Below I am listing some revised due dates for assignments. Today we are revisiting the 009-8 assignment because so many students did not follow directions that scores would have been pretty horrible. I want to stress the importance of putting forth your best work when you are publishing something for the world, so I will be reviewing some of the common errors I am seeing. One frustration is that many students are quick to do just the minimum of explanation (which really is not an explanation at all) and say they are finished, without going over the list to be sure all required elements have been included. Going over directions carefully and paying attention to details is an important life skill, as is meeting deadlines. If something takes longer in class than you expected (or you spent time chatting or were not focused) then there will be additional time outside of class needed in order to meet a deadline. We have quite a few students who are not convinced.
009-8 due date has been changed to today. I will be pointing out where I have seen mistakes and omissions and allowing the post to be re-submitted. Another issue that needs to be addressed is something that is not the fault of the student, but the Kidblog platform. We first encountered this issue when Kidblog changed from a WordPress platform to AWS. This has also caused some posts published in prior years to no longer be formatted correctly. The issue is with image crediting. When the 3 part image credit is used at the end of the post, the AWS format forces the image to appear in the post itself, even though the blogger wants to only provide a link to the image. This does not happen in other platforms such as Edublogs, and it is a great frustration. I will be working with students to edit their HTML to remove this.
Alert: The deadline for choosing stocks (011-8 Getting Started with the Stock Market) is still Jan. 23! There are some video clips which should be viewed before stocks are chosen to guide the decision making process. When students come into class on Jan. 26 anyone who has not submitted the choice document will take 4 random picks from a grab bag of stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. We will be setting up week 1 of the stock sheet using the stocks that have been chosen. There will be no changes made on that date!
The image and quote mashup (010-8) has been moved to Feb. 9.
The coding individual progress deadline has been moved to Feb. 17.
Trimester 2 Progress Report - issued on Jan. 20 - will only contain one grade for 8th grade at this time because of the adjusted deadlines.