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MLA formatting of sources Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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If you’re new to the MLA format to refer to sources of information, try the free online services

They’ll help you ensure that your bibliography/works cited list is in the correct format. Just fill in the information you know about the source, they help you with the rest.

For more detailed information check these resources from

I have also found a very interesting blog about information literacy called BiblioTech Web.

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Important Information Thursday, 22 January 2009

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Have a look at the following tags linking to posts referring to the following essential information for our classes:

Welcome to hstech.wordpress.com Saturday, 15 November 2008

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hstech

Feel free to navigate and explore our blog, a tool of communication and also a useful resource for our community.

We suggest you to start by picking the appropriate category (they reflect the different subjects/classes or areas of interest), check our recent posts, dig in our archives or the tag cloud, and take a quick look at the del.icio.us bookmarks that we collect as we surf the vastness of the web.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

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ISS Multimedia Club

Welcome to the ISS Multimedia Club.

Our goal is to have fun learning a variety of different applications.

Today, we are going to make a short stop motion film that will require you to find images on the internet and import them into the iMovie application.

Here is a short video that explains the basics of how to make a stop motion in iMovie.

The link has a variety of pictures of a chicken dancing! Today, I would like you to take about ten screen snapshots and make the chicken dance. Please remember to add some titles, sound effects, etc to make your movie more fun! (Note: to make a screen snapshot, just press the command, shift and no. 4 key at the same time, then drag out the shape you want and just release…the image will be saved as “screenshot” on your desktop automatically)

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Saturday, 31 July 2010

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Tech modules at ISS

Something completely different… Saturday, 29 May 2010

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http://www.vuvox.com/collage/detail/027a7fe85b

Media 10 Podcast Project Wednesday, 24 February 2010

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Podcast Project Assessment

  • Script quality (interesting, thought provoking topics)
  • Sound quality (clear voice, easy to hear and understand, background music and/or sound effects do not get in the way of the message)
  • Use of interesting special music and audio effects
  • Appropriate length (3 minutes)
  • Appropriate web publishing (Send podcast to iWeb)
  • Inclusion of any extra visual elements (Podcast cover art, etc.)

Tentative deadline: 19 March. May be changed to sychronise with the other session.

Please read the following tutorial – if you are already familiar with Garageband, you may prefer to jump straight to part 2 of the tutorial.

http://www.devdaily.com/apple/mac/garage-band-create-podcast/

Reminder:
Bring the appropriate equipment such as headphones, thumbdrives, etc.
Also check the post on podcast project links.

Podcast project links Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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What are podcasts?

Tutorials on how to make podcasts with Apple Garageband

Tips on creating podcasts

Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Non-Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Example of a podcast, notice how the beginning (first 30 seconds) include information such as:

  • The podcast title
  • Episode number
  • Date
  • Place
  • Author
  • Web address (URL)
  • Jingle (music/musical theme)

http://photography.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/photo-podcast-59.mp3

More examples of podcasts here:

Brochure project DEADLINE Thursday, 28 January 2010

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Please remember:

  • The deadline for our Holiday Destinations brochure project is our second lesson next week; shortly after each student will present their product to the class.
  • Update your journal or (b)logs so they reflect the final touches to your brochure plus the latest information and resources you have found and used.

Great work so far, everyone!

(Just remember to BACK UP your work, alright?)

Protected: Marketing project: Investigation feedback Wednesday, 27 January 2010

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Favourite Website Awards site Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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Please have a look at the Favourite Website Awards site.

You will be able to find all sorts of nice web sites from various categories.

This site may be useful to get inspiration, examples, and ideas from web sites featured there.

Protected: Marketing project Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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Brochure project resources Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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These are some resources that may help you with your brochure project:

Very brief sample log entry justifying a topic choice:

I have chosen to create a brochure about Pucón, a beautiful small city in the south of my country. What is unique about it is that it is surrounded by a volcano and a lake, so people can enjoy summer activities at the lake, and winter sports at the volcano and its beautiful snow.

Yet another short sample of an entry showing the progress of your research:

First few images I’ve found for my brochure. I am looking for photos of different sizes. My idea is to have photos showing the volcano and lake, not so much the city and its hotels. Photos of the latter two? Only if I have enough time.

Now trying to find images under the creative commons license, so they are free to use and I do not get in trouble because of copyright issues…

http://www.momentsinlight.com/g2/v/Chile/Chile-DSC_8365.jpg.html

Found http://commons.wikimedia.org/ !!! Just what I needed !!!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Pucon%2C_Chile.jpg this one’s a bit blurry, may try to sharpen with Photoshop later!

