Multimedia Exploration

Week 11 of Shutdown

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all well. The end of the year is just a couple weeks away. I have chosen to give you what remains of the school year to complete all tasks that have been assigned to you since the start of the shutdown, if you have not done so yet. Please do your very best to submit all work by the end of this week. I would like to have grades finalized by the start of next week. However, you do have until the 11th of June.

Good luck, and should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me via email.

Continue to stay safe.

Week 8 of Shutdown

Hello everyone,

For the next two weeks, you will be working on a Ramadan Menu using any medium you like (ex: Google Docs or Slides, Microsoft PPT or Word, etc.). Your menu should include the following.

  1. Title: Ramadan 2020 Menu
  2. At least 10 dishes/foods you have for Iftar across the month of Ramadan
  3. 4 Drinks/beverages
  4. 5 types of sweets
  5. Fine use of grammar and punctuation
  6. Detail: Please specify what makes up the different dishes on your menu.
  7. Creativity

Have fun with this. You are not limited to what’s mentioned above. Feel free to go beyond my requirements, as long as what you include is school appropriate.

Note: Feel free to peruse the web for examples.

Due date: May 21, 2020

Good luck and stay safe!

Week 7 of Shutdown

Hello everyone,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.

This week, I will not be assigning anything new. I am giving you this time to finish up any work you still have for my class and turn it in by Friday, 11:59pm.

Next week, we will be moving on to a new Scratch tutorial.

Until then, if you have any questions, comments or concerns please email me. I am ready to help where needed.

Good luck, stay safe and stay home.

Love you all!!

Week 6 of Shutdown

Scratch Tutorial 2 – Ballerina – Say Something and Dance

This is the second tutorial we will be working with in Scratch. This should come by as easier since you have worked with tutorial 1 last week.

Your job this week is to create a project/program using the below tutorial as guidance. This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for producing the Ballerina – Say Something and Dance. This will help you then create your own program.

Programming concepts covered through this tutorial include:
– animation: switching costumes
– wait
– say: string (of characters)
– conditionals: when
– loops: forever
– color effects

When you have created the Ballerina – Say Something and Dance, I would like you to modify (Mix) this project by:
– using different sprites and backdrop
– modify the conversation between sprites by adding your own words to say

Share your modified work with me by clicking the My Stuff button near the top right of the web page and inputing my email,

Assignment due on Friday, May 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Good luck!

Week 5 of Shutdown

Scratch Tutorial 1 – Motion, Animation and Sound

This is the First Tutorial we will be working with in Scratch. It is assumed you haven’t used Scratch before.


Scratch is an educational programming language for young students created by MIT.

It is proven that students enjoy learning programming the most, when they build their own games. 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:
– Access the Sprite website
– Create a New Project
– Move, animate and attribute sounds to an actor (sprite).

Concepts we will cover include:
– sequences
– deleting sprites 
– selecting sprites from library
– selecting backdrops from library
– creating animation by switching between costumes
– playing sounds
– using different valued in the timing script ‘wait’

During our Virtual Meeting…..

I will walk you through Scratch, show you how to create motion, animation and sound, and, with all of you, create a Scratch program.

After our Virtual Meeting…

You will create your very own Scratch project/program.

Attached below is a link to the Scratch tutorial we worked through together during our virtual meeting. You may reference it to guide you in the creation of your own Scratch program.

Your Scratch project/program is due by Sunday, 11:59pm.

If you have any questions, please email me.


Mrs. Al Raishouni

Virtual Meeting #1

Code: snow

Week 4 of Shutdown

Hello and welcome back everyone,

I hope you had a great spring break with family. This week we will each be creating a posters via Canva ( – a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content – that shares a positive and inspiring message of support to friends and family to help them push through the challenging times they are facing as a result of the current pandemic (COVID-19). These posters will be shared on my blog as well as the schools blog.

On Wednesday, during our virtual meeting, I will give instructions and go over expectations in more detail, including what Canva is all about. In addition, I will address any questions or concerns you may have.

If you are unable to join our meeting on Wednesday, Please be sure to check back for instructions and expectations. Please don’t hesitate to email me with questions.

If you would like to get a head start, select the link below to view tutorials of all the neat things you can do with Canva.

For ideas/examples to help guide you, check out the posters attached below.

Not just another project for designers: meet a new poster platform ...
We Will Get Through This Together Funny Get Well Card Feel Better ...
Be Strong you never know who are you inspiring - Risa rodil ...

Week 1 and 2 of Shutdown

Landmark Project

Hello class,

I hope you and your family are safe and in good health. Your Task this week and next week is to put together an “Around the World in 10 Days” presentation using either Google Slides, Microsoft PPT, or Prezi. Directions are found below. Please keep in mind that this project is due next week Friday, March 27.

1. Click on the link below to listen to Ben’s Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. Identify the landmarks and where they are located in the world. Think about how landmarks help us to recognize places, even locally.

Link to Story:

2. Think about some landmarks around the world, including those locally. Why do you think Mount Rushmore was created? What was the reason for building the Great Wall? Think about what you already know about some of these landmarks. What would you like to know about some of these landmarks?

The project begins.

3. Using your research skills, complete the “Around the World” project culminating in a powerpoint presentation as if you were a travel agent trying to sell us on purchasing the trip. Utilizing a computer, work to plan a trip around the world, stopping at 3 landmarks used in Ben’s Dream. (Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Parthenon, Sphinx, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, and Mount Rushmore)

4. Begin by planning your route utilizing Google Earth. You must figure out in which part of the world the landmark is in, including what city, country, and continent. Once figured out, you must research the cheapest airfare for two people to the location of the first landmark. Then dive into answering the following questions about the landmark chosen.

-What is the landmark? -Who was it built by? -Why was it built? -Describe the landmark in detail including physical characteristics. -What is it used for today? -Interesting facts

5. move on to researching flights from landmark 1 to landmark 2 and complete the same questions for landmark 2 and so on through landmark 3. They must also research airfare to get home after landmark 3.

6. Once you have all the data and research completed, it is your job to create a Powerpoint presentation that includes all of this information along with pictures or videos of the landmarks to share with me. Being creative is key. You will be graded on both presentation and content.

Good Luck!!


Welcome to Mrs. Al Raishouni’s multimedia Exploration class!

I am thrilled to be working with you this semester. Below you will find my class syllabus.

8th grade Multimedia Exploration
Mrs. Al Raishouni
Lowrey Middle School

Class Description: This course covers multimedia concepts and applications utilizing text, graphics, animation, sound, video, Web, and various multimedia applications in the design, development, and creation of multimedia presentations and publications in an interactive environment. You will create an e-portfolio and other independent projects.

Required Materials:
– Folder or 1 inch binder
– At least 2 pencils

– Notebook and school planner

Possible Course Projects and Activities:

– Comic Strip
– Public Service Announcement (PSA)
– Powerpoint Presentation
– Kahoot creation
– Community/environmental Awareness poster board or Microsoft Publisher presentation                                                                                                                               – Mobile application                                                                                                      – Character creation

I’m excited to see what new ideas arise this year!

Class Rules/Expectations:

– Follow the 5P’s
1. Prompt: Be in your seat and ready to start class on time.
2. Procedural: Follow directions the first time they are given
3. Prepared/Productive: Bring all materials to class
4. Polite: Raise your hand and wait t be called on before speaking
5. Positive: Respect yourself, school, fellow students and everyone’s property.
– When using the computers, follow the DPS Technology Acceptable Use Policy.                                                                                                                                  – When using the computers, visit websites only allowed by the teacher.           – keep a clean area                                                                                                         – Place your keyboard and mouse below your monitor before you leave            – Push in your chair before you leave and take all your personal belongings with you.                                                                                                                           – Log off, DO NOT SHUT DOWN, the computer at the end of class.

Contact Information

– School: 313-827-1800
– Email:                                                                                          –

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