2. Note the SAT Questions of the Day in your notebook.
3. Start the "Are You Googleable" project by discussing 2 articles: "College Prospects Are Being Watched on Facebook & Twitter" and "37% of Employers Use Facebook to Pre-Screen Applicants". View student website examples
4. Create a professional gmail account.
5. Create your professional website using Weebly. Remember that a blog is not a diary and it is not one-sided. It is a public document intended to start conversations. So, only post what you would want the world to see and only post items that can elicit comments and questions. See the video below if you need help creating the blog.
6. Add your email address and website address to the forms below.
7. Make sure that you have set "Comments" to "Approve First". Make sure that you have deleted the homepage and made your blog your homepage. Make sure your blog sidebar has a professional photo representing you (does not have to show your face) and one sentence describing you (but no reference to your city or school)
8. Discuss copyright and plagiarism. Make your copyright license. Answer the modifications & commercial use questions. Make it an international license. For "Title of Work" put your website's title. For "Attribute work to name" put your name. For "Attribute work to URL" put your website address (remember that it must have weebly.com in it). Copy the final HTML code. In Weebly, find the icon that says "Custom HTML", drag it to the end of your blog's sidebar and paste the HTML code into the box. See the video below if you need help.
10. Register for the International Student Blogging Challenge. This will allow you to exchange comments with students from around the world. The Challenge doesn't begin until September, but we're registering now.
11. Find a news article from the U.S. and write a blog post that gives your opinion and analysis of it. This will start your bi-weekly series of news commentary. See this sample. Your news article cannot be celebrity gossip. These are good U.S. news sites: AJC, Washington Post, and NPR. The article is due by Friday, August 24, 4 pm. To earn 100%, your blog post must have
*the title starting with the words "News Commentary"
*a colon & juicy title after News Commentary
*a hook in the first paragraph
*a hyperlink to the news article
*a hyperlinked quotation from the article
*your in-depth opinion and analysis of the article
*something at the end that sparks conversation with your readers
*a related picture
*listed under the category "News Commentary"