Not everyone did a fantastic job on the Spreadsheet Test. We will be reviewing those in class this week. I’m not satisfied that we’re ready to leave spreadsheets as I had planned, so everyone will be taking the Entrance Quiz as an Exit Quiz. Anyone not passing the Exit Quiz will be retaking the Spreadsheet Test again next week. Students who pass the Exit Quiz will be free to move on to creating their Transforming Lives posters and videos for the Advertising Contest. Poster winners will be printed and used around town as advertising. Video winners will be uploaded to the CCS YouTube channel and used on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media promoting the Second Annual Transforming Lives.
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Sometimes websites have great games for kids but the site itself is not user-friendly. The FreeTypingGame.net website has a lot of great material, but the games are surrounded by tons of off-site links (very easy to lose a child on the Internet). So, I borrowed the embed code to their car game, because the boys in preschool love to race cars, and we will see how the game works out for us. Click the link to load the game.
We are finishing up our Excel Spreadsheet Unit and moving on to visual editing using the GIMP program. This program is very complex and no tests will be given over the use of GIMP. Some students will become frustrated with the complexity of the program and some will fall in love with the immense versatility. Students will be showing each other what they learn as they find new tricks within the program.
Sixth and Seventh Grades
The sixth and seventh grades will be creating presentations on Computer History. The presentations will range from a basic overview for the preschool to an in-depth study for the fifth grade. Students may work alone or in groups and will be doing collective research using The Cloud via Google Documents:
Students will choose a focus area such as size or memory type and enter their research next to their computer name. If your student has a Gmail account, I will ask him or her log in using that ID to ease in the tracking of changes. Work can be done at home as well as in school. Here is the projected project completion plan:
- March 15–Project Introduction and Research Assignments
- March 22–Partnerships, Project Goals (Grade Assignments), Research
- March 29–Goal Adjustment, Research
- April 5–Choice of Presentation Media and Incorporation of Research into Chosen Media
- April 12–Preparing Projects for Peer Critique
- April 19–Peer Critique and Project Adjustment
- April 26–Preparing Projects for Teacher Critique
- May 3–Teacher Critique and Project Adjustment
- May 7-11–Projects Presented to All Classes
Several Computer History Videos For Ideas: