What went well for you today?
Salma says ‘Typing my name’.
Caitlan says ‘Typing cat or bat.
Jordan says ‘Typing rock’
Students in Grade 1 & 2 created a document called ‘My Snowflake’. The ICT skills included:
- Navigating Weblinks – Pictures and Paint, to open the online app ‘Snowflake Maker’
- Using the app to create a 2D and a 3D snowflake, then using ‘still’
- Learning to use the Windows app ‘Snipping Tool’ to capture a screen shot of their snowflake
- Using ‘Save As’ to rename and sequentially number several created snowflakes
- Storing their images in a designated folder in their home drive on the school network
- Creating, naming, and saving a WordPad document called ‘My Snowflake’
- Inserting one of the saved snowflake images from their ‘Pictures’ folder
- Typing a heading and author above the inserted image, and a body of text below the image. (The text is unedited as the student focus was mainly on the ICT skills, some editing was done as part of the writing process. WordPad is used as it does not automatically correct spelling, and it is a required ICT skill that students recognise errors prior to the use of digital spell checkers such as in Microsoft Word.)
- Formatting the heading with font, size, colour and centre align
These are samples of learning by Grade 1 students. Click on the link to open the PDF.
The Foundation student have continued to learn to use the text tool in Microsoft Paint. The topic of ‘Holiday’ was used to enter an unedited sentence. This is used for teaching students how to improve the text for an audience.
Students in Grades 1 & 2 have spent several weeks experiencing skills for gathering information from the internet.
Some of the concepts or processes students used included:
- that copying any image or text from the internet, and putting it into their own work without citing the source, is ‘cheating’ (breaking copyright)
- that images on the internet have ‘licences’, and that it is okay to use images that have a Creative Commons licence
- there are websites containing free images especially for use by students
- all text and images must be completed in a document before any formatting (making it look pretty) is done
Students used an appropriate website, ‘Kid’s Click’ to search for information about an animal of their own choice, highlighting a few sentences to learn to use the right mouse menu to copy and paste the text into a Wordpad document.
The source was cited by highlighting the web address, using copy and paste to insert it into the document.
The project involved navigating ‘Photos for Class’, entering search terms, selecting an image, downloading, naming, and saving to a specific folder in their home drive. Then navigating their Home Drive to insert the image.
The final task was to centre, resize and change the font of the heading.
These are samples of student achievement.
Foundation students have been introduced to Microsoft Paint to explore this small, simple, yet powerful program. The ICT skills are using a mouse for navigating to open the program, recognising and using buttons in different groups on the Home tab, and using the file button to exit. This procedure is repeated to embed independence. The first concepts students have been practising include:
- the use of the pencil to draw with a variety of colours
- the nine brushes to create different effects
- using various lines and shapes to build parts of an image
- using the ‘Fill with Colour’ tool to enhance shapes
- two methods of deleting – parts or whole image (eraser & Select)
- using the text tool to label the image with own name
Students used the topic of ‘Father’s Day’ to showcase their use of Microsoft Paint.
Year Two students have used the online applet of ‘Loupe’ to manipulate cyber safe images and understand that Facebook requires users to be 13 years old before having an account. An online set of both ‘Spongebob’ and ‘Lego’, were used to create shapes made up of a range of selected pictures.
You can find this by following the path of < http://weblinks.coburg-north-ps.vic.edu.au – Pictures and Paint – Get Loupe>
Students in Year One have used the online applet of Poetry Splatter as part of learning how to select and use a network printer to publish their fun poem.
You can find this by following the path of < http://weblinks.coburg-north-ps.vic.edu.au – Literacy – RIF Reading Planet – Game Station – Poetry Splatter>
Students in Year Two have been working on a piece of text using Microsoft WordPad. The computer skills included:
using the right mouse button to open the pop-up menu and select the ‘Save Picture As’ option
using the children’s search engine / directory ‘Kids National Geographic’, with a given search path, to locate a particular image
renaming and sequentially numbering selected images
saving the images in the ‘Pictures’ folder in their home drive on the network
opening Microsoft WordPad and importing an image
typing a heading and creating an imaginative piece of body text
formatting the heading
inserting author name and date
printing the page on a network printer
using the ‘Snipping Tool’ to take a screen shot
naming and saving the screen shot in a shared folder on the network
Please note: The computer skills were the focus of the task. Consequently editing will occur at a later date for spelling and punctuation.
These are some of the results:
Animal Story on PhotoPeach
Year One students have begun learning about Microsoft PowerPoint. The presentation is based on the class topic of ‘People Who Help Us’. The computer skills involved included:
following a given navigation path to open the program
recognising and using the ‘File’ button to save and open the presentation in their home drive on the network
using the ‘Home’ tab and ‘New Slide’ to add ‘Title Only’ slides to the presentation
using the ‘Insert’ tab and ‘Clip Art’ to search for, select, position and resize two pieces of clip art on each slide
using the ‘Insert’ tab and ‘Text Box’ to type a sentence for each piece of clip art
turning on and off, clip art and text boxes
highlighting heading text, using the drop down arrow to open and select a fancy font
changing the size and colour of the heading
Please note: The computer skills were the focus of the task. Consequently editing may occur at a later date for spelling and punctuation.
People Who Help Us on PhotoPeach
Following on from creating a polygon in Microsoft Paint, Prep students then went back to the online site ‘Toy Theatre’ and created polygon spirals. Experimenting with the use of buttons on sliders to change size and sides, these are some of the Prep student creations. ICT skills included following a given navigation path; recognising and using common icons; manipulating and responding to stimuli; selecting and changing colours mid-design; and making improvements.
Toy Theatre: Polygon spirals