Keyboarding Wheel Assignments

Quarter 4

May 2-8, 2019:
  • If you have not completed the Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier video and packet, finish that when we're done with our typing assignment. 
  • Please make sure to turn in your completed packet with your NAME on it. When you have completed the entire Digital Nation assignment, please follow the instructions below:
Digital Compass Assignment
  • Open the link to the Internet Safety Game
  • You must allow your computer to run Adobe Flash Player.
  • Create a username that you can remember. You will only be able to sign in using that username, so unless you want to constantly have to restart, write down your username in a place you'll be able to find it (planner, etc.)
  • Your goal is to earn a 100% on EACH of the assignments in BOTH of the columns. This may mean that you'll have to take the tests more than once, but try your best and you can DEFINITELY get a 100%!
  • In order to earn a final score for this assignment, you must take a screenshot of your score card with all of your 100% scores and email the screenshot to me at bforrest@sandi.net. See below for instructions on taking a screenshot.
Screenshot (shift + command + 4 then highlight the area you want to screenshot) your score card to prove that you have completed all of the lessons, and show it to me at your earliest convenience so I can record your score in the gradebook.

April 25, 2019:
  • If you have not yet completed and turned in the Welcome to the Web assignment/packet, start by finishing that. When you are finished, make sure your name is  on the packet, and turn it in to me.
  • Begin watching this video: Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier (complete worksheet as you watch)
  • Fill out the answers in your accompanying packet as you work. You will have more time to work on these in class tomorrow. 
  • Remember to turn in your completed Welcome to the Web packet (for a grade)!
April 17, 2019:
  • Begin with typing.com today as usual UNLESS you haven't finished your questions about Typography. If you are not finished with those, finish them using the resources below, and share them to me at bforrest@sandi.net.
  • Use the printed packet given to you in class to start working on the Welcome to the Web assignment. Click here to begin this assignment. DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR PACKET!
April 9, 2019:
  • Today, you'll start by working on typing.com. Next, follow the instructions and links below. We will discuss your responses in class
  • The History of Typography:
    What is the history of typographic development? You will examine the history of type and answer the questions below. You can open a Google Doc (docs.google.com) with your Google account and write your answers there. 
     
    Please include the question in your response. 
     
    You can copy (Command C) and paste (Command V) the question into your Google Doc if you're trying to save time.
    Click on the titles below to view the videos: To view the videos, you'll have to sign in with your student account. Click on the link and sign in to the Google login with this information (your student id)@stu.sandi.net. Make sure you share your finished Google Doc with me at bforrest@sandi.net.

    Take notes as you watch this video.

    • What were the forms of technology used by people to print text over time?
    • When was the technology invented or used?
    • Which countries/cultures developed each form of print?
    • What motivated changes in the technology?
    • Who were important inventors?
April 8, 2019:
  • Welcome to Keyboarding!
  • Be sure to get your syllabus signed and return for your first grade. Due by Friday, April 12.
  • Click here to find the join link for the class as well as your username and password requirements. You will also find links to typing and coding games not included on typing.com, however, remember that all games played that are not part of typing.com are not recorded on your reports and therefore do not improve your overall record.
Quarter 3
March 20, 2019:
  • Click on the following link if to see the instructions for the Cartoon Yourself assignment. Once you have looked through the instructions, I actually want you to follow the step by step instructions for the Mona Lisa assignment (below). DO NOT draw the Mona Lisa....instead, just as mentioned in the Cartoon Yourself assignment instructions, take a photo of yourself (WITH NO FILTER) in PhotoBooth on your computer then use THAT photo to create your selfie masterpiece! :)

  • First, you will make a contour drawing with no background (black drawing on white background), which can be created by using A NEW LAYER over the Mona Lisa picture.  To create a new layer, you can either click on the little folded over tab in the layers menu next to the little trashcan OR you can go to LAYER-NEW-LAYER.


  • 2.  If you can't see the layers window, simply click on Window and make sure Layers is checked.


    3. 
    You’ll want to unlock the background pretty much every time you work in Photoshop. To do this, just double click on the locked layer and click OK on the New Layer prompt that appears. Your “background” layer will become “Layer 0.”





    4.  Once you begin working on your drawing you'll want to make sure that you are ON that new layer (the layer you are on will be highlighted in blue):




    and begin your “tracing” by using the brush tool  and using the 3 px size and a SOLID color brush (see highlighted brush below)




    MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE USING BLACK
      INK! (Select colors using the two squares on the very bottom of your toolbar (far right).


    Check and double-check that you are actually using another layer, or you’ll end up having to do everything again! You can click on the little eye on each layer to make that layer visible or invisible.




    4. Remember to connect all lines as any open spaces (no matter how tiny) will make filling your drawing with color much more difficult.

    5. Make sure to include all features…eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial features, but also hands, folds in clothes, hair, etc. Some parts are harder to see than others. You can zoom in or out by using the VIEW menu, or you can simply use the keyboard controls: COMMAND + to zoom in and COMMAND – to zoom out. Don’t forget to draw/add a super cool background!

    6. Once you’ve done your contour drawing in another layer, you can check that layer every now and then (by itself) to see if there are lines missing, etc. When it’s definitely complete
    , you can DELETE THE LAYER 0f LAYER/MONA LISA LAYER by highlighting that layer and clicking on the little trash can in the bottom right of the layer window. Make SURE you are deleting the correct layer. 



    7. REMEMBER TO SAVE ALL OF YOUR FILES AS PHOTOSHOP (.
    PSD) FILES UNDER FORMAT WHEN SAVING!!!






    8. Open your saved contour drawing (coloring book page) and begin coloring it either with the brush tool (by hand) or by using new fill layers (LAYER – NEW FILL LAYER – SOLID, GRADIENT, or PATTERN) and use the magic wand 
    and/or the lasso tool



    to select specific areas to shade, fill, etc. 


    When shading
    , remember, you can adjust the OPACITY of a color by using the Opacity option on the top menu. This is very useful for shading and blending. Lower opacity = more transparent.We will go over this in class.



    9. Make sure to SAVE AS (not just SAVE) and rename the colored version a different name than the original contour drawing.

    10. We will go through the process of saving and printing final drafts of files together, but know that you will  be saving final copies as .JPG 
    files USING THE DROP DOWN MENU! 

February 27, 2019:

Digital Compass Assignment
When you have completed all of the games and earned scores you're happy with (you can replay them until you earn the score you're happy with), make sure to complete the following task below in bold (screenshot). Most students try to earn a 100% on each game. You have a significant amount of class time to work on this, so don't settle for a low score if you can help it!
  • Screenshot (shift + command + 4 then highlight the area you want to screenshot) your score card to prove that you have completed all of the lessons, and show it to me at your earliest convenience so I can record your score in the gradebook.

February 13, 2019:

January 31, 2019:
  • Begin with typing.com today as usual UNLESS you haven't finished your questions about Typography. If you are not finished with those, finish them using the resources below, and share them to me at bforrest@sandi.net.
  • Use the printed packet given to you in class to start working on the Welcome to the Web assignment. Click here to begin this assignment. 
January 30, 2019:
  • Today, you'll start by working on typing.com. Next, follow the instructions and links below. We will discuss your responses in class
  • The History of Typography:
    What is the history of typographic development? You will examine the history of type and answer the questions below. You can open a Google Doc (docs.google.com) with your Google account and write your answers there. 
     
    Please include the question in your response. 
     
    You can copy (Command C) and paste (Command V) the question into your Google Doc if you're trying to save time.
    Click on the titles below to view the videos: To view the videos, you'll have to sign in with your student account. Click on the link and sign in to the Google login with this information (your student id)@stu.sandi.net

    Take notes as you watch this video.

    • What were the forms of technology used by people to print text over time?
    • When was the technology invented or used?
    • Which countries/cultures developed each form of print?
    • What motivated changes in the technology?
    • Who were important inventors?

    • Why is the modern keyboard set up in the QWERTY format? 

January 28, 2019:
  • Welcome to Keyboarding!
  • Be sure to get your syllabus signed and return for your first grade.
  • Click here to find the join link for the class as well as your username and password requirements. You will also find links to typing and coding games not included on typing.com, however, remember that all games played that are not part of typing.com are not recorded on your reports and therefore do not improve your overall record.




Quarter 2
January 23, 2019:

  • And if that wasn't enough to blow your mind, here are some examples in color: https://larc.unt.edu/ian/art/ascii/color/. The artist behind the last two links also has a page describing 
  • Give this cool art form a go, and see what you can create with just your keyboard and computer! :) If you're not patient enough to create a super cool image from scratch, guess what? I found THIS for you! Try it out and make something fun!

January 9, 2019:
  • Click on the following link if to see the instructions for the Cartoon Yourself assignment. Once you have looked through the instructions, I actually want you to follow the step by step instructions for the Mona Lisa assignment (below). DO NOT draw the Mona Lisa....instead, just as mentioned in the Cartoon Yourself assignment instructions, take a photo of yourself (WITH NO FILTER) in PhotoBooth on your computer then use THAT photo to create your selfie masterpiece! :)

  • First, you will make a contour drawing with no background (black drawing on white background), which can be created by using A NEW LAYER over the Mona Lisa picture.  To create a new layer, you can either click on the little folded over tab in the layers menu next to the little trashcan OR you can go to LAYER-NEW-LAYER.


  • 2.  If you can't see the layers window, simply click on Window and make sure Layers is checked.


    3. 
    You’ll want to unlock the background pretty much every time you work in Photoshop. To do this, just double click on the locked layer and click OK on the New Layer prompt that appears. Your “background” layer will become “Layer 0.”





    4.  Once you begin working on your drawing you'll want to make sure that you are ON that new layer (the layer you are on will be highlighted in blue):




    and begin your “tracing” by using the brush tool  and using the 3 px size and a SOLID color brush (see highlighted brush below)




    MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE USING BLACK
      INK! (Select colors using the two squares on the very bottom of your toolbar (far right).


    Check and double-check that you are actually using another layer, or you’ll end up having to do everything again! You can click on the little eye on each layer to make that layer visible or invisible.




    4. Remember to connect all lines as any open spaces (no matter how tiny) will make filling your drawing with color much more difficult.

    5. Make sure to include all features…eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial features, but also hands, folds in clothes, hair, etc. Some parts are harder to see than others. You can zoom in or out by using the VIEW menu, or you can simply use the keyboard controls: COMMAND + to zoom in and COMMAND – to zoom out. Don’t forget to draw/add a super cool background!

    6. Once you’ve done your contour drawing in another layer, you can check that layer every now and then (by itself) to see if there are lines missing, etc. When it’s definitely complete
    , you can DELETE THE LAYER 0f LAYER/MONA LISA LAYER by highlighting that layer and clicking on the little trash can in the bottom right of the layer window. Make SURE you are deleting the correct layer. 



    7. REMEMBER TO SAVE ALL OF YOUR FILES AS PHOTOSHOP (.
    PSD) FILES UNDER FORMAT WHEN SAVING!!!






    8. Open your saved contour drawing (coloring book page) and begin coloring it either with the brush tool (by hand) or by using new fill layers (LAYER – NEW FILL LAYER – SOLID, GRADIENT, or PATTERN) and use the magic wand 
    and/or the lasso tool



    to select specific areas to shade, fill, etc. 


    When shading
    , remember, you can adjust the OPACITY of a color by using the Opacity option on the top menu. This is very useful for shading and blending. Lower opacity = more transparent.We will go over this in class.



