Monthly Archives: March 2015

That Thing I Love Powerpoint

Regardless of how you feel about power points, they are a technology that is rather prevalent in our society (especially in higher education) so we are going to take the time to get really good at making them. Technically, creating a power point is really quite easy. The tricky thing about power points is presenting them well. We’ve all sat through boring as death presentations before and usually it’s because the person presenting doesn’t know how to do it well. We are going to practice being good presenters!

Your assignment will be to create a powerpoint to present to our class. It can be on any topic that you want. The requirements are as follows:

  • 10-13 slides
  • A theme is applied
  • 8 images
  • 5 transitions
  • 3 animation — at least one must be a custom animation.
  • 1 chart or table
  • One piece of word art
  • Follows the 7×7 rule

When you present these are the things you are going to be graded on:

  • Asking the audience  at least one question (or interacting with them directly in another way)
  • Using intonation in your voice
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to talk about your topic without just reading straight off the slide.

Computer Tech Test

Click here to take the test

How to Submit your TouchCast Reports

These TouchCast reports are due tomorrow, Thursday by 5:00pm. Remember, you can also retake your final test until then, and that is also the last moment I will accept any late work.

  1. Open touchcast
  2. go to the Cast side (there is a button on the left side of the screen that will take you there)
  3. In the bottom right corner there is a little picture of a person, click it.
  4. Create an account using your email, or login if you have already made an account
  5. After you have made an account, click on the My Projects tab at the top of the screen. You will see the TouchCast you have been working on.
  6. Click on your project to open it.
  7. In the top right corner, click on the Save and Share link
  8. Give your video a title, and make sure the privacy setting is switched to Public.
  9. Click the green Share link in the top right corner of the screen.
  10. It will take a minute for your video to upload (you will see a green progress bar across the video thumbnail showing you the progress)
  11. After it is done uploading, click on the video and again make sure the privacy setting is public, then click the share button.
  12. Choose mail as the way you want to share your video, then enter my email address
  13. Be sure to include your name in the email and the subject should be Your name TouchCast.
  14. You are all done.

TouchCast Video Innovation Reports

Choose a current, new, innovative technology that interests you. It can be something you know quite a bit about, or just something you’ve heard mentioned before and would like to know more about. You are then going to look at the history of this technology. What other innovations were required for this to happen? where did this kind of technology begin? What are it’s origins?

Then, after taking a look at it’s past make some predictions about their future implications. Where do you think this technology will take us in 5 years? 10 years? What other applications could this technology have that it is not currently being used for? We will then take all of your research and predictions and you are going to present your findings in a TouchCast video on your iPad. We will go through the basics of this app in class.

Requirements for your video:

  • Length — no longer than 5 minutes. No shorter than 4:30.
  • Assets — Must use at least 7 relevant and interesting images in your presentation. You may also use any other vApps you would like.
  • Quality — make sure your camera is steady, you are well lit, there is no background noise or other distractions.
  • Information — You cover the history, current innovations, and future predictions to some depth. The history is interestingly presented (not just a list of facts) you analyze the importance of the current innovations, and your predictions about the future are well thought out. You cite specific examples, not just make general statements
  • Presentation — No “ums” or “so yeah…” Your presentation progresses in a logical order and avoids repetition. You understand the information you are presenting, not just reading off facts you found on the internet. You are an interesting presenter to watch!

Old Technology

BLOG POST: What is the oldest piece of technology that you remember in your lifetime? Tell me about it— where did you first see it  What were your initial thoughts, etc. Your post should be 3-5 sentences long.

Hardware/Software/Networks/Ethics Test Review

All this information you need should be on your note pages that we took in class. If you are missing any of the info you can see it below.

Note Pages can be found here:

  1. Click here for the hardware notes worksheet
  2. Click here for the software notes page
  3. Click here for the internet notes page
  4. Click here for the networks notes page
  5. Click here for the ethics notes page

 Information can be found here:


  • Operating systems are the software that tell your computer how to function—there are some hardware differences between macs and PCs, but the main difference is that they run different operating systems. Yosemite for macs and Windows 8 on PCs. An operating system is required for a computer to function, it wouldn’t know what to do if it didn’t have some type of OS installed.
  • GUI — graphical user interface. Means that you can interact with your computer in a visual way rather than just typing in commands. It makes using a computer more intuitive.
  • Icons are small images/symbols are are used to represent a file or application.
  • An application is a piece of software that is designed to do a certain task. For example, Safari is a web browser application that’s function is to allow you to browse the internet. Photoshop is an application that allows you to edit photos.
  • Files come in many different types and is a resource for storing information. Depending on the type of file they can be edited in various applications.
  • folders are a way of storing and organizing different files on your computer.
  • Multitasking is the ability of a computer to do multiple things at once. This seems intuitive but it’s relatively new in many devices.
  • Virus is an unwanted program that causes destruction on your computer or corrupt your files.
  • Firewalls are software that are intended to protect your computer from viruses
  • Spyware is a type of virus that rather than causing harm, is intended to collect information about you without your consent.


  • An optical drive reads CDs
  • The hard drive is the central storage place on your computer. It holds all the information stored on your computer — files, applications, the OS.
  • CPU — central processing unit. The brains of the computer where most processing takes place.
  • Motherboard— circuit board that connects the main components together and allows them to communicate.
  • Graphics card — converts code into a visual format for you to more easily use your computer
  • RAM — Random access memory — the conscious memory of your computer. Whatever it is doing right now uses the RAM. It accesses things from the hard drive.
  • ROM — Read only memory — stores important information your computer needs to use to function, like how to open and run applications, or turn on.
  • USB port — universal serial bus. most common type of connection, many common peripherals connect using this type of connection.
  • heat sync — aka fan. Used to keep your computer hardware cool
  • Power supply — converter box that converts the electricity from AC power to DC power that your computer can use.
  • Peripherals — unnecessary, though useful additions to a computer— not needed to turn on and work, but helpful in many ways. There are input peripherals, like mouses, keyboards, microphones— things that put data into your computer. Output peripherals give you information from your computer, for example a speaker, or the monitor.
  • hertz — unit of measurement to measure frequency of cycles. On a computer the cycles indicate how fast something goes.
  • Storage — smallest unit is a byte, then when you have 1024 of those you get a kilobyte, 1024 of those gives you a megabyte etc. They are in order:
    • byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, petrabyte