Espeseth Room 11 Technology Policy

Expectations

  1. Students are expected to take out their work WHILE signing-in as soon as the tardy bell rings.
  2. When Mrs. Espeseth is talking students are expected to put the computer screen down and/or make eye contact. Do not work on computer unless requested to do so.
  3. Occasionally phones will be used in class, please silence them before coming into class.
  4. Respect the computers at all times. Do not write on them, deface them, or destroy them in any way.  Please come to me if you notice anything wrong with the computer.
  5. Be sure to log out at the end of every class period. Be nice and help out a fellow student who has forgotten to log out.
  6. Plagiarism is wrong and against the law. Please be sure to do your own work at all times.

What to Do When You Get Stuck

If, at any time, you have an issue with the computer do not exchange it for another one.  If there is something wrong with the computer I need to know.  If you run into a fixable glitch you need to know how to fix it.

  • When dealing with Wi-Fi issues it is best to be patient.
  • If a computer freezes then force close, wait 30 seconds, then restart the computer.
  • Most computer problems are operator error, be patient, try again, ask the people sitting next to you. If all of you do not know the problem then raise your hand and ask me.

What to do when you are finished with an Assignment

Go to cespeseth.wordpress.com and read an article.  Then comment on the article, be sure to include what you learned and what you found interesting.

If any computer rule is broken the following will be enforced:

  1. First Infraction-Warning
  2. Second Infraction-Loss of computer for the rest of the day/session, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
  3. Third Infraction-No computer for a week, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
  4. Fourth Infraction-Placement in another class.

Interested in Doing a Little Coding?

AVID 7 and 8 are meeting in the cafeteria to do a bit of coding.  Check back for updates and pictures…

 

Want to do a fun coding activity?  Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/search?page_search_query=coding

Here are some more code activities http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/AHeath/middle.cfm

 

Want to learn how to build an app for your phone?  Go to http://www.appinventor.org/

 

Pixar In a Box by Aaliyah R.

Last week, in AVID, we discovered a website that teaches computer animation. The website is called Pixar in a Box. It can be found on Khan Academy. It has everything needed to teach computer animation. It shows videos and guides it even has practice lessons. It also has quizzes so a person can fully understand what a person needs to do. If a person gets an answer wrong a person can watch the video again or practice more with the activities they have. It all starts with the lesson guides. From there, a person can practice virtual cameras, effects, patterns, rigging, animation, environment modeling, character modeling, and  crowd rendering. There’s lots of stuff to do. If a person wants to do computer animation for a living I recommend Pixar in a Box because it is very helpful. I think it would be the perfect website to help a person if a person would like to do this for a living.

Teens and Technology

A new study suggests that parents are not aware of what student’s do while on-line.  The study goes on to say that only 13% of teens think their parents know what they do on-line.  These are scary numbers.  Parents need to be aware of what students are doing on-line for their own safety.  I don’t believe students completely understand the risks that might be involved using the web.  Parents  and students need to have serious conversations about using the internet safely.  Interested in reading the entire article?  Click here!