8th Grade Computers

February 4th:

  • Whole Class: How to share a document for commenting and how to comment on a classmate's document.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Open assignment 010 to check for feedback that I have left on your proposed blog post (these are comments on your document) and fix any errors or finish your post.
      If I have identified comma splices or told you that a sentence is actually more than one sentence, watch the Writing Felonies video. Yes, you must do this!
    • Share your document with the person sitting to your left so that they can comment on your document.
    • Go to Google Drive and check your Shared With Me Folder and open the document that was shared with you. Read what your classmate has written and comment on it if you find errors or awkward sentences or something you don't understand. Do not be mean but remember this is for a contest so don't just tell someone how great their work is if it could be improved and increase their chances of winning the contest.
    • Check your document for any comments or suggestions from your classmate and fix any problems they identified.
    • Proofread your work one more time to make sure it says what you want it to say and that you don't have any comma splices, misspelled words, misused words, sentences that don't make sense, etc.
    • Resubmit your assignment when done
  • Keyboarding Lessons, with cover, using selected option for at least 10 minutes:
  • Done? Complete Star Wars Hour of Code (try it with Show Text all the way through!) OR create a game on Sketch Nation

January 28th:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to EverFi Student Blog Contest
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in assignment 010 - EverFi Student Blog Contest:
    • Open the assignment to create your document and then open the document.
    • Pick one of prompts and answer it in 300 words or less.
      • Do not indent for a new paragraph - just press enter to leave a blank line.
      • Be specific in how Ignition has contributed to your answer to the prompt.
      • PROOFREAD YOUR WORK. You are entering a contest and could win $100 gift card.
      • NO COMMA SPLICES!!
    • Turn the assignment in by pressing the Turn In button.

January 26th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in assignment 009 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • When done, please go to your Google Site and edit any pages you edited last Thursday. Some of these do not appear to have gotten saved.
    • If when you edit, you get a message that you are editing from a previous draft, read the page and save it to have your previous work published.
    • If you don't get a message, you may cancel out of the edit

January 19th & 21st:

  • Finish any outstanding work!
    1. Check Engrade to see what you need to complete before the end of the quarter. Check your Computer grade to see what is marked as MISSING. These are the things that have not been turned in. If they do not get turned in, they are counted as a zero so please turn them in!
      • If your Hour of Code post is marked as missing, read my feedback on Google Classroom
      • If any Ignition item has not been turned in, it needs to be turned in on the Ignition Turn In Form - the only exception to this is the number of tickets you sold in the My Digital Life Game. To turn that in, send me a message on Engrade.
    2. Check Google Classroom for feedback on your Hour of Code post and fix any problems on that. Make sure to add a private comment to the assignment so I know you fixed your post.
    3. If you have finished Ignition, please go back in and play the My Digital Life game, if you have not done so already. To do so, click on the blue "This course is complete" button and select the game. Send me a message with your score AND you can add information about this game to your Ignition Page on your Google Site following your final paragraph. You do not need to include the number of tickets you sold on your Google Site unless you want to.
  • Done? Keyboarding Lessons using selected option for at least 10 minutes:
  • If done:
    • Try out Star Wars Hour of Code - your challenge is to complete the whole thing using JavaScript!
    • See me about testing the tablet version of Scratch! It can be a good idea to create the same thing on both the tablet and the online version of Scratch to see any differences.
      • Fill out Scratch Tablet Testing form for any problems you have.
      • Don't have any idea what to do in this?
        • Try to recreate your Python Hour of Code project in Scratch
        • Write a multiplication game
        • Draw some shapes
        • Try one of these!

January 12th & 14th:

  • Whole Class: Wrap up Plagiarism & Copyright Discussion
  • Whole Class: Confusion about Python
  • Check Engrade to see what you need to complete before the end of the quarter.
  • If done with Internet Resources & Credibility and/or Creating Multimedia Products posts, please revisit these posts and revise them based on the Plagiarism & Copyright discussion and my feedback in Engrade. If you make a revision, make sure to send me a message on Engrade that you have done so.
  • Check Google Classroom for feedback on your Hour of Code post and fix any problems on that. Make sure to add a private comment to the assignment so I know you fixed your post.
  • If you have finished Ignition, please go back in and play the My Digital Life game. To do so, click on the blue "This course is complete" button and select the game. Send me a message with your score and you can add information about this game to your Ignition Page on your Google Site following your final paragraph.
  • Continue with any unfinished work: Hour of Code post and Ignition.
  • If done, please see me about testing the tablet version of Scratch! It can be a good idea to create the same thing on both the tablet and the online version of Scratch to see any differences.
    • Fill out Scratch Tablet Testing form for any problems you have.
    • Don't have any idea what to do in this?
      • Try to recreate your Python Hour of Code project in Scratch
      • Write a multiplication game
      • Draw some shapes
      • Try one of these!

