During the month of September sixth graders have been busy logging into their various accounts and getting back in the swing with Google Docs. Their first assignment was to compose an email to their tech teacher telling what they wish they could learn about in technology. What are they curious or confused about? What do they think they do well? They also learned about Cc (carbon copy) and Bcc (blind carbon copy), and of course what carbon paper originally was used for in typing.
There was quite a variety of responses for tech topics and they included:
Apple products, iCloud, airplane mode, Chrome browser and Chromebooks, computer hacking, creating a Minecraft server, making screencasts, making websites, computer viruses, and many more. One theme that seemed to surface was wanting to be faster on the keyboard. We will continue to re-visit the keyboarding program in class, and I would encourage parents to download the free application (see Keyboarding) at home so that students can pick up where they left off in school. They will not be able to master keyboarding in the limited amount of time we can devote to it in class.
Today we combined two topics so they had a video overview of the HP 14 inch Chromebook which they will soon be using and also something relating to web design, and that was the use of hexadecimal color names. Next week students will create a themed word cloud and use the advanced tools to predetermine word size and use hexadecimal codes to design their color scheme. It would be very beneficial for them to come to class on Tuesday with a theme in mind, such as a hobby or interest, a subject area, a famous person, etc. for which to build the word cloud. I strongly encouraged them to make use of the two tiles on the webmix for this activity to be ready to start next week.
Color chart in the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons