8th Grade Technology

November 16th & 21st:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero, if you have not turned this in.
    • Work on Assignment 005 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • Ignition: Complete modules & Google Site posts for each module. Do not forget to turn in a module when complete using the turn in form.
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club with cover

November 14th:

  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club until timer sounds
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero, if you have not turned this in.
    • Work on Assignment 005 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Work on step 2 of Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, if needed

November 7th & 9th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero, if you have not turned this in.
    • Work on Assignment 005 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • Get a keyboard cover and complete Typing Jungle Lessons for 15 minutes in Typing Club
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and work on step 2 of Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, if needed

November 2nd:

October 24th - 26th:

  • Finish your self-portrait and make sure to save a copy as a PNG
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait, if not done
    • Complete step 1 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, if not done. Make sure to add a comment to the assignment that you have completed step 1 so I know this is done.
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero. If previously turned in, check for comments from me and fix any problems identified and resubmit.
    • Work on step 2 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, except for Valentina
  • Get a keyboard cover, sign in to Typing Club and complete lessons.

October 19th:

  • Finish your self-portrait and make sure to save a copy as a PNG
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait, if not done
    • Complete step 1 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, if not done
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero
    • Work on step 2 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup

October 12th & 17th:

  • Whole Class: New Google Sites
  • 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
      • Delete the background layer (click on it and click the delete icon under the layers)
      • Add a new layer and move it 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:
    • Check for comments and fix problems on Assignment 001 - DAR Essay
    • Finish & turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait
    • Complete step 1 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup
    • Work on Assignment 004 - If I Were a Superhero
    • Work on step 2 for Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup

October 10th:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and finish & turn in Assignment 001 - DAR Essay
    • Check for comments on your the assignment and your document and fix the problems. Use the videos provided!
    • Complete a bibliography for your essay with at least 3 sources (see October 5th for more details)
    • NOTE: This must be complete & turned in BEFORE your next class. Since your 1st draft is due to Mrs. H. before then, this should not be a problem.
  • Done? Work on your self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (use these as a guide but you can always do things your own way).
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and change your avatar to your self-portrait - you must use the PNG version.
  • Get a keyboard cover, sign in to Typing Club and complete lessons.

October 5th:

  • 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

October 3rd:

  • Algorithms with Legos

September 26th & 28th:

  • Anyone need reminders on Science Labs?
  • Work on self-portrait in Pinta

September 21st:

  • 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!)
    • 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.
    • 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 19th:

September 14th:

September 12th:

September 7th:

  • 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.
    • Add a formula to cell B7 to calculate the average of your speed tests for the start of the year. Read/watch video on this if you need help with this.
Resources You May Need:
Tutorials:
When You Are Done:
Keyboarding Lessons & Games:
Algebra Help