Friday, March 14, 2014

#36 Coding continued

Here is the schedule for the rest of this trimester.  Below are the sections you should have completed by the end of each class period.  If you finish with the daily work you can move on to the next day's work.  As soon as you finish all these sections, you will be finished with the class.  You will be able to have "free time" on the computer provided that it is not distracting, disruptive, or inappropriate.

Thursday 3-13 (yesterday)
Intro to programming
Drawing basics

Friday 3-14  (today)

Monday 3-17
Animation basics

Tuesday 3-18
Logic and if statements

Wednesday 3-19

Thursday 3-20
Object-Oriented Design
Becoming a Better Programmer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#36 Coding

Today, you are going to sign in to with your google account.  We are going to do some coding for the final days of this class.

Coding is a very lucrative career.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finish any unfinished work...

...especially including any logic problem posts that you have not completed.  Some students are away on a field trip, so get your work done.

If you are finished with everything, then ask me for some blocks and see if you can create these two shapes.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

#33 How Many Handshakes?

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

2)  After everyone finishes shaking hands an eleventh student walks in to class.  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 "#33 How Many Handshakes."

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

#32 Survey

Today's easy blog assignment is to complete two surveys.  The following survey and one on this site.  Title the blog post "#32 Survey."  For each of the 16 questions you are going to answer each with a value from 1 to 5.  Then take the second survey and screen capture your results (apple/shift/4).  Insert that results picture after the 16 values.

1 = Statement does not describe you at all
2 = Statement describes you very little
3 = Statement describes you somewhat
4 = Statement describes you pretty well
5 = Statement describes you exactly

1.   I pride myself on knowing my times tables (1-12).
2.   I can mentally add and subtract (without using my fingers).
3.   I consider myself a “math person.”
4.   When ordering food at a restaurant, I know approximately what my total bill is before being told by the cashier/waiter.
5.  Adding and subtracting fractions is easy for me.
6.   I can calculate travel time based upon mph and distance.
7.   I use some form of math every day.
8.   I like sports.
9.   I know what batting average is in baseball, and I know how to calculate it.
10.  I know what shooting average is in basketball, and I know hot to calculate it.
11.  I know (can calculate) how many inches are in a yard.
12.  I would be comfortable working a cash register (counting money, handing back change, etc.).
13.  I know (can calculate) how many seconds are in an hour.
14.  I know how to graph points like (1, -3).
15.  I can add, subtract, multiply, and divide any two numbers without a calculator (using pencil and paper).
16.  Math is easy.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#31 My Favorite Movie

Write at least 3 paragraphs of at least 150 (total) words about your favorite movie.  I don't want to read a summary of your favorite movie.  DO NOT WRITE A SUMMARY OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE.

Write about all the reasons why you like the movie.  You will include details about the movie, but DO NOT WRITE A SUMMARY OF THE MOVIE.

Include at least two pictures from the movie (movie poster, etc.).

Monday, March 3, 2014

#30 Free Choice

Today's assignment is 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, February 27, 2014

#29 My Career

What do you want to be when you grow up?

More specifically what do you want to be doing when you are 30 years old?  I wouldn't guess that anyone wants to be working at Taco Bell when they are 30 unless they are a manager or an owner.

Write about your main career goal.  Write about what you are doing now and what you will be doing in the future to be able to have that particular career.  Include at least 2 pictures related to your career and at least 1 link to a related website.

This blog post must be at least 2 paragraphs and at least 100 words.  Title the post "#29 My Career."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#28 Bucket List

bucket list is a list of things that you want to do/accomplish before you die.  There is a 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called The Bucket List about 2 terminally ill men attempting to complete all the items on their bucket lists.

For today's assignment, you are to come up with 5 things that you want to accomplish during your time here on earth.  Do not include things that you have already done.  Graduating college and having children are not on my bucket list, because I have already done those things.  List the things from 1-5 including at least 1 sentence describing why you want to do/accomplish each thing.

If you click on the link above, it will take you to a website dedicated to people and their bucket lists.  Check out that site to help you come up with ideas for your list.

Minimum requirements

this is a blog assignment
numbered list of 5 things/goals/etc. that you haven't done yet.
at least 1 sentence describing why each thing was chosen

1. run a half marathon in under 2 hours-  I will never be an elite level distance runner, but I consider running 13.1 miles in less than 2 hours an accomplishment. (update-I did this last year 159:47)

2.  run a marathon in under 4 hours-  I have yet to attempt this goal.  I will hopefully run my first marathon next year.

