Grade 6 Technology

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Grade 6 Technology

Completing Your Creating the Solution Reflection

Wow! 6B you are on super speed! We are finishing up our Criterion C task this week. Well done!

Your last task for this criterion is to… you guessed it… write a reflection.

Here’s what you need to do:

Type a reflection describing your feelings about your blog, remember to include an introduction and conclusion, as well as answers to these questions:

  • Are you happy with the way your blog looks right now (the theme)? Why or why not?
  • What are you most proud of on your blog? Why?

Make sure to:

  • embed a screenshot of your blog as it looks today (or do a screencast)

You may want to use this planning document to write each paragraph first, and then copy and paste into your blog post.

Your Challenge: Make it a great post!

Lots of you asked about how to write a good blog post – one that people will want to read, and finish reading until the end. So, today in class we talked about what makes a great post. Here are some of the highlights.

Great blogs posts, of course, are all about the content, and they often have:

  • interesting content
  • creative vocabulary
  • word choice that really reflects your ideas in a unique way
  • style of writing – in our case it’s usually explanatory
  • links to resources that relate to the content of the post – links are what make the internet so powerful, anytime you can add a link to support an idea, go for it!

Great blog posts also use formatting and design techniques to make them enjoyable to read online, like:

  • images (often balanced with the amount of text)
  • sub headings or paragraph titles
  • lots of space around paragraphs (definitely not all scrunched up on the page)
  • bolded words to highlight important points within your paragraph
  • bulleted lists (to make them easy to scan)

We also watched this video to remind us of the power of visuals:

How to earn a 7/8

  • You have included a well-organized, complex and detailed reflection.
  • You have included many excellent details and specifics relating to your project, including screenshots of your blog, as appropriate.

Due Date

  • Tuesday 17 March

Creating Your About Me Page

One of the ways you can help your readers get to know you better, is to write an “About Me” page. You need to complete your About Me page for homework this week so that you come to class with it finished.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create a New Page (Go to: Page, New Page)
  2. Give your new page a title (something fun!)
  3. Add 2 – 3 paragraphs of information about you that are appropriate to be shared online
  4. Add at least 1 picture and 1 video (they don’t have to be pictures or videos of you, just of something you enjoy)
  5. Link to 2 or 3 of your favorite blogs or websites
  6. Publish!
  7. Add your About Me page to your navigation menu so we can find it easily

Useful Resources:

As you’re creating your page, remember to refer to the Blog Criteria we developed as a class to help you design your page. You may also want to use this About Me Page planner to get started.

Here are some great student “About Me” pages that you can use for examples:

Remember, as you create your About Me page, you may include any information about your interests, hobbies, activities, and experiences – as long as you are not sharing private information like your home address or phone number. Use the YIS Blogging Guidelines to make sure you are sharing appropriately.

As you get ready to publish, remember to “think before you post”:

Be careful! You are creating a new page – not a new post! Make sure you check that you’ve created a page, and not just a post.

Here’s how to create your own About page:

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here’s how to earn a 7 -8:

Introduce Yourself:

  • Your entire About Me page is meaningful and exceptionally easy to understand, with correct grammar and spelling.
  • There is strong evidence of your unique Voice.
  • Your page is exceptionally well presented with the following, which enhances the content of your page:
    • an engaging title,
    • a detailed and thoughtful well written introduction to you
    • effective and unique (but not distracting) formatting,
    • several embedded links,
    • more than one type of media element (pictures, audio and/or video).
    • Your About Me page is listed in your Navigation Menu

Due Dates:

  • Tuesday 10 March
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