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Computer

Course Description — Students will understand basic computer and internet usage and obtain word processing skills as well as practice in depth with the following: first grade, typing; second grade, Paint, Publisher; third grade, Power Point; fourth grade, Scratch (computer programming); fifth grade, WordPress blogs; sixth grade, html; seventh grade, graphic design including photo manipulation; eighth grade, spreadsheets; high school computer courses are listed on the high school page. (Equivalent free software can be used for any of the listed programs.)

Level 1   

Basic Computer Usage

  1. Turn on and off computer. With your parents’ permission turn your computer off and on. Ask how to do it properly. You have to tell the computer to turn off. You do not just push the power button. When the computer is off, there are no lights on the computer and it takes awhile to turn it back on and get going again. Your computer can also “sleep.” When your computer is sleeping, it may have a moving picture of some sort come up on the screen. This is called a screen saver. It protects the computer screen, the part you are reading this on right now, from getting burned by having the same lights on it all the time. We can let laptops (computers that you can hold on your  lap) sleep by closing their lids. Usually we let our computers sleep during the day and turn them off at night. Find out what your family does.
  2. Vocabulary: desktop, window, program  Some computers are called desktop computers because the monitor, or screen that’s attached to the computer’s brain, sits on top of your desk. A laptop computer is one that you can pick up and take with you. A tablet computer is the shape of a piece of paper and doesn’t have a keyboard attached. Each of those types of computers has what we call a desktop. Your “desktop” is the screen on the computer when it is working. On the desktop there are little pictures of the different programs on our computer. You may have a program on your computer to write email. You may have a program for writing. You may have a program for pictures. When you open a program, it opens in what we call a window.
  3. Click, Double Click, Right Click   You probably already know what it means to click on something. You push the left button on your mouse. Sometimes there is something called a touchpad, and you just have to tap it to click. When you click on something, you are telling the computer you are choosing that thing. To double click means to click two times very quickly. That tells the computer you want it to open something. We will practice clicking and double clicking in your next computer lesson. You might use a mouse that has two clicking buttons. We usually use the one on the left. I hope you know your right from your left (if not, go practice that!) Sometimes we are told to right click on something. That means to click on the button on the right. This opens a menu for us. We use this often to save something. Go ahead and right click on your desktop. Did a menu open? (There are so many different types of computers today that you will have to learn how your family’s computers work. My directions will help, but your computer may work differently. Ask if you don’t see on your computer what the lesson is talking about.)
  4. Opening and closing programs. Double click on one of the little pictures on your desktop. If you know which one it is, click on the one for your writing program. Do not click on any games. It’s not time to play! Double click means click two times fast. Usually we need to double click to open a program. The program will open in its own window. Look in the top right corner of the program’s window. Is there a red box with an X in it? Click on the X. This closes the program.
  5. My documents, creating a folder  Ask a parent or an older sibling to show you where the My Documents folder is on your computer. If you don’t have a folder with your name one it, click on New Folder and type in your name and click OK. Ask for help if you need it. This folder is where you will save the things you make on the computer. Click on the red X to close the folder window. Now try to find and open the folder with your name on it.

Internet

  1. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is another place you can go to search. (Maybe your parents can bookmark one for you. I also suggest turning on google safe search. You can turn on youtube’s safety switch at the bottom of any youtube page.) You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images.
  2. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  3. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.
  4. Vocabulary: Here are some words to learn about using the internet.
  • Browser: a browser is what you use to open up websites. You are using a browser right now. There are several different kinds. If it says, “Firefox” in the top left corner of the screen, you are using Firefox. If you clicked on a big e to open a webpage, you are using Internet Explorer. Google Chrome is another. They each are different, but they all serve the same purpose. You could sit in a library to look through books and the library would have tools to help you find books. The browser is your library for the internet, where you hang out to look at webpages.
  • Back: Your browser has a back button, probably an arrow pointing left. If you click on that, it will take you to the last page you were on. Click on it and THEN click on the right arrow, this takes you forward, hopefully back to this page!
  • Refresh: This is another arrow button on your browser. It is an arrow in a circle. It reopens the page you are on. This is useful if something didn’t show up or show up right on the webpage. Sometimes it’s good just to try again. Try it now.
  • Scroll: You scroll down a webpage by clicking on the rectangle button all the way on the right of your screen and dragging it down. You can also click on the down arrow at the bottom right of your screen. You, of course, can also scroll back up. Try it now. Move up and down the screen.
  1. Vocabulary: Here is some more internet vocabulary.
  • When a page is loading, it is working on opening. Be patient. Don’t click on anything. Wait. Wait until it is all the way open. There is usually something to show you that something is loading so you can know that your computer is doing something. Sometimes there is something that says loading and counts up to 100% which is when it all down loading. Click on the back button and watch in the corner for a circle spinning or moving in some way. That is letting you know that the page is loading. If you don’t wait for it to load and click on something, it will make it slower. It might make it crash.
  • When your computer crashes, it stops working. Sometimes it’s because it’s trying to do too much at once. Sometimes it’s because there is a problem. Follow the directions on your screen if they come up. Usually you can just start again and it will work.
  • Download when you download something, you save it onto your computer. Do not download anything without your parents’ permission. Sometimes things like movie or game downloads have viruses on them and you would be saving a virus on your computer. In your school you will download pdf files. These are worksheets for you. These are safe for you to download.

Week 11

  1. Read one more time  about safe internet usage.

Week 12

  1. Play with the keyboard. Can you write any words?

Week 13

  1. You are probably good at this, but try this lesson on using a mouse.

Week 14 – 16

  1. Learn how to type some of the keys on the computer keyboard.

Week 17

  1. Learn how to type in a document.

Week 18

  1. Email: Today you will learn how to send an email. You will need someone to show you how to open your email account. Usually you can just click on an icon (little picture) and it will take you there. You need to tell it that you want to write an email. Click on something that says “Compose” or “Send Email.” It should open a blank letter page for you. In the To: box you have to write someone’s email address. If you start typing someone’s email address, usually the rest will show up. You can ask for the email address of your grandmother or someone else close to you. Click in the box next to where it says Subject. In the subject line you can write “Hello” or “From” and then your name. Click in the big box where you are to write your letter. Write something nice. Finish with your name. Click on “Send.” Find out what your parents’ rules are for using email. Remember not to give out your email address except with permission.
  2. Social networking sites: Your parents may use Facebook or another website like it. Find out the rules of the house about using it. Even though sites like that are supposed to be just for your friends, more of what you put on there is public than you realize. Don’t share anything that isn’t okay for the whole world to know! Don’t put on your phone number and other personal information just like the rules for other places on the internet. Don’t tag photos unless your parents tell you to.

Word Processing

  1. Open your computer’s word processing program maybe it’s called Word. Type your name. Learn how to click save. Find the folder with your name on it. Type your name in for the name of the file, the document, the thing you are saving. Click on save. Type your full name in your document. Click on save. Now you don’t have to name it. It already knows.
  2. Find the folder with your name on it. Click on it to open it. Find the document with your name on it. Click on it to open it. It should open Word or whatever your word processing program is. Do you see your name? Then you followed all the directions. Type a sentence. Click on save. Click on “file” in the top left corner. Find the word “close” and click on it. Your document, the page you were writing on is gone. Now click on open. Find the document with your name on it. Click on it to open it. Click on the red X in the corner to close the whole program.
  3. Find the folder with your name on it. Find the document with your name on it. Click on it. Click on open. Now practice changing the font. Change the font name and type. It’s okay if it’s crazy typing. Now change the font size. Make the number bigger. Now type. Change the font and size lots of times and experiment.
  4. Find the document folder with your name on it and double click on it to open it. Find the document with your name on it to open it. Click in the top left corner of the page. Hit enter a few times. Now type a title for your page. You can call it your name if you like. Now click on the center button. There should be three buttons with lots of lines on them. They are showing lines of words lines up to the left, to the right and in the center. You want your title in the center. See if you can get it in the center. Now highlight your title. Click and drag your cursor over your title. Choose a different color for your title. Now move down and click in the rest of your typing below. Click on the left and right buttons and watch what happens. Now change the color of those words.
  5. See if you remember how to open your file we’ve been working on. It should be called your name and be in a folder with your name on it. Click anywhere on the page and find where it says “Insert.” You are going to insert a picture. You can insert clip art that comes with your program. Or you can insert from a “file” which means a picture you have saved on your computer. Try inserting both kinds. After you click on insert, you’ll have to choose which picture. If you double click on it or click on open it should appear in your file. Use what’s on your computer already. We’re not going to get any other pictures onto your computer right now. When you are done, make sure you save your file.
  6. Today you will print your document. Open the folder with your name on it. Open your document with your name on it. Ask someone to show you how to print on your computer. Make sure the printer is turned on and has paper. Always ask permission before printing something.
  7. From now on you can do Thinking on your computer day, or you can play around on your word processing program and create new documents.

Level 2

  1. Internet Safety Reminders: Do not download anything onto your computer without permission. Do not click on any advertising on a website even if it looks like a game to play. You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images. Don’t give out your name, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.
  2. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is another place you can go to search. (Maybe your parents can bookmark one for you. I also suggest turning on google safe search. You can turn on youtube’s safety switch at the bottom of any youtube page.)  Here is another search engine.
  3. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  4. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks advertisers info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.

Word Processing

  1. Let’s see if you remember what you learned last year. Open a new document in your word processing program. Type “I am ready to learn something new.” Change the color and size of the font. Save it as “New” in a folder with your name on it. Ask for help if you can’t remember any of those steps.
  2. Open your document from last week. Insert a picture and clip art into your document and save it. Then click on insert again and choose shapes if that is an option. Choose a shape. Try and “fill” it with a color. Ask for help if you need it. Save it again.
  3. Make an “I love you, Mom” mini poster. (You can do dad or grandma or someone else.) Open a new document. See if you can find something called “Word Art” or something that lets your write words in special ways. Write “I love you, Mom!” in a special way. Add a picture of you and her (him) if you can find one. Decorate the page. Click on insert. Choose shapes. Maybe you want to put stars on the page? Choose “fill” to color in your shapes. Do you want to add clip art? Can you do it? Ask for help if you can’t find something. Print it out.
  4. Make a mini poster for your dad (or someone else). Open your word processing program. Open a new document. Use Word Art or fancy font and color to write DAD (or someone else) at the top. Save it in the folder with your name on it. Now you are going to “insert” a “text box.” You might need to click on “insert” and then click on “text box.” If there are choices of text boxes, choose what you like. Insert four text boxes. In each text box write a word that describes your dad (or whomever you are making a mini poster for). Use different fonts and colors. Use “fill” to color in your text box. Experiment. Click and drag on the corners of the text box to make it bigger. When you like your poster, save it. Print it out.
Typing
Typing  Click on lessons. Click on the video for lesson one and then the lesson practice. Go through all of the lessons. Next year, you’ll be using Dance Mat Typing to get faster.