3.  complete a triathlon-  I know I can swim, bike and run.  The question is "can I find enough time to properly train for a triathlon?".  One day I will.

4.  travel overseas-  I have a passport, but have never used it (except for Mexico).  One day I would like to travel to many countries.

5.  Donate platelets over 200 times-  I used to donate blood, but I was told for my blood type (A+) it was better to donate platelets.  Platelets can be donated every 2 weeks.  The problem for me is that the process takes about 3 hours and with 2 little ones at home I can't get away on the weekends for that amount of time.  Right now, I donate during the summer and vacation times since 2010.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#27 Stranded part 2

Yesterday you were given the choice of 3 things to have with you on a deserted island.

In today's scenario, you are given $205 dollars to purchase whatever items you think you are going to need to survive at least 6 months on a deserted island.  There is no cell service, satellite reception, or radio reception.  Any money spent on trying to get off of the island will be wasted.

List the items that you will purchase, the prices and link the prices to the website you will purchase them from.  You do not have to factor in taxes or shipping.  The listed price is what you pay.  You can not spend more than $205.

After your list of items and prices with links, you are going to describe in a paragraph why you chose those items.


Strike Master K7 Magnesium/Flint Fire Starter (large)  $6.25
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups $29.90  
Tent  $141.92
Machete $26.65

Total $ 204.72

Monday, February 24, 2014

#26 Stranded

In this hypothetical situation you are stranded on a very remote deserted island.  What 3 (school appropriate) things would you want to have with you?  These things can not be people (pets are OK).  Keep in mind that you have unlimited money for these 3 things.  Boats/airplanes are not an option.  There is no internet, cell service, or electricity on this island.  Do not think in terms of "escaping" the island.  Think about what things would you need to "survive" on the island.

Include a paragraph (at least 3 sentences) description  of each choice and why.  Include a picture with each paragraph.  Links are not required, but include them if they relate to your choice(s).

Minimum requirements:

This is a blog assignment.  Title it "#26 Stranded."
3 different things (school appropriate).
1 paragraph (at least 3 complete sentences)
and 1 picture for each choice 
for a total of 3 paragraphs and 3 pictures

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#25 More lying and buckets (You can do it!)

During the lunch hour at school, a group of five boys from Miss Jones home room visited a nearby lunch wagon. one of the five boys took a candy bar without paying for it. When the boys were questioned by the school principal, they made the following statements in respective order: 
1. Rex: "Neither Earl nor I did it." 

2. Jack: "It was Rex or Abe." 

3. Abe: "Both Rex and Jack are lying." 

4. Dan: "Abe's statement is not true; one of them is lying and the other is speaking the truth." 

5. Earl: "What Dan said is wrong." 

When Miss Jones was consulted, she said, "Three of these boys are always truthful, but everything that two of them say will be a lie." Assuming that Miss Jones is correct, can you determine who took the candy bar?

You have two buckets one holds 3 gallons and the other holds 5 gallons.  How could you get exactly 4 gallons?

You have two buckets one holds 4 gallons and the other holds 7 gallons.  How could you get exactly 5 gallons?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#24 Bucket Head Games

At a rural cabin, you get water from a well using only a 4-gallon bucket and a 9-gallon bucket. In trips from the well to the cabin, what whole number gallon amounts of water could you bring back to the cabin?

There are no markings on the buckets.  And, you can’t do any estimating or add any markings!

The easy ones are
4- fill up the 4-gallon bucket
9- fill up the 9-gallon bucket
13- fill up both buckets
Extra Hint- all gallon amounts 1-13 are possible.  For the credit, explain how to come up with the gallon amounts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12.
Extra Extra Hint- 5- Fill up the 9 gallon bucket.  Pour 4 gallons into the 4 gallon bucket leaving 5 gallons in the 9 gallon bucket.
Give an explanation for how to come up with each gallon amount.
The correct answer will include all possible gallon amounts and the correct process for obtaining each gallon amount.
Write out the answers including the correct processes and email me the answers with procedures. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

#23 My Top Five __________

This is a blog post.  Title it "#23 My Top Five Yourcategory"

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

List your choices from 5 to 1.  Write at least 3 sentences about why you made each choice.

Include at least 1 picture for each choice.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

#22 Brain Power

Read through the following problem and logically come up with the correct answer.  You may collaborate with classmates.  When you figure out the answer, post it on your blog titled "#22 Brain Power."  Include the logical steps that led you to your answer.
There are three boxes, exactly one of which contains a prize.

