Friday, February 26, 2010

Ms. Kline On The Road

Ms. Kline will be attending the California League of Middle School's Annual Conference in Sacramento today. She is really excited to listen to the speakers and to attend the teacher sessions! Ms. Kline will also be leading a session on Web 2.o, the read-write web.

Ms. Kline flew to Sacramento and she found this neat video about how dangerous it is around the area of an airplane's jet engine when it is running.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 23

Welcome to Week 23 of Keyboarding!

Great job reworking lessons 1-11 to raise your speed to the second semester minimum speed of 25WPM! Now, every time you complete a lesson and see a check in the box, you will know that you have received a minimum of a B on that lesson. Remember, keep'll get it!

This week you will:
Ms. Kline's Week 23 Key Vocabulary:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

TED Talk - The World Needs All Kinds of Minds by Dr. Temple Grandin

Autism is a neurological disorder which affects a person's social interaction and ability to communicate with others. It affects 1-2 people in every 1000. Over the years, there has been a great deal of research to help us understand this complex disorder.

This scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin, has autism. In this video, she explains her experience growing up autistic, how her autism impacts the way she interacts with the rest of the world, and her belief that "the world needs all kinds of minds!"

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 of Keyboarding!

Now that the minimum words per minute speed for Keyboarding is 25 WPM, many of you will be reworking lessons 1-11 to raise their scores to 25 WPM on each lesson. Remember, keep'll get it!

This week you will:
  • Continue your Keyboarding Online lessons 12-33
  • Continue your spring-themed graphic art project
Ms. Kline's Week 22 Key Vocabulary:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cool Animation Video

With video production software, you can make wonderful animation videos.

Check out this marvelous example!

"Runner II" by Tommy Vad Flaaten

Monday, February 08, 2010

Week 21

Welcome to Week 21 of Keyboarding!

Great job during your first week of 2nd semester! Not only did we move the eMac lab to Lab C, but we unpacked and set up the new iMacs in Lab!

This week you will:
  • Continue your Keyboarding Online lessons 12-33
  • Continue your spring-themed graphic art project
Ms. Kline's Week 21 Key Vocabulary:

Friday, February 05, 2010

Making a Difference In Your Own Community...and the World

Rahsaan Bahati grew up in Compton. He traveled the world, became a champion...and came home to teach young people from his community how to be successful themselves.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

African-American Heritage Month

February marks the beginning of African-American Heritage Month, also known as Black History Month. The tradition began with scholar Carter Godwin Woodson in 1926 to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to the culture of the United States and the world community. Ms. Kline's following African-American heroes are but a small selection of individuals who have made amazing contributions to music, art, science, literature, and in addition, have stood up for the rights of African-Americans, women, the poor, as well as all of humanity.

Some of Ms. Kline's contemporary heroes are:
President Barack Obama - the United States of America's first African-American president
Maya Angelou - poet and writer
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist and host of NOVA ScienceNow
Dr. Mae Jemison - Physician and 1st African-American woman in space

Some of Ms. Kline's heroes from history are:
Harriet Tubman - relentless abolitionist, union-spy, and humanitarian
Sojourner Truth - brilliant strategist, abolitionist and women's rights activist
Dr. Martin Luther King - winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Rosa Parks - named by Congress as the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."
Nina Simone - singer, songwriter & musician
Hazel Scott - phenomenal pianist & jazz musician

Wilma Rudolph - Olympic gold-medal winner who overcame enormous obstacles
Whom do you wish to celebrate?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lab D iMac Lab Ready for Imaging

On Day 2 of our Labs C & D Set-up Effort, it was another marathon day as Ms. Kline's Keyboarding/Technology classes set up 33 brand-new iMacs, from the cardboard shipping boxes to the lab tables, and ready for imaging next week. Just like Day 1, it was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun, too...whew!

Once again, all of Ms. Kline's Keyboarding/Technology classes contributed to Day 2 of the Labs C & D Set-up Effort which involved:
  1. Unpacking the iMac box from its cardboard shipping box
  2. Opening the iMac box
  3. Removing the peripherals box & power cord
  4. Removing the computer cover
  5. Writing down the District ID#s on the iMac box for later input into the inventory database
  6. Plugging in the power cord
  7. Plugging in the Ethernet cable
  8. Attaching the peripherals
  9. Locking down the iMac
  10. Securing the keyboard and mouse to computer lock-down cable

Monday, February 01, 2010

Lab C Up & Running

After a marathon day of breaking down the eMac lab in Lab D, and setting it up again next door, Lab C is now up and running. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun, too...whew!

All of Ms. Kline's Keyboarding/Technology classes contributed to Day 1 of the Labs C & D Set-up Effort which involved:
  1. Disconnecting peripheral devices from each eMac
  2. Disconnecting the power cords & Ethernet cables
  3. Unlocking the lock-down cables and mouse/keyboard locks
  4. Moving each eMac to Lab C from Lab D
  5. Reconnecting the cables & peripherals
  6. Locking down each eMac and its mouse and keyboard
  7. Making sure the cables were stored properly so that the lab tables could be locked
  8. Testing each machine to make sure they powered up and could connect to the Internet

Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 of Keyboarding!

Everyone did a great job during first semester, and now we are ready to begin our second semester with brand-new computers!

This week is a very busy week for we will be breaking down one computer lab, and setting up two other computer labs.

This week you will:
  • Learn how to disassemble a computer workstation.
  • Set up a computer workstation.
  • Learn how to work with fellow students in a team.
  • Learn how to be flexible when completing a computer-related task.
  • Learn how to be responsible for an important piece of technology equipment.
  • Begin your spring-themed graphic art project
Ms. Kline's Week 20 Key Vocabulary: