8th Grade Computers

April 8th:

  • Whole Class:
    • Yearbook Cover Winner
    • Tech-lympics Awards
    • Review again where to upload files!
  • Check Edmodo for any messages from me - fix problems FIRST!
  • Continue working on Tech-lympics events:
    • Remember, after you have finished MLA Formatting in Word, you may pick other events in any order.
    • Turn in your completed Tech-lympics events by filling out the Tech-lympics Event Completion Form for any events that you have turned in to receive XP for those completed correctly

April 1st & 4th:

REMEMBER: Fake Grade Cap Picture Day is April 8th!
  • Whole Class:
    • Tuesday: Tech-lympics Awards!
    • Friday: Review again where to upload files & changes to how to turn in completed events.
  • Please fill out the Yearbook Cover Choice Form - remember only one 3 and one 2 and one 1!
  • Check Edmodo for any messages from me - fix problems FIRST!
  • Continue working on Tech-lympics events:
    • Remember, after you have finished MLA Formatting in Word, you may pick other events in any order.
    • Turn in your completed Tech-lympics events by filling out the Tech-lympics Event Completion Form for any events that you have turned in to receive XP for those completed correctly.

March 28th:

  • Whole Class: Review Tech-lympics expectations & how turn-ins and grades will work this quarter for Tech-lympics
  • Whole Class: April 8th - Fake Grad Cap Picture Day for Yearbook - Be here!
  • Your assignment(s) for today - do these IN THE ORDER LISTED:
    • Check your grades and comments from me on Edmodo and redo MLA Formatting in Word, if required. Remember, this MUST be completed correctly before you can receive XP for anything else.
    • Also fix any other turned in Tech-lympics items that you think need fixing. Leave me a note if you fixed something!
    • Change the title on any Tech-lympics posts on your Google Site that do not follow the new required format.
  • Continue working on Tech-lympics events:
    • Remember, after you have finished MLA Formatting in Word, you may pick other events in any order.
    • Turn in your completed Tech-lympics events by sending me a message on Edmodo with a link to your Google Site post.
    • You must fill out the Tech-lympics Event Completion Form for any events that you have turned in to receive XP for those completed correctly.

March 25th:

  • Whole Class: Review changes to how Tech-lympics works
  • Your assignment(s) today - do these IN ORDER listed:
    • Check your grades and comments from me on Edmodo and fix any problems that MUST be fixed.
    • If your ThingLink / Google Drawing (or Google Presentation) assignment is not complete and turned in, do this NOW! Make sure that your Google Site Post for this includes:
      • Descriptions for how you completed BOTH the ThingLink and the Google Drawing (or Google Presentation Slide)
      • BOTH the actual ThingLink AND the Google Drawing or Google Presentation
      • A complete reflection as specified in the instructions from February 18th.
    • Finish your qualifying round for Tech-lympics - this means that you must have completed at least MLA Formatting in Word including:
      • Tutorial on how to do this
      • Google Site post which includes tutorial and an explanation of the tool you used to complete your tutorial including a text link if you used a web tool.
    • Change the title on any Tech-lympics posts on your Google Site that do not follow the new required format.
    • Fill out the Tech-lympics Event Completion Form for any events you have completed and turned in so you will receive XP for those completed correctly.
  • If done, continue with Tech-lympic events OR create your own version of Flappy Bird and:
    • Screenshot the code of your game and save in your folder as 8th-YouName-FlappyBirdCode
    • Share the URL of your version on Edmodo in the Middle School group and challenge others to play it
    • Can you create the toughest version?
    • You may add your Flappy Bird game to your Google Site:
      • Screenshot your game (crop to just the game portion)
      • Add a post to your Google Site including the screenshot which is linked to the URL for your version of the game.

March 18th - 21st:

Work Due This Quarter: One Word, ThingLink / Google Drawing or Presentation, at leasy Tech-lympics MLA Formatting in Word
  • FIRST, check your grades and comments from me on Edmodo and fix any problems that MUST be fixed.
  • NEXT, is your ThingLink / Google Drawing (or Google Presentation) assignment complete and turned in? There are 6 of you with this either not turned in or with a problem on it! Make sure that your Google Site Post for this includes:
    • Descriptions for how you completed BOTH the ThingLink and the Google Drawing (or Google Presentation Slide)
    • BOTH the actual ThingLink AND the Google Drawing or Google Presentation
    • A complete reflection as specified in the instructions from February 18th.
  • Have you completed at least MLA Formatting in Word in Tech-lympics?
  • Do you have additional things that could be corrected in previous assignments for the quarter? Check Edmodo for comments on your turned in assignments. If you fix anything, make sure that you add a comment to your assignment letting me know that you have done so.
  • Complete End of Semester Typing Speed Tests:
    • Add a column for Quarter 3 to your Average Speed Worksheet by copying column C and pasting in column D changing the description for the column to reflect that it is for Quarter 3. Then delete the results for Quarter 2 - do NOT delete the Average; this is calculated!
    • Take all five speed tests. You may take each test twice and then record the best of the two CALCULATED speeds for the 3rd quarter! Remember, the time starts when you start typing and you can use the backspace key to correct mistakes on these tests!
    • Turn in your Average Speed Worksheet on Edmodo by sending me a message with the Spreadsheet attached.
  • If done, create your own version of Flappy Bird and:
    • Screenshot the code of your game and save in your folder as 8th-YouName-FlappyBirdCode
    • Share the URL of your version on Edmodo in the Middle School group and challenge others to play it
    • Can you create the toughest version?
    • You may add your Flappy Bird game to your Google Site:
      • Screenshot your game (crop to just the game portion)
      • Add a post to your Google Site including the screenshot which is linked to the URL for your version of the game.

March 4th - 14th:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to Tech-Lympics!
  • If not done, finish & turn in your ThingLink / Google Drawing (or Presentation) assignment - see February 18th for details!
  • Work on the Bronze Medal Level of Tech-Lympics

February 28th:

February 25th:

  • Try to finish your ThingLink / Google Drawing (or Presentation) assignment - see February 18th for details
    • Make sure that you have a description of everything you did and used to create BOTH the ThingLink and the Google item
    • Make sure you have a link to ThingLink when you talk about using it
    • Make sure you have included both your actual ThingLink AND your Google Drawing or Google Presentation
    • Make sure your reflection includes everything required
    • Make sure that your writing is at an 8th grade level with interesting word choices, good sentence structure and proper grammar and spelling.
  • Complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes
  • Done with everything? When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator OR create something in Scratch

February 21st:

  • Complete lessons in Typing Web until the timer expires
  • Vote for your favorite High Tech Hearts
  • Complete the ThingLink / Google Drawing or Presentation assignment from February 18th.

February 18th:

  • Whole Class:
    • Review how to take screenshot and crop & annotate in Irfanview
    • ThingLink Introduction
  • Assignments for Today:
    • If you have not completed & turned in your One Word post, do that first.
    • If you HAVE completed and turned in your One Word post, please refer to the requirements and fix this if your post does not meet it.
    • Google Site Explanation:
      • Take a screen shot of your 8th Grade 4th Quarter page including the More drop down menu
      • Crop this in Irfanview so only the screen is showing and not the top of the browser and the status bar and save at 8th-YourName-GoogleSite as a PNG in your folder.
    • Log in to ThingLink
      • Upload your Google Site screenshot image
      • Add at least 5 tags (preferably 8-10) to your image explaining what the items are on the screenshot. If you don't know what something does, investigate it on your site or look at the Google Sites Help materials. This should be explained so that someone who doesn't know how to edit Google Sites will understand what they are looking at.
    • Add a post to your Google Site about your Google Site ThingLink which needs to include (in any order you wish):
      • How you created your image
      • What you did in ThingLink including a text link to ThingLink
      • Your actual ThingLink:
        • Use the Share option in ThingLink and turn on the IFrame Embed option.
        • Change the width to something between 600 & 700. You may need to adjust this if it's too wide.
        • Copy the IFrame embed code
        • On your Google Site post, click the <HTML> option on the toolbar and paste the code you copied below your description.
  • Now explain your image using a Google Drawing or a Google Presentation. Make sure this is in your Public Folder for the current school year! Hint: Try using shapes tools and text boxes for explanations.
  • Add your Google Drawing or Presentation to your Google Site post (Use Insert / Drive) and include an explanation of which tool you used and how you used it.
  • Add a reflection about this assignment to your Google Site post including:
    • Your opinion of the assignment and why you feel this way - remember "it was fun or it was easy" is never acceptable as why.
    • What you learned specifically for this assignment.
    • An explanation of the advantages and/or disadvantages of ThingLink vs. Google Drawing or Presentation in your reflection and when each might be useful.
  • Turn in your Google Site post on Edmodo.

