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.

 

Thoughts and questions of the old west

Before I watched the video on the old west in class I thought it was more about cowboys, bank robberies, and train jacking. The cowboys I thought about were Billy The Kid, Jesse James, and Buffalo Bill. I thought their were a lot of bank robberies because of Hollywood’s movies about the old west. The train jacking I thought about a lot was the ones that the banditos rode up on horseback and took the train over and then took all the money and threw all the people off.

My ideas of the old west weren’t as accurate as what I thought they were going to be. The three reasons that held me back from this was that there was Indians already in the west that I never even thought about, the land in the west was supposed to be farmed, and the movies set the Indians out to be the bad guys and the whites were always the victims. I never really thought about the Indians because I never thought about the Indians living in the west . I didn’t think of the land being farmed because I thought it was boring for the west because I thought of all the gun fights and everything of that nature. The whites were always set out to be the victims and that wasn’t true to be perfectly honest because they were taking the Indians land that they practically gave to the whites and how do they repay the Indians by giving them small pox victims blankets and getting dogs to ripe them apart.

The events that were mentioned in the movie that I thought was very strange was the Alamo and the custard war. Mexico was forced to fight for there land at the Alamo. We met them on Mexican land and we invaded them to take over the Alamo. Then Texas legalized slavery afterwards so it didn’t help the cause. The Custard war was mentioned and I thought it was a very interesting battle. The custard war was fought against the Indians and then custard failed to take the land from the Indians. The Indians then were always protected in their land.

This video did make me doubt some other things that I have learned in the past years because I never thought of the west as farming and gun fighting as dirty as it was . The gun fighting  was so dirty back then the movies showed that at high noon the men would meet and shoot but gun fighting back then it was getting shot in the back and so on and so forth.

 

Student Blogging Challenge September 2013

This year I am hoping to get more of my students to participate on a global scale when it comes to collaboration.  They were encouraged to participate in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge for enrichment points this fall.  I have a number of students who were interested in signing up for the challenge.  Since this specific blogging challenge does not really fall within my social studies curriculum I am making participation voluntary for the students.  They can do as many or as few assignments as they have time for and are comfortable with.

I am using Edmodo as my online classroom platform, with a group set up specifically for Enrichment Assignments.  Each challenge will be rolled out as an optional assignment with in the group.  Each week will also have an optional assignment to go out and comment on another students’ blog from the list of participants. The hope is that once students get into the habit of commenting and communicating with others we can expand naturally into collaboration.  A list of student participants can be found  here.

I will list and link my students’ blogs to a separate page as they begin their journey into global collaboration.  I am hoping that the activities give them confidence and interest to become active and responsible digital citizens.

What I Want To Learn About this Year.

I am Robby L. and I would like to say that I would like to learn more about the cold war. i would also like to learn how to use the iPods more effectively. The finale thing I would like to learn about is how to use edublogs and gaggle more.

I would like to know about the cold war because it was a very crucial time for the world. I think it would be interesting if i learned more about the cold war because it does interest me.

I would like to learn how to use the iPods more effectively because its very crucial for my work that i have to put up on edmodo when i don’t have a computer that i work with.

I would like to learn how to use edublogs and gaggle more because it is also crucial for my school work. I also need to update this blog for a big part of my grade and that is why i want to learn more about edublogs and gaggle.

These are the things that i expect to learn and hope to learn more about.

Women Gain Political Recognition

in 1933 on March 4th, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president. Even more important the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, was the one making a difference. during the depression women were the first to be let go from their jobs and newspaper reporters got cut back, Eleanor Roosevelt held weekly conferences at the White House for only women reporters. Partially because of her influence women gained political recognition. also women got to keep their jobs. she also helped out when it came to presidential tasks. Eleanor Roosevelt had a huge impact during the 1930’s and that interests me.

Cultural Change During the 1920’s

Lots of changes occured during the 1920’s, from people changing clothing to the way they entertained themselves. One of the biggest changes was using automobiles. People changed their lifestyles in order to live much more fulfilling lives.. People needed cars to transport themselves from their homes to the theater, to get to the grocery store, or even something as simple as buying a newspaper.

At first President Hoover did little to solve the depression. He thought that the people and the economy would eventually fall back into place. When he decided to do something, it was too late and the stock market had crashed. He tried the RFC which gave money to failing banks, railroads, and other failing insurance companies.

The early 1920’s in America set up the way America is now. There were different things that happened during this time that has made modern America. A change that happened during the early 20’s was the industrial revolution. The use of cars, other household machines, and new forms of production are wa

Two Main Reasons

Hi my name is Chris H. and in my class of World Cultures I have a lot of things I want to leran but I am just going to explane the two main ones that i would like to learn about. The two are The Global Environment which is about the exploring of the world around us and the other one is The World Today and thats about the early civilizations and the develoment of the world. I want to learn about those cause they sound very interesting and stuff like that.

Class Expectations

Hello, I am scott.  I am now entering mr. sal’s 20th century class.  I would like to learn about the 1900’s because there was a lot of history that changed our world today.  I am a junior and i run cross country.  I also play baseball and basketball.

I have always done well in history classes.  They have always been very boring though and not interesting.  I am looking forward to this year because we our going to learn about wars hopefully.  I am a very good listener and try to pay attention in class so i dont have to study as hard.  I am expecting for Mr. Sal to make 20th Century very fun.  I am also expecting to learn about why some wars have been started.  I want to know about this because it is our past and we need to learn what everyone went thrrough for i to be where we are now.

I am expecting to learn with the new Ipod touches.  They are different and a change that helps me stay on topic.  Technology now is in its prime and we need to use it to the fullest.  Technology is going to help us learn about history faster and in a more effiecient way.  I wanna learn alot more about technology and i think that we are going to this year because we are on Edmodo alot.  I think that we are going to use technology so much that we are not even going to realize that we are using it anymore.

Hopefully class is fun and exciting.