Tuesday, April 8, 2008


WE played Can you tell if you’re old. It was a very easy peasy game. It had 5 pictures. It would also give you the answer to all of them. It was sooo fun L We also played the coffee quiz. It was hard and boring. All you did was answer questions. The parachute, and airplane game didn’t work. It stunk too. L We also played beat the heat that didn’t work either. (Mad Face.) I hope you love the games.Love Flacogal13

Monday, April 7, 2008

At FOSSVT... April 4th

This Friday I went to the Free and Open Source Software Vermont Conference carrying the name "Student Ambassadors For(Free) Open Source". I was ready to give my presentation once 10:45 came. I had prepared my presentation for about two weeks, and I had presented in front of two different groups. I had also sat down and discussed the presentation with my teacher. Our presentation went great, the audience was great, they really pushed it along, and we met a lot of people. One of the people in the organizational committee would like us to podcast for the national conference, but we should probably see how good our audio comes out from the latest one (Recorded with $10 microphones).
I learned a lot about people, and quite a bit about myself. I can easily present things to people. Afterwards, we received so many "Good Job" s and a lot of hand shakes. It was just an overall awesome presentation. Maybe we could integrate some great ideas learned at the conference into the school we go to. This will be interesting. I have some good ideas. Maybe a web server. Maybe some LTSP Edubuntu set ups. This will be very interesting.

Learning to Type

I think the Type Faster Typing Tutor is a really good website.You can learn to type. They have courses for people who speak spanish, english and for blind people. This would be good for all ages especially for starters. I would give it a 5/5 I see nothing wrong with this site.

I think the typing test is a bad website. We are looking for websites to help you learn how to type faster. This site is only telling you how fast you type. So out of 5 I would give it a 1 it doesn't help students or adults how to type just how good they are at it. So if you're really good and you like to feel good then you should go to that site.

I think that Tux Typing is a really good site for little kids. This has the basic steps to becoming a good typer. Also it has a little penguin so it has to be good. Just kidding. But it does have some really good stuff for kids. It has games and such to help you become a better typer. I would give this a 4/5. Since it is for younger kids not all starters are kids some are adults or teens/ preteens.

I think that the All bunny's typing class is a good site for kids. Every child should know about the tortoise and the hare. Well now kids can live it. If they do good then their character does good. I used to have something like this and I loved it. I'm sure your child ( if you have one) will too. I would give it a 4/5

I think that Flash Typing is a very bad game for a young child. It has the typer be a space ship and it has to vaporise other ships. I don't know about you but I wouldn't want a 3 year old getting ideas. I would give it a 2/5

I think that Dance Mat is an awesome site. It is for kids 7-11 years old. You start out with 4 stages. When you go up in each stage you learn more letters. At first you learn the home keys. Then you learn RTGY stuff like that. I give it a 5/5

I think that free Yping Game is a good site. It teaches you the letters in an easy lesson then tests you on what you learned. It also includes games. I would give it a 5/5

I think keyboarding Ideas and tecniques isn't a good site. It teaches teachers how to teach students how to type. I know if I was trying to learn how to type and I came across this I would be really upset if it was the only site online. It wouldn't help at all. I would give it a 1/5

I think keyboarding practice is a bad site. This is what it does. When you type in a letter the matching letter on the board lights up. It is a real bummer. I would give it a 1/5

I don't think keyboarding lesson is that great either. It is more like a test than anything.

I think that learn 2 type is a good website. It is for both begginners and experts. It would be good for adults and young kids. Not todlars but for 6,7 year old kids.

Wow now I know my abc's. The abc's typing games is waay to easy. It would be for real begginners. It wouldn't be for kids and it wouldn't be for adults. I give it a 0/5

Typer spider is a really good site. It is a little childish but it has good levels. It has easy, medium, and hard. Yes it has baby graphics but hey we don't need graphics so it is fine. It is good for all ages. 5/5

It says on this site that it is an online game. That costs money. So For our school I wouldn't get it because we probably couldn't afford it for every computer.

Typing Tutor was a great website. It had easy keys but the speed could be increased for someone who is really fast. This has a 4/5

Friday, April 4, 2008

Learning how to type

So far I have made 3 write ups in my blog. This is my 4th. What I am doing is rating 3 programs that teach you how to type.

Type Faster Typing Tutor: I would give this on a scale of 1-4 a 4. It has a lot of programs. It has a typing one for normal people, one for blind people, and one for spanish speaking people.

Typing Test I would give it a 2. It is only a test to see how fast you type now. It doesn't give you a way to advance in your level of typing.

Tux Typing this is a good program. It is more for kids. It has games. It's mascot is als0 a cute little penguin, So I would give it a 3.

I hope this will help you when buying a typing program
Love Flacogal13


Hi I'm Flacogal13,
I love basketball and running. I have good grades in school and love the auther Erin Hunter. She has such a way of writing. I am in 7th grade and have 1 really good friend. She has been since I was little. Well tha'ts all I'm telling you guys Hope you like the blog.
Love Flacogal13

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Discover Engineering

Our country needs to more engineers, but many students don't understand what engineering is or if they would be any good at this type of career. The site (Discover Engineering ) http://discoverengineering.org/ has lots of information about engineering including some Videos and some GAMES under the Cool Stuff section.

We will be trying some of these games this week and letting you know what we think. Please feel free to try some and give us your opinion.

Keyboarding Sites

Many students at our school are working on their keyboarding skills. Learning to type without looking takes lots of practice and their are many programs and websites that can help you do that. We will be adding our opinions or reviews of these products in the comment sections of this post. Feel free to add yours.

We will be reviewing the following programs:

Type Fasterhttp://www.typefastertypingtutor.com/

Type Masterhttp://typingtest.com/

Tux Typehttp://tuxtype.sourceforge.net/

and the following websites

Al Bunny's Typing Class
Type the letters and see if the bunny can beat the turtle; free download
Computer Circus
Choose the keys you want to practice
Flash Typing
Attempt to vaporize asteroids (letters) before they hit your space ship; free download
Dance Mat Typing
From BBC; learn and practice keyboarding
Free Typing Games
Lessons and tests
Keyboarding Lessons and Ideas
Information about teaching keyboarding, technique checklist, resourcesClick Introduction to Keyboarding for Elementary School Students for step-by-step lessons.
Keyboarding Practice
Type a letter on the keyboard and watch it light up on the screen
Keyboarding Practice
Basic practice exercises; home row and more
Learn 2 Type
Interactive exercises which help you learn to type
Typer Shark
Typing games; play online or download
Typing ABCs
Practice typing the letters of the alphabet
Typer Spider
Practice typing from letters to words
Typing Pal Online
Online typing practice and exercises site; In "Practice," the game will not let you move on until you type each letter correctly
Typing Tutor
Online game; practice using the home row keys; speed is adjustable