It's hard to believe that it is already May. Fourth and fifth grades are taking keyboarding assessments and Diocesan Technology assessments this week. Then we will look at what people in the past thought we'd have in the ways of technology with what has really come to pass. It should be a fun way to wrap up our year.
As most of you have probably already heard, I will be returning to the classroom next year as the middle school Religion teacher. I am very excited to make the move but will definitely miss being able to get to know all the little ones in the building. Rest assured, your students will continue learning about technology as their classroom teachers will be covering the standards. I'll be coaching the teachers on which standards to cover and ways to incorporate them into the lessons they're already teaching.
I pray that you and your family have a fun, relaxing, and safe summer vacation. We'll see you again in August!
It's hard to believe that April has arrived. This school year seems to be zooming right by. The younger kids are still utilizing the skills they've learned throughout the year in Google Drive. They will continue reviewing those apps and how to navigate on their chromebooks. Fourth and fifth grades will continue reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment. You might ask your student what they've reviewed for the test. We're hoping to test by the end of this month so those students who have not met the keyboarding standard will have a chance to meet it before the end of the school year.
Advanced Technology Students are wrapping up their video games unit and will be moving on to robots. It's always a fun unit! And yearbook students are working on laying out the pages of the yearbook. Can't wait to see their finished product!
We're on the home stretch of this year. Hope everyone is enjoying the extra sunshine every evening even if it has been unseasonably cool.
Kindergarten students will continue working on typing in a URL and navigating various websites. They will also learn more about Google Docs this month. First and second grade students will be exploring Google Slides. This might be my favorite unit of the year. The kids get so excited when they see their first "presentation" on their screens. Third through fifth grades will be concentrating on keyboarding skills and fourth and fifth grades will be reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment. There is a typing test as well as a test on content. I have confidence they will all do well.
Advanced Technology students are finishing up their original video games, coded using Scratch. We'll be playing each other's games soon. Then we'll move onto robots. Yearbook students have begun laying out pages. We'll soon be knee-deep in images, clip art, fonts, templates, etc.
Praying that your family is having a prayerful and peaceful Lenten season, thus far.
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.
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.
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.
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.