You Need to Organize and Prioritize, Google!

One thing that a fair amount of people don’t know about is how to prioritize their searches in google. Whether you’re writing an essay for Mrs. Knoblauch, or an article of the week for Mr. Oney. Prioritizing what comes up in your search in rather important. I’ll teach you how to do so, in the video below.

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Help Me Solve your EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle is this very teacher oriented app, what it does is takes a video from a public domain, (YouTube, TED Talks, National Geographic, etc.) and enables the teacher to cut, add verbal notes, or just text notes, as well as adding a quiz to the end of the video. It’s a really fun and interesting application to use in the classroom. It has some very useful features especially as it can be linked to google classroom. Similar to classroom EDpuzzle will send you a code to get into the assigned class. There other features as well, but I’ll go over in the video.

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Get Your Promevo On!

Recently the CTS Desk (all fourteen of us) took a virtual field trip (or a hangouts call) to a company called Promevo. Promevo is currently partnered with Google, they essentially make a lot of apps and extensions as well as tech support. They work with a lot of companies from Uber, to Pinterest, to the Dollar Shave Club. They do a lot of educational partnerships as well including Miami University here in Ohio, as well as University of Kentucky. Continuing with the idea of education, their most popular extension is gScholar which we all have, in case you didn’t notice.

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For the majority of the field trip Brandon, Nate, and Ashton were talking about what they do, more into the I.T. field as well as programming. It has given me a general idea of what to expect with the career of I.T. that I want to get into. With them giving vivid ideas of what they do everyday, I can say that I’m more confident in my choice of career. I’m excited to see where my future takes me in my career for working in I.T. and some programming.

Come One, Come All, to the Greatest MakerFaire of Them All!

May 20, 2017 the CTS Help Desk will be taking a field trip to the MakerFaire in Clinton County. Which most or all of us will be showing off our final 20% Time projects off to the fellow attendees, as well as look at others, which I’m relatively excited about. It’s a really good way to expose us to other makers and give us ideas on what we could possibly next year. We’re getting some exposure to the DIY (Do It Yourself) community as well, which is really cool and I’m looking forward to being blown away.

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So I’m still not entirely finished with my 20% time project, however, I’m making some progress with the coding and figuring out how to do things with the Raspberry Pi, it started off easy and gradually got a little more complicated as I went. I’m still looking forward to the field trip. Fingers crossed I’m finished by the time of the field trip.

It’s Pi Time!

So recently everyone that started on their 20% time needed materials, and so they have arrived, or most of them at least. So I have been doing a lot of reading in my instructables course and it’s somewhat of a lot to take in. There’s a lot of new programming lingo with Python and the Linux Operating System which is a given. Still Python is relatively straight forward with super simple aspects. I also see why PC gamers like Linux so much it’s really well crafted and not hard to get behind.

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The course itself is actually a lot of reading , which I wasn’t necessarily expecting with all the Treehouse things that we do. I’m looking forward to the more hands-on part of the course that I’m starting. I am relatively sure that I have everything on the list of required items from the previous blog.

The big things that I’ve learned is that Python, as I said before, is really simple (also it was named after Monty Python), Linux is a wonderful OS. There are some very interesting lingo in Python with seeing which user is using the Raspberry Pi, check the time, among other things.

So I’m beyond excited about about starting to work on the photo booth and more excited to see the finished product. I’ll keep everyone updated!

St. Paddy’s Day Testing

It’s that time of year again, time for students to stress out, lose sleep, and hope not to vomit. I’m referring to the standardized testing going on during this majority of this week and the make-ups, and other tests that have yet to come. A large part of taking toward the 1:1 initiative in high school would most definitely have us use our chromebooks for high stakes testing. Which is generally a good move, considering that each student has their own chromebook so there is no worry about distributing carts here anymore.

Being part of the CTS desk during testing is an interesting experience. If someone forgets to charge their chromebook, which happens quite often, then we issue them a loaner until two periods later. With testing in play we have to conserve loaners for the kids that need them for testing. Which wasn’t that many, and it’s great. What’s so weird about it is that I actually deny people loaners since they weren’t testing, that is something that hasn’t happened yet. It’s nice considering that we have more loaners in the tech office than usual.

So for Wilmington High School’s first year of 1:1 testing, it went went well with no issue, and as far as this week goes it’s been a breeze. I’m finished with my assigned work, and I am currently waiting for my supplies for my 20% time to get here.

Pi Will Take Up 20% (or more) of My Time.

So being part of the Cane Tech Squad we have opportunities to tinker with various things of our choice. I have decided to do a project with Raspberry Pi which is basically a small computer that you can do almost everything in. The project I’ll be doing over the next few weeks, or even months, is building a photo booth that uses a programmed raspberry pi.

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I chose this mostly because I think it’s a very cool idea, and photo booths are really cool. I would also have to learn a coding language called python which is a very basic and easy to learn language. Which I am very excited to learn. I do have some experiences with Raspberry Pi’s at Clinton-Massie, my friends and I attempted to build a super computer out of them during robotics club.

I am honestly very excited and eager to start this project, I’m sure I’ll keep everyone in the know with my 20% Time. If you want to learn more about the Raspberry Pi click here

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Materials: Raspberry Pi 3, 8 GB SD card, USB keyboard and mouse, HDMI screen, HDMI cable, Raspberry Pi camera module, 5V 2.5A power supply, Wire cutters, Wire strippers, Solderless board, 10 mm LED’s, 220 ohm resisters, Stranded ribbon wire, Various jumper wires, Large push button, Coincell battery holder, Small phillips head screwdriver, Photo set pieces and props.