February 7th & 10th:

  • Did you go to CIMI? Please complete the Catalina Memories Form
  • Finish One Word Google Site post - Make sure this is in the 3rd Quarter!
    • Add a paragraph explaining:
      • What your one word is
      • Why you chose that word
      • How you believe focusing on your one word will help you to be the person you were meant to be.
    • Illustrate your word in some way and make sure your word is included in the illustration. These should be saved as 8th-YourName-OneWord.
      • Draw a picture in Paint.NET that illustrates your word
      • Use Simple CC Flickr Search to find a Creative Commons image that you can edit that illustrates your word. Use the Edit in PicMonkey option to add your word to the image. If the image you chose IS the word, use the Stamp Medium option and download your image.
      • Use Tagxedo to create a Word Cloud of your One Word. Only your word should be included. The shape, font, and colors should enhance your one word. Save as a 250KB PNG.
      • Do you have another idea of how to illustrate your word? Talk to me about it.
    • Add your One Word image to your Google Site post and add an explanation of how you created your image including the websites used and text links to the sites.
    • Turn in your Google Site post on Edmodo
  • Complete 10 minutes of lessons in Typing Web
  • Make sure you know how to do the following well enough to explain how to do it to someone else. Make sure you try it in the application indicated and don't just assume you know how. If you don't know how, go look at the linked information to find out how. You will need to know this information (and more but this is a start) for what's coming up next!
    • Microsoft Word: Resources - Requirements for MLA Format and Word 2007 Tutorials
      • How to set up a document in MLA Format
      • How to add a table
      • How to add rows and columns to a table
      • How to delete rows and columns from a table
      • How to center align rows and/or columns in a table
      • How to add a bulleted list and customize bullets
      • How to add a numbered list
      • How to add an image or clip art and format it so it is aligned: to the left of text, to the right of text, and centered above or below text.
    • Google Documents: Resources - Requirements for MLA Format and Get Started with Google Docs
      • How to set up a document in MLA Format
      • How to add a table
      • How to add rows and columns to a table
      • How to delete rows and columns from a table
      • How to center align rows and/or columns in a table
      • How to add a bulleted list.
      • How to add a numbered list.
      • How to add an image.
      • How to share a document so a classmate could comment on it
      • How to share a document so a classmate could edit it
      • How to share a document so anyone in the world could view it.
    • Google Sites: Resources - Get Started with Google Sites and Google For Education: Sites Training
      • How to customize the look & feel (colors, fonts, etc.) of your site
      • How to add a post for assignments to your Google Site that includes:
        • an embedded image
        • a text link to an external website
        • an embedded Google Document
    • Folders & Files: Resources - Windows XP Tutorials
      • How to create a new folder on the computer
      • How to move files in to a folder
      • How to rename a file

January 24th:

  • Complete lessons in Typing Web until timer expires.
  • Whole Class: Introduction to One Word Resolutions:
  • Think about & choose your word and then create 3rd Quarter post on your Google Site that explains what your one word is and why you chose that word.
  • Illustrate your word in some way and make sure your word is included in the illustration. These should be saved as 8th-YourName-OneWord.
    • Draw a picture in Paint.NET that illustrates your word
    • Use Simple CC Flickr Search to find a Creative Commons image that illustrates your word and use the Edit in PicMonkey option to add your word to the image. If the image you chose IS the word, use the Stamp Medium option and download your image.
    • Use Tagxedo to create a Word Cloud of your One Word. Only your word should be included. The shape, font, and colors should enhance your one word.
    • Do you have another idea of how to illustrate your word? Talk to me about it.
  • Add your One Word image to your Google Site post and add a short explanation of how you created your image.
  • Turn in your Google Site post on Edmodo

January 21st:

  • If not done:
    • Finish and turn in any outstanding Ignition assignments (everyone except Jasmine)
    • Finish End of Semester Typing Speed Tests (see January 14th)
  • Complete the Semester 1 Survey
  • Check your grades in Edmodo and fix anything you want re-graded. Make sure that you add a comment to the assignment about what you fixed or I will not know to re-grade it.
  • Grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes.

January 17th:

  • If not done:
    • Finish and turn in any outstanding Ignition assignments (everyone except Jasmine)
    • Jasmine, turn in your Hour of Code Google Site post and then finish outstanding assignments here
    • Finish End of Semester Typing Speed Tests (see January 14th)
  • Check grades on Edmodo and fix any assignments you wish to have re-graded. In order to have something re-graded, you must add a comment on the assignment that you have fixed the problems that were indicated and then it will be re-graded. If you do not add a comment, it will not be re-graded.
  • If done, grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes. Use the Countdown Timer to track your time.
  • Done with everything? When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator OR create something in Scratch

January 14th:

  • Whole Class: How to add a column to the Average Speed Worksheet
  • If not done:
    • Finish and turn in your Cyber-bullying essay
    • Finish and turn in any outstanding Ignition assignments (everyone except Jasmine)
    • Jasmine, turn in your Hour of Code Google Site post and then finish outstanding assigments here
  • Complete End of Semester Typing Speed Tests:

January 7th & 10th:

  • Whole Class: Cyber-bullying
  • Whole Class: Review how to format a Google Document in MLA Format, how to share a document with me, how to name a Google Document, and how to use the research tool in Google Docs to find examples.
  • Write and share an MLA formatted essay named 8th-FirstName-Cyberbullying with me. This will be graded and if I can not see your essay because it wasn't properly shared, I can't grade it which means it will be a missing assignment. Your essay must include the following information and should be written using proper grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc. that is appropriate for an 8th grader.
    • What cyber-bulling is
    • Why cyber-bulling is wrong
    • What the consequences of cyber-bullying can be for:
      • The bully
      • The victim
      • The bystanders
    • What a school should do when students cyber-bully one another in a class
    • How can you help prevent cyber-bullying
    • How can you help someone who has been cyber-bullied
    • Use examples from your own life or from news stories. Examples found online must be credited using in-text citations. Google Documents can auto generate your in-text citations if you use the Research tool. If you do not use the research tool, you can use EasyBib to generate your citations.
  • Turn in your essay by adding a comment to the assignment in Edmodo.
  • If done:
    • Complete and turn in your Hour of Code post, if not done (see December 17th for details)
    • Jasmine, continue with assignments found here and all others finish Ignition: My Digital Life assignment and turn in your Google Site post on Edmodo.
  • If done, grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes. Use the Countdown Timer to track your time.

December 17th:

  • Whole Class: What needs to be completed today
  • Create a certificate (First Name ONLY - Last initial okay but no last name) and download it to your folder naming it 8th-YourName-hoc
  • Add a post to your Google Site about the Hour of Code which should include:
    • What option(s) you explored for the Hour of Code including a link to the option(s) and what you did.
    • Include a link to at least one of your TouchDevelop apps.
    • Include your Hour of Code certificate.
    • Include a paragraph reflecting on the Hour of Code. Remember this needs to be specific to the Hour of Code! Below are some questions you should try to answer in your reflection.
      • How did you feel about trying some coding and why you feel this way?
      • Do you think that you might be interested in learning more about coding in the future? Why or why not?
      • What did you find easy about learning some coding? What was difficult or caused you problems and how did you try to solve the problems you encountered?
      • What did you learn?
  • Turn in your Hour of code post on Edmodo
  • Jasmine, continue with assignments found here and all others finish Ignition: My Digital Life assignment and turn in your Google Site post on Edmodo.

December 13th:

  • Continue App development with TouchDevelop
  • If done with at least two apps in TouchDevelop, try one of the other coding options listed under December 3rd.

December 10th:

  • Whole Class: Welcome to Hour of Code!
  • Let's create some apps with TouchDevelop - Start with Falling Rocks (if using device, only) OR Monster Slicer

December 3rd & 6th:

The following Ignition modules must be completed this week or they are assigned as homework due by the time you return to class on December 17th! Jasmine, your assignments can be found here.
  • If you did not finish the previous assignments for homework as directed, you now have a missing grade which counts as a ZERO. You must finish the assignment and will be given a grade based on how well you do on the ending quiz , however, the maximum you can now earn on the quiz is 90% and an additional 10% will be taken off for each day (not CLASS) that it is not completed. Finish any previous Ignition assignments not done!
  • Finish Ignition: Digital Relationships & Respect assignment including your Google Site post.
  • Finish Ignition: The Future of Technology and You assignment including your Google Site post.
If done with required Ignition assignments:

November 19th - 26th:

The following Ignition modules must be completed before Thanksgiving break or they are assigned as homework due by the time you return to class on December 3rd! Jasmine, your assignments can be found here.
  • If you did not finish the previous assignments for homework as directed, you now have a missing grade which counts as a ZERO. You must finish the assignment and will be given a grade based on how well you do on the ending quiz , however, the maximum you can now earn on the quiz is 90% and an additional 10% will be taken off for each day (not CLASS) that it is not completed. Finish any previous Ignition assignments not done!
  • Finish Ignition: Internet Resources & Credibility assignment including your Google Site post.
  • Finish Ignition: Creating Multimedia Products assignment including your Google Site post.
If done with required Ignition assignments:
  • Thanksgiving Gratitude Board:
    • Come up with a list of at least 10 things that you are thankful for. These can be serious or fun but must be appropriate for school!
    • Go to Tagxedo and create a Gratitude Word Cloud including the words you brainstormed plus Thanksgiving and your First Name using one of the following shapes: cloud, leaf, USA.
    • Save the image as 8th-YourName-Thanksgiving in PNG format (use 2nd PNG option) into your folder
    • Add your image to the We Are Thankful Padlet - The Name/Title should be your Grade & First Name
    • You may optionally add this to your Google Site, if you wish. Create a new post in Quarter 2 titled something about Being Thankful and insert your image. You do not need to add information about the assignment or a reflection unless you want to.
  • Grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes. Use the Countdown Timer to track your time.
  • If more than 10 minutes left of class, continue working on Ignition assignments that will be due in the future.
  • When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator OR create something in Scratch

November 12th & 15th:

The following must be completed this week or they must be completed as homework before class on November 19th!
If done with required Ignition assignments:
  • Grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes. Use the Countdown Timer to track your time.
  • If more than 10 minutes left of class, continue working on Ignition assignments that will be due in the future.
  • When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator OR create something in Scratch

November 5th & 8th:

  • Whole Class: Your Google Site posts for Ignition
  • Finish Quarter 2 - Ignition: Choosing a Computer assignment including your Google Site post
  • Continue Ignition with Quarter 2 - Ignition: Wireless Communication assignment

October 29th:

  • Whole Class: Introduction to Ignition
    • Complete each module in order
    • Answer questions in post on Google Site about the module you completed. Questions can be found in the Quarter 2 - Ignition assignment.
  • Check grades in Edmodo and talk to me TODAY about when you will be coming in to complete any outstanding work. The quarter ends on Friday and any missing work counts as a zero!
  • Complete Quarter 2 - Ignition : Choosing a Computer assignment
  • If done, grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web for 10 minutes.

