Computer Lab News

3/18/16

Happy Friday!

I have two announcements this week:


My first announcement is for all of you parents who just love social media! I have created a computer lab Twitter account! You can follow me @EScomputerteach. As an elementary school, some of the teachers will be using Twitter to tweet to parents about the fun and exciting happenings in our classrooms. I will be using the account to tweet about exciting happenings in the computer lab, as well as retweeting some really amazing resources for you as parents from Common Sense Media. It is a nonprofit company that is committed to empowering students to use technology responsibly and safely through digital citizenship curriculums. They are also committed to empowering parents to feel as though they can teach their children to use technology responsibly. So if you're interested, follow me on Twitter and check it out!


Also, I still have several spots open for session 1 of the elementary coding camp this summer, and only 3 spots left for session 2! If you missed that information and/or you would like to register, click the "Summer at Fellowship" button below! (FYI: The flyer dates are incorrect. The registration form dates ARE correct. It is a Monday-Thursday camp.)


Ms. Thomson

Pre-K - Pre-1st Grade

Pre-K

We continued practicing our letters with the Little Writers app. We practice A-U in capital and lowercase, and then practiced our shape patters on the Starfall app.

Kindergarten

To get us excited for the upcoming circus event, we played a fun circus game on PBS Kids that allowed us to see ourselves in a webcam and complete different games using the webcam!

Pre-1st

To get us excited for the upcoming circus event, we played a fun circus game on PBS Kids that allowed us to see ourselves in a webcam and complete different games using the webcam! On the second day, we played some ABCya games to help us practice our coin identification and counting.

1st - 3rd Grade

1st

The cyberbullying StoryJumper books are FINALLY finished! They should be coming home with your kiddos today (Friday), so keep an eye out for them! I am SO proud of the perseverance of the first graders to complete this book! In addition, if you'd like to see the DIGITAL version of your child's book and/or read some of the other books that were created, see the information below!

Schopp

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Booker

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2nd

We began creating a StoryJumper book that involves two characters dealing with Cyberbullying! It will be the same concept as the first grade books we just created about cyberbullying, with some more advanced steps and required creativity. ;)


3rd

This week, one third grade class was introduced to our private computer lab blog (must be accessed with a password that only your children know, so it is not open to the public). We will be using this blog to learn proper blog commenting etiquette, to reflect on scripture, to learn how to respectfully respond to our classmates, and more.


The other two third grade classes practiced their keyboarding skills and then had 20 minutes of free choice educational game time for winning my Class Dojo behavior contest for the quarter.

4th - 5th Grade

4th

This week, we practiced creating our own code in the Ozoblockly programming editor without using a simulation Ozobot. This is a lot harder because it does not allow the students to visualize what their code will make the Ozobot do until they actually try it out. The students did very well! One 4th grade class got to complete a class Ozobot project of creating a racetrack and racing the Ozobots! All the student participated and contributed to the making of the track. It was very exciting. See below for a video of the race.

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5th

This week we continued talking about coding and we practiced using paper and markers to create code for our Ozobots to read. Ozobots are tiny programmable robots that will help us learn how to code! We also created our own mazes and tried to get the Ozobot to the end of our maze using several codes!

Other Resources

World Book Online- This website can be used for research for Fellowship elementary students at home. Username: fcshome / Password: 123456