About Mr. Eliot

My name is Mr. Eliot. I was a teacher at El Dorado High School for 18 years, and now I work at Yorba Linda High School. I teach Computer Programming, Animation, and Mobile App Development and Design.

Second Semester Grade Information

Q:  When Will Semester Grades Be Available?
A:  Final Grades for all courses will be available on Aeries by Friday, June 15th.  It is possible that grades might be available sooner.

Q:  Can I Turn In Late Work To Fix My Grade?
A:  Until Friday, June 8th at 5:00pm, yes, as long as the assignment is a recent one and shows up on Aeries as a “missing assignment”.  All missing/late work after Friday, June 8th at 5:00pm will be a zero grade, cannot be changed, and will not be taken late.  On Friday June 8th, at 5:00pm, all websites will be disabled so that uploads will not be taken.

Q:  In Mobile App or Animation Projects, I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  I have nothing further to add.

Q:  In AP Computer Science, I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  I would like to point out that I scaled all five quizzes that we took this semester, I provided an Extra Credit project this semester, and I scaled the semester Final exam we took last week.  Also, I scaled the Finch Robot assignment to 57 instead of 60.  In short, I have provided a number of opportunities for every AP Comp Sci. student to reach the next higher grade if they are close.

Have a great summer, and good luck Seniors with your future!
Mr. Eliot

Guest Teacher Ms. Watkins Fri, May 11th

Please welcome our Guest Teacher, Ms. Watkins!

PERIOD01, MOBILE APP:
Reminder that you will not have phones today.  If you need your wireframe drawings approved, please wait until MONDAY.  Please do not give your wireframes to the Guest Teacher.  The Guest Teacher will return wireframes to a four of you.  Please help them with this process.

You should be working on your Semester Project today!  Remember to use the “good” Genymotion Emulator instead of your phone; (1) Run the AI Starter Program, (2)  Run MIT App Inventor, (3)  Run Genymotion Android Emulator and press START, (4) In MIT App Inventor, select “Connect –> USB“.  You must use USB for the emulator, not WiFi.

 

PERIOD 04, ANIMATION PROJECTS:
If you don’t have your storyboard approved yet, hold on to those until MONDAY.  Do not give your storyboards to the Guest Teacher please. The Guest Teacher will return storyboards to most of you.  Please help them with this process since they may not know your names well.

You should be working on your Semester Project today, or perhaps on Assignment 15 today in Blender.  I would not expect anybody to be watching videos, playing games, etc.  You ALL have things to do for this class.  If you need sounds for your project, do that next week please.

 

PERIOD 05 AND PERIOD 06, AP COMPUTER SCIENCE:
If you are using computers, please be doing something productive and for school.  Ideally, Multiple Choice and FRQ questions for the AP Comp Sci Exam on Tuesday!  Please be respectful of those near you trying to study for AP tests 🙂

If you would like to work on paperwork, etc for another class, then please log off of your computer.  REMINDER:  If you would like more ICT review, please come on Sunday, at 2:30pm.  It will take about 3 hours +/-, and snacks and water will be provided.  Finally, AP Comp Sci students, please take this survey now to help me know how much I need to buy for snacks… (CLICK HERE)

 

All students, have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday,
Mr. Eliot

Semester Grades FAQ

Q:  When Will Semester Grades Be Available?
A:  Final grades for Animation Projects and AP Computer Science are already available.  To finish Mobile App grades, I need access to the phones.  Mobile App grades should be finished by Monday, if not sooner.

Q:  Can I Turn In Late Work To Fix My Grade?
A:  No, as we discussed over the past three weeks, all work for credit was due by Friday, January 19th.  All missing work after that date is now a zero grade.

Q:  In Mobile App or Animation Projects, I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.

Q:  In AP Computer Science, I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  Also, I would like to point out that I scaled all 5 quizzes that we took.  I scaled the Step Up To Writing Assignment that was just graded, I provided an Extra Credit project, and I scaled the semester Final.  I have already done a great deal to assist every AP student get to the next higher grade if they were close.

Have a great weekend
See you next semester,
Mr. Eliot

Guest Teacher, Tuesday, November 28th

Hello Students, 

I will be at the district office participating in an Illuminate training, and then a Google Certification meeting.  I hope you have a great day.  When I get back on Wednesday, we will get back to working on assignments.

MOBILE APP:  Please continue working on Step Up To Writing.  Reminder, it will be due Friday.  Also due on Friday, will be 3D Tic Tac Toe, so please use your time well.  If you finish Step Up To Writing early, continue on with your assignment!  We will discuss the first semester extra credit on Wednesday when I get back.

ANIMATION PROJECTS:  Please continue working on Step Up To Writing.  Reminder, it will be due Friday.  If you finish Step Up To Writing early, continue working on Assignment 07 (Rotoscoping) in Adobe Animate.  Remember to LOCK your video layer, and use multiple layers to Rotoscope your scene!

