First Day Instructions

Hello students and WELCOME to your 1st day with Mr. Benrud in the 2016/2017 school year!


FIRST, I am not speaking to you today. PLEASE do not ask me questions. This is NOT me being rude or lazy, but this is an activity designed to focus on communication, problem-solving, and following instructions. These skills are a basic requirement to be successful in the “real-world”. You will learn a TON about technology during your time with me, but that knowledge is worthless if you can’t solve problems, communicate effectively, work with others, and follow protocol (instructions).


SECOND, read this entire page. All activities listed here will go into your grade.  All parts of today’s assignment MUST be turned in my midnight tonight. No excuses will matter and no makeup will be issued for these assignments.


THIRD, it is my opinion that traditional education is NOT preparing students for the future you will experience. The world no longer values the skills of, “Sit there, be quiet, don’t speak until spoken to, and only do exactly what you’re told to do”.  If you aspire to be a wopper-flopper or ditch digger, this skills mentioned above will serve you well, but I’d suggest you aim higher and work harder, because that is what I will expect out of you while in my classroom.

Please understand things in my class will be done ‘differently’ than they are traditionally done in school. My goal is to prepare you for ‘your’ future, not the one adults were prepared for 10 or 20 years ago. In my class, you will be a proactive problem solver and learner. We will learn together and work together to complete real-world projects, not study for multiple choice tests or complete mindless worksheets.


FOURTH, You have a brain, you can solve problems, and you can communicate with others (just not me for today). Do all three to complete the following tasks before midnight tonight. All of them are part of your grade. If they can not get online in the classroom today, please check the ethernet cable on the back of the computer to make sure it is plugged in. If you can’t get it to connect. Tell me and I’ll fix it.

  1. Watch the broken escalator video.
    1. EXTRA CREDIT: Leave a 1 sentence comment (quick thought about the video) in the Facebook comment at the bottom of the page.
    2. If you don’t have a Facebook account, skip this and add your comment to the email assignment below.
  2. Log into your Gmail email account. If you don’t have one, you must create one.
    1. If you don’t know how to sign up for a Gmail account please follow these instructions.
      1. Search Google for “how to sign up for gmail”
      2. Read and follow instructions.
      3. If you need more help, watch a youtube video on “how to sign up for Gmail“.
  3. Write me an email with the following information in it.
    1. EXTRA CREDIT: 1st 5 students get extra credit.
    2. TO:
    3. SUBJECT: period, name, PROBLEM SOLVING
      1. Example for 3rd period from a student named Todd Benrud
      2. 03 Todd Benrud PROBLEM SOLVING
    4. BODY: create a bolded numbered list with items 1-4 below. Enter your answer below each of the questions. Questions must be BOLD text, answer must be standard text (video tutorial).
      1. What did you think about the video?
      2. In a school setting, tell me who you think the man and woman stuck on the escalator represent and why.
      3. In a school setting, tell me who you think the repair man is and why.
      4. Why did I ask you to leave a Facebook comment at the bottom of the page?
        1. If you don’t have a Facebook account, add your comment to this email.
    5. Minimum of 100 words in your email.
    6. Video Tutorial on “How to write this email”.
  4. Go to this webpage, complete the form and submit it.
    1. EXTRA CREDIT: 1st 5 students get extra credit.
  5. If you complete all of the above, quietly talk to the students around you. You need to get to know the other students because you will work with most of them throughout your time with me. They will help you and you will help them when I’m unavailable.
  6. You are free to leave when the bell rings. Remember to place the headphones back on the computers.