Computer – Fifth Level

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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.)

Internet Review

Week 1

  1. If you didn’t get here through My EP Assignments, I suggest you go there and create an account.
  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.
  3. You can also turn off advertising so that you don’t see bad images.
  4. Don’t give out your name, age, address, phone number, email address, photo, etc. online without permission.
  5. Do you remember these words: browser, desktop, window, crash, loading, refresh, download? If not, ask someone.

Week 2

  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.
  2. Google also has a way to turn on “safe search,” though this isn’t 100% safe for sure, it works better than some other browser’s safe search features.
  3. Also, use kid friendly search engines.

Week 3

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Week 4

  1. 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 likely 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, or ctrl R).
    • If that doesn’t work go to your browser’s tools or settings and look for a clear cache option.
  2. 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

Week 5

  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.

Week 6

  1. 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

Week 7

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Think of a title. Write down your title and a description of your blog’s purpose.

Week 8

  1. Go to Click on Get Started and then Start with a Blog.
    • With your parents’ permission, fill out the information to secure a blog all of your own.
    • You will pick a design (which you can change later).
    • Write in the title you decided on. That will be your domain name, 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!
    • Continue clicking next through the process. You’ll need to provide an email address, username, and password. Write this information down so you will have it next time you need to log in.
    • When you pick a plan, select free.

Week 9

  1. If you haven’t yet, you will need to find the email that WordPress sent to the email address you provided and click the “Activate Account” link.
  2. Go to Make sure you are logged in. Go to “My Sites.” Click on “Blog Posts.”
  3. WordPress started a post for you titles “Hello World.” Click “Trash” to delete that post.
  4. Click “Drafts” and “Start A Post”. Pick a Title. Hit the Tab and write something. Anything. Click on publish. Ta da!

Week 10

  1. Make sure you are logged onto
  2. Go to your first post you left the other day. (To do that just click on My Sites under the title of your blog on any page.)
  3. Click on the post and then click on “Leave A Reply” at the bottom.
  4. Now leave a comment under your post.
  5. Click to post your comment.
  6. Look at your first post again and make sure your comment is there.

Week 11

  1. Go to your “My Sites” (make sure you are logged on.)
  2. Click on themes.
  3. Browse the themes and search “free.”
  4. Choose one that has places for pictures, writing, and widgets (side bar). That means you’ll be able to change it. Preview different ones you like. Click on Try and Customize.
  5. Then Save and Activate one of them. Make sure you pick a theme that is free.
  6. If your theme has a photograph that you can change, change it if you want to.

Week 12

  1. Let’s look at widgets today. Go to My Sites. Click on Customize by Themes. Then choose Widgets.
  2. Choose which area of your site you want to add a widget to. Then you need to click on +Add Widget.
  3. There is a long list of widgets. Choose one to add it.
  4. Click “Save and Publish”.
  5. What changed on your blog?
  6. To get rid of something on your sidebar, on the Customize/Widgets page click the down arrow next the Widget and click Remove at the bottom of the Widget description.
  7. You should include a “Recent Posts” widget and a Search widget. You can go ahead and add other widgets now if you like.
  8. Click “Save & Publish” when you are done.

Week 13

  1. Today let’s make a post. Click Add next to Blog Posts on the left hand side of My Site. (You can also click the +Pencil button in the top menu bar.)
  2. Write a title for your post.
  3. Type your post. It can be very short. Write about what your blog is going to be about.
  4. Add a picture. Click on Add Media. Click “Select Files.”
  5. 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.)
  6. Publish your post when you are done.

Week 14

  1. Today we are going to edit your post. Click on the title of your last post.
  2. Click on edit.
  3. Choose “Stick to the front page”. This means that post will always be first on your page. Find it by clicking on the arrow by Published where it gives you choices about your post.
  4. Go up to “Tags & Categories”. 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.
  5. Click on update. That’s your save button.

Week 15

  1. Let’s edit your post again. Remember how? Click on My Site, Blog Posts, and then “edit” underneath it. Along the top of the main text box are symbols.
  2. Along the top of the edit box are symbols. B stands for Bold. I stands for Italic. ABCis for striking out something.
  3. Test each button to see what it does.
  4. When you get to the last button it will give you more buttons. Test them out.

