Grade 6 Technology

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Grade 6 Technology

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Now that we’ve finished the Investigate stage of our Teachers of the Future project, you should have a pretty good idea of what it takes to teach something.

To get an idea of what we’re thinking now (before we actually create our tutorials), we will write a short blog post for homework this week. This is your opportunity to reflect on everything you’ve learned by watching so many tutorials over the last few weeks, and think about how all those ideas come together to make an effective tutorial and how the creator becomes an effective teacher.

Here’s what you need to do:

Write a blog post answering these questions:

Make sure to publish your blog post in the Technology category too!

Due Dates:

  • 6A: 25 Feb
  • 6B: 24 Feb
  • 6C: 26 Feb

Another Interesting Tutorial

I saw this interesting tutorial this morning and thought I would share it with you:

Although this one isn’t a straightforward tutorial, it has lots of interesting elements that we can apply to the design of our tutorials. As you watch this one, what do you notice?

Completing Your Investigate Reflection

We’re already almost finished with the Investigate stage of the Design Cycle! Our last task is to finish up the Investigate Reflection. You’ve already completed a big chunk of the work from last lesson and your homework last week. Now all you need to do is add some final elements and the finishing touches.

Here’s what you need to do

In the blog post you already started, add:

  • Links to each student’s blog post that you commented on in the Analyze step above. What did you learn by viewing those tutorials?
  • What did you learn during the Investigate? How can you use what you learned to make a great tutorial?
  • Embed your (public) Tutorial Research document.
  • Link to your “My Favorite Tutorial” blog post.

Note: make sure already have all of the elements from last week’s assignment in this post.

If you can’t remember how to embed your Tutorial Research document, here are the steps:

  1. Open your Tutorial Research
  2. Go to File >> Publish to the web
  3. Click on “start publishing”
  4. When the dialog box pops up, click “ok”
  5. Copy the embed code
  6. Paste into the Text tab (used to be called HTML) on your blog post
  7. Within the Embed code, add height=”800″ width =”600″ after embedded=true so it looks like this:

<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yw-UJQ-Mifu5aDRymM_snEPDTRxY0DjCvWNzDbsSMEI/pub?embedded=true” height=”800″ width =”600″ ></iframe>

Here’s how to earn a 5 – 6

  • You have included a complex and detailed reflection (answering all of the questions).
  • You have included many excellent details and specifics relating to your project.
  • All required elements (links, embedded screenshots and presentations) are included.

Due Dates:

  • 6A: 12 Feb
  • 6B: 4 Feb
  • 6C: 13 Feb

Practicing Tutorial Design

Today in class we completed a 30-minute challenge to create a practice tutorial. By going through that process you were able to learn:

  • how to keep your presentations step-by-step
  • how to design each step in a simple and easy to follow way
  • how to create a simple Google Presentation, and use the drawing features

Your next task is to reflect on the difference between your practice tutorial and your favorite tutorial.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Write a paragraph on your blog to compare and contrast the tutorial you made (in Google Presentations) with the one you shared in the Analyze stage above (on your “My Favorite Tutorial” blog post). What do you need to learn now to make a great tutorial?
  2. Embed your practice tutorial into your blog post.

For now, save this post as a draft so we can finish it up next lesson.

If you can’t remember how to embed a Google Presentation, here are the steps:

  1. Open your presentation
  2. Go to File >> Publish to the web
  3. Click on “start publishing”
  4. When the dialog box pops up, click “ok”
  5. Copy the embed code for the small size
  6. Paste into the Text tab (used to be called HTML) on your blog post

Here’s how to earn a 5 – 6:

Practice:

  • Your practice tutorial is exceptionally detailed and thorough, including all three requirements.
  • Your work demonstrates an excellent effort.

Reflect:

  • You have included a complex and detailed reflection.
  • You have included many excellent details and specifics relating to your project.
  • All required elements are included.

Due Dates:

  • 6A: 30 January
  • 6B: 28 January
  • 6C: 29 January
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