It's February!

Our year is rolling right along.  Kindergarten students can now log into their Chromebooks, open up Google Chrome, and type in a URL...all by themselves.  They've been working so hard!  Second and third grades have been practicing for the upcoming music program so we will be reviewing what we've learned so far in Google Docs.  Third through fifth grades will be utilizing Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets as we "cover" the Winter Olympics.  Should be fun to watch at home and then be able to share in class what we watched.

Advanced Technology has been creating original video games on paper.  Now we'll move on to learning Scratch, where they will be able to create their games online for the rest of us to play.  Yearbook students have chosen a cover/theme and will begin laying out pages as soon as we're done with Catholic Schools Week.  It will be so exciting to see it come together.

I pray that your family has been healthy and happy.

Mrs. Ducote

Happy 2018!

Welcome back to school!  I pray that your family had a wonderful Christmas break.  We traveled south to our families in Texas where we were greeted by COLD weather.  That hardly ever happens!

Kindergarten and first grades will be working in Google Docs this month.  They will learn the basics of typing in a word processing program.  Second through fifth grades will be working in Google Slides.  Each student will have a chance to create an original slideshow to share with me and the class.

I am so excited to begin meeting with our yearbook class this semester!  We will hit the ground running by choosing a theme and cover design for the 2017-2018 yearbook.  Then we will divide into groups and begin tackling each component of the yearbook (staff pages, student pages, sports, etc.).  Along the way, the students will learn more about planning the layout of the yearbook and the ins and outs of our online program.

Our new semester of Advanced Technology will begin with a quick study of the history of video games.  From there, we will move on to some coding and some robotics.  I want this class to be fun and exciting so the students will have some say as to what we cover.  Should be a fun and educational semester!

I pray that your new year is blessed and you are staying warm.

Mrs. Ducote

 

Merry Christmas from our C.O.W.!

Merry Christmas!  We've been busy in Technology this month.  Kindergarten students have been practicing navigating to a website and within the website.  They continue to learn the letter placement on the keyboard and how to use the touchpad on the chromebooks.  Second graders have been learning how to navigate Moby Max so that they will be prepared after Christmas to work independently at home when the teachers create an assignment.  

The remainder of the students have been coding.  That's right, our students are writing computer code!  This is my favorite unit of the year.  I love watching their wrinkled brows turn into bright eyes as they figure out a solution on the screen.  They are able to talk through the steps with classmates and have all been doing such a great job of helping "with their words but not their hands."  Please ask your student about their coding.  They are all very excited.  We are using code.org and they are welcome to visit the site at home.  They won't be able to access our class page but can still choose some of the available courses.  

I pray that your family has a peaceful and faith-filled Christmas break.  Please pray for me as I will be praying for you.

Mrs. Ducote

Thanksgiving News from our C.O.W.

We will be spending the month of November reviewing the skills we've learned in Google Docs.  Younger students will be typing Thanksgiving words and inserting images and the older students will be utilizing Google Drawings and creating original Thanksgiving stories told from the turkey's point of view.  When we return from the Thanksgiving break, we will begin our intro into coding.  Can't wait!

Kindergarten students will begin typing in a URL this month.  They have done such a great job of getting themselves signed into the chromebooks and opening up Chrome.  Now we'll move on to navigating our way to various web sites.

Our Scholars Bowl team competed in their first meet last week.  While we didn't place in the top three, it was definitely a learning experience for them.  Now we'll regroup and begin preparing for our next meet.

My Advanced Technology class has been building Lego robots.  After learning quite a bit about troubleshooting, they were finally able to command our car to travel some distance across the floor.  They will continue working with the robot and coding its movements.

I pray that your family has a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving break.  I am thankful for each one of your kids.  They bring such joy to my life.

Mrs. Ducote

October in the C.O.W.

 

Our kindergarten students are continuing to learn how to log into the chromebooks and how to use the touchpad with their tiny fingers. They've also been able to do some letter recognition games at abcya.com.  I am expecting that they'll be ready to move on to other skills by the end of this month.

First through fifth grades will be working in Google Docs this month.  The lower grades will be introduced to Docs and/or reviewing what skills they've learned in the past.  The older students will be moving on to new (to them) features such as inserting tables into a document.  

We have settled into our new routine of having Technology class in the classrooms and the students have adjusted well.  I hope they are all coming home with exciting tales of what they've learned in class.  Their excitement feeds mine and I love seeing smiles on their faces and wonder in their eyes when they try something new or finally "get" something.  

Have a blessed October!

Mrs. Ducote

Welcome to my C.O.W.

