Thursday, October 24, 2013

7th Grade Study Skills Assignment - October 25, 2013

1. Log on to your WHCS Google Accounts.
You are logging on to your account NOT the Chrome Browser with the three bars.

2.  Open a new tab and go to

3. Scroll down to find the post on POWTOON.

5. Click on the “Access your Powtoon account, Click Here!” link.

6. Once in Powtoon, click on “Log in” then “Log in with Google

7. The goal for the period, is to continue/finish up working on a “practice” POWTOON, incorporating music, appropriate web images, and animations into a multimedia project. If you would like to start fresh, go for it.

There must be a common, unifying theme throughout the presentation.

Google wisely . . . being as specific as possible with your search terms.

Please do not download, use the music that is already loaded.

Feel free to use the tracks that say, “Add”
Tracks that say, “Upgrade” are not available

8. When you are finished, CLICK SAVE in your Powtoon.

9. Then you need to email me the link to your presentation.

Copy the URL, as shown here (select with your mouse, ctrl+c)
Paste it (ctrl+v) in an email to me . . .

Please title the subject of your email with your homeroom and Powtoon.

For example:
Subject: 7D Powtoon

Dont forget! You can combine libraries!! 
Explore and get creative!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with. 
“) Mrs. Larson

Typing Practice

If you don't have a Type to Learn account yet or are working in Type to Learn  and need a break, here are a few other options . . . 

Grades 1-2

  1. Typing Adventure Level 1 
  2. Key Seeker 
  3. ABCYa! Keyboarding Zoo 
  4. ABCYa! Typing Rocket
  5. Dance Mat Typing

    Grades 3-8th

         Click on the links below for helpful sites to keep typing skills fresh.
         (All programs are web based and don't have to be downloaded.)

    Dance Mat Typing

    This is a fun site for beginners learning how to type. Start with Level 1 and follow the directions.
    Then, move up to the other levels. This site does not time the user and is an engaging, low stress introduction to keyboarding. is very straightforward. You can choose from three basic lessons that start with a certain number of keys on the keyboard, and then, as you progress through the lessons, more keys are introduced to the mix to make things a little tougher. 

    Power Typing
    Our tutorial is designed to teach, develop and practice, step by step, typing skills. Separate lessons are written for Dvorak and Qwerty. One should go through lessons in sequence because they rehearse keys already learned as they add new ones. Instructions for hand positioning over a keyboard are included in lessons.

    Keyboarding Practice Drills

    Keyboarding practice is more of a traditional typing program. Those of us that studied business education classes while in high school will remember these drills. (aa ;; ss ll dd kk ff jj) It works. Some students will find this rewarding because student paced. Have the student work through the lessons as listed.

    E-Learning for Kids has a space theme that makes it fun for kids to practice their keyboarding skills. Games can be unlocked as typists move on to higher levels. Includes computer and mouse basics for younger learners. Note: Background music can be changed or switched off.

    Sense-Lang has a nice tutorial interface with an interactive keyboard that highlights the keys you missed. WPM and accuracy are calculated as you type. There are also some fun and entertaining games.


    Typing Master is a site to go to for 3 great games, including, my favorite, KeyMan Typing. There is also a great 1-3 minute typing test.

    Peter's Online Typing Course 

    Welcome to this humble course. Here you'll find a set of free online typing lessons and typing exercises for beginning typists, and frustrated hunt-and-peckers who want to move from four-finger typing to full-blown touch typing. 

    This is a portal providing an online free typing course, created for help you in learning, improving and mastering the art of typing.

    Free Typing Lessons 

    A complete interactive typing tutor to learn to type. Learning to type has never been easier. We teach 2 keys at a time, followed up with a review of all the keys in the previous lessons.

    Keyboarding Games for Kids

    These fun free typing games are a great way to continue building a solid typing foundation.
    Scroll down and you will find several game options.

    Typing Games

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (like GIMP)

    Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

    Click here to access free download  - -