We have concluded our technology classes for Trimester 1. On Thursday, Nov. 17, I listed names on the board and what assignments were overdue. Students with no overdue work could continue onto their image editing activity (008-8) using Pixlr.com. There had also been an open lab at recess on Thursday as well but there were no 8th grade takers on that offer.
We have spent the bulk of the first marking period on digital citizenship and technology and information literacy: How do you know you can trust the information on a website? How do you evaluate a source? How do you legitimately use someone else's images online and give proper attribution? In our Google Classroom assignments (002 through 007) the emphasis was not only on skills and thought process, but also on meeting deadlines. The students who dawdle and waste what little class time they have will have a harder time coping with high school deadlines. (There will be some seat changes in Trimester 2!) A student who is absent has everything at his/her fingertips in order to stay up to date with assignments and still is responsible for meeting deadlines.
Our current project is learning about some image editing techniques using Pixlr. We are demonstrating colorizing images with two different techniques: selection of an area on the image and adjusting hue and saturation, and also using layers and the eraser tool to bring out the color of one area while the background remains black and white. These will be shared on the blog with proper image attribution. Due date for 008-8 is November 29.
I am wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. Let us be thankful for our families and the gifts of the earth. Below is Pope Francis's message regarding taking care of the earth:
A Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace,
that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray,
in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’