6th Grade Computers

April 24th:

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  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete Assignment 018 to pick a song for your music box. NOTE: You may work as a team (2 or 3) or individually but you all need to turn this in.
  • Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes and complete Three Blind Mice and save your program as Music2. NOTE: You'll see that this is using dotted quarter & dotted half notes.

April 3rd & 6th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and turn in OR fix problems with Assignment 015 - Arduino RGB LED
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 017 - Q4 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Create a Google Drawing which combines your screenshots of your commented Music program and save this in your 6th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive. Name this as 6th-YourName-Music1
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 016 - Arduino Creating Music
  • Done? Do some Go further challenges for the Arduino Creating Music assignment.

March 23rd & 27th:

  • Whole Class: How to create a Google Drawing that combines your saved code to use on your Google Site.
  • Finish the original Creating Music Activity, if not done. See March 20th for details, if needed.
  • Record a video of your running Music1 program.
  • Create a Google Drawing which combines your screenshots of your Music program and save this in your 6th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive. Name this as 6th-YourName-Music1
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 015 - Arduino RGB LED
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 016 - Arduino Creating Music
  • Go further! Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes.

March 20th:

  • Whole Class:
    • Review the circuit and the program for starting a song
    • Talk about additional variables you might want to use and the delay values for:
      • 1/8 note
      • 1/4 note
      • dotted 1/4 note
      • 1/2 note
      • dotted 1/2 note
      • whole note
  • Finish the original Creating Music Activity:
    • Add code program to play the introduction to Three Blind Mice. Use the site below to find the frequency of C. Save your program.Document your code so you know what is happening and what notes are being played.
    • Take screenshots of your program and save them into your folder as 6th-YourName-Music1 (you may need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2).
    • Take a video of your running Music1 program
  • Go further!

March 13th:

  • Whole Class:
  • Use the Creating Music Activity Guide to:
    • Build the circuit as shown
    • Program the Arduino - after you have completed and run your code, please comment it so that you (and others) will know what the code is doing. Save your program as YourName_Music1
    • Add code program to play the introduction to Three Blind Mice. Use the site below to find the frequency of C. Save your program.
    • Document your code so you know what is happening and what notes are being played.
    • Take screenshots of your program and save them into your folder as 6th-YourName-Music1 (you may need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2).
    • Take a video of your running Music1 program

March 9th:

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  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 015 - Arduino RGB LED
  • Continue with the Go further activities from February 27th

March 6th:

  • Whole Class: BrainPop Colors
  • Finish RGB1 and RGB2 from February 27th, if not done
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 015 - Arduino RGB LED
  • Continue with the Go further activities from February 27th

February 27th & March 2nd:

  • Whole Class: RGB Color Introduction
    • What are primary colors?
    • What are secondary colors and how do you make them?
  • Use the RGB Color Activity Guide to:
    • Build the circuit as shown - it would be helpful to you to use the jumper wire colors as shown
    • Program the Arduino - after you have completed and run your code, please comment it so that you (and others) will know what the code is doing. Save your program as YourName_RGB1
    • Add code to make the three secondary colors - make sure to change your comments and save this program as YourName_RGB2
    • Take screenshots of your RGB2 program and save them into your folder as 6th-YourName-RGB2-1 and 6th-YourName-RGB2-2
    • Take a video of your running RGB2 program
  • Go further with one of the following and save your program as YourName_RGB3.
    Use Color Picker to find RGB values for the colors you want to use.
    • Make your LED cycle through all the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
    • Create a blinking color theme.
      • Have your LED blink colors that make you think of your favorite book, like the Hunger Games or Harry Potter.
      • Create a theme of the ocean, or fire, or your favorite sports teams.
    • Look at what you’re wearing and create a color display that matches your outfit.

February 23rd:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 013 OR read my feedback, fix any problems, and add a comment to the assignment that you have done so.
  • Do you remember?
    • Open the blinkbug Arduino program on your computer and fix it so that it will compile and will blink an LED on and off with a 1 second delay.
    • Wire an LED to the Arduino and make sure that your blinkbug program works
    • Add a 2nd LED:
      • Wire a 2nd LED to the Arduino or complete one of the challenges (see January 23rd)
      • Add code to your blinkblug program and upload it and see if it works.
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February 16th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 013
  • Do you remember?
    • Open the blinkbug Arduino program on your computer and fix it so that it will compile and will blink an LED on and off with a 1 second delay.
    • Wire an LED to the Arduino and make sure that your blinkbug program works
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February 9th & 13th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 014 - Q3 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 013 - Arduino Blinking Lights

January 23rd & 26th:

  • Whole Class:
  • Blinking Lights Activity:
    • Get ONE light to blink
    • Modify your code to make the light blink slower or faster
    • Add an additional light and make it blink
    • Add comments to your code so people know what it is doing
    • Take a video of your completed lights project while it is running - do NOT show faces of anyone but do show both the arduino and the breadboard with the blinking lights.
    • Save a screenshot of your code in your folder as 6th-Name-Blink
  • Blinking Lights Challenge: Choose one from below OR make up one of your own and make sure to add comments to the code you add.
    • Blink the lights in Morse code for SOS (short-short-short long-long-long short-short-short) OR create Morse code for another word (use this for Morse code)
    • Add three or four lights, and make them light up in a row, like a marquee sign
    • Make the lights alternate like railroad crossing lights
    • Adjust the lights to blink at the same rate as your heartbeat
    • Take a video of your completed lights project while it is running - do NOT show faces of anyone
    • Save a screenshot of your code in your folder as 6th-Name-Blink2

