A new weekly assignment will be added Mondays so check back every week. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Grading for these assignments will be a pass/fail system and you will be given as many chances as you need to pass. I do not want you to stress about grades right now!
You made it! You all did so incredibly well this year. Feel good about making it through – it wasn’t easy. Grades are in, so if you have any questions just send me an email. Enjoy your summer vacations!
June 15, 2020 – Week 11
Well this is it, the final assignment for our class. It is important when doing any project to reflect on both what went well, and things you can improve on. For this week I ask that you give me some feedback so I can get better as a teacher. When you are giving feedback, you can skip your name and email address if you want to remain anonymous. Everyone who has submitted ANY work in the last 2 months will get credit for this week’s assignment, even if you don’t put you name on it.
I have had the best first year as a teacher that anyone could ask for and it is thanks to all of you! If you are reading this, I MEAN YOU! Sincerely, thank you from me and my family. I have the best job in the world, and I look forward to coming to work almost every day. I constantly brag to my teacher friends about this school and my classes. Thank you all and I can’t wait to see you all in the fall.
June 15th assignment: Due June 19th:
Follow the link below and fill out the feedback form. Please be honest with your answers!
June 8, 2020 – Week 10
June 8th assignment: Due June 12th:
Two assignments this week. They are both easy but very important!
Complete the project you planned last week. Let me know how it goes by clicking the link below.
As we wrap this school year up, it is important to reflect on the things we have done. Click the link below to reflect on this year.
JUNE 1, 2020 – WEEK 9
June 1st assignment: Assignment Due Friday June 5th OR attended the online meeting June 3rd at 1:00 pm:
Plan to fix something. It does not matter what it is as long as it fits the criteria below. It could be something simple like changing a light-bulb in your house, it could be fixing that relationship you wrecked, it could be something complex like rebuilding the exhaust of your vehicle. Pick something you are capable of and make a plan.
Steps to be completed using Option 1 or Option 2 below:
- Identify the work to be done
- Identify any hazards and make a plan to prevent any possible injury or damage
- DO NOT do any household electrical work. Household electrical requires specific safety precautions we have not covered
- Create a plan to fix the project – use the Design Cycle if needed
- Demonstrate and document an awareness of precautionary and emergency safety procedures
- Develop competency and proficiency in skills at various levels involving manual dexterity, mechanics, and maintenance
- Identify the skills needed, individually or collaboratively, in relation to specific projects, and develop and refine them
TO DO: Plan to fix something, then report to me by clicking the link below.
TO DO: plan to fix something, then attend an online meeting, by clicking the link below, on WEDNESDAY JUNE 3rd at 1:00 were we will connect and share our successes.
Thank you for the person that attended. It was wonderful catching up with!
MAY 25, 2020 – WEEK 8
May 25th assignment: Check below for you specific class meeting time. If there is a problem making the meeting time please let me know as soon as possible. A camera and microphone are not necessary, but would help if you want to chat directly with your friends.
Downloading the Zoom App is not required (but can help) as you can access the meeting by clicking the “Start from your browser” option when signing in. Be sure you are presentable and the background is appropriate if you intend on having your camera on at any point. Be patient signing in as it might take a few minutes.
ROBOTICS TO DO: THIS IS THE FINAL ASSIGNMENT FOR ROBOTICS so I want everyone to be there! Follow the link below on Thursday, May 28th, at 12:00 noon and join the meeting.
POWER TECH TO DO: Follow the link below on Thursday, May 28th, at 1:30 pm and join the meeting.
MAY 18, 2020 – WEEK 7
May 18th assignment – Due Friday May 22nd: This week we will complete our look at the design cycle. The last couple weeks you used to Design Cycle to develop a potential solution to a problem. This week I want you to apply that solution and track the results.
TO DO: Track yourself as you apply your solution this week. Make a chart using the example below, fill it out using the problems and solutions you created in Week 5 and 6 Assignments, and keep track of the results. Then report, AT THE END OF THE WEEK, how it is working by following one or both of the options below. If you forget your solutions, email me at email@example.com and I can send you a copy. If you are starting this assignment late in the week and need more time to track results I will extend this Due Date to next week for you.
|Lack of Motivation solutions||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|Solution 1: Get out of bed at a set time – 10:00am||Out of bed by 10:03||Out of bed at 11:30 because I stayed up too late last night|
|Solution 2: Make and eat breakfast||Made and ate breakfast||Made and ate breakfast|
|Solution 3: Go for a daily walk||Went for 4km walk at lunch||Did not walk today because I had school meetings at lunch and had to go shopping in the evening|
|Success or Problems for the day||Success. Met all my goals||Was not able to meet all goals. Might need to change for Wednesdays and add a goal to be in bed earlier.|
|Rate your Motivation on a scale of 1-5||3 – met my goals but felt like I had to force everything||2 – feeling tired today.|
TO DO: Submit your Tracking Chart by clicking on the link below and following the upload instructions.