Paint

  1. Today we are going to use your computer’s Paint program. If you have a Windows computer, then go to the little Windows circle in the corner and click on All Programs and then click on Accessories and find a program called Paint.
    1. If you use a Mac computer, you will have to ask your parents if you can download Paintbrush which is just like Paint.
    2. Open the program.
    3. Look along the top. There are different symbols we will learn about. Look for the word Tools. Above it do you see the letter A? In some programs they use the letter T instead of A. Find the letter and click on it.
    4. Now click on the white box which is your drawing board.
    5. A box shows up. Type “My Paint Project” in the box.
    6. Can you figure out how to save it? Save it in the folder with your name on it.
  2. Open up the document you made last week called “My Paint Project.”
    1. You are going to try two different things today. The first is fill in a background color. Find a bucket of paint. Click on it. (If you are using a Mac, this might be a little different.)
    2. Click on a color.
    3. Click on the white board which is your painting canvas.
    4. Did the whole thing turn the color you chose?
    5. Change it to other colors.
    6. Then find brushes. Click on brushes. There are lots of different choices: thick, thin, calligraphy pen, marker… Choose one and click on it.
    7. Click on a color.
    8. Click and drag your mouse on the canvas. Are you making a line?
    9. Try different colors with different brushes.
    10. Save your document.
  3. Open up the document you saved called “My Paint Project.”
    1. Today you are going to make shapes.
    2. Click on a shape. Then click and drag on the white board, your painting canvas. Did you make a shape?
    3. Make different shapes of different sizes by choosing different shapes and dragging them to be bigger or smaller.
    4. Click on a shape you already made. Click on one of the corner boxes that appear and drag that corner to change the size of the shape.
    5. Now click on a color and then a shape. Did you make the shape in the color you chose?
    6. Make shapes in different colors.
    1. Let’s look again at shapes.
    2. Last time you drew shapes in different colors. Now let’s color them in.
    3. Draw a shape. Click on the bucket picture. The same one that changed the background color. Click on a color. Now click INSIDE the shape. Did the shape fill in with that color.
    4. Make another shape and fill it with a different color.
    5. Now click on the picture of an eraser. Erase some of your picture.
    6. Click on the pencil. Draw a circle shape as best as you can. Make sure the circle is closed. Make sure there is no opening. Now click on the bucket and a color and fill in the circle you drew with a color.
    7. You can click on the pencil again. Choose a “Size.” Choose a wider line to draw with.
    8. Draw another shape and color it in.
  4. Open up your Paint project.
    1. Click on the pencil. Try and draw a circle. You can fill it in with color if you like using the bucket.
    2. Now click on the little arrow under where it says select. Choose “Free form.”
    3. Now draw an even bigger circle around the first circle. You have now “selected” it. You can click and drag the whole thing to move it around.
    4. Now choose the rectangular select. Draw a box around your circle. That does the same thing.
    5. Now choose Select All.
    1. Open up your paint project.
    2. Draw a shape with the pencil. Color it in if you like.
    3. Now select your shape or “Select All.”
    4. Now you are going to rotate and flip your drawing. (In Paint this is found above where it says Image. It’s the picture of triangles.)
    5. Click on the triangles and choose all of the options.
    6. What happens?
  5. Week 21
    1. Open up your paint project. You might want to clear it off and start with a blank canvas, a plain white board to draw on.
    2. Draw a shape with the pencil or with one of the brushes.
    3. Click on resize. Try the different options and see what happens.
    4. Click on resize and “skew” your shape. What happens?
  6. Week 22
    1. There’s one more thing I want to show you about paint. Then you can just use it to make pictures or cards for people. :)
    2. I use Paint myself for really only one purpose. I use it for making screen shots. A screen shot is a picture of your computer screen.
    3. Look around on your keyboard. Do you see something that maybe says “prt scr?”  That stands for print screen.
    4. Push that button. It seems like nothing happened, right?
    5. Now go to Paint. Paste the screen shot into Paint. You can click on “paste” or you can push ctrl V.
    6. Did a picture of your screen appear in Paint? I hope so. Now click on crop.
    7. Draw a box with the crop tool around just the webpage part of your screen. Cut out the browser and cut out the bottom of your screen. Click on crop again. It cuts out the box you drew.
    8. Now you can save that picture.
  7. Week 23
    1. This week I want you to learn how to put pictures on a computer, if your parents will allow you. Ask them to show you. If you are allowed, take a picture and save it in the folder with your name on it.
    2. You will probably use a special USB cord to attach your computer to your camera. Your camera will need to be turned on and your computer should recognize that a camera is attached to it and should ask you what you want to do with the pictures.
  8. Week 24
    1. This week send an email with a picture attached, preferably with a picture you loaded onto the computer yourself (if you are allowed to.)
  9. Week 25
    1. This week we are going to start using Publisher or Open Office Drawing or some other software your family might have for making a newsletter. Ask your parents what you have or ask if you can download the free open office software for drawing. You don’t have to download it all! Just the drawing portion. Today just find out what you have or ask your parents to download something for you to use if they are willing. Open the program and have a look around. What does it look like you can do with it?
  10. Week 26
    1. You can add pictures, clip art, shapes and text boxes just like in your word processing program and in Paint. The advantage here is that you can move things around freely. Publisher is what I use when I make lapbook pieces. I can make shapes and then turn them sideways. Add a textbox–and type in it, a shape–and turn it if you have Publisher, a picture–from your computer, and some clip art.
  11. Week 27
    1. Start working on a sales flyer. Make a page that is full of advertisements. Buy this now!
    2. Make a title at the top for the name of the store.
    3. Add a picture of each item for sale and a text box under it or next to it to tell how much it is. You could even write about the product and tell how great it is to try and get people to buy it.
    4. I suggest drawing a rectangle around each picture and the text box to keep the picture together with the words that go with it. You can change the color of the “outline” of the shape and you can make the “fill” invisible so that that your rectangle doesn’t cover up your picture and words.
    5. You can keep working on this next week. Today make your store name title at the top and try to add one item to your sales flyer.
  12. Week 28
    1. Add one or two more items to your flyer. You can change the thickness of the rectangle outline by changing its “weight.”
  13. Week 29
    1. Add another item or two to your flyer.
  14. Week 30
    1. Can you finish your flyer today?
  15. Week 31
    1. Today make a lapbook piece.
    2. Pick a shape like a square, rectangle or hexagon. Don’t choose a circle. Make it a good size for writing in.
    3. Copy your shape. Paste it back in.
    4. Drag the new shape so that two flat sides are touching and lined up exactly. That will be where you fold the piece over. The two shapes should look like mirror images of each other.
    5. Insert a text box.
    6. Drag the text box inside one of the shapes.
    7. Drag the corners in until it fits.
    8. Write, “Write inside.” in the text box. (You could write something else.)
    9. If you can, print it out, cut it out and fold it in half. Did it work? Did you make a piece?
  16. Week 32
    1. Today make another lapbook piece.
    2. This time in one of them insert clip art instead of a text box.
  17. Week 33
    1. Today make a lapbook piece with clip art and a text box. They have to be in the SAME shape. What would happen if you put writing in both shapes?
  18. Week 34, 35, 36
    1. Take a look at these lapbook pieces. Scroll down. There are lots of different kinds.
    2. Try and figure out how to make a new kind of piece.

Level 3

  1. Dance Mat Typing, 12 levels.
  2. Internet Safety Reminders: Do not download anything onto your computer without permission. Do not click on any advertising on a website even if it looks like a game to play. You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images. Don’t give out your name, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.
  3. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is another place you can go to search. You can turn on youtube’s safety switch at the bottom of any youtube page. You can also ask your parents to turn on Google safe search. Other sites’ safe searches do not work well.
  4. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  5. Read these computer rules.

Week 5

  1. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required.
  2. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks advertisers info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.

Week 6

  1. Let’s see if you remember what you learned before. Open a new document in your word processing program. Type “I am ready to learn something new.” Change the color and size of the font. Save it as “New” in a folder with your name on it. Ask for help if you can’t remember any of those steps. Insert a picture and clip art into your document and save it. Then click on insert again and choose shapes if that is an option. Choose a shape. Try and “fill” it with a color. Ask for help if you need it. Save it again.

Week 7

  1. Make a sign on your computer, any kind of sign. Use big font, color, pictures…

Week 8

  1. Open your word processing program. You are going to add page numbers. See if you can find where your program says “Page Number.” You might need to click on “Insert” first. See if you can add a number 1 to your first page. You can decide where it should go.

Week 9

  1. If you have the program Power Point on your computer, open it up and have a look around.
  2. If you don’t, ask your parents about downloading “Presentation” from Open Office.

Week 10

  1. Today click on layout. Choose one of the layouts–the different ways your page can look.
  2. Type something where it says to “add title.”
  3. Type something where it says to “add text.” Hit enter and add more typing. Hit enter and add more typing.
  4. If there are little icons in one of the boxes, find the one that lets you add a picture or clip art. Choose one and add a picture to your page.
  5. Save it in a folder with your name on it.

Week 11

  1. Open up your power point presentation from last week.
  2. Click to add a new slide.
  3. Choose a different layout.
  4. Add a bunch of new slides until you have used each of the different layouts.
  5. Save it.

Week 12

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Find “Design.” Click on it.
  3. Choose different designs. Click on different designs and choose one for your presentation.
  4. Save it.

Week 13

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Click on “insert.”
  3. Add pictures, word art, and shapes to your slides.
  4. Save it.

Week 14

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Click on “insert.”
  3. Add a sound. Try and add a sound from the clip art if it is available for you.
  4. Add a recorded sound. You might need to click on sound and record sound. After you record a sound it will show up on your slide as a little speaker. If you click on your speaker, you should be able to hear it.

