Thursday, December 24, 2009

2nd Block - Exploring Technology Project

2nd Block - Exploring Technology Project

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1st Block - Exploring Technology Assignment

1st Block - Exploring Technology Assignment

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Internet Safety and Permission (all class members must sign)

Internet Safety and Permission (all class members must sign in)
All students must read and follow these guidelines for internet safety. Also, if your parents or guardians do not allow you to go to certain sites (such as Facebook), that is okay. You must take into account their preferences and values in this assignment. There are more than enough technology activities that you can do without going to the sites your parent(s) do not value. Once you have read and understand the link, and this statement, please leave a post here with your first name and block to sign off on the permission.

Thank you. Mr. Klitzke

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

3c- Exploring Technology Assignment

3c - Exploring Technology Assignment

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3b - Exploring Technology Assignment

3b - Exploring Technology Assignment

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

3c- Conflict Video

3c- Conflict Video

Turn in your video by following the directions below:

  • Submit your project by creating a "Name/URL" comment to this post

  • Copy/Paste your xtranormal video web address into the "URL" spot

  • Enter your first initial and three initials from your last name in the "Name" spot

  • Create a short description of your video.

3b- Conflict Video

3b - Conflict Video

Turn in your video project by following the directions below.

  • Leave a "Name/URL" comment for this post

  • Enter your name (and partner's name) as follows [first initial & three initials from last name]

  • Write a short description of your video

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Voki...Customize a talking Avatar!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

1920s Website Project - 2nd Block

1920s Website Project
2nd Block
Turn in your website by following the directions below: DIRECTIONS:
  1. Scroll to the bottom of this post
  2. Click on the hyperlink labeled "COMMENTS"
  3. Go to "POST A COMMENT"
  4. In the drop-down box select "Name/URL"
  5. Enter your first initial of your first name and your first three initials from your last name
  6. Copy/Paste your website address into the URL space
  7. Click on "POST COMMENT"

1920s Website Project - 1st Block

1920s Website Project
1st Block
Turn in your website by following the directions below:


  1. Scroll to the bottom of this post
  2. Click on the hyperlink labeled "COMMENTS"
  3. Go to "POST A COMMENT"
  4. In the drop-down box select "Name/URL"
  5. Enter your first initial of your first name and your first three initials from your last name
  6. Copy/Paste your website address into the URL space
  7. Click on "POST COMMENT"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kimberly Culture to an Outsider Acitivity

Now that we have completed the Nacirema activity we want to see if we can apply it. Reflect on a specific aspect of our culture. Attempt to describe this event as if you were an outsider to the Kimberly culture (Nacirema style). Do NOT tell us what event you are describing...see if the rest of your classmates can guess. After you have posted your comments enjoy reading what your peers wrote.

EXAMPLE: Each morning males in the society will enter the shrine with a sharp tool. The men will then use this sharp tool in a cleansing ritual which involves scraping and lacerating the surface of their face. The men will then apply a potion to their lacerated face. This potion has a strong stench and it reportedly will burn and irritate the skin where ever it is applied.

Body Rituals

Body Rituals Among the Nacirema
By Dr. Horace Miner

The anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different people behave that they are not often surprised, even by the most exotic customs. In fact, if all of the logical possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, the anthropologist is most likely to believe that they exist in some yet undiscovered tribe. In this light, the magical beliefs and rituals of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go.

Professor Thomas Linton first brought the rituals of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologist twenty years ago, but the culture of these people remained poorly understood until my recent excursion with them.

Little is known of their origin, although tradition states that they came from the east. According to Nacirema mythology their nation was originated by a culture hero named Notgnihsaw. The Nacirema are a group of people whose desolate location has left them virtually unchanged for the past 200 years.

Nacirema culture is characterized by a highly developed market economy which has evolved greatly in the past 100 years. While much of the average Nacirema’s time is devoted to economic pursuits, a large part of the fruits of these labors and a considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity. The focus of these ritual activity is the the appearance and health of their body. Now, while such concerns is not uncommon, the ceremonial aspects of the Nacirema show very unique characteristics.

