Category Archives: 706Computers

Forced Perspective Photography

Forced Perspective is a super fun and interesting photography concept that isn’t all that hard to do, but it does take some practice. Unfortunately, it works best with more than one person, a lot of space, and ideally a good DSLR camera instead of your phone, so I won’t make you do this one, but I certainly will encourage you to give it a try!

Examples:

Brief overview/how-to:

Great examples that you can try:

The Importance of Cleaning

Here’s some of the most important advice I can offer you. It’s simple:

CLEAN YOUR PHONE OFTEN

Would you put your face up against a toilet seat? Probably not.

But, did you know that you can find MORE bacteria on your phone than you can on the average toilet seat? Eeeewww. You put that thing near your face a lot. Even if you never talk on it, you’re constantly touching your phone and then your face. All. Day. Long. You can’t help it!

When you go into a store these days, you almost always have to sanitize your hands. That drives me nuts, because one of the first things people often do when they enter the store is touch their phone or their wallet or keys or something like that, and you immediately contaminate the hands that you just cleaned!

Obviously, COVID-19 has drastically increased the danger in touching an unclean surface, but even if it wasn’t an issue or you have both shots or whatever, you can still protect yourself from a  wide variety of illnesses and issues by CLEANING YOUR PHONE OFTEN!

You can even clean your phone really well just soap, water, and a clean microfiber cloth

Un/Necessary Inventions!

Recently I discovered the greatest inventor of all time. Forget Alexander Graham Bell or Leonardo Da Vinci or Elon Musk, Matty Benedetto beats them all:

https://www.youtube.com/c/UnnecessaryInventions/featured 

https://www.instagram.com/unnecessaryinventions/

Sure, most of his inventions are pretty unnecessary, but some of them are kind of genius.

I can think of a bunch of students and adults who could really use one of these:

Check out the iDangle

the Slice Slicer

the Chip Extractor

Or one that I bet a lot of you could use, the Marathon Untility Controller

See! The guy’s got solutions to problems that you didn’t even know you had! Genius!

I want you to come up with an invention like his. It could be unnecessary or something that you could actually use!

Ideas:
Ways to make it look like you’re paying attention in a Teams meeting when you’re not? (actually, he’s got something kind of along those lines too!)

Corona Virus personal protective gear

School supplies that do your homework

Ways to keep your room clean without doing any work

etc.

 

Here’s the steps you need to follow:

  1. Figure out what the problem is that you wish to solve with your invention. Every good design starts with a problem that we need to solve. You’ll need to be able to explain the issue.
  2. Design your invention on Tinkercad. I want a 3D model that shows me what your invention looks like.
  3. Explain how your invention solves the problem. How is it going to make life better? How does it work? What will this invention allow you to do that you couldn’t before?
  4. Present your idea! You could make a video commercial explaining the problem and your solution. Or you could make a detailed PowerPoint where you design the slides yourself (choose your own backgrounds, fonts, colours, etc.) and add transitions and animations to make it look great. Or you could design an effective poster using Word or something like that, where you have photos or screenshots and information about your product.

 

I want to look at some examples and hear some presentations on June 9 and 10, so you need this done before June 9. You do not have to present to the class or show your work, but I am really hopeful that some people will. Your mark will be better if I can ask you questions and you can explain yourself.

We’ll talk more about it in our meetings leading up to those days.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Replying to an Email

Make sure that you’ve read and completed the first part of the assignment before you try this one. You won’t be able to do this right unless you correctly send the first message!

Part one instructions

After you send me the email described in part one, I’ll send you a Reply, which I then want you to Reply to.

When I send you my reply, you’ll see it in your Inbox. It’ll look something like this:

Click on it to open the message and read it

There are two ways to reply:

with the first curved back arrow at the top:

or with the button at the end that says Reply

You need to be able to see my message because I want you to cut out the parts that aren’t relevant to your reply. To do that, you’ll need to click on the three dots to Show message history:

You should now see my message below a line. If you missed it above, read the message. You’re going to select ONE of the questions I asked and respond to it.

Emails can get super long and annoying if you don’t cut out all of the old and unnecessary bits from your reply. Getting in the habit of erasing all of the parts EXCEPT what you’re responding to is super important!

Leave the information about who sent the message when alone. Highlight the parts of my message that you don’t want to reply to and delete those. All you’ll be left with is something like this:

You should also delete your original message which you’ll see below. Highlight and delete:

Then go back up to the top, above the line, and write another email with a greeting, the answer to the question, a signoff, and your name.

It should look something like this:

Once you’ve got that AND ONLY THAT, press Send and send it back to me! I probably won’t respond this time (but I might) but I will give you a mark for doing this correctly!

How to Email

It’s time you social media DM experts finally got around to writing a proper email. Email is a very common, very valuable method of communication, but a lot of people don’t know how to do it well. We’ll make sure that you do after this assignment.

