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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:

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

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Protected: Marketing project Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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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

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.

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!

HTML and CSS programming links Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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HTML/CSS useful links:

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.)

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:

Helping students do better projects Sunday, 26 April 2009

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This project, which requires you to assist new students to High school learn how to do better MYP Computer Applications projects, is due on Friday May 8, 2009.

You are required to do the following:

  1. Create a product that will assist a new student in better understanding how to do an MYP project. This could involve teaching two of the criteria or building a tutorial that will assist the student in gaining skill in a useful application. (eg. Photoshop).
  2. Create a write up that covers two of the MYP Computer Applications criteria. (eg. Investigation and Evaluation)

Your work will be assessed on both the quality of the product and the write up.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Balcer or Mr. Drien Vargas.

CD labels Thursday, 2 April 2009

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Here’s a couple of links that may help you for the CD label project:

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.

MYP Orientation Project Friday, 23 January 2009

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Here you will find the topic sheet and annotated assessment criteria for our MYP Computer Technology  Orientation project (helping new students to OFS and/or families new to Singapore) :

Current MYP Project Deadlines Thursday, 22 January 2009

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For our current MYP Comp Apps (both 9 and 10), our first deadline is

  • Our second class after Lunar New Year.

You need to bring a printed (hard copy) of your

  1. Investigation
  2. Design

Please do NOT miss any deadline. Failure to meet any deadline will result in you getting an interim report.

Podcast Project Topic Sheet Friday, 16 January 2009

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Computer Apps Podcast Project

Dates/Deadline:
January 13 – February 4 (present the week after you return from Lunar/Chinese New year holiday)

Using Garageband, create two 5 minute podcasts about topics you (or your partner) are interested in – the possible categories are:

  • Arts

    • Design

    • Fashion
      & Beauty

    • Food

    • Literature

    • Performing
      Arts

    • Visual
      Arts

  • Business

    • Business
      News

    • Careers

    • Investing

    • Management
      & Marketing

    • Shopping

  • Comedy

    • Suitable
      for all age groups

  • Education

    • Education
      Technology

    • Higher
      Education

    • K-12

    • Language
      Courses

    • Training

  • Games
    & Hobbies

    • Automotive

    • Aviation

    • Hobbies

    • Other
      Games

    • Video
      Games
  • Health

    • Alternative
      Health

    • Fitness
      & Nutrition

    • Self-Help

  • Kids
    & Family

  • Music

  • News

  • Science
    & Medicine

    • Medicine

    • Natural
      Sciences

    • Social
      Sciences

  • Society
    & Culture

    • History

    • Personal
      Journals

    • Philosophy

    • Places
      & Travel

  • Sports
    & Recreation

    • Amateur

    • College
      & High School

    • Outdoor

    • Professional

  • Technology

    • Gadgets

    • Tech
      News

    • Podcasting

    • Software
      How-To

  • TV
    & Film

  • Something
    else???

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

  • Working RSS feed (compatible with iTunes / generated by iWeb)

  • Appropriate length (2 or 3 episdes of 5 minutes each)

  • Appropriate web publishing (Send podcast to iWeb)

  • Inclusion of any extra visual elements (Podcast cover art, etc.)

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.

Checklist for MYP Projects Wednesday, 29 October 2008

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Hopefully this checklist will help you organize yourselves in order to complete each stage of your MYP Computer Technology projects.

Checklist (PDF download)

MYP Technology Project Checklist


Criterion A: INVESTIGATE

  • Identify the problem (say what the problem is)

  • Explain the problem and say why it is relevant (important)

  • Find information about the problem from many different, good sources

  • Summarise each source

  • Evaluate those sources (say why they are good/better/best) and state how you used them
  • Develop a design brief = Say how you will solve the problem you identified, in general terms.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Compare each possible mode (media) against your design specifications

  • Choose one mode and justify your choice in terms of how it meets your design specifications

  • Make several (at least three, four optimal) different designs for the mode you chose

  • Explain how all your designs meet the design specification (you can show how you are going to put each design spec. in each layout/design)

  • 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

  • Make a detailed plan of logical steps (sequenced, in proper 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)

  • Explain and evaluate your plan (pros and cons / strengths and weaknesses, what if… alternatives for the weak points)

  • Justify any modifications you made to your design (the one you chose in the previous step)

Criterion D: CREATE

  • Follow your plan, justifying any modifications you make (if you deviate from your plan and/or your design)

  • Document the creation of your product using a journal (Format: Date, Comments, Screenshots/screencast, explanation of screenshots/screencasts, problems, how you solved problems, modifications)

  • 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

  • Objectively evaluate your product/solution based on:

    • Does the product do what you said in the design brief? (does it 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?

  • Explain how your product/solution can be improved based on the feedback and evaluation you have done

  • Evaluate your own performance at each stage of the design cycle (compare initial and final Gantt charts, talk about strengths and weaknesses, etc.)

  • Suggest improvements to your performance at each stage of the design cycle

  • Explain how your product/solution will impact/change/improve (people’s) life, society, and/or the environment

1 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.

2 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.