Today I will introduce the class to the concept of spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are used for information that is laid out in tables. People use spreadsheets to sort, calculate, and graph. The students will learn 4 new vocabulary words – worksheet, column, row, and cell. We will also do an exercise where they will start Microsoft Excel, learn to navigate a spreadsheet, identify cells, and enter data.
Today we will use Picnik to edit our photos. We will learn how to use the following free features:
They are welcome to explore the other features of the application as well. The final photo must be attractive and festive. Click on the following to access Picnik:
We are starting a unit on Digital Photography. Today we will:
Watch a Brainpop movie called "photography" which reviews the history of photography and gives some hints on how to take a good picture.
Watch a Brainpop movie called "cameras" that describes how cameras work (both film and digital).
We'll talk about pixels and the terms "mega" and "giga".
I'll show the students how to download photos from a camera and put the photos into a folder on a computer.
The students will access their photos using Windows Explorer.
The students are learning about Jan Brett in class. Today we'll be exploring the Jan Brett website.
The kids did a great job on their Luray Caverns project. Click here to see their work. Please note: we will post the last couple as they are completed.
Today we will continue to work on our Luray Caverns project. They will use Pixie to draw a picture of Luray Cavern and then narrate it by reading their essays. Here is an example of one from last year...
The students will be using Pixie to create a drawing of their trip to Luray Cavern. I will demonstrate to them how to use the draw tool, paint fill tool, and smear feature. Here are some photos of the field trip to help them out:
Last week the students used Microsoft Word. I gave them a glimpse into using the "ribbons", then let them explore. I had them get up and demonstrate to the class what they figured out. It was amazing what they learned. We looked at changing the way fonts looked, inserting shapes, wordart, pictures, and word art, and much more.
This week we're going to take a more measured approach. The kids are going to systematically learn to change the way fonts look including: bold, italics, underline, font size, color, and changing fonts.
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