High school technology project

Writer, Contributing. “High School Technology Projects.” EHow. Demand Media, 30 Sept. 2009. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

Ehow in the article, High School Technology Projects, explains how the computer is used at school and how useful it is for teenagers’ education.

Ehow supports its idea by listing and explaining the main advantages that the use of the computer gives. For examples students can create movies and brainstorm ideas and write a movie script using a word-processing program. Then they should learn how to edit the video and add music and special effects. It can also be used for presentations. Students can take any information and create a multimedia with it.

The purpose is to encourage teachers to give assignments that include the use of the computer in order to let student play with computers but at the same time having a chance to study.

I totally agree with everything. The computer can be a great help at school if used in the right way and if teachers are always updated about new programs and way of learning.


Digital Literacy

Facebook:I think that facebook it is a really useful social media.  Since I am really far away from home, Facebook helps me to stay in touch with my friends and my family.  I think it’s very important that I can select the people who I want to show the post.  I use facebook a lot because I have a lot of friends from all around the world and it’s a nice way to know where they are going and what they’re doing, how they’re growing…



I use this social media for school and I think it’s the nicest thing ever because you can keep all your homework in just a website and see if you forgot something or if you’re not at school you can still know what they are doing in class or if there are new assignments.  The only thing is that you still need an explanation on some of the assignments since they are sometimes long and summarized.



I had to create a LinkedIn account for school but I never use it. I don’t think it’s useful, maybe it can help you to remember all the things that you have done in your life and awards.



I made a Youtube account because before coming to Alaska I thought it would have been cool to keep a video blog but since uploading video was a really slow process and if your video is longer than 15 minutes you can’t upload it. So I don’t use it often, but it’s definitely useful.



I just got a twitter account and I don’t really like it since it’s full of random posts. I personally think that facebook is way more useful because the pictures are less random and less modified. People think a little bit more about what they post.


Online I just talk to people that I know. Every social media can be either useful or dangerous and it depends on how you manage it. I am the same person even if sometimes it’s easier to fake emotions.

I think I manage my online life pretty good.

V – Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical
behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

Definition Unit

The first resume was a traditional one where we could collect all the information about us and our life.  As first step, the traditional resume was important in order to have a clear idea of what our skills, experiences and goals are. It was fun to list all the achievements and goals even though it was hard to remember every single one of them.

The visual resume is the one that would make a employee shine. It is fun to look at, fun to make and fun to share! It is jut a modern way of presenting yourself and show to your future boss what you are capable of.

Then we created a LinkedIn profile that we could share with other people that we know and don’t know and see how we are better than others or what we could improve about our resumes.


This is my traditional resume:


Gaia Quinto

17002 Briarcliff Pointe Circle

Anchorage, AK



Seventeen years-old girl with a hard work ethic and high level student. Interested in Biology and Languages where also she reports high grades. She studied for her 12th grade in Alaska, US. Willing to learn, experience new things and travel as much as possible.


  • Twelve years of competitive swimming
  • Travelled in more than seven countries
  • Interested in creative visualizations
  • Interested in Biology
  • High level of resiliency
  • Two years of experience in Girl Scouts


  • Italian – Native language
  • English – High proficiency
  • French – Limited working
  • Spanish – Limited working


  • Elementary School degree – M. L. King Elementary School
  • Middle School degree – Galileo Galilei Middle School
  • High School degree – V. Benini High School
  • Attending courses at South Anchorage High School


  • Travelling
  • Learn new languages
  • Swimming
  • Reading
  • Creating media
  • Listening to music
  • Watching movies
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Singing
  • Acting

My LinkedIn account:



My visual resume:


Digital Literacy

I personally think that it was really interesting to list the results of our hard work, sometimes you just forget about those because you think they are not  important until you have to look for a job and at that point you realize how important they were.
It was challenging to use websites and visual resumes but once you understand how it works, it is not hard at all.

This product meets:

ISTE Standard I – Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities

ISTE Standard IV – Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make
informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions

What students think about education

What students think about education

Mery Stansbury in the article, “Five things students say they want from education, reports how students say they want to work at school, what they think it doesn’t work and what the s school should change.

Mery supports her idea by listing them in order of importance and interviewing students that seem to have a clear idea about this topic that is one of the most discussed topics nowadays. Students want more interactive technology because students use them for math, writing, researching, and interactive math and word games. They especially want more hands-on science where they can experiment, discuss, and reflect on what they observed and then redo the activity.

They also want teacher mentors who respects and cares about them, a teacher who engages them in learning.

They want innovation and they want school to be more fun to do and also in creative ways.

They want to have a choice, freedom to participate in decision making. Students want choice in what they read and write, which math classes they take and more elective choises.

They want real-world application and relevancy, classes that relate with the real world, such as financial planning that provides practical information immediately prior to graduation. Students don’t want a school just made of lectures and homework.

Students truly desire educational experiences outside the classroom. They desire to see and experience, first-hand, how they can apply their learning with real-world experienced during the normal school day.

I totally agree with everything reported by this teacher. As a student I think school should provide more life skills and tips to do something outside. It is fine studying philosophy for example but relating it to the life experiences we will probably experience. Or history should be more focused on understanding the world today and each country history. 




The authors Josh Lieberman and Lesley Chilcott in the video, “What most schools don’t teach”, give reasons why everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.

Lieberman and Chilcott support their idea by interviewing people that made a wealthy career using computers: Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ruchi Sanghi, Drew Houston, Elena Silenok, Gabe Newell and Mark Zuckerberg. They all explain how young they were when they first had access to a computer. They all say that you have to know how to use a computer even if you want to become a race car driver, baseball player, house builder, in agriculture, entertainment, manufacturing because all these things have been turned upside down by software.

The authors’ purpose is to make people realize how important for every kind of job the computer is. In 2013 all depends on technology but just a few people really know how to use it and it is a shame because it is easy and fun so that schools will add more coding classes to the schedule. One million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled because 1/10 schools teach students how to code.

This author answers the research question letting speaking international business men that share their thoughts and stories. They prove how important using computers is and the sooner you learn the better.

My Opinion:

I think this video is very inspiring because big international business men, like Bill Gates, try to explain the importance of having coding classes at school because if you are comfortable using it you will be able to find a job or choosing a different kind of college sooner. That’s why, especially Italian schools, have to provide coding classes and let students use computer for homework. In order to do that teachers need to be updated about new technologies and websites so that students can have the chance to try another way of learning.



Hello! My name is Gaia. I am an exchange student from Milan, Italy. I am spending my exchange year in Anchorage, Alaska.