Mrs. Telnock: Computer Applications 7 CLASS NOTES

STUDENTS: We are using Google Classroom.


Copy and paste my e-mail address into your OWN e-mail program and email me from YOUR account, not this Web page:

NOTES from August 2019-March 14, 2020
12 Logos Project (2 days):

At the beginning of the school year, I asked all students to get GIMP installed at home. Those of you that followed those directions in September are good to go!

Your first assignment, two weeks delayed, is to fold a piece of printer paper into sixths: Fold in half LONG WAY first, then fold at 3 1/2" from each side, giving you six landscape oriented rectangles. After pressing the folds well, open it all up.

Now, in the top right corner of each rectangular, both on the front and on the back of the paper, number from 1 to 12. You are about to draw twelve logos for twelve company names, some of which you should recognize from previous assignments.

A logo must be SIMPLE. The most easily recognized logo on Earth? The Nike swoosh. Simplest of simple. One color. You can have the company name in the logo, but you do NOT have to because SIMPLE. And YOU get to decide what each company is - what product(s) or service(s) it sells, its specialty.

Be sure that your numbered drawings correspond with the numbers of each company and have fun!

These will be on one side of the paper, each in their own box:
1. Swiss Ski Chalet
2. Frank's Farm
3. Beautiful You Salon
4. Baby Genius Preschool
5. Good Times Family Fun Park
6. Happy Bellies Restaurant

These will be on the other side of the paper, each in their own box:
7. Ace Aquarium
8. Getting Crafty
9. Fantastic Floral
10. Off the Bench Sporting Goods
11. Stella's Seafood
12. Garden by Greta

March 16 - ?:  covid-19 days off

it will all work outHello, Ladies and Gentlemen!
I certainly hope that you are
STAYING HOME during this time of trying-not-to-catch-corona! I sure am. Please take all of this seriously so that you stay well. These are not snow days where you all go and play with your friends. You are supposed to be staying AWAY from other people, not hanging out with your friends, nor should you be traveling - people traveling is how the virus has spread from region to region and country to country.

All of that said, this is a PERFECT TIME to organize your life: clean your closet, and your storage of your stuff around your home, separating items into SELL and DONATE boxes! Don't forget sports equipment! Financial Literacy, people! 

As you know, no instruction of any kind is to take place during these first two weeks. I am certain that you all know how I feel about that. Please use this e-mail link to contact me, even if you just want to check in and say hello! Or, copy and paste this address into your e-mail program: . Do not use the 'Contact Me' link at left as I cannot reply to you if you do not fill out the form correctly! Just copy and paste my address into YOUR email program.

I am concerned about
each of you and hope that you are doing well! Do not forget to use a greeting at the beginning and then sign your e-mails with your FULL NAME, as if you signing a formal letter. Stay busy with exercise and reading, and cleaning and sorting your possessions! Clean off that desk and keep only what you NEED. Everything should have a purpose.

When/If we do go to online instruction, I will be using this page for notes, announcements and assignments, Google Drive to collect them, and Moodle for any assessments, just like normal.

Be kind to your parents
. They worry about things that you cannot yet comprehend. Show compassion to your family. Love one another.

March 13: Determine Your Budget Activity and on to the Giving Section

March 12: Tracking section of the

Remember that our test will be as soon as we have finished Owing, Tracking, Giving, Investing and Safeguarding. Giving, Investing and Safeguarding are short sections, so plan for early next week and we will see how it goes. There is no rush, of course, and you have/have had ample opportunities to ask questions.

Read the "Keep a Money Diary" and "Track Your Checking Account" sections in full. Then do the Balance Your Checking Account activity. If, when you are finished, your balance does not match, look to be sure that deposits are in the deposits column and that every withdrawal is in the Payment Amount column, then check your math! Use a calculator.

When successful, move on to the Determine Your Budget activity! In this scenario, you are brand new to your job and just moving into an apartment. REMEMBER: save 20%! To determine 20% of your salary, multiply your monthly salary by .20 (20%).

March 11: Timed Typing Test & review Advantages and Disadvantages of Credit Cards:

Do the Debt Calculator ActivityI Paid How Much? Activity, and take the "Credit Card IQ" Quiz - be SURE to read the feedback for each choice you make during all three of these activities.

March 10: Timed Typing Test Wed.