The fundamental belief underlying the whole system appears to be that the human body is ugly. They appear to believe that a woman/man’s only hope is to avoid showing the bodies natural tendency to grow weak and sick. They attempt to do this by performing daily rituals and ceremonies that appear to have a religious, or magical, origin.

Every dwelling in Nacirema society has one or more shrines devoted to the purpose of these rituals. The more powerful the individual is in there society the more shrines they will have in their dwelling. In fact, dwellings are often referred to in terms of the number of such ritual centers it posses. While each family dwelling has at least one such shrine, the rituals associated with it are not public ceremonies, but private ones. The rites of these rituals are normally only discussed with children, however, I was able to establish such a positive rapport with the Nacirema that they agreed to allow me to examine and describe these rituals.

The focal point of the shrines is a box (or chest) which is built into the wall of the shrine. Within this chest are kept many charms and magical potions without which no native believes he or she could live. These potions and charms are often obtained from “medicine men” who hold a high status with in the Nacirema society. The medicine men do not actually provide the charms and potions but instead will write, in an ancient and secret language, the ingredients down. This writing is understood only by lesser medicine men who create the required potions and charms.

After the charm and potion has been used the container is not disposed of. Instead it is placed back in the box located in the dwelling’s shrine. Since these magical potions are for specific illness the charm-box of the shrine is usually overflowing. Although the natives are very vague regarding this tradition I can only assume that the idea of keeping these old potions and charms is to insure that their presence in the shrine will help protect the worshiper.

Every morning members of the family, in succession, enters the shrine room, then they mingle different sorts of potions and charms, and proceeds with a brief ritual of purification. These rituals vary, depending on the gender of the occupant. Below is an example of the daily body rituals which are performed only by men: Each morning males in the society will enter the shrine with a sharp tool. The men will then use this sharp tool in a cleansing ritual which involves scraping and lacerating the surface of their face. The men will then apply a potion to their lacerated face. This potion has a strong stench and it reportedly will burn and irritate the skin where ever it is applied.

Women in the Nacirema society also perform daily cleansing and purification rituals in the shrine. The ritual of the women tend to take twice as long as the men and it is also done in secrecy and private. Women in the Nacirema society will daily use a combination of dyes to paint and decorate their faces. Often times these decorations are designed to attract a potential mate.

The Nacirema avoids exposure of his or her body and its natural functions. Bathing and excretory acts are performed only in the secrecy of the shrines, where they are ritualized as part of the body-rites. Psychological shock results if the body secrecy is suddenly lost upon entry by another host, even if the intruder is the Nacirema’s partner. This secrecy is also extended to reproduction and intercourse. Intercourse is a taboo topic and extreme efforts are made to avoid pregnancy by using magical materials or by limiting intercourse to certain phases of the moon. Conception is actually very infrequent. When pregnant, women will often dress as to hide their condition. The actual birth takes place in secret, without friends or relatives to assist, and the majority of women do not nurse their infants.

Our review of the ritual life of the Nacirema has certainly shown them to be a magic-ridden people. It is hard to understand how they have managed to exist so long under the burdens which they have imposed upon themselves.


World War I Virtual Museums

The students in Modern American History created virtual museums depicting their knowledge of World War I. If you would like to view their museums you can find them at

Please feel free to leave them any feedback you feel is appropriate.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sinking of the Lusitania - 2nd Block

The Lusitania

You are a up and coming Blogger who just happened to be on vacation in Ireland when the Lusitania was sunk. Your location and your occupation gives you the perfect opportunity to be the FIRST to present first-hand accounts of what happened to the Lusitania. Due to the nature of blogs you will want to keep your blog short and accurate.

Go through the numerous primary sources below and retell the story of the Lusitania. Include as many significant details as you can. Be sure to answer the basic questions of any story: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
What Happened?

What actually happened to the Lusitania and her passenger on the afternoon of May 7, 1915? The first reports of the sinking to reach America were confused and sketchy. Americans, particularly those who had friends or relatives on board, were eager for more information on the fate of their loved ones. Below you will find several different accounts of the sinking of the Lusitania.

Newspaper account: New York World on May 8, 1915.

The Cunard Liner Lusitania was torpedoed, supposedly by German submarines shortly after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, ten miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, near Munster, Ireland. She sank fifteen minutes later. The company states that no warning was given her. The Lusitania carried 2,104 persons when she sailed from New York. The meager, confused reports so far received make it uncertain how many of these have been saved. A steward of the first boat that reached Queenstown with survivors from the liner said he feared that 900 lives had been lost.

Newspaper reports account: Queenstown, Ireland on May 9, 1915:

“The tugboat StormShuttle has returned here, bringing about 150 survivors of the Lusitania, among whom were many women, several of the crew, and one steward. Describing the experience of the Lusitania the steward said:
‘The passengers were at lunch when a submarine came up and fired two torpedoes which hit the Lusitania on the starboard side, one forward and the other in the engine room. They caused several explosions. Captain Turner immediately ordered the boats out. The ship began to tilt badly. Ten boats were put into the water, and between 400 and 500 passengers entered the lifeboats. I fear that few of the officers were saved. They acted bravely. There was only fifteen minutes from the time the ship was struck until she foundered and sank, bow first. It was a dreadful sight.’”

Official ship diary of Captain Schwieger, Commander of the U-boat that sunk the Lusitania:

May 6, 1915
...The voyage to the St. George’s Channel had consumed so much of our fuel oil that it would be impossible for us to return (to German) around the southern end of Ireland if we had now continued to Liverpool. I intended to return as soon as two-fifths of our fuel is used up. I intend to avoid, if at all possible, the trip through the North Channel on account of the type of service which U-20 encounter there on her last trip. Only three torpedoes are still available, of which I wish to save two, if possible, for the return trip.
May 7, 1915
3:10 p.m. Ahead to starboard four funnels and two masts of a steamer with course perpendicular to us came into sight. Ship is made out to be large passenger steamer.

Submerged to a depth of 11 meters and went ahead at full speed, taking a course converging with the one of the steamer, hoping it might change its course to starboard along the Irish coast.

The steamer turns to starboard, takes course to Queenstown, thus making possible an approach for a shot. Until 3:00 p.m., we ran high speed in order to gain position directly ahead.

Clean bow shot at a distance of 700 meters (G-torpedo, 3 meters depth adjustment); angle 90, estimated speed 22 knots. Torpedo hits starboard side right behind the bridge.

An unusually heavy detonation takes place with a very strong explosion cloud. The explosion of the torpedo must have been followed by a second on board (boiler, coal, or gun powder). The super-structure above the point of impact and bridge are torn apart, fire breaks out, and smoke envelopes the high bridge.

The ship stops immediately and keels over to starboard very quickly, immersing simultaneously at the bow. It appears as if the ship were going to capsize very shortly. Great confusion ensures on board; the lifeboats are released and they are lowered into the water. In doing so, a great panic must have reigned; some boats, full to capacity, are rushed and sink immediately.

3:25 The ship blows off its excess steam; on the bow the name Lusitania becomes visible in golden letters. Ship was running 22 knots. Since it seems as if the steamer will keep above the water only a short time, we dived to a depth of 24 meters and ran out to sea. It would have been impossible for me to fire a second torpedo into this crowd of people struggling to save their lives.

Newspaper reports account: London Times on May 9, 1915

“Seven torpedoes were fired by the attacking German craft, one of them striking the Lusitania midship. This would indicate that at least two submarines were waiting for the ship, since the newest types of undersea boats carry but six torpedo tubes...”

Excerpts from three interviews with survivors of the Lusitania.

Oliver P. Bernard (passenger)
“I think I can say I was one of the few people who really saw a torpedo discharges at the Lusitania. Coming on deck from the dining salon, I was leaning against the starboard rail of the ship when I saw the periscope of a submarine about 200 yards away. Then I noticed a long, white streak of foam. It gave me the impression of frothy, sizzling water. Almost immediately there was a terrific impact, followed by an explosion.”

Dr. Carl E. Foss (passenger)
“I was traveling second class, and on May 7th, I was leaning against the port side of the ship, looking off towards the Irish coast. It was just at 1:30 that I noticed something low in the water about a mile away.”

Ernest Cowper (passenger)
“I was chatting with a friend at the rail about 2:00 when suddenly I caught a glimpse of the conning tower of a submarine about 1000 yards distant. I immediately called my friend’s attention to it. We both saw the track of a torpedo...”

Monday, September 14, 2009

Progressive Project - 2nd BLOCK

Progressive Project - 2nd BLOCK

Create a "comment" and include your website address for your video.

Progressive Project - BLOCK 1

Progressive Project

Create a "comment" below and copy/paste the URL address to your project.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AP Political Science Assignment 9/9/9

First Assignment
~Watch the President's nationally televised speech tonight that focuses on health care.

~View the following videos
It is said that there are only two reasons government doesn't do something; money or politics. Which one of these do you believe is keeping health care reform from becoming a reality? Defend your answer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

3c-Finished Projects on Conflict

Finished Projects on Conflict

Create a post which includes the following information:
  • Your Name
  • The Conflict You Picked
  • A Link to Your Video.

Feel Free to Watch Each Others Videos....Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Video Story Telling


It's important to get a variety of shots when documenting. Coverage shots are composed of wide, medium, and close up shots. Wide shots establish location, medium or mid shots are used to show action, and close ups or tight shots are used to show emotions. Go to this link for an example: Close_Medium_Wide&bgcolor=black a

A-roll & B-roll

A-roll refers to footage where there's a talking head, like a person being interviewed. B-roll is secondary footage. This is usually video or photos that show what the person is talking about. Go to this link for an example: Leandro&bgcolor=black

Rule of Thirds

Most cameras come with an option of showing a grid (rule of thirds) that makes it easier to make sure you get your composition right. What is the rule of thirds? Two equally spaced horizontal lines that are intersected by two vertical lines. You want to make sure to place your subject where the lines intersect. The top horizontal line is also known as the eye line. When interviewing someone, this is how your composition should look.

Interviewing Tips

Picking an Interview Location

If you can, pick a place for the interviews. Make sure it's a place where you can control the light and minimize external audio. Hallways with students walking in the background might seem like a good idea, but keep in mind that they will be noisy. Be conscious of where you shoot, paying particular attention to light and sound.

Varied Conversation Poses

If you're filming in the same place for several interviews, switch up your poses! Place your interviewee to the right or left of the frame and go switching it up. If you can, change the background. Try different colored walls to switch up your backgrounds; this will make it look like you had a variety of shooting locations.

Eye line

When filming, you want to make sure that the interviewer is as close to the camera as possible. The only people who look comfortable staring straight into a camera are, you guessed it, news anchors. For the rest of us, it's easier to feel that you're having a conversation with someone. So by placing the interviewer as close to the camera as possible, the interviewee's eyes will be pretty close to looking at the camera.Also, if your subject is on the left of your frame, you want their eyes looking to their right. If they're on the right of the frame, you want their eyes looking to their left.

Real World Example

A great example of this kind of work is what is done in The Office (the TV Show). They do a lot of "fly on the wall" documenting, but they have a special place for interviewsBTW: Check out their following of the rule-of-thirds, eye lines, and even lighting.


Don’t think you can just “wing it”. You can’t. You’ll look foolish and insult your guest by not respecting their story. Your first step in this process is to become organized.

Before you begin, get educated. Do some research. Find out what you can about this individuals background. Plan some open-ended questions. Think about the different camera angles you would like to use. What B-Role footage will you need? Where will you conduct the interview? What type of music will you want to incorporate?

Set up and shoot your interview as well as your B-roll.

Edit your video, insert background music, insert B-roll. In short, make your video smart and professional

Share your video with your class, your peers the world!

Get better at digital story telling by excepting helpful criticism.


Check out these sites to learn more about video story telling:

Check out these sites to see examples of student films: