January 2019  

As the new year begins our students will continue to build skills needed to succeed in the future. Keep in mind that we are teaching our children today's technology and preparing them for jobs with technologies that may not even exist yet! This is, however, the foundation they will need to succeed. Students in grades Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten will continue to develop early reading and math skills using the computer as a tool for learning. They will be directed to educational sites designed specifically to meet those needs.

Grades 1 & 2 will be introduced to spreadsheets and create charts using Google Sheets. In addition, they will also learn to do the same with Excel. Both products may be used extensively as they approach middle school and high school.

Grades 3 & 4 will continue to master creating spreadsheets and they will eventually write formulas that will create a multiplication table that will multiply from 1x1 through 20x20. 

Grade 5 will practice researching skills through guided searches or cyber hunts. 

Grade 7 will use technology time to complete research, review topics taught in the classroom, and hone their spreadsheet skills.

Grades 6 & 8 will hone their research skills. Science Fair season is here! The students in those grades are expected to participate as a great part of their quarterly grades. In collaboration with their teachers the students may use lab time for some research, learn to create excel charts for the report/presentation boards, and to type the required research reports. 

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. 

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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 one of the most popular productivity suites available, Microsoft Office. In first grade students are introduced to Microsoft Word, they are always so excited to see their name appear in a Word Art format. By third grade students are inserting and formatting Word Art and graphics. We continue to build on those skills throughout the next few years. Additionally students create spreadsheets using Excel, create presentations using PowerPoint and learn to use the Internet as a research tool as well as safe, educational entertainment resource. Check out a favorite for nearly all grade levels, or 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.) 

We are continually grateful to EdTech Foundation of WNY (click on the link for more information about EdTech Foundation) for our updated computer lab. The update was completed in 2015.


Bored? Finished with your homework? Looking for something to do? Check out these websites for fun, educational games!


 For those of you who are looking for places to practice Multiplication please use any of the following links:

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:

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: Scroll toward the bottom of the page to discover several links. Thank you, Mrs. Kingston and students of Kingston Schools!

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 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 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