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Ocean Quote PicmonkeyI liked this quotation, and I realized it’s really similar to Neil Degrasse Tyson’s quotation I use in my tagline. So whether you have the stars in you, or whether you are the ocean in a drop, my New Year’s wish for you is to remember you are important and unique! And that’s wonderful!

Please follow the directions below.

After you have turned in your Google document, I’d like you to get an image from Pixabay. You can find a holiday image, a winter image, or a New Year’s image. Put it in your folder with the URL.

*Go to this link: PicMonkey
*Upload your image by clicking the “Edit” button, then Computer.


*Use the “Tt” to write a message, or add quotation, then use the different effects to customize your image. Try different items from this menu.

*When you finish, save it to your folder, then post it to your blog for our final message of 2014! (Don’t forget the URL.)

This was my original image:



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Sample Post

The first thing I coded was Google’s Christmas Tree Lights:

Made with Code Holiday Tree (1)

The second thing I tried was the Flappy Bird coding. Here is a copy of my code: (This is really Jasmine’s game from Period 1)

Flappy code

If you click here, you can play the game I created.


After you have added in your screenshots, and a link if you have it, please answer these questions (you can number them…and please answer in complete sentences):

  1. Which coding tutorial did you enjoy the most and why?
  2. What did you learn from the Hour of Code?
  3. If you could code a new program, game, or app, what would you create?

Done? Click off your Category, add Tags, add a Title. PUBLISH!!


What code did President Obama write? Click on this link to find out.



Do you want more advanced coding lessons? Try these:

Khan Academy

Scratch Tutorials

More links from Google

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Hour of Code

 Hour of Code

Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be participating in The Hour of Code with millions of other students!

1) Code the Google Christmas Tree

Other Google Code Projects

2) Hour of Code Website



Made with Code Holiday Tree (1)

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Free music sites

Silent Music Variation1
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Adrien Sifre via Compfight

You’ll need a 30 second piece of music for your soundtrack. Look around; take your time!

Royalty free music sites:


Free Play Music 

It looks like you have to register for this website, so after you find your song, let me know, and I’ll help you through the process.


Free Music Archive

Other Music Sites listed here – Creative Commons Music Community


After you download it, drag it from the Desktop of your computer to your folder.

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In the news this week



Lionel Messi is breaking more records!

He also was hit by a bottle last night after the game.

de dos en dos
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: manuel holgado via Compfight

We finally had rain on Sunday, with more coming on Tuesday!

Roll Tide Roll!
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: sunsurfr via Compfight

Football news – Among the wins & losses, you’ll see that the St. Louis Rams showed their solidarity with the people of Ferguson.

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Thanksgiving Posts

If you finish your posts early, search in Flickr for a photo that has a Creative Commons “Modifications Allowed” license. Put it into your server with the URL, then apply filters using PicMonkey.

 Thanks gourds

Image from Flickr

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Leaving comments…

Don’t forget to leave comments for your classmates that are safe, literate and positive! Also, be specific about the parts of the design or writing piece that impressed you.

X Marks The Spot
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Daniel Lee via Compfight


In the news:


Buffalo, New York was BURIED with snow this week.

Click here to see photos from The Boston Globe.

Click here to see BBC photos.

Image above from Flickr

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