Is What I’m Reading on the Internet Real?

Have you ever read information on-line and wondered if the information was true or not?  Take this quiz to find out…

  1. Has someone identified themselves as the owner of the information?

  2. Have you seen the information on different websites?

  3. Is the information from a source that you are familiar with?

  4. Does the information have a published date?

  5. Is the Author of the information an expert in the subject area? Did he/she go to school to study that subject?

  6. Does the information match what you already know?

  7. Does the information seem realistic?

 

Want to learn more about these questions and learning how to find the truth when reading information on-line?  Read the entire article here!

Espeseth Room 11 Technology Policy

Expectations

  1. Students are expected to take out their work WHILE signing-in as soon as the tardy bell rings.
  2. When Mrs. Espeseth is talking students are expected to put the computer screen down and/or make eye contact. Do not work on computer unless requested to do so.
  3. Occasionally phones will be used in class, please silence them before coming into class.
  4. Respect the computers at all times. Do not write on them, deface them, or destroy them in any way.  Please come to me if you notice anything wrong with the computer.
  5. Be sure to log out at the end of every class period. Be nice and help out a fellow student who has forgotten to log out.
  6. Plagiarism is wrong and against the law. Please be sure to do your own work at all times.

What to Do When You Get Stuck

If, at any time, you have an issue with the computer do not exchange it for another one.  If there is something wrong with the computer I need to know.  If you run into a fixable glitch you need to know how to fix it.

  • When dealing with Wi-Fi issues it is best to be patient.
  • If a computer freezes then force close, wait 30 seconds, then restart the computer.
  • Most computer problems are operator error, be patient, try again, ask the people sitting next to you. If all of you do not know the problem then raise your hand and ask me.

What to do when you are finished with an Assignment

Go to cespeseth.wordpress.com and read an article.  Then comment on the article, be sure to include what you learned and what you found interesting.

If any computer rule is broken the following will be enforced:

  1. First Infraction-Warning
  2. Second Infraction-Loss of computer for the rest of the day/session, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
  3. Third Infraction-No computer for a week, contact with the Dean, and a note home.
  4. Fourth Infraction-Placement in another class.

Ready to buy School Supplies?

School Supplies are a vital part to the success of your student.  Students need to make sure they have the proper school supplies EVERYDAY.  When students don’t bring needed supplies to school they lose valuable class time looking to borrow needed items.  Students become a distraction or disruption to the teacher and the students.  Or worse, students sit in class and do nothing which is a complete waste of time.  Make sure your students are using every school moment to the best of their ability by having the needed school supplies.

  1. Three ring binder (about 1-1 ½ inches wide)
  2. Dividers for every subject
  3. Paper (College ruled)
  4. Only Blue or black ink pens
  5. Pencils with an eraser
  6. Highlighter color of your choice
  7. Colors-crayons or pencils, No Markers

OPTIONAL ITEMS include a stapler, pencil sharpener, tissues and 3 hole-punch

Remember it may be necessary to replenish school supplies throughout the year.  Constantly look for sales on these items and buy in bulk when you see them on sale.  When you see a particularly good sale mention it in the comment section.

Be Sure to Stay Smart and Be on the Look Out for Fake News!

There is so much misinformation on the internet these days.  All readers of the internet must be aware of articles, websites, and fake news floating around the web that is not true.  There are lots of ways to spot untrue information.

  1. Be doubtful!  Just because it is on the net does not make it true.  Anyone can publish information on the internet.  Always assume what you are reading is not true.  Always find another source that backs up the information you are reading.
  2. Check and double check!  Look at who published the information.  Be aware that some news sources are more honest than others.  Be sure you know which sites to rely on and which ones you don’t.
  3. Look for the real story!  Fake news, information, and articles exist for a reason.  Start paying attention to why an article or information has been included on a site.  Many sites are looking for traffic to earn money from ads.  Those sites will do anything to drive traffic to their site including adding fake information.
  4. Use a Fact Checking Source that you trust!  Sites like Factcheck.org and Politifact.com are good sites that will help you decide which news is read and which is not.

 

Comment any sites that you have found helpful or trustworthy in your school research below!

How Long Can a President be President?

After watching bits and pieces of Donald Trump’s inauguration during class on January 20th, I noticed some students, including myself, were a bit confused by the two-term rule for presidents.

When George Washington became president he chose to serve two terms as president.  At the end of his second term, he decided to retire as president.  His reasons cited were; he wanted to go home to Mount Vernon, he needed a rest, and he had given enough service to his country.  From that time forward presidents followed George Washington and quit after the second term.  That is until Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933.  Roosevelt stayed in office for three terms until his death in 1945. After Roosevelt died, the 22nd Amendment was added to limit presidential terms to two terms in office.
That means a president can not serve more than eight years as president.  Whether it be in a row or staggered.  It makes no difference whether the two terms are consecutive.

I have always thought that a president could serve more than eight years because of Grover Cleveland.  Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.  He is the only president to serve his eight years, not in a row.  I assumed that because he did not serve his terms consecutively that a president could choose to run more than two times.  It is not true.

Want to Know Which Presidents Can Not Run Again?

  • Thomas Jefferson (president from 1801 to 1809)
  • James Madison (president from 1809 to 1817)
  • James Monroe (president from 1817 to 1825)
  • Andrew Jackson (president from 1829 to 1837)
  • Ulysses Grant (president from 1869 to 1877)
  • Grover Cleveland (president from 1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897)
  • Woodrow Wilson (president from 1913 to 1921)
  • Dwight Eisenhower (president from 1953 to 1961)
  • Ronald Reagan (president from 1981 to 1989)
  • Bill Clinton (president from 1993 to 2001)
  • George W Bush (president from 2001 to 2009)

 What do you think?  Will Donald Trump serve two terms as president?  Will they be interrupted terms or consecutive?  Comment below and remember to keep it friendly!