Monday, September 26, 2005

Let's Explore the Painting Program!

Today you will learn how to use the Painting program in Appleworks so you may draw a picture!

You will use the following steps to begin any Painting project:
  1. Open the Applications Folder
  2. Select the Appleworks 6 folder
  3. Select the Appleworks 6 program
  4. Wait for the program to open
  5. Click "Painting"
  6. Save your document as: LastNameFirstNameMonth with no spaces
  7. Hide the Button Bar (Window - Hide Button Bar)
  8. Show the "Accents" Tabs (Window - Show Accents)
  9. Stretch out your drawing area to cover the entire screen
  10. Keep your paper at 100% - Zoom in only when necessary
Now you will learn how to make changes to the Painting program features:
  • Click on the "Zoom" icons at the lower left corner to zoom in and out
  • Click on the Percent box at the lower left corner to change the zoom %
  • Click on the red toolbox icon to show/hide the tools
  • Click on the "Fill" box on the Accents tabs to change the inside of any tool
  • Click on the "Pen" box on the Accents tabs to change the outline of any tool
  • Click on "Palette" on the 1st Accents tab to change the color choices
  • Click on any color to select for the Fill or Pen colors
  • Click on the 2nd tab to change the Fill/Pen patterns
  • Click on the 3rd tab to use a Wallpaper style for Fill/Pen
  • Click on the 4th tab to use a Gradients style for Fill/Pen
  • Click on the 5th tab to change the line size or to add arrows
Now you will learn how to use the following tools:
  • Put the mouse over a tool to see its name and to read how to use it
  • Line Tool - Hold the shift key to draw straight lines
  • Rectangle Tool - Hold the shift key to make a square
  • Rounded Rectangle Tool - Used to draw rectangles with rounded corners
  • Oval Tool - Hold the shift key to make a circle
  • Arc Tool - Match the fill color to the background color if you want to just draw a curved line
  • Polygon Tool - Used to make irregular polygons (with different angles) - Click to start/Double-click to end
  • Free Hand Object Tool - Click to start/Double-click to end
  • Bezier Tool - Click to start/Double-click to end
  • Regular Polygon/Triangle Tool - Used to make regular polygons
  • Eyedropper Tool - Used to select a color for matching
  • Rectangular Selection Tools - Used to select an area
  • Lasso Selection Tool - Used to select an irregular area
  • Paintbrush Tool - Double-click to see size & style choices
  • Pencil Tool - Used for fine hand-drawn lines
  • Fill Bucket - Used to add color inside an area
  • Spray Can - Double-click to change size/shape of spray area
  • Eraser Double-click to erase the entire page
Remember for all art projects:
  • You may not change the patterns of Fill or Pen colors
  • You may not use the Wallpaper designs
  • You may not use the Gradient designs

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Big Picture!

You have just spent five weeks just studying Keyboarding.

You have learned to:
  • Use your home row keys
  • Use proper body position to avoid injury
  • Type by touch (without looking at your hands)
  • "Meet or Beat" your WPM speed from last week
Let's review how far you have come!

Take out your grade card and look at your first score. Now look at your fifth score. How much have you improved? What is your current grade?

Now, what is your goal for this class? What WPM speed would you like to achieve by June 2006? Write that goal on the top of you grade card to remind you where you are going.

Today we will learn about the Business Technology Standards. Just like all of your classes, you have standards that guide your Business Technology classes, too. You will receive a copy of these standards today to keep in your binder. On the back of this card are the benchmarks you will use to show that you are meeting these standards.

First, let's review the Business Technology Academic Standards card. On the front side, you will see the two standards we will cover this year in Keyboarding.

Now, let's review the benchmarks on the back of this card. These benchmarks will guide your progress over the coming year. Each trimester, you will cover two benchmarks.

Now, let's look at your grade card. You will see that there is a column for you to mark when you have met a benchmark standard. When you have passed the benchmark, you prove that you are meeting the standards!

Don't Forget:
  • Procedures
  • Practice
  • Perseverance

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Technology Class Email

Technology I students now have email accounts through

You will log in with your User Name and Password (as provided by Ms. Kline). You will be able to immediately use your email to communicate with anyone. The chat room is also available to you immediately to chat with other users.

Some warnings about email and chat:
  • All conversations are monitored for inappropriate content.
  • Ms. Kline receives an email everytime her students use inappropriate language.
  • Not everyone on the Internet tells the truth!
  • People who say they are under 18 may not really be under 18!
  • Do not give out personal information to anyone on the Internet without your parents' assistance or permission.
You will really enjoy this system! Some benefits include:
  • Communicating with your classmates via email
  • Communicating with other students via a live chat room
  • Sending files to your teachers instead of printing
  • Sending files from school so you can work on them at home
  • Asking teachers for assistance online
  • Asking fellow students for homework help
As long as you use the system wisely, and you are aware of Ms. Kline's warnings, you will have a lot of fun using email and chat!

Student Server Accounts

Today you will begin using your very own server account!

When you log in as:

Name: FirstNameLastName
Password: Student ID#

you will be using your own personal account.

This means:
  • You are the only person who has access to this account.
  • You are able to save your documents in your own documents folder.
  • You are able to access your documents from any computer in the Mac Lab.
  • You are able to access your documents from the iBook laptops.
Let's try logging in and looking around.
  • Double click on the eMac/iMac Hard Drive to see your account. You will see your account on the left side of this window.
  • Click on your name.
  • Click on your Documents folder to find your documents.
  • Click on your Applications folder to find the computer programs.
You are also able to see your applications folder and documents folder in the Dock at the bottom of the screen.