Enough images for the night. Now, I’m using bibme.org to build my list of sources of information using the MLA format.

“Pucon – Información Util de PUCON – CHILE.” ENJOY CHILE TRAVEL TO CHILE TOURS IN CHILE . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2010. <http://www.enjoy-chile.org/chile/pucon-informacion-util-chile.php&gt;.    {Annotation: good information, seems objective and helpful; in Spanish & English.}

“Pucón – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pucon&gt;.    {Fair amount of information, must check links at bottom and Spanish version of the same article. }

The above are just plain examples to illustrate what you have to do. Hope this is helpful!

Brochure Project Assessment Criteria Monday, 18 January 2010

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Your brochure and journal (or log) will be graded as follows:

  1. Brochure 5 pages minimum
  2. At least 10 images in total (whole brochure)
  3. Use of semi-formal and proper English (avoid using 1st person and repeating the same words {adjectives & nouns} in a paragraph)
  4. Use of effects such as shadows and reflections, when appropriate
  5. Use of tables
  6. Use of charts showing factual statistics/information
  7. Journal/log with entries documenting the sources of information used to build their product, and justifying any relevant and important decision regarding your project

Each one of this requirements, when met. will grant you one point.

Nokia Morph and Nanotechnology Sunday, 17 January 2010

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Morph_Open_Mode

Nokia Morph Open Mode

A brilliant concept on the application of nanotechnology on mobile phones: The Nokia Morph.

http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia/research/demos/the-morph-concept

and the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (specifically, their area for schools):

http://www.nanoscience.cam.ac.uk/schools/index.html

Morph Wrist Mode

Brochure project Friday, 15 January 2010

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Tasks to complete by Monday 18:

  • Gather photos and facts about your holiday destination (a recent one you have travelled to, or one you like)
  • Blog your progress (i.e. blogger.com, set up your own if you don’t have one please):
    • add at least one entry explaining why you have chosen your specific holiday destination
    • add one or more entries recording the sources of information that you find for your project (this has to be done each time you find more sources of information)

Typographic Portraits in PhotoShop Wednesday, 28 October 2009

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A couple of very interesting tutorials that will show you how to create typographic portraits. I have sorted the tutorials from easy to more difficult (which also implies from less to more complex and striking):

  1. Koh, Johnson. “Make yourself an Amazing Typographic Portrait | 10Steps.SG.”10Steps.SG – Photoshop Tutorials and Resources. 2 Oct. 2009. 27 Oct. 2009 <http://10steps.sg/tutorials/photoshop/make-yourself-an-amazing-typographic-portrait/>.
  2. Grove, Stacey. “Typographic Portraits.” Advanced Photoshop 6 Sep. 2009: 44-47.
  3. Sergio. “Typographic Portrait like Grammy’s Posters | PSDTOP Blog – Design Tips, Photo Effects, Icon Creation, Special Effects and Links.”Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – Design Tips, Photo Effects, Icon Creation, Special Effects and Links, PSD tuts, PSD. 9 Jan. 2009. 27 Oct. 2009 <http://www.psdtop.com/blog/photo-effects/typographic-portrait-like-grammys-posters/>.

For source number 2, the magazine’s web site is www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk. The issue number is 61.

Touchtable Tuesday, 27 October 2009

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Courtesy of a colleague from the Science Department, do take a look at this amazing video about an interesting piece of technology: the touchtable.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/video/231-touchtable.html

Alternative project – Promoting an intercultural environment Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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Guiding Question/Problem: How to promote an intercultural environment in our school?

Link to an Area of Interaction: Community and Service – Learning and teaching about some else’s culture

Links to Approaches to Learning: All; emphasis: Information Literacy, Organisation and Study Skills, Reflection

Duration: 6 weeks, starting from 19.Oct.2009

Context and challenge: Use the MYP Design Cycle and your computer skills, design and create a suitable product that reflects a culture other than your own, in response to the guiding question/problem for this project.