Read all sections in the Discover portion of
Be sure to get the following vocabulary and notes into your notebook:

principal - this is the amount of money you borrow in a loan. You pay this back, plus interest, to the bank or credit union.

balance - 1. loan balance: the difference between the amount owed and the amount paid, 2. checking account: at the end of the month, you and your bank statement agree on how much money you have in your account, or a balance. 3. savings - the amount of money in your savings account

Advantages of Credit Cards:
1. A safe alternative to cash
2. Builds a good credit history (which improves your credit score/rating)
3. Bails you out of emergencies
4. Gives you time to pay (grace period - usually 25-28 days)

Disadvantages of Credit Cards:
1. Way too tempting
2. Carrying a balance (Paying INTEREST and being in DEBT)
3. Getting out of debt

late fee - a fee charged to you for missing a payment date (can $30 or more!)

finance charges - the fees you pay when you do not pay off the entire credit card debt within a single payment period (grace period)

Credit Card Facts:
1. Credit limit
2. Paying minimum monthly payment
3. Grace period
4. Late fees
5. Interest rates
6. Secured cards
7. Your credit card card lost or stolen
8. Credit reports

March 9: Earning, Saving and Spending test & The Spending Challenge

REMINDER: Timed Typing Test Wed. We will review today's test on Wednesday and make-up testing will occur on Wednesday.

After the test, students logged in to their personal accounts to practice for Wednesday's test.

March 6: Wrap up Spending! Test Monday!

Earning, Saving and Spending test on Monday!

Today we will continue to practice check writing, review for the test, and, if time, take the Spending Challenge!

March 5: SPENDING section of - Cash, Credit or Check? Does Money Change Value? and How to Write a Check.

There are six parts to writing a check:
Date - current day's date
Pay to the Order of - who you are paying
Amount Box (numerals)
Check Amount Confirmation line (words)
Memo - a note why you spent money
Signature - makes it a legal contract

Business Checks

Classic Check

March 4: SPENDING section of - Buy It Or Not? and Shop Smart sections

March 3: SAVING  from"How Banks Work" through "How to Earn Money by Saving Money"

REMEMBER: You are responsible for all vocabulary words within the reading of the SAVING section:
deposit - To put money into a bank or investment account.
savings account - A bank account that pays you interest for keeping your savings in it. 
interest - The amount paid by a borrower to a lender for the privilege of borrowing the money.
percentage - A way of measuring. The number 100 (which stands for the whole amount) is usually divided into 100 smaller, but equal, parts, each called a percent. So a percentage usually refers to a certain number of parts within the whole. Therefore, 6% is 6 units out of 100% (the whole). If you have invested $100, and you earn 8% interest on the money, you will earn 8 parts of the whole, or $8. A percentage explains a number in relation to the whole.
balance - 1) In talking about loans, the balance is the difference between the amount owed and the amount paid. If you pay $45 on a $100 debt, your balance is $55. 2) In talking about checkbooks, balancing means to account for all money that came into and went out of your account, so that at the end of the month you and your bank statement agree. 3) In talking about savings, your balance is what is left in your savings account after you deposit or withdraw money.
insures - To protect yourself from loss. You pay premiums (payments) to an insurance company who, in turn, agrees to pay for losses to your property (house, car, jewelry, etc.) or your person (in case of injury). You can buy insurance that protects you even when you cause a loss to other people. For example, you cause a car accident.
withdraw - When you take your money out of your bank account.
expenses - Things you pay money for, both needs and wants.
average - In the middle of the range.
bank card = debit card (they are synonyms)  

liquidity - How quickly an asset (any item of value that you own) can be turned into cash.
FDIC-insured - Established as part of the Banking Act of 1933, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) protects bank customers from possible losses by insuring various kinds of savings accounts up to $100,000 per account.
interest rate - The price paid for the use of someone else's money expressed as an annual percentage rate, such as 6.5%.
compound interest - Interest on an investment, like a savings account, that is calculated not only on the money you originally invested, but also on any interest the investment has already earned.
investment - Using your money to try to make more money for example, by depositing money in a bank or by buying a bond or stock in a company.
Power of 72 - This is a quick way to calculate how long it will take to double your money if it is invested at a particular interest rate. 72/Interest Rate = #of Years it will take  to double your money.

March 2: SAVING section of, from Saving Tricks to How Banks Work

While discussing saving, it is a great time to bring up UPC and QR code reader apps. These apps on your mobile devices help you know where the lowest prices are on items you need. If you or your parents have a favorite, let me know and I will add it to our list:

February 28: Wrapping up Earning and Starting Saving on Monday!

Our next test (at some point next week, depending on when your class finishes all reading and activities), is on all content and vocabulary in the Earning, Saving and Spending sections of

February 27: Planning Your Business

You can start taking on odd jobs – like cutting lawns in your neighborhood – pretty easily. But if you want to get serious about starting a business, you need to have a plan.  These questions will get you started. Answer them in your notebook:

1. What product do you wish to sell or service to provide?

2. How much do you already know about this?

3. Do you need materials or equipment to start up? Will it cost a lot? Where will you get the money?

4. How much will you have to spend to get the business going?

5. Where will you run your business? Can you run it from your home?

6. Who will your customers be?

7. Why do people want or need what you are offering?

8. How much time per week will it take? When will you work?

9. If this is not just a summer business, how will you balance work and school?

10. How will customers hear about you? 

11. What will you charge?

12. Is there another business like yours in the neighborhood or area?

13. What does the competition charge/offer?

14. Can you do a better job than the competition? How?

15. Do you need help from your parents? Would they be willing?

16. Can you do this by yourself or will you need helpers or a partner?

To make your own professional-looking business cards: Vistaprint Business Card Activity. Click on Business Cards, Browse Designs, Type your info and search for a topic. Select a design, complete the card, screenshoot (Alt+PrintScreen) and paste the FRONT design into a landscaped (File > Page Setup) Google Drive doc and SHARE with me.