Week 15

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Today you are going to “view your slideshow.”
  3. You might need to click on “view” and then “slideshow.”
  4. You can use the right arrow key to change to the next slide.

Week 16

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Today you are going to add slide “animation.”
  3. Click on “animations.”
  4. Click on a slide. Then click on an animation.
  5. Do it for each slide.
  6. Watch your slide show.
  7. Save your presentation.

Week 17

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Click on a slide with several lines of typing.
  3. Click on “animations.”
  4. Find “Custom Animations.”
  5. Highlight one of the lines of typing.
  6. Click on “Add Effect.”
  7. Choose one.
  8. Highlight another line of typing. Do the same.
  9. Repeat for each line of typing on that slide.
  10. View your slide show. Use the right arrow key to make the words and new slides appear.
  11. Save your presentation.

Week 18

  1. Open your power point presentation.
  2. Add more animations to your other slides.
  3. View your presentation.
  4. Save.

Week 19

  1. Let’s make a new presentation.
  2. Open your program and start a blank presentation.
  3. Choose a topic–something like dogs, soccer, piano, cooking
  4. Make a title slide. Choose a design and color scheme.
  5. Save it in a folder with your name on it.

Week 20

  1. Open up your new presentation.
  2. Today make a slide with lots of pictures on it. Even if your template just has one place for pictures, it will let you add in more. Add in lots of clip art and photographs. Click and drag the corners of the pictures to make them smaller to fit more.
  3. Here are some places you can get clip art.

Week 21

  1. Open up your new presentation.
  2. Make a new slide. It should have a title.
  3. Add words that come up when you click on the arrow (custom animation).
  4. Add at least one picture.
  5. Save it.

Week 22

  1. Open your presentation.
  2. Add two more slides.
  3. Add animation to the slides so that when you turn the page it comes up in a fancy way.
  4. Save it.

Week 23

  1. Add one last slide to your presentation. (Or, add more if you really want to.)
  2. Add pictures and animation.
  3. Save it.

Week 24

  1. View your slideshow.
  2. Now click on “record narration.” Find it under view. (You may have to look around if you aren’t using Power Point.)
  3. It will start the slide show. You will read the words on the screen and turn the pages. It will record your voice and record how long you are on each page (so take your time on a page with just pictures.)
  4. Save it when you are done.
  5. View your show again. It should play like a movie.
  6. You can try again if you don’t like how it came out.
  7. Save your presentation.
  8. Show it to someone.

Week 25

  1. Let’s go back to learning about the internet for a moment today. Learn how to make a bookmark on your browser. A bookmark remembers a webpage for you and are usually found along the top of your screen.
  2. This is how I do it. I click on the little picture next to the web address and drag it onto the bookmarks bar. Then I right click on it and choose edit. The I delete all of the words. That leaves me with just the picture on my bookmarks bar so I can fit lots of them.  
  3. Bookmark a website.

Week 26

  1. View the history on your internet browser. See if you can find “history.” It is a list of all of the websites that were visited on that browser. If you want to find a site you were on before and don’t know what it was, you can look in the history to try and find it. 

Week 27

  1. You are finished your computer lessons for the year. I’m going to give you some brain teasers to do each week.
  2. Marathon Members

Week 28

  1. Change Range

Week 29

  1. Fruit Salad

Week 30

  1. Trip Chips

Week 31

  1. Sticker Swap

Week 32

  1. Critter Care

Week 33

  1. Plane Frames

Week 34

  1. Candle Code

Week 35

  1. Team Travel

Week 36

  1. Mini Pizzas
  2. Potted Plants

Level 4

Internet review + toolbars, applications

  1. Internet reviews from above
  2. Create a “junk” email address for websites that require you give an address. With your parents permission, create an email address at yahoo.com or live.com (somewhere you don’t already have an address). Give this address to websites you don’t need to hear from. Still always check or uncheck boxes to let companies know you don’t want them to email you.
  3. Find a website in your browser’s history that you went to yesterday for school. Find and click on “history” on the browser you are using. Find yesterday. Find a website.
  4. Toolbars are the menus at the top of your browser. They give you quick access to different features. The two most common and useful toolbars are the navigation toolbar — which allows you to move around the internet  — and the bookmark toolbar — which shows the websites you visit most. The navigation toolbar has a forward button as well as a back button. These are the arrow buttons let you go back and forth between websites. To add a bookmark to your bookmark toolbar you can click and drag the little icon (mini picture) next to the website’s address down to the bookmark tool bar and let go and drop it there. You can then right click on the icon and choose properties. You can shorten or erase the name of the website so that you can fit more bookmarks on the toolbar. Bookmarks that don’t fit can be found probably by clicking an arrow at the end of the line of bookmarks. Try and add this page to your bookmark toolbar or if your family doesn’t use a bookmark toolbar, bookmark it in another way (ask your parents or an older sibling.)
  5. Sometimes when you are wanting to put a program on your computer, they will ask you if you want to download a toolbar as well. You most like DO NOT! Don’t let company’s force their toolbar on you. They want you to use their toolbar so you use their companies so they’ll get more money. If you have too many toolbars, they can use up too much space. You can get rid of toolbars in two ways. You can click on “view” in your browser’s menu and then on toolbars. Uncheck whatever toolbar you don’t want to see. Or to permanently get rid of a toolbar, you can “uninstall” it by going to your “control panel” and clicking on uninstall programs, finding the toolbar on the list and uninstalling. You should not install or uninstall without your parents’ permission. You can ask your parents if you can try uninstalling something. Chances are there is something on your computer not wanted or needed.

Word processing review + margins, spacing, page layout

  1. Create a new document in your word processing program. Save it into a folder with your name on it. Insert an image and a text box. Change the color of the inside of the text box. Write in it. Then change the font style, color and size. Save!
  2. Today I want you to play with margins. Margins are the space around the edge of your paper. The default setting is 1 inch. Default means that it automatically chooses that for you. You don’t have to set anything, but sometimes you want a smaller margin to fit in more. Margins are very important in books. If there weren’t an inner margin big enough the words would get swallowed up down the seam of the book in the middle. Margins help us read by giving us “white space.” Our eyes would have trouble reading a page that was just all words with no extra space. Unless you have a reason to, leave the margins set to the default. Type some jibberish onto a blank document in your word processing program. Find the margin setting on your word processing program and change the different settings. Watch how the text changes.
  3. Today you are going to change the page layout. Find page layout on your word processing program. What are the two options? Click on each one and watch the page turn. (Why don’t you see if you can “view” the page smaller or “zoom in” so you can see the whole page at once.) Now fill two pages with jibberish. Your task is to turn one page sideways and one page up and down. Can you do it? Use the help sections and online if you must. There is usually an option somewhere that lets you do things for “this section only” or “from this point on.” See what you can figure out.
  4. Today your task is to change the spacing your document. Fill a page with jibberish. Find spacing and change the numbers and see what happens. Can you change other spacing besides between the lines? Can you change the spacing between paragraphs? Can you make one part of your page single space and one part double spaced? Try all those things today.

