Student Name:Miller
Date Turned in: May 1, 2009

Applications Proficiency

Word Processing

Word Processing Artifact #1:
The ninth grade class decided to embark on a new journey this year. We had protested on of the biggest computer services in the world, Google, we had used virtual worlds to teach other students about digital citizenship, what next? We decided to write a book. Our book was going to be about things that we wanted other students, teachers, and parents to know. The chapter that I was assigned to write was chapter 9, Personal Learning Networks. In my chapter, I wrote about how personal learning networks can be useful. I made references to the iGoogle page, a page you can customize with shortcuts to all of your things on them, study tools and games, and calling people over the computer through a program called Skype.
Program Used: Microsoft Word

Word Processing Artifact #2: Terry Freedman Paper
In this Google Document, I wrote an article for Terry Freedman, an educational expert in England, on personal learning networks. I expressed my opinions on how personal learning networks. I explained how our class used our Igoogle pages to keep up with our blog posts and wikis. I also told how we used personal learning networks with the Digiteen Ning, and how we communicated with students across the globe.
Program used: Google Docs


Spreadsheet Artifact:
This spreadsheet was our first product of using the Microsoft program, Excel. We learned that Excel is a great tool, especially if you are working with money. We learned how to put numbers in the columns and then make them turn into dollar amounts. We also learned how to increase and decrease decimal numbers. We also learned how to take certain percentages in the numbers. In the end, we developed charts that documented the numbers that we had used in our spreadsheets. We learned how to customize and format each chart, to fit our liking.
Program used: Microsoft Excel

Alternative Project

Ask Miller: Ask Miller
Because I was planning the Open Sim Orientation for the awards show in Reaction Grid, I was not able to make Google Spreadsheets. I did; however, start on my own project. After I wrote the newsletter for Mr. Terry Freedman, he asked me to start on a column. He called it Ask Miller. In the column, I was to address the questions and issues that readers of Mr Terry's newsletter asked me.
Program Used: Google Documents


PowerPoint Artifact

In this slideshare, I posted pictures of my seven best accomplishments. Those accomplishments include
  1. Ask Miller- A column that I am writing for Mr. Terry Freedman.
  2. Lively Protest- We protested Google for shutting down Lively
  3. Remembering Digi Teen- A blog post that I wrote about remembering all of the things we did through our Digi Teen project
  4. Student Life Outside Castle- A castle that Tyler R. built for me to teach people about Ecommerce, Digital Law, and Digital Health and Wellness
  5. Digi Teen Ning- A place where we can communicate with our partners about our collaboration wiki.
  6. Digi Teen Collaboritve Wiki- A wiki that we wrote with our global partners about the nin aspects of digital citizenship
  7. BBC Interview- An interview with the BBC in which we took our guest on a tour of our virtual world and held an interview over Skype

Online Proficiency


Blog Post #1:
I believe that this is my best blog post because in it, I expressed my views on Lively. When I was writing it, I was constantly thinking about how passionate we were in our attempts to save our precious program. It documents the virtual protest against Google in our Lively room. It is the history book of our protest. This blog post represents our struggle and our success. It represents the walls we hit and the walls we broke through. It represents the heart within a warrior. We were the warriors. Writing this blog post allowed me to express gratitude to my teacher and my fellow students who helped with the protest. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to express my views by blogging.

Miller's Reflection of the Google Lively Protest
Blog Post #2
I think that this is one of my best blog posts because it was my personal letter to Google. In the letter, I expressed my views on Lively and how we used it to teach digital citizenship to the seventh graders. I also let Google know that our first lesson that we taught to the seventh graders with Lively was taped by Pearson Publishing. I believe that this was a great way to let everyone, especially Google, that we loved and we were not backing down without a fight.
Letter to Google

Blog Post #3
I believe this blog post shows some of my best work because it was personal. I expressed my views and opinions in ten things that I though made Lively stand out. Not only was this away to give my personal opinion, but also it was a list of things that helped us with our teachings. We were able to put the things that we liked the most so that we would be able to teach the seventh graders the things that we most enjoyed about Lively.
10 Things About Lively

Wikis and Collaboration

Wiki #1 - Lesson Wiki
For the Lesson wiki, we were divided up into groups to create a wiki on a topic that we were assigned. I was in a group with Tyler R., Austin M. We were assigned the topic 2008 Networks. We researched our topic from both the internet and our Computer Fundamentals textbook. Through team-work, we produced a very informative wiki about networks.
2008 Networks

Wiki #2 - International Wiki Collaboration
For the International Wiki, I worked with students from across the globe on a collaborative project. We were assigned Digital Etiquette(also called Netiquette), which is one of the nine aspects of digital citizenship. Sarah, Christina, Fatma, Tyler S., Emily, Marlee, Charlie, Dhabyah, Mason W., Tiffany, Anja, Maddy, Katie, and Brittany were all part of my group. We worked together by leaving messages in the discussion on the Digiteen Wiki as well as the Digiteen Ning.
Digital Etiquette