For PA Media and Design Competition 3D printing students:

YOU CAN INSTALL autodesk Inventor at home:
 - 3D printer software

How to get started with autodesk Inventor:  [If link does not work, search for Username TFI and on his page search title of video: "
Learn Autodesk Inventor in under an hour, 3D CAD modelling full tutorial"]


February 26: Typing Test is Wednesday, March 11

February 24: Intro Vocab (posted 2/18) Test Wednesday (2/26) & Classwork

We read the following sections on and wrote all new vocabulary words from the reading (hover over linked words for definitions) into notebooks:

How to Earn & Learn
How to Decode Your Paycheck
How to Balance School and Work

February 21: What is in a Credit Report? and

A credit report normally includes your personal information, information about your credit accounts, any credit inquiries, and public record/collections information.

Personal information can include your name, address, social security number, date of birth, and place of employment.

Credit inquiries are made anytime someone asks for a copy of your credit report. In this section, your credit report shows anyone who ever made an inquiry within the last two years, including yourself. Soft inquiries can take place without you knowing. For example, a credit issuer will check your credit report so they can send you a pre-approved card in the mail. A hard inquiry, on the other hand, requires your consent.

Account information will detail your credit history. It will likely include a list of all loans you’ve taken out, the balance left on those loans, what type of loans they are (home, auto, etc.), and your payment history (whether or not you make your payments on time and in full).

Public records listed in your credit report include information from state or county courts and collection agencies. The report will show any time you’ve been sued, declared bankruptcy, or foreclosed on a home, as well as any liens, wage attachments, judgments, or overdue debt.

Go to, read Tips for Teens, then click "earning" and read "Starting Salaries."

Florida Presentation

February 20: FICO Credit Score - Definition and Chart

The name FICO comes from the company’s original name, the Fair Isaac Co. It was often shortened to FICO and finally became the company’s official name several years ago.

Generally, the FICO score range is 300 to 850, with the higher number representing less risk to the lender or insurer. Consumers with excellent FICO scores (usually around 760 FICO score range or higher, though every lender has different standards) are likely to get the best rates when they borrow, as well as the best discounts on insurance.

The most common scores range from 300 points to 850 points. The higher your score, the better. In the case of FICO Scores, if you consistently score above 800, it’s like getting straight A’s. The national average FICO credit score, a “C” if you will, is 695.

FICO Credit Score Chart

February 18: SHOW & TELL

Today we will view our CABIN file! And then introduce our next topic: Financial Literacy!

Financial literacy: knowing how money is made, spent, and saved, as well as the skills and ability to use financial resources to make decisions. These decisions include how to generate, invest, spend, and save money.

Financial Literacy Vocabulary:  TEST WED., FEB. 26
1. ATM - Automated Teller Machine
2. Budget - a sum of money to be used for a particular purpose
3. Debit Card - like a credit card, but it takes money directly from your checking account

4. Credit Card - a card that lets you buy goods and services based on a promise to pay later and charges monthly interest if the balance is not paid in full
5. checking account - a bank account from where the depositor can write checks
6. bad check - a check that is dishonored because of insufficient funds

7. overdraft - occurs when withdrawals have gone over the available amount
8. cleared check - a check that has been honored and processed
9. check register - a record book used to keep track of all transactions when they occur

10. statement - is a document published by your bank (sent to you or available online) that details all transactions for the month
11. overdraft fee - a fee for over-spending from your bank account
12. savings account - a bank account where money is stored and returns a very low interest rate

13. transaction - a deposit, withdrawal, charge or fee on an account
14. credit - money that a bank or business will allow a person to use and then pay back in the future, a record of how well (or poorly) you have paid your bills in the past, and an amount of money that is added to an account
15. interest - a charge for borrowed money, generally a percentage of the amount borrowed, and the profit in goods or money that is made on invested capital
16. credit report - lenders report to credit bureaus on each account you have established with them: the type of account (auto loan, credit card, mortgage, etc.), the date you opened the account, your credit limit or loan amount, the account balance and your payment history (on-time and/or late payments)

Credit Score Chart

February 13 & 14: Last Day to Work on P# LASTNAME CABIN in class

Remember: Your shared file (P# LASTNAME CABIN) must have only four downloaded components: toilet, kitchen faucet, bathroom faucet and shower head. The rest must be built be YOU.

Use your checklist to be CERTAIN that everything that needs to created, has been.

If you are FINISHED with your project (P# LASTNAME CABIN), you may open and work on your CABIN file, adding appropriate components, maybe even an addition! The CABIN file is NOT to be shared with me.

