Recently, the third grade students have started to use the Type to Learn keyboarding program to work on developing their typing skills. This program includes guided lessons, assessments, and games. Students can work through the lessons at their own pace and their progress is tracked by the program.
If your student is doing any typing at home, please encourage him/her to use the home row and to type with all of their fingers. Thanks!
Over the past few weeks, the second students have been learning to use styluses to draw on iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools, while learning to adjust the size of lines and pinching in to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words.
The following week students worked on creating sketchnotes over a nonfiction story from their reading book about exploring space.
In these sketchnotes, the students used words and pictures to visualize the important things you need to explore space based on what they had read. Here are a few examples of their sketchnotes:
The elementary students had a great time dressing up for Spirit Week! Miss Bosch took some photos for the yearbook and decided to post some of them here so everyone could enjoy them!
Wednesday was Super Hero Day!
Thursday was Celebrations Day – Holidays and Special Days!
And of course, Friday was SCS Spirit Day!
After school, the students had a great time at the fun fair!
On Fridays, Miss Bosch visits the kindergarten classes. We have started to explore using our iPads as a creativity tool. We used the free Hello Crayons app to do some simple touch drawing. Students learned:
- Using different tools to write and draw
- Switching between tools
- Erasing tools
- Clearing the page
- Using paint bucket fill
On the following week we used another great free drawing app called Draw and Tell. We started by using some coloring pages. The kindergarten students used colors and patterns to fill in the white spaces. They also learned to add, resize, and delete stickers. (Pinching in and out can be a tricky skill for tiny hands!)
Then we progressed into free drawing. Students worked on making pictures of their recent trip to the apple orchard. They had to decide whether to use thin or thick drawing tools and had to switch between colors. We also learned to use the undo button.
The Draw and Tell app also has a record button that allows students to tell about their picture. We hope to test out recording on another day!
This week the 3rd graders finished their autobiography stories and illustrations that they made using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students:
- saved and opened a file
- used the paint bucket to fill the background
- created a text box
- typed their autobiography
- used a variety of drawing tools to illustrate their story
- used the “eyedropper” to match the background to create a colored “eraser”
It was great to see that the third graders can type longer stories in one sitting and also can move easily between multiple tools in KidPix. Here are their autobiographies (click on them to enlarge):
The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during technology class. We first viewed a video about coral reefs before starting our pictures.
In this assignment students learned/reviewed how to:
- save and open files
- use paint/fill and drawing tools
- use, resize, and edit stamps
- make and type in a text box
- use the caps lock and delete keys
Here’s a music video showing their lovely ocean pictures. Enjoy!
The kindergarten students have started out the school year by doing a variety of iPad apps that let them work on letter, word, and memory skills. They’ve also done some apps that simply let them have imaginative exploration!
Letter Skills: ABC Gurus and Writing Wizard
Word Skills: Endless Alphabet and Memory Match
Creative Exploration: Toca House and Toca Town
Students have to follow lots of directions to find, open, and close apps!
We are off to a great start in our first grade technology classes. We are using KidPix software to help students learn and practice some basic skills including creating and using logins, controlling the mouse, and clicking back and forth between multiple tools.
Here are a few photos showing the students doing some “Draw a _______ with a _______” challenges!