Each box has a label with a visible statement on it, and exactly one of the statements is true.

Gold box label: "The prize is in this box."
Lead box label: "The prize is not in the gold box."
Silver box label: "The prize is not in this box.”

Which box contains the prize?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#21 Conversation

For today's blog post you are going to choose one living person that you would like to sit down and have a conversation with.  You can choose anyone (celebrity, singer, sports star, the president, etc.) provided that he/she is a real living person.

After you have chosen the person you will write
at least 2 paragraphs
at least 100 words
about why you chose that person
and specifically what you would talk about.
include at least one picture of the person.

Title the blog post "#21 My Conversation with thenameoftheperson."

Monday, February 3, 2014

#20 Perseverance

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.  Thomas A. Edison

Have you ever heard of the noun perseverance or the verb persevere (to persevere)?

If you were offered $50 right now or $100 in one year, which would you choose? Why?

Successful people persevere when attempting to accomplish something.  Graduating college, running a marathon, earning money to buy a car, losing weight, these are examples of accomplishments that require perseverance.  These things take work and dedication to accomplish.  Once you decide on a long term goal there are endless instant gratification activities that can derail your plans.  Should I study for the test or play Xbox?  Should I go to the gym and workout or lounge on the couch and watch television?  Should I save my money or spend it on random junk?

Most if not all significant accomplishments in life involve some form of delayed gratification.  Built in to the process of succeeding is hard work and failure.  As a sophomore in high school Michael Jordan was left off of the varsity basketball team (he played on the junior varsity team) before he became the greatest basketball player on the planet.  That let down fueled his drive and desire to succeed.

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Not everyone is going to be a professional athlete (actor, singer, model, etc.), but whatever your chosen goal you must persevere to accomplish it.  Once you realize that meaningful things often times require hard work and dedication, you will begin to prioritize your life around your goals.

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."  
Benjamin Franklin

Some of you might already know what you want to do with your life.  Others of you might still be trying to figure it out.  The first steps to success are choosing a goal and creating a plan.  Do you have any long term goals for your life?  What are your goals and have you created plans to achieve these goals.  Think about what you want to accomplish in your time here on earth.  Find at least one thing that you want to accomplish and list the steps to achieving that goal.

This is a blog assignment.  Title it "#20 Perseverance."

Thursday, January 30, 2014


This Assignment is only to be done after everything else is finished.
Go here and play The Amazing Dare Dozen until you reach the finish line.  Take a screen shot of your final score and post it to a new blog post titled "I finished the Amazing Dare Dozen."  This assignment is for those that have completed all assignments for this class.  Once you complete this game you will have the opportunity to do other "school appropriate" things on the internet.

My current high score is 1167.

If you don't like this game, then go here and try Bloxorz.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#18 Being Charitable

This is a blog assignment.

Name your post "#18 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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#17 Typing lessons

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 "#17."

Do a screen capture 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.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

#16 Typing

In today's society typing is a very important skill.  Some of you may have had a typing class where you learned the basics.  There are many online sites that provide exercises to improve your typing accuracy and speed.

1.) Go here and do this typing test.  Screen capture (shift/apple/4) the results and post to your blog.
Title the blog post "#16"

2.) Do an Google search and find at least one good typing resource website.  Link to that website in your blog post.

3.) Write at least a paragraph about why this website is good for improving someone's typing skills.

Include the screen shot of your results from the typing test.
Write at least one paragraph (4 sentences) about a typing website.
Link to that website.

Friday, January 24, 2014

#15 Improving your typing

In today's society typing is a very important skill.  Some of you may have had a typing class where you learned the basics.  There are many online sites that provide exercises to improve your typing accuracy and speed.

1.)  Briefly describe (minimum 2 sentences) any classes or exercises you have done to be able to type.

2.)  Go here and do this typing test.  Screen capture (shift/apple/4) the results and post to your blog.
Title the blog post "#15 Typing"

Include at least 2 sentences about your typing education.
Include the screen shot of your results from the typing test.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Assignment #14 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).

2)  You will take a screen shot (shift/apple/4) of the best result for each test.  The picture is sent to the desktop.  Right click the picture 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, "#14 Typing"
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, January 21, 2014

Assignment #13

Today you will be creating your own webpage.  

