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1) Research a new technology. Use one of these websites to get you started:

  • Gizmag – Gizmag covers invention, innovation and emerging technologies in all fields
  • iTechFuture – Future technologies, gadgets, devices, green technology and more
  • Wired – Daily technology news
  • ScienceDaily – Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences (medicine, health, brain, plants, animals, earth, climate, energy, computers, math, fossils, ruins)
  • Curiosity.com – From Discovery, resources for science, robotics, space, computing, communications, neuroscience
  • Geek.com – A wide variety of technologies, including gaming, smartphones, smart houses, and tons more!
  • PBS Technology –  News articles about new technologies
  • BBC News/Technology – Technology news- worldwide
  •  Specialized webpages:
  • Green Technologies (cars, solar, wind, etc.) – CNET Green Tech and GreenProgress.com
  • Space Technology – NASA Technology
  • Sports Technology – Popular Mechanics Sports Science 

2) Create a 30 second commercial advertising your technology using iMovie or Animoto .

  • Use one of the 6 advertising techniques.

  • Include a slogan.
  • Collect the URLs of the images you use.

  • Add music!

  • When you finish your commercial, get the instructions from me in order to embed it in your blog.

3. Blog about the technology.

  • Paragraph 1: Summarize the technology (who, what, where, when, why, how). Include the title of the article you read in quotation marks. Include the author’s name. (Example: I read the article titled “Drugs shown to stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s in mice” by Ben Coxworth.)

  • Paragraph 2: Explain which advertising technique you used for your commercial. How are you trying to sell your product? This needs to be a full paragraph, so give details!
  • When you finish, you need to link the title of the article to the webpage it came from. Watch this video for directions:

  • Add any URL links to the images you used. (If they all came from one website, just use one link.)

 

 

 

Research Project

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Research a new technology.

    Create a graphic that demonstrates your topic.

         Blog about the technology (3 choices below).

Create a commercial about your technology.

using iMovie or Animoto .

1) Decide on your topic.

2) Create a Fireworks graphic to put in your blog post.

Once you finish your Fireworks graphic, you are ready to get the Fishbone graphic organizer from me.

When you finish the Fishbone, show it to me and then…

1) Write your first paragraph explaining the technology you chose. When you finish, you need to link the title of the article to the webpage it came from. Watch this video for directions:
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2) Write your second paragraph.

Possible topics:

* Compare two technologies and decide which will have more impact.
* Research one technology- how will it cause impact now?
* Research one technology– Envision our future 10 years from now.
                   For all 3, use evidence from your research to support your hypothesis.

When you finish, PUBLISH!

3) Ask me for the directions for the bibliography (we’ll use BibMe.com). This will go at the end of your blog post, underneath your paragraphs.

 

 

 


These are websites to help you get started. You may also search for what you are interested in.

Websites covering technology in many different fields:

Gizmag – Gizmag covers invention, innovation and emerging technologies in all fields

iTechFuture – Future technologies, gadgets, devices, green technology and more

Wired – Daily technology news

ScienceDaily – Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences (medicine, health, brain, plants, animals, earth, climate, energy, computers, math, fossils, ruins)

Curiosity.com – From Discovery, resources for science, robotics, space, computing, communications, neuroscience

Geek.com – A wide variety of technologies, including gaming, smartphones, smart houses, and tons more!

PBS Technology –  News articles about new technologies

BBC News/Technology – Technology news- worldwide

 Specialized webpages:

Green Technologies (cars, solar, wind, etc.) – CNET Green Tech and GreenProgress.com

Medical Technology Links – ScienceDaily

Space Technology – NASA Technology

Sports Technology – Popular Mechanics Sports Science 

Future Technologies – Ideas that Could Change the World

Once you know your topic, narrow it down to one question.

Make sure you put these URLs in your server:

-Your article    -Images you may want to use

Create a graphic demonstrating how you narrowed your topic down. Example:


 

Remembering our soldiers…

The Los Angeles Times has a new section on the Iraq War called California War Dead. It’s a database of soldiers who died in the line of duty since 2001. As a way of honoring our California soldiers’ service for us, I’d like you all to do this:

1) Pick a soldier from the website. Read about him or her…there may be quotations from friends and family. Click on “Times Obituary” to get more detailed information about his/her life.

2) In your blog, tell us your soldier’s story. We’ll start with something like: “The soldier I honor this Memorial Day is ________________.”

  • Name, age, date of death, place of death
  • Did he or she have a family?
  • What was the person like?
  • What were the circumstances under which he/she died?
  • Write at least five words that you think represent the life of your soldier.
  • Include a link to the page you used on the Los Angeles Times.

3) In your server, make a folder for pictures & photos you’ll collect.

4) In stock.xchg, collect 10 images to represent your soldier, save them in your server. Don’t get the thumbnail copy of the image, make sure you use the larger size. **Also copy each image’s url and either paste into the end of your blog, or into Word.

5) Register at Animoto.com.

  • Upload your 7 favorite images…Click on the first image, Shift-click on the last, and upload all at once. This will take awhile, so give yourself some time here!
  • Add a title, and text boxes with your descriptive words (you can combine the words into 1 or 2 text boxes). Altogether, with text and images, you should have 10 frames.
  • Choose a song you think goes well with your soldier’s story.
  • Remember, don’t add your last name.

6) Embed the Animoto video in your blog. Directions:

  • Click on the “Post/Embed” icon.
  • Click on “Embed.”
  • Click the MySpace icon and copy the code.
  • In your blog, click on HTML. Scroll down and click where you want the video, then paste.
  • Save.

8) Have you used spell check?

9) Make sure the links to your 7 images are at the end.

10) Publish.