Thursday, December 19, 2013

The first 11 Assignments

We have had 11 assignments so far in this class.  All of the assignments need to be complete. There have been 3 blog assignments and 8 Google assignments.

If you are finished with everything, then you should have all 11 assignments graded on your Schoolloop progress report.  If you do not have 11 grades or some of those grades are less than 7, then you need to complete or redo those assignments.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Google #8 Business Cards

Click on this link.
Choose the fifth template (circle business cards) and click "use this template"
Rename the document to "#8 Yourlastname"
Share with
Edit 1 business card with your correct information.
Copy and Paste that onto the rest of the cards on the page.

You business card must have 
your first and last name
full address 
phone # w/area code
email address

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Google #7 Drawing

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

Click on create then drawing.  Rename "#7 Yourlastname."
Share with me (

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

You final drawing will contains lines, shapes, colors, and letters (your name at the very least).
Your picture must be school appropriate.  
You must spend at least 45 minutes (today and tomorrow) creating this assignment.

Google #6 Flyer

This is the sixth Google Drive Assignment

Today we are doing a one-page flyer document created with Google.  The content of this flyer will be whatever you choose (lost dog, garage sale, baby shower, etc.).

1)  Login to your google account.
2)  Click on the drive button in the top middle of the page.
3)  Click on the red create button and select document.
4)  Click on the "Untitled document" title and change to "#6 Yourlastname."
5)  Click on the blue share button in the upper right hand corner.
6)  Type in and make sure you allow me to edit.

Once you have completed steps 1 through 6 you can begin creating your flyer.

Minimum requirements

Flyer must be school appropriate.
Large centered 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, address, phone number and email address  (can be fake info)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Google # 5 Resume

Today you are going to be creating a resume for yourself in Google Drive.  
Create a new document, and rename it "#5 Yourlastname."  Share with me,  Use the picture below as a guide.

1)  Center your name, address and contact information.
2)  Include each of the 5 headings (Objective, Education, etc.)
3)  You don't need the horizontal lines to separate each category.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Google #4 Weekly Schedule Spreadsheet

Today, you are going to create another spreadsheet in Google Drive.  This spreadsheet will be a weekly schedule for next week starting with this Sunday.

Title the spreadsheet "#4 Yourlastname" 
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Across the top of your spreadsheet you will type the 7 days of the week starting with Sunday (skip the first cell).
Down the first column (A) you will type every hour starting with 6:00 am through 2:00 am. (skip the first cell).  We will format the cells before we begin typing in the hours.

This schedule will have 147 cells to fill in.

You will color code the cells as well.

I will go over all the specifics in class.  It is important that you listen and follow along as I explain this assignment. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Google Assignment # 3 Budget Spreadsheet

Today we are doing one of the required parts (the 3rd of 8) 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.  The directions are as follows;

Sign in to Google and go to Drive (or Documents).
Click on Create.
Then click on Spreadsheet.
Change the Untitled Spreadsheet to "#3 Yourlastname."
Click share and type in

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

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 "Backwards E looking tool"

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 the total cell 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.
Position the chart so that it is to the right of the cells.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Google Assignment #2 Letter of Recommendation

This is a Google drive assignment.
Today's assignment is writing a 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 documents (drive).  Name (Rename) your google document "#2 Yourlastname"   After you have named the document, share it with me

Follow this example.  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  2) skills/talents  3) accomplishments.

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

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

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.

Example: this would be how I would write about myself.

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

Google Assignment #1 Letter

This is the first Google assignment.  This is not a blog assignment.

This assignment is a letter using the correct format.  You can choose to write a letter to a famous person asking for an autographed picture or a letter to a company asking for free stuff.

Go online and find the mailing address of a company (If you can find the name of someone in that company that's even better.) that you like or the mailing address of your favorite actor, singer, artist, etc.  

After you have found the address information, go to your Google drive and create a new document.

Rename the document "Google #1 Yourlastname" by double clicking where it says "untitled document" and share it with me (blue button in the upper right hand corner).

Make sure you format this letter correctly.  Everything is left justified and there is a single space between your address, date, the company's (person's) address, greeting, etc. until you get to the end.  When you finish the letter with "Sincerely yours," or "Respectfully yours," double-space before you type the "handwritten signature" and double-space again before you type the typed signature.

In the body of the letter, write about how much you like the company or person detailing the products that you use from the company (at least 1 paragraph- 4 sentences).  In the last paragraph, ask the company if they have any free stuff or coupons.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Free Choice Blog Assignment

Today you are writing another blog post.  The topic is up to you as long as it is school appropriate.  Title the assignment “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, December 5, 2013

My Favorite Hobby

This is a blog assignment.

Write at least 150 words about your favorite hobby (a school appropriate activity that you do for fun).  You can briefly summarize the hobby in a few sentences (no more than 3).  The majority of this blog post will be about your opinions of the hobby and why it is your favorite.

Example of a link.

Minimum requirements
3 paragraphs
150 words
2 pictures
1 link (to a related website)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

About Me

Write two paragraphs about yourself.

You can include whatever information you want as long as it is school appropriate.

This is a blog assignment titled "About Me."

Must be at least 100 words written in complete sentences.
Must be at least 2 paragraphs.


This Intro to Computers class satisfies two graduation requirements.  1) You need 5 credits in applied skills.  2) You need to show that you are technology proficient.

There are different types of computer based assignments that you will be completing during this class.  The types of assignments are Google Drive assignments, blog assignments, font creation, typing skills, and a few other miscellaneous assignments.

In order to earn 5 credits and a grade of C or better you must do the following:

Complete all eight (8) of the Google Drive assignments with a 7 or higher.
Have a final average of 70% or higher.

All assignments for this course are found on this blog.  You are responsible for completing the assignments.  This includes assignments from days that you were not in class for whatever reason (absent, field trip, etc.)