Blogging Homework

Hello folks,

We have been blogging for close to six weeks now. Most of you have a good weekly post, some more and some less. It is time for us to leave each other feedback.

For homework, your task is to comment on two different blogs. Your comments should be questions you might have for the blog writer. Please try to comment on someone you don’t always interact with. Remember that comments must be appropriate and not negative in nature.

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts!

(PS: Some of you have not yet posted the “normal” blog from this morning yet).

Science Lab – Testing the Particle Theory

Today we are going to explore the Particle Theory – more specifically, how temperature affects the behaviour of particles.

Materials: Cold Water, warm water, food colouring, beaker, kettle

Step 1: Place 100 ml of cold tap water in a beaker. Add two drops of food colouring. Time how long it takes for the entire beaker to be the same colour (saturated).

Step 2: Repeat step 1 using warm water from the kettle.

What did you notice about the difference in time? Explain how temperature affects the speed in which particles move.

LA Task for Tuesday Nov 25

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

Write a Blog Reflection (minimum 3 paragraphs):

Why is everyone so worried about being normal? How do you feel about this?

Seymour Papert – 1972 – MIT Mathematician, Computer Scientist, and Educator

Seymour Aubrey Papert (born February 29, 1928) is an MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and educator. He is one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, as well as an inventor of the Logo programming language.


What do you think about this? 42 years ago Seymour Papert was studying “coding” to support and enhance learning. Why did it take so long to become “trendy” today?

Breaking the Grey Reflection

Today’s LA task will involve blogging a reflection to yesterday’s assemble at JMSS. Did Breaking the Grey inspire you? How? Did it make you think about someone or something in your life?

Your post should be 250 words in length.

We Are the Faces of Computing Poster Contest Information

I encourage members of our class to enter this contest here:

In honor of CSEdWeek, CSTA’s Equity Committee will be hosting its annual competition “We Are the Faces of Computing”. This year, the contest will invite students to create a short video in the style of a commercial or short public service announcement. The video should highlight the diverse and creative ways that students do computer science together.

A description of the criteria:

1. An image of students must be in the video.

2. The theme “We are the Faces of Computing” must appear somewhere in the video.

3. Students should include creative images that reflect their lives, interests, and experiences with computing.

4. Videos will be posted on the video service of the students’ choice and the link must be submitted to CSTA via an online form. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes.

5. Winners of Elementary School, Middle School, and High School competitions will receive either three Sphero/Ollie robots, or a Lego Mindstorms robot for their classrooms and have their videos published on the CSTA website.

6. Winning schools must be able to provide parental permission forms for all students appearing in their videos.

The language of lying – Noah Zandan

Task for Wednesday November 12 –

Let’s Begin…

We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved unreliable. Is there a more direct approach? Noah Zandan uses some famous examples of lying to illustrate how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves.

Answer the following on your blog:

Why do people lie so much? Is it okay to tell a white lie? Explain why or why not. Remember this is a 5 paragraph essay.