Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Make a Portable Charger by Aman

Annabel and Anvi Review PEARLTREES

Pearltrees Review






   
 Pearltrees is a note-taking application that allows a student to share, organize, and personalize their own notes. The user can organize documents, web pages, notes, and import different photos and files to your home page. Each student has their own account, where they can share different collections and ideas with any teacher or student that is a user. A student can team up with other students and collaborate on a collection. A student can look at other people’s collections that may be related to one’s own interests. One can comment and add other files to their own collection. A teacher can view their student’s notes, and comment on them also.
Pearltrees is a helpful application that could be used instead of Notability and Explain Everything.




    Using Pearltrees in classrooms could benefit the level of learning for students. Organization management is in this app to create a better environment for learning. Overall, the use of Pearltrees is a helpful way to organize and develop ideas.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bella and Chloe Summarize Interview with BHS Help Desk

We recently interviewed the helpdesk at Burlington High School. They were very nice and answered all our questions. To ask them questions we had google hangout. Everyone who is in helpdesk at the middle school now came up with a question and asked it so we could have a better understanding of what is done in the high school helpdesk. Below are the questions ( in black) and answers ( in blue) of the helpdesk students:

  1. What is the worst part of helpdesk? No study hall.
  2. How many people do you allow into the Help Desk? No maximum; but 6 or 7 (they may have more).
  3. Who makes up the majority of the Help Desk? Mainly upperclassmen (Juniors, Seniors).
  4. What is the best part of being in help desk? You can do whatever you want such as programing, and tech.
  5. How much work do you usually get accomplished? Depends on the project (can take long time or short) especially making a game.
  6. What different tools do you use in the high school Help Desk compared to middle school Help desk? No one in the interview did Help desk in middle school.
  7. Where do you guys meet? In the Library (a back room).
  8. Do you stay after school? No, but you can.
  9. Can you stay in helpdesk all four years? Generally not, but you can take it for a couple semesters.
  10. Do you interview other students? They haven’t, but they may in the future.
  11. Are you graded and if so how? Yes they are graded, and there is a rubric on the high school helpdesk blog and projects have different weight. You can pass/fail.
  12. What kind of activities do you do? Make spinners, games, and documentaries?
  13. Can you get kicked out of helpdesk? You can but no one ever has.

Aymaan and Joel Give Battery Life Tips

Six Tips on how to save battery life on your iPad


Number 1: You can turn down your brightness. People say that turning down your brightness, can save battery by decreasing the amount of voltage that is used on the LCD display on your iPad. This will improve and save some of your battery life on your iPad.
Number 2: Background App Refresh can take up lots of battery because some apps still manage to consumer a lots of power. To turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and you can turn Background App Refresh off, or you can select the apps you'd like to refresh in the background on your mobile apple device. This way you can save some battery life on your iPad.
Number 3: Vibrations actually use up more power than ringtones. The sounds produced by ringtones are just very tiny vibrations in your smartphone’s speaker. That to the shaking of the entire iPad, definitely takes less of your battery. The same goes for using vibration for feedback in other applications. If you don't disable vibrations at least, lessen the power usage  of the vibrations.
Number 4:Certain apps eat up more battery juice than others, particularly apps which use the GPS system to track your location. You iPad has a GPS unit that allows the signals to and from satellites to determine your exact location, which is important for some apps to work, for example, map-based apps like Maps or to check-in on Pokémon Go.

Number 5: The fifth tip to save your battery life is to turn off notifications. Not only is it annoying to constantly receive irrelevant notifications that can actually wait, it is also a powersucker for each of these notifications. Every incoming notification will take up some energy, but turning them off will save lots of power in the long run.

Number 6: The last tip to save your battery life is Low Power Mode.When Low Power Mode is on, the battery in the battery indicator bar will be yellow. You'll see and the battery percentage.When your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery power left, you’ll see a “Low Power Mode” prompt appear. Your iPhone will tell you what features will be temporarily disabled until your iPhone has an optimal amount of power. To do this, open the Settings app, scroll down, and tap the “Battery.” Activate the “Low Power Mode” slider to enable it.
These are six ways you can save battery life on your apple mobile device by adjusting some settings.

By Aymaan S. and Joel V.

Murphy, Samantha. "7 Ways to Save Your Battery Life on IOS 8." Mashable. Mashable, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.
"How to Use Low Power Mode on an IPhone (and What Exactly It Does)." How-To Geek RSS. How-To Geek, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.

iBrainstorm Review by Suleikha

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Help Desk Students! :)

We had a ton of success recruiting from the 7th grade!
Here are our newest members: Anvi, Zara, Meriam, Annabel and Aman