January 7th:

January 5th:

  • Add a post to your Google Site by deleting the Quarter 2 page on your site and adding a new page for the Hour of Code. If you want this to show after Ignition, title it something like Python Hour of Code because pages sort alphabetically. Your post should include:
    • A recap of what you did for the Hour of Code. Give a brief overview of what the different activities included and include a text link to the Hour of Python Turtle activities <--- Use this link!
    • Describe what you did for the Open-Ended exercise and embed your trinket on your site including the code.
    • Add a reflection on the Hour of Code. How did this compare to previous years? Did you enjoy working with actual code more or less than a block-based environment? Why - what made it better or worse? Overall, how did you feel about this and why?
  • Turn in assignment 008 in Google Classroom by adding a link to your Google Site post and then turning in the assignment. Make sure you have proofread your post BEFORE you turn it in.
  • If you turned in assignment 008 before break, check Google Classroom for comments from me and fix anything that needs fixing on your post. Add a private comment to the assignment letting me know that you fixed things or the assignment will not be re-graded.
  • Done? Continue working in Ignition:
    • You will create a post under your Ignition page on your Google Site for each module. Make sure you check the Ignition Assignment page for what needs to be included in your post and make sure to include it!
    • Turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.
  • Done with Ignition? Check Engrade for any comments from me on completed work in Ignition that has been graded and fix any problems.
  • Done? Keyboarding Lessons using selected option for at least 10 minutes:

Christmas Break:

  • If you did NOT finish the Hour of Python Turtle Activities, including creating an Open-Ended Exercise which you have saved to your Trinket Account, you must do this over the break.
  • If you did not finish your Google Site post for the Hour of Code (see below for details), you can complete this and turn it in over the holidays but it is not required that you do so.

December 8th - 17th:

December 4th:

  • Check out this Need Help Document which you can use to request and receive help from your classmates.
  • Check Engrade for any comments from me on completed work in Ignition that has been graded. I am still working on the Digital Relationship & Respect posts and any Future of Technology posts. Those grades will be posted in the future.
    • If you were told to ask someone to proofread your post, use the Need Help Document to request that someone proofread your post. Remember to include the link to your post in your request or they won't be able to help you.
    • Please check the Need Help Document to see if any of your classmates need some proofreading (or other) help.
    • Once you believe you have fixed any problems with a post, please respond to my message in Engrade and include a link to your post.
  • If you finish with all corrections, first check if you can help anyone else in the Need Help Document and then you may continue working in Ignition or you may do Keyboarding or When You Are Done activities.

December 1st & 3rd:

  • Continue working in Ignition:
    • You will create a post in under your Ignition page on your Google Site for each module. Make sure you check the Ignition Assignment page for what needs to be included in your post and make sure to include it!
    • Turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.

November 24th:

November 17th & 19th:

  • Whole Class: Reminders
    • You must take and pass each module test with a minimum of 6/10 before you write your post.
    • Make sure your post starts with a short explanation of what the module was about.
    • If you use the name of the module, capitalize it!
    • Make sure you answer the required questions in your post.
  • Check Engrade for any comments from me on completed work in Ignition
  • Continue working in Ignition:
    • You will create a post in under your Ignition page on your Google Site for each module. Make sure you check the Ignition Assignment page for what needs to be included in your post and make sure to include it!
    • Turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.

November 10th & 12th:

  • Whole Class:
  • Check Engrade for any comments from me on completed work in Ignition
  • Continue working in Ignition:
    • You must pass each module test with a minimum of a 6/10
    • You will create a post in under your Ignition page on your Google Site - Make sure you check the Ignition Assignment page for what needs to be included in your post and make sure to include it!
    • Turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.
  • Continue with next module.

November 5th:

  • Continue working in Ignition:
    • Complete the Choosing a Computer module:
      • Finish & past the quiz at the end of the module
      • Create a post in under your Ignition page on your Google Site- See the Ignition Assignment page for what should be included in your post.
      • Turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.
    • Continue in Ignition with the Wireless Communications module.

