Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Day 46

    We will be doing the following items today.


    1. Please do Project 24 Page 181
    2. Please new vocab words and formatting tips to your Section 8 notes
    3. Please follow directions for Section 8 Study Guide for a quiz.
    4. Please add the new field names in your Period _ Class DB


    Thursday, January 26, 2006

    Day 45

    Please click here to see today's lesson.

    Click on Computer Technology then look for the link to today's lesson.

    Sorry for the inconvenience. Our server for the usual site is being updated
    Thanks, Mrs. Baber

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006

    Day 44


    Artwork by Amanda! Great job Amanda.
    1. Please go to Microtype and go to Keyboarding Skill Building-Lesson A--then click on the next tab past the last pink check mark you have on the bottom. Keep doing each tab in order until you are done with Lesson A. Proceed to Lesson B and do the same thing until you go through every lesson listed.
    2. Please look to your teacher for instructions for a New Hands On Game to help you learn the differences and similarities between an MLA style One-page Report and a Standard Formatting style One-page Report. Get ready to have some fun! Candy included!
    3. Mystery Database: Open the Mystery DB located in the template folder. Open a copy and save immediately. You will receive a handout of some mysteries to solve. Use FIND (magnifiying glass) to solve the mysteries. Please look over the handout before you ask any questions as to how to do this project. Save as MYSTERY DB in your Database folder. (We would prefer if you create a New Folder in your Documents called Databases and then for each new database you create, make a New Folder for it. For example the Mystery DB folder should be inside the Databases folder in your Documents. I will create a video tutorial on how to do this for the next class period. Just carry on the best you can for now until I can give you the video.) PLEASE solve the mysteries. Use the Mystery worksheets to find and solve the mystery. Read the handout very carefully. Please open a new Appleworks word processing document and put your answers there. Save it as Answers to Mystery DB in your Database folder.
    4. Now, open your database that has the information about your classmates. I is called one of the following: Student DB, Class DB, Class P(your period number) DB, or something you chose to call it. Anyway, it is the one where each student moved to each computer and entered data. Open that now and follow these instructions : *Make sure every student has his or her information on your database.
      *Please add a Header. See video below for instructions on what to include in the Header and how to do it.


      *Save As -- PERIOD (put your period number here) CLASS DB. Make sure you save it into a folder called PERIOD ___ CLASS DB.
      *Thats all we will do for now.
    5. If you are done, go back to the other Days and finish any work unfinished.
    6. If you are done early, please go to this game and play it until time is called to clean up.
    7. Should you finish that, please go to this site and do a fun crossword puzzle. Click on Hint if you do not know the answer. Then click enter after you know the word. Check it out. You will see how it works or ask your teacher.
    8. Don't forget to leave your comments for me so I can make your computer class better than ever. Thanks.

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    Day 43


    This is a picture of Jessica L's kitty cat!
    1. Please go to Microtype and do Keyboarding Skill Building-Lesson A
    2. Open your book to page 161. Read silently from page 161-162. Observe page 162 to see how your project should look today. The header, source and citations should all be the same as page 162. Now do Project 15. You will open WP015 from the Starting Points > Templates tab in Appleworks just like you did last class period. (see movie for details) Save as STWP015.
    3. Now, please take the handout of a Venn Diagram. We will now compare an MLA style one-page report (pg. 145) and a standard formatting style one-page report (pg. 150). Take your handout, gather up in groups of two, open your books to page 145 and 150 (your have two in the group so each one open to one or the other page), and write down the similarites in the center of your Venn Diagram and the differences in the appropriate spaces. Your teacher can help guide you through this.
    4. Mystery Database: Open the Mystery DB located in the template folder. Open a copy and save immediately. You will receive a handout of some mysteries to solve. Use FIND (magnifiying glass) to solve the mysteries. Please look over the handout before you ask any questions as to how to do this project. Save as MYSTERY DB in your Database folder. (We would prefer if you create a New Folder in your Documents called Databases and then for each new database you create, make a New Folder for it. For example the Mystery DB folder should be inside the Databases folder in your Documents. I will create a video tutorial on how to do this for the next class period. Just carry on the best you can for now until I can give you the video.) PLEASE solve the mysteries. Use the Mystery worksheets to find and solve the mystery. Read the handout very carefully. Please open a new Appleworks word processing document and put your answers there. Save it as Answers to Mystery DB in your Database folder.
    5. If you are done, go back to the other Days and finish any work unfinished.
    6. 5. If you are done early, please go to this game and play it until time is called to clean up.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    These are directions for your class database. Please follow instructions and then do the project.

    Day 42

    Mrs. Baber's family at the beach. Which one is she? Do you want to put a picture, poem, or video on the class site? Bring Mrs. Baber "stuff" to put on YOUR page. Thanks
    1. Please do your Weather Database first today.
    2. Please read directions below before beginning today's warmup. After reading the information below, complete Project 9 on page 152. Listen to audioblog at the end of the directions for instructions on how to do Project 9. Open your Glencoe Computer Applications and Keyboarding Book to page 150. Notice the formatting in the one-page report shown on the page. This is another acceptable format for reports. We already learned how to do MLA style one-page reports. Now we will learn a standard business format. We will compare the two styles a little later this week but for now we will type and format a one-page report in standard business format one-page report and practice using find and replace.
    • Standard Business Format - See formatting tips on page 151. See example on page 150.
    • Find and Replace - allows you to replace a word or group with a different word or group of words. If you are typing a report and use one word over and over, you can abbreviate it while you type, then go back and "find and replace" it with the full word later.
    Okay, now that you understand what we are learning today, lets get started. Open
    Appleworks 6, open Starting Points, Templates, and find WP009. Double click it, click on Open a copy, go to File, Save, and save it in your Word Processing folder in your
    Documents as STWP009. Now, follow the instructions given on page 152. To see what
    STWP009 should look like when it is done, Click Here.Here is the audio instruction for today's one-page report lesson.



    3. Next, we will learn all about Reports. Just what you wanted to do today. Right? I know you are anxious to get started, so here we go. While learning the process of creating reports, it is necessary to know the words we will use to describe what we need you to do. On page 144 (which is section 8) of the textbook there is a list of Words to Know. Today you need to read pages 150 and 151 and find the meaning to the following words:
    1. Title,
    2. Subtitle,
    3. Byline,
    4. Body, and
    5. Find and Replace.
    Now here is a step-by-step procedure for how to type the definitions of the words numbered above:
    • Open a new document in Appleworks and create two columns. I personally like to open a Drawing document and use text tool to create two text fields as columns. Then you can move them around by clicking on the arrow tool and sliding the text box around. FEEL FREE to do this any way you like.
    • On the left side type the word and on the right side type the meaning.
    • At the bottom of the page not in columns, type the Formatting Tips that are listed on page 151. If you are using a Drawing doc, you can create any shape you like then put a text field inside it to type the tips.
    • You will save this document as Section 8 Notes in your Documents.
    4. Great job. And now we will finish the day's objectives by finishing the Database assignment given on Day 41. Below is a copy of the directions for that assigment. understand that we want you to read the directions at the same time as you listen to the audio instructions. So.. here it is, plain and simple: PLEASE understand that we want you to read the directions at the same time as you listen to the audio instructions. So.. here it is, plain and simple:
    • Open an Appleworks Database
    • Open the directions for the assignment below.
    • Put on headphones and listen to the audio.
    • After listening to the audio and setting up the database by filling in all the fields, continue to READ the directions and do what it tells you to do. Part of this assignment is learning to read and follow directions. Please raise your hand and ask your teacher if you have any questions.

    • Now here are the directions and audio instructions repeated from Day 41: We will begin a new database today. Listen to the audio below while looking at the directions. Click here for directions for a Student Database Practice. Before we begin, please start a New Folder in your documents called StudentDBPractice. Then save the database you create as Studen DB Practice in your Student DB Practice folder. Please listen to the audio below for detailed instructions. Please have the directions up on the screen before you start. Also, remember you can pause the audio as you go or slide the fader back or hit rewind and start over to repeat the audio instructions. Don't forget that the Apple+ will increase the size of the text on a webpage. If the directions are too small for you to see, hit Apple + .These are directions for your class database. Please follow instructions and then do the project.
    5. If you are done early, please go to this game and play it until time is called to clean up.

    Day 41

    Mrs. Baber in her first professional touring band!
    The name of the band was The Buffalo Chipkickers.
    1. Please open your Weather DB. Now please go to the Weather Data link on the right hand side bar of this page to enter the data on your weather data. Save and close when done.
    2. We will now take the Computer Technology 8 Midterm Exam. . You must sign in using your user name and password. Please CLICK HERE to take your exam and good luck. When you are done, go to the next assignment.
    3. We will begin a new database today. Listen to the audio below while looking at the directions. Click herefor directions for a Student Database Practice. Before we begin, please start a New Folder in your documents called StudentDBPractice. Then save the database you create as Studen DB Practice in your Student DB Practice folder. Please listen to the audio below for detailed instructions. Please have the directions up on the screen before you start. Also, remember you can pause the audio as you go or slide the fader back or hit rewind and start over to repeat the audio instructions. Don't forget that the Apple+ will increase the size of the text on a webpage. If the directions are too small for you to see, hit Apple + .These are directions for your class database. Please follow instructions and then do the project.

    4. If you are done early, please go to this game and play it until time is called to clean up.

    Monday, January 09, 2006

    Finding Starting Points in Appleworks 6

    This video will show you how to find the Starting Points box in Appleworks 6.

    Day 40


    1. Please Type project 7 - one page report, MLA style. To start off, open Appleworks 6 and make sure you have the starting points open. To check, go to file, show Starting Points. Then click on the tab at the bottom of Starting Points box called Templates. Find WP007. Double click on it, click Open a Copy and save it right away as STWP007 in your Documents folder. Follow instructions given in the book on page 148. Do this project on your own. If you do not finish, you must complete this on your own. This report will be graded next class period. To see the video on how to open Starting Points, go to the video post before Day 40. To listen to directions for STWP007, click on the audioblog below.
      Here are instructions for Project 7, page 148 in Computer Applications and Keyboarding by Glencoe.



