Welcome to Mr. Wong's Info Tech 8 Class!

Click for Course Outline 2015-16 and Intro.  We are working on iMacs.  Watch this video to get started with iMacs or you can follow this PDF.

For Word and PowerPoint assignments, you need to reduce your file size.  Under "File" select "Reduce File Size", use 96 ppi then "Save".

Some older videos as you to save to your "Homefolder", please ignore this because it could cause your program to crash.  You always need to save to "Documents", then copy your file to your "Homefolder".

Here is a link to get your Managebac account.

Word

Word Assignment 1 - Short Story - Can technology improve meaning to our words?  Click here to download the description.  Your short story should be about 150 words long.  If you are having difficulty with writing, you can ask me to do only the second part of the assignment; you will start with this document.  Now that you have a wonderful story, it's time to jazz it up with colours and fonts.  Change the font type, font size, colours, styles, text effects, and vary the margins to make your story stand out.  Make sure you use a lot of adjectives and adverbs because they are good choices for making font changes.  Here is the good exemplar.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  This is a formative assignment and will check to see if you have learned the taught skills.

Here are the short video lessons on the rubric points:

Then submit your dressed up story on Managebac!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name and that it is different than Word Assignment 1!

Word Assignment 2 - Travel Journal - Do other cultures have similarities or diiferences from that of Canadians?  Being part of IB, we need to think about more than our immediate community.  This assignment is to write 300 words and include at least 6 images about a place in the world that you have travelled to or wish to travel to; the main goal is to compare the culture with Canadian culture.  Here is a video about the skills that you will need.  You can write about why you like the place, what you have done there, what you like to eat, what the people are like, what the culture is like such as sports, movies, television, music, theatre, and arts; what the geography is like, and what the climate is like; I am less interested in plain facts.  Images that you should include are maps and flags; other images are at your discretion.  Here is the good exemplar; in Word format.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  You will be assessed on Criteria C and D.

Here are the short video lessons on the rubric points:

Submit your essay on ManageBac when you are done!  Also submit a TextEdit file in RTF format with links to your images and any sources for copying; here is an exemplar; watch the "saving source links" video if you don't remember how to do this.  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.

PowerPoint

PowerPoint Assignment 1 - Diversity PSA - Laws do not always address the needs of the minority.  Explore what messages can be said to promote diversity that law may or may not encompass.  Create a "Public Service Announcement" (PSA) about diversity.  Make a minimum of 7 slides and have the slides auto-run in a loop.  At least one slide should be a visual metaphor.  There are many diversity themes, but see me if you have troubles understanding.  Here is a partial exemplar for this assignment.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  This is a formative assignment and will check to see if you have learned the taught skills.

Here are the short videos that address the rubric:

Submit your PowerPoint on ManageBac when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.

PowerPoint Assignment 2 - Teach Me How to Do Something - In societies, we teach each other things so that we can grow and have more meaningful interactions.  "Teach Me Something I Don't Know".  Create a slideshow to teach the class how to do something that requires at least 8 steps (a skateboard trick, score a goal in hockey, create a favourite dish, create an elaborate hair style, make a paper airplane, ...)  You can use appropriate animations and transitions but make sure they are fast and that there aren't too many animations on a slide.  Practice the presentation, because you will be doing a class presentation.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  You will be assessed on Criteria B and C.

Here is the short video that address the rubric:

Here are some tips for giving a great presentation:

  • rehearse, rehearse, and REHEARSE!
  • be relaxed and don't talk too quickly.
  • try to make eye contact with everyone in the audience.
  • speak confidently.
  • use humour only if it is part of your personality.
  • keep the bullet points short (memorize the rest or use presenter view)

Submit your PowerPoint on ManageBac when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.

Photoshop

The final Photoshop document needs to be no larger than 1000 x 800 pixels and no smaller than 500 x 350 pixels.  Please ensure that you download photos that are in that range or properly resized.  No upscaling is permitted, only downscaling is allowed.

Photoshop Assignment 1 - Wacky Faces - Express diversity by blending 2 faces together.  Replace the face in one photo with a face from another photo.  You must use masks to complete this assignment; set opacity on the background to 50% so that you can line up the faces; add a "layer mask" to "reveal all"; then paint the face area black to let the other face show through.  Make sure that you put the opacity back to 100% at the end because this is a test of blending not using the opacity setting!  Challenge yourself by choosing faces that don't line up perfectly and have different skin tones.  The other goal of this assignment is to match skins tones by using brightness, contrast and hue adjustments.  Do not flatten image or apply layer mask.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  This is a formative assignment and will check to see if you have learned the taught skills.

Here are the skills that you will need:

Submit your Photoshop image on ManageBac when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.

Student Work

Work by Maddy Work by Francesco Work by Katie Work by Abi Work by Zoey 

Photoshop Assignment 2 - Diversity Poster - You've used diversity images in your PowerPoint presentation. Now it's time to create your own diversity image. Use several different image sources (at least 6) and use the rubric to include features to enhance your creation; you may want to do a collage to hit all the rubric points.  This assignment is to show that you can duplicate, scale, and rotate smart objects so make sure you do some scaling and rotation.  Before working on your project, you need to do some research and make a hand-drawn design.  Show me your design and I will initial it then you can start working on it.  Here is a copy of the rubric and the Word version for teachers to modify.  You will be assessed on Criteria A and D.