Week 16

  1. Let’s edit your post again. Remember how? Click on My Sites, Blog Posts, and then “edit” underneath it. Along the top of the main text box are symbols.
  2. Today we are going to insert media. Click on “Add Media.” It’s the little mountain picture in the corner.
  3. Click on “Add New.”
  4. Find your certificate or flyer that you made or something you wrote. Type in a title for it. Then click on insert into post.
  5. Now click on update.
  6. Then click on view post.
  7. Click on that link to the media you inserted. What happened?

Week 17

  1. Let’s edit your post again. Remember how? Click on My Sites, Blog Posts, and then “edit” underneath it. Along the top of the main text box are symbols.
  2. Today we are going to insert media. Click on “Add Media.” It’s the little mountain picture in the corner.
  3. Click on “Add New.”
  4. Find your certificate or flyer that you made or something you wrote. Type in a title for it. Then click on insert into post.
  5. Now click on update.
  6. Then click on view post.
  7. Click on that link to the media you inserted. What happened?

Week 18

  1. Add an about page. Next to “Pages” click “Add”.
  2. Write “About this blog” (or something similar) in the Title box.
  3. In the main text box, write a description of your blog’s purpose. Remember not to share your name or photo without permission from your parents.

Week 19

  1. Explore some other blogs. Note how they are using them — purpose.
  2. Note extras on the page — links, calendars, blogroll, about, sign up, twitter, tags, share this, ads?…one, two, three, four.

Week 20

  1. Go to My Sites and click on Customize.
  2. Click Site Identity. Change your “Tagline” to fit your blog.
  3. Now go to widgets and add anything you noticed and liked while blog hopping.

Week 21

  1. Go to My Site and click on Customize. Click on each heading underneath to see what it does.
  2. Use one of these to change something on your blog. Would you like to change the background color?

Week 22

  1. Today add a poll. To get to the admin page needed for this step, type the address of your blog and add /wp-admin to the end. This takes you to the WP-admin dashboard. There is a list of icons down the left. One is “feedback.” Polls is a choice under that.
  2. Choose polls. Click on Add New at the top of the page. Enter a question and answers.
  3. Save it and click on “Embed…” towards the top of the page. To embed something means to put it inside of something. You are embedding a poll in a post.
  4. After you embed the poll, it opens a new post. Click Publish to publish the poll as a new post. You can add a title before you publish it.

Week 23

  1. Add a new post. In the main text box type Easy Peasy Homeschool.
  2. Highlight it.
  3. Click on the paperclip/chain link in the menu above the typing box.
  4. Copy and paste this address into the top line.
  5. Click on the box that says “open link in a new window/tab”. Click okay. Publish and view your post. Click on the link to make sure it works.

Week 24

  1. Today delete your posts if they weren’t serious. My Sites, Blog Posts, Trash.
  2. Write your first real post, what you want to share with the world.
  3. When you are done, it will save automatically for you. You should leave it as a draft and not publish it yet.

Week 25

  1. Reread your post. Go to My Site and click Blog Posts.
  2. Up at the top you have the option to view the list of Published posts and Drafts. Click Drafts and click Edit under the post you created last time.
  3. Fix what you want to fix.
  4. Does it have a picture? It should. Find one and add it. But, you need to take your own or find a public domain photo.
  5. Does it have any links? Try and add one.
  6. You should add something to each post. Try to keep from just writing with nothing extra.

Week 26

  1. Add tags and categories for your post.
  2. They describe your post so that people searching the internet can find you.

Week 27

  1. Email the link to your blog to a few people and ask them to leave comments. In My Site under settings, click on discussion.
  2. Decide on your settings. You probably want to approve comments before they appear on your blog.

Week 28

  1. In your dashboard (click on WP-Admin) under settings, click on general, writing and reading and adjust them as you wish.
  2. On the General tab (My Sites and Settings) choose who you want to see your blog.
    • Decide whether your site is invite only or you want people to share it freely all over the world.

Week 29

  1. Create another page or sticky post, something that will always be there.

Week 30

  1. Under customize click on Menus.
  2. Create a menu for your sidebar, options for people to choose from to help them get around your blog.

Week 31

  1. Explore any other options on the left hand menu of the dashboard.

Week 32

  1. Write a post draft.

Week 33

  1. Edit your post. Make sure you include a picture. Publish.

Week 34

  1. 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.

Week 35

  1. Edit your post, finalize it and publish it.

Week 36

  1. . Keep it up and let the world know what you are up to. Remember to use pictures in your posts and to always start with a draft.

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