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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Student Blog Post Assignment #2: Project Description

TSOTS Instructions for 9/28

- Check and (if necessary) correct the main title of your blog. It should say "The Story of the Seed," EXACTLY!

- Add a clever subtitle (description). See the examples below:
  > The Cool Beans
  > The Bean Bulletin
  > Pinto Press
  > The Tale of the Magic Beans

- Make sure settings are set to show a date stamp for all posts

- Create an "About" page.
  > Click on the "Pages" link in your "The Story of the Seed" blog control panel
  > Click "New page" and select "Blank page"
  > Title this new page "About Our Project"
  > Compose a four to five-sentence paragraph explaining the purpose of this project and describing your Phaseolus vulgaris cultivar (pinto beans, for example)
  > click "Publish" when you are done


If you are having trouble coming up with a description of this project, see my "About" page.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Student Blog Post Assignment #1: Brief Bio

Before you do anything else with your team’s blog (website) today, make sure you verify that your group’s blog was set up correctly. If there are any issues (e.g., someone in your group has not yet received or accepted an invitation to join the blog) you must resolve those FIRST.

Once you have have verified that your site was set up correctly, check once more to make sure that all of the members of the group have been added to the blog as authors (contributors). If they have not been, the blog owner MUST invite these members by email (see instructions under Blog Setup Instructions: http://storyoftheseed.blogspot.com/2012/08/blog-setup-instructions.html). Next, the invitees must open their emails from the blog owner and accept the invitation by clicking on the link provided in the email. After you have confirmed that these members have been added as authors, go on to the step below.

OK, now it’s time for your first official post--yes, that means this one is for points! By Friday each of your team members must post a simple bio about themselves. In your post, please include responses to the following questions:

- What is your name? In what places have you lived (city and state is enough)?
- Have you ever gardened or grown food before? What did you grow and what do you remember about the experience?
- Talk about a person or people in your life who you think know a lot about gardening, farming, horticulture, plants, and/or making food from scratch. Who is this person? What is their relationship to you?


EXAMPLE I

My name is Joe Green. I am originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin. I moved here in 2002 with my mom and older sister. My Grandparents still live in Wisconsin and sometimes we get to go back and visit them in the summer.

I haven't really gardened that much, but sometimes I help my mom with her rose plants. I don't really cook that much, but I like to watch my sister cook and ask her about the ingredients she puts in the food she is making. She's a pretty good cook, but not as good as my grandma. My grandma and grandpa have a huge garden back in Wisconsin and my grandma makes pickles from the cucumbers she grows in the summer. They're tasty, but my favorite thing is pickled watermelon. I know it sounds gross, but it is so good! Whenever we go back I always spend some time helping my grandpa out in the garden. I don't really know what all of the plants are or how he gets them to grow so big, but it's cool to learn about them. Maybe after this project is over I will know a little more about some of these plants like kohlrabi.

EXAMPLE II
I'm Marisol Martinez and I am from Salinas, CA. My grandmother, my dad, and his brother moved to San Jose in 2007. I have family in Salinas, Watsonville, Hollister and Mexico.

I cook many of the meals at home so I know how to cook. I learned most of what I know from my grandmother. She grew up in Tamaulipas, Mexico. My favorite thing to make that I learned from her is mole de olla con lentejas. I don't know exactly how to say it in English, but one of the ingredients is little seeds that kind of look like tiny beans. My grandmother probably knows the most about food and cooking of all of my closest relatives. I like coliflor, but my group is growing brussel sprouts. I like gardening. In my third grade class we had a garden and I planted carrots and we got to eat them at the end of the year. They were really sweet and very orange in the middle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Setup Instructions

