Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Stock Market Challenge!

Stock Market Challenge!

Use the information and directions below to join the game.

Game ID: MrFreer
Game Password: killian

1. Open this link and read the competition summary:
2. Click on the 'Join Game' link.
3. If you are an existing Virtual Stock Exchange member, enter your Email address and Password in the login panel and get set to trade. If you are a new user, follow the link to register - it's easy!
4. Follow the instructions and start trading!

Join now, and see if you can win my Mr. Freer's Class competition! The more participants the higher the level of competition. Can you master the market?

Monday, August 28, 2006

What is going on with Google?

Find two articles about some recent events with Google. Hint: Go to and type in Google :)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Wow someone made my idea...thanks for telling me.

Fifth period

Leave a comment with your blog URL...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Interesting article links

Put your article links here!

Questions on page 32-33

1. What fractional part of a second is a microsecond? A nanosecond?

2. Why are computers considered to be extremely accurate devices?

3. What factors have contributed to the modern computer's increased durability and reliability?

4. What is a general purpose computer?

5. Why are modern computers considered (for the most part) to be cost-effective devices?

6. How have computers participated in their own development?

7. Why should data be verified both before and after being entered into the computer?

8. Identify the basic functions of the information-processing cycle.

9. What are the most important characteristics of computer-generated output?

10. Explain the difference between computer hardware and computer software.

11. Explain the difference between an input device, a processor, a storage device, and an output device.

12. Explain the difference between a system program and an application program.

13. Briefly explain how a computer system works.

14. Describe the differences between a microcomputer, a minicomputer, a mainframe computer, and a special-purpose computer.

15. Describe the differences between a personal computer and a portable computer.

16. Identify at least three uses of special-purpose computers.

17. What is an information utility service?

18. Describe how computers can provide better service for bank customers.

19. How may computers be used in the home?

20. What are some ways the computer is used in dealing with the weather and environment?

21. How have computers affected transportation?

22. How have computers contributed to improved community services?

23. Describe ways in which computers improve medical and health care as well as the quality of life for those who are ill or disabled.

24. What are the advantages to humans of having computers perform routine and dangerous tasks?

25. Identify at least six uses of computers (other than those given in the text) in our society or everyday living.

What you need on your blog so far...8/24/06

1. The pseudocode necessary for a computer to make a sandwich.
2. Write an interesting fact about yourself.
3. Post a picture of ENIAC on your blog.
4. Link to your neighbor's blog.
5. Speculate how computers have changed business.
6. Your top 5 web sites.
7. Answers from 1-25 on page 32 - 33.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fifth Period Grades

Fifth Period Grades:

As 4 0.2
Bs 4 0.2
Cs 2 0.1
Ds 3 0.15
Fs 7 0.35

For those people attempted the quiz, the results were quite good.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Post on your blog

Read this article:
Which do you think are the top five web sites of all time?
Post on your blog.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

IT 2020


First of all I'm excited about this course. IT is the cutting edge of technology.

The best way to learn is to stay current using reputable sources online. Textbooks may provide general knowledge, but for sheer speed they can not match the web obviously.

What sites am I referring to? First of all, provides a great message board for discussing current events in IT. The nytimes is another great site.

Here is a site that has many good free articles but many require login: Then there is the great aggregator of news:

Commenting on current events on your own blog (go to and make one now. Write down the password and username- don't show anyone.) will be an important part of this class.

Next we are going to start with the basics of computer science. No, we are not going to focus on merely ONE language. My aim is to give you the framework to handle ANY language and ANY problem.

Let's start with the problem:

You will define the problem using pseudocode.

Let's pretend the first program is to make a sandwich.

What will you need first? What will you need to do?

Discussion followed by blog post.