Digital Information Technology

March 25 - March 29, 2019

Things to Remember About DIT!

  • You MUST have Office 365 this semester. You cannot submit lessons from OpenOffice or KeyNote, Pages, etc. (See below in the newsletter for help with this.)
  • You are not required to complete a collaboration in DIT. I will be exempting this!
  • Don't forget about DBA's on Demand - you can choose to complete a DBA for ANY Module. Just schedule an appointment. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! (See below for more information on DBA's on Demand.)
  • There is ONLY ONE DBA per semester - you will see two Module DBAs this semester, however, those are just placeholders for you to simply enter your comments when we do complete the DBA and for me to grade you!
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Due This Week

  • 7.05 – Module 7 Project (Submit)

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How Do MOS Certifications Benefit the Education Industry?

From students to administrators, the education industry is behind in preparing students for success in college or the workplace. An MOS Certification makes sure that the curriculum and course effectiveness is optimized. Students are able to focus on the content, while teachers and administrators can help increase the student’s education.

More students are coming to class with laptops in hand, so having a classroom that is interactive will benefit them. Using PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office tools, you can make sure that the students have resources necessary to fully prepare them for the workplace. It is vital that teachers and administration remain up-to-date on technology in order to keep the effectiveness of the education on par for the workplace.

How Do MOS Certifications Benefit Individuals?

People should look at getting an MOS Certification, even if their employers do not recommend it. It gives your resume a boost, and you will increase your potential income. It is also the first step necessary to becoming an MOS Expert or MOS Master.

Roughly, 80-percent of employers and recruiters will look for candidates who have experience with Microsoft Office. If you already have a certification, they will be able to see the level of your knowledge before interviewing you. This will help your application make it through the first round of the hiring process.

After receiving the MOS Certification, you can further your career by becoming an MOS Expert or Master. There are only a few tests necessary to go from the basic certification to the Master certification. The higher credentials make you more attractive to companies.

Interested in Getting MOS Specialist Certification?

Please take a moment to email me today:


2019-2020 Course Selections Open

Course selection for the 2019-2020 school year is now open for all 9th-11th grade students! Please be sure to watch the info session for your grade level where we review high school graduation requirements, diploma options, course offerings, high school course progression, and explain how to enter science and elective course requests for the 2019-2020 school year. Be sure you are viewing the video for your rising grade level:

Remember, the school counselors will be entering your English, Math, and Social Studies courses. You will be selecting your Science and Electives (be sure to rank your electives in order of preference). All 9th-11th grade students should enter their course requests for science and elective courses no later than March 15th.

To be considered for AP course placement for the 2019-2020 school year, students will need to complete the AP Application at: no later than March 15th. You are not able to select AP courses in Focus, you will need to complete the AP Application and we will add those to your schedule.

Your FLVS Full Time High School Counselors,
Mrs. Head- students A-Col
Mrs. Heinzmann- students Com-Go
Mr. Esposita- students Gr-La
Mrs. Lugo- students Le-Or
Ms. Jackson-Miller- students Os-Sh
Mrs. Walters- students Si-Z

Advanced Placement for 2019-2020 School Year

If you missed our Advanced Placement Session and are interested in learning more about AP courses for next school year you can view the session at the recording link below:

Fall 2019 Dual Enrollment

Fall 2019 Dual Enrollment Google Form Application

***Documents that must be uploaded into Google Form application; Completed FLVS Dual Enrollment Checklist, Completed Dual Enrollment High School Approval Form, Orientation Completion, Test Scores***
(all must be in PDF format)

The FLVS Full Time and Polk State College Dual Enrollment Application must be completed and all documents uploaded by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

New Student Orientation Sessions

Students who are new to FLVS FT for 2nd semester you may view a recording of the Orientation session at the link below:

Trip of a Lifetime!!

Are you a current sophomore, and interested in going on a trip of a lifetime next summer to Athens, Greece and the Greek Islands (Santorini, Mykonos, etc.)? Do you want an opportunity that will set you apart on college admissions AND provides opportunities for college credit? Well look no further!!! Click on the following link to watch the recording if you missed out:

**If you request a Teacher Recommendation form - tell them Mrs. Gunn recommended/referred you :-)

2018-2019 School T-Shirts

Support the Senior Class Fundraiser by getting an awesome shirt designed by 2 of our very own Class of 2019 students!

General Student Body Shirt:

Class of 2019 (Seniors) Shirt:

Save the Date for Our 2018-19 Graduation Ceremony!!!

If you are graduating this school year then please make plans to join us for our live commencement on Friday, May 24th. Here are the details for the day.

Date: Friday, May 24th
Location: CFE Arena located on the campus of the University of Central Florida
Address: 12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, FL 32816
Time: Students need to arrive at 10:00 am. Commencement will begin promptly at 12:00 pm.