January 12th:

  • Whole Class:
  • How far can you get with the MaKeyMaKey Circuit Challenges?
    • Challenge 1 (Individual): Can you figure out where to plug in the LED on the MaKeyMaKey and complete a circuit by touching Playdoh or a coin? Remember: LEDs have a short leg to indicate the negative side and you need to create a loop for the current to flow.
    • Challenge 2 (Whole Class): Can you use all the people in the class to complete the circuit and have the LED still light up?
    • Challenge 3 (Individual or Pairs): Can you create a circuit that will successfully light up a second LED? Hint: Where is your LED getting output from?
    • Challenge 4 (Individual or Pairs): Can you make a switch with Playdoh that will still light up your LED on the MaKeyMaKey without using yourself or another person as the ground?
    • Challenge 5 (Individual or Pairs): Create a keyboard with tinfoil and Popsicle sticks - only 6 keys (up, down, left, right arrows, space and click). Use the Scratch Piano or the MaKeyMaKey Piano
    • Challenge 6 (Whole Class): Can you create human piano keys? Can you play the piano by playing your classmates? Use the same piano as in Challenge 5.

January 9th:

January 5th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in assignment 011 Digital Compass Google Site Post

December 15th:

December 12th:

December 8th:

November 14th - December 1st:

November 7th & 10th:

November 3rd:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Faith & Leilah, work on Assignment 008 - Marshmallow Challenge Post
    • Check for feedback from me on previous assignments 004 and 007. Fix any problems and add a comment for me in Google Classroom that you have fixed the problems.

October 27th:

  • Whole Class: Spaghetti/Marshmallow Challenge Recap & Results
  • DO THIS FIRST! Take 2nd Grade Halloween Costume Survey (First names ONLY)
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 007 - MLA Format Free Dress Policy Document
    • Faith & Leilah, work on Assignment 008 - Marshmallow Challenge Post
    • Check for feedback from me on Assignments 004 & 005. Fix any problems and add a comment for me in Google Classroom and/or resubmit the assignment (Assignment 004)
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October 20th:

October 10th & 13th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 005 - Density Lab if you have lab notes with you. This needs to be turned in both to Mr. Buckley (printed) and to me, in Google Classroom
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 003 - Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 004 - Google Site Setup. NOTE: Have a friend check your About Me page for spelling and grammar! You can visit all sites on the Student ePortfolios page of the Computer Lab Blog.
    • Work on Assignments 006 & 007.

October 6th:

September 29th:

  • Take the Keyboarding Speed Tests for the beginning of the year. The instructions and links to the speed tests are included on Assignment 003 in Google Classroom.
  • Google Sites:
    • Update your About Me page for this year
    • Update how your site looks - HINT: Manage Site
    • Switch seats with someone and get feedback on your site. Make corrections based on feedback.
    • Turn in Assignment 004 in Google Classroom
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September 26th:

  • Google Classroom:
    • Join class
    • Set your profile picture
    • Turn in self-portrait (PNG version) - Assignment 001
  • Free Dress Typing in LibreOffice Writer
    • Set margins to 1" - Under Format / Page
    • Select a plain font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.)
    • Type the K-5 Free Dress Policy matching the format you were given.
    • When done, save this in your folder in Microsoft Office 2007-2013 format named as 6th-FirstName-FreeDress. You will get a warning message when you do this. Continue saving in this format.
    • Sign in to Google Classroom and follow directions to turn in assignment 002.
  • Google Sites:
    • Update your About Me page for this year
    • Update how your site looks - HINT: Manage Site

September 15th - 22nd:

  • Finish your self-portrait in Pinta. When done, save final layered image and then do a File/Save As and change the type to PNG and save again - do NOT change the name of the file; just change the image format.
  • Middle School Free Dress Typing: LibreOffice Writer
    • Set margins to 1" - Under Format / Page
    • Select a plain font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.)
    • Type the Middle School Free Dress Policy matching the format you were given.
    • When done, save this in your folder in Microsoft Office 2007-2013 format named as 6th-FirstName-FreeDress. You will get a warning message when you do this. Continue saving in this format.

September 12th:

  • Complete Responsible Use Policy Form, if not finished last class:
  • Complete your self-portrait in Pinta:
    • NO FLOATING HEADS.
    • Save your self-portrait as 6th-YourName-Portrait in your folder (ask how to create this when you save!)
    • If you would like a template, you can download one here; make sure you save this in your folder or just copy & paste it into a new image in Pinta. Add a new layer to draw each of your features and then erase guidelines from the template which should be the bottom layer.

September 8th:

  • Whole Class: Review what we are doing today
  • Warm up with Alpha Quick - 2 times only! Add your name & fastest time to the board.
  • Complete the 2016-17 Technology Survey
  • Alpha Quick Time - no more than twice. Did you beat your previous time? Update the time on the board.
  • Complete the Responsible Use Policy Form
    NOTE: The Responsible Use Policy needs to be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian and returned by your next class.
  • Last Alpha Quick try! Did you beat your previous time? Update your time on the board.
  • Done? Explore Pinta (on your desktop)
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When You Are Done:
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