Here are some ideas to inspire you:

 

Here are the skills that you will need:

Submit your Photoshop image on ManageBac when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.

Bonus Work

GarageBand - This lesson will show you how to make a ditty (short song) using loops and software instruments.  Here is a link to the musical staff if you are unfamiliar with reading music.  I don't know too much about music theory, but you can construct a sequence of notes using chords - hopefully music teachers and musicians won't cringe too much.  Try to vary the rhythm so that they aren't all quarter notes.  If you're feeling confident, you can try to do chord progressions:  Autochords, Common Chord Progressions, and Wikipedia.

Here is the video for the project.  Rubric:  create a song with at least 4 bars and 1 Apple loop for bonus marks.

Old Assignments

Keyboarding is generally faster than using the mouse (if you are a fast typist).  It helps to learn keyboard shortcuts for often used commands.  You should learn to Google your own information.  For this, Google 'mac word 2011 keyboard shortcuts' to find a list of shortcuts; the important part of this search is 'mac' and '2011' because different versions have slight differences.  If you are unable to find the a suitable website, use this one from the video.

Skip this Word Assignment 2 - This is a simple assignment, just type in the names of your 10 favourite fonts using that font.  Use the bulleted list to format your font list.  Be sure to include your name and date at the top of your document.  Watch this video if you need help.  Here is the good exemplar.  Here is the bad exemplar

When you are done, you can submit your Word document on portal.  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.  This assignment is worth 10 marks.

Alternate Word Assignment - If you are having difficulties coming up with stories, here is an optional Word assignment.  All you have to do is download the unformatted document and the formatted pdf.  Use the formatting techniques in this video to make the document look as close as possible to the formatted pdf.  If you are doing the other assignments, you can do this for extra marks.

Word Assignment 4 - Please re-type the Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham story.  Then use appropriate fonts.  Also change the margins to make the text look better.  Search the Internet for relevant images (but not pictures from the actual story) and insert them into the appropriate places.  Again, email me with "Word Assignment 4" and your name.

Word Bonus Assignment - For those who would like more marks, I will give up to 5 bonus marks to bring up your Word assignments 1-4 marks to 10.  Please watch this video for instructions and email me with "Word Bonus" and your name.  Click here to download the Word description.

PowerPoint Assignment 1 - Do at least 5 slides using different layouts that describe something that you are good at such as a sport, dance, or hobby.  Do NOT use any screen transitions.  It should advance on mouse clicks and not do it automatically.  Please watch this video if you are unfamiliar with changing layouts.  When mixing text and images, you must ensure that there is proper contrast.  Here is a document showing you what I mean.  There is no exemplar for this assignment.  Here are the things I am looking for:

  • Grammar and spelling mistakes.
  • At least 5 slides
  • Title slide with a descriptive title, your name and date.
  • Using 5 different layouts.
  • Good use of contrast.

Submit your PowerPoint on portal when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.  This assignment is worth 10 marks.

Photoshop Assignment 1 - Choose an image of someone wearing sunglasses that is mostly a head shot.  Cut out the lenses from the sunglasses.  Change the image to greyscale.  Then find an interesting landscape shot (leave it in colour not greyscale) and use it as a reflection in the sunglasses.  Here is a video on the assignment.

Original 

Good Exemplar  correct size, smooth cuts, good positioning

 

Bad Exemplar  incorrect size, rough cuts, poor positioning

Submit your Photoshop on portal when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.  This assignment is worth 10 marks.

Photoshop Assignment 2 - Choose an image with many objects.  Then make everything greyscale.  Now select two or three objects and colourize it to something other than the original colour.  If you are having trouble lining up the objects, make sure you turn off snapping under the "View" menu.  Here is a video on the assignment.

Original 

Good Exemplar  correct size, hard background for cuts, good cuts, many layers, good positioning

Bad Exemplar  incorrect size, plain background, rough cuts, one layer, poor positioning

Submit your Photoshop image on portal when you are done!  Make sure that you give this assignment a meaningful name.  This assignment is worth 10 marks.

 

Here is a video on the assignment.  

Original 

Good Exemplar  correct size, good blend, good positioning

Bad Exemplar  incorrect size, size ratio changed, rough blend, poor positioning

Photoshop Bonus Assignment - This bonus assignment will require a bit more work.  Here is a link to what we are trying to achieve.  To get the best results take new pictures of you and your family under the SAME lighting conditions - this will make the look more consistent.

Part 2 is to get the 2 halves to fit together - this means to adjust the size (free transform) so that the features line up.  The more time and care you take with this, the better your results will be.  To get the best results, you may have to do very slight individual adjustments to line up the eyes, nose and mouth.

Part 3 is to do a little bit of layer mask (or alpha blending) so that the seam is less obvious.  Take your time to get the best results because making the blend go right down the middle won't be the best solution.

This video lesson will show you how to complete this assignment.

 

 

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