Welcome to your Digital Literacy Course
Ms. Espinoza~Room 214

Use this site to find a RESUME template:

Create passwords for the following:

·  Evernote



·  Collegeboard.com

·  Edmodo

·  Weebly

·  Surveymonkey.com

·  Google (gmail, blogger, drive)

·  Polyvore

·  Pinterest

·  Typingweb.com

·  Ignition.everfi.net

·  Turnitin.com

·  Dropbox.com

Extra Credit Opportunity:

Reminder: CONCH activity on Monday
50 Points!

Conch activity for Monday:

I chose to characterize ___(character)______ as ___(trait)____, ___(trait)____, and ___(trait)____.  The significant item/scene that I used to show this was ______________________. 

Click the link below to take the SBA survey survey after completing your 
Smarter Balance Assessment:

Click the text below for the: 

Character Table Example:

Human Genetics Survey

Click the following link to take the: 

Romeo and Juliet Prologue:


Below are the detail to any/all assignments that you may make up before this Wednesday, 5/8/13 for partial credit by 8pm.  You MUST email with the assignment number in the subject area.

Task Sheet: Romeo and Juliet Design Proposal

Unit 5 Networks

My GPS link

Coherent Paragraph Sample:
Assignment #39!

R and J Design

Intro to Romeo and Juliet Design Proposal

classwork article.
From Directing the Design:
What strike you as the most important ideas, feelings, images, and moments from the first read/listen? Take quick note of your first impressions. Don’t edit—just let them tumble onto the page in any form they take. Doodles, shorthand words and phrases, full sentences, quotes from the text, even sketches can be potent reminders of what you feel most compelled by. These are the seeds of your fuller interpretation.

Extra Credit Announcement!
See the agenda and info in the image below for details:
50 points possible!

Hello Freshies!  So, what you are doing with your flipboard 
JPEG is you are creating a JPEG that clearly shows WHAT FLIPBOARD IS!!! In explaining, you may inlcude the following on your slide!:

1. How it is useful
2. What it offers
3. Features of the program
4.Why it was created 
5. Who created it
6. What their goal in creating it was…etc. 
(at least 3 of these, and you may add your own).

Basically, it's a slide that shows me you know what flipboard is and it's purpose.

Field Trip Choices

Vocabulary Challenge Slides ‎(4-9-13)‎

Use the list below to decide what work you would like to make-up by Tuesday, 4/9 at 3:30pm:

Friday 4/5 and Monday, 4/8:
Click on the book below to read pages 1-5 in Lord of the Flies by W. Golding.

Four Pics, One Word:
Click on the image below for more details

Use this link to get to our: 

Vocabulary Challenge Slides ‎(April 8)‎

Lord of the Flies Context:

Lord of the Flies--Plot Overview

Lord of the Flies Clip:

Lord of the Flies

Click Here for:

Click below to work on our 

Today, Monday April 1st, 2013 you will be completing the agenda and then using the following program, PICASA
to share your vocab words with me!

Check our agenda for details!

Google Spreadsheet Form

Values through Time: A Multimedia Presentation

A Collaborative Project~VISA English Language Arts with Digital Literacy support

Research Question:  How do certain literary themes stand the test of time?

In groups of three, you will answer this question in a multi-media presentation about one of the themes from The Odyssey. During your presentation you will take your audience on a voyage through time in which they will be shown how your group’s theme has been depicted throughout the ages.  

Resource Requirements:  Each group must have...
  •    A 5-7 minute long presentation
  •    A minimum of twelve examples of your theme in text, art, movies, etc with an analysis/comparison of each.
  •    At least six different centuries must be represented in your presentation.
  •    At least two examples from each genre: Text, Visual, and Audio.
  • Texts:  Books, Articles, Poems, Letters, Speeches, etc.
  • Visuals: Movies, works of art, plays, etc.
  • Audio: Songs, speeches, interviews, etc.
Multimedia Presentation Requirements:  Each presentation must include...
  •    A high level of engaging interaction between the presenters, the examples, and the presentation platform.
  •    A speaking part(s) for each group member
  •    An introduction of the presenters and the theme as seen in the Odyssey
  •    Visuals for each theme example with smooth transitions between (therefore a minimum of 12 visuals)
  •    Audio
  •    Closing credits must include an MLA style “Work Cited” page

 In our digital literacy class, you will get instruction on the following: 

Turning your project in:  Each group must have...
  •    A digital file of your presentation that can be opened on any computer
  •    The “Presentation Plan” document (see my website)
  •    A “Participation Documentation” sheet that shows “who did what” (see my website).
  •    A self-scored presentation rubric from each member (filled out after you have presented)

Classwork Sample for Friday, 3/8:
Themes in the Odyssey Brainstorming

Vocabulary Table: Create this table with specialized vocabulary in column one and your notes/definition in the other.  Do this in MICROSOFT word and then copy and paste it, when it is done, into your research vocabulary note in Evernote.  

Specialized Vocabulary:

Definition & Notes:



IP Address


Domain Names





 What is a URL?  It is simply another term for web address.  URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.  In order to go on a specific webpage you MUST have the URL.  A URL with just one wrong letter or dot or slash or number will not take you to the right web address.  Just like if you had one number wrong in a house address!

World Wide Web




Web Browser


Home Page




Weeks 1-5 assignments:

Web Literacy and Research Vocabulary:
Evernote Vocabulary:

Research Unit Introduction:

Block days: 2/20 & 2/21:
Use the links below to get to your period's research google presentation

Article Sample for Friday, 2/15/13

Use any of the following links to assist you with 

Tuesday, Feb 12th classwork: 

·         http://mac.tutsplus.com/tutorials/productivity/taming-the-elephant-awesome-evernote-tips-and-tricks/

·         http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-evernote-2010-11?op=1

·         http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cool-features-evernote-kick-ass-service/

·         http://www.thepinkc.net/technology/how-to-use-evernote-a-step-by-step-aah-help-me-guide/

Airbnb.com Forbes Article

Wonderful job at last night's parent forum, freshmen! :)

Below is a sample email from a former student  to an organization/person that her network wanted to work with.  Leslie has

1) Introduced herself, 

2) Identified what her network's goal is, 

3) introduced our project and 

4) made a specific request of the organization, business or person.  

I have received all of the emails that Leslie and her network sent out, so they have received full points for the classwork points assigned to contacting organizations/people through email.




Subject: SPEAK from Vaughn Internatio​nal Studies Academy


To whom it may concern,
     My name is Leslie Gonzalez, a 9th grade student at Vaughn International Studies Academy. In my digital literacy class we are doing a project that focuses on marginalized groups. My group (Stand And Protect Everyone Around Korruption) have decided to focus on abused LGBT teens. We are trying to raise awareness about this group specifically. The way we plan to accomplish this is by working with organizations that are supporting these groups. The way we would like your help is by possibly allowing us to talk to some teens that have gone to your organization for help. We also would like to know what your organization is specifically doing to help these people in particular, and information about them in general. We would appreciate it if you could take this into consideration.  If you have any questions then please email me back. Thank you for your time.


Leslie Gonzales

*Your phone calls to any organization,  business or person should be very similar to this email!

Be sure to:

1) Introduce yourself, 

2) Identify what your network's goal is, 

3) Introduce our project and 

4) Make a specific request of the organization, business or person.  

Current Class Blogs:

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by their classmates to have their proposals submitted to the tech committee tomorrow!
Period 1: Daniella M., Karina R., Sergio H.
Period 2: Andy S., Maricruz P., Emma G.
Period 3: Kenya M., Abigail B., Monica G.
Period 4: Anthony M., Michael H., Reyna F.
Period 5: Alexis G., Stephanie H., Adriana A.
Students, you are receiving 15 points of extra credit.  If you would like to join us at the technology meeting tomorrow (to sit in and support our freshman reps) at 1:30 in room 139, you will receive an additional 15 points.

Christmas Share Project 2011

Period 1,2,4,5 Project sheet:

Digital Lit Share Information Project ‎(1,2,4,5)‎

Period 3 Project Sheet:

Digital Literacy Microsoft Word Buddy Project ‎(3)‎

Below is a visual of what your revised proposal should look like with your claim and cost highlighted.

Learn how to

Example of main points for a proposition!

