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Daily Blog
May 25, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 88
Today was a minimum day. Green Day students completed Computer Technology, Part 2 Final Exam--multiple choice questions

May 24, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 87
Today was a minimum day. Yellow Day students completed Computer Technology, Part 2 Final Exam--multiple choice questions

May 23, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 87
Green Day students completed Computer Technology, Part 1 Final Exam

May 22, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 86
Yellow Day students completed Computer Technology, Part 1 Final Exam

May 21, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 86
Completed the Computer Technology Final Review

May 18, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 85
Completed narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script.
Final exam, part 1 (short projects) on Tuesday; final exam (multiple choice questions and typing test) on Thursday

May 17, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 85
Completed narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script.
Final exam, part 1 (short projects) on Wednesday; final exam (multiple choice questions and typing test) on Friday

May 16, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 84
Typing:  students used Google Docs to type a double-spaced, ½-page story/essay that began with ONE of these sentences:  "Did you hear what happened to Amy last night?" OR "________ is the greatest city in the world and here are five reasons why."    
Learned to add timed narration to a PowerPoint presentation; click here.
Worked on narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script.

May 15, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 84
Typing: "You Have Never Done Your Best Yet"; click here
Learned to add timed narration to a PowerPoint presentation; click here
Worked on narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script

May 14, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 83
Typing: "You Have Never Done Your Best Yet"; click here
Worked on narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script

May 11, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 83
(Today was "Spring Fling" at school--all classes were 25 minutes shorter than usual.)
Charting: "High School Graduation Rates"; click here
Worked on narrated "OF THE WORLD" PowerPoint presentation
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script

May 10, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 82
Charting: "High School Graduation Rates"; click here
Used Microsoft Publisher to make a Mother's Day card and printed it out
Began work on a narrated PowerPoint presentation titled: OF THE WORLD
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script

May 9, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 82
Typing: "The Camel Dances"; click here
Used Microsoft Publisher to make a Mother's Day card and printed it out
Began work on a narrated PowerPoint presentation titled: OF THE WORLD
click here for instructions; click here for example slide show; click here for example script

May 8, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 81
Typing: "My Country 'Tis Of Thee"; click here
Found a kid's joke on the Internet and created simple comic strip using www.toondoo.com; example here
A Toondoo tutorial on YouTube here
Created a more complex comic strip (more details); example here

May 7, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 81
Typing: "O Danny Boy"; click here
Found a kid's joke on the Internet and created simple comic strip using www.toondoo.com; example here
A Toondoo tutorial on YouTube here
Created a more complex comic strip (more details); example here

May 4, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 80
Students edited their "Prevention" video.
Today was a "catch-up" day: students worked on their missing/incomplete assignments.

May 3, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 80
Students edited their "Prevention" video.
Today was a "catch-up" day: students worked on their missing/incomplete assignments.

May 2, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 79
Typing: "Prevention" script; click here
Watched a few of our "Integrity" videos
Went outside to shoot the "60-second solution" script
Edited the "60-second solution" video
Began work on "The Lion's Share" document; click here

May 1, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 79
Typing: "Prevention" script; click here
Watched a few of our "Integrity" videos
Went outside to shoot the "60-second solution" script
Edited the "60-second solution" video
Project:  "Butterfly Sub Shop"; click here

April 30, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 78
Typing: "The Bad Kangaroo"; click here
Finished the Elk Grove Western Festival poster; click here
Project:  "Butterfly Sub Shop"; click here
Took a series of 3-minute timed writings
Began the "Networking 101" document; click here

April 27, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 78
Typing: "The Bad Kangaroo"; click here
Finished the "Lodi" practice poster; click here
Finished the Elk Grove Western Festival poster; click here
Took a series of 3-minute timed writings
Began the "Networking 101" document; click here

April 26, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 77
Typing: today was a no-typing Thursday
Finished up the "Lions!!" practice poster; click here
Created the "Lodi" practice poster; click here
Reviewed Microsoft Publisher skills
Project: Elk Grove Western Festival poster; click here

April 25, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 77
Typing: My Country 'Tis Of Thee; click here
Created the "Lions!!" practice poster; click here
Reviewed Microsoft Publisher skills
Project: Elk Grove Western Festival poster; click here

April 24, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 76
Typing: Nuñez letter; click here
Edited "Integrity" video; added title at the beginning; added credits on the end; added music
Some groups needed to reshoot some parts of their video today.
Sample "Integrity" video from last year here

April 23, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 76
Typing: Nuñez letter; click here
Edited "Integrity" video; added title at the beginning; added credits on the end; added music
Some groups needed to reshoot some parts of their video today.
Sample "Integrity" video from last year here

April 20, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 75
Project: "What Wakes You Up?"; used Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint to make a slide; click here

Lesson: camera safety and teamwork

Broke into groups and went outside to film an "Integrity" video; sample from last year here


April 19, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 75
Typing:  today was a no-typing Thursday

Project: "What Wakes You Up?"; used Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint to make a slide; click here

Lesson: camera safety and teamwork

Broke into groups and went outside to film an "Integrity" video; sample from last year here



April 18, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 74
Typing:  You Can Do (Whatever)--long version; click here

Students then began to learn about video production.  They learned the major parts of pre-production, production, and post-production.  They looked over a television commercial script (a copy is here). They watched the television commercial (a copy is here).  Finally students watched three short films:  a short film about basic video shot types (a copy is here), a student-made commercial (a copy is here) and "The Great Train Robbery"--the famous 1903 silent film (copy is here).  



April 17, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 74
Typing:  You Can Do (Whatever)--long version; click here

Students then began to learn about video production.  They learned the major parts of pre-production, production, and post-production.  They looked over a television commercial script (a copy is here). They watched the television commercial (a copy is here).  Finally students watched three short films:  a short film about basic video shot types (a copy is here), a student-made commercial (a copy is here) and "The Great Train Robbery"--the famous 1903 silent film (copy is here).  


April 16, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 73
Typing:  You Can Do (Whatever)--short version; click here
Finished up Catch Phrases project; click here
Finished up Super Alarm Clock projectclick here
Created Cartoon Catchphrase Quiz projectclick here

April 13, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 73
Typing:  You Can Do (Whatever)--short version; click here
Finished up Catch Phrases project; click here
Finished up Super Alarm Clock project; click here
Created Cartoon Catchphrase Quiz project: click here

April 12, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 72
Created Ice Cream Chart; click here
Students learned to generate silence and to change the tempo of a recording.
          YouTube Lesson 8:  Noise and Silence
          YouTube Lesson 9:  Change Pitch; Change Tempo
Completed work on "Niagara Falls" project:  click here
Complete "Catchphrases" project:  click here
Began "Super Alarm Clock: project:  click here

April 11, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 72
Typing:  Sick poem; click here
Students learned to generate silence and to change the tempo of a recording.
          YouTube Lesson 8:  Noise and Silence
          YouTube Lesson 9:  Change Pitch; Change Tempo
Completed work on "Niagara Falls" project:  click here
Complete "Catchphrases" project:  click here
Began "Super Alarm Clock: project:  click here

April 10, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 71
Typing:  Sick poem; click here
Students learned to reduce background noise in a sound recording and how to change the pitch of a recorded voice.
          YouTube Lesson 8:  Noise and Silence
          YouTube Lesson 9:  Change Pitch; Change Tempo
Completed "Dog-in-a-Lion's-Skin" project:  click here
Began work on "Niagara Falls" project:  click here

April 9, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 71
Typing:  Anyway poem; click here
Students learned to reduce background noise in a sound recording and how to change the pitch of a recorded voice.
          YouTube Lesson 8:  Noise and Silence
          YouTube Lesson 9:  Change Pitch; Change Tempo
Completed "Dog-in-a-Lion's-Skin" project:  click here
Began work on "Niagara Falls" project:  click here

April 6, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 70
Typing:  Anyway poem; click here
Students learned these sound recording skills using the Audacity program (instructional videos are under Resources on this webpage):
  • name a track
  • delete a track
  • time shift a track
  • 4 ways to adjust the volume
  • a few Audacity shortcuts:
               see full track:  Ctrl + f
               see all tracks:  Shift + Ctrl + f
               jump to the beginning of a track:  j
               jump to the end of a track: k
               undo:  Ctrl + z
               cut:  Ctrl + x
               paste:  Ctrl + v



April 5, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 70
Parts Per Million Chart; click here
Students learned these sound recording skills using the Audacity program (instructional videos are under Resources on this webpage):
  • name a track
  • delete a track
  • time shift a track
  • 4 ways to adjust the volume
  • a few Audacity shortcuts:
               see full track:  Ctrl + f
               see all tracks:  Shift + Ctrl + f
               jump to the beginning of a track:  j
               jump to the end of a track: k
               undo:  Ctrl + z
               cut:  Ctrl + x
               paste:  Ctrl + v

April 4, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 69
Typing:  April is Poetry Month; click here
Letter composition:  Permits letter; click here
Intro to sound editing using Audacity:  instruction videos linked on the right side of this webpage; for today's project directions, click here

April 3, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 69
Typing:  April is Poetry Month; click here
Letter composition:  Permits letter; click here
Intro to sound editing using Audacity:  instruction videos linked on the right side of this webpage; for today's project directions, click here

April 2, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 68
Typing:  O Danny Boy; click here
Lesson:  Commonly Misused Words; click here
Took the "They're, Their, and There" quiz; click here
Students created a 2-question Google Form quiz/survey and embedded it on student wiki page

March 26-30, 2018 (Monday--Friday)
School is closed in observance of Holy Week.

March 23, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 68
Students created a poster for the Sacramento Zoo:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  Exercise 3--for assignment, click here; for instructional video, click here
Original Johnson letter:  click here

March 22, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 67
Students created a poster for the Sacramento Zoo:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  Exercise 3--for assignment, click here; for instructional video, click here
Original Johnson letter:  click here

March 21, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 67
Students typed up the Léaud letter:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  Exercise 2--for assignment, click here; for instructional video, click here
Learned about the parts of a letter:  Slideshow lesson here
Used Microsoft Word to create 10 sentences with special symbols (used "Insert" then "Symbols"); click here

March 20, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 66
Students typed up the Léaud letter:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  Exercise 2--for assignment, click here; for instructional video click here
Learned about the parts of a letter:  Slideshow lesson here
Used Microsoft Word to create 10 sentences with special symbols (used "Insert" then "Symbols"); click here

March 19, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 66
Students typed up the Browne letter:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  we learned to add, subtract, multiply, divide and SUM using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. An instructional video is here.
Students learned to create a word cloud with www.wordart.com and used the lyrics from two of their favorite songs to embed two word cloud pictures into their wiki page.

March 16, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 65
Students typed up the Browne letter:  click here
Spreadsheet Arithmetic:  we learned to add, subtract, multiply, divide and SUM using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. An instructional video is here.
Students learned to create a word cloud with www.wordart.com and used the lyrics from two of their favorite songs to embed two word cloud pictures into their wiki page.

March 15, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 65

Created a “Poison Prevention” poster: click here
Learned about hyphen, en dash, and em dash:  click here
Typed up hyphen, en dash, em dash handout:  
click here

March 14, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 64

Created a “Poison Prevention” poster: click here
Learned about hyphen, en dash, and em dash:  click here
Typed up hyphen, en dash, em dash handout:  
click here

March 13, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 64
Students typed up the "Muñoz Memo" in their Google Drive's shared folder for speed and accuracy.  A copy is number 068 under Resources on this webpage.  They reviewed class grades from the just-ended third quarter.  They reviewed charting with Microsoft Excel and created a chart of the grades of their class. They made the "Most Popular Serif Fonts" pie chart. A copy is number 069 under Resources on this webpage. Finally, they created a picture using www.buildyourwildself.com, snipped the picture, and embedded it on to their wiki page at www.ehms20172018.pbworks.com

March 12, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 63
Students typed up the "Muñoz Memo" in their Google Drive's shared folder for speed and accuracy.  A copy is number 068 under Resources on this webpage.  They reviewed class grades from the just-ended third quarter.  They reviewed charting with Microsoft Excel and created a chart of the grades of their class. They made the "Most Popular Serif Fonts" pie chart. A copy is number 069 under Resources on this webpage. Finally, they created a picture using www.buildyourwildself.com, snipped the picture, and embedded it on to their wiki page at www.ehms20172018.pbworks.com

March 9, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 63
Students took the mid-term test today. They also had time to take a series of 3-minute timed writings and update the classroom sticker chart.

March 8, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 62
Students took the mid-term test today. They also had time to take a series of 3-minute timed writings and update the classroom sticker chart.

March 7, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 62
Students created the "Copy Straight" handout as a review for the Microsoft Publisher test on Friday (a copy is linked as number 067 under Resources on this webpage).  For a list of things that are on Friday's Microsoft Publisher test, click here (also linked as number 066 under Resources on this webpage).  Today was a "catch up" day for students to complete all projects in anticipation of the end of the quarter on Friday.

March 6, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 61
Students created the "Copy Straight" handout as a review for the Microsoft Publisher test on Thursday (a copy is linked as number 067 under Resources on this webpage).  Students learned to embed a Publisher document into their wiki page; students embedded the Kid's Menu Publisher document into their wiki page. Students had time to work on Publisher assignments. For a list of things that are on Thursday's Microsoft Publisher test, click here (also linked as number 066 under Resources on this webpage).  Some students gave their North American Animal Presentation today. Optional assignment:  Certificate of Achievement  (linked as number 065 under Resources on this webpage)

March 5, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 61
Students typed up the "Peña Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 064 under Resources on this webpage).  Students learned to embed a Publisher document into their wiki page; students embedded the Kid's Menu Publisher document into their wiki page. Students had time to work on Publisher assignments. For a list of things that are on Friday's Microsoft Publisher test, click here (also linked as number 066 under Resources on this webpage).  Some students signed up to give their North American Animal Presentation on Wednesday. Optional assignment today:  Certificate of Achievement  (linked as number 065 under Resources on this webpage)

March 2, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 60
Students typed up the "Peña Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 064 under Resources on this webpage).  Students learned these Microsoft Publisher skills:  copy an object with the Ctrl key, move and object in a straight line with the Shift key, set a transparent color of a picture, and align objects (links to Microsoft Publisher instructional videos are on the right side of this webpage). Finally, students created an original restaurant Kid's Menu (directions are linked as number 063 under Resources).

March 1, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 60

Typing:  today was a no-typing Thursday. Students learned how to copy a picture with the Ctrl key; move a picture in a straight line with the Shift key; change a color of a picture to transparent; and align pictures. Links to the Microsoft Publisher video lessons are on the right side of this webpage. Worked on this project:  Kid’s Menu

February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 59
Students typed up the "Tomas Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 060 under Resources on this webpage).  Students learned these Microsoft Publisher skills:  flip a picture, crop a picture, fill a shape with a picture; size and shape bullets (links to Microsoft Publisher instructional videos are on the right side of this webpage). Finally, students created the "Rainbow Plant Shop" and the "Japan Index" Publisher documents (copies are linked as numbers 061 and 062 under Resources on this webpage).

February 27, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 59
Students typed up the "Tomas Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 060 under Resources on this webpage).  Students learned these Microsoft Publisher skills:  flip a picture, crop a picture, fill a shape with a picture; size and shape bullets (links to Microsoft Publisher instructional videos are on the right side of this webpage). Finally, students created the "Rainbow Plant Shop" and the "Japan Index" Publisher documents (copies are linked as numbers 061 and 062 under Resources on this webpage).

February 26, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 58
Students typed up the "Connell Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 055 under Resources on this webpage); they reviewed different types of fonts--a slide presentation is linked as number 056 under Resources.  They learned how to fill a text box with color, how to add BorderArt to a text box, and how to change the line width of any shape.  Links to Microsoft Publisher YouTube instructional videos are on the right-hand side of this webpage.  Finally, they created the "Garage Sale", "Pathways To Agriculture", and "The Paper Jungle" one-page flyers (copies are linked as numbers 057, 058, and 059 under Resources).  

February 23, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 58
Students typed up the "Connell Memo" for speed and accuracy (a copy is linked as number 055 under Resources on this webpage); they reviewed different types of fonts--a slide presentation is linked as number 056 under Resources.  They learned how to fill a text box with color, how to add BorderArt to a text box, and how to change the line width of any shape.  Links to Microsoft Publisher YouTube instructional videos are on the right-hand side of this webpage.  Finally, they created the "Garage Sale", "Pathways To Agriculture", and "The Paper Jungle" one-page flyers (copies are linked as numbers 057, 058, and 059 under Resources).  

February 22, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 57
Today was a no-typing Thursday.
Students learned how to quickly type popular special characters:  ¢   ñ   é   ½   ¼
Learned about 8½ x 11 paper and A4 paper
Began the Desktop Publishing unit; created "All Walks of Life" report cover (linked as 053 under Resources) or click here
Created “Animal Hospital” (linked as 054 under Resources) or click here
Desktop Publishing video lessons on YouTube:

February 21, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 57
Students typed up the Anouk memo (linked as 052 under Resources) or click here
They learned how to quickly type popular special characters:  ¢   ñ   é   ½   ¼
Learned about 8½ x 11 paper and A4 paper
Began the Desktop Publishing unit; created "All Walks of Life" report cover (linked as 053 under Resources) or click here
Created “Animal Hospital” (linked as 054 under Resources) or click here
Desktop Publishing video lessons on YouTube:

February 20, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 56
Students used Google Docs to create an original, interesting double-spaced story that included these eight often misspelled words:  exaggerate, government, customer, description, blew, truly, cooperate, receive.  They played a 10-question game about copyright law using Kahoot. Finally, students used Microsoft Movie Maker to edit the copyright video that they made on Thursday, February 15 and saved their work as a movie.

February 19, 2018 (Monday)
School is closed in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.

February 16, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 56
Students used Google Docs to create an original, interesting double-spaced story that included these eight often misspelled words:  exaggerate, government, customer, description, blew, truly, cooperate, receive.  They played a 10-question game about copyright law using Kahoot. Finally, students used Microsoft Movie Maker to edit the copyright video that they made on Wednesday, February 14 and saved their work as a movie.

February 15, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 55
Today was a no-typing Thursday.  Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today.  The class went outside to shoot a copyright video. Finally, students finished up their State Farm video from Tuesday, February 13. The files for this video project are not available from home but the directions are linked as number 050 under Resources on this webpage.

February 14, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 55
Students typed up the "Student Council Memo" for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 051 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. The class went outside to shoot a copyright video. Finally, students finished up their State Farm video from Friday, February 9. The files for this video project are not available from home but the directions are linked as number 050 under Resources on this webpage.

February 13, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 54
Students typed up the "Student Council Memo" for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 051 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. Students took the Copyright quiz today. Finally, students began editing the State Farm video using files in the school server (not available at home). A copy of the directions are linked as number 050 under Resources on this webpage.

February 12, 2018 (Monday)
School was closed today in observance of Washington's birthday. 

February 9, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 54
Students typed up the "Fun With Formatting" handout for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 031 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. Students took the Copyright quiz today. Finally, students began editing the State Farm video using files in the school server (not available at home). A copy of the directions are linked as number 050 under Resources on this webpage.

February 8, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 53
Today was a no-typing Thursday.  Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 135-197 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. The copyright test is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13.  We also learned about a famous copyright lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  A link to a presentation about that case is linked as Resource 049 on this webpage.

February 7, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 53
Students used Google Docs to type a double-spaced, ½-page story/essay that began with ONE of these sentences:  "Did you hear what happened to Amy last night?" OR "The greatest city in the world is ____.  Here's why."  Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 135-197 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. The copyright test is scheduled for Friday, February 9.  We also learned about a famous copyright lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  A link to a presentation about that case is linked as Resource 049 on this webpage.

February 6, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 52
Students typed up the "O say can you see" handout for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 048 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 70-134 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. 

February 5, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 52
Students typed up the "O say can you see" handout for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 048 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 70-134 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage.  

February 2, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 52
Today was a no-typing Friday because the school is on a "rally" bell schedule and class periods are shorter today.  Six students took turns standing in front of the class to give their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 34-70 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. 

February 1, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 52
Today was a no-typing Thursday.  Six students took turns standing in front of the class to give their North American Animal Presentation today. We continued with the Copyright Unit.  We went through slides 34-70 of the Copyright Unit presentation.  The presentation is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. 

January 31, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 51
Students typed up the "11 classes for 8th Graders" handout for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 046 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. Finally, we began the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 1-33 of the Copyright presentation--a copy is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. 

January 30, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 51
Students typed up the "11 classes for 8th Graders" handout for accuracy and formatting.  A copy is linked as number 046 under Resources on this webpage. Six students took turns standing in front of the class and gave their North American Animal Presentation today. Finally, we began the Copyright Unit. We went through slides 1-33 of the Copyright presentation--a copy is linked as number 047 under Resources on this webpage. 

January 29, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 50
Students typed up the "CPU" essay for speed and accuracy. A copy is linked as number 045 under Resources on this webpage. They then had time to work on and finish their North American Animal presentation. Students will begin presenting to the class on Wednesday, January 31.

January 26, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 50
Students typed up the "CPU" essay for speed and accuracy. A copy is linked as number 045 under Resources on this webpage. They then had time to work on and finish their North American Animal presentation. Students will begin presenting to the class on Tuesday, January 30.

January 25, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 49
Students learned to make more interesting slides today. A PowerPoint for this short lesson is linked as number 044 under Resources on this webpage. They also learned to add a video to their Google Slide and how to show only part of the video during a presentation. Finally, students had time to continue working on their North American Animal presentation.

January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 49
Students typed up the "Alphabet Sentences" handout for speed and accuracy. A copy is linked as number 043 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned to make more interesting slides today. A PowerPoint for this short lesson is linked as number 044 under Resources on this webpage. They also learned to add a video to their Google Slide and how to show only part of the video during a presentation. Finally, students had time to continue working on their North American Animal presentation.

January 23, 2018 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 48
Students typed up "The Five Senses" essay for speed and accuracy. A copy is linked as number 042 under Resources on this webpage. They watched a demonstration of a presentation about the fisher--a North American animal. A link to the presentation is number 040 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned about picture resolution--a link to the lesson is number 041 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned to make full-slide images and how to order text over a photograph. They received the name of a random North American animal and directions about creating a presentation about the animal--directions are linked as number 039 under Resources on this webpage. Students were randomly assigned a day to present their North American animal talk. Finally, students had some time to begin work on their North American animal presentation.

January 22, 2018 (Monday)--Green Day 48
Students typed up "The Five Senses" essay for speed and accuracy. A copy is linked as number 042 under Resources on this webpage. They watched a demonstration of a presentation about the fisher--a North American animal. A link to the presentation is number 040 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned about picture resolution--a link to the lesson is number 041 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned to make full-slide images and how to order text over a photograph. They received the name of a random North American animal and directions about creating a presentation about the animal--directions are linked as number 039 under Resources on this webpage. Students were randomly assigned a day to present their North American animal talk. Finally, students had some time to begin work on their North American animal presentation.

January 19, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 47
Students had time to work on their YouTube montage project today.  A sample montage is number 038 under Resources on this webpage.

January 18, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 47
Students had time to work on their YouTube montage project today.  A sample montage is number 038 under Resources on this webpage.

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 46
Students typed up the "Editor's Responsibility" document for speed and accuracy.  A copy is number 037 under Resources on this webpage. Students then had about 30 minutes to finish up their "When I'm 25" Google Slide presentation and embed it in their wiki space. Students learned to download a YouTube video today. They began to create a montage of some of their favorite YouTube videos. A sample montage is number 038 under Resources on this webpage.

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 46
Students typed up the "Editor's Responsibility" document for speed and accuracy.  A copy is number 037 under Resources on this webpage. Students then had about 30 minutes to finish up their "When I'm 25" Google Slide presentation and embed it in their wiki space. Students learned to download a YouTube video today. They began to create a montage of some of their favorite YouTube videos. A sample montage is number 038 under Resources on this webpage.

January 15, 2018 (Monday)
School was closed today in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 12, 2018 (Friday)--Yellow Day 45
Students watched my "When I'm 25" sample Google Slides presentation.  A copy is number 035 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned to animate two objects at once using Google Slides. They learned how to embed a Google Slide presentation on to their wiki page.  Students then began work on their own "When I'm 25" presentation. A copy of the directions are linked as number 036 under Resources on this webpage. Students will complete this assignment on Wednesday, January 17.

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)--Green Day 45
Students watched my "When I'm 25" sample Google Slides presentation.  A copy is number 035 under Resources on this webpage. Students learned to animate two objects at once using Google Slides. They learned how to embed a Google Slide presentation on to their wiki page.  Students then began work on their own "When I'm 25" presentation. A copy of the directions are linked as number 036 under Resources on this webpage. Students will complete this assignment on Tuesday, January 16.

January 10, 2018 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 44
Students typed up the "Easy and Easy" essay.  A copy is number 034 under Resources on this webpage. Students then created a Google Slides presentation about their class schedule including Advocacy class, lunch, and homework.

January 9, 2018 (Tuesday)--Green Day 44
Students typed up the "Easy and Easy" essay.  A copy is number 034 under Resources on this webpage. Students then created a Google Slides presentation about their class schedule including Advocacy class, lunch, and homework.

January 8, 2018 (Monday)--Yellow Day 43
Students used Microsoft Word to create an interesting ½-page, double-spaced story/essay that began with ONE of these two sentences:  "The south wind blew softly as we sailed toward Pirate Island." OR "Here is what I know about Mexico."  They learned to add slide numbers to a Google Slide presentation. They learned to add a table to a Google Slide presentation. Finally, students used Google Slides to create the "Sports" presentation. A copy, without a required conclusion slide, is number 033 under Resources on this webpage.

January 5, 2018 (Friday)--Green Day 43
Students used Microsoft Word to create an interesting ½-page, double-spaced story/essay that began with ONE of these two sentences:  "The south wind blew softly as we sailed toward Pirate Island." OR "Here is what I know about Mexico."  They learned to add slide numbers to a Google Slide presentation. They learned to add a table to a Google Slide presentation. Finally, students used Google Slides to create the "Sports" presentation. A copy, without a required conclusion slide, is number 033 under Resources on this webpage.

January 4, 2018 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 42
Students typed up the "What would you do with a million dollars?" essay that taught them that, throughout their lives, more than a million dollars will pass through their fingers. They learned to create a simple presentation  using Google Slides today.  They learned to create a new slide, create slide transitions, add animated bullet lists and include a conclusion slide. Their practice presentation was about 3 types of wild animals that they chose themselves. A sample is here.

January 3, 2018 (Wednesday)--Green Day 42
First day of semester 2. Students typed up the "What would you do with a million dollars?" essay that taught them that, throughout their lives, more than a million dollars will pass through their fingers. They learned to create a simple presentation  using Google Slides today.  They learned to create a new slide, create slide transitions, add animated bullet lists and include a conclusion slide. Their practice presentation was about 3 types of wild animals that they chose themselves. A sample is here.

December 18, 2017 -- January 2, 2018
School is closed for the Christmas holiday.

December 15, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 41
Students took Part 2 of their Semester 1 Final Exam today.

December 14, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 41
Students took Part 2 of their Semester 1 Final Exam today.

December 13, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 41
Students took Part 1 of their Semester 1 Final Exam today.

December 12, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 41
Students took Part 1 of their Semester 1 Final Exam today.

December 11, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 41
Students typed up the double-spaced fable "The Fox and the Crow" for speed and accuracy.  They then had time to finish up any "Incomplete" or "Missing" projects they may have.  Extra credit was available today only by completing the "Charting Exercises 2" handout.

December 8, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 40
Students learned about portrait and landscape page orientation. They then created the "Winter storm tips" document. A copy is linked as number 032 under Resources on this webpage.

December 7, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 40
Students formatted the "Fun With Formatting" document. A copy is linked as number 031 under Resources on this webpage. They learned about portrait and landscape page orientation. They then began work on the "Winter storm tips" document. A copy is linked as number 032 under Resources on this webpage.

December 6, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 39
Students typed up the "Tab and Enter" document from a handout. They were careful to use the Tab key to begin a paragraph and the Enter key to end a paragraph--and not to use the Enter key in the middle of a paragraph. A copy of the handout is linked as number 029 under Resources on this webpage. Students used that document to learn about left, center, right, and justify alignment; how to change margins; how to remove space between paragraphs; and how to use the Show/Hide button.  Today students learned to format text into columns and to color a chart into monochrome shades. They began work on the "The Art of Cooking" document. A copy is linked as number 030 under Resources on this webpage.

December 5, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 39
Students typed up the "Tab and Enter" document from a handout. They were careful to use the Tab key to begin a paragraph and the Enter key to end a paragraph--and not to use the Enter key in the middle of a paragraph. A copy of the handout is linked as number 029 under Resources on this webpage. Students used that document to learn about left, center, right, and justify alignment; how to change margins; how to remove space between paragraphs; and how to use the Show/Hide button.  Today students learned to format text into columns and to color a chart into monochrome shades. They began work on the "The Art of Cooking" document. A copy is linked as number 030 under Resources on this webpage.

December 4, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 38
Students created the "Dog Weights" chart. A copy is linked as number 028 under Resources on this webpage. They finished up the "Disneyland" integrated document (linked as number 027 under Resources on this webpage). Finally, they took a series of 3-minute timed writings at https://www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-test and updated the classroom sticker chart.

December 1, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 38
Students created the "Dog Weights" chart. A copy is linked as number 028 under Resources on this webpage. They finished up the "Disneyland" integrated document (linked as number 027 under Resources on this webpage). Finally, they took a series of 3-minute timed writings at https://www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-test and updated the classroom sticker chart.

November 30, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 37
Students created six charts from the "Charting Exercises 1" handout. A copy of the handout is linked as number 026 under Resources on this webpage. They finished up the "Top Cereals" integrated document.  A copy is linked as number 025 under Resources on this webpage. They learned about font styles, paragraph borders, line spacing and picture captions today.  They began to create the "Disneyland" integrated document. A copy of the document is linked as number 027 under Resources on this webpage.

November 29, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 37
Students created six charts from the "Charting Exercises 1" handout. A copy of the handout is linked as number 026 under Resources on this webpage. They finished up the "Top Cereals" integrated document.  A copy is linked as number 025 under Resources on this webpage. They learned about font styles, paragraph borders, line spacing and picture captions today.  They began to create the "Disneyland" integrated document. A copy of the document is linked as number 027 under Resources on this webpage.

November 28, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 36
Students created the "Test Tube Results" chart. A copy is linked as number 023 under Resources on this webpage.  They reviewed the Wrap Text feature of Microsoft Word. They used the Wrap Text feature to create the "Cats Need Care" document. A copy is linked as number 024 under Resources on this webpage. Finally, students created the "Top Cereals" integrated document. A copy is linked as number 025 under Resources on this webpage.

November 27, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 36
Students created the "Test Tube Results" chart. A copy is linked as number 023 under Resources on this webpage. They learned to type a paragraph using the Tab key to begin the paragraph and the Enter key to end the paragraph. They learned not to tap the Enter key at the end of every line. They completed the "Many Kinds of Dogs" document.  A copy is linked as number 021 under Resources on this webpage. They learned what the Wordwrap word processing feature does. They also learned what the Wrap Text word processing feature does. They began to create the "Top Cereals" document. A copy is linked as number 022 under Resources on this webpage.

November 20-24, 2017
School was closed this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 17, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 35
Students completed four tasks today:  (1) they created the "Switzerland" pie chart from a handout. The handout is linked as number 020 under Resources on this webpage. (2) They learned to type a paragraph using the Tab key to begin the paragraph and the Enter key to end the paragraph. They learned not to tap the Enter key at the end of every line. They completed the "Many Kinds of Dogs" document.  A copy is linked as number 021 under Resources on this webpage. (3) Students then learned to upload one of their own computer games to the www.Scratch.mit.edu website, obtain the embed code, and paste their game onto their wiki page.  The process was demonstrated in class and is available as a printed handout in the classroom. (This process is not available under Resources because it contains a password.) Finally, (4) students took one-minute timed writings at www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-test

November 16, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 35
Students created the "Switzerland" pie chart from a handout. The handout is linked as number 020 under Resources on this webpage. They then learned the proper way to type capital letters, went to www.typingclub.com, clicked the "Get Started" button, and practiced capital letters by completing lessons 136-145.  Finally, students learned to upload one of their own computer games to the www.Scratch.mit.edu website, obtain the embed code, and paste their game onto their wiki page.  The process was demonstrated in class and is available as a printed handout in the classroom. (This process is not available under Resources because it contains a password.)

November 15, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 34
Students learned to create a chart using Microsoft Excel. A short PowerPoint lesson about charting is linked as number 019 under Resources on this webpage. They then learned the proper way to type capital letters, went to www.typingclub.com, clicked the "Get Started" button, and practiced capital letters by completing lessons 136-145.

November 14, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 34
Students went to www.typingclub.com, clicked the "Get Started" button, and practiced the "z" and "/" keys by completing lessons 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, and 75. Today students learned to create a chart using Microsoft Excel. A short PowerPoint lesson about charting is linked as number 019 under Resources on this webpage.

November 13, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 33
Students went to www.typingclub.com, clicked the "Get Started" button, and practiced the "z" and "/" keys by completing lessons 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, and 75. They had time to complete their original computer game today. Today was the last day to complete the original computer game project.

November 10, 2017 (Friday)
School was closed today in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

November 9, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 33
Today was a "no-typing" Thursday.  Thursdays have shortened class periods at our school.   Students worked on their own original computer game using the Scratch software program.  Scratch can also be found online at www.Scratch.mit.edu.  This project was due today at the end of the period.

November 8, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 32
Students typed up the "Q, Y, P" handout and saved it as:  up.txt.  A copy is linked as number 018 in the Resources section on this webpage.  Students then worked on their own original computer game using the Scratch software program.  Scratch can also be found online at www.Scratch.mit.edu.  This project is due on Monday, November 13 at the end on the period.

November 7, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 32
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "Q, Y, P" lesson. They had time to finish up their Target Practice game. A link to an instructional video introducing the game and giving a hint about making it is linked as Lesson 9--Target Practice Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage. Students then began their final Scratch project:  they are to create their own original computer game.  It can be a one-player or a two-player game. This project is due on Thursday, November 9 at the end of the period.

November 6, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 31
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "Q, Y, P" lesson. They had time to finish up their Target Practice game. A link to an instructional video introducing the game and giving a hint about making it is linked as Lesson 9--Target Practice Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage. Students then began their final Scratch project:  they are to create their own original computer game.  It can be a one-player or a two-player game. This project is due on Monday, November 13 at the end of the period.

