New Wiki

Morning signCreative Commons License Artur Rydzewski via Compfight

Sunrise or Sunset?  Glass Half Empty or Half Full?  Same information, yet different opinions as to what is going on.

In February I found out that Wikispaces was shutting down for good this year.  As a free user, I had until the end of May to migrate many years, over 10, of student information to a new Internet space.  If I did nothing, all of that information would disappear forever.  Student projects would disappear, student notes and resources would be be gone, years of work from many people would just evaporate into nothing.

At first I was devastated, Wikispaces was my first online presence and online class workspace.  From a nostalgic perspective I was losing a part of my history, from a practical standpoint I was losing a major tool out of my repertoire with days if not months of work ahead to try and salvage as much information as I possibly could.

As time has passed, I realized that this entire situation can be considered a new beginning with the potential to really expand my knowledge base.  This brings about short and long term goals that I must meet or lose a lot of information and history.

In the short term, I re-examined PBwiki, I remembered this sight from my first experience building an online presence.  This site was passed over for Wikispaces when I  first started this journey, oh the irony…right?  Well, I jumped back into it and started building  a new site, combining my student note wiki with my student project wiki.  PBwiki limits the number of sites one can use per email address, so combining the two was a necessity.

The wiki I used for my professional development presentations and educational resources can be found here, at least until the end of May.  It is being migrated to a separate PBwiki. I kept this as a separate wiki because I do not know how the storage limits will affect my information yet.

The long play is that I am playing around with Weebly and Google Sites as possible support or complimentary resources for my work.  There is always the possibility to expand my main web presence, into a larger project.  For now these are just thoughts, with the main work focusing on saving the past and migrating a plethora of information to PBwiki.


Parent Participation with Student Blogs

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well this wintery flu season.  I sent out the to direct you to this site and hopefully show off the students’ blogs.  The students are doing all sorts of great work and publishing their projects to the Internet.  I wanted you to see their work and I am not sure they have showed you their blogs as of yet.  I know I am risking their wrath for encouraging you to do this, but so be it…they deserve to have people view their work and see the effort they put forth.  We will be doing more writing on these blogs as the year goes on, please stop back after today and check out their continued endeavors.

Feel free check out their blogs by clicking on the link to the left labeled Individual Student Blogs 20017 2018 by clicking here.  Once you are on the page, click on one of the images based upon your student’s class period and scroll through the list of blogs.

Please read their work and feel free to leave a comment.  All comments need to be approved before they become publicly viewable, I am not worried about parents replying to blogs, but you never know who may stumble across them on the Internet, so we have to approve all comments.

You can also check out their other projects which are located on the Student Project Wiki.  Click on the “Definitive Destination Guide” and peruse the work of New Brighton High School’s students.  Publishing their work to the Internet is great, but it is even greater when you check it out.

Enrichment Opportunities 2017 2018 School Year

Students have been asking “Can I do extra credit?”  My response is always, “There are plenty of enrichment assignments you can attempt for enrichment points.”  What’s the difference?  Extra Credit is usually points just added on top of a students grade for whatever reason.  Enrichment Points are points added to a grade for completing an extra assignment, but they are averaged in as an extra test, quiz, or project, not just added on top of the existing grade.  They definitely help out, but not as much as just piling on points to the existing grade.

So what sort of projects to we have for enrichment?  I will keep the complete list on my website,, they will be posted as their own page: Enrichment Assignments.  But for now, here is a quick list of projects students can explore for enrichment:

  • Working in some way shape or form on the class Internet Talk Show, “Wake Up New Brighton
    • We can use people on camera and behind the scenes to help showcase events and cool things about our school and community.
  • Creating a StoryCorps project about someone or something in the community.
  • Using the Livescribe Pen to take notes or create a pencast for your classmates.
  • Creating a review podcast to help your classmates with course materials.
  • Guest blogging on the class blog about a course of study topic or something you find interesting within the school or community at large.
  • Updating the class wiki to assist classmates with course information and notes.

The goal is to get students PUBLISHING and CONTRIBUTING to the Internet.  I hope to get them to become creators of positive and appropriate information and media.  To be aware of appropriate behaviors online in educational and general settings; where these habits can carry over into everyday social media experiences.  The students should have a positive digital footprint, one that they and their families can be proud of and use as a reference throughout their educational and professional careers.  The enrichment activities listed here are an attempt to move the students closer to those goals.

If you have any questions about this post or the enrichment activities, please feel free to contact me at my school email.

Deceleration of Independents

In the Decleration of Independents there are key arguments about the speration of Great Britian and of the colonies. There are key arguments like the king did not allow the Governers to pass laws which are nessececray for society to keep peace and make rules to follow. The king did not allow trade with other country’s which would cause them to no longer make any money from goods to sell and to buy any goods that would come from other countrys, the king also took away some of the colonys most important laws.

Because the king told the governers to not pass laws that would help the early America, they had to make and pass laws that would benefit the king and only the king.

The king cut off trade with the colonies so that they would not be able to make and money from goods that they would trade with other country’s and would not be able to buy anything from other country’s that helps benefit daily life.

The king also took away some of the most important laws that help form the rules of daily life and that caused many people to get even more frustrated with the king.

These are some of the many key arguments that Thomas Jefferson made for the separation of the colonies and the king.

Fiscal Crisis

A fiscal crisis is also known as a budget crisis. In my opinion, this is pretty stupid. This means that there is no budget that anyone can agree on. So, what there won’t be money for the states? I believe, that the prior presidents and senates are to blame for the fiscal crisis. The republicans are back in control and Obama is massively over spending. Canter promised to “play hard ball” with the White House and Obama. They are trying to prepare the republicans for the ways of Washington. They are trying to get tax, medicare, and health insurance lowered. If spending does not get cut, the republicans will push the issue. The republicans feel it can trigger a depression. Canter’s threat was pretty serious. The markets reacted horribly, it was almost like they didn’t react at all. All the talks were kept secret. President and speaker tried to work things out, but they could not find something to agree on. The debts just keep on rising.


Yes, I would consider being a telecommuter if it was offered in my career choice. I would make this decision because, it would save me money. Instead of eating out everyday, I could bring my own lunch. I wouldn’t have as far of a drive, which would save me money on gas. Which is an option, considering how high gas prices are. Also, another benefit to telecommuting is that I get weekends and holidays off. Therefore, telecommuting will save me both time and money.

Stock Market Game Post 1

The stocks that I bought are, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fed Ex, Priceline, and Apple. I bought them because they are big profit companies and make money. At first, I wasn’t making any money, I was in the negatives for a while, now I’m in the positives, gaining money!

I plan on using my phone and iPad to to play this game.

At first my thoughts about this game were that it is really dumb because, I didn’t understand it and thought it was pointless. Now, its beginning to make a little more sense to me. I’m beginning to understand the concept of this. I think the concept of this game is to, learn that you may or may not make money on everything you buy or sell.

Stock Market Game Post 2

My portfolio is doing pretty good now, I am gaining money. I am gaining money very slowly, but my gains are going up. At first, I was not gaining any money. I was not gaining anything for probably about the first week.

I have pretty much all my money left. I have only bought 4 stocks.

I have not made any trades this week, or any week at all.

Student Stock Trading Game: Initial Purchases

We started the Student Stock Trader Game in class on Monday, January 27, 2014.  I used some credits I had in the Edmodo App Store to purchase a license of the game to use with my senior Econ/POD classes.  Without much research I made a couple initial purchases, more to test out the system than to make serious investments.  My results are varied, showing how a lack of research can be harmful.

My initial purchases were PGH, Pengrowth Energy Corporation, (USA), you can find more information on the stock by clicking here.  I own shares of this company in the real world, so I grabbed some shares in the class game.  DOM, Dominion Resources Black Warrior Trust, which was on the highest change board that day.  You can find information on the company by clicking here.  PNRA, Panera Bread was the third stock that was purchased, I also own shares of this stock in the real world.  You can find information on this stock by clicking here.  The last stock I purchased was WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment.  I do not watch the product on television anymore, but they recently launched their own Internet-based network where you can purchase access to all past events and any upcoming ones for $9.99 a month.  At least in the short run, this move should bump up their stock prices considerably.  You can check out more on WWE stock by clicking here.

Our game only runs for 56 days, so I am investing from a different mindset than I would if I was thinking long term.  The fact that it is not my real money also allows me the freedom to invest in riskier stocks than usual, however my pride and not wanting to come in last is prohibiting me from going “all in” with a full risk portfolio.