    2. Please Click Here for an Exam Review website. We will practice for the exam using that review today. Please follow along with us as we go over the answers together. Feel free to go to this site and practice this on your own for exam review. Remember your EXAM is coming up this Wednesday and Thursday. You may also go to to the Computer Literacy 8 Exam Review which we took last week.
    3. We will go over our Student Database created last class period. (Day 39) Please click here and do Practice 1 - 3 on your own. Please remember to save this database in a folder named Student in your documents.
    4. When you are finished, please click here to do the questions in a Computer SOL review.

    Thursday, January 05, 2006

    Day 39


    1. We are currently getting ready for our exams next week. The exam dates are scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th. Please take home the study guide or go on line and take the practice test until you can ace the exam!

    Please sign up for your Quia student account now. Go the link below for your class period and follow directions to sign up. Please use your first initial and last name as a user name, your password used to log on to your computer, and your first and last name. The email can be your real email or you can make one up for now. We will provide you with one soon and you can change this entry later. Use your first initial and last name @ mac.com for now. (for example jstone@mac.com) When you are done signing up for a free student account, please come back to this page and click on the practice test link above. Thanks!
    Baber - P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8
    Shank - P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8

    We will also be working on Databases. The Fantasy Wheel database (click on Fantasy Wheel DB in the Classwork website for directions) should be done and we are starting our class Student Databases now. See directions below.

    2. Create a Student DB. Put no spaces in when filling in because that affects sorts!
    Field names are IN ALL CAPS:
    LAST NAME - TEXT
    FIRST NAME- TEXT
    TOWN- TEXT
    ZIPCODE-DATE
    COLOR-TEXT
    EIGHTHGRADEYEAR-TEXT(2006)

    3. Do practice 1-3 on your own as follows:

    In practice 1, you will switch between the database views.
    • Choose Browse from the Layout menu. To highlight a record, click in the record's area and the whole record will highlight.
    • Choose Layout from the Layout menu
    • Choose Find from the Layout menu.
    • Choose List from the Layout menu. To highlight, click on the small square to the left of the record you wish to highlight.
    In practice 2, you will add and delete a record.
    • Choose List from the Layout menu. Fill in one record with your own information. To add a record, choose New Record from the Edit menu.
    • To delete a record, highlight a record to be deleted or place the cursor in any field in the record to be deleted and choose Delete Record from the Edit menu. Please add a record, put your information in it again, then delete the record.
    In practice 3, you will slit a database screen.
    • To view two different parts of a very large database at the same time, we will split the screen. Sections of a split screen we call panes. To split the screen, click and hold your mouse pointer above and a little to the left the vertical scroll bar. Click and hold and drag the mouse down about halfway on your screen. Now you can scroll down to two different places in your database.
    • Click Here to see the movie on how to do this.
    • Please split your screen now.
    Save your work as Student in a new folder called Student in your Documents.
    If you need a quick review, please Click here -- then click on the items you are not sure how to do. For example, if you do not know how to use "find" in a database, click on the link called "The Find Function". Read all about it. When you are done looking over the site and its tutorials, create the Class Student Database.

    4. Go to the Quia webpage . Click on Jefferson Lab. Choose 20 Questions on 8th grade Technology.

    Monday, January 02, 2006

    Happy New Year! Day38

    The ride to my house!



    1. Open your books to page144. Look over the material from 144 - 146. Type project 6 - one page report. Follow instructions given in the book. We will do this project together. Save as STWP006 in your Documents folder. If you do not finish, you must complete this on your own. This report will be graded next class period.

    2. I will demonstrate how to use Find, list, browse, show all records, sort, and match using the Weather DB. Go see a video tutorial on creating a database or here for searches and sorts.

    3.. If you have already gotten a Database Handout, please get it out now. If not we will pass them out now. Here is another Database handout to help you understand how Databases work and to help you review for the exam. We will now go over the DB worksheet together and fill in the answers.

    6. Open up Fantasy Wheels DB from the Public Folder on your finder. Please go to Public folder and look for Fantasy DB... open a copy.... save it immediately as FantasyDB.

    7. Complete all the Fantasy Wheels DB questions given during class. We will do the questions together. Here are pictures of the searches and sorts you will do.

    8. Create a class Student DB. Put no spaces in when filling in because that affects sorts!
    Field names are IN ALL CAPS:
    LAST NAME - TEXT
    FIRST NAME- TEXT
    TOWN- TEXT
    ZIP CODE-TEXT
    COLOR-TEXT
    EIGHTH GRADE YEAR-TEXT (2006)
    As a quick review, please Click here -- then click on the items you are not sure how to do. For example, if you do not know how to use "find" in a database, click on the link called "The Find Function". Read all about it. When you are done looking over the site and its tutorials, create the Class Student Database.

    9. Do practice 1-3 on your own.

    10. Go to the Quia webpage . Click on Jefferson Lab. Choose 20 Questions on 8th grade Technology.