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Problems with technology: weapons Sunday, 6 September 2009

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Today I caught a TV programme that may be useful to some of you.

Channel 71, Discovery Science: The Reinventors, Season 2, Episode 1.

Deals with the machine gun, so get your research cap on and check it if you think it may be useful to your particular topic!

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UN Celebrations Project Friday, 4 September 2009

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For year 4 students, here are the resources for our first MYP full Design Cycle project.

Interesting movie about Singapore in 1938 Friday, 28 August 2009

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Nothing terribly subject related, but still worth checking out:

Is your phone bugged? Friday, 28 August 2009

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Here are some good ways to determine whether someone has hacked into your cellphone:

Invisible dangers of cell phone usage Friday, 28 August 2009

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If you use a cellphone, you might benefit from watching
this video – it is certainly scary!

Protected: Sample MYP projects Monday, 24 August 2009

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MYP Technology Glossary Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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Please download this extract from the official MYP Technology Guide. It contains a glossary that includes all the essential concepts each and every MYP Technology student needs to know in order to succeed.

Download the PDF document myptech_glossary.pdf.

August 2009 – Welcome back to school MYP lovers! Saturday, 15 August 2009

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For those of you in the grade 9 and 10 classes, it is strongly recommended that you hit the yellow button at the bottom of each page until you get back to the beginning of the blog and then read as much as you can as this will give you a clear explanation of what you need to know to producea good MYP project.

So far, there are eight  pages in the blog – it is recommended that you have a good look around and focus on learning what the MYP criteria are, how to get to the highest levels of assessment and what the common mistakes in each section tend to be.

With a little bit of digging around, this information will be easily accessible to you in a short while.  Good luck and have fun!!!


If you have any questions, please email your teacher and he should be able to answer your questions in a hurry!

GarageBand-like applications for Windows Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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Quite a common question, especially after using GarageBand (included with iLife, from Apple) — Windows users would like something similar that they could use at home.

Fortunately, there are alternatives such as:

My advice: Magix Music Maker. Yes, it’s not free, but I find it worth the money. Cheaper than getting a Mac.

JavaScript programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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Reference links for JavaScript programming:

HTML and CSS programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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HTML/CSS useful links:

QBASIC programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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A few useful links about QBASIC that you may find useful:

Pascal programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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These are the best links about Pascal programming I could find. Hope they’ll be useful to you.

Tutorials and additional documentation:

Adobe CS4 help Friday, 15 May 2009

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Please check the following links for help with their respective applications:

http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/

You just have to select the application you want to know more about, and start exploring.

Remember that you may also explore Adobe TV – they have video tutorials on all Adobe applications.

http://tv.adobe.com/
(e.g. http://tv.adobe.com/#pg+1584 for Photoshop CS4, http://tv.adobe.com/#pg+1586 for Illustrator CS4, etc.)

MYP Computer Studies G1 Revision Links Thursday, 14 May 2009

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Here you will find some links to help you with your revision (most are already known to you, but a few are newer):

Programming (BASIC):

Databases & Logic Gates:

(http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/tutorial/)

(http://documentation.openoffice.org/)

Please note that some OpenOffice.org tutorials may refer to version 2 instead of the current version 3 of the software suite.

HTML snippets Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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You can find interesting HTML snippets of code (that you can insert easily in iWeb) to improve your web pages at these web sites:

If you google html code + something that you would like to add to your web page, (like a clock), you will find tutorials or information that you can copy and paste into your web page in order to achieve what you want.

It’s not 100% guaranteed, but you should try it!

Besides HTML, you may also look for Javascript code.

Grade 10 MYP Computer Applications Semester 2 Examination Topics Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Topics (Theory)

  • MYP Design Cycle
  • MYP Technology Assessment Criteria
  • MYP Approaches to Learning: Information Literacy, Reflection, Organisation and Study Skills
  • Your experience and reflection on MYP Technology projects, plus your teacher’s feedback on them

Resources:

Practical topics

Photoshop Skills:

  1. Use proper selection and making objects blend with each other after being pasted together
  2. Insertion and warping of text
  3. Use filters (whole layers & selections)
  4. Use special effects (fx) – shadows, glows, etc.
  5. Use the transform tools (resize/rotate/skew/distort/perspective/warp)
  6. Use fill or adjustment layers
  7. Use the shape tools

~ OR ~

Illustrator Skills:

  1. Brush & Blob brush
  2. Include text (appropriately placed and formatted)
  3. Use appearance and graphic styles for the objects of your illustration
  4. Use gradients
  5. Use symbols
  6. Scale and/or rotate objects in your products
  7. Use colour groups and harmonies and/or Kuler colour themes

Starting resources:

Exam topics Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Grade 11/12 Computer Applications Semester 2 Examination Topics

Photoshop Skills:

  1. Use proper selection and making objects blend with each other after being pasted together
  2. Insertion and warping of text
  3. Use filters (whole layers & selections)
  4. Use special effects (fx) – shadows, glows, etc.
  5. Use the transform tools (resize/rotate/skew/distort/perspective/warp)
  6. Use fill or adjustment layers
  7. Use the shape tools

iWeb:

  1. Images
  2. Text
  3. Video/Audio
  4. HTML (web) widget
  5. Any other widget
  6. Multiple pages (blog, photo album, etc.)
  7. Saving to folder (Web Documents)

Garageband:

  1. Software tracks
  2. Real tracks
  3. Recorded voice (real track)
  4. Play and record a software instrument
  5. Use panning and/or volume levels
  6. Save/export your track to iTunes
  7. Final format has to be MP3

Creating Tutorials Using Jing (screenshots + OpenOffice document)

  1. Use of screenshots
  2. Use of arrows
  3. Use of text boxes
  4. Use of the highlighter & boxes
  5. Text explanations/comments
  6. Teach at least 6 features of the chosen application
  7. Work presented in web, word processed document, PDF, or presentation

Starting resources:

Exam topics Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Grade 9 MYP Computer Applications Semester 2 Examination Topics

MYP:

  • MYP Design Cycle
  • MYP Technology Assessment Criteria
  • MYP Approaches to Learning: Information Literacy, Reflection, Organisation and Study Skills
  • Your experience and reflection on MYP Technology projects, plus your teacher’s feedback on them

Resources:

Photoshop Skills:

Use proper selection and making objects blend with each other after being pasted together

  1. Insertion and warping of text
  2. Use filters (whole layers & selections)
  3. Use special effects (fx) – shadows, glows, etc.
  4. Use the transform tools (resize/rotate/skew/distort/perspective/warp)
  5. Use fill or adjustment layers
  6. Use the shape tools

Starting resources: