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Quarter 4


Class = 40 minutes / once a week. (15 minutes keyboarding / 25 minutes computer skills)
Keyboarding Goal for end of 5th grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 15-17 wpm / 95%, by touch.

For this 4th quarter, students have been working on computer skills, rather than spending time in UltraKey. They get practice typing as they do their computer projects.


SKILLS: Integrating making bar graphs and writing formulas using a spreadsheet (AppleWorks) with math / Integrating making a podcast with Social Studies.

Using spreadsheet and formulas to create a bar graph to see how many of each color is in a bag of Skittles candy: Students reviewed how to enter and format data in an AppleWorks spreadsheet and how to resize columns and rows. They were reminded that text is left justified by default, but numbers are right justified. They learned how to make everything centered if they wanted and how to use text wrap so when they entered a lot of text, it would go to the next line instead of stretching the column wider.

To review how easily you could make a graph (chart) using a computer, we took a poll to see which flavor ice cream (choc, van, straw) students liked best. Students set up their headings and then entered the votes. Next, they selected the data and from the menu, chose: Options / Make chart. It was exciting to see the graph appear. It was even more exciting to see that if we changed one of the numbers in our votes, that the bar would automatically go up or down. - So much more efficient than erasing!

In 5th grade, I teach students how to write formulas in a spreadsheet to make the computer do calculations automatically. For a fun activity, I held up a large bag of skittles and had the students guess if there were more yellow, red, purple, green, or orange skittles in the bag. Then I put them in groups of two and gave them a random pile of Skittles from the bag. They sorted them by color and created a bar graph to show the amount of each color of candy.

I then showed them how to write a formula so that the computer would automatically add any numbers in a column. After entering the formula, we went around the room and each group called out the number of each color they had. As they called out the numbers, each group entered the number in their spreadsheet. The great thing was - as the number was entered, the total for that color appeared and the graph was automatically updated! We weren't sure which color was the winner until the last number was called out!

Creating a podcast with recorded voice, pictures, and background music: Miss Detweiler's class had a few more sessions than Mrs. Long's class. I tried podcasting with them. The 5th graders had already written about their field trip to Philadelphia in Mrs. Long's social studies class. I had them get their papers. We used Garageband (free on the mac) and the microphones that are part of the mac to record their narration of what they had written. The recording showed up in the Garageband podcast file as a "track". Students could see the sound waves go up and down. Next we did some searching on the web to find the museums they had visited. We reviewed downloading images from the web, so that they could gather some pictures for their podcast. These were then dragged onto another track on the podcast. Students had to line up and extend the pictures with the correct audio to that while they were talking about one topic, the correct picture was being displayed. Then I showed them how to find tons of background music to add to their podcast. With Garagaband, the background music is loud, but as soon as the person starts talking, the background music get softer. I demonstrated how to edit the music, by cutting off the end and fading it out. Last, the students exported the Garageband file as a regular audio file so that the podcast could be played by any computer with Quicktime on it. Some of the podcasts were placed on Miss Detweiler's wiki. http://kraybill5d.wikispaces.com/





Quarter 3


Class = 40 minutes / once a week. (15 minutes keyboarding / 25 minutes computer skills)
Keyboarding Goal for end of 5th grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 15-17 wpm / 95%, by touch.



SKILLS: Integrating multimedia presentation software (MediaBlender) with science

Creating text objects, using paint tools, and adding recorded sound to objects in Media Blender to create an interactive multimedia slide show about cells

Adding graphics and text, adding buttons to transition to the next page: Students finished recording their voices to explain the function of the cell parts. Now, when the user clicks on the word: "cell membrane", they will hear the student saying what the cell membrane does! How cool is that?! We needed to create a title page, naturally, so students added a text object for a title and then looked through the folders of images that come with the MediaBlender program to find a plant they liked.

Last, students created buttons to move to the next page. There are all kinds of buttons to choose from. The first button was a standard shape and students wrote "next page" or something similar. I allowed them to choose any "transition" they liked. For the next button, I directed them to the program's folders of various styles of buttons. Of course, when they got to the folder of "animated" buttons, there was no going back! For this second button, I had everyone choose a "dissolve" transition, because I wanted it to look like the new cell part was magically appearing on the page. When I asked them how we could create the same type of button on every page quickly, they gave me the response I wanted: copy/paste.

Students are understanding the difference between "object" and "paint" as they work with this project. If they need to change the formatting of the word or button or sound, they need to click on the draw arrow and then double-click on the object. If they want to see it work or write in the text box, they must click on the hand tool first. This project has taken a long time, but the skills they have learned will be carried over to other programs. The many pages and drawings and modifications they have made have reinforced the way the tools work in their minds. And the process of thinking about which tools to use and how to get it to do what you want involves higher order thinking and is a good way to stretch their minds! - Oh, and hopefully, they'll remember the parts of the cells now!




Quarter 2


Class = 40 minutes / once a week. (15 minutes keyboarding / 25 minutes computer skills)
Keyboarding Goal for end of 5th grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 15-17 wpm / 95%, by touch.



SKILLS: Integrating multimedia presentation software (MediaBlender) with science

Creating text objects, using paint tools, and adding recorded sound to objects in Media Blender to create an interactive multimedia slide show about cells

Paint tools (bucket, eyedropper, paint brush) Students finished creating their slide show pages of the parts of the cell. They used a transparent oval tool, drawing from the center - out to create the cell membrane on the first page. Then they duplicated the page and added the cell wall. This continued until all parts were drawn, with each page showing a new part.

Text boxes: Students created text boxes (called text "objects" in Media Blender) to label each part. This is a review from text boxes in PowerPoint (3rd gr.) and text boxes in AppleWorks (4th gr). With MediaBlender, text boxes can have scroll bars and act as buttons to move to the next page or cause some action to occur when clicked. A text box was created on each page to label the new cell part that was added on each page. After creating a few from scratch, students discovered that we could "copy" a text box and "paste" it on the next page, so that we didn't have to keep changing the formatting (color/font/size) each time. We would only have to change the letters to make a new word.

Audio! Now the fun really begins! We are going back to each text object, choosing the "draw arrow", double-clicking on the word to bring up the text formatting window and choosing "action". From among the many actions, we are choosing "Play a sound". From the sound tabs, we are choosing "Record sound". Then we are saying what each cell part does into the microphone in our computer. After playing it back to make sure it's right, students click on the OK button and now - - - - When someone clicks on the name of the cell part, they will hear each student describing what it does! What a cool way to reinforce what it learned in the classroom! Students have taken the time to draw each part, label each part, and will say the information over until it is recorded they way they like. Then they all want to listen to each other's recordings and watch each other's slide shows! At the end, we will create a title card and add buttons that make the next page appear. They have created something cool on the computer that they are proud of and they don't even realize they're learning their science, too! I love it!



KEYBOARDING:

New students: Experts recommend 3-4 twenty minute sessions per week to learn keyboarding. Since most students have completed UltraKey in third grade and we only type for 15 minutes each week, I strongly suggest that new students purchase the UltraKey program and practice at home, as well. You may send in a request for UltraKey to the homeroom teacher or office and a check for $19.95 payable to "Kraybill School". The program works on a mac or PC. UltraKey divides the letters into nine levels or lessons & tests. Students are allowed to move onto the next level of letters after passing a test twice with 10 wpm / 95 %. If students are struggling, I reduce the pass level to 7 or 8 wpm / 95%. You can tape one edge of a piece of paper to the top of the keyboard so it covers your child's hands during the tests. That will help him/her to type without looking down.

Free online games to practice keyboarding: http://freetypinggame.net/play.asp