On our St. Peter’s Technology blog, you can find details about our lessons and direct links to the websites we use in class: Tech Blog
First Grade: These students are working to combine their computer skills such as typing, mouse control, and website navigation. In November, they will be writing their own stories using a beginning, middle, and end. We will also complete a Thanksgiving Project using a search engine. Half of this project will be done in Library, and the other half will be done during Technology. Each student will search for details (housing, food, etc.) about a different tribe.
Second Grade: The second grade is getting better at their mouse control skills each week. In the beginning of class, we do a short activity that practices their double clicking, dragging and dropping, highlighting text, and right-clicking. Students are encouraged to practice these skills at home if possible. This past week, students were introduced to “Chrome Music Lab”. This tool is created by Google, and must be used with the Google Chrome web browser. In using this website, students are able to create their own rhythms, melodies, and even use voice control. While using this musical tool, students are also practicing double-clicking, dragging and dropping, and the aforementioned mouse skills that we are working on.
Third Grade: This group is learning how to use the computer to help them with other subjects. For example, as they begin studying multiplication, I showed them a few online tools that will help them review their multiplication facts. All of these links can be found on our class blog, and the students know where to find them. Several of these links can also be used to review addition and subtraction as well. In addition, each week we are typing a different list using new bullet points in Microsoft Word. They know that this would be a good way to type their spelling words at home for practice. Today, the each typed a bulleted list of ten things they are thankful for.
Fourth Grade: The fourth graders are very focused on improving their keyboarding skills. We begin each class with a three-minute activity: I choose one letter, and they type as many words beginning with that letter that they can. They are improving each week! It is important for them to remember to use their “Home Row Keys” while practicing keyboarding at home, so they can develop a muscle memory while keyboarding. We have also been learning about the different Microsoft Office programs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Last week, they worked in groups to create a graphic organizer in Publisher. They did a great job!
Fifth Grade: These students are very excited to be using their individual Google Accounts in Google Classroom. I am so impressed by how quickly they caught on to the process and navigation through the Google Classroom. Since we have been using Google Classroom, our class activities have become much more collaborative and efficient. Students are able to submit their work directly to me on Google Classroom, which saves time. They are also able to view documents that I post, edit them, and submit them to me. It has been a great tool during class!
Sixth Grade: Using Google Classroom, the sixth grade class projects are able to be completed in one class period. We have been able to get so much done in such a short time. On All Saints Day, each sixth grader chose a saint and completed one slide about their chosen saint. They were all working in the same “Slides” presentation on Google, so we were able to quickly combine the slides and create one presentation. This group loves to see how their individual work can combine with their classmates’ work to create a collaborative project. Yesterday, they began their Resume Project. Each student is writing a resume for a job they hope to have, pretending they are 10 years in the future. I am really impressed with their work thus far!