Game Day 2.0!!

no snakes! Image by freeaussie images

Thursday and Friday, you will have the opportunity to play games…No, not the snake game or that stupid bubble game thing…No addictinggames .com….

Check out the educational games and simulations. Can you find any other quality games?

Click here to complete the evaluation form on the games listed above. 

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).


Do smartphones make for smart students That depends Page 2 of 3 eClassroom News

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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Final Exam Schedule


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2017 Spring Final Exam Schedule

For Seniors:

  • Monday, May 29th Memorial Day No School
  • Tuesday, May 30th Regular classes meet Periods 1-6*
    • Final Exam (50 min) Period 7
  • Wednesday, May 31st Regular classes meet Periods 1-3*
    • (no early release) Seniors take 1st Lunch
  • Final Exams (50 min) Periods 4, 5, & 6  
    • Dismissal 2:05 p.m. with parental permission
  • Thursday, June 1st Final Exams (50 min) Periods 1, 2, & 3
    • Dismissal 10:50 a.m. with parental permission
  • Friday, June 2nd Commencement Practice** 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 2nd Commencement 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:30)
  • Monday, June 5th No attendance for graduates
  • Tuesday, June 6th No attendance for graduates

*Seniors who are not required to take final exams in any given class period are also not required to attend those exam periods.  Seniors may be excused from school after taking their exams with parent permission.

**This practice is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 2nd.

For Grades 9, 10 & 11:

  • Monday, May 29th Memorial Day No School
  • Tuesday, May 30th Regular school day
  • Wednesday, May 31st Regular school day no early release
  • Thursday, June 1st Regular school day
  • Friday, June 2nd Regular classes meet Periods 1-4; (lunches served)
    • No Period 5
    • Period 6 Final Exam* 12:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
    • Period 7 Final Exam 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5th Period 1 Final Exam 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
    • Period 2 Final Exam 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
    • Period 3 Final Exam 10:50 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • (no lunches served)
  • Tuesday, June 6th Period 4 Final Exam 8:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
    • Period 5 Final Exam 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
    • Make-Up Final Exams 10:50 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • (no lunches served)
    • Make-Up Final Exams 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Students who are not required to take final exams in any given class period are also not required to attend those exam periods.  Any students waiting in the building for additional exams will do so in the cafeteria.

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.