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Evaluation: Common mistakes Sunday, 30 November 2008

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This is a brief compilation of the common omissions in the Evaluation section of the MYP Computer Technology projects:

  • Some students forget to implement the ways of testing the product compliance to the Design Specification. Remember the last part of your Investigation? The tests you designed there (the ones to check that your final product contains all your Design Specs.) should be done when you finish your product, and the results should be published in the Evaluation.
  • Don’t forget to suggest improvement to these ways of testing. More testers? More questions? Better questions? More ways?
  • Most students evaluate their performance at each stage of the project (Investigation, Design, Plan, Creation), but forget to suggest improvements at each stage. Do this for a better level of achievement.
  • Many students forget to comment on the impact of your product/project in the local and global community. This, in a few words, means: how do you think your product could change things in your immediate community (people close to you) and globally (the world)?

Hope this helps you!

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Creation: Common mistakes Sunday, 30 November 2008

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InĀ  nutshell, these are the common mistakes students do in the Creation stage of their MYP Computer Technology projects:

  • The journal entries are not dated. Each journal entry should start with the date, as this will make things easier for you when you evaluate the plan and your personal performance.
  • The screenshots are small, generic, and show you doing some work on the computer. Your screenshots should clearly show how you created your product. Therefore, the screenshots should show your work with the specific application(s) that you used to put your product toghether.
  • The screenshots show how you do the same things over and over. You do not need to show the same simple procedures more than once. Say, you show in three screenshots how to insert an image into a web page. You may later say that you used the same steps shown in journal entry xx/xx/xx to insert the other images as well.
  • Some students forget that the journal shows the implementation of the plan. Check back with your plan and compare your progress. Any differences between what you planned to do, and when, should be shown somewhere. Justify them and (if appropriate) say what you will do to keep your deadlines (interim and final).
  • Did you make any modifications as you were creating the product? Document any modifications to your (design) product. Justify them clearly.

I hope this helps you improve the quality of your work.

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Media conversion Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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These solutions may not compare with paid proprietary specialised software, but they’re free. Many students have asked the same question, i.e. how to convert media files from and to different formats.

How to convert a Jing movie (SWF, Flash) to Quicktime so I can use it with other Mac applications? (Such as iMovie)

Spam & Click Sunday, 23 November 2008

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There’s an interesting article on spam here. It’s called “Spam War” by David Reid. It may be useful to some of you who are dealing with this topic.

Besides, http://bbcworldnews.com/click is a good resource for technology news. You can catch it on tv or online.

Jing to web page (HTML) Friday, 21 November 2008

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An easier way first, then a more detailed explanation if you check this web page for instructions on how to manually insert the HTML code required to show movies (SWF), like the ones made with Jing.

Otherwise, you could use the following instructions (summarised from this photobucket forum entry):

<embed width=”xxx” height=”yyy” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”filename or URL for swf file goes here></embed>

Replacing the following text in the code above:

  • xxx is the pixel width of image
  • yyy is the pixel height of image
  • filename or URL for swf file goes here is replaced with the URL code from under your swf file in your Photobucket account.

How stuff works Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you haven’t visited this site, do so. It may be useful to your projects, or to satisfy your curiosity.

This link will take you to the computer channel, but there are others. Explore!

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/

Tech Helper MYP Project Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you want feed back on your Creation and Evaluation, you may submit these sections of your project by Wednesday 26 November.

The final dedaline for the whole project (design folder, AKA write-up or report, plus a CD with the product, softcopies of the journal and design folder) is the first lesson after exam week.

Dangers of Technology MYP Project Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you want feed back on your Creation and Evaluation, you may submit these sections of your project Thursday 27.Nov.08.

Our first class after exam week is the deadline for our “Dangers of tech.” MYP Project.

“Older” Apple iMovie Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you’ve got a new Apple Mac computer that came with iLife ’08, you may have been frustrated with the new iMovie.

At school we have both iMovie 08 and HD 6, so if you have a Mac at home and want to get iMovie HD 6, just head to this webpage to download it. It’s free for iLife 08 users.

http://support.apple.com/downloads/iMovie_HD_6

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.

How to do good research (and have fun too!) Saturday, 15 November 2008

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After the first few sections of the project were submitted, it became painfully clear that a large number of students are unsure about how to approach the research aspect of their project.