Logic puzzles

  1. Look at this logic puzzle.
  • Draw this grid chart on a piece of paper. (Or you could print it out)
  • The first clue is Bob’s pet can’t fly. So you put your pencil on Bob and slide over to the box under bird. Put an X in that box because birds fly and Bob’s pet doesn’t. So we know that Bob’s pet isn’t a bird.
  • The next clue is Cal and Deb both have pets with hair. So you can put an X in the bird and fish box for both of them because those animals don’t have hair. Their pets do have hair so they can’t have fish and birds as pets.
  • The last clue is that Deb’s pet doesn’t bark. Dog’s bark so her pet is not a dog. Put an X in Deb’s dog box. That leaves only one box empty, the cat. Put a check mark or a “yes” in Deb’s cat box. That means that no one else has a cat. Put an X in everyone else’s cat box.
  • That leaves one box empty for Cal. Put a check mark or “yes” in Cal’s dog box. That means no one else has a a dog. Put an X in everyone else’s dog box. That leaves only one empty for Bob. What animal does Bob have? Finish the puzzle.
  1. Do this logic puzzle. (draw the grid or print out)
  2. Do this logic puzzle. (draw the grid or print out)
  3. Do this logic puzzle. (draw the grid or print out)
  4. Do this logic puzzle. (draw the grid or print out)

Computer programming — Scratch

  1. Take a look at these Scratch projects. You will learn to make things like these.  one   two   three   four
  2. Take a look at Scratch. Read over the getting started guide.
  3. Today you will create Sprites. Sprites are the characters that you will be moving around in your program. The little cat is your first Sprite. Click on the create button. Try drawing Sprites. Try typing a word as a Sprite. Also, get a Sprite off of your computer. “Import” a Sprite and erase the background of the picture so you just have the character you want. Save your project as “school.”
  4. Today on Scratch open up your project and create different backgrounds. Try drawing, importing and choosing. Save them all.
  5. Choose a sprite. Now for each sprite you write a “script” of what it will do. Today you will use the blue scripts. They move the sprite. First try and make your sprite walk back and forth across the screen. Then you can experiment with other things if you like.
  6. Keep using blue scripts. Make your sprite walk in a circle, turning its body as it goes.
  7. Try any blue scripts you haven’t tried yet. Make sure you try them all.
  8. Today use the pink sound scripts. Make it play a song–or a made up song.
  9. Today record your voice and make it play back. Make it play different noises. Test out all the noises it can make.
  10. Try all the sound scripts you haven’t tried yet.
  11. Have two Sprites moving together. Each sprite has its own script you have to write. Use the tabs at the top to switch between them.
  12. Have your sprite walk to a certain spot on the screen (using the x and y coordinates). Then have something happen to it by another sprite.
  13. Have your sprite walk to the edge of the screen and then have the background change and the sprite keep walking.
  14. Use the purple look scripts today. Have your sprites talk and think. Make a conversation between them.
  15. Change the size and color of one Sprite. Do some weird effect on the other. Play around with the percentages.
  16. Create a different costume for one of your Sprites. Use the tabs at the top of the script box. Have your Sprite change costumes.
  17. Try the other Looks commands you haven’t tried yet. What do they do? Figure it out.
  18. Play with the pen. What does it do?
  19. Make a script with motion, looks, sound and pen.
  20. Plan a game to make. Create the sprites and costumes you need.
  21. Start making your game. What do you need to do that you can’t do yet?
  22. Use the top three “When” commands on the orange “Control” scripts. Make things happen when you click on things!
  23. Use the “When…receive” command.
  24. Add a wait command.
  25. Add an if command. You have to place another command into the if command. If the Sprite is at this location, then do this…
  26. Use the sensing scripts now. Add a question and answer to your script.
  27. Use a touching command. You will have to pair it with a control script like “wait until.”
  28. Take a look at the guide cards. Choose one that you’d like to try.
  29. Add a timer.
  30. Add operators or use another guide card.
  31. Add variables or use another guide card.
  32. Your job is to make a game others can play or a collection of five e-cards by the end of the school year, day 180.

Level 5

Internet Review

  1. Internet Safety Reminders: Do not download anything onto your computer without permission. Do not click on any advertising on a website even if it looks like a game to play. You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images. Don’t give out your name, age, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.
  2. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Google also has a way to turn on “safe search,” though this isn’t 100% safe for sure. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is one place you can go to search.
  3. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  4. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks advertisers info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.
  5. Your browser’s cache (say: cash) is a memory of a website. You can view the cache of a webpage even if you aren’t connected to the internet. It won’t be updated. It will be an old image of that webpage. Some browsers use the cache to open web pages more quickly, bringing up a previous version of the page. If you expect a change on a page and you reload it but don’t see the change, it’s like that you are seeing an older version of the page from the cache. If you need to see the change on the page, you can try and hit (ctrl and f5). If that doesn’t work go to your browser’s tools or settings and look for a clear cache option.
  6. Another piece to your browser’s memory is called cookies. Cookies are what enable your browser to remember your usernames and passwords, what things you normally search for, stores follow what pages you look at on their websites to know what you might be interested in. Go look at all of the cookies stored on your computer. There are lots and lots probably. I don’t know what browser you are using but try looking for them under tools and privacy. Search for how to find them if you can’t. In Chrome you go to settings, under the hood, then content settings to find your cookies. Warning: if you delete all of your cookies, sites won’t remember your usernames and passwords for you anymore. We get so used to having them filled in for us that we forget what they are. Don’t delete anything without your parents’ permission.

Word processing review

  1. Open up a new document in your word processing program. Make a mini poster for your mom (or someone else.) Use photos, clip art, shapes, color, word art, different fonts, etc. Tell Mom thanks. Write “Thanks” on your poster. Use the photos and clip art to show her what you are thankful for. Save and print.
  2. Open up a new document in your word processing program. Make a mini poster for dad (or anyone else). Use text boxes and in each box write a word that describes your dad or whomever you have chosen. Choose portrait or landscape layout.

