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Beginning of School Check List

This post applies to ALL students.  Please make sure you do them in the order in which I have numbered them!

This is a checklist of things that you need to do over the next few days:

  1. Read, print, sign and return the Internet Safety Agreement. Please have this done by 8/25/17.
  2. Read the Academic (dis)Honesty Agreement.
  3. Read the syllabus for your class (see tabs above). Make sure you read the entire thing. You will be quizzed on 8/25/17.
  4. Digitally sign, certifying that you have read and understood the syllabus and my Academic Honesty Agreement. Please have this done by 8/25/17. Many students choose not to read the syllabus, despite the fact that you have certified you read it. Please note that you will be held accountable for all the rules and regulations presented in the syllabus. I will never accept the excuse of “I didn’t know”, no matter what.
  5. Fill out my questionnaire. Please have this done by 8/25/17.
  6. Make sure to read the scribe post instructions (these were updated on 8/18).
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Adding Photos To Your Blog Posts

Over the last several days I’ve been going over your blog assignment and what I expect from you. As we’ve discussed one thing that makes a post better is to include a picture. Especially if you are writing your post about a picture. However, just like text can be copyright protected, so can images.

When you include an image there are a couple of things to consider and include. First you must determine if the image you want to use has a copyright protection. Then, if it does not, you can include the image in your post but you must cite it correctly.

Please read this article The Honor Code of a Noble Blogger: How to cite pictures. Follow the steps she’s laid out and pay particular attention to how she cites the images (look at what she did under each of the images and follow that format). That is exactly what I will be looking for when you include an image in your blog. She provides several examples but they are all essentially the same format.

Please take head and make sure you cite your images correctly. If you do not it is the same as stealing and plagiarizing and will earn that blog post a zero.

 

This is a post with an example of what not to do.

This is a post with an example of what you SHOULD do.

 

What Kind of Learner Are You?

learningstyles001hWe all have different ways we learn best. For example, I am not an auditory learner. If you give me directions, without writing them down, I am completely lost. Why does this matter? It can help you immensely if you identify what kind of learner you are, so then you can study effectively, rather than haphazardly. This site has some good insights and tips. Check it out and see if some of them are useful. (Disclaimer: it has a tremendous amount of ads associated with it. Sorry!)

Tech Tip: Evernote

 

So many of my students are “plugged in” when it comes to smartphones and pads, yet I’ve noticed not many of you have the very best app around: Evernote.  Besides the Google suite this is my #1 go to app. The best part is the syncing ability which I think you will all appreciate. Check it out and download it on all your devices ASAP.

Great Presentations

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 2.33.15 PMAll of you have to present at one time or another. Even a simple book talk is an opportunity for you to shine in the spotlight. When I began showing TED talks in class several years ago my purpose was to expose my students to good presentation styles, in hopes that it would inspire you. I strongly encourage all of you to read this post which discusses the TED Ten Commandments. It might be helpful the next time you have to present.