It seems that many people think “research” means logging on to Google and typing in a couple of words and then hoping for the best. This reminds me of a joke that was popular when I was growing up:

Two men rent a boat and go fishing at a lake and have a fantastic day – they each catch several large trout and agree they must return the following day to extend their luck.
One man, lets call him Jacques, says “Hey Henri, did you mark the spot where we caught all those fish?”
Henri nods his head and says “Oh yes Jacques, I put an X on the side of the boat!”
Jacques is angered by this and says “You idiot…how do you know we’ll get the same boat?”

Using very general search terms on Google is the academic equivalent of this silly behaviour, and will likely result in the same level of success.
To do GOOD research, you need a strategy. Here‘s a good place to learn more: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/vl/www/wwwcon.htm

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Common mistakes in Design and Planning sections Saturday, 15 November 2008

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After collecting and commenting on the student work recently, there were a variety of problems that cropped up fairly regularly.

Design issues

A large proportion of the projects were missing important elements critical to achieving the higher levels of the criteria. Specifically, it is recommended that all of you check on the following:

  • Improve the quality of the sketches and screen snapshots for EACH of the possible modes – include details about functions, colours, fonts, layout, etc. (Your basic requirement is to offer the impression that you have seriously considered using all of the possible modes and chosen one mode for a logical reason). When you make sketches, use a ruler and make them look as good as possible rather than messy and incomprehensible.
  • Improve the way you display each modes relationship to the design specs – a good way to do this is to build a simple table that has specs on one axis and the modes on the other. Then, simply check off the negatives and positives of each possible approach. (Please note,however, that just because one mode satisfies all the requirements of the design specs doesn’t necessarily make it the best choice. In some cases, there may be factors that render the mode unusable. Eg. Too expensive, etc)
  • Improve the detail of your justification of one mode over the others. Offer clear examples that show you have put some strong thought into this process.


Planning section

Many projects had weak planning sections. Specific issues were as follows:

  • The resource lists were lacking detail or missing completely! A good resource list should clearly display all materials used in the project and also explain why / how they will be used. Eg. It is not suitable to say “I will use a computer” as not all computers (hardware/software) have the same capabilities. It would be better to offer a bit more information, such as the clock speed, size of hard drive, multimedia capabilities (i.e. dvd player / burner, etc) that suggests you have assessed the hardware requirements to make a good product.
  • The Gantt charts were missing key elements; try to add a minimum of at least three sub-categories for each criteria listed, and underneath the Gantt chart, offer a brief but focused analysis of why you have allowed a specific amount of time to complete each criteria required.
  • Try to evaluate your plan carefully and add a section that explains your modifications (changes that occur after you realize that your plan might need to be improved) and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your plan (called Evaluating the plan in MYP speak)

Hope this helps a bit!

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Design Stage Monday, 10 November 2008

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Design Section of the MYP Computer Technology Subject

Mode / ‘Media’

  1. Brainstorm mode (media, i.e. web site, movie, etc. – note that you do not mention any specific software application yet)
  2. Compare each possible mode against your Design Specs.
  3. Choose the best mode > the one that meets all your Design Specs. and allows you to finish on time

Designs / ‘Layouts’

  1. For the chosen mode, generate 3 or 4 designs (for movie, you need a storyboard instead of the following elements)
    1. layout
    2. colours
    3. fonts
    4. sizes
    5. etc.
    6. how each specification will be included in each design
  2. Compare each design against the design specifications
  3. Choose one design that meets all the Design Specs. and allows you to finish on time

Desktop Publishing Software Monday, 10 November 2008

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For those of you considering creating a brochure, booklet, leaflet, or any form of printed (paper) product, you may consider the following software applications:

Jing to Web page Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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Please follow this link to view a video tutorial on how to insert your Jing video (actually a Flash video file) into a web page for easy viewing:

“Link”

Backup & Sync Firefox Bookmarks Monday, 3 November 2008

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I’ve put together a couple of tutorials (basic and more detailed) on how to install and configure Foxmarks, an add-on or extension for Firefox.

Tutorial shows Firefox v3.0.3 under Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks/ (basic)
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks2/ (detailed setup of additional computers)

Tutorial Examples Monday, 3 November 2008

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A couple of tutorials I made, the quality (and Design Specs.) are different. Both were done in 2 days/sessions or less, they’re what I call ‘rush jobs’, but they’ll give you an idea of what you should be able to accomplish in 2 or 3 hours on a Mac using Jing:

OpenOffice Calc (Mac)
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/pd/

Another example, this one created in Windows

Foxmarks, a Firefox Add-on (Windows):
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks/
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks2/

Also, take a look at Matthew’s Tutorial on Google Sketchup.