This is NOT Show & Tell today - work independently. We will view our CABIN files on Tuesday!


Today we will open our CABIN file, then click the folder > Save As and name the new file P# LASTNAME CABIN. Be aware into WHICH FOLDER you save it.

Go to My Drive and click the browser's refresh button. 
Go to the folder where you saved P# LASTNAME CABIN.
Right click on the file and SHARE with me, turning off notifications.

Use your checklist and work on your P# LASTNAME CABIN file.

February 10: Cabin Finishing Checklist

Interior dimensions: 24' x 14'
Exterior dimensions: 25' x 15'

Two doors, one MUST BE CENTERED on the FRONT of the house (3' x 7')
Windows: one over kitchen sink and one to left of front door (in front view), other windows your choice.

Vanity: 3' x 2' and 34" tall, sink and faucet
Shower: 3' x 5'
Pocket door extruded 1.5"
Materials on all surfaces

L-shaped cabinets, 38" high
1" counter top
Oven, sink, faucet, under cabinet refrigerator
Cabinet lines to look like cabinets
Materials on every surface

Furniture of your choice (18" seat height and 18" depth)

All doors and windows (except shower window if you have one):
4" outside, 2" inside

February 7: ANIMATION CAMP! $25.00 Registration Fee which you GET BACK at the end of the four Saturday camp! Contact Colleen Stepanovich TODAY at 570.346.8471 OR to reserve your seat - DON'T WAIT!

Flyer Animation Camp.pdf (this file is a .pdf of the image below)
Animation Camp Flyer

February 3 - 12 Cabin Continues 

January 27 - TBA: Cabin Project

Furniture, walls, bookshelves, oh my! Building your cabin according to your drawing, with help to create the bathroom and kitchen.

January 24:

January 23: Cabin Project 3D Model Begins!

Today we began a new SketchUp file* called, "CABIN," created our foundation, set up our walls and kitchen base cabinets and placed the location of the front door.

*Dimensions: 24' along red axis, 14' along the green axis.
*Offset OUTSIDE (not to the inside) 6" to create exterior walls.

Front door:
*Find midpoint of interior bottom wall.
*Draw line to hold midpoint.
*Measure 1.5' (or 18") to the left, then 1.5' to the right of the midpoint line.
*Draw lines through the wall at left and right, then erase the midpoint line.

AFTER CREATING THE FRONT DOOR, be sure to use measurement lines if needed to create, perhaps the second door, or windows before erasing them.

*Bathroom is in upper left corner. 8' along green axis, 5' along red, then add 6" walls OUT from both measurement lines. Draw walls with Line tool.
*Shower extends 3' from left wall. Draw line.
*Vanity is 2' from back wall, 3' from right wall. Draw lines.
*Doorway is 4" from left wall (for right side of door), then 3' (for the left side of the door).

Kitchen area:
*L-shaped base cabinets are 2' from the left and top walls of the kitchen and extend right to the bathroom doorway. Draw line from left side of doorway to measurement line, then the other two lines.
*Measure 30" up from bottom wall of kitchen, then 3'. The 30" area is to accommodate the oven range and the 3' is the sink cabinet.

January 22:  Inspiration Color Scheme Complete

Today brought on the tasks of exporting our color schemes as a .jpg, uploading them to Drive, and sharing them. Below is an example of our five layer graphic design project, (as completed by Savanna S.):


January 21: Inspiration Color Scheme Begins

Today we began completing the template that you see below. We moved our inspiration photo to the top rectangle, and began filling in the other rectangles with our colors.

January 17: Save this image to your CA folder. We will use it to build our color scheme for the cabin project!

 Color scheme Template

January 16: Typing Test and Inspiration!

Period 2: HOMEWORK - complete your 3 paragraph, 8 sentences per paragraph paper ( TNR sz 12, double spaced - do NOT put gaps between paragraphs) entitled, "Inspiration," and share it with me.

January 15: Spreadsheet Formulas Test and practice for tomorrow's timed typing test

January 14: Frilly Florist Spreadsheet and Practice Test on Moodle

Log in to your student account on 
Google Drive, then click the Frilly Florist link above. Go to File>Make a copy so that you may edit the spreadsheet.

Then go to Moodle and take the practice test, being certain to notice when it says number or formula! You make take the test as many times as you wish.

January 13: Good Times Family Fun Park

Today's spreadsheet was used to complete six formulas and then use the AutoFormat Handle to complete the necessary cells. Test on the four types of formulas on Wednesday (sum, max, min, average).

Log in to your student account on Google Drive, then click here for the file. Don't forget that you may have to add at the end of your username when logging in from home. 

Go to File>Make a copy so that you may edit the spreadsheet.


TIMED TYPING TEST: Thursday, 1/16. - NEW SCALE for the rest of the year.