More information will be shared as we get closer, but for now make sure you save the date!!!

Graduation Information

Grad FAQs Addressed on the Senior Site

*Date/time/location of graduation - graduates must arrive at the UCF arena (dressed and ready) by 10am

*Ceremony LIVE STREAM info

*Cords/stoles/medallions plus the honors letter - point students with GPA and honors society questions to this letter and their guidance counselor - Honors Letter (walking order for honors like cum laude, summa cum laude, magna cum laude, NHS):

*RSVP form: - ALL students need to do this, we need BOTH yes and nos

*Cap and gown ordering - $50 - by April 1st or they have to pay $60 cash only at the ceremony (video walkthrough of ordering on the senior site:

*Graduation slide show - if they'd like to participate the instructions and template are on the website

The Cornell Note-Taking System

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1. Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the
lecture using telegraphic sentences.
2. Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based on
the notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarify
meanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthen
memory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying
3. Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking
at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say
aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas
indicated by the cue-words.
4. Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example:
“What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on?
How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know?
What’s beyond them?
5. Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous
notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the
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Example of Cornell Notes in Use

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Creating a Student Portfolio for College, etc

Creating a portfolio can help you present a better, more well-rounded college application. If you are applying to an art school, most often the college you apply to will require you to submit a portfolio of your work and will provide you instructions for how to do so.

Also, many college applications allow a space for “Additional Information.” You could attach a portfolio in this case to show other dimensions of you as an applicant or to show talents you have and might pursue in college as a major or even a minor.

In fact, it might be a good idea to include a portfolio as a supplement to your application–period. A portfolio reveals you in an interesting and different way, setting you apart. If you have not been heavily involved in school and community activities, it may not be because you have few interests or lack motivation but that you have unusual interests or different priorities. A portfolio can demonstrate your time commitment to a talent and show your passion for learning about, doing, and improving that talent whether it is a talent for singing, acting, painting, playing an instrument, or speaking and writing.

What is a Student Portfolio Anyway?

A portfolio is a collection of accomplishments and work in an area of talent/interest you have pursued. The collection might include:

  • art work: drawing, painting, photography, graphic art, web design
  • musical composition: scores, song lyrics, arrangements
  • writing: novels; screen plays; poetry; history; news articles; scientific research, both published and unpublished
  • performance art: vocals – choral, solo, scat; musical – bands, orchestras, paid gigs, solos; and theatrical – theater, comedy, storytelling
  • illustrating complicated subjects like fractals and demonstrates what she knows graph theory
  • showcasing sports, clubs, volunteer work, physical activity and cultural awareness, as well as academic projects

The portfolio gives a sampling of your talent and the type of work you take an interest in doing. A portfolio will also demonstrate your strengths and growth as an artist or performer. The portfolio goes beyond a transcript, recommendation, test score, college interview, or even an essay to show what you are doing and to attest to the commitment you have to your area of interest.

Student Portfolio Examples

**Check Out These Awesome Examples Now!

Websites to Use to Setup Your Student Portfolio

  1. BulbApp - Provides digital portfolios where students and educators curate and create, share and showcase their smarts.
  2. Wix - Start from scratch or choose from over 500 designer-made templates. With the world’s most innovative drag and drop website builder, you can design any website you want.
  3. Yola - No technical experience required! Make your free website with our easy drag & drop functionality. Everything you need is at your fingertips.
  4. Weebly - a platform which helps students to create websites with the use of specific visual templates. As you can imagine, this tool can easily serve as a digital portfolio creator, helping students to navigate through its simple interface and easily update their portfolios. Students can add content with a simple drag-and-drop – this means that the tool will work for younger students. Weebly offers a look into portfolios made by other students as well, helping to inspire students and their peers in creating captivating online spaces.
  5. If you’re already using Google Apps for Education at your institution, choosing Google Sites as your go-to tool for creating engaging student portfolios will be only natural. Google Sites offers an interface enabling students to create comprehensive and varied collections of multimedia materials to craft a narrative of their work throughout the school year. The tool provides site templates, so students won’t need to work on the site structure at all. All they need to do is integrate their site with other Google apps to create their online portfolios. Since it’s a Google product, you can expect Google Sites to seamlessly integrate with other tools like YouTube, Blogger or Slides. Naturally, it will be part of a student’s Google Apps account, so teachers will have full administrative control over how sites are being used and their accessibility to the public.

bulb Digital Portfolios Demo

FLVS Family Literacy Resource

This website has been created for all FLVS students and families as a resource for literacy strategies and tools to use at home with your FLVS Student:

Fortify App

We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.


Great Writing, Simplified

Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AIl-powered writing assistant.

Beyond Grammar and Spelling

From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate errors and find the perfect words to express yourself.

