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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, January was a little crazy with days off and then Catholic Schools Week. So we will continue on with the same units as January into February. With more days off and parent/teacher conferences to come, we should be able to finish up those units by the end of the month and start fresh in March.
May God continue to bless your family and St. Peter Catholic School.
Happy New Year! I hope your family had a relaxing and peaceful holiday season.
We are back to work in the Technology Lab. Kindergarten students will begin learning Google Docs this month. Even though they are still learning the letter placements on the keyboard, we will try some typing. First and second graders will begin learning Google Slides. Some of them may remember working in Microsoft PowerPoint last year, so we'll be working to transfer that knowledge to our new app.
Third graders will be concentrating on keyboarding this month. It is so important that they learn the correct finger placement NOW. It will serve them well for the remainder of their days. If you catch your child typing at home, please remind them to use their home row keys! Fourth and fifth graders will begin learning Google Sheets. Again, we'll be transferring their knowledge of Microsoft Excel over to the new app.
We are also starting the new semester with a new group of middle school students in our elective classes. I'll have two groups of students in Advanced Technology/Coding and a new group in Yearbook. I can't wait to get to know the new groups and get to work!
May God bless your family.
I pray that your family has been blessed, thus far, during this holy season of Advent. We are working hard in the Technology Lab. The beginning of December brings a very exciting event to our classes...the Hour of Code. Every student will have a chance to do a little computer coding. Code is a set of instructions that computers understand. The students will be able to see firsthand how computer coders create the games and apps that we know and love. We will be using the website code.org. Even the little ones will be involved, as a class and individually. I love this activity and it melts my heart when I see the wonder and awe in their eyes when they first complete a set of instructions and the computer does exactly what they told it to do. THAT'S why I love teaching!
Enjoy every second of anticipation leading up to the birth of our Savior!