7th Grade Technology

June 12th: Last Class

  • Finish & turn in Assignment 017 - Micro:bit Final Project
  • If you didn't finish your micro:bit project and you want to, continue working on it.
  • Done? Free time - When You Are Done, Keyboarding, Just for Fun Activities OR Draw a (appropriate for school) picture in Pinta or Tux Paint OR Try out 2nd-5th Scratch Projects (some of these have sound!):

May 29th - June 8th: 2 Classes Left!

You will be sharing your micro:bit projects on June 12th!
  • How this project will be graded
  • Work on your final project using the Micro:Bit - Make a Project slides as your guide. Remember:
    • You must have informed Mrs. Sedgwick of what you are creating. This is to insure that you cannot just copy from the person you are sitting next to and to make sure you are making something that it will be possible to finish in the time you have to complete this.
    • You must understand what you are doing before you start your project. Break down the steps so you know what code you will need to write. It could be a good idea to write it down!
    • Make sure that you have added something to your project to make it your own. You cannot earn an "A" if you have only copied code from a tutorial! You need to understand the code you are creating, including the code you may be using from a tutorial.
  • Finished coding? Build something for your project that enhances it. Remember, the micro:bit, battery pack, alligator clips, speakers, etc. must NOT be permanently attached to what you build or to one another - no glue, no velcro, no duct tape to attach these things! Some suggestions follow. These are just suggestions but whatever you build must match the theme of your project! You must do more than just use rubber bands.
    • Making a step counter? Build something to hold the micro:bit on your ankle or shoe. How about a bracelet?
    • Making a Harry Potter sorter? Create a sorting hat (use the template in the craft area or make your own) or maybe something with Legos.
    • Making an inchworm? Paint/color it and add designs/other elements to make it look like a worm or a robot or some other kind of animal. Do NOT attach anything too heavy or it won't move.
    • Making a game? Build a holder for the micro:bit somehow that will go with the theme of the game. For example, creating a ping, pong game, make ping, pong paddles for the micro:bit or maybe something with Legos.
  • Done with your project? Start working on Assignment 017 - Micro:bit Final Project
  • When class is done, put away your micro:bit. If you have begun building your project, you do not need to take apart what you have done but you must unplug the battery pack before you store your project. The craft area and the area around your computer should be cleaned up.

May 22nd & 25th:

  • Whole Class: Light Levels & Music
    • How to code
    • How to "hack" your headphones
  • Follow instructions on Micro:bit Light Level & Sound slides 3-5. Links you may need:
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 016 - Micro:bit Light Sensor & Sounds
  • Done?
    • Micro:bit Introduction Post: Make sure that this is complete according to the instructions for the post. Also, make sure that it uses complete sentences with proper spelling and grammar. Make sure your post specifically talks about the input(s) used and output received. Re-read your post and fix problems with it - you might want to ask a classmate to read your post and identify problems with it.
    • Micro:bit Compass Post: Did you complete this project? Have you documented it on your Google Site? Please do so, if you completed it. Use Assignment 016 as your guide for what it should include.
  • Finished with all posts? Find a partner who is also done & complete slide 6 of the Micro:bit Light Level & Sound slides OR complete Micro:bit Compass or Compass Extension OR Typing Lessons in Typing Club with cover

May 4th - 18th:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to Micro:bit
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 015 - Introduction to Micro:bit
    • If creating videos:
      • Use iPads to create and iMovie to remove sound, crop, add titles, etc.
      • Upload the video to your Google Drive and Share it so anyone with a link can view it.
  • If done, make a micro:bit compass - make sure to name your project 7th-YourFirstName-Compass
    • Follow the video tutorial to make your compass. When you have a working compass:
      • Take a screenshot of your code
      • Add a post to your micro:bit page on your Google Site explaining what you did, what input and output you used, any problems you encountered and how you overcame them, and the screenshot of your code. Don't forget, this post needs 2 text boxes: one with a heading (perhaps, Compass) and one with the information about what you did, etc.
    • Can you complete the Compass Extension? If you do, update your Google Site to add information about the extension and don't forget to update your code!

May 1st:

  • Whole Class:
    • Share algorithms to find smallest and largest card
    • Create algorithm as a class to find the middle/median card
  • In pairs, complete Challenge 3
  • Typing Lessons in Typing Club with cover

April 27th:

April 24rd:

  • Whole Class:
    • Review what makes a computer, a computer
    • Review rules of Sorting Cards challenge
      • No talking during the challenge
      • Goal: Get the cards in a line, face up, in number order
      • When you are done, a team member should say "Done!"
  • Complete the Sorting Cards challenge
  • Whole Class Discussion:
    • What are the input, output, and processing in this activity?
    • How was your approach to solving this problem different from how a computer might have to approach it?
  • Whole Class:
    • Card Sorting Algorithms
      • Review Objective, Tips, & Rules
      • Demonstration of how it works
  • Card Sorting:
    • Working together create the steps that a computer would need to sort your cards
    • Write down your steps
    • Test your steps using the Share & Test options
  • Whole Class: Share Card Sorting steps
  • Card Sorting Share & Test:
    • Swap your steps with the other pair and test their steps
    • Update your steps, in the Iterate section of your paper and test that it works
  • Whole Class: Algorithms
  • Complete Reflection

April 17th:

April 13th:

  • Monster Project Redraw:
    • Take a description and redraw the monster in Tux Paint. In order to stress the importance of being specific in the instructions, draw according to the written directions and keep the following in mind:
      • Read the entire description before you start drawing and fill your "paper" with the drawing as much as possible.
      • Body parts should be where you would expect them unless the description says differently.
      • If no color is specified, use a color not mentioned anywhere in the description.
      • If a body part is plural (eyes, ears, arms, legs, etc.) and no number is specified draw an unusual number.
      • If no shape is specified, draw an unusual shape.
      • Remember these are 2nd graders. Be kind and help them understand what's wrong in their descriptions with your drawing.
    • Once you have finished the drawing, open the Monster Project Redraws Google Slides for the monster you redrew and find an empty slide. Insert your drawing. Add your name to the title on the slide. DO NOT look at the Google Slides for monsters you have not redrawn!
  • Finished? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

April 10th:

  • Continue working on converting your old Google Site to your current Google Site in Assignment 003 - Make sure to resubmit this with a comment that you have finished the conversion when you are done
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

March 23rd:

March 13th & 20th:

March 6th & 9th:

February 27th:

  • Whole Class Discussion:
    • We learned that a computer is a device that "processes information". What kinds of "stuff" do you use, look at, create, or edit on a computer that you think might actually be information?
  • Input/Output Brainstorming
    • Vocabulary Review Input/Output
    • Complete & Discuss Inputs/Outputs for a Desktop Computer - Feel free to go look at the computers in the room
    • Complete & Discuss Inputs/Outputs for a Laptop - Check out my laptop
    • Complete & Discuss Inputs/Outputs for a Cellphone

February 23rd:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and Turn In Assignment 011 - What is a Computer
    • If you get stuck on a part of this, complete what you can and leave a comment on the assignment about what problems you ran into trying to do the assignment.
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club - Type for at least 10 minutes. You can type longer, if you wish. You do NOT need a cover today, BUT, make sure that you are using the correct hand and finger positioning.
  • Done? If you get a message about Adobe Flash on any of these sites, ALLOW it and REMEMBER it.

February 20th:

  • Whole Class Discussion: What kind of problems do computers help you solve & how do they do this?
  • What is a Computer?
    • Stack the pictures face down in the center of your group
    • Draw a line down the middle of your poster board and label one side “Computer” and the other “Not a Computer”. Put your names on in the bottom right-hand corner.
    • Turn over one picture at a time and discuss as a group whether the object in the picture belongs on the “Computer” or “Not a Computer” paper. Once your group is in agreement tape (or just place) your objects on the board (non-permanently)
  • Whole Class Discussion:
    • What rules or definition did you use to categorize the object in each picture?
    • Which object was most difficult for you to categorize?
    • How did you eventually make the decision of where to place it?
  • Whole Class:
  • Revise poster, if needed, and glue down pictures

February 16th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete & Turn in Assignment 008 - App Lab Post, if not done
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

February 13th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Complete & Turn in Assignment 010 - Q3 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Complete & Turn in Assignment 008 - App Lab Post
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

January 23rd - 26th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • If NOT DONE, complete and turn in Assignment 007 - App Lab This is late and every day it is not turned in will affect your grade.
    • Complete & Turn in Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero
      NOTE: Even if you have previously turned this in, you have average scores now in the comments for this. Make sure that you have corrected any identified problems in both your essay & the Google Site post
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 008 - App Lab Post
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

January 16th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in assignment 009 - Let's Get Appy!

January 9th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • MUST BE TURNED IN TODAY! Complete and turn in Assignment 007 - App Lab
    • Complete and tun in Assignment 008 - App Lab Post
    • Continue working on Assignment 006 - Reading Superhero Essays and turn in if done
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

January 2nd & 5th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Complete and turn in Assignment 007 - App Lab
    • Complete and tun in Assignment 008 - App Lab Post
    • Continue working on Assignment 006 - Reading Superhero Essays and turn in if done
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

December 5th - 12th:

December 1st:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 006 - Reading Superhero Essays
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

November 14th - 29th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish or Fix and turn in Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero: Faith & Ginger
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 005 - Q2 Speed Tests: Ginger
    • Work on Step 2 of Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup; turn in when done: All
  • Sign in to Typing Club and complete Typing Jungle lessons with cover

November 7th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero
    • Work on Assignment 005 - Q2 Speed Tests
  • Get a keyboard cover, sign in to Typing Club and complete Typing Jungle lessons.

October 13th - November 3rd:

  • Finish your self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (use these as a guide but you can always do things your own way)
    • When completely done:
      • Make sure to save one last time with layers.
      • Delete the background layer (click on it and click the delete icon under the layers).
      • Add a new layer and move it all the way to the bottom. Fill the new layer with white.
      • Then do Image / Flatten to combine all layers.
      • Select File / Save As and change the file type to PNG (do not change the file name) and save.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait
    • Finish Step 1 on Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup and add a comment that you have completed this step.
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero
  • Get a keyboard cover, sign in to Typing Club and complete lessons.

October 10th:

  • Finish your self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (use these as a guide but you can always do things your own way)
  • Get a keyboard cover, sign in to Typing Club and complete lessons.

October 3rd & 6th:

  • Whole Class:
    • How to count words on your essay
    • Using EasyBib
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and open Assignment 001 - DAR Essay
    • Sign in to EasyBib and create a Bibliography for the sources you have used for your DAR Essay . You might find these tutorials on using EasyBib helpful - they were created using examples from 4th grade Mission Reports but the instructions are the same for this except that MLA8 includes the URL of websites and no longer gives an option.
      • If you do not have any sources on your assignment document, you will need to select at least 3 sources from the DAR Essay page, preferably what you have actually used for your research. You MUST have at least 3 sources for your essay.
      • Make sure you are using MLA8 style citations.
      • Books: You MUST have title, author, publisher, and publication date for books.
      • Websites: You MUST have the correct article and website titles and the URL of the page. If at all possible, you should have an author, publisher/sponsor, and electronically published date - these may not be automatically found; it is your responsibility to look for them on the websites you use.
      • When done, use the Export / Copy & Paste option to copy your bibliography information onto the Bibliography page of your essay. This should format correctly - do not fix this! Do NOT copy the Works Cited title.
    • Fix any outstanding problem on your essay document.
    • Update the number of words on your title page - You will need to do this on your actual essay when you have finished it. All word processors have this capability.
  • Done? Finish your self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (use these as a guide but you can always do things your own way)
    • Draw the outline of your head, neck & shoulders on a new layer - do NOT fill in with skin color, yet! Do NOT put anything else on this layer other than your hair and the neck of your shirt. Video Tutorial
    • Add a new layer to draw each of your features; you can duplicate a layer to create a similar feature. To get an idea of where each feature should be, check this out.
    • When you are done, delete the template layer and add your skin color to your outline layer.
    • Here's how the drawing on the original template turned out.
    • To save layers, save as .ORA file type.
    • When completely done:
      • Make sure to save one last time
      • Delete the background layer (click on it and click the delete icon under the layers)
      • Then do Image / Flatten to combine all layers
      • Select File / Save As and change the file type to PNG (do not change the file name) and save

September 26th:

  • Self-portrait in Pinta:
    • NO FLOATING HEADS.
    • Save your self-portrait as 6th-YourName-Portrait in the Pictures folder
    • Open & copy template and then copy & paste it into a new image in Pinta:
    • Draw the outline of your head, neck & shoulders on a new layer - do NOT fill in with skin color, yet! Do NOT put anything else on this layer other than your hair.
    • Add a new layer to draw each of your features; you can duplicate a layer to create a similar feature. To get an idea of where each feature should be, check this out.
    • When you are done, delete the template layer and add your skin color to your outline layer.
    • Here's how the drawing on the original template turned out.
    • To save layers, save as .ORA file type.

September 22nd:

  • Whole Class: How to format your DAR Essay
  • Whole Class: How to join the class in Google Classroom
  • Open Assignment 001 - DAR Essay in Google Classroom
    • Create Title Page
    • Create Essay Content page including the correct header and a sentence or two properly indented.
    • Add page for Bibliography

September 19th:

  • Whole Class: Reminders on how to create password
    • Create a password phrase or sentence and make your password from that
    • At least 10 characters (no more than 20 characters)
    • Upper & lower case letters and numbers
    • Can (and probably should) contain symbols
  • Test Your Password - if it can be cracked in hours, make it stronger!
  • Complete What's Your Password Power Form
  • Complete some keyboarding lessons:

September 15th:

September 12th:

September 8th:

  • Whole Class: Review What You Will Be Doing Today
  • Complete the Student Technology Survey
  • Complete the Start of the Year Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Go to your sheet and enter your name in cell A1 - First Name ONLY!
    • Click on the Test Name & select the link
    • Do NOT change the settings on the test
    • When the test is done, you will see a message that says "Your typing speed was xx words per minute with xx errors. Your calculated speed is: xx words per minute." Take note of the CALCULATED speed. That is what you will record on the spreadsheet.
    • Take the test twice. Do NOT answer the "Do you want to place your calculated wpm speed on the scoreboard? Instead, use the Reload icon on your browser to reload the test after you have noted your calculated speed.
    • Record the best of your two calculated speeds from the test on your Keyboarding Speed Tests spreadsheet in the Start of the Year column.
Resources You May Need:
Tutorials:

When You Are Done:

Keyboarding Games & Lessons

Just For Fun

Sergey Brin
Brainstorm three everyday activities you or people you know do with a computer.
What is the input used for that activity?
What is the output?