We'll be using Typing.com to develop keyboarding skills throughout the fall trimester. Click here to join your class.
5th grade students built on the Excel skills they developed earlier this year to create a climograph (chart often used to analyze climate that displays temperature and precipitation data for a specific area). Check out the video tutorial for their climograph project here. Feel free to browse the video tutorial for some of the other projects we complete throughout the year at http://www.screencast.com/users/ngvanduinen.
MobyMax is an amazing free online product that offers students of all ages opportunities to experience technology-enhanced activities based on the Common Core State Standards. Our K-2 students are using MobyMax to support the development of their technology and core content skills. Exposing students to a variety of online question types through MobyMax will go far in helping them develop the skills necessary to success on future online assessments. All K-2 students have received a username and password which they've memorized. MobyMax is also free for home use. You can log in with your student by clicking here or on the image above.
5th grade students spent several January technology sessions exploring the application of assistive technology and its benefits. As an introduction to the concept of assistive technology, we watched the video above. Students then selected some assistive tech devices from an online library and used the Internet to gather information about the purposes they serve. They assembled their research in a Google Slides presentation. Ask your student to log in to Google Drive and share his or her assistive technology presentation with you.
Hour of Code is an initiative aimed at introducing students of all ages to computer programming. Check out the video above for more information. Students in grades 2-5 will be participating by completing fun activities that will help them grasp the concept of programming a computer and write some actual code using a simple interface. Check out some of the computer programming activities on the December sections of the WMAES Elementary Tech Website.
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1st and 2nd grade students have been working hard at distinguishing between input devices (those that put information into a computer) and output devices (those that display information). ABCya provides a great activity for reviewing input and output devices that you can try at home. Click here to check it out. You can check out the work they've been doing with input and output devices on the 1st and 2nd grade October sections of the site.
During the fall months of the 2014-15 school year, WMAES will be rolling out Google Apps for education for all students in grades 3-12. Many students have memorized their usernames and passwords and have already utilized the amazing tools included in Google Apps to create and collaborate on documents and presentations. Ask your student to log in to Google Drive and show you some of their work.
Our typing resource of focus this year in grades 3-5 is Typing Club. Typing Club provides an excellent way for students to develop their typing skills. It provides instant feedback each time a student completes an exercise and allows them to monitor their own progress. All students in grades 3-5 have a username and password which they've memorized. Check out Typing Club at home with your student by clicking here.
All WMAES 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have received login information for TypingWeb accounts. TypingWeb is an online Typing tutorial that's used in over 10,000 schools and has helped over 4 million users learn to type. TypingWeb provides detailed progress monitoring for each student and even helps students identify their problem keys and work to improve them. Encourage your student to spend time developing their typing skills at home. They can visit TypingWeb any time and use the username and password I've provided them to log in.