WPM - speed x accuracy

(Ex.: 25 wpm x 89% (.89) accuracy = 22.25 wpm so 80% test grade)

35/+ = 100%
34 = 98%
33 = 96%
32 = 94%
31 = 92%
30 = 90%
29 = 89%
28 = 88%
27 = 87%
26 = 86%
25 = 85%
24 = 83%
23 = 82%
22 = 80%
21 = 79%
20 = 78%
19 = 77%
18 = 76%
17 = 75%
16 = 74%
15 = 73%
14 = 72%
13 = 71%
12 = 70%
11 = 68%
10 = 67%
9 = 65%
8 = 63%
7 = 62%
6 = 60%
5/- = 55%

January 10: Happy Bellies Restaurant


TIMED TYPING TEST: Thursday, 1/16.

This is the file that we used in class today: happy_bellies_no_answers.xlsx

You can download it, then, in Drive, open Sheets and File>Import File.

Here is the completed spreadsheet so that you can check your formulas:

January 9: Types of Formulas

Ex.: =average(c2:e2)

=sum(_:_)  adding (use when TOTAL is needed)
=min(_:_)  minimum - lowest
=max(_:_)  maximum - highest

Example of average formula in a grade book scenario to PRACTICE AT HOME - this can also be practiced in Google Drive Sheets. Cells E2, E3, E4, E5, B5, C5, and D5 need formulas.


January 8: Intro to Spreadsheets and MS (Microsoft) Excel!

Spreadsheets - a document with words and numbers, often MATH, on a grid (columns, rows, cells)

Cell: Rectangle, every cell has a NAME. Ex.: C5, H7

Column: designated by letters
Rows: designated by numbers

FORMULAS! mathematical expression within a cell

All formulas start with an = (equal sign).
There are NO SPACES in formulas.

Automatic Recalculation - let Excel do the math!

Draw and label the Autoformat Handle (the cell and the small black square at the lower right corner)

Name Box - tells you what cell is activated.

Formula Bar - long white field for typing, just above the grid. Fix mistakes here, not in cells.

January 7: SketchUp test & Typing Tuesday!

January 6: Study SketchUp screen - tools, axes, everything, for tomorrow's test.

January 2-3: 4Sight Testing in the morning, periods 1-3 each day - BE ON TIME!

SketchUp Tools Test Tuesday, January 7! Study guide was distributed to classes and posted here on December 6.

North Poles will be graded the first time you have this class in the new year, then you can add colors, textures, etc.

Computer Fair Logo Competitors (or anyone really interested in graphic design):
Inkscape Free Download - choose your operating system (all downloads are at your OWN RISK - I have used this for years with no issues, but ALWAYS have updated virus protection running while using your computer)
Inkscape Official Tutorials

Next topic:





  • 1.electronic documents in which data is arranged in the rows and columns of a grid and can be manipulated and used in calculations:"we have a color-coded Excel spreadsheet of all of our trip expenses"

Can be used for gradebooks, budgets, expenses and income, charts and more!

December 13-19: North Pole Project


This is a 1/12 scale project. When directions say 1', you will use 1". So 70 feet (') will be 70 inches (")

Directions for North Pole Project (this is a test grade):

Required items - tip: complete ALL buildings first, then create doors and windows on the buildings. Do not create a yard.

1. Santa's House:

  • 25' by 35' foundation
  • 10' walls
  • 8' peaked roof
  • Two Standard sized doors (3' by 7') and windows wherever you like. 

2. Reindeer Stable:

  • 20' by 40' foundation
  • 12' walls
  • 9' peaked roof
  • Two 6' by 7' barn doors (each barn door is one rectangle)
  • Two Standard sized doors. 

3. Toy Workshop:

  • 30' by 70' foundation
  • 20' walls
  • 10' peaked roof
  • Two Standard sized doors (single or double - must have two entrance/exit points) and windows. 

4. Sleigh Barn:

  • 15' by 25' foundation
  • 10' walls
  • 5' peaked roof
  • One 6' by 7' barn door, one standard sized door and windows wherever you like. 

5. Elf Cottages - TEN (tip - I highly recommend that you create one, then, from TOP VIEW, select, copy, paste and move or rotate as needed):

  • 10' by 10' foundation
  • 6' walls
  • 3' peaked roof
  • Two 1.5' (18”) x 4' door(s) and windows wherever you like. 

6. Elf Dormatory, Cafeteria and Rec Center (all one building):

  • 25' by 70' foundation
  • 14' walls
  • 9' peaked roof
  • Two 1.5' x 4' door(s) and windows wherever you like.
  • One Standard sized door (so Santa can attend parties)

Remember: when in doubt, CHECK YOUR MEASUREMENTS with the Tape Measure tool.


December 11: Cookie Exchange, practice, Peer Feedback in Moodle, SketchUp from "the Waffle"

Cookie Exchange: due to a 25 participants, we must raise the number of cookies required by each person to 50 cookies, not 36! This way, everyone will get two cookies of each variety. Get your recipes (title, your name, then ingredients and directions) typed and printed by 8am Friday - the sooner, the better!

Ten minutes in practice account, fifteen minutes typing peer feedback in Moodle. ALL FEEDBACK MUST BE FINISHED IN MOODLE BY 11:59pm tonight! As stated over and over, this is a test grade.

Building the shed so far (if mistakes are made Ctrl+Z immediately and start that step again. Never try to fix something in SketchUp - just undo and do it again) - SAVE early and often:

SAVE as, "shed."

Using the LINE tool, build the 10' by 8' foundation (10' parallel to the red axis, 8' parallel to the green).
- click once, move mouse to the right - red line - type 10' > Enter
- move mouse up - green line - type 8' > Enter
- move mouse left - red line - type 10' > Enter
- move mouse down - green line - type 8' > Enter
- Save

IN (lower right) ISO VIEW:
Raise the walls/foundation but selecting the PUSH/PULL tool.
- Hover over the foundation. Dots should appear.
- Click once, then move mouse up toward the top of your screen. Let go.
- Type 8' > Enter
- Save

- Hover over the shortest wall until "midpoint" appears with a light blue dot. Click once to set the point.
- Move mouse across the longest distance to the other side until "midpoint" shows up again. Click once.

In RIGHT VIEW, PAN down so you can see the line that you just drew:
-Use the MOVE tool by clicking on the midpoint line, then move your mouse toward the top of your monitor.
- Type 3' > Enter

December 10: practice, Peer Feedback in Moodle, SketchUp from desktop

Timed Typing Test Thursday! Since August, you have been asked to spend just 10 minutes a day practicing in your personal account, Mon-Thur. Keep it up!

Due to a Google issue, SketchUp may not be online through the protocol we have been using, but this link may work at home: We have a desktop version for in-school use only, too. Hopefully this will be resolved soon and we will keep having access at home again through The Waffle within Drive! 

COOKIE EXCHANGE FORMS ARE DUE TODAY! Get your recipe to me as soon as possible! Please do not wait until the last day. TYPE IT LIKE THE EXAMPLE I taped to the board. Cookie Name and your name on top, centered and bolded!

December 9: SketchUp intro and/or Typing of Peer Feedback in Moodle

Depending on when your class finished presenting, we are beginning to type our feedback in a KIND, PROFESSIONAL manner in Moodle. You are personally responsible for what you write, both content and tone. Presentations > P#: Pennsylvania Pride Presentation Feedback Forum.

Hit reply only to MY comment for each presenter, including yourself.

In FULL SENTENCES, type your constructive comment and compliment for each presenter.


December 6: Practice in and SketchUp Toolboxes Study Guide

As always, if you are absent today, DO THIS WORK before next class so that you are caught up and ready to go.

Because we have our 2nd Quarter timed typing test next Thursday, you are getting twenty minutes of in-class practice time today - personal account, of course. Then,  students were given this study guide to complete in class. Directions are at the top of the sheet:

2019 SKETCHUP for schools TOOLBOXES STUDY GUIDE for Computer Applications 7.pdf :
Username: (you need all of that to log-in at home!)
Password: PINbucks 

November 26 and December 3-5: Presentations

In notebooks, write at least one constructive comment and one compliment for each presenter, including yourself.

Thinking ahead, here are some beginner SketchUp terms to learn:, and, as always, spend 10 min a night Mon-Thur on lessons and tests in your personal account, without looking at the keyboard.

November 25: Practice and Timing, Practice and Timing!

As we have known from the beginning, your presentation needs to be five to ten minutes long. Today we will have TWO timed sessions so you can silently practice your presentation. In between the two timed sessions, you will have speaker notes work sessions so you can make adjustments to your notes if your timing is off. Add more, edit some, whatever you need to do, do it!

Make sure that YOU are in your presentation - we need to know why the places are important to YOU - get your personality in there!

Presentations begin tomorrow and will continue on Tuesday until we are finished. We will write feedback for each presenter in our notebooks: one constructive comment, one compliment.

November 22: Speaker Notes Instruction and Creation - REMEMBER THE LUCKY 7!

Speaker note sheets were on the podium yesterday, and still are, if you choose to use them. If you choose to type your speaker notes, you are responsible for printing them before  class on Monday. Monday will be spent on timing and practice, practice and timing! Presentations, randomly selected, will begin Tuesday.

After your last content slide (Step 6), before Works Cited, finish your summary, and state, "Here are my Works Cited," forward to your first Works Cited slide, and, silently, count our three full seconds - one-one-thou-sand, two-one-thou-sand, three-one-thou-sand - then go on to the next Works Cited slide. When you get to your last Works Cited slide, wait the three seconds, then look back at your notes, and thank your audience (Step 7)!

Remember the Lucky 7:

1. Know your audience.
2. Greet your audience.
3. Introduce yourself (full name) and give credentials.
4. Introduce topic and give [audience] expectation(s).
5. Deliver the content.
6. Review the content and the [audience] expectation(s).
7. Thank audience.

