6th Grade Tech
A MACUL 2004 presentation by Marilyn Western
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|MS Word Projects|
*Call out author or setting or character & look for title
*Call out computation problem & look for number answer
*Call out definition & look for vocabulary word
*Call out what someone is famous for & look for person
*how to write an essay
*parts of a plot
*definitions for geometric manipulations
*formulas for determining area
*plant succession on lake shore
*gifts from ancient civilizations
*math terms glossary
*space vocabulary glossary
*ABC picture book on 1 ancient civilization
*correct typing technique
*1st week of school create an All About Me brochure w/pix
*skills needed to succeed in 7th grade
*what we learn in Math (to be distributed at conferences)
*travel brochure for a particular habitat
*create an ancient civilization brochure or newspaper
*last week of school create an All About 6th Grade brochure w/pix to give to incoming 6th graders
*travel brochures on modern Europe and/or Africa
*record problem & solution
*introduce a new inquiry question
*problem solve disputes
*nouns, verbs, adjectives & adverbs
*real life examples of geometry, fractions/decimals, measurements
*earth, physical, life sciences
*producers, consumers, decomposers
*Judaic, Christian & Islamic faiths
*for main character & his/her qualities
*design an "I Know How to Do This" award certificate for yourself
*for a successful habitat
*for a 'hero' or 'villain' from a past time period
*factoring a number
*record spelling words
*math rules learned
*forms of government in the news
*current events & student response
*favorite time in history
*steps for solving problems
*6 interesting facts about circuits, sound, or light
*biography of a current national or international leader
*Assign student reporters to write semester newsletter articles on classroom activities for parent/teacher conference distribution
report & book jacket demo
*topic of student's choice: give requirements
*create vocabulary cards: I have... who has...
*collecting & organizing data
*create a scientific method form to fill in
*create a form for students to use to cite sources
Venn Diagram or Table*sort parts of speech
*create a calendar to journal in: class work, homework, special events
*compare settings, characters, problems
*sort numbers: even number & multiples of 3 or odd numbers & prime numbers
*compare fractions & decimals
*show similarities & differences between planets, forms of light, sun vs planet, etc.
*compare medieval social structure
*compare 2 musicians from 2 different time periods
*compare 3 careers
*apartheid vs pre-civil rights movement
*forms of government
Other stuff*practice typing technique by typing spelling words, their own stories, current event summaries
*create holiday cards
*use Paint to tessellate
*write directions for conducting an experiment & see if someone else can follow them
*create a business card for an ancient Greek merchant or a Roman god/goddess
|MS Excel Projects
Daily Log*books read
*homework turned in
*weekly keyboard timed tests
*timed computation tests
*amount & type of exercise *weather
*classroom management points
Data collection*bibliographic citations
*spelling or unknown words
*create formulas to manipulate data
*primary caucus results
*track current events
*identify mean, median, mode, & range
*compare data (e.g. diameters of planets, gravity of planets, distance from sun, number of moons)
*compare literacy rate, mortality rate, per capita income of 3 countries
*write & illustrate rules for a game
*create an All About the Author poster
*step by step strategy directions e.g. converting fraction to decimal
*phases of moon
*timeline of an ancient civilization
*artists with 2-3 interesting facts about each
Other stuff*percentage picture
*create a board game based on artists, types of music, or sports rules
*how to determine the area of a circle
*use as flashcards for Math vocabulary
*animate the movement of the solar system, succession of an ecosystem, etc.
*use Jeopardy or Millionaire template to review concepts
*compare men's & women's lives in ancient civilizations
*examples of tessellations set to music
*use digital pix to record experiments
*create a slide a week on a current event to present in June
*create a slideshow of school lost & found articles to show on the school network and/or have running during parent/teacher conferences
Collect*place links on browser toolbar in Internet Explorer or Netscape
*locate data sources
*use NoteStar to take notes & cite sources
*locate primary sources
*make a hotlist to direct students to particular pages in Internet Explorer or Netscape
Evaluate*look for bias, persuasion, stereotyping on web pages
*use HPRTec's Web Worksheet Wizard or TrackStar to create single class pages with directions, information, pix, & links
*use kid current event sites for daily reports
*use Math Homework Service to individualize Math homework - all online & FREE!