October 25th:

  • Grab a Keyboard Cover and complete lessons in Typing Web until the timer expires.
  • Check grades in Edmodo and finish or correct any incomplete work:
    • You are expected to read and follow all written directions. Do NOT skip any steps!
    • All work must be TURNED IN on Edmodo as directed.
    • All work is expected to be at an 8th grade level and should be interesting to read.
    • If work is corrected, add a reply to the assignment to let me know it should be re-graded.
    • Don't forget, you lose 5% of your grade for EACH time you use "i" instead of "I".
  • When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator

October 22nd:

  • Whole Class: Watch Eli Pariser: Beware online filter bubbles
  • If you have not finished previous work, do this first:
    • Finish Lesson 1.x videos, activities, challenge & Google Site post (see October 8th)
    • Finish Lesson 3.x videos, activities, challenge & addition to Google Site post (see October 8th)
    • Finish & turn in Newsweek Magazine Cover (see September 27th)
  • Add a paragraph to your Google Site Search post about Filter Bubbles which includes the embedded video (Hint: Use Insert/YouTube) and reflects on what filter bubbles and and if the filtering of what you see by Google, Facebook, and other sites a good or bad thing and WHY. Reflect on why you might want things filtered and why you might not.
  • Turn your Google Site Search post in on Edmodo.
  • Grab a Keyboard Cover and complete 10 minutes of lessons in Typing Web. Use Online Stopwatch to count down your time.
  • When You Are Done activities OR Keyboarding Games OR draw in Paint.NET OR create an appropriate animation in Stick Figure Animator

October 18th:

  • Check Edmodo for grades and comments. Not everything has been graded but in some cases that is because it can't be so check this! If you wish to fix problems on an assignment, you may do so after you have finished all of your assigned work. Do NOT make fixes to previously graded assignments if you still have outstanding work to finish. Make sure to add a note to the assignment that you fixed it so it can be re-graded. If there is no note, I will not re-grade it.
  • If not done, finish Lesson 1.x videos, activities, challenge & Google Site post (see October 8th)
  • If not done, finish Lesson 3.x videos, activities, challenge & addition to Google Site post (see October 8th)
  • If not done, finish & turn in Newsweek Magazine Cover (see September 27th) AND finish & turn in Typing Speed Tests (see September 10th)

October 15th:

  • Whole Class: Using your skills to find DAR Resources
  • Use your skills to find resources for the DAR Essay:
    • Use appropriate searches to find resources that would be good to use for your DAR Essay
    • Add your top 3 choices for DAR resources to the DAR Resources Form
  • Finish any work not completed on October 11th or prior
  • Check Edmodo for grades and comments. Not everything has been graded but in some cases that is because it can't be so check this!
  • Done? Register (standard ID & password) for and play Mission 1 of Mission US.

October 8th & 11th:

October 4th:

October 1st:

  • Finish Newsweek Magazine Cover assignment:
    • Complete the actual cover
    • Complete the Google Site post - see September 27th for detail about what must be included!
    • Turn in the Google Site post on Edmodo
  • Finish Typing Speed Tests, if not done, (see September 10th) and turn in on Edmodo
  • Review Science Lab Formatting Instructions & ask me if any questions!
  • Update your About Me page on your Google Site & customize the colors, fonts, etc. for this year, if desired. See September 27th for more information.

September 27th:

  • Whole Class: Introduction video to YouTube Video Editor
  • Whole Class: Sign in to YouTube Video Editor
    • Set up your Username (This is your St. Martin's ID) and gender.
    • Go to Privacy Settings and turn on: Allow only my contacts to send messages and share videos
    • Go to email and turn on: Do not send me any emails
    • Do NOT ever link to your personal Facebook and/or Twitter accounts if you have them!
  • Whole Class: Set up Google Drive for assignments:
    • Log in to Google Drive
    • Create a Folder named 2013-14
    • Share this Folder with Mrs. Sedgwick (vsedgwick@stmartinsschool.org)
    • Click on Shared with Me and drag the 8th Computer folders into your 2013-14 folder
  • Finish Typing Speed Tests, if not done (see September 10th)
  • Finish your magazine cover, if not done (see September 20th for reminders about what this should include)
  • Add a post to your Google Site for the Newsweek Magazine Cover:
    • Add a title for the post - in this case that would be something like Make Your Mark or Magazine Cover
    • Add a description of the assignment. Remember, you are describing it for someone visiting your site who doesn't know how you did the work or why you did it. In this case make sure that you mention that:
      • This was created to show how you plan to make your mark on the world.
      • You used Paint.NET (and spelling is important and should be as written here!) to create your self-portrait and to create the magazine cover. You could optionally talk about the tools within Paint.NET that you used, if you wish.
    • Add you actual magazine cover image (the PNG version) to the post under your description. Use Insert / Image to do this. You will need to resize this and will probably want to center it. It would be a good idea to add a sentence under the image to tell visitors to your site that they could click on the image on your post to see a larger version of your magazine cover.
    • Under the magazine cover image, add a reflection on this assignment:
      • Why do you feel you will make your mark on the world in this way? What are you doing now to help make that happen?
      • How did you feel about this assignment? Why do you feel this way? This should be specific to this assignment. If I could post what you say on any assignment, it's not specific enough.
      • What did you learn? Once again, be specific!
      • What did you do well on this assignment? What do you think you could improve? Be specific.
  • Update your About Me page and customize your Google Site for this year. Remember the primary purpose of this site is to be an ePortfolio of the work you do in the Computer Lab during Middle School. Make sure that:
    • You have an About Me page that talks about academics as well as other things you like to do. No personal identifying information here!
    • Your Site Title must be appropriate for school and should be something you would be proud for anyone to see if you were applying to their High School in 8th Grade.
    • The font choice for your content area (what you will be writing in your posts) should be easy to read and must have both upper and lower case letters.
    • There is good contrast between your background color and the font colors - all of them including links and visited links. You want visitors to your site to be able to read what you write and if I can't read it, I can't grade it.

September 20th - 24th:

  • Finish your Newsweek Magazine Cover. Remember:
    • You need 3-4 "article" titles/teasers on the cover. The featured one is about YOU and needs to include your first name. Your article should be about how you have made your mark on the world - why are you on the cover? The other article titles should be about other news events that you think may have happened the week that you were featured on the cover. Each article should be on a new layer.
    • When you are done with the cover, save it as a Paint.NET file using File/Save OR CTRL+S OR the Floppy Disk icon. It should be named 8th-YourName-Mark
    • When completely done, use Image/Flatten to combine all of the layers and then do a File/Save As and change the File Type to PNG. Do not change the name of the file; just change the File Type.
  • Done with your Newsweek Cover? Finish the Typing Speed tests below - see September 10th.
  • Done with both of the above? Move your keyboard out of the way and color (yes with crayons) a ColAR Dot Day page!
    • Be creative in how you decorate the dot. Do your best work - no, as the younger grades put it, "scribble scrabble"!
    • Be careful not to color over the outlines - especially with dark colors.
    • Sign your work - artists always sign their work.
    • Come ask me about the ColAR app. You WILL want to do this!
    • Clean up your area to get rid of all crayon "bits"
  • Done with everything above? Update your About Me page & look of your Google Site for the year.

September 17th:

  • Whole Class: "You Matter" Manifesto
  • Whole Class:
  • Create your magazine cover in Paint.NET.
    Use Save As to save your magazine cover as 8th-YourName-Mark in your folder. If you finish your magazine cover, merge down all layers and save as a PNG image; if you are not done, keep your layers.

September 10th:

September 6th: Welcome Back!

  1. Whole Class: Review Computer Lab Rules & discuss what each rule looks like
  2. Whole Class: Review & sign Online Responsible Use Contract - this needs to returned signed by a parent or guardian by 9/13.
  3. Whole Class: Review how to create folder
  4. Create Folder: 8th-YourName
  5. Complete the 2013-14 Technology Survey
  6. Use Paint.NET to draw a head & shoulders self-portrait
    • NO FLOATING HEADS.
    • Save your self-portrait as 8thYourName-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.
Resources You May Need:
Tutorials:

When You Are Done:

Keyboarding Lessons & Games:

Algebra Help