Tuesday's Edmodo assignment:

Cyberbully Article--Read on Tuesday, 10/23

Please take the following surveys to help your classmates who were absent during our survey-taking day :)

Survey Monkey

Unit 1 Networks

Digital Lit Class Pics

September 12 & 13 Checklist:

I'm sorry that I am not here today :(

Click the link below for:

Directions for Monday's Class

Of course it's on the agenda too.

September 5th and 6th Block:

Please begin class by listening to the following instructions:

Task #1 in class today

Are all of our thoughts and ideas WORTH SHARING?
With one person, two, ten...the world?

August 29 & 30th Block:

--After the forum, your 3 tasks are to:

*Digital Literacy Benchmark A
*Typingweb.com lesson 7: "top row words"
*Continue working on your moviemaker project

August 24th:

Periods 4 & 5:

Today you have 5 main tasks:

1) Make sure your 5 typing lessons in the beginning level are complete.

2) Record your 20-40 second video with your group

3) Be sure that you completed both Edmodo assignments yesterday.

4)  Last Watch CNN student news for TODAY, August 24th. (1 minutes and 4 seconds long)

5) Take a pic with Ms. E's phone! (I will know your name by Monday :)

August 23rd block:

Periods 4 and 5: I am so sorry I'm not in today!
Please check the agenda for details on your tasks for the day.  Get RIGHT TO WORK, as your tasks will take you the entire period!
Email me with any questions!

-Ms. Espinoza

August 15th & 16th block:
Today we will gain a better understanding of the Microsoft Suite and you will have the opportunity to use publisher at the close of class.
Typingweb.com is where we will practice typing.
Click here to be directed to the: Global Voices Link

August 14, 2012:
Windows Movie Maker is divided into three main areas: the panes, the storyboard/timeline, and the preview monitor.

Student Weebly GPS Sites:

GPS About me Bio Sample
Welcome to my Graduate Portfolio System. My name is Johnny D and I am currently attending Vaughn International Studies Academy. In my portfolio you will be able to view…………. While here at Vaughn my main goal is to………… I look forward to continually adding to my portfolio, and I appreciate you taking the time to view my work.

~Johnny D.


August 8th/9th(block), 2012:

Context For Citizenship Schools

1) The video above will help us better understand the life and times of Septima Clark during the 1950's and 60's when she created
Citizenship Schools.
2)Septima Clark Info:
1)Click on the following link and listen to the podcast on "Septima Clark."  
2)Please save any notes that you take in a personal Google document titled:
"Semptima Clark-Citizenship Schools." 

3) We will study the script and audio of Septima Clark's interview with Eugene Walker in July, 1974.

What are Citizenship Schools?

The Citizenship School Movement, which was lead by Septima Clark, trained more than 10,000 community leaders from 1957 to 1970 through nearly 1,000 grassroots, independent schools that operated at one time or another in every county in South Carolina, nearly 90 counties in Georgia, and in all of the heavily-Black areas of the rest of the Deep South. At one point in 1964, almost 200 schools operated simultaneously. 

The goal of citizenship schools was to build laboratories of democracy where students could experience DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION and in these schools they would be allowed to:

  • Experiment
  • Reflect
  • Self-Correct and 
  • Share Information
*The Miner’s Canary: Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, Harvard Press 2002

00:14:15 - 00:15:48] (View excerpt detail page)

Read about this segment.


So when you recruited someone, what was their responsibility other than agreeing to be one of the participants, in terms of their upkeep?


They had to also promise that they would go back to the community and open up a school, and they were supposed to teach two nights a week, two hours each night. We had all of the books mimeographed that we wanted them to use in teaching.


Could you demonstrate for me, not in detail, but generally what it was that you taught these people and what it was they were expected to take back to their communities?


We used the election laws of that particular state to teach the reading. We used the amount of fertilizer and the amount of seeds to teach the arithmetic, how much they would pay for it and the like. We did some political work by having them to find out about the kind of government that they had in their particular community. And these were the things that we taught them when they went back home. Each state had to have its own particular reading, because each state had different requirements for the election laws.

[00:15:49 - 00:18:02] (View excerpt detail page)

Read about this segment.