First, you will "Join for free" at
After you are logged in you are going to "edit page."
Click on you name and then "edit page."
Click on Biography, and write at least 3 complete sentences about yourself.

Open up a new tab and go to google.  Do an image search for a background photo (must be school appropriate).  Make sure you are searching for large images (search tools-size-large).  When you find the right photo.  Click on the photo, click view image, right-click, save image as (make sure you are saving to the desktop.

Go back to the tab.  Click on photo and "upload a background image."  Choose the photo that you just saved.

Click on fonts.  Change the font of the name, biography, and links.  Also, go to colors and change the fonts' colors to go well with your chosen background picture.

Finally, go to the Apps tab and add a blogger app.

We will go over these specifics in class.  If you are absent and still have questions then you must see me so I can explain to you what needs to be done on this assignment.

When you have completed updating your background image, writing a 3 sentence bio and changing the fonts and colors, then write a blog post titled "Assignment #13."  In the blog post write the sentence "Go here to learn about me."  Select the word "here" and link it to your page.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last class day to work on the fontstruct assignment

Mini-assignment for today, take the 2 or 5 that you already created, copy and paste it on the other one 2/5, flip and rotate it until it looks like the other, and finally make some adjustments until it looks good to you.

Today is the last class day that will be dedicated to working on the Fontstruct project.  You should be finished with all of the capital letters, all of the lower-case letters, and the numbers that were assigned (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9) at the end of class today.

I will be grading this assignment on Tuesday, January 21st.  This means that if you are not finished by the end of class today, then you should spend some time over the long weekend finishing this project to get a good grade.  Grades are from 0 to 50 points.  The best grade an incomplete project can receive is 25 (50%).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thursday font mini-exercise

You should have already created the numbers 2 or 5, 6, and 9.  Today you are to create the number 8.  When you are finished with the 8, you will copy and paste it in the space for the 3.  Delete the necessary parts and add whatever needs to be added to finish the 3.

The assignment is to create a number 8 and a number 3.  When you are finished with these two numbers you are to go back to creating the rest of the letters (26 capital letters and 26 lower-case letters).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Font mini-exercise due today

You are still working on the 52 capital and lowercase letters.

Today's mini-assignment is to create the numbers 6 and 9.  Both numbers need to be 20 bricks tall, and they should look like the 2 or 5 you created the other day.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Continue Font Creation

You should be finished or have finished the 26 capital letters.  When they are done you need to check with me before working on the 26 lower case letters.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Today's Font Assignment

In addition to completing your 26 capital letters there is a short assignment to complete first.

You are going to create the number 2 or 5.  Make that number 20 blocks tall.  Use a variety of bricks to make a good looking 2 or 5.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Font Fun

Today we are continuing the font creation process with a little addition.

The extra part of today's assignment is creating 3 different versions of the capital letter B.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Continue Font Creation

Make sure that all of your capital letters are at least 12 blocks tall, and they start from the left blue line and blue baseline.

add extra guides to help with your font creation

Use more than one type of brick to create your letters.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Assignment #12 Font Creation

Fonts are a part of all of our lives.  Websites, books, magazines, street signs, written DMV driving tests, CAHSEE all use different fonts for displaying words and numbers.  For the next several days you are going to be creating your own font (font examples- ArialCourier,Times).  Check out some examples here. 

You will be going to this site. 
You will sign up using the email account that you use for this class. 
Use the same password as your email so you won't forget it. 
You will be sent an email with a link to complete your free registration on the site (the email takes a few minutes to arrive in your inbox).

You will then proceed to create your own unique font. All 26 capital letters and all 26 lower case letters will be done by you (52 letters total).  Make your letters look like they are related.  Do not randomly (sloppily) design your letters.

Name your font anything (school appropriate) that you want.

Make every capital letter the same height (at least 12 blocks tall).

Use the tab menu- view- extra guides to set up a guide for the height and the width of the capital letters.  All capital letters will be the same height.  They will start on the baseline and be as tall as you determine (at least 12 blocks tall).  

Use the tab menu- view- adjacent characters to see the already created letters.

All of your letters will start from the left blue line and sit on top of the blue baseline.

You can use the tab menu- edit- copy/paste to save time in creating some letters.  For example, after creating the capital O, copy and paste it onto the space for the capital Q.  Then, add the tail for the Q.

This will be a several day process.  I will inform you as to how you will be turning this assignment in.

Be creative and take some time to create each letter.  "Sloppily done, quickly thrown together with little thought" fonts will receive grades closer to zero than 50.