After our hard work and toil throughout the year, we have finally made it to ISTE 2013. I was one of the seven students to go to San Antonio to help with the student showcase, and I must say: What a huge convention it is! The San Antonio Convention Center is a huge facility, housing tons of presentation rooms and exhibit halls and enough space for hundred - no, thousands of people at once!

When the time came for us to set up our showcase, I'll admit that it was much different than I thought it'd be. I didn't know much about ISTE before now, so it was all a huge learning experience.

During the showcase I met many teachers that were interested in what we were doing. Not only interested; they saw how fondly we thought of the extensive use of technology in the classroom and wanted to do the same for their students. That was a great feeling knowing that you had what other people would love to have too, and that you could give it to them and spread the word about it simply by showing and informing them of our showcase!

While we were in San Antonio, we didn't just go to the convention; we visited the Alamo, got to tour a "Guinness World Records Museum," and ate at many different restaurants. My favorite thing that we did during our "free" day of the trip was go on a boat ride through the well-known Riverwalk. Our tour-guide gave us lots of historical facts and information about different landmarks of the area; it was definitely a big moment of our trip.

Like I said, we finally made it after a year's worth of rigorous fundraising and planning, and oh, was it worth it!
I wish the next group of techEteens the best of luck!

-Justin, techEteen
When you ask to go to your favorite restaurant, what are you really going for?
Some people might say to eat their favorite food. But why is it their favorite food? Because of the taste!

You should already know about the 5 senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. Today, I am here to talk about them in this most recent installment of "Write my Biography."
A small guide to the 5 senses:


Sight is obviously used to see things to be able to quickly react to something that is, for instance, about to hit you, like a baseball or basketball.


Smell is used to determine if an area or object is safe to interact with. If something smells bad then you probably won't want to go near it.


Touch is a very important sense. It is an alert system, and reward system. If you are hurt your body, reacting to the pain, wants to get away from the source of the pain. If something feels good, for example getting a massage, you want more of it.


Hearing is similar to smell. If you hear something unsettling, such as a lion roaring or a "ghostly moan," you will want to stay away from the source of the sound. If you hear something inviting, such as your mother's voice, you will want to respond or go towards the source of the sound.


Taste is a very interesting sense. It is similar to touch, in that is can act as an alert and a reward system. If you taste something good, you will want to swallow it and eat more of it. If something tastes bad, then you will probably spit it out.

For the second part of this post, I am going to be talking about giving up one of these senses.
Now, I know that some people are born without some of these senses, and I'm writing this with all-do respect to the unfortunate.

Out of the 5 senses, I have chosen that I would sacrifice taste. I have thought it over quite a bit, and I have decided that it would be the least important sense. I'm not saying it isn't important, I'm just saying it's the least important of the other 4 senses.

I do think giving up taste for the rest of my life would be hard, but it might actually benefit me. I could eat anything I want without worrying about taste, as I am a very picky eater.

Thank you for reading this rather long post, and if you read all of it then you have my respect! Comment below about what sense you would give up, and why.

School cafeteria lunches have been a big controversy for decades and still is. Every year thousands of students complain and demand bigger portion sizes and better-tasting food, some even resort to bringing their own lunches to school. Personally I don't like cafeteria food in the slightest... The last time I ate in the cafeteria I almost vomited.

The thing is the food that you eat has been made, specifically, to meet the health standards which experts have been researching for years. The portion sizes are scientifically accurate to a growing teenager, according to what researchers have been saying for awhile. You may not agree in the slightest and you may be right that it doesn't taste good, but the food that is served to you is meant to satisfy your hunger, even though it may not taste the best.
Using the World Wide Web is a very easy and resourceful thing to do, however it can also be dangerous. Many innocent people each year surf the web with good intent only to be faced with malicious viruses and pop-up ad scams.

Click "Read More" to see some useful tips on Safe Web Surfing!

-by techEteen, Justin

The Reason:
This is where Mrs. Fields comes in.
She has ambition,
And she will pioneer
The students of the tech-E-age!

The Process:
This is where You come in.
You can make it possible,
You can bridge the gap
To our soon-to-come tech-E-age!

The Product:
This is where we come in.
We are the amazing product
Of your's and Mrs. Fields' hard work.
We are the students of the tech-E-age!

"Off to ISTE to show what we know!"
Whenever we see a commercial for a new, high-tech device on TV, the first thing we think is probably "I bet that costs a boat load." We are completely right, modern technology does cost quite a bit. But compared to how much technology used to cost...

Click "Read More" to learn an interesting fact about the price of technology!

Many people are clueless when it comes to Spring in Yuma, AZ. For those people, I have written a few tips that you can use to grasp a basic understanding of how to keep yourself cool and healthy!

                                        Click the "Read More" link below to check it out!

Being innovative is, plain and simply, thinking outside of the box.
We have all heard that saying (maybe a bit too often), but that's all that being innovative is.
Conventional thinking is the opposite of innovative thinking. If you are being a conventional thinker, then you won't really be doing anything beneficial, because it has either already been done or isn't helpful.

If you are being an innovative thinker, then you will be the one that invents the 'next big thing;'
an innovator writes the new best song, and an innovator becomes the next U.S. president, and gets rich and famous. People are rewarded for being an innovative thinker, but what makes them innovative?

They think differently from others.
Not just differently, but they think more.... 'complex' then others. They see things in a way that others would have never imagined. When they put their ideas in motion they are rewarded for it.

A young Steve Jobs and his motto, "Think Different."
Podcasting is something that not everyone can do. However, the people who do it for a living are paid to podcast because they are good at it. The most important part about podcasting is the way you sound, and the way you talk.

If you talk like you've just woken up, people aren't going to listen to the whole thing. If you talk with enthusiasm, like you're actually interested in the subject, then people will get interested in it too.

Another thing to make sure you DON'T do is talk like you're reading from a script. Podcasting usually involves at least a little improv. Improv is the act of talking without a script. If you use a script while podcasting, you're going to sound like you're reading off of a script, unless you're good at speaking like you're just winging it.

You don't always need to improvise, because if you are actually just winging it, then you are at the risk of repeating the same information over again or pausing to think about what you're going to say next. If you're going to podcast, just make a simple outline or list of the things you want to talk about, and fill in-between with good adjectives or words that make the listener think about the subject.
If you have any comments or ideas, please say so in the comments!
Writing essays isn't always the most fun thing to do, especially when you are supposed to write about something that is given to you.
The next QWA will be on an argument. I don't know if it will have to be written as a formal letter or an actual essay; hopefully not a letter, as I very much dislike writing letters.
At the time of writing this I don't have very many things that I could argue about. It's usually difficult for me to conjure up something to talk about and keep talking about it efficiently for the length of the essay/letter.

So I have a question for whoever reads this. What is worth arguing about, and are you good at writing essays/letters? What are your tactics for writing? Say so in the comments!