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Projects 2011

Your year is a series of projects.  Within each project are assignments and other evaluations.  When each project begins, you will have an outline of expectations, deadlines, and the standards you are supposed to address.  The most recent project description will appear at the top of the list below, but all should remain here for the duration of the school year.  This is supposed to be fun and creative, so let's see what you got!

Project 8 - Illegal Drugs and The Final Word

posted Apr 13, 2012, 10:24 AM by Nicholas Brenner   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 5:37 PM by Michael Reilly ]

You've got two smaller projects going on to finish things up headed into EOCTs.  

Attached below is the Word document outlining the Math/Health project about illegal drugs and statistics.

You have 2 projects to balance, you should probably focus on the Language Arts project during 5th period, Math/Health project during 6th period and balance the time during 7th (that's when the teachers are there!).

If you have other time to spare, continue refining your portfolio, or your work for the May 2 "Tech and Tapas" CDAT Awards night.

Project 7 - A Dramatic Angle

posted Feb 6, 2012, 6:31 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 6, 2012, 6:31 PM ]

Time for the latest and greatest (and you really are getting better and better each time)!  While we will still celebrate the last project and watch some cool movies, it's time to get going on Project 7.  

In short:  it's a combination of drama, angles, mental health and a mix of physical and electronic media.  How? Well that part is up to you!

Remember that we will begin with a few weeks of academic time, followed by project time.  If you are not successful on the post-academic assessment ("the tests"), you will not have full choice of your project and will need to participate in remediation.  If you are successful in kicking some academics, you will be able to demonstrate your creativity wizardry once again!

Project 6 - The Big LP!

posted Jan 16, 2012, 4:05 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 16, 2012, 4:05 AM ]

 LP - Logic and Poetry! Also, an LP was also the name for one of those big, black record album you might have seen stored away in your house, your parents used to use for music.

This project will integrate aspects of Mathematical Logic, Poetry, Health and Music Technology. You might write songs, create movies with soundtracks, make a music video, or debate topics in modern music, whatever you are passionate about. Your project needs to include LA and Math, and your choice of Health or Music or you could include both.  

We will be covering the academics until Jan. 21, then "project time" will be Jan. 24-Feb. 4.  We will then have a "Showcase" day on Feb. 7, where you will grade each other, and we will also have some guests in to review!  Click the link below for more info, good luck!


posted Nov 27, 2011, 10:18 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Nov 27, 2011, 10:18 AM ]

It's time for your Final Exams!  Most of your work after Thanksgiving will be a review so you can kick butt on your finals!

You will have Performance Finals (you write something or make something) as well as Multiple Choice finals (multiple choice questions), and these combine for 20% of your semester.  Take them seriously!

Your Portfolio will serve as a Performance Final for Technology, possibly Language Arts as well.

Be sure to check the Portfolio document for updates, like How to Insert Flash Videos into a Google Site Page.

Project 5 - Cinemathic!

posted Oct 19, 2011, 6:19 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 10:19 AM ]

Some may argue that everything in the world can be broken down into solutions and intersections of graphs. While you may or may not agree, your task this project is to use solutions and graphs of equations to create a story or activity. It could be a thriller movie, or an outdoor activity, or a good time teaching the equations themselves.  How can you make math an interesting and creative focus?
As part of your story, you need to utilize all of the primary Language Arts literary and figerative terms you’ve seen throughout this semester.
For technology, you’ll be exposed to digital film capture and editing, as well as special effects, although you are not required to use them. You need to demonstrate knowledge of film editing and special effects, but you may choose to make your project from another preferred technology.
In Health, the core requirement is studying the effects of alcohol and drugs on safe driving. If you incorporate it into your project, great. If you’d like to learn it on its own, fine as well. Point is, learn it and show you know it.
Check out this document for more information like timelines and grading. This will be updated with answers to common questions!
Some ideas:
  • Have a mystery movie where you "find" a list of formulas that don't seem to make sense, but secretly map out a location to....
  • Make an activity-riddle of equation solutions using the school campus, maybe something that changes each day for people to solve.
  • Create a series of entertaining yet educational videos on this math, but be sure to incorporate our Language Arts terms.
  • Find your own real-world applications for the math, like rates of growth, etc.
  • Design murals for the school that would truly be CDAT-like, and make a video documentary.
  • Make just a fun movie, filled with special effects, and throw math in for no rational reason (but do it correctly!)
  • Lots of other ideas, push your imagination!
Some links for this project:

Project 4 - 2 for 1 Special

posted Sep 29, 2011, 7:13 AM by Ana Rusch   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 9:03 AM by Michael Reilly ]

For this latest project, it's a step toward simplicity and control: you have 2 projects, both on your own.  You've only worked in groups so far, so this is your chance to shine.  Plan each day well:  you should have only one project planning site, but each project should have its own summary page, its own AKS page, and only 1 daily reflection page where you enter your plans and accomplishments each day.  

Here's the link to the factoring game:

Bull-Fit Challenge

posted Sep 1, 2011, 4:23 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 8:51 AM ]

People try to exercise and improve their health/fitness for a variety of reasons. And, as times have changed, so have ways to exercise. It’s time for schools to catch up. In Project 3, you will compete in “Bull-Fit,” a team competition. During this contest, you are going to research and develop a sales-pitch for some type of physical challenge that could be installed here at the school to promote alternative forms of physical activity.  The best presentation to "big wigs" will receive a large chunk of money to make their plan a reality!

Read the outline for more info, and good luck on making your permanent mark on Lanier!

See the Helpful Links page for software tutorials!

Project 2 - "Short and Func-y"

posted Aug 19, 2011, 3:45 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 7:56 AM ]

Short and Func-y
You’ve had a chance to express creativity, get an idea of technologies and the integration of subjects in our first two weeks together.  Now it’s time for you to take charge, and YOU decide what the project is, and how YOU will learn the standards.  Want to make a game? Want to do a photo-story? You will be matched with a partner, to learn more about functions in Math, Short Stories in Language Arts, Photoshop and planning techniques for technology and ??? for Physical Education.  Here’s your time: HOW do YOU want to learn?  YOU are in charge!

What are you going to make?  How are you going to learn?  You tell us, we’ll help you get it done.

Check out the Project Outline for more details. We'll add a Project Rubric later on to talk about grading.

This project deadline is Friday, September 2, 11am.

In addition, plan on starting your personal portfolio site during this project when you have the time.

Project 2 Planning Questions document

Helpful links for this project will appear here as they become necessary or helpful (check "Helpful Links" up top for general helpful things).

August 18: A Day About YOU

posted Aug 17, 2011, 6:11 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 18, 2011, 9:10 AM ]

Today we're going to diagnose YOU quite a bit more.  You've been given some strong challenges by us, and now we're going to do some more listening.

First, we're going to review where you stand in Math.  As we've said before, we want to move on YOUR pace and address YOUR needs, so now we want to see your levels on an individual basis.

Next, you're going to take a learning styles quiz.  You may have taken one before, but it's always fun to learn about yourself.   We will follow this up with a survey to collect your results so we can see how the class looks as a whole (we will not share your answers with anyone).

The links:
The Quiz  You do NOT have to sign up for an account to save your results!!  But save the numbers once you're finished!

Then we have a few activities where you aren't learning anything new, not starting anything new, and you're going to have some fun.

Tuesday, August 16

posted Aug 16, 2011, 5:48 AM by Nicholas Brenner   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 6:36 AM by Michael Reilly ]

We're scheming today, here's a list for you to cover if you haven't already:
Project 1 – TO DO LIST

·         Home Page – at least 2 paragraphs that define your place in the herd/who you are

o   Here are some driving questions that will assist you in writing the home page:

1)      What does your name mean to you? How did you receive your name? (Use imagery here)

2)      Where are you from? How much of that defines who you are as a person?

3)      Who do you live with? Do you want to change this?

4)      What is your family like? Siblings? Grandparents?

5)      What are your hobbies? Sports?

6)      What are your favorite movies, musicians, books, games?

7)      How do you want others to view you?

8)      What kind of difference do you want to make in the world? How?

9)      What is your future career? Why?

10)   What makes you unique? Any specialties? Anything odd about you?

11)   What’s your personal motto? Favorite Quote? Why?

12)   Who’s your hero? Why?

13)   What are your academic strengths and weaknesses?

14)   What’s your zodiac sign? Does that influence you?

15)   What are the “high points” of your life? “Low points?” How has this influenced you today?

16)   How do you want to leave your mark in CDAT? At Lanier?


·         Work towards completing the “Function Family Album”

o   Each page in your family album should depict and define a family of functions (6 pages total).  Each page should also include each graph that fits into that family.  Click here to see an example of a page for the Function Family Album for project 1. The example is also in the attachements of project 1.  

o   The graphs are posted in the attachments at the bottom of Project 1 page

o   Remember that two of the graphs  must be added to your website and have a description of how it relates to a particular time in your life


·         Take the Fitnessgram Survey found on the Project 1 Outline page


·         Develop a P.E. section for your website that includes goals and objectives for improvement this semester in the following:

o   Cardiovascular Endurance

o   Muscular Strength/Endurance

o   Flexibility

o   Body Composition


·         Develop the AKS portion of your website: select the AKS that you have covered and give a brief description of how you have shown that AKS in your project

o   Make it organized!  Make a two column chart that has the AKS (copy and pasted in) on one side and a description on the other.

·         If you have time remaining, make a new Google Site that will become your portfolio site for the year.

·         If you have even more time remaining, take the Learning Styles quiz at this link:  Be sure to write down your numbers/answers.

·         If you don’t know how to do something, move onto something else!

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