6th Grade Reading & Technology

Monday, April 27, 2015

Technology News

Since January, our class has been learning how to create effective presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. Don't forget that ALL St. Johns County students are provided Office 365 absolutely free! See the District web page for details on how to obtain your free download. Your child's username is his/her email address, which is S +student number @stjohns.k12.fl.us. Your child also has a unique password provide by the district. Please contact me if you need it.

Social Media for Tweens

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.....these are just a few sites your middle school child might be using, but more and more kids are seeking sites that offer quick connections, instant feedback, and more privacy. Some apps claim to offer the ability to send a message, photo, or video, which is then destroyed seconds after it is received. That often gives kids a sense of anonymity, occasionally resulting in inappropriate sharing. It is my goal to teach your kids how to use social media responsibly, and with caution, in order to stay safe online. I assigned this formative quiz (Module 6) weeks ago, but many students still have not taken it. They may take the interactive quiz as many as three times, and send me their best score in an Edmodo post. I will be going over the skills in class this week. At the end of the quarter, students will take a summative exam on the topic.

What's Happening in Class?

You may recall that we started a unit on Multimedia beginning second semester, which is a part of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders at our school are participating in this initiative. I am very happy to report that eight of our students have passed the rigorous ICT Multimedia Certification Assessment! Those students are Henry Stophel, Olivia Glass, Max Petlick, Mariah DeRenzo, Eli Snider, Isaac Lee, Kaleb Moberg and Brady Johnson. These students have worked very hard, and I couldn't be happier for them! If a student takes the Advanced exam and doesn't pass, they will be allowed to take the exam again in 30 days.

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Mystery Picture

Take a look at the picture and see if you know where in the community it was taken. "Community" refers to our neighborhoods and immediate area, but may also include commonly visited places within an hours drive. If you think you know, write your answer on a piece of paper and submit your guess to Mrs. Campbell. The first person to get it correct wins a prize!