7th Grade Computers

June 13th:

June 9th:

  • Whole Class: How to upload your code to your Public Folder
  • Upload your final code to your Public folder for this year on Google Drive
  • Create a video of your Music Box Project:
    • This should be 1-2 minutes long. We want to avoid hearing others as much as possible.
    • Introduce your project and tell the name of your song. Speak clearly and slowly so you are understood.
    • Video your running project. Do this from an angle where you can clearly it working and be close enough to hear the song.
  • While you are waiting to record your video and after your are done recording, work on Assignment 017 - Arduino Light Up Music Box

June 2nd:

  • Whole Class: How to upload your code to your Public Folder
  • Finish Music Box Project: See May 12th for details
  • Make sure that you have comments on your code
  • Upload your final code to your Public folder for this year on Google Drive
  • Work on the written portion of Assignment 017 - Arduino Light Up Music Box

May 12th - 30th:

  • Work on your Music Box Project:
    • Finish writing your original song OR write up notes (note name & octave), frequency, and length of note for sheet music/other songs, if not done.
    • Program your song.You may want to use your Music1 program as a base but set the correct note variables and program using those. Save this as YourName_MusicBox
    • Decide on lights for your synchronized light show with colors that match the mood of the song. You may use regular LEDs and/or the RGB LED.
    • Program your synchronized light show.
    • Design a case/decorations for your music box that goes with your song and lights
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May 9th:

May 5th:

April 28th & May 2nd:

April 25th:

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  • Alpha Quick - Do this 3 times using home row and correct finger usage and record your lowest time on the board.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete Assignment 014 - Arduino Creating Music
    • Make sure your code is document
    • Make sure you have screenshots of your code saved into your folder as 7th-YourName-Music1 and 7th-YourName-Music2, if needed.
    • Make sure you have created a Google Drawing in your 7th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive that combines your screenshots of your Music1 program.
    • Write and turn in your Google Site post.
  • Go further with music on the Arduino! Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes.
    • Complete Three Blind Mice (ask me for the sheet music) and save your program as Music2.

April 4th & 7th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete Assignment 015 - Q4 Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • Arduino Creating Music:
    • Make sure your code is documented
    • Take screenshots of your code and save them into your folder as 7th-YourName-Music1 (you will probably need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2)
    • Create a Google Drawing in your 7th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive to combine your screenshots of your Music1 program.
    • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 014 - Arduino Creating Music
  • Go further with music on the Arduino! Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes.
    • Complete Three Blind Mice (ask me for the sheet music) and save your program as Music2.

March 31st:

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  • Sign in to Google Classroom and fix problems with Assignment 013 - Arduino RGB LED
    • Change your code to use a variable for the time a note should play so you can easily adjust the tempo
    • Make sure your code is documented
    • Take screenshots of your code and save them into your folder as 7th-YourName-Music1 (you will probably need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2)
  • Done with the above? You can continue working with your Arduino project (see below) OR redraw 2nd Grade monsters.
  • Create a Google Drawing in your 7th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive to combine your screenshots of your Music1 program.
  • Go further! Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes.
    • Complete Three Blind Mice (ask me for the sheet music) and save your program as Music2. NOTE: You'll see that this is using dotted quarter & dotted half notes. You will need to change the timing of your original program.
    • Program about 30 seconds of another song? Find one below and document notes and length on paper:
    • Can you add an LED that blinks in time to your completed song?

March 24th & 28th:

  • Whole Class:
    • Using a variable for time note should play
    • How to combine images in Google Drawing
  • Finish the Creating Music Activity (see March 21st):
    • When done, your program should be playing "Three Blind Mice, Three Blind Mice"
    • Change your code to use a variable for the time a note should play so you can easily adjust the tempo
    • Make sure your code is documented
    • Take screenshots of your code and save them into your folder as 7th-YourName-Music1 (you will probably need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2)
    • Take a video of your running Music1 program. Please do this at Computer 0 and let people know that you are making a video and ask that no one make noise. Sound will not be removed from this video.
    • Create a Google Drawing in your 7th-YourName-Public folder in Google Drive to combine your screenshots of your Music1 program.
  • Go further! Use Piano Player to find the frequency of notes.
    • Complete Three Blind Mice (ask me for the sheet music) and save your program as Music2. NOTE: You'll see that this is using dotted quarter & dotted half notes. You will need to change the timing of your original program.
    • Program about 30 seconds of another song? Find one below and document notes and length on paper:
    • Can you add an LED that blinks in time to your completed song?

March 21st:

  • 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 and the C is a half note. 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 7th-YourName-Music1 (you will probably need a Music1-1 and a Music1-2).
    • Take a video of your running Music1 program. Please let people know you are making a video and ask that no one make noise. Sound will not be removed from this video.

March 14th:

  • Finish RGB1 and RGB2 from February 21st, if not done
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 013 - Arduino RGB LED OR read any comments on Assignment 013, fix the problems, and add a reply to you have done so.
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  • Go further with one of the following and save your program as YourName_7th_RGB3 or RGB4, etc. if you do more than one and want to save all of the code.
    Use RapidTables OR Color Picker to find RGB values for the colors you want to use.
    • Make your RGB LED cycle through all the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
    • Create a blinking color theme. Some ideas are below or create one of your own and remember you can blink these at different rates rather then having them blink at the same rate.
      • Have your RGB 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.
    • Add some regular LEDs and make them blink in some way in sync with your RGB LED.
    • Done? Make sure to document your code and take and save a screenshot named as 7th-YourName-RGB3 (or RGB4) in your folder.
    • Take a video of your Arduino running your RGB3 or RGB4 program.

March 7th & 10th:

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  • Finish RGB1 and RGB2 from February 21st, if not done
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 013 - Arduino RGB LED
  • Continue with the Go further activities on February 21st

March 3rd:

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  • Complete the RGB Color Activity Guide tasks (see February 21st). Make sure that you have commented and take screenshot(s) of your RGB2 program. Make sure you have recorded a video of our running program - please say who you are at the beginning of the video, something like "This is Bob and this is my RGB2 video".
  • Complete one or more of the Go Further activities. Make sure you have a RGB3 program for this and that you have commented the code so you (and others) will know what colors you are trying to have your LED show. If you want to share this on your Google Site, take a video of your running project and introduce it with your name and that it is your RGB3 video.

February 21st & 28th:

  • 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_7th_RGB1
    • Change your code to make the three secondary colors - make sure to change your comments and save this program as YourName_7th_RGB2
    • Take and save a screenshot of your RGB2 code saved in your folder as 7th-YourName-RGB2.
    • Take a video of your RGB2 program running on your Arduino. Make sure you identify yourself and that this is your RGB2 video when you record it. Try to start the video when the color Red is showing.
  • Go further with one of the following and save your program as YourName_7th_RGB3.
    Use RapidTables OR 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. Some ideas below or create one of your own and remember you can blink these at different rates rather then having them blink at the same rate.
      • 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.
    • Done? Make sure to document your code and take and save a screenshot named as 7th-YourName-RGB3 in your folder.
    • Take a video of your Arduino running your RGB3 program.
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February 9th & 17th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 012
  • 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
  • Done? 15 minutes of lessons in Typing.com

January 27th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 011, if not done last class. If you turned this in last class, check for comments and fix any problems identified. Don't forget to add a comment that you fixed things, if you do.
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 012
  • Done? Complete a Blinking Lights Challenge OR Lessons in Typing.com

January 24th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 011
  • Done? Complete a Blinking Lights Challenge OR Lessons in Typing.com

January 17th & 20th:

  • Whole Class: How to add comments to code
  • 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
    • Save a screenshot of your code in your folder as 7th-Name-BlinkingLights
  • 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 7th-Name-BlinkingLights2

January 10th:

January 6th:

  • 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): 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 4 (Whole Class): Can you create human piano keys? Can you play the piano by playing your classmates? Use the same piano as in Challenge 3.
    • Challenge 5 (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 6 (Individual or Pairs): Can you create a circuit that will successfully light up a second LED? Hint: Where is your LED getting output from?

January 3rd:

December 13th:

December 9th:

December 6th:

  • Whole Class: Debrief on Breakout
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • If not done, finish and turn in Assignment 009 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 010 - The Case of the Pilfered Pie
  • It's time again for Hour of Code, so if you finish try out some code in one of the following OR you may complete some lessons in Typing.com (no covers needed today but do use proper technique anyway):

November 29th:

November 22nd:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to BreakoutEdu & The Case of the Pilfered Pie
  • Go to The Case of the Pilfered Pie and click on the handy dandy notebook link and create your copy of the notebook. Can you unlock all of the locks in 40 minutes or less?

November 15th:

November 8th:

November 4th:

  • Go to Google Classroom and:
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 008: Marshmallow Challenge (if not done)
    • Complete any additional outstanding assignments
    • Check for comments from me on Returned assignments and fix any problems. Make sure to add a comment to the assignment to let me know you have fixed something.
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  • Create your Pokémon Trainer Avatar using one of the following. Use the Print Screen button to save your image in your folder as 7th-YourName-Trainer.png

November 1st:

October 25th & 28th:

October 21st:

October 14th & 18th:

  • Whole Class: Review of Assignment statuses and what they mean to you
  • Complete & turn in any previous outstanding work in Google Classroom
    • Assignment 001 - Self-Portrait (and set avatar on Google Apps to self-portrait)
    • Assignment 002 - Free Dress Policy Typing
    • Assignment 003 - Density Lab (Do you have your notes? You may finish this at home)
    • Assignment 004 - Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Assignment 005 - Google Site Update for the year
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  • Complete and turn in Assignments 006 and 007 in Google Classroom

October 4th & 7th:

  • Whole Class: How to complete Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • Complete & turn in any previous outstanding work in Google Classroom
    • Assignment 001 - Self-Portrait (and set avatar on Google Apps to self-portrait)
    • Assignment 002 - Free Dress Policy Typing
    • Assignment 003 - Density Lab (Do you have your notes? You may finish this at home)
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Take the Keyboarding Speed Tests for the beginning of the year. The instructions and links to the speed tests are included on Assignment 004 in Google Classroom.
    • Update your Google Site for this year (Assignment 005)
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September 30th:

September 27th:

  • Google Classroom:
    • Join class
    • Set your profile picture
    • If done, turn in self-portrait (PNG version) - Assignment 001
  • Complete 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.
      • The words oversized and sideless will be underlined in red. Anything else underlined in red is incorrect and must be fixed.
      • Your bulleted list will be indented and that is fine.
      • Do not worry about indenting the final sentence.
    • When done, save this in your folder in Microsoft Office 2007-2013 format named as 7th-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.
  • Finish and turn in your self-portrait, if not done
  • Google Sites:
    • Update your About Me page for this year
    • Update how your site looks - HINT: Manage Site

September 20th & 23rd:

  • 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.)
    • Optionally, set line spacing - Under Format / Spacing.
    • Save this in your folder in Microsoft Office 2007-2013 format named as 7th-FirstName-FreeDress. You will get a warning message when you do this. Continue saving in this format.
    • Type the Middle School Free Dress Policy matching the format you were given.
    • When done or at the end of class, save this using the Save icon.

September 16th:

  • Work on 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.

September 13th:

  • Whole Class: A few tips about Pinta
  • Complete Responsible Use Policy Form, if not finished last class:
  • Complete your self-portrait in Pinta:
    • NO FLOATING HEADS.
    • Save your self-portrait as 8th-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.
    • To save layers, save as .ORA file type. When done, merge all layers and resave as a .PNG

September 9th:

  • 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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