We are working on PowerPoint projects

Using an idea I borrowed from Mrs. Vicki Davis, we are in the process of having pairs teach us parts of the PowerPoint menu. Then we will apply all the skills we learned to create a quick, visual PowerPoint presentation.

This picture is NOT an example of a VISUAL presentation:

GiardinaKARLSRUHE - Death by Powerpoint
Photo Credit: Beate via Compfight

Too much text! Use images to make your point!!

In the Visual PowerPoint, we are targeting a Common Core Speaking & Listening standard:

Present claims and findings emphasizing salient (most important) points in a focused, coherent (logical) manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

The objective:

Create a PowerPoint with visual impact using text, images and animation effects to present your interviews and your own opinion.

Choose from these topics:

  • A dream vacation
  • Favorite music, musician, or band
  • September 11, 2001 remembrance (since you were maybe 1 year old at the time)
  • World Series predictions

Use images with impact to show us what you learned from the people you interviewed. Also include your opinion on your topic. This should be a 4 slide presentation: Title slide, Person 1, Person 2, Yourself.

Choose photos with IMPACT!

Sunset before the storm
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Carl Berger via Compfight


Pick an Activity!

If you have finished all of Lesson 7, then here are two activities you could work on.

Activity 1: Recent Earthquakes

1) Open Microsoft Word.

2) Put your name at the top, save in your server.

3) Go to this website:


4) Read the title so you know what this website is about.

5) Look at the legend below… there may be yellow, orange and red squares on the earthquake map.

First, explore! See where the latest earthquakes have been occurring.

6) I want you to look for an earthquake that happened either in the last day or the last hour, and with the largest magnitude you can find (the bigger the square, the bigger the earthquake).

7) Click on the earthquake’s square and you’ll get the Earthquake Details. Sample:

8) I want you to write down:

  • The Region where it happened
  • The Magnitude
  • The date and time
  • One of the cities it is close to (see Distances).
  • Click on “Time of Earthquake in Other Time Zones” and write down for me the Pacific Daylight time (our time zone).

9) Click on the Maps tab.

10) Explore the different maps.

11) Pick the one you understand the best, and drag it into your Microsoft Word document.

12) Save!

13) Great! Now I want you to do it all over again, pick a different spot and record the same data for a second earthquake.

14) Finally, compare and contrast your two earthquakes…

  • Location
  • Magnitude
  • Date/Time

To give me your project, attach it in Gmail.

Make sure you save one final time before you send it to me.

Activity 2: Create a header for our blog

Create a header that I can use on this blog!

It should say something like: LMS Tech, LMS Technology, or Welcome to LMS Tech!

Create a new Fireworks document. Size- Width: 760, Height: 200

Have fun with it; make it colorful. If you use anything from the Internet, it must be “Copyright OK” and have the URL.

You can send it to me via Gmail.



Copyright? or Free Speech?


We have talked about being careful with copyright on our blogs. We put up our own original work, or we use images that the owners have allowed us to use (and we link to the artist’s original).

There is a copyright case being heard in the Supreme Court right now.

This one is “image rights” vs. “free speech.”

Image rights fall under copyright law…you can’t use my image unless I give permission. I have the right to ask you for money, or to allow you to use it at  no charge.

The opposite side believes that we have the right to free speech, to say what we want to say, when we want to say it, and therefore we can use your image since you are famous. You give up your right to your image when you become famous. Several courts have stated that sports video games should not count as protected free speech–they are trying to recreate a real-life situation.

What do you think? If you are a famous public figure, should you own all images taken of you? Should you be able to protect how your image is used at all times?

In your blog, create a new post and give your opinion to the Supreme Court. What would be a fair way to resolve this issue?

Don’t forget an image, a link, tags and a category!

Glogster Project and Links

Link to full size: Gulf Oil Glogster

Here are the links to your Glogster webpages:

Andy: http://sxf8uh7.edu.glogster.com/glog/

Juan: http://snbtocj.edu.glogster.com/glog-8494/

Maggie: http://sc8cvv6.edu.glogster.com/glog/

Daisy:  http://s2pfu4f.edu.glogster.com/glog/

Yesenia: http://s4o3z9b.edu.glogster.com/glog-5195/

Jesus: http://edu.glogster.com/go/kubg00

Christopher: http://edu.glogster.com/go/5a3ldg

Cristian: http://scaur9w.edu.glogster.com/glog-5210/

Gustavo: http://edu.glogster.com/go/j4cbwt

Damian: http://sy9zhc6.edu.glogster.com/glog/

Victor: http://edu.glogster.com/go/uipvcr

Nancy: http://s5gkkzy.edu.glogster.com/glog-1549/