Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Cell Phone Junkie

The Internet is an amazing resource.
If you search hard enough, it is likely
you will find most of the answers to
the tough questions you have been pondering.

The Cell Phone Junkie is a fantastic find. It is a fairly new blog,
dedicated exclusively to all things cell phones.
Log onto to The Cell Phone Junkie. Study the articles, peruse the
archives and most importantly, listen to the podcasts.
The linked podcasts are invaluable. If you do not want to read the
posts, click the podcast icons (at the top of the articles), listen and take notes.

If you still are sorting, arranging, and organizing your data for the
cell phone project, then you will find this site extremely helpful.

Good luck.

Mr. Songhai

Monday, November 20, 2006

Cell Phone Project Due Dates

Due Wednesday 11/22/06

10 “Did You Know” facts – 10 little known and insightful facts about the cell phone. (10 PowerPoint slides)
Timeline – No less than eight examples of man-made communication inventions/systems from antiquity to the present. (PowerPoint slides)
Survey Monkey survey – 10 scholarly survey questions on the topic of cell phones. Your survey must be e-mailed to me before you mass distribute it.

Due Monday, 11/27/06
Thirty-second skit - Write a 30 second real-life drama or skit involving a cell phone. This short skit describes how cell phones are indispensable in our everyday lives.
Thesis paragraph: This paragraph introduces the three cell phone features you plan to bring to light in your project i.e. Bluetooth, video, photos, voice recorder, calendar, calculator, text messaging, Internet, e-mail, etc.

Due Wednesday 11/29/06
Two-three paragraph paper on “How cell phones work.”
Cost comparison - No less than three PowerPoint slides detailing the plans and rates for three different cell phone provider companies.

Due 11/30/06
Defend your thesis – Two to three paragraph paper that explains three high tech cell phone features.

Due 12/1/06
Project conclusion - Three to four paragraph review of your project. Your conclusion must include examples from the following: Did You Know, your thesis, your survey, your timeline, How Cell Phones Work, your cost comparison and the defense of your thesis.

If you have questions about tasks and due dates, see me right away!

Mr. Songhai

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cell Phone Resources

Click here for a handy list of Cell Phone resources
It is likely that you will find most of the information that you need to complete
your project on these pages. You are encouraged to use these links
and other related pages, books and magazines freely to build your project.
However, you are not free to copy and paste entire passages and pass that work on as your own.

Good Luck,

Mr. Songhai

Monday, November 13, 2006

Cell Phones: What Are They Good For?

Click each of the three images above to get a larger view of the project rubric.


Your next project, Cell Phones: What Are They Good For,
will be a multimedia presentation.
Your group has the option to either videotape your project or record it for audio (no camera).
The entire project must be written and recorded before any detailed PowerPoint work begins.

You must record a narrative of your entire project. The narrative consists of your written research findings.

Once your project proposal has been written, submitted and approved, your group will record your research findings on videotape or straight audio. Next, your group will need to complement your narrative with photographs and or video footage. See me about adding photographs and video to your project.


Before you submit your written project proposal you may do the following:
You may create ten slides in PowerPoint to feature your 10 "Did You Know" facts.
You may create no more than three slides for your timeline.
You may create no more than three slides for your cost comparison data.
You may create one slide for your survey analysis.
You may create one slide to cite your sources.
Please do not create any other slides until your project proposal has been written, submitted and approved.

This should be an exciting project. Please read the rubric (above) to fully understand what an excellent project should contain. Click the images above to get a larger view of the rubric. If you have any questions, please email me.

Good luck,

Mr. Songhai

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remembering Ed Bradley

Ed Bradley (standing left), with the 60 Minutes news team and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

For more than 35 years, Philadelphian, Ed Bradley worked as a news investigator and reporter. In the 1960's Bradley worked with the legendary announcer Georgie Woods at WDAS Radio in Philadelphia. After his days at WDAS, Bradley went to work for CBS in New York. While with CBS, Bradley traveled around the world covering the people, places and events that have shaped and continue to shape our lives today. He was a "reporter's reporter" - clear, candid and concise. His voice was one of the smoothest on TV and radio. Ed Bradley died of complications from leukemia on Thursday, November 9, 2006. He was 65 years old.(Photo courtesy of CBS News).

Advisory 9-2 students
Post your Ed Bradley reflections on your wiki page.

Mr. Songhai