Digital Lifeskills:

8th Grade Links

Digital Media  |  Coding

This Week's Unit:  Analog vs Digital (3:00) and Mr. Breitsprecher's BandMix profile with digital recordings of his Gibson Les Paul (done at 44 khz per second).  This is CD-quality and common with MP3 files.

What IT Career Pathway is Waiting for You?
(Washington State)

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This Week's Unit:  Analog vs Digital  (3:00)

Unit 9:  Web-Based Media:  Mr. B's Biz Ed Web

  1. How Does A Computer Work (video, 2:48) with Guided Notes
  2. How the Internet Works
  3. UX vs UI Designs (downloadable/printable pdf)
  4. Design Tips 'N Tricks
  5. Developing Web Layouts:  Golden Ratio, Rule of Three, Golden Triangle Examples (.png), Wireframe Sketches
  6. Wix:  Create a Free Website
  7. CodeHS Sandbox:  Write Code and "Try It"

Unit 8:  Mr. B's Easy Video 1-2-3

Mr. B's Video Production Website

  1. Mr. B's Video Kids Website:
  2. Making Great Videos, Slides 1-10 at Mr. B's Video Kids (pdf form #1 for this unit)
  3. Easy Video 1-2-3, Slides 11-17 (pdf form 2 for this unit)

Unit 7:  PowerPoint

  1. Microsoft PowerPoint.  Click Test Your Digital Literacy, green Take An Assessment button.  Then choose Microsoft PowerPoint (middle links, under Essential Software Skills). This Week's Unit: This Week's Unit: Microsoft PowerPoint. Click Test Your Digital Literacy, green Take An Assessment button. Then choose Microsoft PowerPoint (middle links, under Essential Software Skills.
  2. PowerPoint Project 2:  Minerals of the Earth (6 slides) and 25 Point Rubric
  3. Getting Started With PowerPoint (5:02) and More Resources:  Getting Started With PowerPoint
  4. PowerPoint Project 1:  Volcanoes with Quick Start Directions
  5. Transitions for Powerpoint 1:  Volcanoes (How slides move in)
  6. Animations for PowerPoint 1:  Volcanoes (How text & objects move into slides)
  7. Setting Timings for PowerPoint 1:  Volcanoes (Using Rehearse Timings to create a self-running Slideshow and then saving as a video)
  8. MORE on Rehearsing and Recording Your Presentation: This is how you set timings so that a PowerPoint will run automatically can be saved as a video.
  9. Creating Videos With PowerPoint, Mr. B's Examples:
    1. Frankenstein: A Monsterous Parody by Ludworst Bemonster (Rick Walton) (1:06) and script
    2. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, by Michael Rex (1:07) and script
    3. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex (1:10) and script
    4. [The] Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex (1:08) and script
    5. [The] Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody, by Michael Teitelbaum (1:06) and script
    6. We're Going on a Goon Hunt: A Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex (1:04) and script
    7. Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts, by Edna Barth (1:05) and script

Unit 6:  Microsoft Word

  1. Choosing Fonts

MS Word vs Google Docs

MS Word Projects

  1. MS Word Tutorials
  2. History of Halloween
  3. Creating a 2 Column Document (From History of Halloween)
  4. Inserting Pictures and Text Wrapping (History of Halloween)
  5. Halloween Text Wrapping (.docx project file to download) and example of completed project:  Page 1 and Page 2 (.png files)
  6. Planning a Halloween Party (Print media:  Report)
  7. Top Halloween Candies By State (Print Media:  3 column Design)

Video Tutorials:  MS Word

  1. Getting Started With Word
  2. Creating and Opening Documents
  3. Saving and Sharing Documents
  4. Text Basics:  Add, Delete, Move, Cut, Copy, and Paste
  5. Formatting Text
  6. Page Layout:  Page Orientation, Margins, and Size
  7. Pictures and Text Wrapping

Even MORE MS Word Skills

  1. Unit 5:  Business Simulations & Decision Making

Link to Lemonade StandLemonade Stand   Coffee Shop GameCoffee Shop

Unit 4:  Writing for Digital Media - A Keying Thing

 Good Posture Matters

How Fast Can You Type for 3 Minutes?
30-Point Keying Rubric (pdf)

  1. Forces on the neck increase the more we tilt our headClick to Enlarge

  2. Take a Break, Rotate Your Neck, and Look Up

Each Day, 2 of the links below will be assigned.  Do each one-at-a-time.  They will open in a new tab.  Please LEAVE EACH TAB OPEN.  When the pair is complete, please open ANOTHER TAB and choose an appropriate keying game.

  1. Keying Basic Self-Check
  2. Keyboarding Posture & Technique Self-Check

  3. Identify the Correct Finger Self-Check
  4. Proper Keyboarding Technique Self-Check

  5. Keying Egonomics Self-Check
  6. Home Row Keys: Keyboarding Skills Quiz!

  7. Keying Vocabulary Self-Check
  8. Keying Trivia Self-Check

Unit 3:  What Is Media? defines "media" as:  a plural of medium1; and the means of communication, as radio and television, newpapers, magazines, and the internet, that reach or influence people widely2.

  1. VIDEO:  What is Media? (2:12)
  2. What is Media? Definition and Meaning:  Market Business News
  3. What Are Digital Media?  (pdf form)

Are you ready to explain why virtually all media
today now meets our definition of digital media life skills?

Unit 2:  Content is King -- Fact Checking & Research

  1. Internet Scavenger Hunt #1 (pdf form)
  2. Internet Scavenger Hunt #2 Your Turn!  (pdf form)
  3. Mr. B's "Take 5" Research Process
  4. Example:  Marketing 101:  Mr. B's Biz Ed Web
    1. What is Marketing
    2. Marketing Mix/4 P's
    3. Market Segmentation
  5. Example: The Stuart J. Cort (7:00)

Unit 1:  Getting to Know You

  1. How to Fill a PDF on a Chromebook (1:40)
  2. All About Me (pdf form)
  3. Digital Life Skills:  What Are They (pdf form)
  4. Digital Life Skills I Use (pdf form)
  5. What I Have, Would Like to Learn, Use, What I Need (pdf form)
  6. Northstar Digital Skills Assessments: Computer skills, software skills, and Using technology in your daily life
  7. Mr. B's KWL (pdf form)

More Fun Links

A.  Mr. B's Websites

  1. Mr. B's Guitar Music
  2. Library Media TV
  3. My LMC Web
  4. Video Kids
  5. My Biz Ed Web
  6. Club TNT:  Weekly Madison TV show, TVW, 11 am Saturdays

B.  Keying Skill Building Games

C.  Live Animal Webcams

D.  Web Cams:  Including the world-famous Bear Cam!

E.   Virtual Tours