Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Just Some Silly Fun

It's been a FUN year iNinjas.
I think you're awesome and am so glad we got to Tech together this year!

For today, we can just play around.
Here are a couple of links with silly, fun games you might like to try out. Just don't click on the ads. (Part of being a smart iNinja is knowing the difference between the ads and the good stuff. Hint: the ads always say something like "advertisement" below or next to them)

Random Game Websites:

(Do me a favor and avoid the violent ones, k? You can ask your parents about those later, but I don't want you to play them at school. Thanks)

Here's a website more for girls.

Here's one I thought was kind of cute :) :

Avatar Builders:
Another thing you might enjoy is making your own Avatar. An Avatar is a little picture you use when you're online instead of a photograph.
These are my Avatars:

Here are some websites where you can make your own. I'll show you how to download it when you're finished.

Mess Dudes

Build Your WIld Self
Clay Yourself

Make yourself into a Lego guy!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shakespeare Poster Info

We are all part of Lord Winston's players....

June 5th Wednesday 4, 6 p.m      Twelfth Night (Martinson)
June 5th Wednesday  5, 7 p.m.   A Midsummer Night's Dream (Green)

June 6th Thursday 4, 6 p.m.  Macbeth  (Vickery)
June 6th Thursday 5, 7 p.m.   The Tempest (Woock)

*** Each teacher may have a piece of artwork that they can give you for the posters, maybe add that to the that possible?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Film Crew Links

Hi iNinjas.

For today's filming:

Green Screen: (We'll take turns filming against the green screen. See instructions below!!)
1. Dumpster Beach
Soren-Casey, Sam, Joshua

2. TV Reporter at the Beach
Drexell-Trevor, Tripp, Cole

3. Trashed City
Landon-Max, Jacob, Peter

4. Ocean
Evan-Tanner, Janelle, Kaleb, Nolan

5. Car & Ocean
Chase-Zoe, Thea, Clair

6. Beach
Sofia-Tia, Jade, Abi

7. Beach
Audrey-Jake, Hamish, Griffin

On Location: (Mrs. Hoffmann will go to your location with you)
8. In the Car
Olivia-Wesley, Camille

IMPORTANT info for Green Screen Teams:

We will take turns filming, so some of you will be waiting.
DON'T waste this waiting time--that would be totally UN iNinja-ish.
While you're waiting do this:

1. Watch this Tutorial about how to use Green Screen.

2. Do some careful (safe) searching for the backgrounds you would like to use.
Here is a link to a bunch of Beach Footage . There are plenty of shots here so choose one of these for your video and download it onto your laptop (we can move it later if we decide to use the lab). If you don't see what you need here, have a conversation with Mrs. Hoffmann before you go searching anywhere else. Thanks.

3. If there is time and if your PSA will have background music, you can go to this Stock Music Site and find a clip of music you like. The clips are organized by style in the right hand column.
I think I'll need to login in order for you to download it, so once you find something, bring me your laptop and I'll log you in.

Good luck.
Remember to be Stealth and sort of Invisible. And Trustworthy.
Be iNinja Awesome!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peanut Butter & Jelly

For the last couple of weeks the iNinjas have been practicing making videos.
So they had to do Pre-production where they wrote scripts and wrote out Shot Sheets
(ohhh, it's so hard to a stop and take the time to write the details when you have a camera in your hand!! But they did it)

They filmed with a partner and then each partner took the footage and made their own version.
Here are the finished videos.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Practice TV & Radio Ads

Here are the submissions. They're a first attempt. The instructions were:

- It must be under a minute.
- It must have music to complement the message.
- It must somehow include the key information, which is:
    Swirly Pizza Grand Opening
    Tuesday, March 5th from 5-7pm
    Highland Elementary Classroom 9
    Pizza is $1 per slice
    Proceeds will go to Highland's Sparrow

1. Here is the first one.
They did a newscast and had a lot of trouble bringing it to under 1 minute. We let them keep it at 1:14, but they will lose one vote for it.

2.Here is the second

3. Here is the third

4. Here is the Fourth. This group did a Radio Ad

March 6th

We've got 3 jobs to accomplish today:

1. Finish our commercials and vote for a winner!

  • All work must be finished by 2:30
  • When you are finished go to the Share menu and share it as an iTunes file. Then put that file in my dropbox so I can post them here for all of us to see / hear. (Perhaps we can get some teachers to vote on them too...?)
  • If you are not finished by 2:30, just share what you have done and we'll go with that. It'll be fine.

2. Create Spelling lists on iPods for Mrs. Eriksson (I'll show you how. Audrey and Evan can show you too.)

  • When you're finished making your list, have me check and listen to it.

3. Have fun.

  • When you have finished your commercial AND I've listened to your spelling lists, you may explore the games on the iPods (but only AFTER you've finished the above--don't forget to be iNinjas--Trustworthy, Stealth, Flexible, Positive...all of that!)
Ready Go.
Have fun!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27th: Kindergarten Commercials

The Kindergarten classes have asked for our help with their Pizza Store Storyline. They want to make TV and Radio commercials for their Grand Openings, so today we need to check our Garage Band and iMovie skills to be ready for them.

Today's Challenge:

I will provide you with some audio and video files that were made by some Kinders this week and you will use that footage to create a commercial.

1. Choose a partner.

2. Choose a television commercial or a radio commercial. Here is the criteria for your commercial
- It must be under a minute.
- It must have music to complement the message.
- It must somehow include the key information, which is:
    Swirly Pizza Grand Opening
    Tuesday, March 5th from 5-7pm
    Highland Elementary Classroom 9
    Pizza is $1 per slice
    Proceeds will go to Highland's Sparrow

3. We will vote on our favorite commercial at 3:15, and yours must have all the above criteria in order to be entered.

4. *Bonus: The Radio commercial will be easier to complete but will be less creative. If you complete one commercial (TV or Radio) with time leftover and want to try working on the other one also, your team will get an automatic extra vote at voting time (even if the second one isn't complete). The extra vote will give your team a better chance at winning the challenge, but if your work isn't quality, you may not get votes from anyone else and not win even with the extra. So Quality is important and so is using time wisely.

Jordan and I will be available to help you with Garage Band and iMovie.

Have fun and be awesome.


PS. The video and audio footage is in my project box in a folder called: Kinder Pizza Files

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 20th

You guys are awesome!
The teachers LOVED your Valentines! :)

Alright. Here's our plan for today:

2:10 - Bring the Laptop Cart into the Computer lab so we can get it reorganized after OAKS! Phwew.
-Rewind all the cords
-Make sure each power brick is labeled with it's matching computer number (I'll bring some Sharpies)
-Fix any laptop labels (I'll bring the label maker)
-Let's pull out any power bricks that aren't working and test them with a different outlet and computer.

2:40 - Pages Poster Tutorial
-Let's look at some Minimalist posters.

Did you know we could make cool things like this in Pages?
Here are some my kiddos made:


Today we're going to do one of these together!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today's Printer Challenge

1. Find your Partner:

Landon & Drexell
Sofia & Evan & Olivia

2. Get out one laptop for you and your partner

3. Uninstall either the Martinson or Vickery Printer on your machine (choose one, don't uninstall both). Show me so I can verify it is uninstalled.

5. Now, Re-install that same printer on your laptop using the IP address (you'll probably need my Admin PW, so quietly put your hand up when you're ready for me to enter it).

6. Go to my Pickup box and find the "Print This" page.

7. Find a way to digitally write both of your names on this PDF. (This is the hard part. Do you know how to do this? Does your partner?)

8. Print to the printer you just installed and bring the printout back to me. (Don't run in the halls or on the stairs. Yikes, that would be bad!)

First team finished wins Ninja points. Any teams to demonstrate ANY of the Marks of the iNinja wins points also.

February 13th

2:15- Printer Challenge (See the next blog).

2:30-  Complete the Laptop Checkup Form for: (make sure you click "Submit" when you're finished or it won't show up on our checklist!)

Drexell #2 & 3
Landon #5 & 25
Audrey #7 & 9
Chase #10 & 11
Olivia #13 & 26
Soren #17 & 27
Evan #19 & 28
Sofia #22 & 23

2:50- iNinja Valentine Project

3:15- Free time choices are:
-ClassDojo Avatar
-Notebook cover Pages
-Garage Band
-What other free choices would you like added to this list?

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 6th Game Plan

Hi Team.
What an amazing week for the iNinjas! We're getting almost more requests for your brilliant services than we have time to do. What a great problem to have!

All the feedback from the teachers you have helped has been incredibly positive, so the word is getting around and others keep asking when they can have you.
Rock ON iNinjas!
I'm so proud of you.

This week, lets get started on our Digital Citizen Passports and then see if we can get a big chunk of our laptop maintenance out of the way, ok?

To Do:
1. Go to the Digital Passport Website

Complete "Search Shark" module. (Don't just play the game. Watch the video, because it has the information you need to win the game. Go for the win.
Ninja points for any who complete Search Shark this can logon and do it at home if you like!)

2. When you finish Search Shark (or at 2:30, whichever comes first) Start working on your Laptop Check-ups.
Here is the list of what we've done so far (click on the image if you need it bigger).

3. At 3pm I have another iNinja Printer Challenge for you.
(I will post the challenge to this blog at 3pm, so have your computer ready to refresh at 3pm so you can see the post! There will be Ninja points for the first team to complete the challenge, but I will also be rewarding points for any iNinjas demonstrating the "Marks of the iNinja" while you're working on it!)

4. When you are finished with the Challenge, these are your choices:
1. Go back to finish your Shark Passport if not finished
2. Help me count out Earbuds for classrooms
3. Input spelling lists into the iPods for Mrs. Eriksson
4. Start creating your iNinja Notebook cover in Pages. (Chase did his at home, and he could be a great help if you get stuck on something in Pages. You can work on yours at home too, if you have Pages and would like to. You can also ask for my permission to spend some lunch time working on it if you wish. But I DO want you to use Pages for this project).

(Here's a picture of Chase's cover. How cool is this?!)