November 3rd:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to Ignition
    • Complete each module in order.
    • You must PASS each module test in order to continue.
    • How to create Ignition SECTION on your Google Site.
    • Answer questions in post on Google Site about each module as you complete it.
    • Questions can be found on the Ignition Assignment page
  • Ignition:
    • Add the Ignition Announcements PAGE to your Google Site .
    • Add the introduction to Ignition to this page you created. This should include what Ignition will cover and must include a text link to the information page about Ignition.
    • Complete the initial survey (READ the directions on this!) and work on the Choosing a Computer module.
    • If you finish the module, add a post in your Ignition section about the module. See the Ignition Assignment page for what should be included in your post.
    • If you finish, the Choosing a Computer module, turn in your post on the Ignition Turn In Form. You must be logged in to your Google Apps account to see the form.

October 29th:

October 27th:

  • Whole Class: Internet Safety Review discussion
  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option until timer sounds:
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Check feedback on assignments and correct anything you want re-graded. If you correct something, leave me a private comment or I won't know you have fixed something.
    • Complete assignment 007 - Q1 Keyboarding Speed Tests

October 22nd:

  • If not done, finish your Google Site header (see October 8th) and your Site Header page (About Site Header) on your Google Site.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Turn in Assignment 005 - Google Site Header, if you haven't done this yet. You should turn in the link to your new Site Header page.
    • If you have previously turned in Assignment 005, please check if I left a comment for you. If I did, you need to fix the problem and Resubmit the assignment. This assignment has not been graded; I have only left feedback on assignments that have a problem that must be fixed before it can be graded.
    • Complete the 3 quizzes on Assignment 006 - Internet Safety Review and then Mark As Done.
      THIS IS NEW!!
  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option for 10 minutes (or more):
  • If done with above, do When You Are Done Activities or Keyboarding Games

October 15th & 20th:

  • Finish your Google Site header (see October 8th) and your Site Header (About Site Header) page on your Google Site.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Turn in Assignment 005 - Google Site Header. You should turn in the link to your new Site Header page.
    • Check for grades and comments and fix anything that needs fixing.
  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option:

October 13th:

  • DAR Essay in Google Classroom:
    • Do NOT do anything with Mrs. H's comments/suggestions!!
    • Formatting: Margins, Font, Paragraph Spacing, Header
    • Bibliography using EasyBib
    • Word Count Review

October 8th:

  • Whole Class: Creating a Custom Header for your Google Site
  • Create a header for your Google Site that reflects YOU!
    • You can use Google Drawings (this should be in your Computers folder; it does not need to be in your Public folder because you will be downloading it as an image) OR Paint.NET. A good size is 900-1100 pixels wide and 125-150 pixels tall.
    • You may want to change your site theme to remove distracting background elements. Remember you can change the colors so go with a simple theme and use your header to make it your own. Use Manage Site (under the gear) and then go to Themes, Colors, and Fonts
    • Can't remember how to add the header, watch this video
    • Add a new page on your site called Site Header or About My Site Header. Include how you created your header, why your header represents you, and any credits for images that you used from the Internet. For image credits, you need to make sure that you include which image in your header the credit is for, the name of the artist/photographer, and a link to where the original image can be found. Please do this even if in Public Domain just for the practice.

October 6th:

  • Whole Class: How to set up a hanging indent (required format for Bibliography) in Google Docs
  • Whole Class: Review of Google Drive Folder Structure
  • Go to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish & turn in any assignments that are NOT done in your 8th Grade Computers class
    • Check your grades on completed assignments 003 & 004 in 8th Grade Computers class and fix any problems and resubmit. Make corrections to assignment 004 first! Make sure your folder structure is correct - see Middle School Folder Structure for more information.
  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option:

October 1st:

  • Go to Google Classroom and:
    • Check settings (under 3-line menu) and make sure that "send email notifications" is not checked!
    • Open DAR Essay from 8th Grade Language Arts class
      • Add Word Count - Select your actual essay (NOT your title page) and go to Tools / Word Count
      • Bibliography
        • How to use EasyBib Add-on & what it might not do
        • How to use EasyBib.com
        • How to find additional information that should be included: Authors, Dates, Publishers, etc.
      • Adding your Bibliography page
      • If you have comments/suggestions from Mrs. H, read these and correct
    • Finish & turn in any assignments that are NOT done in your 8th Grade Computers class
    • Check your grades on completed assignments in 8th Grade Computers class and fix any problems and resubmit. Assignment 003 has NOT been graded but I noticed that some of you turned in your About Me page; please unsubmit this and turn in your 8th grade page per the instructions.
  • Keyboarding Lessons in either Typing.com or Typing Club

September 29th:

  • Whole Class: Folder creation in Google Drive
  • Google Classroom
    • Go to Settings (located in Classroom Main Menu) and set your profile picture to either your self-portrait or your Peanuts avatar. Make sure to crop in to the head portion because the image is small.
  • Google Sites:
    • Edit your About Page on your Google Site to reflect you NOW
    • Go to Manage Site (under gear) and make sure that Site Categories is stm2016 - this should NOT be the title of your site!!
    • Edit your 8th Grade page (do not add a new post - just edit the page) and add a paragraph of your hopes and dreams for the year (not just about Computer Class): what do you hope will happen this year, what do you most want to learn, etc. Make sure that someone who just visits your site would understand what this paragraph is.
    • Turn in assignment 003 in Google Classroom by ADDing a link to your 8th Grade page and then clicking on Turn In
  • Complete assignment 004 2015-16 Folders Setup in Google Classroom & turn in
  • If done, complete 10 minutes of Keyboarding Lessons in either Typing.com or Typing Club

September 24th:

  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option with cover until timer sounds:
  • Continue working on self-portraits. When done:
    • Save - use Floppy Disk
    • Save As - change File Type to PNG and save. You will be prompted with a preview screen and a message about flattening; accept both of these
    • Turn in your Self-Portrait (Assignment #002) in Google Classroom
  • Create Peanuts avatar & download into your folder (Profile Picture) as 8th-Name-Peanuts
  • Google Classroom
    • Go to Settings (located in Classroom Main Menu) and set your profile picture to either your self-portrait or your Peanuts avatar. Make sure to crop in to the head portion because the image is small.
  • Google Sites:
    • Edit your About Page on your Google Site to reflect you NOW
    • Go to Manage Site (under gear) and make sure that Site Categories is stm2016 - this should NOT be the title of your site!!
    • Edit your 8th Grade page (do not add a new post - just edit the page) and add a paragraph of your hopes and dreams for the year (not just about Computer Class): what do you hope will happen this year, what do you most want to learn, etc. Make sure that someone who just visits your site would understand what this paragraph is.
    • Turn in assignment 003 by ADDing a link to your 8th Grade page and then clicking on Turn In

September 22nd:

  • Continue working on self-portraits. When done:
    • Save - use Floppy Disk
    • Save As - change File Type to PNG and save. You will be prompted with a preview screen and a message about flattening; accept both of these
  • Keyboarding Lessons using selected option with cover

September 17th:

  • Whole Class: Paint.NET Tips
  • Check Keyboarding Speed Grade in Google Classroom. If not 25/25, fix any problems & resubmit for regrading.
  • Use Paint.NET to draw a head & shoulders self-portrait:
    • NO FLOATING HEADS.
    • Save your self-portrait as 8th-YourName-Portrait in your folder as a PNG image.
    • If you would like a template, you can download one here ; make sure you save this in your folder. Add a new layer to draw your features and then erase guidelines from the template.

September 15th:

September 10th:

  • Whole Class: How to get to work in progress in Google Classroom
  • Whole Class: How to add both public (class can see) and private (only you & Mrs. Sedgwick can see) comments on an assignment in Google Classroom
  • Login to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and Turn In Keyboarding Speed Tests, if not done OR check grade, if turned in last class
    • Decide which keyboarding curriculum YOU wish to use this year & add a private comment to the Keyboarding Speed Tests assignment telling me which site/program you will use for keyboarding this year:
      • Mavis Beacon (start by testing yourself)
      • Typing.com
      • Typing Club (not recommended if you don't know where the keys are on the keyboard)
  • Keyboarding lessons in chosen keyboarding curriculum with cover

September 8th:

  • Whole Class: Google Classroom:
    • Open Google Drive
    • Join 2015-16 8th Grade Computers as a student
    • Join 1015-16 8th Grade English as a student
    • What's new in Google Drive?
    • Go to the assignment: 001 Keyboarding Speed Tests and OPEN the Speed Tests Google Sheet.
    • Now what's new in Google Drive?
  • Keyboarding Speed Tests:

September 2nd:

  • Whole Class: Review Responsible Use Policy & Computer Lab Procedures
    NOTE: The Responsible Use Policy needs to be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian and returned on or before September 8th.
  • Complete the 2015-16 Technology Survey
  • Create a spreadsheet in Excel formatted as shown below and saved in your folder as 8th-YourName-Keyboarding The date in cell B2 should be today's date. Need help? Watch this tutorial. Make sure you have formulas on row 8 to calculate your average speed.
keyboarding-excel-format.png
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