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.