Digital Dare

What is Digital Dare? 
Digital Dare is a 21st century literacy challenge designed to introduce students to new web 2.0 applications.  Students will challenge themselves, and learn new applications by following step-by step through the instructions. 

Digital Dare #1

Website Bookmarking

What is

The Web is a big place, full of new and interesting things to discover. The problem is finding the good stuff, keeping track of it all, and getting back to a website to create an MLA citation. This is where Delicious can help.

Delicious is a Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking. In addition, our search and tagging tools help you keep track of your entire bookmark collection and find tasty new bookmarks.

Are you having a hard time keeping track of all the interesting Web pages you find or getting back the website you used in your research paper? Would you like access to your bookmarks from any computer? Delicious can help.

Delicious keeps all your bookmarks in one place so you will never lose track of your bookmarks again. Since we store your bookmarks online, you can get to them from any computer, whether you're at home, at work, at school, or on the road.

1. Create an account on
2. Go to three (3) websites you enjoy or find useful and bookmark them using your account.
3. Use the annotation box to explain why.

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Digital Dare #2

Screenshots or Screen capture with Paint

What is a screenshot or screen capture?

A "screenshot" is a snapshot of what's on your computer's screen.This can be very useful for showing your work and creating a pleasing visual project.

To create a screenshot follow these steps:

The first step is to create the windows that you want to capture and leave them up on the screen.

Just to the right of your keyboard, you should see three groups of keys. The lower set of keys usually is a group of arrow keys. Above that is usually a set of some six keys that are labeled "Insert," "Home," "Page Up," etc. Above that should be three keys that have rather odd labels - like Pause/Break and ScrLk. One of those keys should be labeled PrtScrn/SysRq. Pressing Alt-PrintScreen (Alt-PrtScrn) places an image of the frontmost window on the clipboard. Pressing PrintScreen by itself places an image of the entire desktop on the clipboard.

If you press PrtScrn/SysRq, nothing will appear to have happened. However, your computer just took a snapshot of its screen and stored that picture on its clipboard, much as it stores information that you cut and paste.

Open MS-Paint. (From Start/Run, issue the command "Paint".) Create a new empty image, and use Edit/Paste to bring in the screenshot you just took. (If the screenshot is smaller than the default Paint canvas, you will end up with white areas. Start over: create a new empty image, change its dimensions to 1x1, and Paste again. The canvas will grow for the Paste, but it doesn't shrink.)

Use MS-Paint to Save As, using PNG as the file format (it is superior to all the rest).

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Digital Dare #3

Accessing eBooks through the library catalog.

What is an eBook?

An eBook is a full text book in electronic format accessed online, and available anytime and anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Follow these steps to locate and view an eBook in the school library catalog.

1. Go to the library's home page.
2. Click on "Catalog"
3. Click on the branch that you use the most.
4. Find "Material Type" in the middle of the page. Change "Any Type" to "Electronic Book".
5. In the"Find" box type the word "biography" and click on the "Keyword" icon.
6. What is the title of the first eBook listed?
7. Click back and change "Electronc Book" back to "Any Type".
8. Type in the word "Rowling". Then click on the "Keyword" icon.
9. In the top left of the results, you should see, "[Not what you're looking for? Refine your search? Browse Authors?]" Click "Browse Authors?"
10. What is the volume number listed next to Rowling's name?
9. Who is J.K. Rowling?
10. What subject did she teach and in what country?

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