I have had more than one student come across my path this summer and tell me they had been to the Keystrokes blog. I decided I would post some challenges for those students who venture here over the summer. I discovered the insect pictured above in the parking lot of my church this morning. Identify the type of insect by looking at its silhouette or the outline its body makes. The student who is the first to post the correct answer in the comments will have a racquetball with their name on it waiting in the computer lab when they return to school. For me to properly identify you, please leave your first name only and the name of your classroom teacher last year. I hope to post many more challenges before your summer vacation comes to a close.
The above design is the 2009 National winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Click on the picture above. It will take you to the Doodle 4 Google website where you can view other winners and read all about contest rules and prizes. If you get bored this summer, you can play around with your own google doodle and possibly enter the contest next year. The contest usually opens in March. Check back to see what the theme for next year will be. Who knows, maybe a White Oak student will be next year’s winner.
Students did a great job last week creating games to review their 30 technology terms. View the short video captured with Mrs. Cranford’s flip video and hosted on http://www.schooltube.com to see the students’ excitement. When the year winds down and time allows, I will try to post the games the students created. I also created a jeopardy game using http://jeopardylabs.com to review some technology facts. The game can be found under Student Websites called Technology Jeopardy. The students are having a great time playing this week. My electrical engineer husband built a light box with a green, red, and yellow light with clickers so we could play with three teams. Each member of the winning team gets to put their name on a ticket for a drawing. Each correct answer also wins that student a ticket. At the end of the period, a student draws one ticket and the winner leaves with a racquetball from Walmart. All the intermediate students love racquetballs because they use them to play wall ball against the brick on the playground.
This week students will be grouped into teams of three to four students. Each group will be responsible for creating a technology term game to review the 30 technology words that are on our Tool Shed wall. The students will play the games next week as time allows. Students may choose one of the game formats listed at http://www.education-world.com/a_special/vocabulary or come up with their own.
The resulting slide shows from the “Get to Know My Class” project are posted for everyone to enjoy. The students completed their slide with their avatar, wordart of their name, and text boxes of their descriptive words and uploaded them using google docs. A huge thank you goes out to Mr. Floyd for taking such good care of us and setting up google accounts for all the Intermediate School students.
The videos below are a great way to grasp the difference between software and hardware.
For the next few weeks, the students will create an avatar choosing between two free internet sites listed in the Useful Programs sidebar. They will capture the screen and paste the image in Paint. In Paint, they will edit the image and save it to their computer. They will insert the image in a blank slide using Microsoft Power Point. In Power Point, they will use a vertical wordart to type in their first name. Using the text tool, they will create words from the letters in their name that describe them. They will save their slides on their computer. Using Google Docs, they will each import their slide in to one presentation to create a “Get to Know My Class” portfolio. The pdf instruction files for this project can be found by clicking on the picture below.