Go to your Outlook inbox

The first step is to click New Message

The email address you are sending the message to goes in the “To” box

There are two ways to input a destination for the email. You can type in the email address VERY CAREFULLY! If even one letter is wrong, your email could end up being sent to someone you don’t even know, or it could just not go through.

You will also have an address book, which makes it easier to email people you have corresponded with in the past or people who are part of your school community. All of your teachers are already in the address book! All you have to do is start typing in a teacher’s name, and it will pop up.

BE CAREFUL that you choose the right address! When you type in rob, you will also see Mr. Robertson, or another similar name.

If you wanted to send a copy of the email to someone else as well, you could put that in the CC (Carbon Copy) box. (you don’t actually have to do that here, but just so you know)

You can even send a “secret” copy to someone using BCC (Blind Carbon Copy). I use this option when I’m sending a message out to all of the parents in a class. When I do it this way, the parents don’t get to see the names and email addresses of everyone I’m sending the message to, which is super important for privacy reasons.

The next important box is the Subject line. This needs to be kept short and needs to tell the person you are emailing what it is that you are emailing about. You do not write a whole sentence in there, just a few words that tell the person why you’re contacting him/her. Click in the Add a subject box:

MAKE SURE YOU PUT IN THE CORRECT SUBJECT LINE HERE! I’m going to get over 300 emails, so you have to help me out and make sure you do this exactly right or your email will get lost in my cluttered inbox and you will not get the marks!

Your subject line should be your room# and then Outlook Email. (e.g. 601 Outlook Email or 819 Outlook Email, etc.) You can copy and paste the words below and add your room number and a space if it’s easier

Outlook Email

ex:

Next you will greet the person you are writing to. Most of the time, we use the word Dear, but you could also use Hello, or Greetings, or something like that. Again, if it’s easier, you can copy/paste from here:

Dear Mr. Robson,

Leave a blank line and then start writing your email.

For your message, I would like you to tell me about something you’re interested in or something you know a lot about, and why you enjoy it. Tell me all about your favourite video game, book, anime, ice cream flavour, or whatever you want! I want to know a bit more about what you like.

Your message doesn’t have to be more than a few sentences. You could do something similar to this:

Then leave another blank line and sign off. Some common ways of signing off are:

   

You can also use things like Thank you, All the best, See you tomorrow, etc.

Then you’ll leave another blank space and write your name: (just your first name is fine, but you can put the whole thing if you like. Your full name is more formal and sounds more “proper” but you would be more informal and friendly with someone you know.)

Your complete message will look something like this:

If you want, you can take some time to make your message look better by using some of the formatting tools available at the bottom:

Read your message over to make sure that your email makes sense and doesn’t contain any obvious errors. Spelling doesn’t really count for this assignment, but your email will ALWAYS look better if you try to spell things correctly and format everything right.

Once you’re done, click Send!

Once you’ve done that, I will send you a message back, which you will Reply to for the second part of the assignment!

706 Coding

If you take a moment and create or sign in to an account, you can save your progress so you won’t have to start over again next time you practice.

If you have not done so already, please Join our class: https://studio.code.org/join/HLSWFL
(you may have created your own account already. If you have forgotten how to log in, please contact Mr. Robson via email or on social media and he can look it up for you)

If you’ve already joined, you can SIGN IN here

If you prefer to pick your own path, go here: https://code.org/student/middle-high

Many more cool options here (Minecraft, Star Wars, sports, Flappy Bird, etc.) https://hourofcode.com/ca/learn

OR you can try it out at Code Combat (a bit more challenging): https://codecombat.com/students?_cc=FireSideDust

OR you can try it out at CodeHS (a bit more challenging): https://codehs.com/go/FA299

You may also like:

Coding with Grasshopper: A great program available in browsers or as a free app on iOS and Android.

If you have a computer with a keyboard, please spend some time learning to type!

Typing Club – learn how to type with guided lessons. Very valuable practice. Unfortunately only really useful on a computer/laptop keyboard. Sign-in is the SAME as your computer user name and password! All students are registered already and simply need to sign in.

 

Online Learning Access

Your first priority this week is to work through the packages of printed materials that were made available last week.

If you missed it, lost it, or need another one for any reason, you can find those here

Teachers are moving to adding instruction and assignments online. To access those, sign in to OneDrive the same way you would for Computer Literacy and look in the Shared area, just like you would to hand in work for me.

If you need any help, feel free to email Mr. Robson ( misterjrobson at gmail.com)

Contact info for GWMS staff can be found here

You may also send me a message on social media if you need help. Find me just about anywhere under the user name @misterjrobson

Instructions:


Go HERE

Your sign in is the same as your computer (first initial dot last name) but you ADD @sjasd.ca on the end

ex: g.waters@sjasd.ca

Click Next

On the next page you will put your password in. Your password is: first three letters of your first name (capital on the first one) first three letters of your last name three numbers

ex: Geowat190

If you are using your own computer or account, you may wish to stay signed in to avoid having to log in every time

If you are on a SHARED computer, you should probably click No (although you shouldn’t really be sharing a computer these days if you can avoid it…)

When you first log in, you will see a section called My Files. These are files that only you can see unless you know how to share them

To see information from teachers and give teachers your work, click Shared on the left hand side

Here you will see a number of files and folders that have been shared with you (these are being updated, changed, and added to regularly, so check here every day!)

