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Bloom into EdTech: The Blog: September 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

First Grade- Windows Paint and Self-Portraits


Major Topic: Mouse, Microsoft Paint
Week/Weeks: 3 classes

NETS for Students:

1. Creativity and Innovation  
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a.
apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b.
create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c.
use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d.
identify trends and forecast possibilities.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts   Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
 
a.
understand and use technology systems.
b.
select and use applications effectively and productively.
c.
troubleshoot systems and applications.
d.
transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Materials:

Motivation:
    • Have students review parts of the computer by having them point to the different parts as you call off its proper name. (monitor, keyboard, mouse, CPU, printer, speakers)
    • Have Microsoft Paint open at each computer. You may want to have the monitor kept off until you are ready to begin the lesson.

Activity:
  1. Have the students come to the front of the room and sit by the electronic white board with the Microsoft Paint Program open.
  2. Teach them how to draw each of the basic shapes- circle, rectangle, polygon, rounded rectangle.
  3. st Teach Shapes.2nd Teach how to fill in shapes.Show them how to select a color and use the fill tool.
  4. Allow students to go back to their seats and complete the following “I Can Draw Activity Checklist.” Print one for each student (two per page) and have them write name at the top of the page. Have them draw each of shape using the correct tools and fill in one shape. Walk around the room and check off the shape as the complete it. Collect the “I Can Draw Activity Checklist” to use as a tool for you to grade each student. Note: use PolyGram tool to draw the triangle and star!


Week 2:
  1. Have the students come to the front of the room and sit by the electronic white board with the Microsoft Paint Program open.
  2. Show students how to use the remainder of the tools- eraser, pencil, brush, and airbrush.
  3. Show students how to create a new page WITHOUT saving. On the menu click File à New à Want to save untitled? Click NO –or- Don’t Save
  4. Allow Students to have free time back at their seats to draw freely and become accustomed to the new tools. Encourage students to use shapes to draw!

Week 3:
This week have the students go directly to their seats with Microsoft Paint open at their computers. Today they will learn how to draw a self portrait.
From their seats, show the students how to draw an oval on the whiteboard in the middle of the page.

Show them how to use the shape tools to add features like eyes and mouth:

Use the drawing tool to make a nose:

Use different tools to fill and add features such as hair:

When they are finished, the teacher may save them in their student folder on the server or print.
 

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Monday, September 12, 2011

First Grade- Computer Parts Worksheet and Student Login

First Grade- Computer Parts Worksheet and Student Login- Sample Worksheet

Grade: 1
Major Topic: Computer Hardware, logging into the computer
Week/Weeks: 1 class
Mrs. Bloom

NETS for Students:
  1. Basic operations and concepts
    • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.

Motivation:
  • Have students sit in a group and play a game called “Simon Says” and have them take turns finding a part of the computer.
    • “Simon Says, [child’s name] find me the monitor!”
    • This is a great way to learn your students’ names!
Materials:

Activity:
  • Discuss directions and have students complete the computer parts worksheet as per directions.
  • Computer activity: On the whiteboard at the front of the class, have the first grade student sign in and password displayed. Teach them how to log in and out of their computer by demonstrating first and then walking them through the process step –by-step.
  • Example: “Click your cursor in the Username name field and type in your username” Go around the room to make certain all students have their cursor in the correct box before you move on. Some students may need you to spell out the username. Say each letter at a time until all the students have it correct. Follow these directions for the password. Once the students are in- show them how to log off. Repeat a few times and check off the students who you feel may need more help.

Suggestions:
  • I usually grade this on a scale of 5 for participation and understanding. 5 being they got it on the first or second try – to – 1 may need more guidance.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kindergarten- Learning the Parts of the Computer with Worksheet

Kindergarten- Learning the Parts of the Computer with Worksheet

Grade: Kindergarten
Major Topic: Computer Hardware
Week/Weeks: 1 class

NETS for Students:
  1. Basic operations and concepts
    • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
 Materials:

Motivation:
  • Have students sit in a group and play a game called “Simon Says” and have them take turns finding a part of the computer.
    • “Simon Says, [child’s name] find me the monitor!”
    • This is a great way to learn your students’ names!

Procedure:
  • Discuss directions and have students complete the computer parts worksheet (1AComputerPartsWS).
  • Color as per directions.
  • If time permits, have a paint program open for them to practice their mouse skills. Allowing free time in this program will help you assess who will need extra help in the beginning and who may already understand the basic concepts of the computer. 
Please note- you can order more exciting computer hardware items from my Teachers Pay Teachers store located here.

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