Posted by Kim Cofino on Monday, November 19th 2012
Wohoo! It’s now time to make your blog dreams a reality! In the Create part of the Design Cycle, we get the chance to actually create what we designed and planned. In this case, it’s an awesome blog that represents you and your learning here at YIS.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Use the Criteria list on the Grade 6 Technology blog to make sure you meet all of the criteria for excellent blog design:
2. How to create a custom Navigation Menu to make it easier to find your pages and posts (remember to include: Home, About Me, and School as your main pages, and then add all of your school categories indented under the School page). Here’s a great video to show you how:
Posted by Kim Cofino on Thursday, November 15th 2012
Well done Grade 6! We have completed the Investigate stage of the Design Cylce, and you have completed some really fantastic Investigations. Here are a few that really jumped out at me, as being especially fantastic:
Posted by Kim Cofino on Tuesday, November 6th 2012
The best way to help your blog grow into the amazing blog you imagine, you need to plan exactly what you’re going to do step-by-step over the next few months. To help you plan for your amazing blog, we’re going to use a simple worksheet called “How to Grow a Blog“. This worksheet will guide you through the process of developing your blog into just what you want!
What does this worksheet mean?
Think of your blog like a flower! What do you need to do to help flowers grow? Plant the seeds in good soil, give it sunlight, water it, and take good care of it. That’s exactly what you need to do for your blog!
Here are the descriptions for each section of the worksheet:
The Right Habitat: Seeds & Soil: these are the foundation for your blog. What do you need to do right now, today, this week to make your blog better? How do you need to change the way your blog looks? What about the blog posts that you write?
Habits & Commitment: Sunlight & Stems: this is what helps your blog blossom into a beautiful flower. What will you do every day or every week until the end of the school year to make your blog continue to grow? How will you engage your readers? How will you connect with your audience? What will you do to improve your writing? These are things you will do regularly over the next few months.
The Goal: Petals & Blooms: this is your goal: an amazing blog! What do you want your blog to look like in May? How many visitors will you have? What will people see when they visit your blog? What kinds of posts will you have? This is what your blog will look like when you are really proud of it!
To complete your worksheet you need to:
Open the How to Grow a Blog worksheet
Click on File, Download to download a Microsoft Word copy
Save your Word document in your Technology folder on your laptop
Delete all the text in the boxes and write in your own answers
Save/Print your finished Word document to PDF
Upload the PDF to your Google Drive (into your Gr6 Technology folder)
We’ll be using your worksheet next lesson to plan out how to make your blog amazing!
To earn a 5 – 6, you need to:
Make sure that all 3 sections of your How to Grow a Blog worksheet are complete and include extremely thorough, thoughtful and detailed ideas for developing your blog.
The first step toward good blog design is to draw several different rough draft designs on paper to see what you like best. Remember to follow our class criteria as you create your designs.
Here is your assignment for this week:
Imagine your blog a few months in the future. What does it look like? What are the important features? How does your theme represent the main topic or idea of your blog?
Demonstrate what you want your blog to look like by drawing a rough draft in color pencils of at least 3 different blog templates. Use a separate page for each template. They should each be roughly the size of one A4 page.
If you’d like to see some examples from last year, please take a look here (and check out the example from Keina on the right). Remember the qualities that make some of these examples really great:
lots of color
clean space on the page
bold black outlines
all details included (widgets, header, post area, titles, etc)
Each of your templates should reflect the qualities of a good blog that you learned about in the investigation. Here are the class criteria we created: