Digital Media

There are so many cool things on the internet and we are going to take a look at a lot of them! We will make a website, make a collage, learn to make a spreadsheet, and how to edit pictures for the web.


1. Learn how to do all the cool things offered on the web
2. Understand the importance of technology in today’s work and school setting
3. Learn ways to enhance projects, presentations and assignments through the use of computers and software
4. Find the latest technology and learn how it can help you in school
Smartphone with cloud of application icons
Smartphone with cloud of application icons


 Rules of the class
Finish WK2 Critiques
News writing styles


Glossary of Newspaper Terms – Post to your blog
WK2 My Media Blog post

Excel Spreadsheets (basics)

We will learn how to create a spreadsheet, do simple math and make titles and graphs
Week 6 
Make a gif and add it to your site!

Videos and story-telling

  1. Glogster: is always a fan favorite since they can add music video and images all in one project.  This virtual poster site is always one that I see multiple times a year.
  2. Photo Story 3: has become a big hit over the past year and a half.  This is a simple video creator that allows students to take a series of images place them in any order and then narrate each image and/or add text to each image. It then generates a movie adding in transitions and panning automatically to the video.  It is simple and creates great short informational videos. They do also have a mac version.
  3. Museum Box: This is a great site for history classes.  Students place items in a box that would help describe a person or event. They can add video, audio, images and text.  This site has led to some great projects.
  4. Goanimate: takes a bit of learning but is a animated video creator that students love to create their projects with.  It generates great animated cartoons that my students have used to explain many different historical events.
  5. Google Search Stories: is a great video creator for quick informational video clips.  It uses the Google search engine and results to tell a story or explain and event.
  6. Picture A Story: allows students to tell stories about history, explain topics or concepts using preloaded images characters and objects.
  7. Flixtime: Is another video creator that allows students to take a series of images ad create great videos to explain concepts or historical events.
  8. Poster 4 Teachers: Is a free program that allows students to create online projects and reports in a poster format.  It also allows them to create simple websites to explain or discuss topics presented in class.
  9. Slideroll: This site allows kids to create simple slide shows to tell a digital story.
  10. Animoto: This site allows students o create professional looking videos projects.  This site is easy and fun for students to use.
  11. Alice.Org:  A animated story creator. That also teaches programming. I have had a few students really get into programming after using this application.
  12. Digital Story Teller: This is similar to Photo Story 3 students can add text and audio to their digital stories.
  13. Kerpoof: Always a favorite site for students to create movies and other digital media.
  14. Fotobabble: This is really a card creator but students have used it in a variety of ways to narrate  a digital story and have used it a segment in other digital projects.



 What cool and unique web-sites can you find that would make it a game to learn new vocabulary? 
Here is my favorite: 
Post your choices to your web site!
Can you make a unique collage? Pick 10 pictures and use one of these web-sites! 

Make a video game 

Here is a website that allows you to make your own level in a video game!!!
Find your own site and add a level. Post the site and your level on your webpage!
Oh, here is another one!


Let’s make a cartoon or animation!!!! There are a ton of sites! Pick one, create, post!
Here’s a free site!
Here is one-you need to sign up for the free trial to play with this animation maker-
And a few more!!!

Time to JAM!!!!

There are wonderful sites on the web that allow you to make some music! Find three! Post them to your website.

Make some sick beats at Patatap


First, what is it? Look it up.

Then, make your own maps:

We are learning team building today! Join with one other person and see if you can make your way through this maze. This is a timed challenge. Can you beat the other teams???

Adobe Illustrator

It is time to learn Adobe Illustrator! Open your computer and click on the link at the bottom of the screen. It is a gold box with Ai in the middle.–cms-24580

Once you are done, do a screen shot (Command, Shift 4) of the cactus and put it on your web site!

Now it is time to move to something a bit more complicated on Ai!

Pick one of the designs and follow the directions! Post to your site when you are done!

We are still using Adobe Illustrator, but it is time to amp up the skills!

Try one of these images:

Follow the directions, and post your version to your web site!!!!

3rd World Farmer

How can the internet help us learn about issues facing people all around the globe?

Let’s start here!

We do a lot of research, searching the web for cool classroom tools! Help us decide if these are awesome enough!

Spend about 10 minutes on each one and fill out the Google Doc with your opinion!


Build a monster

Build 5 monsters on line! Here is a web site to help you get started:

Now, find 5 web-sites that will help you build monsters and post them on your site.


This week, we are going to work through the lessons on CODING.COM. They may seem overly simple at first but we will build up to more difficult code very soon.

Click on the link and let’s work through these lessons!


Next, because this class is called “Digital Media” we need to look at Digital Photography!

Walsworth yearbooks is the foremost authority in teaching students how to use a camera properly.

They have kindly given us permission to use the lessons they developed just for you!

Here are the five lessons and exercises, plus the glossary:

Photo Lesson Plan 1 – Digital camera basics

Photo Lesson Plan 2 – Photo composition

Photo Lesson Plan 3 – Visual storytelling

Photo Lesson Plan 4 – Viewing and critiquing

Photo Lesson Plan 5 – Photo ethics

Photo Lesson Plan – Glossary of photo terms

Using social media in a story

We need to learn to insert social media into our posts for the website. Here is the first lesson!

Office Training

We will begin to learn about Office Products:



One Drive and other products you need to know!



We are learning about presentations! You can build one with:

or using the PowerPoint icon on your desktop!

Your presentation must be 5 slides in duration and have text, pictures and some sort of additional media (audio, video)


Writing Games on-line


Revolutionary War PBS (for ELA)


Khan Academy Hour of Coding!


Pointing out mistakes!!!!

Let’s take a look at all the videos on-line that point out mistakes.

We are looking at mistakes in movies, videos and in social media!

We will use academic language to write out our opinion on this topic:

Essential Question: Do we need to question everything????

  1. Pick 5 videos

2) What do they point out? Is it well done, poorly done?

3) Answer: Do we need to question everything???


The History of Social Media:
How did Social Media begin?

Facebook and MySpace

Content courtesy: 2012 Beth Phillips, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO

Objective: Students will evaluate and understand how social media has evolved an influenced the way people communicate.

Before diving into social media, it is important to understand the history of social media and how it has evolved into what we know today.


For a quick timeline on the history of social media read over “The history of social media [inforgraphic]” by
Discussion points in class:

• How has social media changed communication?
• How has social media changed a person’s reach in society; how far their voice can be heard?
• When did students start using social media, and what sites did they first sign up for? Have they quit sites? Why did they quit those sites and stick with others?
• What do they use social media for?
• What different sites are students aware of?
• At what point does social media just become white noise? How can a company avoid that?


While looking at the graphic organizer, have students fill out the following cause and effect graphic organizer. (Example: Cause: Instant communication = Effect: People expect answers/responses fast) After students have completed the organizer, have them pair up and compare what they found, and draw three conclusions as a pair based on what the found. After pairs have compared answers, have students share with the class at least 3 differ- ent conclusions they came up with.


After looking at the history as a whole, go into the specific history of Facebook and MySpace. Here are some resources:

Points for discussion:
• What did students already know?
• What is new to students?
• What is the difference between these two companies? Why did one survive, and one die off?

CAUSE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS ON HISTORY OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Identify 3 causes in the history of social media and the effect those causes had on the web, communication and media as we know it.


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After meeting with a partner and comparing causes and effects, draw three conclusions based on the information you have received today.

Conclusion 1:

Conclusion 2:

Conclusion 3:


1. Predict where you think social-media is headed using evidence from what was discussed in class today.
2. There are so many different types of social media aimed at different uses and audiences. Identify some differ- ent social media sites you use or are aware of and what they are used for. Take a stance on whether or not social media sites should combine into one mega social media site or continue to be segmented into different sites and purposes. Explain yourself with specific evidence and examples.

Social Media End of Semester Unit

Computer organization

One of your responsibilities can be to keep your computer files organized. That means neatly arranging files in labeled folders, not saving them to the desktop. Check the student’s computer maintenance checklist to see if you know all of the guidelines.

How to get a job???

What skills do you need?

What are “soft skills?”

Project Unit

This week we will explore cool new programs that allow us to create projects:

This is a timeline:

This is a different type of slideshow:

This is a movie program:

New on-line tools

1.  Padlet  It’s essentially a virtual board with sticky notes that can be easily moved, shared and embedded.

2.  Ipiccy is like free Photoshop, but less complicated. It has intuitive editing control panels that allow for the simple things like filters, effects, cropping and resizing.

3.  Thinglink allows a user to add content to images.

4. is a fairly easy way to create an infographic, a visual depiction of information.

5.  The Noun Project is making clip art icons for every known noun making it a perfect place to look for the images needed for a precise infographic.

6. is another tool to visually represent information. It has templates that allow you to throw in your facts and build beautiful charts to represent the information.

7.  Poll Everywhere Create both multiple-choice questions and open ended questions that student respond to via text. Students get excited that they can use their phones in class and teachers gain valuable feedback about how well students understand a concept.

8.  InfuseLearning is the student response suite challenger to Poll Everywhere. It’s a simple interface that’s free to teachers and it doesn’t require any advanced planning or setup. In real time teachers can send out questions, prompts or quizzes and have students respond in a variety of formats; true/false, multiple choice, open ended, even with a doodle. It also has an audio function that includes language translation, opening up more use possibilities.

9.  BigHugeLabs provides a great way to make posters and trading cards easily.

10.  Sign Generator allows users to create their own clip art by changing the letters in photos of signs.

11.  Delivr creates QR codes, the codes that a mobile device can easily scan and trigger an image or website.

12.  Aurasma is a free app that lets a teacher turn any object into a QR code, rather than just a square bar code, and plays with the idea of augmented reality.


Movie Maker!!

 WeVideo is a simple web-based video editing tool that turns video projects from a huge time sink to an easy and fun experience.

Environmental Unit

This week, we are taking a look at the environment and your computer. Did you know that as technology improves, outdated computers and components are disposed of in landfills? What is your responsibility?

Your computer also has a large impact on the economy and social status. Let’s dig into these topics for a bit!

 PBS: Reality vs documentary

Let’s spend a little time looking at the difference between reality tv and a documentary!





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