Michelle's Journals

April 30, 2010

  • We did not have a meeting last friday. Last Thursday, I sent Dr. Feng the revisions on Lesson 1 based on New School's feedback.
  • Today is the last deployment of the curriculum at Beeks and Harding.
  • For the next week, I plan on finalizing as much of the curriculum as possible based on the feedback we get. It is the last week of school and the exam week starts so it will be a very busy week.
  • Next Friday will be our last meeting since that's the end of teh semester. However for the people who will be here this summer, there's about five more weeks after the semester is over of curriculum deployment at New School.
April 20, 2010

  • On April 10th, we presented the first lesson of Alice, the ice skater tutorial and recreating the ice skater world. A lot of kids played around with Alice after the lesson and they were excited to ge the cd giveaway with the software.
  • Last Friday, we went to Blacksburg New School and presented the same lesson to the 4th and 5th graders. When deploying this curriculum, we found a lot of errors in the lessons.
  • I plan to fix all the critical errors we found in lesson 1 and keep on revising teh lessons based on the feedback we're receiving from our deployments.
April 09, 2010

  • The past week I submitted my poster proposal to GH 2010 on Monday night. I also have worked on editing my lessons and adding more exercises to every lesson.
  • I need to create written solutions to the exercises that teachers will be able to follow easily and help students.
  • We went to Beeks and Harding Elementary today and deployed the first lesson. It was a lot of fun and we are going to restructure our program based on the feedback.
  • Tomorrow, we have KTU from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
April 04, 2010

  • This past week I was able to revise my last two lessons. I sent them out for revision and will edit them some more once I received feedback.
  • I was also able to fix the picture files to organize the folders for the site.
  • This week, on top of curriculum, I plan on working on my GHC abstract that is due tomorrow by midnight.
March 28, 2010

  • This week has definitely been my busiest week of the semester. I wasn't able to do as much research work as I wanted to this week but this upcoming week will not be as busy so I plan to make up for it this week.
  • Last week, I was able to revise one lesson and create an extra exercise using the aquarium world.
  • This week I plan to revise the rest of my lessons and have at least most of the extra exercises with the aquarium world done for each lesson in the curriculum. I also plan to fix the website directories for MyVICE to make it organized and easy to navigate through.
March 19, 2010

  • This past week I have been working on creating extra exercises for each lesson with my aquarium world. Now that I have the update lessons I have made and that were revised by Scott and Sahil, I plan on revising those lessons to the standard that was set with Lesson 1 (Playing with Alice). Dr. Feng asked to definitely have Lessons 3 and 4 by Friday to publish on the MyVICE site.
  • I also plan on fixing the directories for the MyVICE site, making it more user friendly. The main directory just has all the files unorganized so I plan on organizing it.
  • This week will be a pretty busy week academically because I have two projects due and a test. I will try to get as much done as I can without letting my academics suffer.
March 05, 2010

  • This past week I have been working on the website and revising lessons. However, Sahil and Scott have the most recently edited lessons so I need to grab those lessons to start revising them for the final drafts.
  • This next week is Spring Break but I have a fair amount of tasks to do. First, I need to draft an email to get sponsorship from Kinko's for out CDs and sleeves.This needs to be done by tomorrow so Dr. Feng can send it out and gives us and Kinko's ample time for our request. Second, I need to create the solution aquarium worlds for the exercises for all the lessons. Third, I plan to fix the thumbnails on the People page of the MyVICE site so all the thumbnails are the same size.
February 26, 2010

  • This past week has been a really busy week for me, since I have had most of my midterms this week. I have been working on the website: fixing the history, layout, and adding curriculum to the page.
  • For the upcoming week, KTU is on Saturday. However, I have another meeting that is mandatory to attend so I may not be able to make it to KTU. After KTU, we'll repsond to feedback from the first lesson and program in general and adapt our curriculum to be more effective. I plan on editing my lessons.
February 19, 2010

  • This whole week I have been working on the CD designs with Sahil. We ended up getting a design to label the cd and two designs for cd holders (one if we get a jewel case and another if we just do sleeves). These CDs are to be distributed at Kid's Tech University next Saturday 2/27.
  • I have also been working on the MyVICE site. I have fixed all the layout details, reordered the menu, fixed the broken links and added to the publications.
  • This week I plan to finish the History section, using the outline Dr. Feng gave me, adding one lesson to the Curriculum page as a sample, and adding pictures to the Pictures page. The site needs to be perfect for the launch before KTU.
February 12, 2010

  • I was unable to go to the meeting this week because of a conflict with another meeting.
  • All week I worked on the website ( I did revisions and added pages compared to last week (new people, news, etc.)
  • This week I plan to talk to Kinkos about cd labels and jackets, convert more of my lessons to LaTeX and try to get my mother to send methe cd labeler.
February 08, 2010

  • Due to the nasty weather conditions last Friday, we had our meeting via Skype at 5:30pm Friday.
  • I presented the site ( to the group and received some feedback for updates. First, change the "News Articles" page to Publications and add a "News" page for awards (like Gabriel's poster). Also, I need to add a "People" page to show whose on the research. We plan to use the site to post our material as well, so I'm creating a curriculum tab for that and we'll post our material when ready. There were also aethetic problems with the first creation (like the background bleeds into the text making it difficult to read) in which I plan to fix this week. I need to also add the links to SERViCE and fresca on the site.
  • I am also in charge of finding out if Kinko's will do the cd labels and jackets for us. I plan to call them on Wednesday or Thursday.
January 29, 2010

  • Today, we had our first research meeting for the spring semester. Our plan is to meet every Friday morning at 10am.
  • Dr. Feng talked about all our work last semester and how it is incorporated into our goals for this semester. Right now, I'm going to take a break from the curriculum and start working on the MyVICE website, a more profession site that links to the student research projects like SERViCE.
  • My plan this week is to research website design so I can start working on the MyVICE site as soo as I can (hopefully within the next couple days), since I do have no previous web design experience.