Category Archives: web tools

Seventh Grade Happenings by Student #7A1.1

Visit http://www.ket.org/scalecity/miniatureland.html to learn all about scaling!

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The History of the Internet by Student #6.2.31

Submitted: September 14, 2011

I learned that technology has evolved from newspapers, radios, and movie reels to smartphones and a computer in most families’ homes.  It’s easier to share information, look up information and to connect through social networking. Today we can Skype with family members who live either in another state or out of the country.  For the future, I believe that newspapers, magazines, and textbooks will be extinct and the internet will become faster for people to use.

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Math in CADD by Student #7B1.11

three-dimensional house

Click on the image to go to the Scale City website.

Math is used in CADD because when you have to design things on the computer using CADD , you need to use addition, subtraction, divison, multiplication, and scales. If you don’t have math skills or know how to do certain things in math, then it may be hard to do technology, or CADD. I don’t think I would have been able to do this scaling activity, involving CADD, if I hadn’t researched it. But it was really fun to do this project and learn more about CADD, and scaling.

Seventh Grade Happenings by Student #7A1.07

This Voki was created by a seventh grader.  It is the first student post to our class newsletter.  Congratulations 7a1-07!

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QR Codes

QR (quick response) codes are basically special bar codes that can be read by smart phones and tablets. First, you download and install QR code reader software (some phones have it pre-installed). Then, when you see a QR code, you load the software and point your device’s camera at the code.

more about QR codes

What’s that bar code?

Data–usually text, a form, or url–will appear on your screen. I am hoping that if your parents allow you to use your phones for educational purposes in the classroom, we can try out some of these exciting QR code ideas. The codes are easy to create. However, as with all internet tools, precautions and safety must constantly be at the forefront of our minds when scanning and creating QR codes. Only point to codes from sources you, your parents, and teachers trust–such as those in magazines, newspapers, museum exhibits, and on reputable websites. Beware of randomly posted QR codes. There is no telling where they may lead–possibly to inappropriate websites or to viruses and hacks.  People who include full names, addresses, phone numbers, or other identifying information when creating their own codes put themselves at risk of receiving unwanted contact or attention.

This blog post discusses QR codes at length and includes a video demonstration.  If you already have a QR code reader loaded, try scanning the above code.  It will link you to the same place!  -Ms. T.