Sunday, February 3, 2013

Technology Update - January

What a great way to end the month of January with Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The students enjoyed the fun activities that go along with this special week as well as fun collaborations in the lab.

8th Grade
The students connected with another 8th grade class in Pennsylvania to share their favorite foods using Google Drawing and Google Hangout. More is written here by Mr. McNulty, their technology teacher:

Online Collaboration Project: Each student used a blank Google Drawing that was provided by the teacher to make a Venn Diagram of their favorite foods. Their partner for this project was an 8th grade student from the computer class at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Catholic School in Joliet, Illinois. You can view the example that was used explain the project here. This project was an example of what online collaboration might look and feel like in the future. All students printed and submitted their finished Venn Diagrams. Click here to enlarge the project description.

During the collaboration project we used a Google Hangout to
give our students a "window" into each other's classrooms.

7th Grade
The 7th graders are preparing to present to different grade levels about their Digitween Action Projects. The links to the projects can be found here:

6th Grade
Quest Atlantis - the students are learning how to play the virtual world of Quest Atlantis. They are starting their first mission and need to understand coordinates and read the tasks they need to do. They will also be able to chat with other players around the world. This is an example of what missions and quests look like:

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5th Grade
GAFE - the students just received Google Apps for Education accounts that includes Google Drive, Calendar, and Sites. They created folders in their Drive accounts and next we'll get Google Cloud Print enabled. Students will be able to use their accounts on the Chromebooks in their rooms and finish at home if needed.

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4th Grade
Kidblog - The students are learning to blog with their own!  They each have a blog using the Kidblog platform.  Their blogs are here:  Next they will learn how to comment properly and they would love to receive comments from YOU!  :)
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2nd and 3rd Grades
Typing practice - Stretch those fingers!  Students are practicing their typing skills using Dance Mat Typing, a fun and engaging way to learn proper typing skills.  They are learning to keep their hands on the keys and practice memorizing where the letters are on the keyboard.  
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When they complete a level the students play games on PBS kids.

1st Grade
Keyboarding games - The first graders are also playing Dance Mat Typing.  After a time, they played Dinoventures and Math activities.

Educational games - The kindergartners enjoyed playing Dinosaur Train, PBS Kids, and Math activities.

Educational games - The students loved playing Dinosaur Train and PBS Sprout games.  There are some fun Valentine's day games the students liked to play on Sprout.

Early Childhood
Chromebook fun!  The students are learning how to maneuver the mouse using only a touchpad on the Chromebooks.  They played Sesame Street games and Dinosaur Train.

As January ends, February begins!  You can see what the students are doing on my school site:

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