First Quarter Recap, Previewing Second Quarter

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  • October 24, 2016

It’s hard to believe that our first quarter is almost over! Here is a recap of what we did:

6th Grade

  • Practiced typing skills by writing a short personal essay
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Practiced using screen captures to take pictures of what’s happening on our computers
  • Created a reference pocketbook of useful keyboard shortcuts to remember using Google Slides
  • Learned about how search engines work and the tips and tricks of effective searching
  • Completed an independent research project to practice what we’ve learned about searching

7th Grade

  • Completed a Presentation Creation Boot Camp assignment in Google Slides (or Prezi) for the prompt: What is Your Passion?
  • Created a reference pocketbook of useful keyboard shortcuts to remember using Google Slides
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Worked with partners on a collaborative research project about important pioneers in computer science and technology, culminating in a research document and presentation.

8th Grade

  • Completed a Presentation Creation Boot Camp assignment in Google Slides (or Prezi) for the prompt: Who is Your Inspiration?
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Brainstormed and collected our thoughts on what makes a great website
  • Worked independently on the creation of portfolio websites using Wix. This is a project we will revisit and work on throughout the school year

What’s Next?

In the second quarter, we will continue to build upon our theme of research and curating good information from online sources. We will also introduce some new applications and disciplines.

Here are some key topics we plan to cover:

  • Coding month, starting at the end of November and throughout December
    • Independent practice in coding discipline of choice using self-directed tutorials
    • Hour of Code participation
  • Designing 3D objects using SketchUp
  • A Refresher on Collecting and Manipulating Data with Google Forms and Sheets
  • Continued practice in typing and research skills

 

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