Grade 6 Technology

with Ms. Cofino and our fantastic sixth grade students!

Grade 6 Technology

Researching Tutorials

We’re ready to start our second unit: Teachers of the Future!

You will be designing and creating your own video tutorial on a topic of your choice (that is appropriate for school). As always, we are starting at the Inquiring and Analyzing stage of the Design Cycle. During our lesson today, we explored different types of tutorials and what works well and what doesn’t. After doing our own drawings and watching this tutorial:

here are some of our ideas:

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To continue learning about what makes a great tutorial, now we’re going to explore example tutorials online.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Make a copy of the Tutorial Research sheet, call it YourName Tutorial Research, and put it inside your Design Folder in Google Drive.

2. Watch 3 or more different tutorials to inquire into what makes a successful tutorial.

3. Record your reviews of each tutorial using the Tutorial Research sheet. Make sure to include at least two detailed comments, with reasons, for each box on the Tutorial Research sheet.

4. After watching your selected tutorials, determine which one was the best, and describe why you think that one was best (part 2 of the Tutorial Research sheet).

Earn extra points: Include excellent details and specifics. Review more than 3 tutorials.

To earn a 7 – 8 , you need to make sure:

  • You have included more than 3 items to research.
  • All sections of the research document includes comments that are detailed and meaningful.
  • You have used lots of details to describe why your “best” tutorial is the best.

Due Date:

  • 6A & 6C: 11 November

Lots of Learning About Blogging!

Wow! Grade 6, you have learned so much about blogging in this unit! It’s great to see your reflections on our I used to think… Now I think… document! Some of the exciting things I saw were:

  • I used to think that organizing my blog was really hard for example making a menu I couldn’t get the hang of it. I wanted see how much you can change your blog. Now I think I have been shown to make a proper menu it was really easy. I found out that you can only change certain things but you still have the majority of things that you can change.
  • I used to think that Blogs are  only for adults. Now i think that blogs are for everyone.
  • I used to think it will be hard to make a menu and it will be hard to remember because there were some steps to finish. Now I think, it’s not that hard. It was easier than I thought. I sometimes needed some help, however I now remember it!
  • I used to think that people only used blogs for reading books. Now I think that there are for everything like sports,news, food and etc.
  • I used to think that there are not a lot of blogs in the world because people thought they were to hard to manage. Now I think that i’ve seen there are so many blogs in the world and I know that people are creating more and more.
  • I used to think making blog was easy. I didn’t care about menu bar, categories and bunch of main stuff. I also didn’t care about “about me” page. Now I think it is hard to create blog because we have to keep organise our blog and add menu bar, widgets and other main stuff that we have to put on our blog. But when I keep doing it was hard but I had fun.
  • I use to think Creative common is not very useful using in blog. Now I think that is is very useful and really easy to use because creative common, people that post in creative common gives us permission to use it.

Along with the great learning that we did together, you also learned some amazing things on your own. Here are some of the great tips that were shared in 6A and 6C:

  • If you find a picture that is big enough and you don’t want it to be tiled you can press un-tile and it will look small but if it’s big enough it will be un-tiled.
  • I learned that if you put picture on your post you have to paste the link of the picture you used.
  • My tip is to keep organise your blog. So what you have to do is to check your blog whenever you post something or change theme. Then double check by asking someone or teacher and get some advise or tip from them and then you can make your blog organise. Also you can double check by looking carefully. If your blog is not organised it will be hard to look stuff.
  • I learned that you could make your own unique header image by using photoshop.
  • My tip is to used to preview button a lot so that you know what it will look like it’s important to do when you add a import.
  • I learned that if you go to a website called you can find different cursors then when you chose one you scroll down to the HTML code you copy the code then go to your blog and go to appearance and go to widgets and drag the text widget and then paste it in the text widget and then press save and then when you go to you blog the cursor will be the one you chose.

And a one from me:

  • You can use an RSS reader to easily see new posts from lots of blogs – you can even subscribe to just one category on any blog (including a teacher’s blog) by adding /feed/ to the end of the URL. An example would be:

Today we also talked about a few other important items:

What makes a great comment?

A great comment is like a hamburger:

The bun on top being an introduction (Dear …., My name is…., I’m writing from…, I’m writing about….)

The middle (or meat) including some information like:

  • A compliment or something positive about the post
  • A suggestion or idea or tip
  • A personal experience or example

Most importantly the comment will stay on topic based on what the blog post is about.

Finally, the bun on top would be a goodbye great (Bye!, Please check my blog!, etc)

How can we use the TSC effectively?

Before you complete a task (either at home or in class), have a look at the TSC. Find the row (or level of achievement you would like to earn), and find the descriptor. Turn each statement there into a question to ask yourself if you have achieved that level. For example:

  • You have included more than 3 items to research = Did I include more than 3 items to research?
  • You have prioritized all items = Did I prioritize all items?
  • Each item you have researched includes multiple sources = Did each of my items include multiple sources?
  • Column 4 is detailed and meaningful for all rows = Is my column 4 detailed and meaningful for all rows?

Once you change each descriptor to a question, you can see if you answered “yes” to each one. If you did, you’re all set. If you didn’t, you can go back to your work to improve it. This is a great way to make sure that you are achieving at the level you really want – even before you turn in your work!

How can we troubleshoot (fix) small technical challenges?

Almost every day we have small glitches or problems using our laptops. Often we get really worried about them and sometimes panic. But, actually there are some great strategies that we can use to solve these small challenges. Here’s what you came up with in class today:

  1. When you see a problem, wait. Give your computer 30 seconds to a minute to see if it resolves itself. Be patient and calm. Even if there is a big problem, it will be solved, so no need to panic.
  2. If you’ve waited 30 seconds to a minute and the problem hasn’t been solved, look. Look at what you’re doing on your computer. Do you have 30 tabs open? Do you have tons of programs open? Are you trying to do too many things at once?
  3. If you can see a problem, strategize. If there are too many tabs open, close some. If your application is not responding at all, force quit. If a website isn’t loading, refresh. If it still doesn’t load try another browser or quit the browser. Try as many relevant strategies as you can.
  4. If you have tried at least 3 strategies and it’s still not resolved, close. You can close the lid for 30 seconds and then re-open to see if it resolved itself, or you can entirely shut-down and restart your computer to see if it’s fixed.
  5. If you have restarted your computer and the problem is still there, go to the IT department. This may be a bigger problem than you can solve on your own, so take your computer to the Help Desk to see if they can help.

As a reflection of what you learned in this unit, and to get us excited about our next unit, you have a short homework task for today:

Homework: Tips & Tricks Blog Post

Write a short blog post teaching your readers how to do something on the blog (or something on the computer that you have found very helpful – it should relate to school in some way). You can write about any skill, but keep it short. This task should take no more than 30 minutes.

You can use the ideas from our I used to think… Now I think… document today, or come up with something on your own.

Remember, this is a connection between our old unit and our new one – only take 30 minutes or less to write your post. You can use any format you want, but it must be published on your blog for next lesson.

Due Dates:

  • 6A: Thurs Nov 6
  • 6C: Fri Nov 7
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