SBC C3, A6- My Top 5 Web Tools/Apps


Pixie is a software program created by Tech 4 Learning in 2010. It is basically a virtual paper with a crayon and marker box with paint and a sticker book. It has a lot of useful tools and is good for making simple, 30-minute projects. Yuo can use it for any subject. Note- Pixie also has an online version, Wixie! You have to buy it online, the home version I believe costs 25 dollars. Go here for more information.


Frames is another program that is almost like Pixie with easier capabilities and without the different tools. Frames was also made by Tech4Learning. I used Frames once to make a book report, and it ended up with my whoel class Skyping with the author! It costs 40 dollars I think, click here for more information.


Google Drive is a great addition for your Gmail account. I use it almost every day in school, and I have at least 100 documents, powerpoints, and spreadsheets on there. It is a extremely useful tool, especially with the new add ons. you have to be 13 to have a Gmail and, essentially, a Google Drive. (I got mine because it is a school-based account).


I don’t know if this really counts as a tool/app, but Flickr has gotten me a lot of pictures for numerous school projects. No age limit, it’s free.


I had to include Google in general. It is definately a web tool. I just can’t describe it. It’s Google, it has everything. No age limit, it’s free.

SBC- C3, A5

Hello WWW! Sorry for the late post again. For this challenge, I Googled my father and looked at the stuff he has online. I then discussed it with him, all about his digital footprint.

When I Googled him, his company website came up on the second page. His company blog also came up on the fifth page. That was basically all I could find for him. Under pictures, I was surprised to see that he was one of the first to come up. One of his videos also came up on the first page. I find that surprising. I didn’t know that when I searched his name, his little company was one of the first to come up. That really means that he has reached out on the Internet.

When I talked to him about his digital footprint, he saud that he was happy with his digital footprint, and thinks that he did a good job on it. He said that he “strives to inspire… other people”. He alos said that he sometimes does it better online than in real life! He tries to inspire, influence, and be a role model online.

Journal 24- “I am Slave”

Yesterday and today, as our Hebrew classes and our Meaningful Moment, we watched the movie I am Slave on Youtube. It is about a girl who was kidnapped when she was twelve from the Sudan and forced into slavery. She served a few masters before escaping and reuniting with her family. She was a slave for six years. This movie was filmed in 2010, and is based on the life of an actual person. It was a very powerful and sad movie. I still don’t understand how slavery can still exist.

We were asked why we would watch this movie in preparation for Pesach (Passover). Well, I think that we would watch it because it is about slaves, and we were slaves in Egypt. The whole theme of Pesach is Yetzias Mitzrayim, freedom and exodus from Egypt. Our bracha (blessing) for the day was one saying, Thank you, G-d, for making me free. This certainly applies to the movie because this woman survived during slavery and eventually escaped. She became free.


Passover items on sale.

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Go here to watch the full movie on Youtube.

Journal 22- Gone After 103 Years

Last Friday was the funeral of Tessie Taxier, who was 103 years old when she died. Our    middle school frequently visited her for the past 20 years, and our visits brought her much happiness and enjoyment. We would play the piano and sign for her, and she would play the piano for us. We are asked to write what we want our legacy to be when we die. I want my legacy to be for a great inspiration for many. I want to grow up and do something that will really help the world. Maybe I could become a great leader, or invent something. I could cure cancer or stop pollution. I just want to help as many people as I can.

My Meaningful Prayer- Ashrei

In our Tuesday prayer class, we have to find one prayer we find the most meaningful and answer questions. I chose Ashrei.

1. Why is this prayer important or my favorite? I like this prayer because it is organized alphabetically and talks about lots of different subjects. It is said that if you say this prayer three times a day, you are guaranteed a place in the world.

2. What do I think it means? I think it is talking about what the Jewish people will say about G-d, and how they will say it. It gives great praises to Him.

3. How is this tefillah (prayer) important for the prayer service? It is important because it is one of the main prayers that is sung and recited often. Also, it is an important “marker prayer” in the service because you know that we will soon have the Shema.

4. Are there specific verses I find more meaningful? What are they, and why? No, not really. I like them all and find them all really meaningful. I do really like the second to last one, that says G-d will reward the good and punish the wicked.

Journal 21- Feeding the CIW Workers

The last ten days, a group of about 50 Coalition of Immokalee workers have been touring ten cities. They toured last Thursday in Jacksonville. Last Friday, we served them breakfast. We gave cereal, milk, coffee, doughnuts, eggs, potatoes, and oragne juice. A worker spoke to us and told us a little bit of his story.

The tomato pickers are a case of modern day slavery. They are subject to long hours under the hot Florida sun with no shade or water, and subject to abuse. For one big bucket of tomatoes (which was overflowing), they got 50 cents. Now, thanks to the actions of the CIW, they are allowed to have water and shade, and the limit for a bucket as “full” was changed. They can report abuse without fear, and now they get paid 82 cents a bucket. i did not learn anything from the man talking, although it was interesting.

One of the four mitzvahs of Purim, the Jewish holiday that was on Sunday, is to give to the poor. This was giving to the poor because they are poor workers petitioning for rights. Another mitzvah is to have a Purim feast. This was a feast because we invited them to come and eat a big meal. I hope that we can all unite to help the tomato pickers get more and more rights. One day, they will hopefully not be “modern day slaves” any more.



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Journal 20- A Home for the Cats

Last week, for our mitzvah trip, we visited the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The Catty Shack is a refuge, a permanent home for big cats. The cats come from places like zoos that are cvlosing down and illegal private owners. They have more than 40 animals currently. Thye have lions, tigers, cougars, foxes, leopards, bobcats, and coatimundis. They are an official non-profit orginization, and everybody volunteers. They have a medical facility at the campus, and a thrift store which all proceeds go to the Catty Shack.

We went to the Catty Shack to help us learn about Tzaar Baalei Chayim– the Ethical Treatment of Animals. That basically means to treat animals kindly. Even when we kill animals for meat, the Torah tells us to do it in a non-painful way. We have to cut the animal in a spot where it will kill it with one strike. It also forbids animal testing, and medical studies on animals. However, if the benefit for the human outweighs the pain for the animal, then we can do research.

I believe that the Catty Shack does do the mitzvah of Tzaar Baalei Chayim, for many reasons. One, they do not mistreat their animals. They give them enough food, water, and living space. The people provide toys so the animals do not get bored and can still exercise. Also, they have a fully equipped medical center right there next ot the animals so they don’t have to travel long distances to get check-ups. It is a non-profit orginization and the people volunteer, so you know that they care and aren’t doing it for money or some other wrong reason.



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Journal 19- “Look for the beauty in life”

For our Friday prayer alternative, we watch videos that have meanings. This week, we watched a part of an interview of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old when she died, last week. (The interview was made in December 2011.) I believe that her view on life is amazing, and I wish that everyone could have it. She has remained very optimistic throughout her many years and all that she has suffered through, and that is probably why she survived the Holocaust. She thinks that we should always see the good in what is happening, not the bad.

An eulogy to her great, long life.

Heroes in “The Outsiders”

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains many events in the book The Outsiders.      

We have finished The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and are now assigned to write about five character’s heroic deeds in the book. We are going to write about Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darrel (Darry), Johnny, and Dallas (Dally). I believe a hero is one who fights for good and resists temptation. He/She is a modest, diligent person fighting for good. People who do heroic acts, however, are not always heroes. They could’ve been criminals who just rescued somebody at the right time. They just might have had the good streak come out of them.

Johnny is the most heroic of them all. He doesn’t tell on the greasers when the cops catch them. He endures getting whipped by his parents. He saved those kids from the church, along with Ponyboy. He defended the girls from Dally at the Nightly Double. Most of all, he saved Ponyboy’s life, when the Socs were drowning him. Sure, he had to kill somebody. However, if he did not kill Bob, then the Socs would’ve killed Ponyboy.

Ponyboy was a hero most of the time in the book. He was the protagonist of the book, the youngest and quietest of the greasers. He did not commit crimes like Dally, he did not steal like Two-bit, he did not get sent to the reformatory like Curly Shepard. He was almost always good, his heroic times being not insulting the girls at The Nightly Double, jumping into the church to save the kids, staying with Johnny while he was in the hospital, and not being as bad as the other greasers. He did have his bad times, like fighting in the rumble and threatening to fight three Socs.

Darry is very heroic. He lets greasers come to his house uninvited if they just need a place to crash for the night. He took care of his younger brothers after their parents died, taking two jobs. He works day and night to support his family. He “grew up too fast”. Darry did many unheroic things, however, he almost bullies Ponyboy. He once slapped him, causing Ponyboy to run away for a week. He is very heroic, but he also has a bad temper.

Sodapop was half and half. He was a hero, constantly defending Pony against Darry, and dropping out of high school so he could help support Ponyboy going to school. He cared very deeply for things he loved, like Mickey Mouse and Sandy. He was wild and he did have his bad times, but he is a loving, caring figure in Ponyboy’s life. Sodapop is a genuine nice person.

Dally is the least heroic. He steals, lies, cheats, gets drunk, rides in rodeos, and gets put in jail about once a month. When he lived in New York, he mugged people and got arrested at the age of ten! He did have some acts of heroism in the end, though. He convinced Johnny to not turn himself in because he didn’t want him to get hardened to jail.  Also, he put out the flames on Ponyboy’s back. Dally died a juvenile delinquent, but he was also slightly heroic.

Overall, all of the main characters in The Outsiders were heroic at some point. I put the paragraph of each character in the order of the most heroic. Johnny was the most heroic, and Pony a close second; Darry and Sodapop were about half and half; and Dally was the least heroic. All of the characters were bad, robbing and stealing, but they were also heroes. They all looked out for each other, eventually even risking their lives for others.


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