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You have started the year with quite a few small projects, and we've settled in our schedule.  You learned a lot from your first projects, now apply those lessons to your newest projects.

Project 6 - It's all about you

posted Apr 13, 2014, 5:33 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 3:51 AM ]

Coming to the end of the year, it's time to reflect on and polish up what you've done.  While the development of your portfolio will be your Technology Performance Final, this is a window of time where you will have the chance to create 2 items in your choice of technology that can be highlights of your portfolio.

These products will be independent (no teams, all you).  This way you can focus on your skills, no team dynamics, etc.  

You will need to focus your work on a Science topic, as this is a great way to review for that final (CDAT actually became a STEM academy because a student wanted to do their science in 3D).  

You will also have a language arts component.  This will be part of your portfolio as well, and it will be a reflective writing assignment.  We'll post the details soon, and link it here.

Here are the general dates:
  • April 14:  Start "Item 1" - be sure to check with Dr. Rohrbaugh for Science topic.  Add a page to your personal portfolio called "Item 1" and describe what you are going to make for the first item, and what technology you're going to use in making it.  Be sure to contact Reilly about the idea, you don't want to make anything too complex that you can't complete in time.  After we're done, you can change the page name to something cooler than "Item 1"
  • Before April 16, have the "Item 1" page done, having clarified what you want to do with Reilly and Rohrbaugh.
  • April 23: "Item 1" is due, should be on your personal portfolio page.    Your portfolio page should write up a the technology you accomplished, the steps you took, the challenges you encountered along the way.  Also, time to start "Item 2"!
  • May 2: "Item 2" is due.
  • **You can start "Item 2" earlier, and finish "Item 1" earlier as well.
  • Please check the calendar regularly (like, every day)
How will the technology items be graded?
This depends on the technology of choice, and it will be partially subjective.  Because this is for your portfolio, and is intended to show your ability with a technology, your items should show a mastery of skills.  Therefore, your portfolio page should list how you accomplished the project, and the technical skills entailed.  You should show a variety of skills, not just a lot of hours.    Here's a bit more detail, if it helps.

If your projects are science-focused, your grade for science will be based on the scientific coverage (quality, accuracy, etc).  

Language arts will reflect on your portfolio writing in some way, more details listed here soon!

Project 5 - Fight the Power!

posted Mar 7, 2014, 6:45 AM by Brittany Haddock   [ updated Mar 12, 2014, 4:40 AM by Michael Reilly ]

"Grrr, I hate that stupid test!"  Ever said that?  Well you've probably been taken by the test, but now it's time for YOU to finally take over!  Let's redefine "take the test" to "take that test and show it who is boss!"  

At the end of each school year, testing is inevitable (good test word, eh?).  But CDAT students have a reputation for success:  beating the school, County and State average.  Your time has come!  Want to be a winner, a test-crusher, part of the win?  Here we go!!

This project is about you taking over, putting your spin on learning and preparing for the test.  Some of you might think "Really?  Getting ready for a test?  How is that real?"  Well, according to Bloomberg News, the test prep market is about $1 Billion.  Or how about these teachers who make hundreds of thousands of dollars selling their lesson plans?

You will use your skills, and your learning style, to make your ideal test review. This should be a NEW form of review- no Jeopardy games, no simple flashcards, and no "trashket" ball. You will incorporate all standards necessary from your Science and Language Arts teachers.  Regarding technology, you are highly encouraged to use your favorite skill.  However, if you have a great idea that does not involve your tech, you can simply do some tech lessons separate from the project.  You can make active games, anything else that would be fun for YOU to use as a study tool.**   If your project is really great, one of us may even post it on http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ and give you all of the profit!

Here's the timeline:  
  • March 10 we begin.
  • See the Calendar for intermediate dates - click here
  • April 2 we end, submit projects to the proper folder.
The AKS to cover:


**Some will want to continue on with the Engineering Video contest.  You can choose this option if your Science and Language Arts grades are good enough.  Check with your teacher.  CDAT10 Video students WILL make a video, no matter what project they are doing.

Project 4--Innovation and Rebellion

posted Feb 19, 2014, 4:13 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 25, 2014, 8:09 AM ]

Rebellion is not necessarily bad; it is not accepting status quo.


Martin Fisher did not want to accept poverty in Kenya, so he made a plan that has now started 150,000 businesses and helped over 700,000 people remove themselves from poverty. Here's his simple 5-step process.


The GravityLight was invented to help the 1.5 BILLION people who do not have reliable electricity, especially for light. This uses no fuel, produces no harmful fumes.


But you don't have to travel the world for problems to solve, you can also think about a problem that needs to be solved around your own town, your own community.


Your task:


Investigate and research an innovation/discovery from the past 50 years - here's a start

        OR

Invent a concept/innovation that satisfies a current need - this contest will give you $25,000!



All projects would need to address:
  • What is the problem or opportunity that the invention addresses?

  • How will this solve it, in method, as well as measurement of success?


All projects will need to include:
  • A scientific rationale and fact-based research using at least 5 sources

  • An annotated bibliography of research (CRITICAL)

  • A visual project that "pitches" your own invention/idea 

                        OR 
  • A visual project that explains the innovation of the past
  • An end point reflection


If you are currently working on a project for a contest, it most likely fulfills these requirements, but check with us when we begin.

Dates for this project:
  • Start - Feb. 18
  • End - March 7
Technology requirements:
  • By Feb. 19, create a team website, and submit it to the "Portfolio Listing Form" which will be linked on the CDAT9 site - click here for rubric
  • By Feb. 20, have the following on your team site:
    • Main page - Names of team members, a paragraph summary of the idea you will pursue/describe
    • Weekly Plan page - A clear list of each team member, and what specific things they will contribute by Monday, Feb. 25.
    • Bibliography page - keep a clear, annotated bibliography here of all sources (might be empty, but start it)
  • By Feb. 26 (click here for topic interview rubric)
    • Update your Weekly Plan page for this week, with specific tasks assigned to specific team members
    • Be ready to show a draft of your concept, you only have 9 school days left! There should definitely be a storyboard at this time. (Suggestion: use Google Drive to make a Presentation or Drawing) (click here for rubric for site with storyboard, script)
  • By Mar. 4
    • Your goal should be a finished proposal (storyboard, script, bilbliography, reflection) by this time. However, not all contests and other things will match this date, so there should be more progress than last week in this case. NEVER plan to work until the last day, plan to be done early. YOU ARE NOT making a movie yet, you're making a scientific, evidence-based case for something.
    • Update the Weekly Plan for your team. Think about each day of the week, and who can do what.
  • By Mar. 7 - Put your project in the Project 5 folder.
  • Individual technology skills will need to be shown by students according to their chosen tech, it is up to the student if the tech is demonstrated in the project or something separate. See the Calendar for the required tech skills.

Science and Language Arts requirements:
  • By Feb. 25
    • Have a detailed, complete annotated bibliography on your team's site.
  • By Feb. 26
    • Be ready to show a draft of your concept, you only have 9 school days left! There should definitely be a storyboard at this time. (Suggestion: use Google Drive to make a Presentation or Drawing)
  • By March 1 - Put your project in the Project 5 folder. The combined science and LA rubric is linked below.

Project 3 - "Make your Millions!"

posted Jan 8, 2014, 5:16 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated May 28, 2014, 5:19 AM ]


It's amazing how a fun, simple idea can generate millions of dollars, multiple careers and the ability to do something you love!  One iconic example is "SchoolHouse Rock".  Did you know that it all started when a Dad wanted to help his son with multiplication?  His son could remember song lyrics, but not the times tables!  The first "schoolhouse rock" was born.  That was over 40 years ago and still lives on!  

MattyB is a local 11-year-old who makes his business by rapping clean versions of popular songs.  His YouTube channel has almost 2 million subscribers, over 750 million views, 3 million Facebook fans AND he's got concerts scheduled (including Jan. 25 in Atlanta, starting at $40 a ticket, almost sold out).

So how are YOU going to combine YOUR skills to make YOUR millions? (You can always make something to help people too, that's always great!)

This project is about combining your tech, language arts and science into a product that has REAL commercial potential.  Who knows, you could be next!  So here are your subjects:

Biology - DNA and Genetics, Chemistry - Stoichiometry, Language Arts - Poetry, Technology - Programming

Timeline (these will also be on the calendar, in addition to other events like quizzes, etc.):



Project 2 - Biology - "Cell me on it"

posted Oct 22, 2013, 3:55 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Nov 17, 2013, 12:16 PM ]

The next unit of Biology reviews fun stuff like cells, respiration, photosynthesis, enzymes and more!  It's time to connect the science, language arts and technology with this, and maybe your Health class too!

You want diseases?  We got diseases! You will research a cellular disease, and create some cool technology project about it.  You'll need to write up a proposal for what science you will address, and how you will do so.  Dr. Rohrbaugh will have more information for you, see attachment below.

You will need to create an annotated bibliography, and a 2 page research paper, to address the Language Arts and Technology standards for Research/Citation. We are looking for individual, facts and explain science of the disease.  For Language Arts, we are also reviewing the concept of Persuasion about a disease - raising awareness and maybe clearing misconceptions about it.

Tech: you are learning video editing, but you do NOT have to do a video for this project.  You can do whatever tech you like for the project, but EACH PERSON needs to accomplish the basic video assignments individually.

List of Potential Diseases:
Below is a list of potential options.  If you have something specific you wish to study not on this list it must be approved before you may continue.
Melanoma    Leukemia    Cystic Fibrosis    Sickle Cell Anemia    Alzheimer's Disease
Muscular Dystrophy        Diabetes        Parkinson's Disease    Down Syndrome        Pneumonia
                                                    Rheumatoid Arthritis        MRSA        Huntington's Disease    Turner syndrome        Strep Throat
Checkpoints (check the Calendar too!):
  • 10/22 - Start project, assign teams
  • 10/28 - Proposals due -  should be on a "Proposal Page" of your team website.  Your team website should be submitted to THIS ONLINE FORM.
  • 10/30 - Video "Adobe GS Videos" due.
  • 10/31 or 11/1 (non-lab) - Storyboard/script draft due - your team should work together, unless there is a special thing that needs to be developed by an individual.  See the links on the "Helpful Links" page.  Also, your team site should have a plan on it, based on your script and storyboard.   Make the general story outline first, storyboard second, script third, then schedule everything!  Here's the rubric for this part.
  • 11/7 and 11/8- Examples of product AND Final Storyboards/scripts due (or earlier!)
  • 11/12 or 11/13- Final research paper and annotated bibs due
  • 11/25-11/29 is Thanksgiving Week!
  • **Remember: you miss a week for Thanksgiving, and a couple of other days will probably be weird.
  • 12/5- Language Arts performance exam
  • 12/6 - Technology - Personal Portfolio Due 
  • 12/10 or 12/11- Research and persuasion test
  • Show and Tell is 12/12/13 (tentative, could change)

Project 2 - Chemistry - "Get Stoiched"

posted Oct 22, 2013, 3:54 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Nov 17, 2013, 12:16 PM ]

Have you ever tried to make something, but ran out of a certain ingredient?  @#$#@$@#

If so, you know a little about the concept of Stoichiometry.  While you review this concept in Chemistry class, you will also do a project about real life, local business, application of science, scale, proportion and conversions.  You will show how this applies outside of chemistry, in our community and world.  Dr. Rohrbaugh will have more detail for you, see attachment below.

For Language Arts, we are reviewing the concept of Research.  You will be completing a 2-page research paper with citations and an annotated bibliography. You will also study rhetorical devices and emotional appeals to persuade your audience. 

In Tech you will be learning about Video.  To be clear:

- You EACH must accomplish the "Getting Started" videos for Premiere, and at least on effect from After Effects.
- You DO NOT have to use video for your projects.  If you love 3D, you can go back to it (or some other tech).


Checkpoints:
  • 10/22 - Start project, assign teams
  • 10/28 - Proposals due -  should be on a "Proposal Page" of your team website.  Your team website should be submitted to THIS ONLINE FORM.
  • 10/30 - Video "Adobe GS Videos" due.
  • 10/31 or 11/1 (non-lab day) - Storyboard/script draft due - your team should work together, unless there is a special thing that needs to be developed by an individual.  See the links on the "Helpful Links" page.  Also, your team site should have a plan on it, based on your script and storyboard.   Make the general story outline first, storyboard second, script third, then schedule everything!   Here's the rubric for this part.
  • 11/7 and 11/8- Examples of product AND Final Storyboards/scripts due (or earlier!)
  • 11/12 or 11/13- Final paper and annotated bib due
  • 11/25-11/29 is Thanksgiving Week!
  • **Remember: you miss a week for Thanksgiving, and a couple of other days will probably be weird.
  • 12/5- Language Arts performance exam 
  • 12/6 - Technology Personal Portfolio Due
  • 12/10 or 12/11- Research and persuasion test
  • Show and Tell is 12/12/13 (tentative, could change)

That is SO EPIC!

posted Aug 23, 2013, 4:45 AM by Brittany Haddock   [ updated Sep 5, 2013, 3:47 AM by Michael Reilly ]

The first big project of your year is here!

In Language Arts, you are studying "The Odyssey", a classic story known as the first real EPIC.  A true epic contains certain characteristics, the word itself is very misused.

In Science, you are studying cool things about Biology and Chemistry, and good science can make a good story too.

Finally, in Technology you are wrapping up Music, and you will be heading into graphics and design.

All together, these tools will support you in the making of YOUR EPIC!

Okay, what does that mean?  You and your group members will create a hero or heroes, and create an epic adventure in whatever form you want: cartoon, board game, physical game, video, etc.  You will have music and graphic skills to enhance your work, language arts to tell the story, and you are required to include your science as part of the story.

Things to do:
  • Set up a team planning site. - Click here for a demo site, to give you an idea about what we want.
  • Brainstorm on ideas, record them.  Bring in more ideas, or sketches.
  • Storyboard your ideas.
  • Plan tasks for each member, with deadlines.
    • Story with more detail
    • Visual art and/or music for story
    • Update after one week
  • Aim for 3 weeks early (we tell students) - test grade, critiques which will be used for final grade
  • Updates and checks on product each week.
  • Final date and grade, show and tell (students vote!)
 
 
Important dates:
Each week, expect to be graded for team planning site (does each team member have a task completed and assigned?)
August 30th- Hero Cycle worksheet due
September 6th- App or website selected for P.E
September 12th - Project Technology Draft due
September 19th - Project prototype due 
September 24th- Odyssey test
September 26th and 27th- Gateway Essay due or Final Project Technology due
October 9th- Overall Project due date

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