Create a blog

  1. This year in computer class you are going to create a blog. Today you are going to decide on what your blog will be. Decide what you are going to share about. It can be a place where you share what you learn in school, a place where you share a hobby, a place where you share your artwork or photographs, it can be a place where you share what normal things you do each day, it can be a place where you share what you believe. Think about it. Think of a title. Write down your title and a description of your blog’s purpose.
  2. Go to wordpress.com. Click on get started. With your parents’ permission. Fill out the information to secure a blog all of your own. Write in the title you decided on. Use that as your domain name, mytitle.wordpress.com  If it is not available, play with it until you find one that’s available. Don’t just pick randomly. It will help people find your blog address if it relates to your blog!
  3. Go to your dashboard. Click on posts. Delete the post that wordpress.com left for you. Click on new post. Write something. Anything. Click on publish. Ta da!
  4. Make sure you are logged onto wordpress.com. Go to your dashboard. Look where it says “Recent comments”. Go to your comments. Delete the comment wordpress.com left. Go to your first post you left the other day. (To do that just click on the title of your blog on any page.) Now leave a comment under your post. Click on comment. Look at your first post again and make sure your comment is there.
  5. Go to your dashboard (make sure you are logged on.) Click on themes. Browse the themes and choose one. Make sure it has places for pictures, writing, and widgets (side bar). Try and choose something that says “flexible.” That means you’ll be able to change it. Preview different ones you like and then “activate” one of them. If your theme has a photograph that you can change, change it if you want to.
  6. Let’s look at widgets today. Go to your dashboard. Click on widgets. Look around for it. There is a long list of widgets. Choose one and drag it to the right. Now click on the title of your blog to go look at it. What changed on your blog? To get rid of something on your sidebar, on the widget page drag it down to the bottom where there is a place for discarded widgets. On your side bar you should have a search bar, and links to your previous posts. Click and drag those options to the side bar area. You can go ahead and make other changes to your sidebar now if you like.
  7. Today let’s make a post. Click on posts on the left hand side of the page. Move your mouse under the post you already made and click on trash (unless you really love it). Click on “Add New.” Write a title for your post. Type your post. Write about what your blog is going to be about. Add a picture. Click on the rectangle inside a rectangle picture next to “Upload/Insert.” It should say, “Add an Image.” Choose a picture off of your computer to put in the post. If there isn’t a good one, then search clip art Wikipedia online and save a picture to your computer first. (Right click on the picture and click on save as.) Publish your post when you are done.
  8. Today we are going to edit your post. Click on the title of your last post. Click on edit along the top of your browser. (If it’s not there, make sure you are logged in.) Click on update. Click on “posts” on the list to the left. Click on quick edit. Click on “make this post sticky.” This means that post will always be first. Type in the tag box some words that describe your post: school, photography,… it helps people searching for things on that topic to find you. Click on update. That’s your save button.
  9. Let’s edit your post again. Remember how? Click on dashboard, posts, and then “edit” underneath it. Along the top of the edit box are symbols. B stands for Bold. I stands for Italic. ABC is for striking out something. Test each button to see what it does. When you get to the last button it will give you more buttons. Test them out.
  10. Today we are going to insert media. Click on the star-like button in the line where it says “Upload/Insert.” Click on select from computer. Find your certificate or flyer that you made or something you wrote. Type in a title for it. Then click on insert into post. Now click on update. Then click on view page. Click on that link to the media you inserted. What happened?
  11. Today you are going to add a poll to your post. Click on the circle in the upload/insert menu. Choose a poll format and question and answers. Add it to your post. Click on update to save it.
  12. Add an about page. Might already be one. Add a page or go to the about page. Write a description of your blog’s purpose. Remember not to share your name or photo without permission from your parents.
  13. Explore some other blogs. Note how they are using them — purpose. Note extras on the page — links, calendars, blogroll, about, sign up, twitter, tags, share this, ads?…onetwothree…I’ll put the rest on the next computer day.
  14. Look for the same things: fourfivesix
  15. Go to your dashboard and click on settings. Change your “tagline” to fit your blog. Now go to widgets and add anything you noticed and liked while blog hopping.
  16. Go to your dashboard and go to appearances. Click on each heading underneath to see what it does. Use one of these to change something on your blog.
  17. Today add a custom form to your about page. Click on the button all the way on the right in the upload/insert menu. Create a form for people to contact you.
  18. Add a new post. Type Easy Peasy Homeschool. Highlight it. Click on the paperclip in the menu above the typing box. Copy and paste this address into the top line. http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com  Click on the box that says to open in a new window. Click okay. Publish and view your post. Click on the link to make sure it works.
  19. Today delete your posts if they weren’t serious. Dashboard, edit, delete. Write your first real post. What you want to share with the world. When you are done, save as a DRAFT! Don’t click on publish. Under the edit box there is a choice to save it as a draft do that.
  20. Reread your post. Fix what you want to fix. Publish.
  21. Go back to your previous post. Does it have a picture? It should. Find out and add it. But, you need to take your own or find a public domain photo. Does it have any links? Try and add one. You should add something to each post. Try and keep from just writing with nothing extra.
  22. Add tags and categories for your post. They describe your post so that people searching the internet can find you.
  23. Email the link to your blog to a few people and ask them to leave comments. In your dashboard under settings, click on discussion. Decide on your settings. You probably want to approve comments before they appear on your blog.
  24. In your dashboard under settings, click on general, writing and reading and adjust them as you wish.
  25. Under settings click on privacy and sharing. Decide whether your site is invite only or you want people to share it freely all over the world. If you want to share, give them buttons to click on to share to facebook, etc.
  26. Create another page or sticky post, something that will always be there.
  27. Under appearance click on Menus. Create a menu for your sidebar, options for people to choose from to help them get around your blog.
  28. Under appearance click on background. Change what you like.
  29. Explore any other options on the left hand menu of the dashboard.
  30. Write a post draft.
  31. Edit your post. Make sure you include a picture. Publish.
  32. Publish a post.
  33. Make sure your blog reflects you and what you want to share. Now is the time to change it if it doesn’t. Write a draft post.
  34. Edit your post, finalize it and publish it.
  35. Write a new post draft.
  36. Edit your post and publish it. Keep it up and let the world know what you are up to.

Level 6

  1. Create a new document in your word processing program. Save it into a folder with your name on it. Change the margins on all sides and set it to be double spaced. Insert an image and a text box. Change the color of the inside of the text box. Write in it. Then change the font style, color and size. Save!
  2. Find the templates on your word processing program. Create a certificate. Choose a template. Change it around. You can add and delete elements. Make a certificate for someone in your family to congratulate him or her on something. If you need help, search for it. Having to figure it out for yourself and seek the info you need is a good way to learn. You’ll get it! Don’t stop until you have a certificate.
  3. Create a flyer. Find a template. Change the elements. Create a flyer to advertise something–you decide.
  4. Create a calendar. Find a template. Fill it in and change as you like.
  5. Create a letter. Find a template. Write in it. Why not write to your favorite food company and ask for coupons :)

Before we go to this year’s computer program learning, we’re going to spend a little time doing logic. Thinking. Thinking will help you understand your computer work and so much more.

