter than they are in person. All of these examples we got from the people that we interviewed. 

Online there are many reasons to become a different person. Many people are very judgmental and can be extremely mean online. To resolve this some people change themselves to meet another person's criteria. The people who said no in our interviews strongly disagree with this idea. Many people change themselves online because they want to be accepted. Another reason is wanting to be just like someone. Most people have someone that they look up to and try to be just like them, even if they have made terrible decisions. Others want their outside appearance to be perfect. For example, when they see people on magazines they compare themselves to them which leads to the same thing over and over again. You should always be proud of who you are and therefore not give people the wrong impression online. In conclusion we think that you should always stick to being you! 

Everyone who we interviewed are our friends, and we would know if they were different than themselves online.if they were different online compared to who we know it would not be the same. If we met them online we would not really know them, and if they told us one thing in person but posted it extremely different on Instagram we would probably feel lied to or ignored. 
       



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Live Pilgrim Show with Learn Around the World

By: Claire and Maddy

On October 1, Mrs. Conway's Seventh Grade Technology Classes contributed to an online program. This program is called GeoShow and is part of the Learn Around the World group. With it, we were able to talk to a group of people. The seventh grade was able to stay in Mrs. Conway's class while she projected an interview with them. They were able to see us, and we were able to see them. We were also able to use a website called PearDeck that, with the code, allowed us to send in answers for questions that they asked us. Many other school classes were in this conversation online, but we were the only live class. 


Seventh grade is watching the live footage of the group.
     
This online group travels around the world to get information from certain places. In this episode, they went to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. They went there to teach about the Pilgrims that landed there hundreds of years ago. We learned a lot about the Pilgrims during this activity. Some main points were the Mayflower, living as a Pilgrim, and Thanksgiving. The activity was very interesting, and it worked well.

 
     

     Our classes hopes to be contributing to these videos several more times. In the end, this unique opportunity for a live interview was exciting, interesting, and educational. 


Teaching Adobe Slate to 10th Graders


By: Peyton and Kelsi

As a project for Mrs. Conway, we taught tenth graders how to use Adobe Slate. First, we had them Download the app. Then, we signed them up. Once we signed them up, we had them press the button "Create a new story" so that they could make their own story. Once they pressed the button and they were in a new story we told them how to make a title slide, and then we told them how to slide down and create more slides and add pictures to the slides. Once we taught them how to create a story, they made their own. When every tenth grader knew how to create and publish or post their story we shared our stories and told how we made them. 

If you were to use this app, you would probably use it when you have to do a presentation about a certain subject that has a very wide variety of  details. If you have a computer class at your school you should consider using this app more often. It is a very simple and fun app to use. 




Friday, September 25, 2015

Adobe Slate

By Catherine and Emma

If you need an app to make a personal digital magazine, Adobe Slate is your best bet. This utility allows you to make your own document with personalized media and fancy features. Adobe Slate, as the name explains, is where you can make a board of pictures with scrolling features and automatic picture glide-shows. Want to see how all that can be done?

When you create a new story, it takes you to a blank template, which is where your creativity kicksin. You can change the font of the title and subtitle on the cover and add pictures by pressing the plus button and searching for the image. This app also goes ahead and puts the copyright link at the bottom, which is an easier way to ensure you don't plagiarize and use the image fairly. Pretty handy, don't you think?

Another enhancement is the way you can arrange your media, and there are two methods to do so. The first option is to make a photo grid, where you can arrange photos in a grid to conserve the space that is needed to add all the media on the slate. This feature allows you to move around the photos and be able to add all the images that support your topic in an easier visualization. The second option is to do the old picture slideshow, but this isn't the style where you switch out the pictures in an old camera. By adding photos and switching the order to your liking, your result is a scroll-through glide-show with automatic transitions to give your project a neater look. A picture is worth a thousand words, so use these tools to express them even more!

This is a quick video we made using QuickTimePlayer to make a screencast, which you can learn how to do by reading another post on this blog. Hopefully, this will help visual learners to be able to use this wonderful and useful app.


Whether you need a quick format to create a simple yet eye-catching presentation or want to make a project to inform, persuade, or just entertain, Adobe Slate will have your back in any project you want to create. Just remember: your creativity can take you anywhere, so take this opportunity to make something awesome!



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Google Calendars

By Landon F. & Allie 
As a project for Mrs. Conway we had to make a Google Calendar. Google Calendar is a website where you can make a personal calendar. Google Calendar has many different features. One of the most useful features is color coding. Color coding is useful when you need to organize your events. Another helpful feature is the sharing feature. The sharing feature helps you spread the word of events that are coming up. Another is location - you can chose the location of the event. 

In conclusion, Google Calendars is a good way to keep track of all your activities.




Friday, September 18, 2015

Screencasting

By James L. and Jackson H.
This year we learned about QuickTime Player. It is a great and easy way to make a tutorial or screencasts. You can access QuickTime Player with your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. If you want to use it with your iPad or iPhone you have to use an iPhone  charger and connect it to your Mac. We did our screencastings with our iPads so we needed an iPhone or iPad charger.

Once we opened the Mac, we entered the QuickTime Player software. After we entered it we connected our iPads to the QuickTime Player software. That's why we needed our chargers.

 From there we started our screencasting by clicking the button to start and we could project from our iPads and it would show up on the Mac. From there you can do whatever you want on your iPad and it will show up on your Mac and then you're screencasting! A lot of people did theirs on how to a use an app. Here is one example of a screencasting that Mason and James did on how to set an alarm clock.



Timelines

By: Mary Helen M. and Joshua L.

Have you ever had a group of dates that you need to study and whatever you do to try just doesn't work? Or maybe you need to introduce yourself to a group of people and can't find a practical way to do it! Finally all your problem are solved with Timeline JS!
   
In Mrs. Conway's 7th grade computer class, we have been learning how to use timelines, both at school and in our daily lives. We used both Google Sheets and the website Timeline JS for this project, and it has broadened our horizons of what we can do on our iPads. We added our dates and information in Sheets, then Timeline JS turned this data into a multimedia presentation. The timeline is very useful because this can help students sort out information to see cause and effect in history. It can also easily lay out dates for visual learners, or be an effective tool in introducing yourself to a group of people.


This image shows a student laying out their information in Google Sheets. Each row represents a different event, and each column has a different space for you to add more information to make your timeline even more detailed. 

If we were studying the Age of Exploration in the New World, than a timeline would be useful to see what countries got there first, and how different events affected each other. Also, if we were making a list of what we have done in a school year, it would be much simpler to make a timeline of what we have done This way, you could visually see what happened, and maybe add some pictures for effect.
This timeline is an example of what you could do using these programs. This subject of this presentation was the events leading up to the American Revolution, but different facts can replace the ones here. You can choose different fonts, whether or not you want it to play in chronological order or reverse chronological order. You can also choose what slide it starts on. This helpful program can help you study for many different classes, which could make the difference between and 'A' and a 'B'!

You can find the websites we used here:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Comic Maker

By Abbie and Ellie

One of our favorite apps that we have used to present has to be Comic Maker. Comic Maker is a free app, and it is helpful when presenting. This app is a fun way to present and can help teachers keep their students' attention when teaching. It can help teach a very complicated subject and make it fun, or entertaining, at the same time. It is also easy to use. 

We used this app to teach a concept we had learned previously in the school year. This could be used in other classes as well. We taught concepts from other classes besides computer. Here are some examples...



Here is Austin teaching us about the Northern Cardinal. He was able to use this app to teach us about something he had learned in Mrs. Lowery's science enrichment class. He did a great job, and everyone loved the pictures and comic strips that he was able to use because of this app.

Catherine and Joshua also did an amazing job using this app. Hopefully they will use this again and encourage others to use it too. This is Catherine's presentation...

Joshua's presentation is a good example of how to use the cartoons embedded in the app. His presentation is serious, yet still interesting. Here is Joshua's presentation...


Everyone did a great job and had a great time! We really hope others might use this app too.





Thursday, September 10, 2015

Copyright & Fair Use

By: Davis & Cam

Copyright and fair use are two different things. Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time. 

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. If you don't use it properly you can be in big trouble. We can use this information in other classes because if we need to do a presentation and get pictures or information we can think about copyright and fair use. 

To make make sure you don't violate the copyright law you would ask yourself these three questions:

1. Did I repurpose or transform the original? Did I add value?

2. Could my work replace the original?

3. Did I just use just the amount I needed to accomplish my purpose?

Google Slides

By: Lauren and Margaret

In many cases this app is very useful. Google Slides is a great app that we have already used in science, technology, and history class, and will most likely use  in even more classes throughout the year! 

In technology, everyone in the class made an acrostic with their name. Everyone created their own slide all at once and presented it to the class. This way our classmates got to learn more about each other! 

One way you can benefit from this app is fairly simple. Google Slides is powered by Google. Therefore,  you will need to log in to your LSA or other preferred Google account. After you have successfully logged in your teacher, or the leader of the group can add all of the members that need to be included in the presentation. Another way to use Google Slides, is if you are assigned a project with a partner, you can share it with one another. This way you can both work on it on separate devices. We believe Google Slides may be a better option from Keynote. 









Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Welcome!

This is the blog home for the 2021 Tech Savages. This group of current seventh graders at Lee-Scott Academy will be blogging about the things they are learning and doing in technology class this year.











Our blog is still under development. The header image is being developed by Catherine, and three groups of students are currently working on blog posts.











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