Brilliant Writing Awaits
Get started for free and find out what you can accomplish with the power of Grammarly at your fingertips.

Grammer Checker

Online Editor – Grammar Checker. Enter the text that you want to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes; then click the grey button below. Click on underlined words to get a list of proper wording alternatives, suggestions, and explanations.

March Newsletter

All your news for March can be found here in the March Newsletter:

Sign Up for Microsoft Office 365 FREE!

  • Look at the Top of Your Screen in Educator
  • Click on the "SIGN UP NOW" button! (See below image)
  • Once you click the button, a window will pop up with instructions. Click 'Close' (See 2nd image)
  • It will now direct you to the Office 365 Education page where it will say Get Started and in the box, it should already have your Educator E-mail address typed in. DO NOT change this!!! Simply click Sign Up (See 3rd image)
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Upcoming Events

Mar 26, 2019: 7pm Seniors Grad Bash Info Session

Tuesday March 26 at 7pm EST Grad Bash MANDATORY Final Information Session Log in here: This session is a review of dress and behavior codes, transportation requirements and other important information for an awesome Grad Bash. Only students who have submitted payment and notarized permission slips need to attend. Parent attendance is encouraged.

Mar 29, 2019: 11am Class Meetings

Friday March 29 at 11am EST Class meetings Focus posting: Attend your CLASS MEETING to celebrate another awesome month as an FLVS FT Megabyte! Important announcements, getting to know your classmates and games like Kahoot are just SOME of the things you'll get to experience during class meetings. Friday Feb 22 at 11am EST Seniors, Class of 2019, log in here: Juniors, Class of 2020, log in here: Sophomores, Class of 2021, log in here: Freshman, Class of 2022, log in here:

Mar 30, 2019: Last Day to Donate for Student Council Donation

Please visit to learn more and donate.

Apr 1, 2019: Noon-Just for Parents Dealing with Test Anxiety

Just for PARENTS! How to foster a positive attitude before high stakes tests! April 1st @ 12:00 -1:00

Apr 1, 2019: Noon Mega News Network Show

Don't miss our monthly Mega News Network Show, watch here at 12pm noon, arrive early and chat live with the cast:

Apr 3, 2019: 1pm Test Anxiety Session for Students

Live Room Link: Questions? Email me: Brought to you by Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Ramsey

Apr 3, 2019: 9-11am Palm Beach County Beach Clean-Up

Beach Clean up with Mrs. Parrotto and Mrs. Sheils Meet at the entrance to the Lake Worth Pier at the Lake Worth Casino Beach Complex 10 S. Ocean Blvd RSVP:

School-Wide Pacing Guide

Here is the Link

Here is a short Tutorial for parents and students!
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Scratch is a simple, fun, and engaging introduction to programming, designed specifically for 8 to 16-year-olds. Users can combine music, graphics, and photos to create interactive games, animations, and slideshows. All of their creations are shareable with others in a student’s online community. It’s important to note that Scratch will really only teach programming concepts, not so much real, authentic programming.

Adobe Spark Video

Spark Video is part of the Adobe Spark suite. The application enables students to produce short, animated, narrated explainer videos. Students can easily add photos, video clips, icons, and voice, as well as professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion to their video creations. Video and vlog making is a great way to engage students creatively, and an ‘out of the box’ approach to class projects or reviewing learning materials.

Khan Academy

With Khan Academy you can literally learn anything; all for free. Lessons are presented by way of videos, interactive activities, and challenges. Learners also earn badges in line with their achievements and can save their progress to their own profile. Khan Academy is a great way to supplement your teaching, provide extra work to your gifted and talented students or help those who are struggling with certain content.


SelfCAD is a free, cloud-based 3D CAD software package for students. It is incredibly easy to use, yet provides an authentic, ‘real world’ 3D design experience. Another notable feature— SelfCAD has teamed up with MyMiniFactory, to provide a database of already completed 3D printable designs, making thousands of 3D objects available for immediate 3D printing. All round, it is a very powerful and effective tool for learning in STEM, and a number of schools are getting on board.

How to Share OneDrive Files and Folders

You can use OneDrive to share photos, Microsoft Office documents, other files, and entire folders with people. The files and folders you store in OneDrive are private until you decide to share them and you can stop sharing at any time.


About Mrs. G

I was born and raised in Georgia. I live with my husband Nathan, our two kids, our Golden Retriever Rescue, and three cats. In our spare time, my husband and I love to be out and about with our kids exploring new things, watching movies, and spending time with our family and friends.

I am an avid reader, and when I am not binge watching shows/series on Hulu or Netflix, I love to work out. I am also a Georgia Tech and Auburn fan!

Crazy fact about me.....I have a weird love of snakes and bats!