  1. You are going to be doing logic grids. Read the how to. Read the tips for solving. Try this puzzle for starts. There are picture ads on this site. You will only be using this site this one time.
  2. Try a puzzle, the young equestrians. You can do it online or download and print if that’s okay with your parents.
  3. Play puzzle, loading trucks.
HTML
  1. Go to your blog. Click on Edit on a page or post. You have been working on editing in the “Visual.” Do you see the word “Visual” on a tab? Next to it there is a tab that says, “HTML” or “text.” Click on that. That is your blog in the programming language, HTML. You are going to be learning some about writing in this language. This is the language of websites. First we are going to take a mini course in HTML. Today go to this page for an introduction. You don’t need to click on next.
  2. Read the next lesson page on communication. You don’t need to click on next.
  3. Read the next lesson on publishing.  You don’t need to click on next.
  4. Read the next lesson on the five pieces. Don’t click on the links on the page.
  5. Read and follow the directions on the file lesson.
  6. Read and follow the directions on the words lesson.
  7. Read and follow the directions on the pictures lesson.
  8. Read and follow the directions on the colors page.
  9. Read and follow the directions on the links page.
  10. Read the lesson on web editors. You are going to be using your blog and don’t need to find a web editor.
  11. Read the lesson on getting found.
  12. Read the lesson on squeezing it through the wire.
  13. Read the lesson on standards.
  14. Read the lesson on animation.
  15. Read the epilogue.
  16. Now you are going to experiment with your blog. Open a new post. Type something in the Visual tab. Switch to the HTML/text tag and look at it. Type in the html tab and look at it in the visual tab. Save your draft and preview your post. Now make a word bold in visual. Look at it in html. Now make another word bold in html and then look at it in visual. Save your draft and preview your post.
  17. Today switch back and forth from visual and html trying underline and italics. Create them on both sides. How does it look? How do you make a new line, a space?
  18. Today continue your experimenting. Try it with inserting a link.
  19. Today find a video on youtube. Here’s one if you need one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726u-KA6uEY&feature=g-all-u&context=G2802e0bFAAAAAAAAAAA  Go to the video and click on share and then embed. This is actually java script. Copy and paste this code into your html editor. What happens? Click on visual. Save and preview. Read the code carefully. What do you notice? WordPress has a shortcut for putting youtube videos. On the visual side you write:  Did you notice something like w=450? That means the width of the player is 450. h=320 would mean the height of the player is 320. You can change those numbers. In visual you can add in this code.  You don’t need it in bold. I just did that to show you. Java script is another computer language. You can learn it later if you are interested. WordPress does not allow it for code, except from a couple of places they trust like youtube.
  20. Add a video to a blog post. You don’t have to publish it. Embed one and add one in visual. Change the size of it.
  21. Make a blog button. You can see on your school website there is a button. People can put that on their website as an ad and people can click on it to be taken to your blog. Copy and paste the blog button code. Examine it. What do you recognize?
  22. You are going to go through one more short online HTML course. It will cover much of the same things. This time use the different lessons to work on building a blog post ONLY using the HTML editor. Add to your post with each HTML lesson. Save your post as a draft each time you add to it. You can preview it as well. Chapter 1: What is HTML?
  23. Chapter 2: Basic concepts  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  24. Chapter 3: Primary tags  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  25. Chapter 4: Creating your first Web page  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  26. Chapter 5: Basic text formatting  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  27. Chapter 6: Lists  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  28. Review #1  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  29. Chapter 7: Attributes: Adding interest to your page  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  30. Chapter 8: Advanced Text Formatting  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  31. Review #2  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  32. Chapter9: Links down the street to around…   Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  33. Chapter 10: Graphics  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  34. Chapter 11: Building pages with tables  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  35. Chapter 12 More on tables  Add to your html blog post. Don’t use the Visual editor!
  36. Here is a list of html code words
  37. Here’s something to try. You are going to make a link that jumps to further down the page. This is what I used so that when you click on what year you are studying you go right to the day you are on instead of having to scroll.
  38. If you want to learn more, here’s a course to help you build your own webpage and more.

Level 7

Internet Review

  1. Internet Safety Reminders: Do not download anything onto your computer without permission. Do not click on any advertising on a website even if it looks like a game to play. You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images. Don’t give out your name, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.
  2. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is one place you can go to search.
  3. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  4. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks advertisers info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.

Word processing review

  1. Choose a template. Change its text — wording, color, font, size.
  2. Make sure you save it in a folder with your name on it.
Computer Graphic Design
  1. We are going to be using free software.
  2. We are going to use a couple different programs this year. The first is Inkscape. You want to download the official release package.
  3. Today download it. I clicked on “installer” by Windows. Then I clicked on “Download Inkscape….” next to “Looking for the latest version?” After it downloads, remember to click on Open.
  4. Then look at the clip art that other people have made with this program.
Inkscape
  1. Watch this video for beginners using Inkscape and then make a ball. You can make it full screen.
  2.  Read through Moving, Scaling, Rotating. Make a variety of shapes and move, scale and rotate them.
3.  Read through Fill and Stroke. Try out the various things thoroughly. Save your work and show your parents what you’ve learned so far.
4.  Read through the conclusion. Try out everything thoroughly. Save your work.
5.  Read through the first two pages of this tutorial and keep experimenting.
6.  Read through the edit tool section of the tutorial and try each thing out.
7.  Read through the zoom, rectangle and circle tool sections of the tutorial and try it all out.
8.  Read through the star and spiral tool sections and try out all the different kinds.
9.  Read through the freehand and line tool sections and try it all out.
10.  Finish chapter 1 and try it all out.
11.  Here is a more advanced tutorial. Read and try the pasting techniques. Start working on a logo for your blog or website. If you are not keeping up with your blog or website, then you can make a logo for this homeschool site.
12.  Read the drawing freehand  and editing paths sections and give it a try. Work on your logo.
13.  Read the subpaths and combining sections and try it out.
14.  Try the Boolean and inset/outset sections.
15.  Finish the tutorial today.
Gimp
  1. Today we are going to start using a different type of software. It’s called Gimp and it’s for manipulating photos. Today download it and look at examples. The examples link is a youtube video. Make sure you have permission to look at it. It may prompt you that you need to download something else for it to work. Please follow the directions it gives you.
  2. Today look around Gimp and try some things. Upload some photos that you want to work with.
  3. Today watch this tutorial. This is on youtube. Make sure you have permission to watch it. Try some things on Gimp.
  4. Watch this tutorial on layers. Try some things out.
  5. Watch the second tutorial. Try things out.
  6. Watch the third tutorial. Try things out.
  7. Watch the fourth tutorial. Try things out.
  8. Watch the video on removing red eye. Try it out.
  9. Watch the video on watermarks. Try it out.
  10. Watch the video on shaving someone. Try it out.
  11. Watch the video on brushes. Try it out.
  12. Watch the video on cutting out an image. Try it out.
  13. Watch the video on the scissor select tool. Try it out.
  14. Watch the video on how to make a wallpaper background. Try it out.
  15. Watch the video on waterdrops. Try it out.
  16. Watch the video on a satin background. Try it out.
  17. Watch the video on rounded corners. Try it out.
  18. Watch the video on fancy corners. Try it out.
  19. Watch the video on making speech balloons. Try it out.
  20. Watch the video on saving your files. Try it out.
  21. Other: Text manipulation, cool tricks, tips  http://www.youtube.com/user/GIMPtricks

Level 8

Internet Review

  1. Internet Safety Reminders: Do not download anything onto your computer without permission. Do not click on any advertising on a website even if it looks like a game to play. You can also turn off advertising, so you don’t see bad images. Don’t give out your name, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.
  2. Internet safe search — When you want to find something on the internet, you have to be careful how you look for it. Here are some tips. Be as specific as possible in your search. Type as many words as you know that will help you find what you are looking for. That will help keep things you are not looking for from coming up. Also, use kid friendly search engines. Here is one place you can go to search. (Maybe your parents can bookmark this for you.)
  3. Internet Safety — Here are some tips for staying safe when you use the internet. Never sign up for anything online without permission. When a site asks for a username, you are not supposed to give your real name. Make up a pretend name for yourself. Never tell anyone online your real name, address, phone number or email address unless your parents tell you it is okay. Even if it’s a friend online, don’t give them information about yourself unless you have permission.
  4. Internet security — There are different tools that are used for security on the internet. One is passwords. A password is a secret word that you use to let the computer or website know that you are you. The best passwords have letters and numbers in them. I use a really good password for important websites (that you don’t use–like for my bank information) but I use a silly password for websites where it is not important, like to play a game. Use only one or two passwords or you’ll forget which password you used where! So many places ask for passwords now. Choose passwords that are at least 6 letters/numbers long. Sometimes 8 is required. Another tool is software that protects your computer from viruses and adware. A computer virus is a command that sneaks into your computer and tells it to do something you don’t want it to do, like erase everything on your computer! Adware sneaks advertisers info onto your computer. You probably have anti-virus software on your computer. A free program is called Avast. Your computer should block ads that are called “pop ups.” Sometimes you’ll see a note that says a “pop up” was prevented from opening. This was a website trying to force their advertisement on you. Sometimes worse. Most of the time you don’t want to see the pop up that was blocked, but sometimes you need that pop up for whatever you are doing. If you want to see the pop up that was blocked, go and ask a parent if it is okay.

Word processing review

  1. Open a word processing document. Make columns. Make a fake newspaper page with headline and pictures.
  2. Make sure you save it in a folder with your name on it.

Week 6

  1. You are going to be using a spreadsheet this year. But before we begin I want to tell you about databases. Databases store and sort data, information. They are useful for things like names, addresses and phone numbers. You can add in new names at any time and then click on sort and choose to have them put in alphabetical order.
  2. Let’s say you have an address book in your database. First name, last name, address, phone number, etc. would all be fields in your database.
  3. When you want to find someone’s address, you would look up their record. A person’s record is all of the information in the database for that name.
  4. Draw or make some sort of diagram that shows that fields are contained in records are contained in databases.

Week 7

  1. You will be using a spreadsheet for computer. A spreadsheet is a tool for tracking numbers. If you don’t have Excel (Microsoft Office) or some other spreadsheet already, ask permission to download the Open Office version.
  2. Today download, open and explore.

Week 8

  1. Write a title at the top of the page. “My Finances”
  2. Can you make it look like a title? Change the font size, color too if you like.
  3. What happens if you hit the center button? Normally, you would center a title, right?
  4. For now leave your title to the left.

Week 9

  1. Hit enter several times. What happens? This is the normal and easy way to move around. It’s made so you can enter a lot of figures at once. Since this is how it’s set up, we should label columns and not rows and write our data up and down.
  2. Label two columns “Income” and “Expenses.”
  3. Make their font bigger. Underline them.
  4. Enter some data. Put some numbers in each category.

Week 10

  1. What happens if you click on a box and start typing? What do you need to do to edit a box, not replace it?
  2. Now for a little example of what you can do with Excel. In the box under your income column, write: =SUM(
  3. Now click on the top number of your column and drag down to the last number in your column. Let go.
  4. Close the parentheses and hit enter.
  5. What happened?
  6. Do it for your other column.
  7. How do you think you would find their difference?

Week 11

  1. I left you with a trick question last time. Did you try and write =SUB()? It doesn’t work. You can’t subtract a range. You add negative numbers if they are going in the negative direction. If you just want to subtract two numbers, than just subtract them.
  2. Type = then click on the income total. Then type – and then click on the expense total.
  3. Now label your totals  and your net worth.
  4. Do you need to move things around to do that? How can you?

Week 12

  1. Last time I left you trying to label your totals. I can’t see your screen, so I can’t tell you just what to do.
  2. Can you make your screen look nice? Put a space between the title and the top of the columns.
  3. Put a couple of spaces between the columns.
  4. Put the first column in the B or C column.
  5. How can you do all that? You can copy and paste just like a word document. It looks a little different but it has the same effect.
  6. Now you can label Totals off the left of the row with totals.
  7. Then skip a row and put your Net worth.
  8. Make the totals bold.
  9. Does it look nice?

Week 13

  1. Now real income and expenses would be money, right?
  2. Click on the letter of the income column. It should highlight the whole column. Maybe you see a section called number or cell format. Maybe you see a dollar sign or the word “General.” If you see General, click on that drop down menu. Choose currency. Otherwise, look for a way to add a dollar sign (or something else) and two decimal points.
  3. Change the other column as well.
  4. Is your page looking better? Anything else need changing? Add a dollar sign to your net worth as well.

Week 14

  1. If you can, print the page see what it looks like. Or use print preview. Not impressive?
  2. Click on “View.”
  3. Choose page layout if that is an option. Or at least choose page break layout to see where one page ends and the next begins.
  4. Use this to make your title in the center.
  5. Make your page look nice.
  6. You can print the gridlines or not.
  7. To print gridlines go to page layout and page setup. Look for “sheet.” Click on gridlines.
  8. If you do that, maybe you want to get rid of your title and write it in the header portion on the page view.
  9. Fool around and make it beautiful. Print or print preview.

Week 15

  1. Sorry, but I’m going to leave you to the tutorials. Do one video or one section a day.
  2. Here is a written one. Here is the video one.  (Here’s one if you are interested in using it for more math. Finally, here’s one with lots of versions of Excel if you want a video tutorial that’s for your specific version.)
  3. These are for Excel. If you are using something else, you’ll have to do a little more searching. Even with Excel everyone has different editions of it. Persevere.
  4. Here’s an 8 hour course on Excel. Enter code HOMESCHOOL  and click validate coupon to get it for free.

Week 16

  1. Keep working with your tutorials. Written Tutorial    Video Tutorial
  2. Maybe your parents would let you keep a budget on the computer for them and keep track of income and expenses.
  3. There are 12 sections in the written tutorial and 30 in the video tutorial You have 22 weeks to work on it. If you use the written tutorial, then you can use videos when you finish, or make your own spreadsheet to work on weekly. Two ideas are income/expenses and keeping track of your grades.

OTHER

If there is interest, learn in the inner workings of a computer. Here’s a lapbook for some research guidelines.

If there is interest, there is further computer programming available.  Code Academy — javascript, html, CSS and more

Written by Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool

June 15, 2011 at 4:46 am

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