Wednesday, December 2, 2015


In order to complete the graduation requirement for "technology proficiency" you must complete all eight (8) Google assignments with a grade of seven (7) or higher.

In order to earn five (5) credits you must have an overall percentage of seventy (70) or higher.

Final grades will be entered on Friday, December 4th.

Final Assignment Coding #11

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Coding #6

If you need any help, then ask questions, and I will assist you.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Coding #5

If you need any help, then ask questions, and I will assist you.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


There isn't a new coding assignment for today.  If you are caught up, then you should keep working and get ahead.

If you finish with the entire coding section before the end of the trimester you will be able to have free time in those last days.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Coding #4

If you need any help, then ask questions, and I will assist you.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Coding #3

If you need any help, then ask questions, and I will assist you.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coding Assignment #2

These coding assignments are sequential, so if you did not finish the first 2 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.

If you are not getting the coding work done in class, you will need to work on these sections outside of class, so that you don't fall behind.  
If you need any help, then ask questions, and I will assist you.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Today we are going to start the coding assignments for this class.  The assignments are found at  Sign in with your gmail account.  Click on your name in the upper right corner, click on "profile", and click "coaches."  Type in the class code 9KEYFG in the "add a coach" box.

Coding is a very lucrative career with many available jobs.

Click on "Subjects" and select  "Computing."

In the the Computer Programming section, select "Intro to JS: Drawing and Animation."

For today's assignment you are to do the first two sections.

Plug your earbuds into the computer to listen to the video tutorials.  If you do not have any of your own you will be provided with headphones.   Those headphones or your earbuds are only for the video tutorials.

Today you will be completing the Intro to Programming and Drawing Basics sections.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The 8 Google Drive Assignments

All 8 of the Google Drive assignments have been assigned.  You must finish all of those assignments and earn a grade of 7 or higher in order to satisfy the "technology proficiency" requirement for graduation.

Today, make sure you have all 8 of those assignments finished and graded.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Google #8 Drawing

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

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

You final drawing must contain 
different colors, 
and letters using the text box tool (your name at the very least).

Your final art must be school appropriate. 

You must spend at least 45 minutes creating this assignment.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blog #12

Title the assignment "blog #12"

5 points for any complete answer
10 points for the correct answer

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Google #7 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 Drive.  Find the assignment in the google drive folder for this class.  Make a copy of that assignment and rename it correctly.  Move the assignment to your folder that is already shared with me.

Follow the example (pictured below).  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 about you  2) skills/talents that you have 3) accomplishments you have made.

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

April 17, 2015

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

Dear Mr. Walske

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.  This letter will be written as Barack Obama in first person.

Example: this would be how I would write about myself as Barack Obama.

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

Monday, October 19, 2015

Blog #11 Monday Free Choice

This is a blog assignment.

Today's assignment is another blog post.  The topic is up to you as long as it is school appropriate.  Title the assignment “Blog #11 Free Choice."

This assignment must be at least 150 words in at least 3 paragraphs.  Include at least 2 pictures and at least 1 link to a website related to your topic.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Progress Report Grades

Progress report grades are today.  There will be no more new assignments this week.  Your schoolloop grade will be your progress report grade.

When you finish an assignment let me know and I will grade it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog #10

Walk-around progress reports are on Friday.  If you publish a blog post with any answer you will get the 5 points, but if you get the answer correct you will earn 10 points (5 points extra credit).

To get the 5 points you must correctly title the assignment and give an answer.  The correct answer will earn you 10 points.
Title- "Blog #10- Who Stole the Cake?"

Monday, October 12, 2015

Google #6- Resume

Today you are going to be creating a resume for yourself in Google Drive.

 Use the picture below as a guide.
1)  Center your name, address and contact information.
2)  Include each of the 5 headings (Objective, Education, Experience, Relevant Skills & Courses, and Interests)  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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Friday, October 9th

There is no new assignment for today.

Many of you are missing multiple assignments.  Today, you should be completing any incomplete or missing work.  Log in to your schoolloop to see the grades for all of the assignments in this class.

There have been 9 Blog assignments and 5 Google Drive assignments.  Finish all of the 14 assignments.  On Monday there will be a new assignment.

Blog #9- My Top 3

This is a blog post.  Title it "My Top Three Yourcategory"

You get to choose the category (sports, video games, candy, soda, movies, television shows, foods, etc.)

List your choices from 1 to 3.  Write at least 3 sentences about why you made each choice.

Include at least 1 picture for each choice.

My Top Three Sports That I Play

1.  Beach Volleyball

I have been playing beach volleyball for about 25 years.  I love it for many reasons.  It is great exercise, and I love competing.  I have played in many tournaments over the years including one this past Saturday.  When I was younger, I would play for 8 hours a day on the weekends.