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE:  Please continue working on Step Up To Writing.  Reminder, it will be due Friday.  Also due on Friday, will be ICT Lesson 10, so please use your time well.  If you finish Step Up To Writing early, continue on with your Recursion assignment!  We will discuss the first semester extra credit on Wednesday when I get back.

Have a great day,
Mr. Eliot

Guest Teacher, Friday, September 22nd

On Friday, September 22nd, I will be in San Diego on family business.  On that day, our Guest Teacher will be Mr. Hipwell.  Please make him feel at home in our classroom.  For all classes, the lab will not be open at lunch or after school today.

MOBILE APP CLASS:
Please continue working on your “tutorial app”.  The assignment will be due middle of next week, so you only have a few days left.  If you think you are done, you should be adding more text and image content to the sections of your app, and making sure your splash screen is the best it can be.  The more text and image content in your tutorial app, the better.

ANIMATION PROJECTS CLASS:
Continue working on your Mouth Movement assignment.  This assignment will be due next week.  Remember to read the directions of the assignment, and you should have AT LEAST four layers in Adobe Animate (background, sound, people, face).  You can have more layers if you want.  Please neatly stack the tablets and return the pens as you leave today.

AP COMP SCI CLASSES:
Continue working on ICT Lesson 01 and ICT Lesson 02.  You will be uploading both together next week in one .ZIP file.  Nobody should be finished yet, since you can definitely make the house better, and add interesting things to improve it and bring it to the next level!

Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for making Mr. Hipwell feel welcome in our classroom.  I will see you on Monday 🙂

Mr. Eliot

Grading Questions and Answers

The following Q&A refers to all of my classes, except for the section that says “AP Comp Sci ONLY”, which ONLY applies to AP Computer Science Period 05 & Period 06.

Q:  What is my grade?
A:  Teachers must turn in grades by Tuesday, June 20th at 12:00pm.  So you will definitely know your grade by then.  Realistically, I hope to finish and post grades by Friday.  Beyond that, you should already have a good idea where you stand, since most of the important stuff has already been graded.

Q:  Can I turn in late work during this week?
A:  No.  It has been made very clear over the past three weeks that all work for credit was due on Friday, June 9th by 5:00pm.  Setting a clear deadline allows me to grade remaining assignments, and turn in grades in a timely manner (hopefully by Friday).  Also, we used this exact same deadline process first semester, so you should already be familiar with it.

Q:  Can I take home the assignments I have done in class?
A:  Of course you can.  For Mobile App class, I would suggest emailing your AIA files home in a .ZIP file.  For Animation Projects, please bring me a blank CDROM and I will create a ZIP file which contains your entire website, with all animations and your homepage.  It will open in any browser.  For AP Comp Sci, email a .ZIP file with all of your code home.  Flash drives are not allowed in lab computers due to virus concerns.

Q:  I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  We also discussed this at the end of First Semester, and the same rules apply now.

====================AP COMP SCI ONLY=====================

Q:  I missed a grade by a few points in AP Comp Sci, will you round it up?
A:  No.  Please check the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  Beyond that I scaled all 5 quizzes this semester, I scaled the final exam, I provided an extra credit assignment, I scaled the code interviews, and I provided extra credit on the Finch robot lab during the last week of class.  All of this was designed to assist students on the border between two grades.  Sorry, no more assistance will be provided beyond the things mentioned here.  Period.

Q:  When will I get back my Code Interview sheet from AP Comp Sci?
A:  Like a quiz, I do not want the content of the code interview sheet to get out, so you will not get them back.  You may definitely visit your sheet upon request once it has been recorded, but this sheet must not leave the classroom or be reproduced, or you will receive a zero on the code interview grade.  I might pass them back in class for a few minutes and re-collect them, if time permits.

Sincerely,
Mr. Eliot

All Work for All Classes is Due on Friday June 9th by 5:00pm

Welcome to the last week to turn in assignments and projects!  Just a reminder that ALL work for ANY credit is due by Friday, June 9th at 5:00pm.  At that time, all websites will be shut down, and submitting work will be disabled for the remainder of the school year.  If you have any work for which you want credit, get it in by Friday, or it will not be counted.

MOBILE APP:

  • Upload a ZIP file with all mBot robot code.  See sheet 03
  • Make sure all three mBot apps are on your phone

ANIMATION PROJECTS:

  • Upload SWF file for your short film project
  • Upload FLA file for your short film project
  • Please don’t forget a PLAY button
  • Double check that your animation plays well on the website in Google Chrome

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE:

  • Turn in all FOUR signed Finch Robot sheets to Mr. Eliot
  • Upload a .ZIP file containing all finch code, images, sound files, needed for grading
  • Complete your Code Interview if you haven’t already done so
  • NOTE:  due to code interviews, lab availability this week is VERY limited.  Come by Mon, Tue, Wed after 3:30pm, or Friday after school if you need extra time.