Technology Leaders

The Pirates of Silicon Valley documentary showed the growth and competition among Apple and Microsoft. It highlighted Steve Jobs and Bill Gates competitiveness, ingenuity and creativity along with some deceitful business practices. We have also looked at John Atanasoff and his contribution to modern technology both past and today with his concept of binary, regenerative memory and boolean logic (True / False). There have been several other influences in modern technology including:

  • Jeff Bezos – Amazon
  • Sergei Brynn – Google
  • Larry Page – Google
  • Mark Cuban -Micro Solutions, Shark Tank
  • Paul Allen – Microsoft
  • Satya Nadella – current CEO Microsoft
  • Steve Wozniak – Apple
  • Tim Cook – current CEO Apple
  • Jack Dorsey – Twitter, Square 
  • Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
  • Other…..

Pick the person that you feel has had the biggest impact of modern computing (computers, mobile devices, internet, etc.).

Write a Weebly blog post that includes:

  • a brief paragraph explaining who the person is, a brief biography, including their highest level of education.
  • a paragraph stating why you think that person has the largest influence
  • include a picture of the person (from the internet)
  • include a picture of the logo from their company
  • include a link to a video of a keynote, ted talk or interview with the individual.

Can you multi-task? or Why can’t I have my phone in class?

Students think they can do many things at a time and do them all well. There are many studies and articles out  that contradict that belief. A recent article (1/24/2015) can be found here was based on research conducted at West Point. This article (11/15/16) compares distracted web surfing to second hand smoke.

Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning… Ruminating...

More recently this research has been conducted about smartphone use (7/30/15) and teen friendships and social media (8/6/15).


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What do you think? Can you do homework while browsing twitter? Can you read and listen to your favorite band at the same time? Read the article that goes with this survey. For this assignment ONLY, you can have out your phone in class. Read the article and answer the questions with the survey just like you would do it for an assignment from home. Let’s see how you do with the questions and compare your results with other students.

When you are finished, post your thoughts about this topic on your Weebly blog page. Do some research and find another article that will give evidence for either pro or con the effects of multi-tasking (or both). Put this link on your weebly page.

The results of our informal survey (fall 2013) can be found by clicking here!

Here is another study from a school that banned cell phones – test scores increased 6%

Test your multitasking skill with this game and post your score on your blog. Do you think you should have scored higher or lower…or do you agree with the score.



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Looking for the best jobs in the U S?


flickr photo by c_ambler shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Your in the right spot! The top jobs in the United States all revolve around technology according to this USA Today article.

According to the article ” These days, almost every company is in some way a tech company, requiring workers who are able to create and maintain a firm’s technological infrastructure.”

  1. Read the article above.
  2. Click on the link about the 50 best jobs.
  3. Select two different jobs on the list and explore the available jobs, including description and experience (education, etc.)
  4. Of the two, choose one and write a blog post, including a brief general description of the job (use google), a more detailed decription of the job listed, salary range for the job, and what experiences are necessary (education, job experience, etc.)
  5. Be sure to publish your blog post.

Mobile App for MHS Schedule – UPDATED v3.0

mhs mobile app

mhs mobile app — remember CCR?

NOTE: If you already have the app installed on your phone, it will automatically display the correct schedule, you can skip this and continue enjoying the app.
To download the app, open you smartphone browser, visit:
For iphone users:
  1. Tap on the bottom middle button to add a bookmark.
  2. Select add to home screen.
  3. You should get a white button with a M on it.
  4. Click add, and it will be added to your device.
For android users (I don’t have one, but tested it with some student phones it works, but not on all versions of the OS):
  1. Open the link above, click the bookmark icon
  2. Bookmark the page you want to add to a Home screen
  3. Open the browser “bookmarks” screen
  4. Long-press the bookmark you want
  5. Select “Add to Home screen”
  6. You “should” get a white box with a “M” in it. Some devices, the icon only shows up as a red bookmark.
The app should also work on iPads or iPods (with wireless).

Final Exam Schedule

Do I have to take finals?

Download the Android App


or more than 2 absences or more than 5 tardies or no referrals

If YES Then:

Final Exam Schedule

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Lunches Served)

Period 1 – 4 Regular schedule for all students (period 5 will not meet)

Period 6 Finals 12:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Period 7 Finals 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2017      (No Lunches Served)

Period 1 Finals 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 2 Finals 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  

Period 3 Finals 10:50 a.m. – Noon

Friday, January 20, 2017       (No Lunches Served)

Period 4 Finals 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 5 Finals 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Make Up Finals* 10:50 a.m. – 12 Noon

Monday, January 23, 2017 Second Semester Begins

**All work must be completed by the end of your last regular class period**