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Queens College/QSI Summer 2010 College Immersion Program

Computers to the Rescue!


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Instructor:  Brian Murfin
Location:  Powdermaker Hall Room 206Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time:  10:am to Noon


MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010

10:00 to 11:00

Monday's Super Fantastic Computer joke!  - Why did the computer cross the road?  Click here for the answer.

Today's Activities:
11:00 to 12:00
  • Explore
  • Form teams - post your team name and group member's names on the forum
  • Brainstorm individually and with your group on possible topics for your worldchanging project.  Post 3 possible ideas for your project on the forum
  • Try out your USB Flash drive,
    • You will use your flash drive for the following
      • You will create a digital portfolio of all of your work.  Create a new folder entitled "YourName-Portfolio".  You can then copy and save all of the files you create in this program into this folder.
      • You can also install the following on your usb flash drive:
Class Activity - Today's Technology tool is SUMOPAINT!
  • Go to
  • Watch Sumopaint in Action first
  • Use sumopaint to draw a quick sketch of a computer scientist.  Save the file as your-name-cs.gif and then post your image by attaching it to a message on the forum in Science Moodle.  Also save your image on your USB drive in your portfolio folder.
Useful links:
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Tuesday's Super Fantastic Computer joke!

Why was the computer so angry?  Click here for the answer.

10:00 to 11:00
Class Activity

Today's Technology Tool is Wikispaces

    Make a wiki
  • login to your Queens Inquiry email account.  You should find an invitation to join our wikispace.  Follow the instructions in the email to join.
  • login using your wikspaces account
  • Go through the Wikispace Help and Tour
  • Plan what you want on your wikispace.  Each person on the team should make at least one wikispace page.  These individual pages should all  be linked to the team homepage. 
  • Set up wikispace for projects

11:00 to 12:00
  • Teams work on projects - post progress reports on forum
Homework assignment  - Making and Sharing Digital Flashcards

Read one or more of the following:
  • Sign up for a free account with
  • Read "How do I get started?"  and watch a demo video
  • Make a least 10 flash cards.  Each flash card should have the name of a computer part on one side with an explanation of its function and how it works on the other. Share your set of flash cards by posting a link to your flash cards on the forum in Science Moodle.
  • Here are some cards I created related to how the Internet works.  I created a group called qsisummer2009 where we can share our cards.  I will send you invitations to this group during class, remind me if you don't get an invitation.

You can use to find the definitions of the computer terms for your flash cards.

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Wednesday's Super Fantastic Computer joke!

How does Bill Gates enter his house?  Click here for the answer.

10:00 to 11:00
  • Discussion of computer software and hardware
  • Login to our class in Science Moodle
  • What is Web 2.0?
  • Go to Wordle and select, copy and paste the text from the article at the following url into wordle.  Save the resulting image in your digital portfolio.  Try using some of the other url's from our computer class in wordle. 
  • Another cool example of a Web 2.0 application:  Flockdraw.  Your task is to work in teams to develop a poster tentatively titled "Away from Oil".  Your team's poster should help to encourage people to move away from using oil and fossil fuels and to conserve energy and use alternative energy sources instead.
Today's Technology Tool is Edu Glogster

    Make a glog
  • login using your edu glogster account
  • Go through the glogster tutorial
  • Plan what you want to put on your glog
  • Make a title and a link to your wikispaces page.
11:00 to 12:00
  • Work on team projects
  • Start your site
  • Post a progress report on the forum in ScienceMoodle
Homework Assignments for Day 3 - 1)  Progress report and 2) Making an Information Poster

Part 1 - Post a Progress report on the Forum in Science Moodle

Please include the following in your report.

1) The title of your project.
2) The name of your team
3) The names of your team members.
4) The URL (link) to your project on
5) Goals of your project
6) Describe what you have done so far.
7) Describe what you would like to put on your project wiki.
8) Write down any questions or problems you are having with your project.

Part 2 - Make a poster on a topic related to digital information

Read a topic from the following about Digital Information
Use Sumopaint to make a poster explaining a concept related to data and information.  For example, you might want to explain the difference between analog and digital.  Save your image and post it as an attachment in the forum.

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Thursday's Super Fantastic Computer joke!

Which way did the programmer go?  Click here for the answer.

10:00 to 11:00
Class Activity

Today's Technology Tool is Windows MovieMaker

Make a video
  • Using the Flip Mino video camera, each team should make a short video introducing the topic of your Worldchanging project.  
  • Take a sheet of paper and draw a vertical line.  On the left side, write down what you will do during the video.  On the right side, write down what you will say.  Rehearse before you record your video.
  • Save the video file in your digital portfolio on your usb flash drive. 
Edit your video
    11:00 to 12:00
    • Teams work on projects - post progress reports
    Homework:  put your team presentation on

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