• January 24, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/24/2020

    Th e8th grade classes continued learning about the game development process, specifically looking at game design - the creating of the rules. First they brainstormed different ideas for a story that their games will tell, and they finished the week attempting to create rules that will allow that digital game to come to life!

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  • January 17, 2020

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/17/2020

    The 8th graders started learning about game development this week. We looked at common elements in games. Then we looked at ways games are made to be fun and how the game designer can influence that. Lastly, we looked at constructive criticism and it's importance in helping to make a game better. For each topic above, the students played digital games and analyzed them.

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  • January 10, 2020

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 1/10/2020

    Happy New Year! The 8th graders finished up their learning skills with some cool advanced skills. They learned how to clone objects, "move" a backdrop, and how to make a character jump. These are skills that many of them will use in their group game at the end of the trimester. Next week, in between testing, we will start looking at game development and the game design process.

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  • December 20, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/20/2019

    Happy Holidays! The 8th graders finished up their second game assessment this week. They used the new skills of pens, sounds, and asking/saying things. After winter break we will have some fun with more advanced skills and then get talking about what makes a good digital game.

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  • December 13, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/13/2019

    The 8th grade learned 3 new skills in Scratch this week and started the assessment game on those skills today. It will be due before winter break. As I am observing them, I am seeing many students doing very well! They are really starting to catch on to Scratch!

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  • December 6, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 12/6/2019

    The students spent the week working on their beginner skills assessment - making a maze game. The students were given "step by step" directions on what to do, just nt how to do it. Some found out the hard way that they did not use their time wisely during the tutorials. For others, the assessment was easy. Next week we move on to intermediate skills.

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  • November 22, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 11/22/2019

    The 8th graders finished watching tutorials for some beginner skills in Scratch. After each tutorial, the students take a practice assessment to see what they have learned, but it also shows me areas where I may need to reteach. It is immediate feedback that can help them grow in their skills. We finished up yesterday creating a game and putting all the skills together. After Thanksgiving break they will have an assessment where they will work independently creating a game using the beginner skills.

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  • November 5, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 11/5/2019

    Hello! Welcome to 8th grade computer applications! Come here each Friday to see what the students have been learning and doing.

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8th Grade Computer Applications

  • 8th Grade Computer Applications (click the photo) 8th

    Digital Game Design

    Students will be learning the digital game design process while they create multiple small digital games, and one big one!  Students will understand first hand why copyright laws exist as they create their own graphics, music and games. It is a challenging, but fun course!


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