Possible Interdisciplinary Links: Language B, Humanities (World History and Geography)

MYP Technology Design Cycle Outline:
Criterion A: INVESTIGATE

  1. Identify the problem (say what the problem is)
  2. Explain the problem and say why it is relevant (important)
  3. Find information about the problem from many different, good sources
  4. Summarise each source
  5. Evaluate those sources (say why they are good/better/best) and state how you used them
  6. Develop a design brief: Say how you will solve the problem you identified, in general terms.
  7. Prepare a design specification: a detailed description of how your solution must be so you can solve the problem, everything you need for your solution (or to make the product) and what your solution can and cannot do. What you write here has to be important for you (the designer) and the user (the person/people who will use or be helped by your solution or product). All your suggested and appropriate solutions will need to meet the terms of the design specification.
  8. Describe (say in detail) how you are going to test your product against the design specification (how you will check whether you product sticks to the specification)

Criterion B: DESIGN

  1. Compare each possible mode (media) against your design specifications
  2. Create at least one original design for each mode
  3. Choose one mode and justify your choice in terms of how it meets your design specifications
  4. Make several different designs for the mode you chose
  5. Explain how each of your designs meet (or not) the design specification (you can show how you are going to implement each design specification element in each layout/design)
  6. Choose one (or more, if appropriate) design and explain in detail:
  • Why you chose that design and not the others
  • How and why it meets the requirements of your design specification better than the others you dropped.
  • Criterion C: PLAN

    1. Make a detailed plan of steps (in proper logical order) describing how you will use:
      • The resources (everything you’ll use to create your product and/or what you need to implement your solution)
      • The steps you need to take (what you will do) to create the product
      • The time (timeline, Gantt chart, when you’ll do it)
    2. Explain and evaluate your plan (pros and cons / strengths and weaknesses, what if… alternatives for the weak points)
    3. Justify any modifications you made to your design (the one you chose in the previous step)

    Criterion D: CREATE

    1. Follow your plan, justifying any modifications you make (if you deviate from your plan and/or your design)
    2. Document the creation of your product using a journal (Format: Date, Comments, Screenshots, explanation of screenshots, problems, how you solved them, and any modifications)
    3. Your product must be as good as possible (of “Appropriate quality”1) using the resources available to you and/or those resources you have chosen to use (in the planning section)

    Criterion E: EVALUATE

    1. Objectively evaluate your product/solution based on:
      • Does the product do what you said in the design brief?
      • Does the product meet your goal and solve the problem?
      • The results from the ways of testing2 the design specs.
      • How would you improve on these ways of testing the design specifications?
    2. Explain how your product/solution can be improved based on the feedback and evaluation you have done
    3. Evaluate your own performance at each stage of the design cycle (compare initial and final Gantt charts, talk about strengths and weaknesses, etc.)
    4. Suggest improvements to your performance at each stage of the design cycle
    5. Explain how your product/solution will impact/change/improve (people’s) life, society, and/or the environment
    6. The usefulness of your project for your intended audience
    7. Your use of the IT tools that were available to you
    8. Your ability to follow the design cycle & the links to the AOI’s
    9. Users of online social media, IT lab and software, Internet and library.
    10. Promote awareness of health and social issues related to the topic.
    11. Ability to research effectively from various sources
    12. Refine publishing and presentation skills
    13. Expose students to “product testing” and feedback

    * Appropriate quality: This is the best product/solution that you can produce, taking into account the resources available (hardware, software), the skills and techniques you have used, your educational development (what you know and have learned), how the product/solution addresses the identified need, and aspects of safety and ergonomics.
    ^ Product testing: Here is where you show people your product and give them the tests that you created at the end of your investigation section. You can also check if the product solves the problem / fulfill the need, applied to the context and presented to the end-users or target audience.

    Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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    Project: How do I see myself & others?

    Context and challenge:

    Investigate and reflect on the influence that peers, mass media, prejudice, and stereotypes play on how we see and think of ourselves and others; how does this affect the way we interact and treat one another? What is your response?
    Use the MYP Design Cycle and your computer skills, design and create a suitable product that promotes a healthy self image.

    Guiding Question/Problem: How do I see myself and others?

    Link to an Area of Interaction: Health and Social Education

    Develop a sense of responsibility for your own well-being and for your psychological, physical and social environment.

    Links to Approaches to Learning:

    All; emphasis: Reflection, Organisation and Study Skills, Information Literacy.

    Homework:

    Bring two possible topics for next lesson, so we may start with the Investigation stage straight away.

    Download the corresponding MYP project planner here

    Free Web Creation Software Monday, 28 September 2009

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    Please head to this webpage for a list of links and information on Free Web Creation Software.

    http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmleditors/tp/freewineditors.htm

    DVD and CD Burning Software Monday, 28 September 2009

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    If you need free software to burn your CDs/DVDs with your products and soft copies of your work, you may use

    International Olympiad of Informatics Sunday, 6 September 2009

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    August 20, 2009 The 2009 International Olympiad in Informatics has been won by the 14 years old Henadzi Karatkevich using Free Pascal. For this contest only the gcc and Free Pascal compilers were allowed. Lazarus was available as editor.