November 3, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 31
Students typed up the "3-letter words, part 1" handout and saved it as:   moo.txt.  A copy is linked as number 017 in the Resources section on this webpage.  Students then created the "Target Practice Game" using the Scratch software program.  Scratch can also be found online at www.Scratch.mit.edu.   A link to an instructional video introducing the game and giving a hint about making it is linked as Lesson 9--Target Practice Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

November 2, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 30
Students typed up the "3-letter words, part 1" handout and saved it as:   moo.  A copy is linked as number 017 in the Resources section on this webpage.  Students then created the "Target Practice Game" using the Scratch software program.  Scratch can also be found online at www.Scratch.mit.edu.   A link to an instructional video introducing the game and giving a hint about making it is linked as Lesson 9--Target Practice Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

November 1, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 30
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "W, X, ;" lesson. They then had one last day to complete their Tunnel game.  An instructional video about how to make the Tunnel game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage. Many students began the Target Practice game today--a link to an instructional video introducing the game and giving a hint about making it is linked as Lesson 9--Target Practice Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 29
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "W, X, ;" lesson. They then had one last day to complete their Tunnel game.  An instructional video about how to make the Tunnel game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 30, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 29
Students typed up the "Review after h" handout and saved it as:   oars.  They then had time to finish up their Scratch Tunnel game.  An instructional video about how to make the Tunnel game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 27, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 28
Because of a rally bell schedule, classes were a little shorter than usual today.  Students typed up the "Review after h" handout and saved it as:   oars.  They then had time to finish up their Scratch Tunnel game.  An instructional video about how to make the Tunnel game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 26, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 28
Students learned to make moving obstacles in computer games. An instructional video for this lesson is Lesson 7--Moving Obstacles Practice under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage. Students then began to make the Tunnel game and will finish on Monday, October 30.  An instructional video about how to make the Tunnel game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 27
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "Period and Comma" lesson.  They learned to make moving obstacles in computer games. An instructional video for this lesson is Lesson 7--Moving Obstacles Practice under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage. Students then began to make the Tunnel game today and will finish on Friday, October 27.  An instructional video about how to make this game is linked as Lesson 8--Tunnel Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 24, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 27
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "Period and Comma" lesson.  They then learned to make a maze game by importing an Internet-created maze.  They learned to prevent a computer-game object from going through a wall and reviewed how to make a timer.  An instructional video about how to make this game is linked as Lesson 6--Maze 2 Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 23, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 26
Students typed up the "h, v, and m keys" handout and saved it as:   male.  They then learned to make a maze game by importing an Internet-created maze.  They learned to prevent a computer-game object from going through a wall and reviewed how to make a timer.  An instructional video about how to make this game is linked as Lesson 6--Maze 2 Game under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 20, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 26
Students typed up the "h, v, and m keys" handout and saved it as:   maleStudents then had the rest of the period to catch up on incomplete and missing assignments.

October 19, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 25
Students had a day to catch up on incomplete and missing assignments.

October 18, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 25
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "V, H, and M keys" lesson.  They then created a Pong game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is linked as Lesson 5 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 17, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 24
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "V, H, and M keys" lesson.  They then created a Pong game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is linked as Lesson 5 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 16, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 24
Students typed up the "O, B, and A keys" handout and saved it as:  codStudents created the Spaceship game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is Lesson 4 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 13, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 23
Students typed up the "O, B, and A keys" handout and saved it as:  codStudents created the Spaceship game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is Lesson 4 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.

October 12, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 23
Students created the Simple Maze game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is Lesson 3 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.  Students also learned to add a timer to their game. 

October 11, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 22
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "O, B, and A keys" lesson.  They then created the Simple Maze game using the Scratch software program.  An instructional video about how to make this game is Lesson 3 under "Scratch YouTube Videos" on this webpage.  Students also learned to add a timer to their game. 

October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 22
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "O, B, and A keys" lesson.  We reviewed the school tardy policy found on page 24 of the student agenda book. Students began the computer programming unit using the Scratch software program today.  Scratch is on the Internet at www.scratch.mit.edu and is also downloaded on to each computer in the computer lab. Today students made a walking cat project and a bouncing ball project.  Video lessons for these projects are listed under Resources on this web page.

October 9, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 21
Students typed up the "T, S, and L keys" handout and saved it as:  afire.  We reviewed the school tardy policy found on page 24 of the student agenda book. Students began the computer programming unit using the Scratch software program today.  Scratch is on the Internet at www.scratch.mit.edu and is also downloaded on to each computer in the computer lab. Today students made a walking cat project and a bouncing ball project.  Video lessons for these projects are listed under Resources on this web page.

October 6, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 21
End of the first quarter.  Yellow day students took the midterm test today.

October 5, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 20
End of the first quarter.  Green day students took the midterm test today.

October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 20
Students typed up the "T, S, and L keys" handout and saved it as:  afire.  They learned to add a video introduction to a music video, and add a caption and music to the intro. They used those skills to edit the "Clementine" video project.

October 3, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 19
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "T, S, and L keys" lesson.  They completed the File Management 5 exercise. They learned to add a video introduction to a music video, and add a caption and music to the intro. They used those skills to edit the "Clementine" video project.

October 2, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 19
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "T, S, and L keys" lesson.  They completed the File Management 5 exercise. They made an audio recording of their book summary using www.vocaroo.com and embedded their recording on to their wiki page at www.EHMS20172018.pbworks.com.  Finally, students had time to clean up any zeros they may have in the grade book. The midterm test for students meeting on yellow days is scheduled for Friday, October 6.

September 29, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 18
Students typed a series of "seven lines in five minutes" for speed and accuracy.  A copy of the exercise is number 016 under Resources on this webpage.  They then reviewed the 30-second book summary they wrote on Wednesday.  They made an audio recording of their book summary using www.vocaroo.com and embedded their recording on to their wiki page at www.EHMS20172018.pbworks.com.  Finally, students had time to clean up any zeros they may have in the grade book.  The midterm test for students meeting on green days is scheduled for Thursday, October 5.

September 28, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 18
Students typed a series of "seven lines in five minutes" for speed and accuracy.  A copy of the exercise is number 016 under Resources on this webpage.  They then reviewed the 30-second book summary they wrote on Tuesday.  They made an audio recording of their book summary using www.vocaroo.com and embedded their recording on to their wiki page at www.EHMS20172018.pbworks.com.  Finally, students had time to clean up any zeros they may have in the grade book.

September 27, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 17
Students typed up the yellow "C, G, N" handout for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 015 under Resources on this webpage.  They learned to add titles and credits to the movie they made on Monday. They learned the difference between saving a movie project and saving a movie. In anticipation of an audio project, students wrote a book summary of a book they read.  The summary should take about 30 seconds to read.

September 26, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 17
Students typed up the yellow "C, G, N" handout for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 015 under Resources on this webpage. They then watched the short "Good Morning" video that a small group of students made on Friday.  Students learned to edit the video with Microsoft Movie Maker and add titles and credits to their edited movie.

September 25, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 16
Students used www.typing.com to complete the "C, G, and N keys" lesson.  They completed the File Management 4 exercise. They took a 10-question quiz as a class using the Internet Kahoot website.  They learned to map a network drive and mapped the S: drive to the Assignments folder. Finally, they watched the short video that a small group of students made last Thursday and everyone began to edit it with Microsoft Movie Maker.

September 22, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 16
Students completed the "c, g, n keys" lesson in www.typing.com.  They completed the "File Management 4" exercise.  They learned about hardware devices used for input, process, output, and storage.  They took a 10-question quiz as a class using the Internet Kahoot website.  Finally, a small group of students made a short "Good Morning" video that will be used by the class next week in our Video Unit.

September 21, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 15
Students typed up the "u, r, e, and i, Part 2" document for speed and accuracy.  They had time to finish up their "Internet Search" project from Monday.  They completed the "File Management 4" exercise.  They learned about hardware devices used for input, process, output, and storage. Finally, a small group of students made a short "Good Morning" video that will be used by the class next week in our Video Unit.

September 20, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 15
Students typed up the "u, r, e, and i, Part 2" document for speed and accuracy.  They had time to finish up their "Internet Search" project from Monday. They learned to change the dimensions of the embedded picture in their wiki space. They completed the "Snip Pictures" exercise. A copy of the "Snip Pictures" document is number 013 under Resources on this webpage.  Finally, students completed the "File Management 3" exercise. 

September 19, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 14
Students typed up the "u, r, e, and i" document for speed and accuracy.  They learned to change the dimensions of the embedded picture in their wiki space. They completed the "Snip Pictures" exercise. A copy of the "Snip Pictures" document is number 013 under Resources on this webpage.  Students then completed the "File Management 2" exercise. Finally, they completed the "Internet Search" exercise. Although each student had a different "Internet Search" exercise, a sample exercise is number 014 under Resources on this webpage.

September 18, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 14
Students typed up the "u, r, e, and i" document for speed and accuracy.  They learned to embed a picture into their wiki space. A video explaining the process is here.  They completed the "File Management 2" exercise. Finally, they completed the "Internet Search" exercise.

September 15, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 13
Students signed in to www.typing.com and completed the "d, e, i" lesson. They learned to use the Alt+p key combination in the File Explorer to preview a file. They learned about the properties of a  folder and how to read and use the File Explorer path or "breadcrumbs".  Students completed the "File Management 1" 18-step exercise.  Students were introduced to the classroom wiki at:  www.ehms20172018.pbworks.com   and learned to embed a picture into it.  A video demonstrating the process is here.

September 14, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 13
Students signed in to www.typing.com and completed the "d, e, i" lesson. They learned to use the Alt+p key combination in the File Explorer to preview a file. They learned about the properties of a  folder and how to read and use the File Explorer path or "breadcrumbs".  Students completed the "File Management 1" 18-step exercise. Finally, students were introduced to the classroom wiki at:  www.ehms20172018.pbworks.com

September 13, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 12
Students typed up the "u and r, Part 2" handout for speed and accuracy.  They took a series of one-minute timings using only the letters they've learned so far. They snipped their results and saved them in their H: drive as:  0913   Finally, students learned about file management including two ways to open the File Explorer, how to change the View options, how to sort, find a file, delete, rename, create a new folder, move a file, copy a file, and the importance of a file extension.

September 12, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 12
Students typed up the "u and r, Part 2" handout for speed and accuracy.  They took a series of one-minute timings using only the letters they've learned so far. They snipped their results and saved them in their H: drive as:  0912   Finally, students learned about file management including two ways to open the File Explorer, how to change the View options, how to sort, find a file, delete, rename, create a new folder, move a file, copy a file, and the importance of a file extension.

September 11, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 11
Students typed up the "u and r" handout for speed and accuracy. They created a shared folder in their Google Drive and uploaded a file to it. They learned about Internet browsers and Internet search engines. They created an image with www.peanutizeme.com, downloaded it, saved it to their school server space, uploaded it to their shared Google Drive folder and sent me a link.

September 8, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 11
Students typed up the "u and r" handout for speed and accuracy. They created a shared folder in their Google Drive and uploaded a file to it. They learned about Internet browsers and Internet search engines. They created an image with www.peanutizeme.com, downloaded it, saved it to their school server space, uploaded it to their shared Google Drive folder and sent me a link.

September 7, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 10
Students signed in to www.typing.com and completed the "u, r, k" lesson. They then learned how a hard drive works.  They learned how to find out how large the hard drive is in their computer.

September 6, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 10
Students signed in to www.typing.com and completed the "u, r, k" lesson. They then learned how a hard drive works.  They learned how to find out how large the hard drive is in their computer. Periods 1 and 5 completed an Ivy League Universities snipping project while Period 2 attended a school discipline assembly.

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 9
Students typed up "Home Row Practice 5" for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 011 under Resources on this webpage. They then learned to use the Window's Snipping Tool to capture part of the screen.  They pasted at least 6 snips of school banners (or alternatives of their choice) to a Microsoft Word document and saved it to their personal server space (their H: drive).  An example is number 012 under Resources on the right side of this page.  They learned about typing "words per minute" and took a short timed writing using only the home row keys at www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-tutor. They snipped their results and saved the results in their H: drive. Finally, students learned how a compact disc works.

September 4, 2017 (Monday)
School was closed today in observance of Labor Day

September 1, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 9
Students typed up "Home Row Practice 5" for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 011 under Resources on this webpage. They then learned to use the Window's Snipping Tool to capture part of the screen.  They pasted at least 6 snips of school banners (or alternatives of their choice) to a Microsoft Word document and saved it to their personal server space (their H: drive).  An example is number 012 under Resources on the right side of this page.  They learned about typing "words per minute" and took a short timed writing using only the home row keys at www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-tutor. They snipped their results and saved the results in their H: drive. Finally, students learned how a compact disc works.

August 31, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 8
Students typed up "Home Row Practice 4" for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 010 under Resources on this webpage. Students received back the serif/sans serif sentences from Tuesday--some students needed to correct their sentences. As a class, students practiced typing at a 12-word-a-minute pace using an online metronome. Finally, they took a short quiz on computer basics.

August 30, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 8
Students typed up "Home Row Practice 4" for speed and accuracy. A copy is number 010 under Resources on this webpage. Students received back the serif/sans serif sentences from Monday--some students needed to correct their sentences. As a class, students practiced typing at a 12-word-a-minute pace using an online metronome. Students learned about the computer's random access memory. Finally, they took a short quiz on computer basics.

August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 7
Students learned to monitor their grades using the online StudentVUE software. They received back their ASCII messages from Friday. They completed the "Home Row Practice 3" exercise listed as number 008 under Resources on the right side of this webpage. They reviewed text point size and font.  They painstakingly wrote out on paper the all-alphabet sentences simulating a serif font and again simulating a sans serif font--the sentences are listed under Resources as number 009. Finally, they learned the difference between hardware and software.

August 28, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 7
Students learned to monitor their grades using the online StudentVUE software. They received back their ASCII messages from Thursday. They reviewed text point size and font. They completed the "Point size and font" exercise listed as number 007 under Resources on the right side of this webpage. They completed the "Home Row Practice 3" exercise listed as number 008 under Resources on the right side of this webpage. They painstakingly wrote out on paper the all-alphabet sentences simulating a serif font and again simulating a sans serif font--the sentences are listed under Resources as number 009. Finally, they learned the difference between hardware and software.

August 25, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 6
Students created an original message using the ones and zeros of the ASCII code--a copy of the code is on the right side of this website. They then practiced typing the home row keys by completing the "Home Row 2" exercise. A link to a copy is titled "006--Home Row Practice 1" on the right-hand side of this website. Students learned about text point size and about the three types of fonts:  serif, sans serif, and script. A link to a short PowerPoint titled "007--Point size and fonts" is on the right-hand side of this website. Students took a few minutes to changing the point size and fonts in a sample document. Finally, students took a short quiz.

August 24, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 6
Students created an original message using the ones and zeros of the ASCII code--a copy of the code is on the right side of this website. They then practiced typing the home row keys by completing the "Home Row 2" exercise. A link to a copy is titled "006--Home Row Practice 1" on the right-hand side of this website. Students learned about text point size and about the three types of fonts:  serif, sans serif, and script. A link to a short PowerPoint titled "007--Point size and fonts" is on the right-hand side of this website. Finally, students took a short quiz.

August 23, 2017 (Wednesday)--Green Day 5
Students learned about bits, bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes and the ASCII code today. A link to a PowerPoint titled "004--ASCII Code PowerPoint" is on the right-hand side of this website. Students then deciphered an individualized ASCII message using the ASCII Code on the right side of this website. They began to learn to type without looking at their fingers today. They completed the "Home Row 1" exercise.

August 22, 2017 (Tuesday)--Yellow Day 5
Students learned about bits, bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes and the ASCII code today. A link to a PowerPoint titled "004--ASCII Code PowerPoint" is on the right-hand side of this website. Students then deciphered an individualized ASCII message using the ASCII Code on the right side of this website. They began to learn to type without looking at their fingers today. They completed the "Home Row 1" exercise.

August 21, 2017 (Monday)--Green Day 4
Students created a desktop shortcut that points to www.symbaloo.com/mix/ehms1 and named it CTLinks. Today they learned about the EHMS computer network, the student Sapphire server and the teacher Hercules server. They learned that they have a personal folder on the Sapphire server and that their local workstation uses the H: pointer to point to it. They created an original picture using Microsoft Paint and saved it on their H: drive. They created an account on www.typing.com and completed lesson 1.

August 18, 2017 (Friday)--Yellow Day 4
Students created a desktop shortcut that points to www.symbaloo.com/mix/ehms1 and named it CTLinks. Today they learned about the EHMS computer network, the student Sapphire server and the teacher Hercules server. They learned that they have a personal folder on the Sapphire server and that their local workstation uses the H: pointer to point to it. They created an original picture using Microsoft Paint and saved it on their H: drive. They created an account on www.typing.com and completed lesson 1.

August 17, 2017 (Thursday)--Green Day 3
Classes on Thursdays are a little shorter than other days. Today all students were successful in logging on to the school network. They took Password Quiz 2.  They learned how to change their password. They learned to make a desktop shortcut and made one that points to this webpage.  They received a paper computer keyboard chart and color-coded it for proper fingering.

August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)--Yellow Day 3
All students were successful in logging on to the school network. They took Password Quiz 2 today.  They learned how to change their password. They learned to make a desktop shortcut and made one that points to this webpage.  They received a paper computer keyboard chart and color-coded it for proper fingering. They practiced typing the home row keys using the Notepad program.

August 15, 2017 (Tuesday)--Green Day 2
Students learned about passwords today.  They learned three ways to prove to a computer that you are who you say you are. We went through the Introduction to passwords lesson--a copy is number 003 under Resources on this webpage.  Students logged into their computers with their temporary passwords and then changed their passwords to a secret personal one.  They took a quick ungraded password quiz--a copy is here. Finally, students had a chance to introduce themselves to the class.

August 14, 2017 (Monday)--Yellow Day 2
Students learned about passwords today.  They learned three ways to prove to a computer that you are who you say you are. We went through the Introduction to passwords lesson--a copy is number 003 under Resources on this webpage.  Students logged into their computers with their temporary passwords and then changed their passwords to a secret personal one.  They took a quick ungraded password quiz--a copy is here. Finally, students had a chance to introduce themselves to the class.

August 11, 2017 (Friday)--Green Day 1
Students learned about the units of the course, the classroom rules, a bit about virtues, and how to properly fold a piece of paper to fit a personal-sized envelope. Links to the course syllabus and today's introductory presentation are on this website under "Resources".

August 10, 2017 (Thursday)--Yellow Day 1
First day of school. Students learned about the units of the course, the classroom rules, a bit about virtues, and how to properly fold a piece of paper to fit a personal-sized envelope. Links to the course syllabus and today's introductory presentation are on this website under "Resources".
 
 

Audacity YouTube Videos

          Lesson 1:  Intro to Audacity
          Lesson 2:  Control Tool Bar
          Lesson 3:  Project vs. Sound File and Part 2
          Lesson 4:  Editing
          Lesson 5:  Tracks
          Lesson 6:  Volume
          Lesson 7:  Solo, Time Shift, Echo
          Lesson 8:  Noise and Silence
          Lesson 9:  Change Pitch; Change Tempo
    
Resources
     001--Course Syllabus
     002--Introduction presentation
     003--Introduction to passwords
     004--ASCII Code PowerPoint
     005--Home Row Practice 1
     006--Home Row Practice 2
     007--Point size and fonts
     008--Home Row Practice 3
    009--Serif/Sans Serif sentences
     010--Home Row Practice 4
     011--Home Row Practice 5
     012--Snipping Tool project
     013--Snip Pictures
     014--Internet Search
     015--c, g, n typing doc
     016--7 lines in 5 minutes
     017--3-letter words, part 1
     018--q, y, p typing doc
     019--Charting PowerPoint
     020--Switzerland pie chart
     021--Many Kinds of Dogs
     022--Top Cereals
     024--Cats Need Care
     025--Top Cereals
     027--Disneyland
     028--Dog Weights Chart
     029--Tab and Enter
     030--The Art of Cooking
     031--Fun With Formatting
     032--Winter Storm Tips
     033--Sports presentation
     034--Easy and Easy essay
     038--YouTube montage
     041--Resolution lesson
     042--The Five Senses
     043--Alphabet Sentences
     045--CPU essay
     048--O say can you see
     049--Copyright Case
     052--Anouk Memo
     054--Animal Hospital
     055--Connell Memo
     056--Fonts presentation
     057--Garage Sale
     059--The Paper Jungle 
     060--Tomas Memo
     061--Rainbow Plant Shop
     062--Japan Index
     063--Kid's Menu
     064--Peña Memo
     067--Copy Straight
     068--Muñoz Memo
     073--Browne letter
     075--Léaud letter
     078--Insert Symbols
     079--Zoo poster
     081--Johnson letter
     082--Oh Danny Boy
     084--Permits letter
     086--Anyway poem
     089--Sick poem
     090--Ice Cream Chart
     096--What Wakes You Up?
     098--Nuñez letter
     100--Lions!! poster
     102--Lodi poster
     103--Networking 101
     104--The Bad Kangaroo
     105--Butterfly Sub Shop
     106--The Lion's Share
     107--Simple comic strip
     109--The Camel Dances

   Microsoft Publisher YouTube Videos

          Lesson 1:  http://youtu.be/ARPK24hwy8I
          Lesson 2:  http://youtu.be/oLn7DDvcNaA
          Lesson 3:  http://youtu.be/SKP4BB9WhYs
          Lesson 4:  http://youtu.be/pajw4tc_BIc 
 

     Scratch YouTube Videos

               Lesson 1--Walking Cat
               Lesson 2--Bouncing Ball
               Lesson 3--Simple Maze
               Lesson 4--Spaceship Game
               Lesson 5--Pong Game
               Lesson 6--Maze 2 Game
               Lesson 8--Tunnel Game
               Lesson 9--Target Practice Game





 
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