• January 24, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/24/2020

    The 7th graders looked at visual media and what it means to be a visually literate person. A key part is understanding that an image will mean something different to different people because of our values and experiences we each have.

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  • January 17, 2020

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/17/2020

    The 7th grade students were put in the "job" of sound experts this week and how sound is used to make an audience experience or feel certain emotions. Late this week the students were given a video of a baby going up the stairs and it was their job to add music to manipulate their audience into feeling a certain emotion. Quite a few of the students were master manipulators!

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  • January 10, 2020

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/10/2020

    Happy New Year! The 7th graders continued looking at media literacy and how format impacts an audience. Different forms of media use different techniques to get, and keep, our attention. We looked at color and fonts, and today we started to look at sound - specifically sound effects. The students learned a little bit about a foley artist and how that job is done. I am putting them in that position to find some sound effects to work with a video clip that I provided them. Always a fun assignment.

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  • December 20, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/20/2019

    Happy Holidays! The 7th graders finished up the week looking at how we all are part of different target audiences. The students created an ad for a specific audience to see how well they understood some stereotypes for that audience.

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  • December 13, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/13/2019

    The 7th grade has been looking more at being media literate this week. WE looked at how the creators of media - newspapers, magazines, TV, movies, posters, you name it - make choices of what we see or hear as an audience. By those choices, an audience can be influenced in some way. The past few days we looked at bias and stereotypes and had a great discussion about how stereotypes can cause racism and other dangerous thought processes. Being media literate means being able to identify the bias and stereotypes in what we are reading, watching and listening to.

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  • December 6, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/6/2019

    The 7th grade looked hard at media literacy and the 5 core concepts that they need to use when analyzing media. We specifically dug into what makes and advertisement and how marketers persuade the audience to purchase their product or service.

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  • November 22, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 11/22/2019

    We have been spending time looking at media this week - defining it (any form of communication), and discussing its purposes (persuade, inform, and entertain). Yesterday, we looked at logos of multiple different corporations and how logos can be a persuading force in media. After Thanksgiving break we will look at advertisements, commercials, and propaganda as more forms of persuasion in media.

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  • November 5, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 11/5/2019

    Hello! Welcome to 7th grade computer applications! Come here each Friday to see what the students have been working on.

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7th Grade Computer Applications

  • 7th Grade Computer Applications (click on the photo) 7th


    The class will begin with looking into 21st century literacies - digital, social, and visual. We are all bilingual - yes, you are! Our second language, which most of us don't pay much attention to, is visual. It helps us manage our everyday world. Students will be learning about visual literacy which is vital in the 21st century. Being visually literate allows you to interpret and make meaning from information presented in the form of images.

    We will use different tools to analyze images, edit images, and create our own images. We will learn about quality camera skills, and we'll practice with a few green screen experiences. Lots to do!