    9. Make sure to SAVE AS (not just SAVE) and rename the colored version a different name than the original contour drawing.

    10. We will go through the process of saving and printing final drafts of files together, but know that you will  be saving final copies as .JPG 
    files USING THE DROP DOWN MENU! 


December 6, 2018:

Digital Compass Assignment
When you have completed all of the games and earned scores you're happy with (you can replay them until you earn the score you're happy with), make sure to complete the following task below in bold (screenshot). Most students try to earn a 100% on each game. You have a significant amount of class time to work on this, so don't settle for a low score if you can help it!
  • Screenshot (shift + command + 4 then highlight the area you want to screenshot) your score card to prove that you have completed all of the lessons, and show it to me at your earliest convenience so I can record your score in the gradebook.

November 28, 2018:

November 8, 2018:
  • Begin with typing.com today as usual UNLESS you haven't finished your questions about Typography. If you are not finished with those, finish them using the resources below, and share them to me at bforrest@sandi.net.
  • Use the printed packet given to you in class to start working on the Welcome to the Web assignment. Click here to begin this assignment. 

November 7, 2018:
  • Today, you'll start by working on typing.com. Next, follow the instructions and links below. We will discuss your responses in class
  • The History of Typography:
    What is the history of typographic development? You will examine the history of type and answer the questions below. You can open a Google Doc (docs.google.com) with your Google account and write your answers there. 
    Please include the question in your response. 
    You can copy (Command C) and paste (Command V) the question into your Google Doc if you're trying to save time.
    Click on the titles below to view the videos: To view the videos, you'll have to sign in with your student account. Click on the link and sign in to the Google login with this information (your student id)@stu.sandi.net

    Take notes as you watch this video.

    • What were the forms of technology used by people to print text over time?
    • When was the technology invented or used?
    • Which countries/cultures developed each form of print?
    • What motivated changes in the technology?
    • Who were important inventors?

    • Why is the modern keyboard set up in the QWERTY format? 

October 29-31, 2018:
  • Be sure to get your syllabus signed and return for your first grade.
  • Click here to find the join link for the class as well as your username and password requirements.
Quarter 1
October 17-18, 2018:
  • Click on the following link if you chose to work on the Cartoon Yourself assignment.
October 1, 2018:

Digital Compass Assignment
  • Open the link to the Internet Safety Game
  • You must allow your computer to run Adobe Flash Player.
  • Screenshot (shift + command + 4 then highlight the area you want to screenshot) your score card to prove that you have completed all of the lessons, and show it to me at your earliest convenience so I can record your score in the gradebook. 

September 26, 2018:
September 12, 2018:
  • Open the link to Welcome to the Web.
  • Follow all of the instructions and work on the six modules.
  • Fill in information asked for. You will use these as notes. 
  • Finally, complete the Challenge activity.  Write the name of the criminal at the bottom of the page.
  • If you have extra time, continue your training on your typingtraining.com account. 

September 5, 2018:
  • Today, you'll start by working on Typing Training for 30 minutes. Next, follow the instructions and links below. We will discuss your responses in class. 
  • The History of Typography:
    What is the history of typographic development? You will examine the history of type and create either an illustrated timeline or a written report (with multiple paragraphs) that outlines the major developments in printing/typing.
     
    Click on the titles below to view the videos: To view the videos, you'll have to sign in with your student account. Click on the link and sign in to the Google login with this information (your student id)@stu.sandi.net

    Take notes as you watch this video.

    • What were the forms of technology used by people to print text over time?
    • When was the technology invented or used?
    • Which countries/cultures developed each form of print?
    • What motivated changes in the technology?
    • Who were important inventors?

    • Why is the modern keyboard set up in the QWERTY format?

August 27, 2018:
  • Welcome back! Please feel free to send me an email at msforrestsclass@gmail.com with your first and last name and class period in the subject line. This will make personal communication with you much easier.
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