Some folders are just information for you to pick up, like this French Resources folder. You go there to get information that will help you do your work

You will see some folders with a subject name and your name on them. These are your personal folders where you may go to hand in or do work. Anything in that folder can be seen by your teacher.

You may also see a number of class notebooks. Explore these to find information and assignments from many teachers. Work completed in that notebook will be visible by your teacher (no need to hand it in)

Sign Modification Project

In order to do a good job of this project, you will need to review the Photoshop Selection Tools post. Those tools will be essential if you are going to do a good job of this, because every sign is a little different, so these instructions will not tell you how to do this step-by-step!

For this assignment, you will take a photograph of a sign and modify it to remove elements and add in new elements that look realistic. PLEASE USE ONE OF THE PHOTOS I HAVE PROVIDED. If you want to use something else, you MUST DISCUSS IT WITH ME FIRST.

Click this link to choose one of these signs, please

Your job is to match new text and elements to whatever is on the original sign.

Some tips:

You can use Photoshop one of two ways:

QUICKLY or WELL

Guess which one I want… If you’re doing this quickly and get it done in a few minutes, it’s going to look terrible and I’m going to ask you to do it again. This project should take some serious time and effort. You’re going to mess things up and redo or fix them. It’s part of doing a good job.

You do not need to create a new file. Just open the sign image in Photoshop and…

ALWAYS make a copy of the original sign before you start. You should have a layer at the bottom or turned off with the untouched image of the sign!

If it’s obvious that you changed your sign, you did not do a good job. If it’s easy to tell what you changed, you did not do a good job. If you did not do a good job, you will have to go back and try again.

Start by CAREFULLY removing elements to replace. Please DO NOT REPLACE EVERYTHING! Your job is to match new elements with what is already there, so don’t get rid of everything!

When it comes time to add new text, make sure that it is a font that looks the same and is EXACTLY the same colour, and the same size as what was on the sign originally

As always, when your project is complete you need to hand it in to your OneDrive shared folder AND post the project on your Edublogs site!

Examples:

Previous student examples:

 

 

Celebration of the Arts Poster 2020

This year’s Celebration of the Arts is coming up in May, and we need your help to spread the word about this great event! We’d like you to create a poster on Photoshop Elements informing people about the event and getting them interested in attending.

You will make this using the same steps as the GWMS Poster assignment. Look back at those instructions for help with how to do this.

Your poster should be set up the same size as the GWMS poster you did previously:

17 inches high x 11 inches wide

or

11 inches high x 17 inches wide

Or, if you think you can do a really great job of designing something beautiful and exciting, try a bigger size if you want:

24 inches high x 18 inches wide (or 18 inches high x 24 inches wide)

Here are some examples of a few of the better posters last year (click them to see them bigger):

REMEMBER: the information in the posters above is for LAST YEAR. DON’T COPY IT.

This year the Art Show details are:

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GWMS Celebration of the Arts
May 14, 2020
6:30-8:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

visual art, band, drama, a movie premiere, and Dance.

Cost:
$5 per child (5 years old and under free)
$10 per adult
*$25 per family ($30 at the door)
*(max. 5 people; 2 adults, 3 children)

Payments can be made through School Cash On-line on our school website or here: http://bit.ly/gwmspayments

or tickets can be purchased by cash or cheque at our school office

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Any images used need to be high quality, and copyright free/creative commons. Use one of these sites:

https://unsplash.com/

https://www.pexels.com/

http://compfight.com/

Or, even better, ask to borrow a camera and take a picture of some artwork, dancers, or the school!

Microsoft Word Menu/Price List

Now that you’ve demonstrated a mastery of some important and impressive skills in Microsoft Word, it’s time to put those skills to work to design an amazing, useful document of your own!

You’ll design a restaurant menu, business price list, or some creative way of demonstrating your knowledge.

Here’s my example. Yours does not have to be exactly the same (and it SHOULD NOT BE):

Displaying the invisible characters, it looks like this:

You can make up your own store/business or create a menu for a restaurant using this format. Have fun and be creative, but you MUST INCLUDE:

  • Text formatting (font, colour, size, alignment)
  • Pictures (behind text and square or tight)
  • Text box(es) (including borders and shading)
  • Hyperlink(s)
  • TABS TABLE! (I set tabs to line up my artist (left), title (center), and price (right) – yours can have more/different columns, but you NEED TO SET TABS somewhere)
  • Bonus for more tricks & tools that you used in the previous assignment, so add in more of the things that you’ve learned!