Featured post

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to the 2019/2020 school year!

  • Block 1-1 and 1-2
    • Digital Communications 11
    • Computer Programming 11
    • Computer Programming 12
  • Block 1-3 and 1-4
    • Information Technology 9
    • Computer Studies 10
    • Computer Systems 12
  • Block 2-1:
    • Graphics Arts
    • Graphic Production 1 and 2
  • Block 2-3 and 2-4:
    • Career-Life Education 10

CIS 12: MacBook Pro

For this project, you will write an article on your blog that compares the three best laptop computers comparable to the newest top-end model of MacBook Pro but under the latter’s price. As of Fall 2019, the most expensive model is the 15″ MacBook Pro that sells for $3499 and its default configuration comes with 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 and 16MB shared L3 cache.

In your article, you will need to include an introductory paragraph that describes the purpose and motivates your readers to continue reading. Very likely you will also need images of your laptops, tables that compare the specs side by side, and a conclusion indicating which laptop is the clear “winner” based on its price and the rationale. Just like any well-researched articles, you need to include citations either in the footnotes or on standalone page (in APA or MLA format).

This project will be holistically marked for its content, journalistic voice and layout. You may need to change the theme of your blog to format your content properly.

CIS 12: Linux / VirtualBox

For this project, you will install a distribution of Linux on VirtualBox and manage within this operating system. Management includes installing new software, updating existing software, creating new users and restricting/revoking privileges, etc.

Installation Tasks:

  1. Download and install the newest version of VirtualBox.
  2. Review and compare the different Linux distributions. Select any of the popular Linux distributions and download the 32-bit version.
  3. Install the Linux operating system onto a 8GB+ dynamic virtual disk. Make sure you allot enough hard-drive space and memory to the virtual environment.
    • Note: Because student profiles occasionally get removed from the PCs, it is strongly recommended to make of copies of the virtual disk onto a USB flash drive. Otherwise, students may be required to re-download and install.
  4. Create an admin account with a password of your choice.
  5. Make sure you turn off the virtual machine properly, or else it may have difficulties booting up in the future.

Check back later for further instructions.

IT 10: Wax On, Wax Off

For some students, the skills that you learn in school such as factoring polynomials may seem irrelevant to real life. In the following clip, Daniel is preparing for a karate tournament but his teacher Mr. Miyagi is getting him to do mundane tasks such as waxing his car, sanding his floor and painting his house. As a result, Daniel gets frustrated and starts an argument with Miyagi. What Daniel does not understand is that Miyagi has actually been training him, even though Daniel does not initially see the point.

For this assignment, you will learn the skills the edit videos in preparation for the major project. The little skills you learn might be tedious similar to waxing the floor but when you put together your skills in the final project later in the term, you will see how much you have progressed!

Tasks for this Assignment:

  1. Watch the Karate Kid snippet.
  2. Download the video as a MP4 using a web software of your choice (e.g. ytmp3.cc).
  3. Use either Movie Maker 10 or Adobe Premier Pro CC to edit the video to 45 to 60 second in length. The video should be edited to speed up the lesson that Miyagi is trying to teach Daniel. Also include a customized title screen with the name of the movie clip and your name.

Both Movie Maker and Premier Pro are rather intuitive to use but they do require some time to learn how to do simple tasks and even more time to add special effects. You may ask your neighbor or watch YouTube tutorials to help you learn and navigate around these programs. You have 4 classes to complete this task.

Business 8: Personal Entrepreneur PowerPoint

  1. Take the personality test at 16personalities.com and review the results.
  2. Go to the following link and find the entrepreneur (or celebrity) who matches your personality: bit.ly/2FSlRFU.
  3. Go to office.com and log in. The username is 1234567@learn.vsb.bc.ca, replacing with your own student number and the password is the same one you use to log in with school PCs.
  4. Include the following slides for the rough copy:
    • Title Page: entrepreneur’s name, personality code, your name, your block
    • Two Slides: Who is your entrepreneur (i.e. basic stats)? What is he/she famous for? What business and/or company is he/she involved with? Do a bit of research using other online sources.
    • One/two slides: What are your entrepreneurs’s strengths?
    • One Slide: How might you become a successful entrepreneur, given your personality, skills, interests, networking and other strengths?
  5. Complete the rough copy, focusing mainly on content, by next class. You will have 5-7 slides in total. You will also have another class to focus on layout (i.e. how it looks) before the assignment is due.
  6. Next Class: Modify your PowerPoint to meet the Tips for Effective Presentations (bit.ly/2FSnAuJ).

ICT 9: Fake News

After completing the in-class activity, answer the following questions in a blog post:

  1. What is fake news?
  2. What are ways to help you detect fake news? Name at least 5 hints or strategies.

ICT 9: Phone Addiction

First watch the documentary called “Addicted to your phone?” on CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2017-2018/addicted-to-your-phone

Next create a blog post and respond to the following questions:

  • What is the documentary about?
  • In what ways were you able to relate to this video
  • What did you learned from the documentary? Name 3 surprising things.
  • What could you do if you or somebody close to you were addicted to their devices?

CIS 12: Custom PC for University

Scenario: Your cousin has just moved out to study Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He asks you to purchase parts for a custom-built computer for his school work but he can only spend $650 (before tax).

He already has a base model of the newest iPhone and a small HDTV (with only HDMI outputs) that he plans to take with him to his campus dorm. The room includes both LAN and Wi-Fi connection to the internet. He will need the computer to meet his programming, online research and entertainment needs.

Task: You need to buy the parts for his custom-built computer that meet his needs.

  1. Identify his needs. If you are unsure of his needs, you can ask his best friend (i.e. the teacher).
  2. Browse online for desktop computers from different retailers and select the best one he can buy under $650.
  3. Go to PC Part Picker (or a similar site) and select the best PC parts that his budget can buy. Make sure the parts are compatible with each other (i.e. motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc. must all be compatible). In addition, make sure the performance does not bottleneck, meaning the PC does not slow down to its worse part. You still need to purchase some parts such as the tower, the keyboard and the mouse that are not listed on the website.
  4. Price out each part online. You may use eBay and Craigslist but make sure you include shipping in your total. Avoid purchase from the US due to customs that are not included.
  5. Prepare a slideshow presentation on Google Drive that answers the questions:
    1. What is the scenario?
    2. What are your cousin’s needs?
    3. Which desktop computer have you chosen from a store? Why is this one the best one you can buy within the budget.
    4. How does your custom PC compare to the one from stores? Organize and list your custom PC parts side by side with the store one. Include the price and vendor.
    5. What are the benefits and drawbacks? Compare the two computers.
    6. If you can only recommend one, which one will you recommend? Why?

There is no limit to the number of slides, as long as you can get your point across in 6 minutes or less. Make your slides concise but elaborate when you present (i.e. don’t just read your slides). The slides should be legible from the back row of the class, using high contrast and big fonts (larger than 24-pt). Be sure to include visuals and animations to make your presentation more engaging.

Evaluation: Click here to view the evaluation rubric for the PC for University presentation.