Redhill Lutheran School

Computer Lab - Tech Times - Mrs. Cooper

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Learning

Students will have the opportunity to use Web 2.0 Tools in the Computer Lab. One of my favorites is Glogster. This Web 2.0 Tool will allow students to create their own Glog.


What's a Glog?

A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a poster containing multimedia elements including; video, audio, images, graphics, and drawings.

What is a Storybird?

Storybird is an online collaborative storytelling tool. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to read and share. Although online, class activity is kept private. Storybird is a great way to keep your children writing through the summer.


Follow the link to inspire your kids to read and write at home.

http://storybird.com/

Students Learn Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship lessons empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. In the computer lab students learn that they can go to exciting places online and the rules to keep them safe.


Digital Citizenship lessons include videos, games, and collaborative classroom activities that address issues facing kids in today’s digital world.

Pause and Think Online - A Digital Citizenship Video

Pause & Think Online PSA

Exploring Google Docs

What's a Google Doc?


Google Docs are connected to your child's gmail account (3rd through 8th grade). Google Docs enables students to create, store, share and collaborate on documents. This allows students to access their projects at any time and at any place where they have access to a computer connected to the Internet. Students can also share their work online with teachers, where editing notes can be placed directly within the text and teachers can quickly see differences between first and second drafts.


Students have been exploring Google Draw (part of the Google Docs suite). Students in 3rd - 8th have been creating fun Who Am I? posters. Students in 3rd and 4th have also been learning the ins and outs of their gmail accounts as well as exploring Google Docs.

Thanks for letting me share!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at

lcooper@redhillschool.org

VoiceThread Conversations in the Cloud

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enchance Learning


What is a VoiceThread?



Students will have the opportunity to use a web based digital story telling tool called VoiceThread. VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool. Students can create multimedia presentations, adding commentary to images, documents, or video.


VoiceThread is a secure web based tool. Students can participate in threaded conversations without revealing their names and only sharing presentations within the Red Hill Lutheran school community.


Here are examples of VoiceThread


8th Grade Supreme Court Cast Interview


Kindergarten Class - Discussing "Setting"

Virtual Fieldtrips

K-3rd Graders packed their bags for a whirlwind tour of top zoos across the nation.


What is a Virtual Fieldtrip?


A virtual fieldtrip is an opportunity for students to explore and see places without ever leaving the classroom. Students explored zoos while participating in a mystery animal web quest. Top zoos students explored; San Diego Zoo, Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio, National Zoo in Washington D.C., Bronx Zoo, New York, and Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. While on their virtual fieldtrips students were also given the opportunity to learn online safety. Using Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship lessons students in K-3 learned the top three rules for staying safe online.

The Strange Land of QWERT

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" Students will be concentrating on correct keyboarding skills (including hand and body position, and home row keys). The goal is to compose text without looking at the keyboard; concentrating on correct form and not necessarily speed. Speed and accuracy will come with practice.

The keyboarding sites we use in the computer lab can also be found on line for additional practice.

Kindergarten: Key Seekers Keyboarding

1st thru 5th Grade: Dance Mat Typing

Students Share Subject Knowledge Using the Fun Language of Comics

What is Pixton? Pixton is a web 2.0 tool. E-School News named Pixton one of their top ed-tech picks “a great tool to aid in literacy and subject comprehension”. Comic creation has the ability to engage reluctant learners, apply learners' imaginations, and help learners acquire multimodal literacy skills needed for success in the 21st century (Hughes, King, Perkins & Fuke, 2011; Vassilikopoulou, Retalis, Nezi, & Boloudakis, 2011). I am looking forward to using Pixton with the upper grades.

Welcome to the Computer Lab

I am the new Computer Lab Teacher. I am excited to be teaching Technology classes

this year and look forward to the opportunity to get to

know your child. I recently graduated from Azusa Pacific

University with a Master of Arts in Educational

Technology. My goal is to share my passion for

technology with your child while providing them with tools

to make them successful both in and out of the classroom.

Students in grades K-5 visit the computer lab once each

week. The computer lab curriculum will focus on the

National Educational Technology Standards for Students

(NETS). These standards include:

• Creativity and Innovation

• Communication and Collaboration

• Research and Information

• Critical Thinking

• Digital Citizenship

• Technology Operations and Concepts

My goal is to work closely with the classroom teachers,

making the computer lab an extension of the regular

classroom.

Thank you again for the opportunity to teach your child.

Feel free to email me at lcooper@redhillschool.org should

you have any questions.

Who Am I?

I am a mom, wife, teacher,

and lifelong learner. I have a

passion for learning. I enjoy

sharing ideas and connecting

with other educators.