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!


    Click here to learn about the classroom expectations!


  • October 18, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 10/18/2019

    A couple weeks ago, as you probably know, our district was hit by a ransom ware virus. Needless to say, it is challenging to teach computer classes without computers! But I punted as best I could and used the iPads when we could, but not all the websites we use are compatible.

    Our tech department was absolutely amazing and got my lab in working condition within a week! Fantastic! We were able to start looking at composition guidelines in photography. The students are currently making a "wanted poster" to show their understanding of head room in their mugshots.

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  • October 4, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 10/4/2019

    The 7th graders spent some time usin PPT in unique ways this week. We used a few "art tools" early in the week, and then used a few days to use PPT to create an animated GIF.

    Here are a couple examples:

    Ex1 Ex2

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  • September 27, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/27/2019

    The 7th graders looked at how images, audio, and video can be manipulated this week. It can be scary stuff now that videos can no longer be seen as fact. Ask your student about it and see what they share. It is fascinating!

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  • September 20, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/20/2019

    The 7th graders have spent the week looking at image manipulation. SOme people might call it 'photoshopping.' Part of being visually literate is being able to recognize an image that has been manipulated in some way and think about why that might be. The students played a few games testing their skills and found out it is not always so easy!

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  • September 13, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/13/2019

    The 7th graders finished getting notes and such for the different literacies we are focusing on this trimester. They took a quiz on Tuesday and most did very well! We took a day off on Wednesday to discuss the events of 9-11 and the importance of Patriot Day. Next up - lots of creative practice with visual literacy and how images can be manipulated.

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  • September 6, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/6/2019

    This week the 7th graders dug more into visual literacy and how we all will have different perspectives when looking at visuals. We "come to the table" with different experiences and values which will impact how we view things. Next week we will have our first quiz. The students have access to all of the presentaitons and will have a syudy guide to help them review.

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  • August 30, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 8/30/2019

    At the beginning of the week we looked at digital media and compared that to traditional media. Being literate in both of those is very similar - analyzing the purpose and know that media is always constructed. The rest of the week we zeroed in on social media. I like to ask lots of opinion questions - do you thik we are addicted to social media, can our social media impact our futures, and other questions like that. I also had them do an activity that looked into how social media gets us hooked and possible addicted. Pretty powerful!

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  • August 23, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 8/23/2019

    Welcome to 7th grade computer applications! I have enjoyed getting to know my 7th graders this week! We started to look at media, its purposes, and deconstructing it a bit. It is important for everyone to be media literate!

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