Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More Extra Credit Points Than You Can Imagine

Hey. Hey! Heeeeeeyyyyy!

Check this out:

YouTube/CNN Republican debates icon

YouTube/CNN Republican Debates

If you submit a question I'll hook you up with some serious extra credit. If your question ends up on the air... well, that's where the more points than you can possibly imagine comes in.

If you're interested and don't know how let me know and I'll help you ask a question to our Republican presidential hopefuls on YouTube.

Get in on this.

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Staying on Track Week 10

Quarter 2 Week 1

One quarter down, three to go.

It's time to start working on Unit 3. It's about the three branches of government. The project for this unit is my least favorite of the year. This means a couple of things 1) I need to rework this project and 2) If there's something that you'd rather do to show me that you can do the objectives for this unit let me know and I'll let you do that instead.

Also, you notice that things are a little different in eCollege. When you click on Unit 3 only the assignments show up in the left-hand navigation bar:

just the assignments

So, where's the work?

how to get to your lessons.

This week please complete the Unit 3 Review Assignment. It's a review of Unit 2. Let me know what I can do to help. :)

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cartoons delivered weekly!

Here's a cartoon for you this week. These cartoons are proving to be tough to resize. So, I'll be posting links when using this website.

Ugg for President!

What are your guys thoughts on the cartoon? To me, it symbolizes what the Republicans want to hear and what it seems they're looking for.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Staying on Track Week 9

Quarter 1 Week 9

wrap it up

This week you should complete parts 4 and 5 of your Unit 2 project. And that's it. That'll wrap up the first quarter for you. There's only 28 weeks until graduation. Neat.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Unit 2 - Project Option

I know this is a little late to be throwing out another project option, but I saw this yesterday:


22nd Amendment from Andrew Sloat on Vimeo.

and If you're not digging the Unit 2 project you could pick one of the amendments and make a visual essay about it like this. If you're interested let me know and I'll help you make it happen.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

A new cartoon!

Sorry for the lack of cartoons! I've been a little busy recently. Senior year can be a little tiring. Anyways, here's the cartoon. More to hopefully come this week. :]

This week, I'm providing a link due to my photoshop not working. Cartoon itself will be up soon!

Green Bombs

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Staying on Track Week 8

Quarter 1 - Week 8

first amendment

It's the eighth week of the quarter. Man, we've been in school for two months already. Seeing as you're a Senior that means that you only have seven months of high school left. Seven months and it's all done. Seven. That's it. All done.

Before you get there, there's a few last hoops to jump through. For example, this week you should be working on Part 3 of your Unit 2 project:

Lesson 8: Unit 2 Project - Part 3: The Amendment Process

Now that you know what problem you're trying to solve you're going to try to add that sucker to the Constitution. There's only two ways to do this. You should have learned that from the Lecture page, but if you missed it check out this link: Amending the Constitution @ About.com

And, that's it. That's what you should be working on this week. If you need more time to work on this project make sure you stop by and see me this week or by Wednesday next week. If you worked on the class blog or class network stop by too. You guys are getting points for doing that. I want to talk about how much. If you want to get in on the class blog, let me know. If you haven't joined the class network send me an email and let me know you'd like an invite.

There's a big announcement going to go up in the class network next week. Keep an eye out for it.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Candidates + Issues Matrix

I found this interactive site that allows you to view the issues and then rate the candidates on msnbc.com. It also shows you what other people’s ratings are.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21116732/

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Mitt Romney - Answer the Question!



The legalization of medical marijuana has been a hot topic in the past. Recently Mitt Romney was asked if he would arrest someone who used medical marijuana. While he did say that he did not support it, he never directly answered the question. While some believe that the guy in the wheelchair was a political plant (and the subsequent conversation was placed on You-Tube for all to see), the candidate should have answered the question.

Whether or not Mitt supports the legalization of marijuana will not determine if I vote for him. However, his inability to answer a question posed to him by a voter is ridiculous. In my opinion he has shown that if he doesn’t like or agree with the question being asked, he will just ignore it. Does this foreshadow how he will behave if he is elected to President?

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Recycle Bin

Odyssey allready has recylce bins, but how many of you students know about them? And for any of you who do, how many of you actualluy USE them? Not many. Odyssey uses a TON of paper each day. Infact the highschool office alone orders 30 reams of paper every rwo weeks. One ream holds 500 sheets of paper, that is on average, thrown away only hours after being printed. Thats 15,000 sheets of paper being thrown away, wasted, never to be used again.

Not only the amount of paper, but the cost! One ream of paper cost $2.70. The school records that on average $165 dollars a month is spent on paper alone, that usually goes to waste. And thats ONLY white paper. Another $30-$40 dollars is spent on colored paper each month. And like I said, thats the highschool office alone. The K-8 office spends almost DOUBLE that amount on white paper alone.

So what if, instead of recycle bins being in places that students don't normally go, the school placed one in each classroom, including the learning lab. It would be way more excessible for students, and much easier then searching for one of the "hidden" bins. Kids would find recycling paper, easy as throwing it away.

Still not convinced? What's in it for you? What if there was some type of reward? What can go wrong with that? Maybe have each class compete to see who can recycle the most, and offer the winning class a pizza party. OR maybe set a school wide goal to recycle a certain amount of paper, and the WHOLE school gets a pizza party!

No matter how you look at it, everyone wins. The school gets money back, we get free food, AND most importantly,we're helping the enviorment as we're doing all this.

So, what do you guys think? Let me know! I've already talked to administration about this idea, and so far, I've had nothing but good feedback! If we can get enough support, we could see this happening as soon as next semester! So let me know!

Again, thanks for taking the time to read!
James!

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Staying on Track Week 7

Quarter 1 Week 7

This week you should be working on the second part of your Unit 2 project. For this part of your project your are going to do two things:

1) Identify (come up with) a problem that you'd like to solve. I think that you'll have a better time with this project if you pick something from your life, but if you want to go with something else you can.

2) Analyze (take a close look at) the problem. Explain both sides of your problem.

After that, it's your job to sell your issue to other people.

for sale - democracy

You need to explain why this is a problem and why other people should care about it. This is a great place in your project to put in some pictures, some charts and graphs, some videos from places like YouTube, or for you to make something that tells other people that this is problem and why they should get involved in solving it.

So, that's this week. Let me know what I can do to help. :)

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Looking for a Candidate

 vote for who? from rochelle et. al. @ flickr

Are you looking for someone to vote for, for president?

Yeah?

Me too.

Select a Candidate 2008

Please use the comments section if you have questions about any of the question. Big bonus points for asking questions about the questions.

Bigger bonus points for guessing who my candidate was (you'll never guess. NEVER).

For more information about candidates see this post from Afroman and there's another great post in the Class Network forum from Caleb.

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