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Mrs. Delphine Maxwell, Technology

I am Delphine Maxwell and I am happy to be moving into my 17th year here at St. John Fisher.  I have three very proud Fisher Falcons of my own.  

During my tenure here at SJF I have worked in many different facets and capacities of the school.  Most recently I will will help support our technology learning.  In partnership with the classroom teachers, I will help facilitate technology classes for PK - 6th and I will also work closely with our faculty and staff to help support them through various training throughout the year.  I manage the FACTs tuition management system, our FSS lunch program and update our website, among other things.  

I look forward to another great year here at St. John Fisher.

 

 

 

Computer Coding Activities

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some of the sunshine that is finally peaking through those clouds.  May is right around the corner.

In this post, I want to share some of the websites students can access to do some coding lessons that we have used in class.  Also, I have a few additional websites for those of you that want to be a little more challenged.  I hope you remember some of these.

For our Primary grades (K, 1st and 2nd grades)

Kodable and Tynker (Beginner Level Games)

3rd Graders and above

Blockly, Tynker, Code.org, Lightbot, 

For my more advanced Coders, try these websites.  These websites are using Java Script.  A great introduction to Java Script, try:

Code Monster or Khan Academy

(For Khan Academy - log on with your google account)

Happy Coding and always remember to contact me at dmaxwell@sjfschool.net with any questions.

Happy Earth Day

Posted on Apr 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day:  Click on this link below for a number of Earth Day Online Activities.  These activities take you to various website like Starfall, Funschool, pbskids and a few more.  I hope you enjoy them.

Earth Day - Crazy4Computers

Holy Week Activities

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

This week, for “Thoughtful Thursday” we are taking the time to think of those most at risk during the quarantine.

Here are a few computer activities that you can create and share with someone that may be at risk that is near and dear to you.

Make a Greeting Card - (1st, 2nd, 3rd) there are a number of steps in making a greeting card.  Step #1, click on the "Thank You" greeting card.  Hit next and continue through the remaining steps.  Once you complete all the steps, print and fold.

OR

ABCya Word Cloud Creator - (1st, 2nd, 3rd) Make a "Word Cloud" using as many words as you  can come up with to say "Thank You" to our First Responders.  Once you print out your Word Cloud, take a picture of you with your World Cloud and email it to me.

OR

ABCya Storymaker - (K, 1st, 2nd) Type a couple sentences and draw a picture to show how grateful and proud you are of our "First Responders".  Take a picture of you and your artwork and share with me.   

 

E Learning for Technology/Typing Activities

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I would like to start off by pointing out some great websites for your child to keep up with their typing skills.  I would suggest to practice at least 30 minutes a week.  Most of the websites are located in our Student Resources section on the SJF Website but I have also attached the links below.

Grades 3 through 8 - Typing.com  (4th-8th can log on using their Google account and the site will then keep track of where they have left off)  3rd can click on Student and log into lessons.

Grades 1st & 2nd - Dance Mat Typing 

PK & K - Log into ABCya and use the app Typing Zoo and Typing Zoo 2

K - 2nd  Typetastic

PK - Mousercise (of course, only if you have a computer with a mouse)  

I will continue to update my blog with typing websites and will be adding coding websites soon.  

If you have suggestions or questions, feel free to contact me directly at dmaxwell@sjfschool.net

Fall Blog 2018

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Happy fall!  We’ve had a great start to the school year in computer class.  We have completed our Internet Safety classes for Grades K through 6th in the past six weeks.  Some of the many topics that we discussed were “How to be Safe online” and “Why not to share Personal Information.”   In addition to Cyber bullying and Scamming and Scheming”. We had some great discussions.

Our Preschoolers have adjusted so well to using desktop Computers. Some of the non-mouse users have grasped the concept of moving the mouse around and clicking to make the computer advance to the next screen instead of actually trying to touch the monitor to make things happen.

We have introduced Reflex Math to our 2nd – 4th Grade students.  Reflex is a program to assist students in mastering their basic Math facts.  Teacher can access Reflex in the classrooms by using the iPads and we will also occasionally log onto Reflex for computer time.

We will begin Interim Aspire Testing for Grades 3rd- 6th during Computer Class time for the next couple of weeks.

First Grade will begin to work on their keyboarding skills using a couple different programs. Our Second graders will learn how to research various topics using Google and will transfer they’re information into Microsoft Word. They’re first paragraph will be on an animal that they would like to have for a pet and we will then carve a virtual pumpkin and write a short paragraph describing their pumpkin. Third Grade will be taking the Interim ACT Aspire test in the computer lab.  We will also begin brushing up on some of their Microsoft Word skills and learn many more.

Our 4th graders are getting acquainted with using Google Apps. They have received user names and passwords a few weeks ago and will start a project using Google Slides and Google Docs by creating a Slide presentation, “All About Me”. I think they have actually enjoyed the fact that they don’t have to carry around a flash drive any longer. Google Apps just saves as you type.

5th Grade will also be taking the Interim ACT Aspire tests.  We will then begin Coding Lessons.  6th Grade will be taking the Interim ACT Aspire.  Once completed, they will begin to research two presidents to write a Compare and Contrast Essay.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding curriculum and technology!

Back to School - 2018

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  I am looking forward to having another great year with your child. 

We will begin our year by reviewing the rules of the computer labs and the Acceptable Use Policy.  From there, we will jump right into our Internet Safety Lessons. Each grade level will cover different areas of Internet Safety, from Going Places Safely online, Private & Personal Information,Talking Safely Online to What is Cyberbullying.  Our curriculum is based on Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship.

Our preschool and Kindergarten students will begin by learning a little about the computers (desktops) that they will be accessing week after week, maneuvering the mouse always seems to be the toughest task.  The use of our iPads are also part of their curriculum. We have a number of different education apps specific to our PK and Kindergarten students that they will love to use.

Please be sure to send headphones for primary grades and earbuds for grades 2nd or 3rd grade and above. We will no longer provide headphones.

Looking forward to a great school year.

 

 
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