As the first month of the school year is behind us and we are adjusting to a new schedule and new system with tech class, I would like to recap what has been going on and what is on the horizon for grade 7.
We began with a short assignment at the beginning of the year to create a personalized logo for the Chromebook. This activity not only brings an opportunity for creativity but also personalization of the devices students will be using almost daily. It also was an opportunity to become familiar with Google Drawing (tools very similar to MS Word/PPT drawing tools - think fifth grade smoking poster) and especially to become acclimated to using Google Classroom as a way to work on and submit assignments. The two components of the logo project were to actually create and submit the logo in PNG format via Google Classroom, and then share the logo with the world via a blog post telling about the design. Students also needed to credit image sources used in the design.
Grading will be revamped for technology class this year with assignments receiving letter grades such as VG, G, S according to the established criteria for the project. For the logo, the following was used:
VG - assignment was completed according to directions and submitted on time
G - assignment was completed according to directions but submitted late
S - assignment was completed but some directions were not followed
When grades are entered into PowerSchool, in order to display the letter grade it is necessary to enter a number on the grade scale assigned to minor subjects. So in order for a VG to appear as a grade, a number from 90 to 94 would be entered. Since there are 5 different grades points in each letter range, I will be using the number in the middle of each range. For example a 92 for VG, and 88 for G, an 82 for S. Mathematically this allows for a student who receives two grades in a quarter (and that is likely all we might accomplish) the average will convert to the higher. Here are some possible scenarios:
Student with 2 scores in a quarter: G, VG - quarter average is VG
Student with 3 scores in a quarter: G, G, VG - quarter average is G.
For the logo itself, group 7B has a deadline of this week with the blog post due by the end of next week. Then 7A will have their opportunity to work on the same project while 7B is in health class. After students' explanations are posted on their blogs, they would very much welcome comments from readers. Feel free to post a comment. All comments and posts will be approved before going live. Caution: Parents should not include their last names as students are known strictly by first names on the blog site and we do not want to compromise their privacy.
Directions for logo
Directions for blog post