Intro to CSS – Khan Academy

CSS is a programming language that is used to style webpages. Like HTML, there are many tags. These tags can change the background color, the background color for a single paragraph,  and the text color. The style tag (<style>/</style>)  is what everything that styles the webpage is inside. Rgb(); changes the color of whatever you put before it. Inside the parentheses, there are 3 numbers. These numbers are the RGB values. The first value stands for the amount of red, the second value stands for the amount of green, and the third stands for the amount of blue. RGB values go up to 255. Different numbers create different colors. Putting background-color before the rgb will tell the computer to change the background of the webpage to whatever color is put inside the parentheses. If you put h1 before the background-color, it will change the background for only the first header on the webpage. In CSS, spacing is very important, or the computer won’t be able to perform the actions you are telling it to do.

“Travel Webpage” on Khan Academy

*DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not meant to teach you or anyone else about CSS and how to use it. It is just meant to explain some of the basics. Thanks*

Intro to HTML – Khan Academy

In this assignment, I learned basic HTML on Khan Academy. HTML is a type of computer programming (code) that creates webpages. HTML is used to create webpages such as this blog, Instagram, Tumblr, and Youtube. To use HTML, you use tags. Tags always start and end with an angle bracket (they look like the greater than and less than signs). Tags come in pairs, with the ending tag always have a forward slash (/) after the first angle bracket. For example, a starting HTML tag looks like this, <html>, but an ending HTML tag looks like this, </html>. Some common tags are starting and ending HTML tags, which start and end the code. There are title tags (<title> webpage title </title>), headline tags (<h1> heading </h1>), paragraph tags (<p> paragraph </p>). Tags are also used to put emphasis on certain words or phrases. To do this, you use em tags (<em> word that needs emphasis </em>). Em tags italicize the words in the tag. Strong tags (<strong> word </strong>) bold the word or words in the tag. There are also tags to insert images, make lists, and change the width and height of an image. Linked below is my “Picture-Perfect Trip” project.

“Picture Perfect Trip” on Khan Academy

*DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not meant to teach you or anyone else about HTML and how to use it. It is just meant to explain some of the basics. Thanks*

Key Events in Computer History

In this assignment, I worked with Kate on website on the history of Google and one of its co-founders, Sergey Brin. This website was a collaborative site with the rest of the I.T students called “Key Events” We were put into pairs of out choice and We used many different websites for out research, and used those as both citations and additional resources. We rewrote the information that we found in a way that is understandable to kids our age. After we finished our page on the site, we had to read three other pages.

The first page that I read was about Nintendo. Nintendo is a gaming company founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Nintendo is responsible for the Game Boy, Super Nintendo, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Pokemon Go actually doubled Nintendo’s stock market. They also release Super Mario Bros. in 1985

The second page I read was about Youtube. Youtube was launched in 2005, but the idea of it was thought of in 2004, by Jawed Karim and Steven Chen. In 2009, Youtube launched a music program called Vevo. In 2010, it released the ability to rent movies.

The final page I read was about Mark Zuckerburg. Mark Zuckerburg was born in White Plains, New York, and was the creator of Facebook. He launched Facebook in his dorm at Harvard. Zuckerburg was born on May 14th, 1984.

Sergey Brin




Assignment #8 – Google Forms

In this assignment, I made a Google Form about Harry Potter. I titled it, “The Ultimate Harry Potter Quiz.” I had to send the survey to at least 6 people, and I sent to out to 11. The average score was 14.17 out of 30 points, and the most frequently missed question was “What song was Sirius singing at the Order’s HQ?” on this question, the most popular response was “Voldy the Red-Eyed Dark Lord,” even though the correct answer was “Bless Ye Merry Hippogriffs.” Also, the question,”Did Ron have siblings?” only got 7 out of 11 correct responses. The highest grade was a 30/30, and the lowest 0/30. Many of the answers to a lot of the questions were something along the lines of “I don’t know.”

The Ultimate Harry Potter Quiz

Assignment #7 – Citation Review

In this assignment, I was given 7 websites to cite properly on a citation generator. I used EasyBib, but there are others you can use. We had to list the citations in alphabetical order, with a hanging indent. While doing this, I relearned how to use a citation generator, where to find the author, publisher, date published, and date accessed. On Easybib, there were different options of citation format. There are MLA 7, MLA 8, APA, Chicago, and more.  I used MLA 8 to cite the websites I was given.

My Citation Review

Assignment #6 – Dream Room

In this assignment, I made a spreadsheet listing  what I want to be in that room and how much each item costs. Also, I used formulas to calculate the sub total, tax, grand total, how much money I had left over, the least expensive item, most expensive item, and the average price. I really enjoyed this lesson, especially going on the Target website an searching random things in my spare time. Figuring out what I wanted the theme of the room to be was a bit challenging, but once I figured it out it was really easy.

Dream Room Spreadsheet


Assignment #4a – Spirit Wear

School uniforms (spirit wear) have been a part of some schools for a long time now, while other schools are just starting to use them recently. Many people have been questioning whether the idea of school uniforms is helping or hurting the learning environment that is created in schools. I, personally, am on the “school uniforms aren’t necessarily helping the learning community,” side of the argument, but I will be presenting both the pros, cons. I present to you, “The Great Debate: Spirit Wear.”

Spirit wear at schools can be beneficial to the students. Michelle Borba, an educational psychologist, states that, “The most important thing is that it creates an emotional safety in school, where it’s most pivotal to learning. Kids aren’t going to pick on you on how you dress. Number two, in urban settings it’s critical because of gang affiliation.” This is a pro of spirit wear because everyone looks the same, and nobody will feel insecure about themselves because of what they are wearing compared to someone else. School uniforms also limit distraction by everyone wearing the same thing, so people (of all genders) won’t get distracted by another person’s body type.

Although spirit wear can help a school’s environment, there are some cons. As my first piece of evidence, EduGuide states that,”Some students and parents say that uniforms merely put a band-aid on the problem of school violence and fail to address the real issues behind it.” This is a con because violence (especially gang affiliation) can happen outside of school, wear the uniforms are not worn Bullying because of clothing or a family’s income can happen outside of school as well, because the uniforms aren’t worn outside of school. EduGuide also states that,”Uniforms hide warning signs that point to problems. Often the way a child dresses can indicate the way they are feeling. Uniforms eliminate these red flags.” Also, if there were an emergency situation in which the school had to be evacuated, how would a parent recognize their child? People often try to recognize a person based on what they’re wearing, so if everyone is wearing the same thing, how will a parent find their child?

Onto my opinion of this spirit wear argument. I don’t think school uniforms are needed in a school; they are completely unnecessary. School uniforms only feed into the idea that “School is a business place, so we must treat like a business.” School is not anyone’s job except for the teachers and administrators, people who actually have a paying job at the school. Children’s only jobs are to be kid, have fun,  and enjoy life. Treating school like a business place takes away the idea of creativity. That being said, uniforms teach kids that what is valued in conformity, not creativity. Uniforms also teach kids that their bodies are distractions, and should be treated like they are unimportant. Spirit wear offers ways for administrators to unnecessarily exert their power over the children.

Works Cited:

Bowen, Sherry. “Should Kids Wear School Uniforms?” EduGuide. EduGuide, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2016. <>.

@TodayShow. “Are School Uniforms Helping or Hindering?” TODAY, 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 20 Oct. 2016. <>.

Two other posts I commented on:

Jayda – Should Cell Phones Be Used in School?

Michelle – Spirit Wear

Assignment #3 – Digital Footprint

In this assignment, I learned about what a digital footprint is, and what can affect it. Kate (kmferland on Edublogs)  and I created a video on Go Animate explaining what digital footprint is, and how one can improve it.  I learned how to use Go Animate, and made our own script for the film. The most important thing I learned, however, was that anyone and everyone can see what your do on the internet, and what you do can have repercussions in the future. .Writing my own script was the thing I enjoyed the most while doing this project. Working with someone else helped me to get all the work done faster, so that helped a lot. My favorite part of the video is Emma talking about how one can improve their digital footprint. I think this video came out really nicely, and I hope you enjoy!


*The video is inactive, because our free trial on Go Animate ended, the transcript is linked below:

*View transcript of my presentation

My favorite presentation:

My favorite presentation was Mady and Jayda’s. It was my favorite because it was very informative, which made it very helpful. All of the information was very clear and easy to understand. I loved the animals in the background, and the plot of the video. The plot was well thought out, and that it was very straight to the point. It represents what could happen in real life, and that a bad digital footprint can actually affect your life. This presentation really shows that digital footprint isn’t just a fictional thing, it can really affect you.

Mady and Jayda’s Presentation

Other Presentations I watched:

Michelle and Sophia’s

Emme and Margaux’s

Faith and Jacob C’s


Assignment #2 – Blogging Safety

Students have been publishing online for quite a while now. They use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr (a quite frightening but useful blogging website,) and this website, Edublogs. It is important to stay safe while on these websites because you don’t want to come across as mean or uneducated to other people. The internet is forever, keep that in mind for all of these tips. Here are the 10 things I think are the most important to remember when publishing on the internet:

  1. NEVER (ever) release personal information
  2. When writing your opinion on a topic, make sure that you aren’t offending anyone when writing it.
  3. Never share anyone else’s personal information, and only use first names unless you have that person’s permission to use their last name.
  4. Make sure your language is appropriate, and don’t go around on you blog or other peoples’ blogs swearing or offending people.
  5. Don’t post someone else’s work without using a citation or giving credit to that person, and always rephrase the work, as opposed to copying each sentence word for word.
  6. Don’t post false information, whether it’s about a person you know or if it’s for an assignment. Only post information that you can verify is true.
  7. Treat other people the way you would want to be treated. If you wouldn’t want someone to post something rude or mean about you, don’t do it to someone else.
  8. Make sure you are using proper grammar and spelling when posting on the internet or your blog.
  9. When posting, make sure you stay on topic, don’t start talking about math and then end with talking about sushi. Continue talking about one topic constantly throughout the post.
  10. Assume everything you post is public, so that the world can see it.


“Blogging Rules.” Bud the Teachers Wiki RSS. Bud the Teacher, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2016. <>.
Posted by Sandra Porter of Digital World Biology on March 3, 2013. “The Ten Commandments of Student Science Blogging.” Discovering Biology in a Digital World. Science Blogs, 03 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2016. <>
Here are two of my comments:
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