Literacy Discussion

September 2nd, 2013
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By dougbelshaw @

This series of videos showcase an important media literacy discussion from 2008. The topics are just as relevant today. What is literacy now? What are the different forms of literacy; print, digital, etc.? What impact does media have? Are students being properly prepared for our media rich environment? More information can be view here,

Use Technology to Document Danielson

June 17th, 2013

“I believe that one of the reasons my framework has become so widely accepted is that it gives voice to what all educators know, that teaching is very complex work, it’s a thinking person’s job and you cannot follow a cookbook.” – Charlotte Danielson

“Doctors work as interns and residents… attorneys work as clerks for experienced lawyers or judges… but teachers, from the moment they are awarded their first license, are considered full members of the profession.”  - Charlotte Danielson


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Northwest Indian College – CMPS 101 Computer Applications

April 24th, 2013

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Computer Applications is a one-term course that will introduce the student to relevant technology in the work force. Tools used will be Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Open Office and Google Drive (also known as Google Docs). Open Office and Google Drive are both free and work on any computer. Students develop a professional web-based portfolio with throughout the course.

Course Outline

  • Total Quality Management techniques and andragogy structuring of class expectations
  • Building a professional portfolio (blog)
  • Brainstorming with Mind Mapping programs
  • Creating presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint, Open Office Presentation and Google Drive
  • Word processing with Microsoft Word, Open Office Text Document and Google Drive
  • Creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel, Open Office Spreadsheet and Google Drive
  • Working with social media tools, to be determined in class

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to use popular computer software for word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, blog publishing at (portfolio), social media applications like (images) and (presentations) and Internet email (  Specifically, students will know the meaning and operation of icons of commonly used menu items in Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Open Office, and Google Drive.  The student will be proficient in using the help system and online tutorials to be able to figure out new versions of software and use features not covered in this course.
  • Students will be able to explain important computer concepts using vocabulary in online help.
  • Students will acquire and apply computer related knowledge.
  • Students will locate instructions (help) that are needed to select and employ the appropriate feature to solve problems.  (Features of computer application software change over time and the student will encounter different software at home and at work. Thus, just learning the features of the specific computer application software used in class is not as important as learning how to learn the features of any end-user computer application software.)
  • Students will create professional looking presentation, documents, and spreadsheet as expected from a  “college educated” person.  Timely professional work (good grammar, proper spelling, etc.) is required.
  • Students will be able to THINK and apply knowledge rather than simply repeat it.
  • Students will apply assignments to real life situations, as relevant to each individual as possible and as varied as possible to appeal to different learning styles.

Student Projects

  • Presentations
  • Word Processing
    • Résumé
    • Biography page in the portfolio
    • Word art for biography page
  • Spreadsheet
    • Car or home purchase requiring a bank loan

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
Below 60 F


  • Since you will receive an attendance grade, it is essential that you understand the attendance policy.
  • Daily attendance is extremely important to your passing this class successfully.  If unavoidable problems arise, see me personally for help in keeping up with your assignments.  You will receive 10 points per day if you are present.  Since this is an attendance grade, you must be present to receive the points.  The only exception to this rule is if you were on a school activity trip.
  • It is your responsibility to find out what work you have missed and to make the work up.  You will have a short period of time to complete all missed work. Since a majority of your work will be done at the computer, it will be extremely difficult for you to make up this work unless it is done before class or at home.

Classroom Rules

Rules for the classroom are as follows:

  • Because this classroom contains expensive equipment, there will be absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINK allowed at the computer tables. No cell phone use, please.  We will take at least one break for you to use your phone.


Creating Powerful Presentation

April 22nd, 2013

Taming The Internet

March 14th, 2013

There is so much ‘stuff’ on the Internet. How do you find good material for class? Once found, how do you organize it? Come see how!

Northwest Indian College – CMPS 100 Computer Basics

January 23rd, 2013

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I have created a web page with resources the CMPS 100 Computer Basics Class.

Perfect Pitch – Change Your World

December 10th, 2012

Wanna change the world?  Or do you just want to change your world? Either way, there is a process that starts with an idea and evolves into action.  How does this happen?  Well, watch this presentation for an example of a prefect pitch, pun intended :)  Then, examine The Bold Academy for more details. Amber Rae, helped launch this wonderful project.  It’s worth a few minutes of your time to check out.

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December 9th, 2012

Read more about the Common Core Standards

    • All the material you need from the source of the initiative
    • All you want to know about Common Core broken down as only Edutopia can do
    • Well explained with numerous helpful resources

Watch more videos about the Standards

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

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“Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.” - Mike Del Ponte  quoted in the article, 6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

What do successful people do?

Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3. Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3″ today?

3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find Mike in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?

5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why Mike keeps a gratitude journal. Every morning, he writes out at least five things he’s thankful for. In times of stress, he’ll pause and reflect on 10 things he’s grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Mike asks himself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it? Read More at . .

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

November 12th, 2012

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