September brings a new school year and a few changes. Technology will continue to focus on developing lifelong skills in an ever evolving arena, however, classes will be held not in a lab but in the classroom using laptops. Students in PreK will begin to develop navigational skills. Kindergarten through grade 2 will continue to use the computer as a learning tool, learn to find information on the computer in a safe environment, and reinforce classroom lessons with games.
Grades 3 and 4 will learn to safely research, discerning good websites from bad. Students will also review spreadsheets, word processing, and creating using computers.
Grades 5 - 8 will continue to build skills introduced earlier in their education. Grade 6 and 8 will spend a good amount of time mastering the apps to successfully complete their Science Fair projects.
Students should continuously develop word processing skills. I have an extensive list below of valuable and fun word processing sites.
In preparation for online NYS testing requirements (no date has been announced) grades 3 - 8 will be using typing tutorial software for a few minutes at the beginning of most classes. You may also want to check out this website:
and when they need a break check out:
I was contacted by a young girl scout, Jenna, and her mom. Jenna is working on her Netiquette badge as part of the STEM series. She found our site and enjoyed all the links we have. Jenna suggested another, a link for which is here and also below. The link will take you to a page titled "Learning Business Basics: Typing and Keyboarding" on colardollcattorney.com website. You will find several useful links there. Thank you, Jenna, for the suggestion!
Mrs. Ashford and her students at Kingston Schools contacted me about a wonderful keyboarding site they would like to share with you. Please click the link below:
https://www.mapcon.com/us-en/improve-or-maintain-computer-keyboarding-skills Scroll toward the bottom of the page to discover several links. Thank you, Mrs. Kingston and students of Kingston Schools!
I have recently learned about a few new sites, thanks to young Miss Megan, a student of library media specialist Ms. LouAnne Taylor. Ms. Taylor reached out to thank me for the resources listed here and Megan suggested we add the following:
Thank you, Megan! This is another wonderful resource!
Please ask your child(ren) to share their username and password for Google Classroom so you may monitor their assignments and check their work. You may also contact me and I will give you their log in credentials. Your child's teacher will also invite you to the google classroom summary. Each week you will receive an email with a summary of the work assigned through google classroom.
The purpose of the technology program at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo is to prepare our students for the future. That's a pretty tall order since it is widely believed we are training students for jobs that don't yet exist. There are basic foundations that are universal, however. We use Google Classroom, giving them access to Google Drive. Google drive allows the teacher to assist, comment, and edit on the fly through the cloud. Students will know about network login, cloud storage, and collaboration using Google Suite. In first grade students are introduced to Word Processing with easy to use programs found at abcya. Second grade is introduced to word processing using Google Docs and by third grade students are inserting and formatting Word Art with Google Draw and graphics by either searching or dragging and dropping. We continue to build on those skills throughout the next few years. Additionally students create spreadsheets using Google Sheets, create presentations using Google Slides and learn to use the Internet as a research tool as well as safe, educational entertainment resource. Check out coolmath.com a favorite for nearly all grade levels, or abcya.com for grades Pre K - Grade 5.
Mitchell Kapor once said, "Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. " The aim for this year is to teach the students to use the information available on the Internet in a wise and discerning way. The student shouldn't drown trying to sip from the information available, and yet they must learn to decide which websites are reliable. To this end students in grades 2 - 8 will do more researching and writing throughout the school year. This will be integrated with Core Curriculum requirements.
"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."
-Louis Vincent Gerstner, Jr., Chairman of the board and chief executive officer of IBM (ret.)
Google classroom is accessed using students username and password. Contact me for more information.
For those of you who are looking for places to practice Multiplication please use any of the following links:
and of course, Math Playground. When your student navigates to mathplayground.com they may simply click on their grade level or they can click on the menu in the upper left corner. From there you can search by topic or grade. Have FUN!!
Also, if your child struggles with multiplication table memorization please have them view the following Schoolhouse Rock Multiplication Rock video (it has all of the multiplication videos in one file, you can skip around to find the one your child needs to hear or enjoy them all):
Mrs. Mary Johnson - Technology