Friday, March 29, 2013

Assignment #10 Google Drawing

Today's assignment is the last of the "technology proficiency" assignments.  Log in to your Google account and go to Drive.

Click on create then drawing.  Rename "Drawing Yourlastname."  Share with me (

I will go over the specifics of this assignment in class.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Assignment #9 Business Cards

Click on this link.
Choose a template for your business card.
Rename the document to "Business card Yourlastname"
Share with
Edit 1 business card with your correct information.
Copy and Paste that onto the rest of the cards on the page.

You business card must have 
your first and last name
full address (can be fake)
phone # w/area code
email address

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Assignment #8 Weekly Schedule

Today, you are going to create another spreadsheet in Google Drive (documents).  This spreadsheet will be a weekly schedule for next week starting with this Sunday.

Title the spreadsheet "Schedule Yourlastname" 
Share with

Across the top of your spreadsheet you will type the 7 days of the week starting with Sunday (skip the first cell).
Down the first column (A) you will type every hour starting with 6:00 am through 2:00 am. (skip the first cell).  We will format the cells before we begin typing in the hours.

This schedule will have 147 cells to fill in.

You will color code the cells as well.

I will go over all the specifics in class.  It is important that you listen and follow along as I explain this assignment. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Assignment #7 Free Stuff Letter

Go online and find the mailing address of a company that you like.  If you can find the name of someone in that company that's even better.

After you have found the company's information, go to your Google drive and create a new document.
Rename the document "Free Stuff Yourlastname," and share it with me.

Make sure you format this business letter correctly.  Everything is left justified and there is a single space between your address, date, the company's address, greeting, etc. until you get to the end.  When you finish the letter with "Sincerely yours," or "Respectfully yours," double-space before you type the "handwritten signature" and double-space again before you type the typed signature.

In the body of the letter, write about how much you like the company detailing the products that you use from the company (at least 1 paragraph- 4 sentences).  In the last paragraph, ask the company if they have any free stuff or coupons.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Assignment #6 Flyer

 Today we are doing a one-page flyer document created with Google.  The content of this flyer will be whatever you choose (lost dog, garage sale, baby shower, etc.).

1)  Login to your google account.
2)  Click on the drive (docs) button in the top middle of the page.
3)  Click on the red create button and select document.
4)  Click on the "Untitled document" title and change to "Flyer Yourlastname."
5)  Click on the blue share button in the upper right hand corner.
6)  Type in and make sure you allow me to edit.

Once you have completed steps 1 through 6 you can begin creating your flyer.

Minimum requirements

Flyer must be school appropriate.
Large centered title in the document  (Lost Dog, Garage Sale, etc.)
at least 2 pictures (found in Google images)
at least 5 descriptive details about your topic.  (you can write in complete sentences or use bullet points)
full contact information including name, address, phone number and email address  (can be fake info)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Assignment #5 Resume

Today you are going to be creating a resume for yourself in Google Drive.  Create a new document, and rename it Resume Yourlastname.  Share with me,  Use the picture below as a guide.
1)  Center your name, address and contact information.
2)  Include each of the 5 headings (Objective, Education, etc.)
3)  You don't need the horizontal lines to separate each category.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Assignment #4- Monthly Budget

Today we are doing one of the required parts of the applied skills portion of this class.  We will be creating a budget spreadsheet using Google.

To begin, you must log in to Google and go to drive (documents).

Follow the directions that I give in class.

Sign in to Google and go to Drive (or Documents).
Click on Create.
Then click on Spreadsheet.
Change the Untitled Spreadsheet to "Budget Yourlastname."
Click share and type in

You are going to create a monthly budget.

Starting with cell A1, then A2, then A3, etc. you will type in these 9 expenses:

Cell Phone
Car Payment

Then you will select cells B1 through B10 and then click the dollar sign button then with the cells still selected click on the sum button found in the "Backwards E looking tool"

Now enter in dollar amounts in each of the cells.  The program will automatically total these dollar amounts.

Finally select all of the cells (words and dollar amounts) except the total cell at the bottom.
Then click on insert chart (There is a button for this or you can find it under the insert tab).
Select the pie chart.
Position the chart so that it is to the right of the cells.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Assignment #3 Email w/link and attachment

Today you are going to compose an email to me (

The title of this email is "Assignment #3 Yourlastname."

You are going to attach a picture to this email.  The picture will be of an animal that you find while doing a Google image search.

Go to Google image search
click on search tools
change from any size to large
The image must be high resolution. 

click on an image that you want to use
click on view original image
when it opens right click and save to the desktop
(if it doesn't open, then you need to choose a different image)

You are also going to include a link in the body of the email.  This link will have something to do with the animal picture you chose.  For example, if you attached a picture of a dog then include a link to the humane society, a dog rescue website, a wikipedia page for that kind of dog, etc.

Find the website.  Copy the URL.  Paste the URL in the body of the email.

Send to me.

Email to
title of email  "Assignment #3 Yourlastname"
attach a high resolution animal image
have a link to a website related to that animal

Monday, March 18, 2013

Assignment #2- Business Letter

This is a Google documents assignment.
Today's assignment is writing a business letter.

Specifically, you will be writing a letter of recommendation.  When applying for certain jobs (usually the higher paying ones) or scholarships you will be asked to provide letters of recommendation (usually 3).  These letters are written by teachers, principals, former bosses, etc.

For this assignment you will be writing a letter of recommendation about yourself.  You will be writing this letter as President Barack Obama.  It needs to be typed in the proper format in Google documents (drive).  Name (Rename) your google document "Letter of Recommendation Yourlastname."   After you have named the document, share it with me

Follow this example.  Write this letter "Dear Mr. Walske:"  instead of "To whom it may concern:"

Your letter needs to have at least three paragraphs.  For example the paragraphs could be 
1) background information  2) skills/talents  3) accomplishments.

This letter is by President Barack Obama, about you, and addressed to me.

Barack Obama
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Mr. Walske
Back Bay High School
390 Monte Vista Ave
Costa Mesa, California 92627

You will not be writing in first person "I this and I that."  You are writing about yourself (as the President), but you are not writing as yourself.

Example: this would be how I would write about myself.

          I would like to recommend Brent Walske for the Governor of California.  He is a very intelligent and motivated person.  Brent has great problem solving skills and works well under pressure. Blah, blah, blah, etc.

Assignment # 1- Email

After reading this entire post, Copy and paste the following sentences in red into the body of an email.  Title the email your first and last name.  After you have pasted the red sentences, type the sentence "I have read and understand what is expected of me in this class."

There are absolutely no food or drinks allowed in this class.  If you show up to class with a drink, then you have 2 options.  1) Put it on top of the cabinet next to the door (with the flag), and take it on your way out when class is over.  2) Put it in the trash.  (For first period)  If the bell rings and you are not inside the classroom, then you are tardy.  You must get a tardy slip from Joy.  

This class satisfies two graduation requirements (5 credits in applied skills and technology proficiency).  In order to earn all 5 credits and be technology proficient, you must complete all assignments.  This includes any assignments you missed because you were absent (for any reason).  If you do not finish all assignments you will have an incomplete and no credits on your report card.  All assignments will be listed on this blog and can be accessed from any computer (tablet, phone, etc.) with internet access.

My email is