Dudley Elementary School
November has been a busy month in the Computer Lab at DES! Students have been working hard to learn about new things in Technology.
Fourth graders continued to work on Digital Citizenship with Google's Interland - these lessons seem to last forever, but the students all love them! Interland is a fun activity for your child to play at home as well - the games are high-interest, and teach about different important internet safety themes. Some of the Fourth Grade classes got a taste of coding by using Scratch (a block programming language) to start to design their own Google Logos! In December, during our Hour of Code week, all fourth graders will have an opportunity to do this project, or choose a different coding activity!
Third Grade continued to use TypingClub to practice their typing (something they can even work on at home if they want!) and finished learning about Digital Citizenship with CommonSense Media's Digital Passport. Some Third Grade classes also got to explore computer programming by using arrow commands to write the code to draw different graph paper images.
Second graders spent November learning about the different ways people use technology, and how to identify internet advertisements. These students are really challenging themselves to look at technology and the internet in ways they've never thought of before! Second graders learned that websites are designed with a purpose, and for many websites, that purpose is to make people want to buy certain things. The internet is good at disguising these not-so-obvious advertisements, but students are learning how they can spot them. Next time you're in a store with your child, ask them to think about how the different parts of the store are set up to make people want different things. It's a fun activity!
December in Dudley is all about coding! We will spend the whole month doing different coding activities, both on the computer and off! This should be a very exciting month for all students at DES, so be sure to ask your child what they're up to in Computers!
Stay tuned for a blog post next week with the results of our November Typing Olympics!
Mason Road School
November seemed to fly by in Computers at Mason Road! Students kept busy learning about the different technology tools they can use to create.
First graders spent a lot of time using TuxPaint, and learning how to make many different types of things. You may have seen your child come home with their own self portrait, nametag or turkey, or other piece of art they worked on! With everything we do in the computer lab, students are practicing writing their name with capital letters - an important tool to learn in first grade!
Kindergartners have also been learning how to type their names. Students have spent a lot of time typing their name in different formats, so that hopefully it will become a habit! One important thing they are starting to use is an online game called Teach Your Monster to Read. This game teaches and reinforces the basics of letter sounds and spelling, through a fun interactive experience online! Students all have to login in order to use this game, which means they need to know how to type their names! They've been doing a wonderful job with everything so far!
At Mason Road as well as DES, December is our coding month! Even though our students at Mason Road are little, that doesn't mean they can't learn the basics of computer programming! Over the next month, students will be learning about programs, and how computers need very basic instructions in order to complete tasks. By breaking computer programming down, it makes an intimidating task not so scary after all! We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the first week in December, where all students will get to choose a project and learn how to program it! Be sure to ask your children what they're up to in Computers during December, because I'm sure they'll have lots to tell you!