Springbreak vacation is right around the corner. The past month we have been working on different projects and activities in computer lab.
In second grade, students finished their Lego robotics and began learning about Google Sheets (spreadsheets). We will continue working on Google Sheets this month and part of April. The students learn about the basics of making graphs on Google Sheets and also learn how to make Pixel Art using the sheet's template.
In first grade, students have been working hard on learning about Google Slides, a presentation program through Google. Students are making their own slideshow that they can present to the class when they finish.
In kindergarten, students are learning about Google Drawing and how to use different shapes to create an illustration. We are also learning how to animate the drawings using an iPad application called Chatter Pix.
Over the next two months, we will be revisiting a lot of the skills that we learned about at the beginning of the year, including Google Docs. I want to ensure that the students can practice their mouse and typing skills.
I hope everyone had a nice winter break and happy holidays! I can't believe it is 2017; this school year has been going so quickly.
For this month we will be starting some new units for K-2:
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This month students in grades K-2 will continue working on their computer skills in technology class. With the holidays approaching, we will begin units that will extend into January. Below is a breakdown of what each grade will be doing:
Kindergarten: We will continue to practice using our mouse/mouse pad on Chromebooks. We will complete some holiday related activities using the mouse. We will also play some keyboarding games to help us understand where letters and numbers are located on a keyboard.
First Grade: First graders will finish up working on collages on Google Drawing and share aloud their artwork. We will move onto creating Pixel art using Piskel, a web-based art program. Depending on time, we will learn about Word Cloud Art using ABCYA's word cloud generator.
Second grade: Second graders have been working on Brainpop Jr. Concept mapping in part of a larger research unit. I have teamed up with Mrs. Scott, the librarian to help students research biomes. Over the course of the next couple months, we will research information on biomes and create a finished product using Padlet.
Over a month of school has passed, I can already see the progress students have been making on the Chromebooks. We have been working hard to understand the expectations in a computer lab, online safety, practicing mouse skills, and starting to jump into keyboarding. This month will be mostly focused on reviewing the skills listed above. Over the next couple of months, first and second graders will building on those fundamental skills and go into using Google Docs (word processing). Kindergarten is slightly different in that we will focus on the fundamentals and align it to what they are learning in their classrooms. I hope to reinforce skills in Kindergarten in computer lab, such as alphabet identification, basic sight words, etc. See below for some pictures of the past few weeks.
It has been a great start to the school year! I can't believe it is already week three. The past few weeks we learned about computer lab expectations, the parts of a Chromebook, basics about online safety, and started to practice our mouse skills. I am amazed at how well the students listen and follow directions. Below are a few resources that I used in my class the past few weeks. You can re-watch the videos or have the students practice mouse games at home. In the next few weeks, we will continue learning about safety online, practice our mouse skills, and I will introduce the keyboard/typing.
Brainpop Jr. Online Safety
Mouse Skills Practice
I am so excited for this new school year! This past summer has been so busy for me with moving from FL to MA and settling into a new home. I also had the privilege of teaching at Empow's Technology Camp for 5 weeks over in Osterville, where I helped teach students about video game design, robotics, animation, and Minecraft. I am eager to start this school year and help students learn more about technology. As a brief overview, I will be teaching all classes from K through 2 and help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Based on Massachusetts' standards for technology along with ISTE standards, I developed a technology curriculum that will best fit the students social and academic development. Of course with the beginning of the school year, establishing a culture of learning will be critical. During the first few weeks, we will be focusing on learning about the rules, procedures, and what it means to be a digital citizen. Afterwards we will cover mouse skills, keyboarding, word processing, basics of research, Lego robotics, multimedia tools, and the basics of coding.
In today's classroom, technology is becoming ever more present in our schools. Students and teachers are using technology to display information, communicate, and learn. With computers, tablets, and interactive boards, comes Web 2.0 Tools. Web 2.0 tools are resources that are accessible to everyone, and they promote sharing, collaborating, and creating information online. According to a CBS News article, there are several benefits to these Web 2.0 tools:
While that list is just a view of the reasons why Web 2.0 tools are beneficial, students can use them in their daily classroom. Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going to post examples of how you can use specific Web 2.0 tools in your class.
Wolcott, M. (2008). What Is Web 2.0? Retrieved May 27, 2016, from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-is-web-20/