7th Grade Multi-Media Applications
MultiMedia is a One Semester class offered to 7th graders.
Topics covered during this semester will include:
• Podcasting using iTunes and Garage Band.
• Running a paperless class.
• Using Internet sites
• Word Processing using Microsoft word,
• Internet searches
using Firefox and Safari
• Translation Software
• Manipulation of jpegs using iPhoto and Photoshop Elements
• Digital Photography
• Web page development using Word, iPhoto and iWeb
• Saving to a server.
• Digital video editing
• Future and Current Trends in Technology.
• Garage Band
Typing is an important skill in today's world. Getting information from your mind into the computer is an essential part of our modern day life. School assignments, personal e-mails and IM and later the world of work is made easier with the ability to type.
How fast and accurate is good enough? Is it ok to look at the keys as you type? No, you should not have to hunt and peck.... even if you are at the minimum or better while doing this. If you have to look it is not an automatic muscle memory function and doesn't allow you to think about what you are typing... you are just trying to find each letter to spell the word. If you have to look down you can't have complex thoughts and good communication.
The following www site has more information, but the short answers are 40 WPM and 93% accuracy is the minimum. (50 WPM and 95% accuracy should be a goal.) Go to this website for a Free Typing Tutorial. Also check out the links for Type to Learn found on this website.
What can you do about this?
Learn to touch type. It takes a little bit of practice, consistantly and correctly over a long time. (On average, about 15 minutes a day for 3 months.)
Grades: Grades are based on two categories: Assessments and Practice Work.
Assessments are 70% of your grade and consist of Tests, quizzes, oral assessments, Completed Video Projects or anything else that relects your level of mastery on the curriculum.
Practice Work (30%) includes daily activities such as worksheets, homework problems, viewing podcasts, viewing podcast tutorials, team work in the field and reading assignments that help students master the concepts presented in class.
Students will receive a grade everyday based on their efforts on the practice work. Four points are given each day, where 4 is an A, 3 = B, 2 = C, 1 = D, and 0 is an F.
In addition to the 4 point scale, students may receive special grades:
- Excused grades will not need to be made up, as the student was doing another related activity here at school.
- Absent (AB) grades count as zero and will need to be made up. See the information below about making up absent work.
- Lack of Effort grades will count as D's.
- Incompletes also will count as D's.
- FT stands for Field Trip, and students do not need to make this assignment up.
• Staying on task
• Arriving to class on time.
• Keeping work area clean.
• Respecting the classroom, equipment, other students and teacher.
• Arriving to class with all homework completed on time.
If a discipline problem occurs, the following actions will take place.
• 1st Incident :Student will be given a Time Out for 15 minutes.
• 2nd Incident: Student will be given a Time Out for 15 minutes, and a phone call home will be made or a note will be given to the student, requiring a parent signature.
• 3rd Incident: Student will be given a Time Out for 15 minutes, a phone call home or note is given requiring parent signature, Counselors will be notified.
• 4th Incident: Student will be given a Time Out for 15 minutes, a phone call home or note is given requiring parent signature, Counselors will be notified, and parents will be asked to come to school for a Parent-Teacher-Counselor-Student Conference.
A discipline problem is defined as an Incident that prevents a teacher from teaching and other students from learning.
All Materials for this class will be provided. You just need to show up.
Assignments will be done in class, and you can check the classroom calendar on line if you need to see what we are doing in class because you were not present. Also, check the link to Absent which you will find in the For Student, For Parents pull down menus. That pretty much will answer all of your questions.
|What are your rules about late work, and absent work?|
Glad to help you out here.
When you are absent, the grade goes into the grade book as an Absent (ab), which is scored as a 0% (0 out of 4 points). It stays that way until you turn in an assignment to fill that grade. I prefer that you email me the assignment, as I then copy and paste it into the grade book.
There is no late penalty for late work. I am just glad you did it, so when it is turned in, you get full credit.
You will be expected to view a podcast on Technology and type up a half page summary on the topic discussed in the podcast.
Now you need to know that near the end of the semester, when things get really busy, I try to get my grades done before the last few days, so you should really try to get the work turned in way before that. It relieves stress on you and let's you concentrate on studying for all your finals.
The nature of this class will be exploratory. Students come to this class with a lot of computer background knowledge, no knowledge, or somewhere in between. This class is intended to give the students tools to make their other course work easier.
Students are expected to work on the class projects, and when finished, should do work from other classes, or assist other students sharing their expertise when appropriate.
The software we use actually contains many sound loops, along with songs that students may use. Students can also create their own songs using GarageBand.
Check these two websites for sound clips that you may want to use for your projects.Now, in order for Mr. Roper to know that you and your parents have read this, you need to copy and paste the remainder of this outline, into an email, and send it to Mr. Roper. Hard copies will not be accepted.
7th Grade MultiMedia
First and last name ________________
1. What did you do during your summer off?
2. If you could go anywhere on a vacation, where would you go?
3. If you won $10 million dollars, what would you do?
4. List three of your favorite movies:
5. If you watch TV, list your three favorite shows:
6. What hobbies do you have?
7. Are you involved in music and or sports? If yes, explain.
8. What is the title of the last book you read?
9. Do you have any pets?
10. I have Subscribed to Mr. Ropers RSS feed on his Calendar Page.
I have read the above Course outline:
Parents email address.
Thanks for filling this out!
Don't copy this stuff, just read it.
Hi, I know you are here to subscribe to my homepage, but I have something even better. Go to the Classroom Calendar link on the left. When you are on the Calendar page, you can subscribe to my calendar. I use the Calendar as my plan book. Everything we do in class is on that calendar, and it's all color coded. When you subscribe to the RSS feed, you will automatically be notified whenever I add any information about the classes. If you do not know what an RSS feed is I explained it out on the front page of the school website. I did not know anything about RSS feeds until three years ago, and have since found them very useful. Think of them as Twitter on steroids.