2.  Running

I have been into running since the ninth grade when I began competing on the track team.  After high school I ran sporadically.  I picked it back up and have been running consistently for the past 8 years.  I love the exercise aspect of running as well as the personal competitive part of it.  I currently compete in half marathons.  Last year, I ran the Surf City Half Marathon and well as the OC Half Marathon.  This year, I will be running the Long Beach Half Marathon (3 weeks from Sunday), the Surf City Half, and the OC Half.  I also love mud/obstacle course runs.  

3.  Curling

The newest sport that I participate in is Curling (the Olympic sport played on ice).  I have been curling for about 6 months.  I am currently in the last 2 weeks of my third league.  In my first league, my team won the championship!  In my second league, my team got dead last!  In the current league, we are playing in the semifinals on Saturday night.  If we win on Saturday, we will be playing for the championship on the following Saturday.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Google #5 Flyer

This is the fifth Google Drive Assignment

Today, we are doing a one-page flyer document created

with Google Drive. The content of this flyer will be 

whatever you choose (lost dog, garage sale, baby shower,


Minimum requirements

Flyer must be school appropriate.

Large 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, 
full address, 
phone number 
email address  (can be fake info)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blog #8 More Typing

Go here and explore the lessons they have on typing.  Spend a few minutes with at least 5 different lessons.  You must fully complete at least 1 lesson.  Make sure you are keeping your fingers on the home keys, so you can develop good typing form.  This is a blog assignment.
Title the assignment "#8 More Typing."

Do a screen capture (apple/shift/4) of each lesson you have worked on before you exit out.

Lesson 1.  Make sure you are spending at least 2 minutes on each lesson.  The time is shown at the top.

The finished blog post will have screen captures from five (5) different lessons.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog #7

This is a blog assignment.

1)  You walk into your first college class and the professor tells you to shake hands and introduce yourself to every other student in the classroom.  Every student shakes hands with all other students exactly once.  How many handshakes were there (there are a total of 10 students in class)?

2)  After everyone finishes shaking hands an eleventh student enters the classroom.  How many handshakes will there be (total) after he is done shaking hands?

3)  What would be the total if there were 20 students in the class?

The following illustration is your hint as to how to figure out these three answers.  Post your three answers on your blog.  Title the post "How Many Handshakes?"

Additional hint-  There is a pattern (formula) to this problem.  Once you figure it out, you can quickly calculate the answer no matter how many people there are.

You may collaborate with your fellow classmates, but you must be able to explain your answers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blog #6- Typing

This is a blog assignment titled "#6- Typing."

Go here and complete some typing tests.

1)  You will take at least one of each of the 5 timed tests (1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, and 5 min). Choose from lessons #26-35.  Change to a different lesson for each of the five tests.

2)  You will take a screen shot (shift/apple/4-then drag a rectangle over the area you want copied) of the best result for each test.  The picture is sent to the desktop.  Right click the picture, click "get info" and rename as "I minute" or "2 minute" depending on which test it was.

3)  You will post all 5 pictures on your blog titled, "#6- Typing."   Caption each picture with the type of test it was (1 minute, 2 minute, etc.).
You will insert the 5 results pictures in your blog.  Make sure that you caption each photo with the   type of test it was (1 min, 2 min, etc.).

4)  This site also has typing games that will increase your typing speed.  Try out the games and type which one is your favorite and why.
1 minute
2 minutes
3 minutes
My favorite game was Spacebar Invaders.  Everyone try Spacebar Invaders at least once.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blog #5- Being Charitable

This is a blog assignment.

Name your post "Being Charitable."

Here is the hypothetical situation.  Mark Cuban mega-rich business man and owner of the Dallas Mavericks shows up at Back Bay High School with two million dollars to spend.  He offers you a job.  The pay for this job is one million dollars. The job is to choose a charity that you care about.   Mr. Cuban wants to donate the other one million dollars to that one charity.
Let's be charitable.
Your job is to research different charities to find one that means something to you.  After you find the charity that you want to support, you will write a blog entry that 1) **briefly describes the charity in one paragraph2) details (at least 2 paragraphs) why this charity is important to you (what about this charity is personally meaningful to you) 3) includes a link to the charity's website and 4) includes at least 2 pictures related to the charity.

There are a total of 3 paragraphs in this assignment.

**The link to the charity's website will include all the information about the charity.  This is why you will only briefly describe (a few sentences) the charity in your post.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Google #4 Monthly Budget

Today we are doing one of the required parts 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.  

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, and choose one of the three different types of pie charts.
Position the chart so that it is to the right of the cells.