Wow! The year is almost over! – Class update

I can hardly believe our time together is almost over.  But, we still have time to learn more before you can sleep late and play games all night.  🙂

Sixth and seventh grade students are learning about spreadsheets with Excel 2013.  They will also be reviewing letter writing using Word.

8th grade students will soon be having their “Game-a-Con” where they invite students from another class to come play the games they created with Kodu.  They are to pretend they are marketing a new game they have designed.  Guests will vote on what game they think is the best.

All 7th and 8th grade students will be taking part in a virtual field trip about EA Sports and Madden football.  It is a behind the scenes look at how view games are designed and created.  the link below is a pre-field trip activity to teach students about offense and defense in football.

Friday and Monday (April 22nd & 25th, 2016)

6th Grade Students (Monday):

You will begin creating a detailed painting representing a summer activity you and your family usually do during summer break.  This painting will be created using the Paint program.  There is a shortcut on your computer desktop.  I am expecting great detail.  This should not look like a toddler drew it.  Zooming in to work on tiny details (like eyes) makes it easier to control the mouse.  Then, zoom back out to check to see if you approve of what you drew.  If not, click the undo button to remove that portion of the painting and try again. 

Be sure to save your work to your H drive.  Ask the student aide or another student to help you save properly.  You do  not have to finish your painting today.  If you do complete it practice typing using Typing Agent.  You MAY NOT challenge other students when playing the games.

7th Grade students (Friday & Monday):

If you are finished with your Pivot animation you should begin The Journey Inside . ( <—-  CLICK THAT BLUE LINK to begin.)  You will need headphones or earbuds.  Read the welcome page and click Go to Lesson 1 to begin.”

Do NOT watch the other videos located at the very bottom or sides of some of the pages.  Stick to the topic you about which you are learning.  Pay special attention to the vocabulary and concepts being explained.

You will notice each topic has several parts (or lessons) within it.  Notice the grey box in the right margin of the webpage.  Be sure to read and view each portion.

Expect a quiz soon.

If you happen to finish click here to learn more Tech Terms.  Focus on the terms with a “tech factor” one through three or four.

8th grade students (Monday):

We will be taking a brief break from coding to explore the many different coding languages and their uses.  Go to the programming site page on my blog (click here) and scroll way down.  There are several videos that attempt to explain the different programming languages and their uses.  Watch all of them.  Then, do some exploration on the Internet to see what else you can discover about the most popular programming languages for:

  • business use
  • app creation
  • game creation

Take some notes in Word.  You may copy and paste web addresses and other information to a document to help you remember what you found and where you found it.  You will possibly use this information to report to the class. So, take some good notes.  Be sure to save to your H drive.


Class Update – April 12, 2016

What’s going on in class?

6th Grade – We’re working on learning how to type alphabetic keys and basic punctuation without looking at our hands.  Students are able to practice at home using Typing Agent or some of the typing links located to the right.  Be sure to use the link to the right to access  the Typing Agent site.  Doing a search on the Internet will not usually provide the link to the Shelby County portion of the Typing Agent site.  Students should know how to login.  When practicing at home it is crucial to not look at the keys or hands.  Overall students are progressing quite well.  🙂

7th Grade – They continue to hone their keying skills with their daily bell-ringer.

Students have been exploring careers in video game creation by programming their own video game using Kodu.  We will be doing a game sharing day soon where all students will rotate around the room to play the games created by their peers.  This is usually a fun time.  Sometimes we vote to see who has the best game.

Students will explore what it is like to have a career as an animator by creating a short animation of a stick figure to tell a story about something that would take place in spring or summer (a spring or summer activity) using Pivot Stick Figure Animator.  They will design their background using paint to set the scene before creating the frames of the animation.  We will have a “film premier” and share their animations in class.

8th Grade – They continue to hone their keying skills with their daily bell-ringer.

Students are almost finished creating their 3 level Kodu game, the game jacket for the (pretend) game case, and their poster announcing the upcoming release of their game to promote/market their game (pretend) to the public.  We will be doing a game sharing time and critique/suggestion time to explore what it is like to work on game development as a team.  Problems with their games will be accessed and repaired and retested as a team before inviting another class of students to play their games (Our version of a “Game-a-con”, game convention).  They will practice their sales and marketing techniques to get votes for the best game from our guests.

Students are also solving Java Script puzzles using Khan Academy and Code Combat.

Rules, Rules, Rules Test – 3.23.2016

This is the link to your test.    (4th nine weeks)
(Click this to take your test.  You will need to login to your school Google account before taking this test.  You must take this test while in my classroom and print once it is completed.)

Below is the classroom safety rules presentation we discussed in class.

Classroom and Safety Rules Presentation 8.2015

Below is a link to the Shelby Co. technology rules as they appear in the Code of Conduct.

2015-16 Acceptable Use Practices