Exploratory Wheel-Computers 6
March 24, 2014
Our New Computers!
Pros and Cons of Electric Cars
by Joshua Valan
What do we use for transportation? Most people would answer cars, trains, airplanes, vans and so on. What we do not realize is that cars, if not used properly could make us leave this planet we all know as home. Some people have come up with ideas that can save the economy, but ending up being more dangerous than the cars they were made to compete with. One example is the Tesla Company which most of you have never heard about, so I will give you a bit of history. The Tesla Company originated in 2003. It never won popularity until 2008 when is made its mini engine car (the tesla roadster) which was run by gasoline but used very little gasoline and the engine was very small, adding more room space. In 2013, Tesla made the Tesla Model S. It was worth $120,000 but was sold at a price of $80,000. This car was fully electric and looked nothing like a Porsche, its main competitor. Also, the place where all the controls were in a gasoline car was replaced by a large screen made by Apple just for that car. Of course, you can have the same controls you have in a gasoline car plus you can see how your car is doing (you can also play games!). But the Tesla Model S has major disadvantages- Disadvantages that can kill you! Earlier in the week of November, 7th 2013 the third Tesla model S blew up. The FBI says that debris hit the battery and that caused a fire. Since the car has no engine (the front looks like the trunk) it has no place to put the battery but on the bottom of the car. In the end, most people would probably prefer to use a regular gasoline car.
Technology Objective: PowerPoint 2010 Basics
This Week's Web Picks....
Bubbl.us is a web-based mind mapping program. It is a free resource, however we're limited to three mind maps. This is a great source for brainstorming ideas and creating a visual map of those ideas. Once you select main ideas and details, you're better prepared to write your paragraph or story.
This is a wonderfully creative online resource that allows you to tell a story in cartoon fashion. Select from scenes, characters, speech bubbles, and props to tell your story. This site requests that you register, but you don't have to. This site is easy to use and very creative.
Cool Text Creator
Do you enjoy seeing your name in fancy fonts? Do you enjoy being creative? Cool Text is a free text generator and is useful for creating titles for PowerPoints, Word documents, and has tons of creative uses. Choose from multiple fonts, choose your colors, shadows, and sizes. We will use this site to create text for our PowerPoint lesson.
Cool Text Creator
Working with the CC Standards...
This is an excellent video from the Teaching Channel that actually fits nicely with our class since it is a technology topic--Exploring the Concept of Online Privacy. Students in this middle school class learn about key terms as they relate to online privacy. As the children learn new terms and phrases, they are able to understand how those terms change meaning within the context of a technical subject.