Technology

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Technology Tutorials

Project Starters

You have another creative project, maybe you need to showcase your summer reading, or show how to do a math problem.  Instead of getting out the poster board to make yet another poster get creative with technology and get your classmates excited about your topic!

iMovie Trailers– iMove trailers are fun to make and fun to watch!  This is an easy way to use iMovie if you haven’t had a lot of experience.  I movie trailers an ideal fit for sharing a book, but with a little creativity, they can be used to show off what you are learning in math, language arts or science.  Click here to check out this sample video about verbs.

*NEW* Canva – this is a great tool for upper school students embarking on creative projects such as posters, games, or brochures.  Fifth Graders have used Canva in class and can log in via their school Google account.

For Parents

Common Sense Media  – Find ratings on a variety of media including, books, movies, and video games to help you determine what media is right for your child.

Internetland – this game can help teach your children about safe online behavior.  This game isn’t currently used in the curriculum, but is a great supplemental game to play at home.  Internetland will reinforce concepts learned at school, and playing together can help open up conversations at home about safe online behaviors.

**NEW**Robotics

Click on the heading robotics above to visit the robotics webpage.

 Media Usage for Families

Read Why You are the Best Parental Control for great advice from Common Sense Media.

  • Bookmark the Common Sense Media media page for reviews and age ratings on books, movies, and other media.
  • Talk to your children often about the media they use.
  • Engage with your children and the media they enjoy.  Play a video game with them, watch their favorite TV show, and/or YouTuber.  Newer research supports playing video games with your kids!
  • For children, it’s best to set up a desktop in an area of the house that is high traffic and face the monitor in a direction that makes it easy for you to peek over their shoulder.  If you don’t have a desktop then designate spaces where children are allowed to use a laptop or tablet such as a desk in the living room or kitchen.
  • Make bedrooms media free zones, or at the least internet free zones.  Some children have a TV in their bedroom, but limit iPads and other internet-connected devices to common spaces.
  • Use the parental controls on your cable, and internet connected devices.  However, remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Teach your child about making good choices when they are online.  Remember you are preparing your child for the time when they may be using computers that don’t have parental controls, and knowing how to make good choices will be an important skill.  Savvy kids often find ways around parental controls, so don’t consider them a full proof option.  Read more here.
  • Set up a charging station in a common space where all devices are docked at night.  It is better to create this habit when children are younger, so by the time your child is at an age where it could be a problem your family’s routines are already firmly established.
  • Monitor your own media use and model good behavior (I know as a tech person I have to remind myself about this one sometimes).

 

 

*A note about typing for children under the age of 8.  Most children are not developmentally ready to begin typing prior to 8 years old.  If you are anxious to have your child start developing the skill of typing there are a few things you can do at home with younger children.  Let them hunt and peck with their pointer finger, but encourage them to use both hands.  Encourage children to keep each hand on its own side of the keyboard.  There is a very thin tape used to mark violins to show finger placement for beginners.  You can use this tape to make a line down the middle of the keyboard (between 5&6, t&y, g&h, and v&b) on your home computer if your child does some activities that involve typing.  Encourage your child to hunt and peck with 2 hands without crossing the line.

I do not recommend having children younger than 8 do a typing program.  It’s also OK if you don’t want to worry about typing at all before age 8, the development of touch typing is dependent in part on your child’s hand size and starting earlier will not necessarily lead to better skill.

Research

 

Classroom Articles

National Educational Technology Standards

ISTE- International Society for Technology in Education ISTE has 6 core standards for technology education. 1. Creativity and Innovation 2. Communication and Collaboration 3. Research and Information Fluency 4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making 5. Digital… Read More

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Bill Gates – Unleashing the Power of Creativity

Many things may come to mind when you hear the word technology. For Bill Gates technology and creativity go hand in hand. Follow the link to read Bill Gates contribution to the this I believe series on NPR.  Click… Read More

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