Monday, December 5, 2016

TEAM Technology Exit Survey Trimester 1 - 2016-2017



    TEAM Technology Exit Survey:


    Please click the link below and take the survey once.  
    Give honest feedback that will be helpful.  Thank you.  -Mrs. Ekstrom

    Monday, November 28, 2016

    3-D Printed Organs: "If I Only Had a Heart" Trimester 3

    3-D Printed Organs: "If I Only Had a Heart"  Trimester 3




            When a person is sick and needs a new organ, it can take a long time to get one.  People have to be put on a special transplant list and may have to wait months or even years before they receive a new organ.  However, waiting for someone else to donate their organ could soon be a thing of the past.  Scientists are experimenting with bioprinters, printers that use human cells and tissue instead of ink, to print 3-D printed organs!  While this may seem like a great idea, some people are afraid of what could happen if 3-D printed organs become a reality.

             Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner says: "These initiatives are well-intentioned, but raise a number of questions that remain unanswered. What happens when complex 'enhanced' organs involving nonhuman cells are made? Who will control the ability to produce them? Who will ensure the quality of the resulting organs?"

    Check out this video to learn more:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RO5DSIB1GE      2:50


    A full article on 3-D printing can be found here:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/03/tech/innovation/3-d-printing-human-organs/


    Another article about 3-D printed organs:


    Here is an article with a video about 3-D printed organs: 
    5:47


    What do YOU think about this new medical advancement?  Do you agree or disagree with this idea?  Do you think this new concept will help people or will it cause more problems than it solves?

    Your assignment:

    Give your opinion and write why you feel the way you do.  Write at least 7 or more sentences in Google Docs:

    WRITE:

    I think creating 3-D printed organs is a good idea.   3-D printed organs are a good idea because...

    OR:


    I think creating 3-D printed organs is a bad idea.   3-D printed organs are a bad idea because...



    THEN: Explain the reasons that support your opinion.

    IMPORTANTUse at least one fact from the blog as evidence to support your opinion.


     HOW TO POST YOUR COMMENT:

    1. TYPE YOUR COMMENT INTO WORD AND SAVE IT AS 3-D BLOG IN GOOGLE DOCS
    2. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG POST, CLICK ON "COMMENTS"
    3. COPY AND PASTE YOUR COMMENT FROM WORD INTO THE BLANK BOX
    4. TYPE THE LETTERS AND NUMBERS YOU SEE IN THE SMALL BOX
    5. CLICK NAME/URL
    FOR YOUR NAME WRITE YOUR FIRST NAME, LAST INITIAL AND BLOCK.
    For example: If my name is Rebecca Ekstrom and I have TEAM I2, I would put this for my name: RebeccaEI2
    6. LEAVE THE URL BLANK
    7. CLICK PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT

    (YOUR COMMENT WILL BE POSTED ONCE MRS. EKSTROM APPROVES IT.)



    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    If You're Done With Your Animoto and EasyBib.....










    photo from: https://memecrunch.com/meme/DD4E/finished-early

    If You're Done With Your Animoto and EasyBib you can look at the About section on our Google Classroom page.  Then you can try the links below.

    You can just go to http://www.nsteens.org/  and explore some of the different parts of the site.  

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    Videos 
    After you've played the game, play each of these videos on different topics: http://www.nsteens.org/Videos

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    Stand Up or Stand By?
    This game also lets you make decisions like Choices and Cheaters does.  An embarrassing photo of a classmate was taken-what do you do next?  Make different decisions each time you play.

    Stand Up or Stand By? website:: http://www.nsteens.org/Comics/StandByOrStandUp

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    6 Degrees of Information 
    Remember this video?  Check out the 6 Degrees of Information video again to see how important our digital footprints are:

    6 Degrees of Information video: http://www.netsmartz.org/RealLifeStories/6DegreesOfInformation

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    Quizzes for Fun:
    Check your knowledge with these quizzes: http://www.nsteens.org/Quizzes

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    Games: 
    Play these games that have to do with being online: http://www.nsteens.org/Games
    Stop That Post: http://www.nsteens.org/Games/StopThatPost

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    Bios:
    Read about some of the characters on the NSTeens site:  http://www.nsteens.org/Bios

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson


















    This is a tragic Romeo and Juliet type of story or two kids who have fallen in love who have different colored skin.  Some of their family and friends are (unfortunately) racist, which is why they have to keep their relationship a secret.  If you like sad romances, this is your book!  -Mrs. Ekstrom

    Amazon summary: A heartbreaking contemporary romance from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author.

    Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock and after that they know they fit together -- even though she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.

    Finding Stinko by Michael deGuzman

    When you've been in so many foster homes, you can't even keep track, and you run away and lives on the streets, life can seem pretty hard.  Newboy hasn't said a word in three...yes...three years.  One day he finds a ventriloquists' puppet in the garbage and this will change everything.  This book is unique and surprising at every turn.  -Mrs. Ekstrom

    Amazon summary: Newboy hasn’t spoken in three years. One morning he opened his mouth and nothing came out. He doesn’t know why he stopped talking, but what he does know is that he’s through with the state child-care system. In twelve years he’s lived in eleven foster homes, and the Knoxes are the worst of the bunch. Now, with no voice, no family, and no exact plan, Newboy is running away for good. Living on the streets means danger and excitement around every corner, but the one thing Newboy never expected to find is a companion in the form of an old ventriloquist dummy lying in a Dumpster – a puppet with no hands, backward feet, and a chunk of its nose missing. Amazingly, this beat-up doll whom he dubs “Stinko” possesses a kind of magic that helps Newboy rediscover his ability to communicate.

    This is a fast-paced adventure about a runaway kid figuring out not just what he’s searching for but also what he has to say.

    Swindle by Gordon Korman


    Griffin spends the night in a haunted house on a dare and finds a Babe Ruth baseball card.  When he sells it, he later finds out that he was scammed.  The card is worth much more than he got when he sold it.  He hatches a plan to get the card back...but will dobermans and security alarms get in his way.  I loved this mystery!  -Mrs. Ekstrom


    Amazon summary: Ocean's 11 . . . with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!

    After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive -- but Griffin and his team are going to get back what's rightfully his . . . even if hijinks ensue.
    This is Gordon Korman at his crowd-pleasing best, perfect for readers who like to hoot, howl, and heist.

    Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

    Born to Rock tells the story of Leo who finds out as a high school senior that he was adopted...and not only that but his real dad is punk rock superstar King Maggot.  Leo gets swept up in a whirlwind world tour with his dad and has a ton of fun travelling with him.
    -Mrs. Ekstrom


    Amazon summary: Leo Caraway—high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student—had his entire future perfectly planned out. That was, until the X factor. As in Marion X. McMurphy, aka King Maggot, the lead singer of Purge, the most popular, most destructive band punk rock has ever seen. He's also Leo’s biological father. 

    When Leo discovers that his real father is a punk rock legend, he is disgusted.  Not only is Leo not a punk rock fan, but he believes the X factor (the Maggot blood that is running through his veins) is a dangerous time bomb just waiting to explode.  And sure enough it does—Leo stubbornly defends the unlikeliest of people, thereby getting himself falsely accused of cheating on a test.  

    Because of the blemish on his record, the once star pupil finds his scholarship to Harvard taken away.  So he hatches the crazy plan of going on tour with King Maggot for Purge’s summer revival tour, all the while secretly hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition. But life on the road is even crazier than Leo ever bargained for, and before the summer is out, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most important, himself.