Aside from Tallahassee, can you recall any other area of the South whereby you encountered great difficulty in trying to recruit or establish schools?


In Natchez, Mississippi, I went down there to recruit and to establish schools. And while I was down there, one night in a Baptist church the Ku Klux Klan surrounded us and had planned to come into the church. The Deacons of Defense from Louisiana had come over that night for the program.


Do you recall the year?


That was in the early part of '65, because in '64 we went to Europe and we had just come back. Anyway, at that place we were really having a lot of trouble, but the Chief of Police came out and asked the Ku Klux Klan to go back into their home and asked the colored people would they go to their homes. The reason why I think the Klansmen surrounded us that night at the church was because that day we had carried a large number of people up to the courthouse to register to vote. And while there, one of the white men of the White Citizens' Council kicked a white boy who was working along with me. And when he did that, I called Washington to get the Attorney General to see if we could peacefully work at that courthouse. That's where we had to register. In a few minutes, he called the Chief of Police of Natchez, and when he did that we got protection at the registration office.

[00:18:03 - 00:19:24]


Can you recall any outstanding students, any students who left the school to go on to distinguish themselves in the movement?


Oh, we have had numbers of students. When I was at Highlander in 1955 and we had our first college workshop, into that workshop came students from the Baptist seminary in Nashville. John Lewis, who is working with Mrs. King today in a workshop, was one of the people who came into that workshop. Bevel worked in that workshop. Diane Nash from Fisk University. There were many students from Nashville and from other parts of the South. Marion Berry—I can't forget him—Marion Berry came. And there's a young man who is Frank who has gone to Japan. I hear from him occasionally. He, too, come out and is working with the movement.

[00:19:25 - 00:21:31] (View excerpt detail page)

Read about this segment.


Did you ever have an experience whereby somebody was planted in the school to disrupt your process of trying to teach?


Some of those same young college students at Highlander when we had our first college workshop. Long—and I'm trying to think of his first name—came from. . . . He's now President at Talladega. But anyway, he came from Fisk University to talk to the students, and they were afraid that he was going to be what they call "Uncle Tom-ish," and they walked out and slammed the door. But later on they came back in, and at the close of that workshop they decided that they were going to do many things back in their communities.


So you didn't have any either real or imagined fears that somebody was trying to disrupt this endeavor, like the FBI or the CIA or anything of that sort.


I really didn't have that feeling, but I learned after that that there were people sent in to spy on us. And in 1969 [1959?] they came, and I found out that the FBI had sent in people. They were peeping all around to see if black girls and white boys, and white girls and black boys were together. And when we had the trial after they raided and arrested us, we found out that they had been there. And they were, well, really disrupting the program at that time, but not for long because we went right back with our work.

© Copyright 2004 by the University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all rights reserved
URL: http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/playback.html?base_file=G-0017&duration=01:26:08 
Last updated August 01, 2011 

Alabama Literacy Test-1965

Click the link above to get to the test.



Weeks 2 & 3: August 6th-17th:


Digital Device Organizer

Class Timer:

Pillow Person:

Attendance Clerk:

Period 1:


Amy C.  


  Daniella M.


  Daisy D.


Brenda M.

Period 2:


  Leybet P.


Maricruz P.


Efren A.



Period 3:


  Edwin G.


Sam A.


Monica G.


Casandra L.

Period 4:


Reyna F.


Victor V.




Favian S.

Period 5:


Maria P.


Crystall C.


Javier P.


Alexis G.

DL Syllabus 12-13

Kleytos Team and Blog Follow



Technology We Use!  Expectations:

1) Slide One: Title, Names, Period, Date

2) 8-12 technology pieces/tools (apps, programs, websites)

3) Clear explanations for each piece/tool on how you use this technology

4) LIST, on each slide, who in your group feels comfortable with this tech piece/tool.

5) Share it with Ms. Espinoza (tespinoza@vaughncharter.com)

5 points each=25 points total

Project Care--Freshmen Digital Literacy




Tabitha Espinoza,
Nov 19, 2012, 1:17 AM
Tabitha Espinoza,
Nov 19, 2012, 1:19 AM
Tabitha Espinoza,
Nov 14, 2012, 8:49 AM