November 20 & 21: Presentation Open Work Days

You have been instructed, given multiple examples of, and provided online notes for each step of the presentation creation process. Whatever you need to work on, you have two entire class periods to make it happen. Thursday, end of class: FINISHED SLIDES. No extensions.

November 19: The rest of the week

Checklist (on paper) given to all students

The deadline to work on presentations is end of class Thursday. 
On Friday, at the very beginning of class, all students will upload their presentations to Drive and share them with me. I will then save my own copy so that students can no longer edit. This is the only way to assure that the students who present last (presentations take days) do not have more time to improve their presentations than the students who present first.

You will have Friday, all weekend, and some of Monday's class for speaker notes and practice, and you will keep possession of your own speaker notes until you present. Speaker Notes papers are on the podium.

November 18: Presentation Due Date is THURSDAY, Nov. 22

Abbreviated citations under images on slides.

Ex.: Fig. 1. Arbor (Our Mission).

Insert tab > Text Box > Click and drag long. narrow box under image from left border of image to the right. Immediately type "Fig." to keep the text box open and work to complete each abbreviated citation, including the link.

November 15: Create Abbreviated Citations on Content Slides

Referring to the Bennett College link below, type the needed text for the abbreviated citation right after the last fact by having no punctuation in between, then one space followed by: (First part of full citation). Note the period at the end.

To make the text a hyperlink right to the page on which you found the facts, select the text (NOT the parenthesis), right click > Hyperlink. Paste the link in the 'address' area, then click Ok.

Hyperlinking for abbrev citation on slide

November 14: Text on Slides! Bullet form, NO FULL SENTENCES

November 13: Bennett College MLA Presentation Example

Bennett College:

Slides begin today! PowerPoint, not Drive.

Open PowerPoint and immediately save as P#_LastF_PPP (putting YOUR class period and YOUR last name and capitalized first initial), then create your title slide as below, with your name, of course. To show rulers, click the VIEW tab, and check the ruler box (middle top area). 

One image on every slide EXCEPT the Title Slide and Works Cited.

NEVER build a Thank You slide. (Step 7 - verbal)

All "Works Cited" slides are called Works Cited, ALPHABETICAL order.

November 12: Discussion of Intellectual Property and Citations

Intellectual Property:  property (such as an idea, invention, or process) that derives from the work of the mind or intellect, product of/ownership of original thought

November 8: Image Citations (See MLA Citations at left)

November 7: Images!

Images must be saved and uploaded to your Pennsylvania Pride Presentation folder. NEVER copy and paste onto a document! We need the .jpg.

November 6: All Citations are to be FINISHED for your Web sites today.

Add "SLIDE NOTES" to each Web site entry on your Presentation Notes doc and start, in outline form, to answer the questions, Who? What? When? Where? and Why? as you plan what you are going to teach us!

November 5: Citations from Citation Templates
First step: determine if your Web site article has an author or not, then chose the needed template from below. You can copy and paste the templates right onto your Presentation Notes doc.

Citation for Websites w/No Author TEMPLATE:

“Title of Web Page.” Title of Website, Publisher, Date published in Day Month Year format, URL.

Citation for Websites with Author TEMPLATE:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher, Date of Publication in Day Month Year format, URL.

Citation for Image TEMPLATE:

Last name, First Name. "Title of Photograph." Where was it taken or where is it housed if a museum, Who owns it/Where was it online, Day Month Year, URL.

Adams, Clifton R. “People Relax Beside a Swimming Pool at a Country Estate Near Phoenix, Arizona, 1928.” Found, National Geographic Creative, 2 June 2016,

November 4: Setting up the research

In Google Drive, we created a Pennsylvania Pride Presentation folder (New>Folder> type, "Pennsylvania Pride Presentation," in the title area. Then, double click the folder. It should now say, "My Drive > Pennsylvania Pride Presentation" toward the top. Click New > Google Docs and title it, "Presentation Notes."

In your document, list the places in Pennsylvania that you are going to teach us about, the type places for URLs you need for your research, and a description of what you are going to use on each Web site. See the example below:

Places I am presenting:
1. Hickory Run State Park's Boulder Field
2. Grey Towers, Milford
3. Salt Springs State Park

1. Hickory Run State Park, Boulder Field

Web sites used (copy and paste URLS here):





Be sure to cover Who? What? When? Where? and Why? when you are deciding what sites to use! Have your URLs pasted into your Presentation Notes, and descriptions of what info you need from each site,  finished for homework.

November 1: Welcome to Second Quarter and the Pennsylvania Pride Presentation!
Pennsylvania Pride Presentation


Rubric for Grading Presentations:
Presenter: _
Score/Points Possible

_ /5 pts Title Slide: Title (2 pts), Name (1 pt), School (1 pt), Date (1 pt).

_ /15 pts Enthusiam in speech (5 pts), good voice volume (5 pts) and eye contact (5 pts).

