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!