Thank you to all students for your great work on our Technology Class assignments while we were doing school at home. Many of you sent me pictures and videos of what you did and I really enjoyed seeing your work!
If you are looking for something to do this week or during the summer, I’d suggest that you go back to previous posts on this blog and do any activities or links that you didn’t get to work on or that you enjoyed! Use Learning Links to help you find keyboarding, coding, avatar designers, and lots of other great activities:
This week we are going to do some coding activities. Please select one or more activities to do. When you are done, you may leave me a comment to let me know which one you did and what you learned and liked about it.
**Parents – Optional Tynker Coding Program – If you would like to get your child started in a coding program, we have access to create accounts in Tynker Coding Lessons through the end of May. This program can be done on a computer or an iPad. If you are interested, please send Miss Bosch an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will set up an account for your child and send you the login information. Let her know your child’s name and grade level so she can put them at an appropriate level. Students may work in this program instead of the links above or as an extra activity.
** Also, one of our SCS parents will be running a coding class through the Coding in the City program. Click on the link below for more information on how to sign up for this program if you are interested.
Hi Students! Your assignment this week is to use one of these online links to read a story or magazine or do a reading activity. They are grouped by the suggested grade level but you may do any link that as long as you understand what you are doing. If they don’t work, you may use any website or app that lets you do a reading activity.
NOTE: MANY OF THESE LINKS WILL NOT WORK ON AN IPAD OR PHONE, YOU MUST USE A COMPUTER!
LEAVE A COMMENT WHEN DONE: Older students, when you are done, I would love it if you would leave a comment for me. (You might need to ask a parent or grown-up to help you.) Look up in the top right corner by the title of this post and click on the comments button. Use your FIRST NAME only – no last names, email, or website. Tell me what story/activity you read/did or how you are using technology to help you learn (or just say hello)!
Finally, here is a funny video for you! I was trying to make a video for Reading Month where I was a mystery reader behind a “mask.” It didn’t quite work out like I planned! Enjoy!
I miss you all and I am praying for you! Take care! Miss Bosch
This week the second graders worked on their internet navigating skills by exploring a collection of creature and avatar maker links on our Learning Links page. They needed to read directions and use their problem-solving skills to figure out how to construct the characters on each website. Here are some of the sites they explored.
CREATE CREATURES/AVATARS: (Here are all the links.)
Many kindergarten students have a lot of experience with using touch skills on tablets, but limited experience using a computer mouse. Recently, we have been working on developing clicking and dragging skills using some online games. Students are also learning to navigate back and forth through our links on Learning Links and also learning to scroll up and down. Here is what we did during our lesson on Friday.
This past week the first graders were introduced to some online games that I call “Don’t Give Up Games.” Each of these games has features that require them to work with perseverance to complete tasks or levels that get progressively harder. Students also continued to refine their mouse skills and their ability to navigate websites during this lesson.
Mouse Control is a game with levels that progressively get harder as students use the mouse to roll over, click, and drag. Students enjoy the funny mouse voice that gives directions for each level.
Pack a Picnic is a Berenstain Bears game from PBS. Students have to search for objects by clicking on doors, drawers, and containers. Sometimes the objects are hard to find. One student could not find where the cookies were hidden. She returned to the game later in the class, and proudly let me know when she found them hidden in a cookie jar!
Ballistic Biscuit has been a favorite game with my students throughout the years. Students need to control their mouse to keep their tube from hitting objects in the water. Students never tire of trying over and over to reach the higher levels and get points.
The Maze game presents the students with harder and harder mazes which they work through by clicking the rocket forward. They have to be very observant and focused to find the correct paths.
This series of online activities is a great way to talk with students about how their skills will grow as they keep practicing and trying. We will be starting to do some keyboarding games next week, and we will draw parallels between these “fun” games and the challenges that beginning keyboarding sometimes presents to early learners.
Our second grade students have been working on their keyboarding skills using Dance Mat Typing. They are doing a great job learning to use all their fingers to type! As the students work through the lessons, there are cute animated music videos to help the students learn the letters. I caught this cute moment with two students enjoying the song!