Computer Technology

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In Kindergarten, students are learning all the computer basics. Skills we are working on in class are: logging in/out, correct posture, and mouse skills. Be sure to check out the Symbaloo Mouse Skills Page listed in my sub-pages.  How to Use the Mouse Tutorial

 

In First and Second Grade, we are reviewing logging in/out, correct posture, and mouse skills. We are reviewing the parts of the computer, hardware, and software. We are expanding into exploring the parts of a web browser. Topics we will be covering are:  Back/Forward button, maximize/minimize button, web address bar, exiting windows/menus, dealing with pop-ups. We also explore, “What is the internet?” We will be doing a variety of Coding Lessons as well. Students will learn basic programming vocabulary, as well as, programming theory. How to Use the Mouse Tutorial

 

In Third Grade, we are beginning our Keyboarding Unit by reviewing the home row and correct keyboarding techniques.  Next students will be learning how to use Qwerty Town, a web based keyboarding curriculum. More information about Qwerty Town can be found at the bottom of my page. Please encourage your student to practice at home!  http://qwertytown.com// Students are also exploring the Google Suite and learning the in's and out's of apps like Docs, Slides, and Search.  We have been completing a variety of digital labs using Google Docs and Slides. Ask your student to see their Google Classroom by logging into Chrome Internet Browser.

 

In the Fourth Grade, we have wrapped up our Google Sheets Unit., where  students have access to cute pet clipart that they spend a budget to "buy" to fill an imaginary pet store. Students enter the data in Sheets and also use math functions to total the cost. The goal, to get as close to your budget as possible without going over! More about Google Sheets: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/sheets/#!/
Students are also exploring the Google Suite and learning the in's and out's of apps like Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Search.  Now students are moving into a STEM Project that will be on display at our STEM Fair, during Curriculum Sunday. Student will be completing a digital lab where they create their own animals. They are exploring types of animals, characters of animals, and adaptions. See the assignment here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14aLu23NX7Cp2OFTRzy4zbTUa_OEywuEM1pOkl6wx1uI/edit?usp=sharing  

In the Fifth Grade, students have been introduced to Scratch. Scratch is a kid friendly programming tool. Students will be growing the ground work skills they have been developing over the past years into being able to code and share their own game. For more info: https://scratch.mit.edu/about. I encourage you to have them play at home! We are wrapping up our Museum Specialist presentations, students created Google Slide Presentations advocating awareness for a Native American Tribe. https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/slides/get-started/#!/.

Next, students will be starting their STEM Fair Projects.  This is a 2-month project where students create a prototype by following the Engineering Design Process. Watch this fun video about the EDP. Taco Party Video .  Much of the lab work will be completed in Tech Class and during Science Class. Prototypes will be completed at home. Please keep in mind while constructing prototypes they need to be transported from home to school.  Find the details of the assignment here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dDzODnUg27ywybqRlMnKPp00j6lSv-DjVYpQp5ly1Dw/edit?usp=sharing

 

In the Sixth Grade, we are wrapping up a project where students were introduced to Google Forms and the many opportunities it offers. We examine Opinion Polls and their role in Elections.  Students are then challenged to create their own Opinion Poll, implement it, and then analyze the results in a written report. More about Google Forms: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/forms/get-started/#!/

Next, students will be starting their STEM Fair Projects.  This is a 2-month project where students create a prototype by following the Engineering Design Process. Watch this fun video about the EDP. Taco Party Video .  Much of the lab work will be completed in Tech Class and during Science Class. Prototypes will be completed at home. Please keep in mind while constructing prototypes they need to be transported from home to school.  Find the details of the assignment here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dDzODnUg27ywybqRlMnKPp00j6lSv-DjVYpQp5ly1Dw/edit?usp=sharing

 

In the Seventh Grade, we were building Roller Coasters and now they have made their way to the Dept of Ed for judging via Mrs. Sileo’s mini van. This is a DRVC Dept of Ed. sponsored contest that is building off the skills that students were working on during Technology Day at Adventure Land.  They can only use material like tape, sticks, straws, and cardboard.  Students are challenged to think outside of the box, but inside of Physics.

Next, students will be starting their STEM Fair Projects.  This is a 2-month project where students create a prototype by following the Engineering Design Process. Watch this fun video about the EDP. Taco Party Video .  Much of the lab work will be completed in Tech Class and during Science Class. Prototypes will be completed at home. Please keep in mind while constructing prototypes they need to be transported from home to school.  Find the details of the assignment here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dDzODnUg27ywybqRlMnKPp00j6lSv-DjVYpQp5ly1Dw/edit?usp=sharing

 

In the Eighth Grade, we have finished our Sphero Battle Bot Tournament.  Students were challenged to use all of their STEM skills and follow the engineering process as they design, create, and de-bug their design.

Next, students will be starting their STEM Fair Projects.  This is a 2-month project where students create a prototype by following the Engineering Design Process. Watch this fun video about the EDP. Taco Party Video .  Much of the lab work will be completed in Tech Class and during Science Class. Prototypes will be completed at home. Please keep in mind while constructing prototypes they need to be transported from home to school.  Find the details of the assignment here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dDzODnUg27ywybqRlMnKPp00j6lSv-DjVYpQp5ly1Dw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Together we will all be able to create a safe and happy environment for our students to thrive in!

 

Internet Safety Links:

https://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

http://www.ncpc.org/topics/internet-safety

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html

 

Below is a list of website and accounts that your student can use at home to develop their tech skills.

 

Kindergarten Websites: Mouse Practice

https://www.owlieboo.com/educational-games.php

https://tvokids.com/preschool/games/bees-and-honey

http://www.manxue-wang.com/

http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/esol/activities/mouse/mouseskills.htm

http://bomomo.com/

Use the links above to help your student practice using the mouse!

 

 

First Grade Websites: 

Kodable, Learn about coding through games! 
Go to the website: https://game.kodable.com/ and enter the class code: seas1234, choose your name and play! 

Typing Club, practice the home row method! 

To login go to the website: https://seasbellmore.typingclub.com

Your student’s login follows this format: (lowercase first initial)(lowercase last name) example: ksileo

Password: seas

 

Watch this vid for more info: 

https://s.typingclub.com/help/ten_minute_introduction_video.html


Second Grade Websites: 

 

Kodable, Learn about coding through games! 
Go to the website: https://game.kodable.com/ and enter the class code: seas5678, choose your name and play!

 

Typing Club, practice the home row method! 

To login go to the website: https://seasbellmore.typingclub.com

Your student’s login follows this format: (lowercase first initial)(lowercase last name) example: ksileo

Password: seas

 

Watch this vid for more info: 

https://s.typingclub.com/help/ten_minute_introduction_video.html

 

Third Grade Websites:

 

Kodable, Learn about coding through games! 
Go to the website: https://game.kodable.com/ and enter the class code: seas7890, choose your name and play!

 

Typing Club, practice the home row method! 

To login go to the website: https://seasbellmore.typingclub.com

Your student’s login follows this format: (lowercase first initial)(lowercase last name) example: ksileo

Password: seas

 

Watch this vid for more info: 

https://s.typingclub.com/help/ten_minute_introduction_video.html

 

 

Fourth Grade:

Tynker, Learn coding through games.

Go to the website: https://www.tynker.com/#/sign-in

Use your Google Login for access.

Qwerty Town, Use the home row method!

Go to website:  go.qwertytown.com. To log in, your students username is: First Initial + Last Name (First letter capitalized). Example: KSileo And your student's password: seas2017

 

Fifth Grade Websites:

 

Tynker, Learn coding through games.

Go to the website: https://www.tynker.com/#/sign-in

Use your Google Login for access.

Qwerty Town, Use the home row method!

Go to website:  go.qwertytown.com. To log in, your students username is: First Initial + Last Name (First letter capitalized). Example: KSileo And your student's password: seas2017

 

Middle School Websites:

 

Scratch, Coding: https://scratch.mit.edu/

Hour of Code, Coding: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

GFC Free Learn, Tutorials about everything technology: https://www.gcflearnfree.org/subjects/technology/

Typing.com, Practice your typing Skills: https://www.typing.com/typinglessons

Qwerty Town, Use the home row method: Go to website:  go.qwertytown.com. To log in, your students username is: First Initial + Last Name (First letter capitalized). Example: KSileo And your student's password: seas2017

 

ALL STUDENTS K- 8:  Discovery Education is a powerful web-based learning tool that gives your student access to an unlimited amount of resources that they will be utilizing to enhance their learning.  It also gives the teachers the ability to create and share custom “Studio Boards”.  This new trend in learning appeals to students desire to be immersed into variety of learning tools, allowing them to learn their own unique way.

Click this link for more information: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/who-we-are/about-discovery-education/  .


Qwerty Town Login Info


ALL STUDENTS 3rd - 8th Grade
have an year log subscription to the Qwerty Town Program. It is a web based program that can be accessed from any computer. We will be using the program in class and I strongly encourage you to have your student(s) play at home as well. It teaches keyboarding skills while having fun! You can use the link listed in my subpages or access it by clicking go.qwertytown.com. To log in, your students username is: First Initial + Last Name (First letter capitalized). Example: KSileo And your student's password: seas2017. Please feel free to email me with any questions.