TO DO: Friday’s Video Conference is now closed. Thanks to those that attended, it was great hearing from all of you.
MAY 11, 2020 – WEEK 6
May 11th assignment – Due May 15th: Last week we took a look at the Design Cycle and you identified a problem that we can use the cycle to solve. This week we will complete the Design Cycle and apply your proposed solution to your problem and monitor the results OR you can create a MEME if you need a break from regular schoolwork.
TO DO: Follow the link below and fill out the guiding questions to complete the Design Cycle started last week.
Part of the Design Cycle is sharing your creations or work with others. Identifying an appropriate audience and using technology to share is a big part of it.
- Follow the links below to create a school or Covid 19 themed meme. Be creative. Don’t use any names and make sure it’s funny and not mean.
- Follow the link below to share it on our Padlet page.
- Follow the link below to tell me which MEME is yours.
MAY 4, 2020 – WEEK 5
May 4th assignment – Due May 8th: Technology Education often revolves around a process we call the Design Cycle. The Design Cycle identifies key stages in developing and improving any product or process. This week we will take a look at applying the design process to our current daily lives.
This is a very simple example of one Design Cycle.
You’ll notice the arrows go in all directions. This is because as you develop your idea, you may come across unforeseen problems and need to go back to a different stage of the design cycle to find solutions.
Jumping from stage to stage is part of the process and may be repeated dozens of times.
- Go to the link below and follow the instructions for applying the first half of the Design Cycle to our current daily lives. Next week we will complete the second part of the cycle.
- Join me at 2:00 pm Friday May 8th for a Zoom Meeting (online video conferencing) were we will talk more about the Design Cycle and how to apply it to your life. Click the link below.
APRIL 27, 2020 – WEEK 4
April 27th assignment – Due May 1st: Being stuck at home right now can be difficult but we should take advantage of the opportunities that this new situation gives us. We are stuck with parents or guardians or other friends and family, so this week I want you to connect with the people around you in a positive way.
I was speaking with my mom this week and found out that after World War 2, my great grandfather bought dozens of surplus army Jeeps. They came in crates partially assembled. He owned a garage and my mom remembers going there as a little girl and riding up and down on the car hoist. What I would give to get one of those Jeeps!
- Talk to someone that you are quarantined with, or reach out to a grandparent or any elder you respect, and find out their funniest or most interesting story about vehicles (if you are in Power Tech) or computer (if you are in Robotics), or ANY technology related story.
- Tell me that story by following one of the two options below:
Follow the link below and write out your story for me.
Make a video telling me your story or even better – make a video with your special person – and email me it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a preferred media sharing platform you can always send me a link from there!
APRIL 20, 2020 – WEEK 3
April 20th assignment – Due April 24 : Many of you talked about the economic impact of the Bristol Bay Mine last week. This brings up a really interesting conversation about technology and the economy.
- Watch the two videos below
- Click on the button link below and respond to the questions:
APRIL 13, 2020 – WEEK 2
April 13th assignment – Due April 17th : There are two things in my life that I think I share with many of you: the love of the outdoors like fishing and canoeing and the love of different technologies like computers and motorcycles. Unfortunately, resources for those two things are often pitted against each other.
TO DO: Read https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/how-salmon-scientist-got-hooked-battle-over-world-s-largest-gold-mine# and/or watch the video below and answer the following 3 questions in an email to me at email@example.com :
- Name two things you found interesting about the article or video or two things you disagree with.
- Name something you love that might have some negative impact on the environment and why is it or is not worth it. We are all guilty of something. I love my old Jeeps but they are horrible on gas
- Do you believe the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay should be built or do you think the environmental impact is too great? Argue your case with evidence if you have some.
APRIL 6, 2020 – WEEK 1
April 6th assignment – Due as soon as possible: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know one thing that has been fun for you in the last three weeks and one thing you want to learn before the year is over.
Thank you all for logging on during these crazy new times. I hope to have more information for you soon, so for the time being all you need to worry about is staying happy and healthy. We will have lots of opportunity to continue learning, but for all I want to do for now is hear from you.
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