Thursday, April 23, 2009


Today we learned about a hepful little tool called thinkfinity... I have learned this can be helpful, but there is not much on the 3 Branches of Government. Here are two i found.


Today we were told to find a webquest that we could use in our classroom. good for my Mrs. Nedeff has been showing me how I can incorperate different ones in my unit for social studies.
I have many differnt choices that I have found when it comes to using a webquest for the branches of government here are just a few that I really liked.

Webquest one

Hope you like the ones I found I really enjoyed them, and I learned a lot by working on them myslef.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Finally have class

After having over a week off of class we were back in the classroom.
Today we finished our Jeopardy and Millionaire games. They both made me hate power point, but I will still use it for almost everything I do. As of now I ahve two power points in my SS unit, I know other people have several more, but I wanted diversity, even though my unit is very repetitive.

Both of my activities are on my website.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Online Quiz

Today we made an online quiz, of course mine is about the branches of government, because that is all I can think about anymore.
Here is the test, take it and see how well you do.


We learned how to create and share a calendar... here is my Calendar.
If you want to view click on calendar, and you can see the limited amount of events coming up.
There is a lot going on in my life, too bad I don't have time to deal with any of it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Today we created a site, I got really mad at the computer because I hate the title of my site and now it is stuck being that way, but oh well I will live with it.
I hope I will one day use a web page, because I think it is is a good way to get information across and a very good way to show students and parents what is going on in the class room and in the school.

I also learned that all the work I did on my Jeopardy board is gone...

really this in not my week... please say it is all over soon :(
Glad tomorrow is a new month...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Embedded presentation

Power Point

Today we talked about powerpoints
Here is a link to view the powerpoint I foulnd dealing with the branches of government, I plan to use this or one like it when I do my SS unit.

Here is the power point presentation

Here is the PDF version (doesn't work right)

Here is a link to the power point.

I tookl this off of a website, it is not my powerpoint, but I do plan to make one similar to it to use as an actvity in my Unit on the Branches of government

here is a link to my actual presentation

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


today we did evaluations for midterms. this is the easiest midterm I am going to have this semester, wish the rest of my teachers would forgo their tests and just let us evaluate ourselves. I am sure I wouldn't do too well in a few of the classes, but I would like to just do that insead of studying for tests.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pod Cast

Podcast- Today I learned how to create my very own pod cast and I ahve to say it was a pretty neat thing to do, and hopefully I can use it in my classroom some day. For my lesson I decided to do the three branches of government, because that is what I am doing for my Social Studies class. For my lesson I read a little bit about each of the branches of the government, their role in government and the people that make up each branch. (My pod cast won't connect at the current moment, hopefully can fix that in class tomorrow.) Here is the script to my podcast thought. Here is a link to my podcast finally.

We were to create a lesson plan that we can use in the classroom for demonstrating a podcast. My lesson deals with the three branches of government. Students are exposed to being able to know what a podcast is and for them to be able to use it in a way that helps them learn content. The students will each be assigned a branch of the government to research and have to talk about the people in each branch and the responsibilites of each branch. This is a great way to expose students to technology and give them the opportunity to share what they know/have learned about the government with the rest of thier peers. Follow this link to the lesson plan and rubric:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lesson Plan... FInally

Here is my Lesson Plan
It integrates Technology into Science.
I have geared this lesson to a lower grade, and they are learning about the life cycle/ stages in the life of a butterfly.

Hope it works.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pictures and LP's

Tiday we learned how to up load photos to google and use the web version of Photo Shop. Here is a link to some of my
Bango's Thoughts

We also talked about lessons plan, and how what we have to do is not what everyone feels is the thing to do.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Crappy Graphic

Here is a link to my Ven Diagram as to how my borther and I are and aren't related.
We have the same mom... but there is a lot that is different.

Here is a graph showing the comeparis...

Here is a graph showing the comeparison of the students in West Virginia on IEP's compared to the next 3 poorest states.

West Virginia seems to have fewer students than the other states, but that is becuase WV has very people in the state to draw in information from. I think that if we did that based on percentages then we would see something different than we do here.

Here is a link to this document, so that you can see the chart better.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Here is the West Virginia Averages fo...

Here is the West Virginia Averages for 4th grade math students from the year 2000 till the year 2007, compared the national average of 4th grade math students.

This graph proves the West Virginia is not doing too bad in the long run. We can see that WV is almost on task with the rest of the nation.

You can also see this at:

My Resume as of 2/12

Mackenzie Bango

12 Greenview Drive

Parkersburg, WV 26104


Parkersburg Catholic High School - Class of 2005

Wheeling Jesuit University- (‘05-‘06)

Fairmont State University- (’06-current)

Honors and Awards

Presidents List (Spring 2008)

Deans List (fall 2007)

Honor Role (Junior and senior years)

Commendations list (freshman and sophomore years)


Extra Curricular Activities (in high school)

JV/Varsity Softball (3 years)

JV/Varsity Volleyball (3 years)

Junior High Volleyball (3 years)

Junior High Basketball (2 years)

JV cheerleading (1 year)

Prom Committee (junior)

Interact/Rotary (4 years)

Year Book (junior/senior years)

Journalism (senior year)

A.C.S. Teen Board (2 years)

Work History

Secretary at Bango Appraisal Service

Server at Rita’s Water Ice (March ‘05-Oct ‘07)

Councilor at YWCA summer camp (‘06)

Great Steak Grille (‘07-‘09)

Camp Councilor YMCA, Afterschool staff and no school days (May ‘07-current)

Volunteer History

Camp Vaudeville (4 years)

Safety Town (2 years)

Vacation Bible School (4 years)

Nursery Aid (6 years)

A.C.S. Teen Board (2 years)

Working in a little boy with Down syndrome at church (school year ‘08-‘09)

Safety Skills

First Aid and CPR certified

Food Handlers

Water Safety

Computer Skills

Windows XP

Microsoft office

Internet Explorer and firefox

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Here is my favorite breed of dog, can you tell me what kind of dig it is?

My neighbor use to have a dog like this named Happy, he was the best dig. Minus the fact that he like to steal my shoes.

I miss my puppy.

I hate comuputers

I want to know what the world did before the rampid availability of computers. My computer has crashed way too many tims recently for me to count, and now my printer isn't working, and the only reason it doesn't work is because my black ink is out, and it refuses to print using ALL the color ink which is still full.
I know that word documents on the computer make peoples writing look more uniform and legible, but I think we should be allowed to do things hand written instead of only on the computer.
I just had to vent a little. Thanks for litening!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Visual imagry Questions

Today we didn't have class due to weather, but we were told to read the following link:

We were told to also read Multimodal Learning Through Media Link and answer the following questions (in a blog post):

Describe what Dale's Cone of Experience is?
A "visual metaphor" depicting types of learning, from the concrete to the abstract. It shows that the more we can do with the information the better we will remember it.

Is Dale's Cone of Experience logical? Factual?
The data shows that we remember more in learning when we see pictures/movies and interect with the data/information than when we just read about it. The data can't be found, but Dale's "bogus data" is more a representative of a "rounded-off generalization based on Phillip's experience and probably some test data, at the Ordinance School.

How does Dales' Cone of Experience comport with current research on teaching and learning in the assigned reading.
After the reading, comment on your opinion of the validity of Dale's Cone of Experience.
Visual Symbols are part of Dale's original cone. They are a small part, but they are still there. The difference with today's research is that it is based on better technology that is retilly available. I do agree with Dale's Cone because I think that Direct Purposeful Experiences will always be important in learning.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Photo story

I am hoping it works when I upload it here, because it doesn't like YouTube

Monday, February 2, 2009

Finally have a comp

I finally got my computer back. The IT people at school at WACK... They told me I was screwed adn that I needed a new comp because my hard drive was fried and everything was gone... Guess what I am working on that very computer that "doesn't work" I am so excited to have it back, and all of my documents with it.
Well it is like 12:30 AM, I should go to bed... I might write another blog tomorrow

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Meet Mackenzie Bango

Hello my name is Mackenzie Bango. I am from Parkersburg WV. I went to Parkersburg Catholic High School (and elementary school as well). I graduated in 2005. I use to play Volleyball and Softball. I am pretty much an only child, although I do have 2 brothers and a sister (they are half siblings, so they don't really count). I love dogs and kids.
I work at the YMCA during the summer and I help out on Sunday's at church. I help with first grade Sunday School, and my special interest this year is named Ben. He is 7 years old and he has Down Syndrome, he is the sweetest kid you will ever meet, and he is the reason I am considering going into Spec Ed for my Masters.
When I am home you can normally find me at my elementary school helping out during the week or babysitting a couple of the kids from there over the weekend.
I guess that is all for now.