PowerPoint Picasso

From: $76.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 4th–6th

Live Class: Tuesday 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET

Dates: First semester: August 23–December 17

Second semester: Jan 4–Apr 26

Price: $329

Instructor: Natania Cook

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Course Description

Technology and Art! In this online, once-a-week, one-semester super fun class, elementary-aged students discover how to pair their artistic abilities with technology to create fantastic projects just for fun or to enhance other school assignments. Through weekly “themed” games and projects, students become comfortable using MS PowerPoint while acquiring basic computer and art skills. This class is designed and taught specifically for young students with varying levels of computer knowledge.

Here is a sampling of some of the many computer skills covered in this class:

•creating a new presentation

•saving work to a file and assigning a file name

•creating new slides

•becoming familiar with the Toolbar, slide backgrounds & themes

•incorporating slide layouts & design themes

•using “Edit Undo” Tool for mistakes

•experimenting with font, size, color, text effects

•using the right-click feature of a mouse

•utilizing paragraph & text alignment

•cutting & pasting & inserting images and objects

•formatting shapes and text boxes

•drawing, coloring

•grouping and ungrouping objects

•incorporating animations, voice recordings, sound effects

•presenting a slideshow

Course Structure

No homework or grading is planned for this course. Students will practice the skills learned in class throughout the week on their own.

Who should apply?

This course uses art to introduce 4th–6th graders to basic technology and computer skills. No prerequisite for this class is required except for a basic understanding of how to operate a computer and Zoom. Students will be asked to toggle back and forth between Zoom and MS PowerPoint.

Technology Requirements:

  • MS PowerPoint
  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • webcam, headset, and microphone

Evaluation and Feedback

At the conclusion of every online class, students are asked to share their project during a “show-and-tell” time. Through this, the teacher is able to assess student progress and understanding of the cumulative subject matter. In addition, each class opens with an informal review of previously introduced material. Students are quizzed using a “seek-and-find” type method, through a review game such as Tic-Tac-Toe, or through oral questioning. By the end of the semester, students have created a digital art portfolio that showcases skills acquired.

Communication

Communication is an essential component of any educational endeavor. With that in mind, I encourage all of my students to contact me whenever they need assistance with an assignment, and I make it a priority to promptly respond to student inquiries. I also send a weekly “wrap-up” email outlining the learning objectives we accomplished in class as well as reminders about upcoming assignments. Parental inquiries are also welcomed and encouraged as parental involvement is essential to student success. To best serve parents, I have established “office hours” on Friday mornings from 9:00–11:00 AM (ET) for responding to emails and phone calls. I consider it a great privilege to be able to walk alongside parents and assist them in educating their children.

 

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Instructor Bio

Natania Cook

One of Natania Cook’s favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:8 that admonishes Christians to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. To her, beautiful literature provides the perfect fodder for deep thinking and worthy discussion. Natania believes that books provide a “safe place” for adults and children alike to wrestle with the tough situations of life and to pause and ponder what is truehonorable, rightpurelovely, and admirable. It is her privilege to be able to assist Aim Academy parents in their efforts to nurture and develop deep thinkers who ponder excellence.

Prior to becoming a homeschool mother of four, Natania’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge led her to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a BS degree in Education with a specialization in English from Baylor University. She is certified to teach English and English as a Second Language in grades 1-12 and Reading for grades 6-12. With over twenty years of teaching experience, Natania has served in both public and private school settings as well as in various homeschool forums where she has taught multiple grade levels and ages.

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