 

Some of you may have seen me traveling the building with my supply cart and a cart of chromebooks.  That is because this year I am utilizing my C.O.W. (classroom on wheels).  I wasn't quite sure how it would work out or if I would enjoy it.  Well, let me tell you, I am loving it!  Moving from classroom to classroom allows me to see what the kids are doing in class (which I can then use in planning my lessons) and I'm getting lots of walking in, as well.  The students have done such a great job of learning our new routine and how to handle the chromebooks as we take them out of the cart and then put them back in before I move on. It was slow moving at first, but as they become more comfortable, we're beginning to have a smoother schedule.  

During September, we will be concentrating on digital citizenship.  We'll review our internet safety rules and do a few activities that will remind us of how to use those rules in real-life situations.  We use netsmartzkids.org and nsteens.org in the classroom.  Please feel free to visit these websites for more information.  Since we're working on an A-B Friday schedule this year in Technology, most of our Fridays will be used for keyboarding practice.  It is so important that the students learn early where to rest their fingers on the keyboard so that moving forward, they are able to increase their speed and accuracy.  

I look forward to an exciting and fun year.  

Mrs. Ducote

May News

 

We have had such a great year in the Technology lab!  This month will be spent reviewing some of the skills we've learned and having a little bit of fun.  Yearbook students will be finalizing layouts and Advanced Technology students will be doing a fun video game project.  

I pray your family has a safe and fun summer vacation.  I look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall. 

Blessings.

Mrs. Ducote

Diocesan Technology Assessment Review Instructions

Fourth (class of 2025) and fifth (class of 2024) grade students will be testing next week (week of April 10).  To access the online review, they need to log into their Google accounts.  Their Google email address (email function is turned off) is first initial, last name, year of high school graduation, @stpeterschulte.com.  For example:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  They should know their passwords.  After logging into Google, they need to navigate to classroom.google.com.  From there, they will be able to click on the review links.  I have every confidence that they'll all do well next week!

April has arrived!

Kindergarten students will be doing some typing in Google Docs in the next couple weeks.  This will review the placement of letters on the keyboard while also exposing them to a word processing application.  First and second graders will be working at typing.com, continuing their intensive keyboarding unit.  This website teaches them "old style," teaching them their homerow keys and building from there.  Third graders are continuing their projects from March.  Half of the class is writing stories and turning them into story books using Google Slides.  The other half is working on an all-about-me adjective project using Google Docs and our chromebook cameras.

Fourth and fifth grade students are still reviewing for our Diocesan Technology Assessments.  I'm hoping to have everyone ready to test by the week of April 10.  Our hope is to be done testing before we leave for Easter break.  

Our yearbook students are getting serious with layout now.  We'll be spending our time putting pages together.  Our coding students have been using lenovogamestate.com for coding for the last couple weeks.  They seem to be enjoying it.  They also have been exposed to research and researchers who have looked into the positive effects of video gaming.  They will be doing a project soon surrounding video games.

Once K-5 wraps up these units, we will do an end-of-the-year internet safety review.  It always amazes me when I read or listen to the news and hear about students who have overshared online or met someone in person.  We will continue discussing what is appropriate and not appropriate when we're online and how our best bet when we're not sure or are confused is to ask a trusted adult for advice.

I pray your family is blessed during this last bit of Lent and into the Easter season.

Mrs. Ducote

March Forth

 

Is it already March?  This year seems to be flying right by.  We are still busy in the Technology Lab.  Kindergarten students will begin putting together all they've learned this year by logging into their Chromebooks, navigating to a website, plugging in their own headphones, and getting to work.  Sounds very basic, but they have all worked so hard to learn each individual step in the process.  I am proud of their progress.  First and second graders will be concentrating on keyboarding skills this month.  Even though their tiny fingers don't quite fit the keyboards, it is so important that they learn where the letters are on the keyboard and also where their fingers should rest when not typing.  By the time they reach third grade, they should be in perfect position to begin using their home row keys when typing. 

Third grade students have a modified schedule for Technology until they are done with their Music program.  As soon as they are finished with that, they will also put together all the skills they've learned so far this year and produce a Spring project.  I'm still putting the finishing touches on my plans, but I hope they all have fun with it.  

Fourth and fifth grade students will begin reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment.  There is a computer-based portion of the test and also a keyboarding element.  I have complete faith that the students will do well.  The test is a compilation of everything they've learned thus far in school.  Sounds like a lot, but the test only covers the most important elements from the standards.  With regards to keyboarding, fourth graders are expected to type 14 words per minute with a 95% accuracy by the end of the school year.  Fifth graders are expected to type 17 words per minute with a 95% accuracy. We have been doing keyboarding practice in the lab all year long.  Again, I have total faith that the students will do a fantastic job.  

I pray that your family is having a peaceful, prayerful Lenten season.  

Mrs. Ducote

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