Friday, September 15, 2017

Week of September 18th - 22nd, 2017

Monday:
Homework for today:
Read Cookie Monsters.
Please complete this survey so I can assess your knowledge of computer security
Complete discussion of cookies and dynamic web pages.
Video:
What They Know - Advertising Cookies and You (7:15)


Tuesday:
Homework for today:  
Read the following:
Video: 5 of the Worst Computer Viruses Ever
Students list ways to avoid getting malware on their computers.

Wednesday:
Group 2 current events:
Remember to enter your topic here and be sure no one else from your section is already doing it. Also remember to submit your writeup to turnitin.
P1: Aaron, Eliana, Kaitlyn, Stephanie, Andrea
P2: Brian, Jess, Ayla, Alex, Lenny

Homework for today:  
Read the following:
Video (in class): Business Casual G-Men
Pass out review sheet for test next week.

Thursday:
School closed

Friday:
Give out review sheet for test next week.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Week of September 11th - 15th, 2017

Monday:
Continue discussing digital representation of sounds and images, digital cameras, CAT scans
Discuss internet try-at-home - due Wednesday, see below.
A little bit about pixels from code.org
Pixel widgets from code.org
Aloe Blacc talking about compression from code.org
Text compression widget from code.org
Let's enhance. . . Gigapixel images

Tuesday:
Homework due today: Internet vocabulary
Wrap up digital representation of images and sounds, CAT scan
Begin internet discussion of internet history and technology
Videos:
The Lighting of the Beacons
What is the Internet?
Wires, Cables, and Wifi
IP addresses and DNS
Packets, Routing, and Reliability

Wednesday:
Homework due today: Do TCP/IP try-at-home for Windows 7, and Mac OS/X. Windows 10 users, this page may be helpful if you can't figure out how to get telnet to work.
Group 1 current events due today:
P1: Riley, Safwan, Carolyn, Jenna, Logan
P2: Leyla, Rudra, Matan, Vincenzo, Tara
Remember to enter your topic here and be sure no one else from your section is already doing it.

Continue with discussion of Internet technology.
Videos:
IP addresses and DNS
Packets, Routing, and Reliability

Thursday:
Homework due today:  Read Secret Geek A-Team Hacks Back, Defends Worldwide Web and turn in this worksheet.  
Recommended but not required:  Here's an example of how big a deal a compromised DNS can be: Hackers Hijacked Bank's Entire Online Operation

Introduce Computer Pioneer project

Wrap up discussion of Internet technology
Demo Visual traceroute
News report from 1981
DNS Explained video

Review: HTTP and HTML
Demonstrate HTTP with Firefox developer tools


Friday:
Homework due today: Read  How Target Figured Out a Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did and How to see everything Google knows about you

Begin discussion of Google, cloud computing, dynamic web pages
Videos: Being a Google Autocompleter (2:37)
How Google Search works (3:15)
How Search Ads Work (2:38)
How Google Apps Work (1:51)
Google Data Center (4:52) 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Welcome to Principles of Computer Technology, Fall 2017!

Wednesday:

Welcome! 
Discuss rules and expectations, course outline, current events assignment, "Good Questions".

Thursday:
homework for the beginning of class today: register for turnitin, bring back parent/guardian contact information sheet, take this survey to help me know a little about you.
Mr J's homeroom, also please bring back the yellow 'Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form", and any other beginning-of-year forms that you need - emergency information, transportation, and military recruiting info.

Ones and zeroes: introduce binary/hex numbers, give out worksheet.


Friday:
homework for the beginning of class today: "Good Questions", binary/hex worksheet due

Complete binary/hex numbers discussion.
Begin discussing digital representation of sounds and images, digital cameras, CAT scans

What is Unicode?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Autotune
Audacity - free audio software
Begin discussing digital representation of sounds and images, digital cameras, CAT scans
Give out internet vocabulary sheet - due Tuesday




Friday, June 9, 2017

Week of June 12th - 16th, plus a bonus day. . .