BLOG CREATION
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STEP 1 : Go to http://www.blogger.com/ (every person can go to the Blogger site if they wish, but only one person will actually create the blog)
STEP 2: Log in to Blogger using your Gmail username and password
STEP 3: Find the button on the left that says "New Blog" and click on it
STEP 4: You must give your blog the same title as the project: "The Story of the Seed"
STEP 5: Set the address to "storyoftheseed2014-P-T" where "P" is the period you are in and "T" is the team number you are on. EXAMPLE: If you are in period 3 and on team 2, the address for your team would be "storyoftheseed2014-3-2"
STEP 6: Choose a template for your site (just pick anything for the time being--you can easily change this later)
STEP 7: Click the "Create Blog" button


 SETTINGS AND CUSTOMIZATION
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BASIC
Description: Should be original, clever, and descriptive (be concise)--this is like the subtitle of your blog and should give readers some idea of what the blog is about
Privacy:
Add your blog to our listings: No
Let search engines find your blog: No
Permissions:
Blog Authors: Click on "Add Authors" and enter the gmail addresses of the other
members of your group and of Mr. Bursch (jsbursch@gmail.com), then click "Invite Authors".
Once the other team members have accepted your invitation and joined the blog, convert everyone's permission setting to "Admin" so that everyone can make changes to the blog settings.
Leave all other "BASIC" settings as they are.

POSTS and COMMENTS
Show at most 7  posts on the main page 
Archive Frequency  Monthly
Comments:
Comment Location  Embedded
Who can comment User with Google Accounts

Leave all other settings in default mode.
Now go to the "Layout" tool to start customizing the look of your blog. Further
customizations can be made by using the "Blogger Template Designer."

If you use pictures from the Internet they MUST have a copyright that allows for
free use.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It All Started Here (A View from the Nursery)

So it begins. A small paper envelope that sounds like a baby's rattle enfolds tiny vaults of genetic treasure. What could they become? Only time will tell.



As you handle these tiny capsules, contemplate their contents and how they are like you and vice versa.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hot Cheetos Ain't Got Nothin' on Me!


Yeah baby! You know you're getting hungry!

Ah... Girl look at that broccoli, Ah... Girl look at that broccoli, Ah... Girl look at that broccoli,

I'm tasty and you know it!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Student Blog Evaluation Checklist and Scoring Guide, Semester 1

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Biology 1-2 and Honors Biology 1-2
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REQUIRED POST ITEMS
  1. Student Blog Post Assignment #1: Brief Bio [10 points x 2]
  2. Student Blog Post Assignment #2: Project Description (Subtitle) and "About" page [10 points x 2]
  3. Plant Status Update #1 [10 points]
  4. Plant Status Update #2  [10 points]
  5. Plant Status Update #3  [10 points x 2]
  6. Plant Status Update #4  [10 points x 2]
  7. Plant Status Update #5 [10 points]
  8. Essay: Plight of the Bees [10 points x 3]
  9. Monomers and Polymers Mini-Video (Honors only) [10 points] 



SCORING RUBRICS

Posts:

0 points = No post made

1-3 points = Post with little content, directions not followed, many spelling and grammatical errors, title missing

4-7 points = Post with some content and at least one or two thoughtful statements, may contain several spelling and grammatical errors, directions mostly followed, title may not make sense

8-10 points = Post with rich content and several thoughtful statements, directions followed exactly, no noticeable spelling and grammatical errors, title is very appropriate


Overall Blog:

0 points = No blog found for this team

1-3 points = Blog exists but has no content or almost no content whatsoever, has very little visual appeal, and is hard to read / follow

4-7 points = Blog exists and has 50 to 70% of required content, has some visual appeal, and is not too difficult to read / follow

8-10 points = Blog exists and has 80 to 100% of required content, has definite visual appeal, and is easy to read / follow



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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Plant Status Update #5

Start by giving us a brief update on your plants' condition.
  1. Are there any new anatomical structures on your plants? If so, what are they and how do you think they will serve your plant?
  2. How could your plants increase their numbers?
  3. Describe some factors that limit the number of bean plants that could grow in each garden box and explain how these factors work to limit your plants' growth.
  4. What do you think the carrying capacity of one garden box is for Phaseolus vulgaris? Give a number and justify your answer.
Don't forget to take some pictures and to include them in your post.



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