The Technology Center

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OK! The first month of school is officially behind us.  As always, getting started is tough, but it didn’t take long to get into the swing of things.  I hope everyone had a great month.  It was great seeing all the returning students and parents and especially welcoming our new arrivals. 

Speaking of new arrivals, we have acquired 24 Sphero Robots for use by the students.  The students will learn how to interact with the robots initially using “Block” coding.  They can make them roll, draw geometric shapes, add sound and speech and a variety of other project. The Sphero Edu platform uses app-enabled robots to foster creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science. The program goes beyond code with collaborative STEAM activities, nurturing students’ imaginations in ways no other education program can. Cross-platform apps are approachable for all skill levels of programming, allowing us to reach as many minds as possible. Think outside the bot and inspire your future. This is Sphero Edu.

 

Mr. D

 

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Kindergarten & First Grade

The Kindergarten received their seat assignments and we began the year learning the names of the different parts of the computer.  We also started some exercises for use of the mouse and hand/eye coordination using Hello Kitty and KidPix. 

First Grade took it a step further and we reviewed what we learned last year about the computer parts and everyone did a great job remembering.  Everyone created a Name Tent for their desk using Kidpix.

Grades Two through Five

Second and Third Grade started the year off with a review of the computer parts and also started right in on our typing practice.  Grade two began with their first lesson about the home row keys and how to find the letters F and J.  Why not ask them how you can find them with your eyes closed.  Third grade did a review of the computer parts they learned last year. To celebrate the coming of Fall, the Third Grade also created some wonderful Fall pictures using KidPix.  They should be hanging on your refrigerators by now.

Fourth Grade has started their trek through Microsoft Word and Google Docs.  We began with familiarizing ourselves with the main toolbars and learned about fonts, font sizes, colors and some other formatting options.  They also learned how to save their work to their private folders in Google Drive.

Fifth Grade began the year reviewing the different parts of the computer and assisted in the testing of the computers in the Technology Center after the summer shutdown.  We will be exploring the world of search engines on the Internet by trying several different engines including Google, BING, MSN, Yahoo and a few others.  We will also learn how to make sure they are safe by setting our preferences for strict filtering.  Make sure you do that at home.

Grades Six, Seven and Eight

Grade Six has begun learning about Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides and the many different tools available for adding text, pictures, animation and sounds.  We will continue this and at the end, each student will do a presentation to the class on assigned topics.

Grade Seven started off the year learning about the use of Tables in Google Docs.  They will apply this knowledge in the near future for projects in other areas such as Science and Math.

Grade Eight began the year with a complete review of Google Docs right from the beginning.  We will also compare MS Word to Google Docs and note any differences.  This is in preparation for when they move on to high school and are required to create and format those many term papers they’ll be asked to do.

Mr. D

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