Wiki #3 - Another wiki
For this wiki, we documented our efforts in teaching the seventh graders about digital citizenship. We wrote which students we picked. We also recorded what we taught the seventh graders each week and what their reactions were to our teachings. We interviewed them on their favorite part of learning about digital citizenship. We also posted a video of us making our lesson plans. This wiki also includes pictures that illustrate what we did during our project. There are links to the reflective blog posts that we wrote concluded in links to our reflective blog posts along with a thanks column to everyone who worked hard on the project.
Virtual World Digital Citizenship for Middle Schoolers

Digiteen Dream Team

When I first heard about the Digi Teen project, I was so excited to be working with other teenagers from across the world. I couldn't wait to ask them questions about their culture, and the things that they enjoyed to do. I was so excited about getting my profile on the Digi Teen Ning and making a lot of new friends. Everyone that I met was so nice and polite. We asked many questions about everyone's cultures and hobbies. One of my favorite projects that I did with Digi Teen was the Digi Teen collaborative wiki. It was great because we were all putting in our personal ideas and beliefs on our aspect of digital citizenship, which was Netiquette. We all did research on our assigned topic and posted our findings on the wiki. We also messages on the discussion tab so that everyone would know what needed to be done. I posted numerous messages for my fellow students, informing them about what needed to be done. I also edited a lot of material on the wiki. Of course, before editing, everybody communicated with each other to make sure that it was o.k. Another bridge that we had to cross was the problem of plagiarism. I posted a blog post on the Digi Teen Ning informing all of the members of the Etiquette group that there might be some plagiarism on our wiki page. After being informed, everybody was on their toes looking for the plagiarism. Once we corrected the plagiarism, our wiki was finally done. After the last t had been crossed and the last i had been dotted, we had a great wiki page to show for it.

In November of 2008, we broke ground an offline action project. Our class wanted to do something that had never been done before. We decided to incorporate our project with the Digi Teen, into our project. We decided that we were going to teach digital citizenship to middle school students in a virtual world. We wanted to make learning fun for everyone. We decided to make avatars that looked like superheroes, and have the superheroes teach the lessons. I created a very brief Google Doc that showed what our plans were.We were so lucky that during our first lesson, Pearson Publishing was filming our class. It was such a great experienced to be documented during the first part of your work. Once we had gotten a few lessons under our belt, we realized that we must have something to keep a record of our lessons. We created a wiki on which we posted the summaries of how our lessons went each week. After about the third week, we felt untouchable. Our lessons were going great and we were even getting a little attention. With all of the good things that happened, something bad did as well. Mrs. Vicki sent me an email telling me that Google Lively was shutting down. We were all devastated. We did not know what do to. We did know; however, that we were not going to give up without a fight.

After unanimously voting that we would protest against Google, we knew that we needed something on which we could express our ideas. The Digi Teen Dream Team was born. The Digi Teen Dream Team did many things save Lively. We held a virtual protest, which had never been done before. I also sent a letter to Google expressing my beliefs on why Lively should live. On the Digi Teen Dream Team, I posted many blogs as dreamer2032. Here are my blogs
  1. Digi Teen Dream Team Book Title
  2. Miller's Reflection of the Google Lively Protest
  3. Rebuilding Lively
  4. New Protest
  5. Support From Our Digiteen Friends
  6. 10 Things About Lively
  7. Letter to Google
  8. Pictures From the Lively Protest

The Digi Teen Dream Team was more than just writing blogs or posting jings. The Digi Teen Dream Team was about teamwork and working together to accomplish our goals. I believe that Lively was just the beginning. There are going to be more instances when the Digi Teen Dream Team speaks up for what we believe in. Because we have passion and hope for a better world that is just and good, we will all go far in life.


Programs & Websites Used this Year

  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft Powerpoint
  4. Microsoft Publisher
  5. Microsoft One Note
  6. Jing
  7. Adobe Photoshop
  8. Creative Commons
  9. Google
  10. Yahoo
  11. Google Documents
  12. Reaction Grid
  13. Mozilla Firefox
  14. Diigo
  15. Wiggio
  16. Westwood Wikispaces
  17. Digiteen Wikispaces
  18. Blogger
  19. Digiteen Dream Team
  20. Digiteen Ning
  21. Westwood Ning
  22. Flint River Ning
  23. Animoto
  24. Statcounter
  25. Technorati
  26. YouTube
  27. Wikipedia
  28. Windows Movie Maker
  29. Skype
  30. Audacity
  31. Google Lively
  32. Windows Media Player
  33. ToonDoo
  34. MSN
  35. PollDaddy
  36. Gmail
  37. iGoogle
  38. Google Calender
  39. Google Earth
  40. Goog 411
  41. Jott
  42. Remember the Milk
  43. Newsmap
  44. Slideshare
  45. Lulu
  46. Ebay
  47. Safari