_ /20 pts Clear, relevant images (10 pts) and adequate number of images (10 pts).

_ /10 pts Citations under/near images on content slides for each.

_ /20 pts Content citations (10 pts) Works Cited citations (10 pts), formatted properly (all parts required and alphabetical order on Works Cited).

_ /20 pts Organization/Flow (10 pts) and Interesting Content (10 pts) subtract 10 points here if no speaker notes are used.

_ /10 pts Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes long (Mrs. Telnock will tell you the finish time of each presenter).

__ Total Score and comments below (detailed comments required for each student).

31 October: Tick presentation photos that we could not view last week due to Internet issues. Our ability to CONNECT to the Internet Backbone was gone. An infrastructure problem!

30 October: Handwriting (Cursive)

Every student was given the Cursive Writing Guide and directed to KEEP IT WITH YOU in class EVERY DAY. Use it and practice. Below is a link for the guide and a link for handwriting practice for your to print as much as you need for home.

Students shared why writing is better than printing and why we need to make the switch right away. Your signature is a very good way to prove your identity and is very difficult to forge. Also, you write about 1/3 faster than printing letters! That's 20 minutes saved for every hour of writing!



29 October: TESTS

28 October: This week's assessments
Tomorrow you will take a test on the Top 10 Online Manners - only 10 questions. These were to be written in your notebook on September 16 (but were posted on the class page on Sept. 13) and we have discussed them in detail many times. Review is on Moodle. We completed the review together in class today (so that you would have correct answers), so if you were absent, talk to a friend that came to school today. 

Internet Vocabulary Test  re-take will be tomorrow. 20 questions, review is on Moodle. We completed the review together in class today (so that you would have correct answers), so, if you were absent, talk to a friend that came to school today. Period 2: Click on your score and you will see questions and answers.  

Timed Typing Test in Wednesday, 10/30. On this first test, 20 wpm gross words per minute (gwpm x accuracy) will earn you 100%! You have know that this day was coming for one entire month (see Sept. 30 post).

Grading scale for this typing test only, adjusted wpm:
20/+: 100%
17-19: 95%
15-16: 90%
12-14: 85%
9-11: 80%
6-8: 75%
4-5: 70%
0-3: 65%

ALL ZEROS IN THE PORTAL MUST BE MADE UP BY THE END OF THE DAY WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30. It is the end of the quarter, people - get your work finished or the zeros stay.

25 October: Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

Presentation and Q & A.

24 October

Unit A: Computer and Internet Literacy Test today! Show what you know!
Internet Vocabulary, too. Personal account when finished. 

Remember: Just 10 minutes a day on your personal account, Monday through Thursday.

23 October

Today we completed Unit A. Eleven students accessed the test review before today (the Unit A test review has been on Moodle since October 15). Your test is this Thursday. Unit A: Computer and Internet Basics Presentation (.pdf)

Also, remember that you were asked about THREE WEEKS ago to spend just ten minutes a day typing lessons and taking practice tests in your PERSONAL account. Next week will be our typing test of first quarter.

22 October

Today we continued with Unit A. The Unit A test review has been on Moodle since October 15 - your test is this Thursday. Unit A: Computer and Internet Basics Presentation (.pdf)

21 October

Unit A test review has been on Moodle since last week - your test should be this Thursday, barring any delays or unforeseen issues in each class. Unit A: Computer and Internet Basics Presentation (.pdf)

Also, remember that you were asked about THREE WEEKS ago to spend just ten minutes a day typing lessons and taking practice tests in your PERSONAL account. Next week will be our typing test of first quarter.

18 October

Binary Code review and dissection of desktop computers!

Today we used tools to take apart computers and identified some parts: hard drive, heat sink, fans, RAM, battery, power supply, mother board, and so much more!

17 October

What is RAM (Random Access Memory - temporary storage)?
What is ROM (Read Only Memory - permanent storage)?

Binary Code Table:

Binary Code Table

Each 0 or 1 is one bit of information = 1/8 of a byte
Eight 0s and 1s = one byte of information = one keystroke

Kilo (KB) = 1,000 so one kilobyte = approximately one thousand keystrokes
Mega (MB) = 1,000,000 so one megabyte = approximately one million keystrokes
Giga (GB) = 1,000,000,000 so one gigabyte = approximately one billion keystrokes
Tera (TB) = 1,000,000,000,000 so one terabyte = approximately one trillion keystrokes

International System of Units of Measurement

International System of Scientific Measurement

16 October

Clubs that 7th Grade Students can join, and the club advisers:

Computer Fair Club: See Middle School Computer Fair for project list - Mrs. Telnock
Earth Club - Mrs. Worozbyt, Rm. 103

Health Careers Club - Mrs. Bochicchio, Rm. 107 - first meeting after school Mon., Oct. 28
Scrapbooking Club (crafts, crochet, etc.) - Mrs. Telnock (2:30-4:30pm on scheduled Thursdays)
Service Club - Mr. Callahan, Rm. 111