Note - there will be sessions after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 13th - 15th, for anyone who wants to review for the final exam.  Please sign up in class so I have some idea who to expect.

Monday:

Rutgers test.  Some class time may be available to work on the project

Tuesday:

Rutgers test.  Some class time may be available to work on the project

Wednesday:

Opportunity to ask questions before the final exam.  Remaining time will be available for working on the project

Thursday:

Opportunity to ask questions before the final exam.  Remaining time will be available for working on the project.  Final project is due by the end of lunchtime.

Friday:

Final exam!

Monday, June 19th:
Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

. . . and that's it!



Friday, June 2, 2017

Week of June 5th - 9th, 2017

Monday:
Robotics and AI presentations begin.
Everyone must have shared their presentation with me by 5:00 AM today -- either email me a powerpoint file or share a Google Slides presentation by then.
Important - name your presentation or powerpoint file "lastname period", like "Jones per2". I will deduct 1 point if it is not correctly named.
You must be ready to present on Monday, even though you may not actually present until Tuesday or even Thursday. Presenters will be chosen at random by a computer program.


Tuesday:
Robotics and AI presentations continue.
Pong game due by the end of lunchtime.

Wednesday:
Personal day for Mr. J.  Everyone working on Processing projects.

Thursday:
Finish AI and Robotics presentations, if necessary.
Hand out review sheet for final exam.

Friday:
Everyone working on Processing projects.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Week of May 29th - June 2nd, 2017

Monday:
Memorial Day.  Take a minute to thank a vet.

Tuesday:
Color wars begins!  Today is Babies & Geriatrics Day.  Grade 10 dresses as geriatrics -- your costume must include at least 3 items.

Continue with interactions with Processing
Start working on Pong game

Wednesday:

Surf & Turf Day.  Dress as a land animal of your choice.  No amphibians.   Penguins (Pittsburgh or otherwise), ducks, and pelicans are off limits, but other birds are considered to be land animals.

Everyone working on Pong game

Thursday:
Alien day.  Alien means "not from earth", not "non-US citizen".
First Processing sketch due by the end of lunchtime

Last class time to finish up Pong game - 15-20 minutes.  It will be due next Tuesday at the end of lunch.
Introduce final Processing project (Don't panic! . . . it should be fun. )
Introduce translate, rotate, scale.
Introduce working with pixels.

Friday:
Team color day.  Go Gray!
Wrap up working with pixels.


Robotics and AI presentations will begin Monday, June 5th. Everyone must have shared their presentation with me by 5:00 AM on June 5th -- either email me a powerpoint file or share a Google Slides presentation by then.

Important - name your presentation or powerpoint file "lastname period", like "Jones per2". I will deduct 1 point if it is not correctly named.

You must be ready to present on Monday, even though you may not actually present until Tuesday or even Wednesday. Presenters will be chosen at random by a computer program.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Week of May 22nd - 26th, 2017

Monday:
Everyone working on Arduino worksheet

Tuesday:
Flip day - 2-1-4-3 for PARCC
Review Arduino worksheet - hand in afterwards

Intro to computer algorithms:
Algorithm: "a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer." "In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a self-contained step-by-step set of operations to be performed." In other words, an algorithm is a very specific recipe.
Video: What is an Algorithm and Why Should You Care?
Video: The Smartest Elevators
Demonstrate Conway's Game of Life:

  • Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies 
  • Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies 
  • Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell 
Demonstrate selection sort vs merge sort

Wednesday:

Introduce Processing.py
Begin drawing project


Thursday:
Flip day - 2-1-4-3 for PARCC
Continue to work on drawing project
(drawing project due by the end of lunch next Tuesday)

Friday:
First period, enjoy your bagel breakfast!

30 minutes to work on Processing drawing.  The project is due by the end of lunchtime next Thursday, June 1st.
Introduce interactive programming with Processing.py