Explore*author web pages
*use interactive java pages to manipulate objects e.g tessellations, pattern blocks
*download digital videos from United Streaming
*use HPRTec's Poster Project for students to post information, pix & links for 1 month
|*PI Day Celebrations and projects|
To create a bibliography, use www sites such as QuickCite or Citation Machine
|Introduce students to ...
shortcuts, & right clicks
||File management: folders & folders within folders||How to use Spell Check||Correct typing technique.||Your school Acceptable Use Policy||Internet
PBS web license
Jo Cool or Jo Fool
student comes upon a picture or words on the Internet that makes him
uncomfortable, he should turn off the monitor and call a teacher. Take
down the offending url and submit to your service provider to block.
||Web site evaluation: current data, author/source, accuracy||Copyright laws
Citing sources & Plagiarism
|How to use directories & search
||Using Print Preview, printing only the pages needed & ASKING the teacher to print!|
|Typing in CAPS
Select your text. Click on Format and Change Case. Select Sentence Case.
|Move print icon
Hold Alt key while you click & drag printer icon to another spot on the Standard toolbar
Click on Highlighter icon on the Formatting toolbar. When you select text, it will be highlighted.
|Change Text Direction
In a table or text box - select text. Click on Format and Text Direction.
|Spell check on the fly
Right click on the red or green squiggle underline. Select the right correction.
|Make a perfect circle
Hold the Shift key down while you draw an oval to make a perfect circle. Click on the Paint bucket in the Drawing toolbar and select No Fill to Venn.
|Excel Text Alignment
Click on a cell to select it. Click on Format and Cells. Select the Alignment tab. Move the red diamond in the Orientation box to whatever angle you like. Click OK to apply.
|Excel Row colors
Select a row (click on the number of the row) or a column (click on the letter of the column). Click on Format, Cells, and the Font tab. Choose a color and click OK to apply.
|Excel add numbers
Select the cell directly beneath a column of numbers or to the right of a row of numbers. Click on the Autosum icon on the Standard toolbar (looks like the Greek symbol Sigma). Select Add. Hit Enter to apply.
|Excel merge cells
Select the cells you'd like to merge. Click on the Merge & Center icon on the Format toolbar (looks like a white box with a letter a between two arrows). This will merge your cells and center your text.
|Excel cell borders
Select the cells you'd like bordered. Click on Format and Cells. Select the Border tab. Choose the options you'd like and click OK to apply.
|Excel cell size
Select the cell or cells you'd like to change. Click on Format and row to specify a particular height and column to specify a particular width.
Click View and Slide Sorter. Click once on the 1st slide. Click Slideshow and Slide Transition. Select a transition. In the Advance Slide box, check On Mouse Click and Automatically after. Enter a time (depending on how long you want the slide to stay on the screen). Click on Apply to All Slides.
|PowerPoint copy & paste slides
Click on View and Slide Sorter. Click once on the slide you'd like to copy. Copy by clicking on Edit and Copy.
Paste your slide by clicking on Edit and Paste.
To move your slide, click in the middle of it and drag it to the spot between 2 other slides where you want it. Let go of your mouse click and Save your slideshow.
|Maintain a clean machine|
|Uninstall unused programs:
Use Windows Add/Remove programs utility (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs)
Delete unwanted email messages
|Delete Temporary Internet files:
Tools, Internet Options, General tab
Edit, Preferences, Advanced, Clear Disk Cache
|Once a week run:
Disk scanning tool such as Windows ScanDisk, Norton Disk Doctor, etc.
|Once a week run:
Disk defragmenting tool such as Windows Disk Defragmenter, Norton Speed Disk, etc.
|Once a week run:
Virus scanning program (which should be frequently updated) such as Norton AntiVIrus or McAfee Virus Scan
|Once a week run:
Spyware/Adware scanning programs:
Ad-aware 6.0 FREE
Spybot Search & Destroy FREE
||Stuff Ya Gotta Try