Mr. Lane’s Computer Applications/Web 2.0 Blog

Saying Goodbye

Posted by mrlane on 26 May 2011

Today marks the last time we will all be together…  Some of you will be moving to 7th grade, some to 8th grade, and some will be leaving Mitchell entirely – and heading to high school!!  I congratulate all of you and am excited for your futures!!!

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However, saying goodbye can be bittersweet.  As I say goodbye to you and wish you the best in the future I am also saying goodbye to this class.   This class will not be offered next year due to declining enrollment and budget cuts. I will truly miss this class and all the students who came my way each trimester — with your support I was able to try new things,  learn what makes middle-schoolers tick, and grow both professionally and personally. Having the opportunity to grow and explore  over the past three years has been so rewarding.   Thank you for everything you have added to my life!!

So rather than focusing on what is behind us, let’s take the things we learned this past year (or years) and apply them in all of our future endeavors (life experiences).  Our past will not dictate our future but it can help us be more prepared to the future.  So besides saying goodbye – let us also say “Here I come future – I am ready for you!”

Best wishes in all that you do and have a wonderful summer break.

Special thanks to Carey, Chris. happycolored0003.jpg. 1995. Pics4Learning. 25 May 2011 <http://pics.tech4learning.com> for the use if the image.

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McDonald’s: Are They Selling Meals or Happy? (Part 2)

Posted by mrlane on 10 May 2011

Last week I asked you to do this with me – Today I want you to work with the people around you to analyze a McDonald’s commercial…  :)
  • Writing Prompt

McDonald’s invests millions of dollars in advertising, and they target their advertising to a very specific group of people.  Analyze who they are trying to sell to, what they are trying to sell, and why they may use these ideas. Are they selling more than food?

  • Start by writing one or two essential questions based on the writing prompt and record the questions on your worksheet.
  • Watch the McDonald’s commercial below with the prompt and essential questions in mind.

You can also view the commercial here.

  • Research

What specific examples from the commercial make you think McDonald’s is selling to a certain group of people?

What specific examples make you think they are selling something other than food?

  • Write your thesis statement on your worksheet (answer the essential questions)
  • Use your thesis as your topic sentence, bring in your specific examples, and then explain in a paragraph, your answer to the writing prompt in the CTE #2 document we created earlier this trimester.
  • When done writing (and editing), copy and paste you’re response into the comment section of this blog post.

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McDonald’s: Are They Selling Meals or Happy? (Part 1)

Posted by mrlane on 4 May 2011

We’re going to try something new today – not sure how it will go but we’ll figure it out… :)

  • Writing Prompt

McDonald’s invests millions of dollars in advertising, and they target their advertising to a very specific group of people.  Analyze who they are trying to sell to, what they are trying to sell, and why they may use these ideas. Are they selling more than food?

  • We’ll start by writing one or two essential questions based on the writing prompt and record the questions on your worksheet.
  • Watch the McDonald’s commercial below with the prompt and essential questions in mind.

You can also view the commercial here.

  • Research

What specific examples from the commercial make you think McDonald’s is selling to a certain group of people?

What specific examples make you think they are selling something other than food?

  • Write your thesis statement on your worksheet(answer the essential questions)
  • Use your thesis as your topic sentence, bring in your specific examples, and then explain in a paragraph, your answer to the writing prompt in the CTE #1 document we created earlier this trimester.
  • When done writing (and editing), copy and paste you’re response into the comment section of this blog post.


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Google Forms Project

Posted by mrlane on 8 April 2011

googleformOver the past few weeks you have used Google Forms in a variety of ways.  The first day of class you used it to let me know if you needed an Edline activation code or Edline account reset.  In the past two weeks you used Google Forms to answer questions about idioms and ugly animals.

Today, I want you to begin the process of learning how to use Google Forms yourself.  Your task is to create a 15 question quiz for a website of your choosing (it has to be a website we can access at school).  You can do this individually or you can work with a group (no more than three to a group).  When you figure out who you want to work with (if anyone), complete the registration form found at the bottom of this post. You also need to determine an area of interest – you don’t have to stick to this but it helps to have an idea in mind before you get started.  Here are some optional areas you might want to pursue.

  • music (this can be a genre or a specific artist)
  • animals
  • cars
  • food
  • video games (this could be specific games or specific game consoles (PS3, Xbox, Wii, etc.))
  • sports (this could be specific sports, teams, or players)

When ready to start the project use this link to take you to the class wiki page where the specific requirements can be found and suggestions for a successful quiz are located.



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Posted by mrlane on 1 March 2011

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