8th Grade Computer Applications

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    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!



  • October 18, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 10/18/2019

    Just when we ready to start creating our group games our district got hit by a ransom ware virus. Needless to say, it is challenging to teach computer classes without computers!

    Amazingly, our tech department got my lab up and running within a week! Fantastic! That being said, many of the 8th graders were gone on the outdoor ed trip and progress on the games were slow for some groups and non-existent for others. But we'll readjust and settle down next week to push through. The ideas look wonderful! I hope they can pull them off!

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  • October 4, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 10/4/2019

    The 8th graders turned in their games for the intermediate skills assessment. They had to show their knowledge of sound, pen blocks, and asking and saying blocks. Here are a couple games for you to see how much they have learned!

    Example 1

    Example 2

    The rest of the week I modeled for them as they created small games with some pretty cool advanced skills.

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  • September 27, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/27/2019

    The 8th graders worked this week on their intermediate skills assessment by creating another game. Their task was to use certain skills they had learned during the most recent tutorials. Of course, to create the game they needed to use previous skills as well. Some students are really getting the hang of it! Next week they will practice some advanced skills to wrap up our learning of Scratch!

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  • September 20, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/20/2019

    The 8th graders started learning the next set of skills in our game design software. They are learning how to use text, sound, and the pen tool. Again, they are teaching themselves and moving at their own pace. Next week we will have an assessment (a game to make) that finds out how well they learned these skills.

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  • September 13, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/13/2019

    The 8th graders finished up their assessment on the basic skills they had been learning about with the software we are using to design the digital game. They had to create a maze game with certain criteria to show me that they are doing well with the basic skills necessary to get into the more advanced ones. We took a break on Wednesday to discuss the events of 9-11 and the importance of Patriot Day. Today they will start the next section of intermediate skills tutorials.

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  • September 6, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 9/6/2019

    It is time to find out what basic skills from our game design software the students have learned! They have started creating a game using the basic skills from the tutorials. They should be able to finish in a couple days if they worked hard learning from the tutorials.

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  • August 30, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 8/30/2019

    The 8th graders have spent the week watching tutorials and creating files that introduce them to beginner level skills in the gaming software we will be using. The students get 2 participation points each day for the week. If they are doing their best to try and learn what the videos are teaching, they are all set! If they are at least using the software they receive a 1. If they are chatting too much or off task then they earn a zero for the day. I am trying to get them "easy" points so when the big game comes at the end of the trimester they will have as high an overall grade as possible going into it. Most are doing very well! We will work a couple more days next week and then have an assessment (make a game) using the beginner skills.

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  • August 23, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Strathman on 8/23/2019

    Welcome to 8th grade computer applications! I have enjoyed getting to know my new 8th graders this week! The objective this week was to show them examples of digital games my previous students have made in the past. It heps them to see the possibilities, as well as examples of good and not so good games. Today, I had them critically analyze a game of their choice to get them thinking about what made one game better than another.

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