8th Grade

Welcome to the 8th grade computer classroom. In addition to practicing typing, students do the following activities: Get typing games for extra practice.

*Badges: You will have an opportunity to show off your skills by earning digital badges. You will be able to showcase your badges on your Porfolio website Check out what Aurora Public Schools is doing with badges.

*Being Safe: This site has curriculum for grades 6-8 on how to be safe online and how to deal with bullying.

*Classcraft: "Classcraft is a free online, educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. By using many of the conventions traditionally found in games today, students can level up, work in teams, and earn powers that have real-world consequences." Check out the random events!

Coding: This is a project that you can work on throughout the semester. It is packed with coding activities.

*File Management: This assignment should help prepare students for future activities and assist them in maintaining good files. This assignment gets the student familiar with locating and saving applications they will be using in class. Some fun tricks will be learned during this assignment. Each step should be done in order. NETS: Technology Operations and Concepts (6a) IB Inquiry Question: Why is organization and following directions important? How can following directions lead to more success? ATL: Self Management

*Portfolio Unit: Students will create a portfolio to showcase their best work. They will learn web design and continue to add to their portfolio as they create awesome products in computer design and other classes. Check out an example of what you will be creating. This slide presentation provides greater depth about the unit.

*Choice Project: Students will be able to choose from a variety of options in order to create a final product worthy of posting on their online portfolio. If students don't like the choices, they can make a proposal to the teacher.

Movie Editing: Students will learn how to edit using Corel VideoStudio X10. You will be able to edit film you shoot at school or at home. When you create a good video, you will be encouraged to put it on your Portfolio site. You will also be encouraged to make how to videos using this software.

*Students Educate: Students can create how to videos using Corel VideoStudio X10. They can create videos for teachers or their peers to learn a new concept on the computer. Check out more video resources.

*Photoshop Exploration: Students learn Photoshop and Pixlr in more depth. They must watch several instructional videos and do at least 6 of those videos. They must then put their examples in a Power Point presentation. This project is designed to give them sufficient image editing skills so that they can make exceptional websites that incorporate Photoshop Elements or Pixlr. You can check out the Pixlr online workshop that has many examples and videos to help with this assignment. IB Inquiry Question: How can I change a photograph into something new that looks real? ATL: Thinking

Internet Culture: Students will look at issues pertaining to cyber bullying, online safety, social networks, sexting and online etiquette. Once they have a deeper understanding of these online issues, they will create a multimedia presentation to educate others. IB Inquiry Question: How can I empower others? ATL: Social; Communication; Research; Thinking

*Film Unit: You will learn various film techniques. Once you learn the techniques, you will film several of the different shots and put them in a presentation. ATL: Thinking; Social; Communication

*Photography Unit: You will learn various photography techniques. Once you learn the techniques, you will take photos representing those shots and put them in a presentation. You can watch the presentation that discusses the 8 basic photography techniques. ATL: Thinking; Social; Communication

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