Tech Talk at LTPS

K-3 Elementary Technology with Mrs. Miller

Spring 2015 - Slackwood students increasing their technological content knowledge!

The last marking period of our school year is in progress and our Slackwood students are engaged in technology.

First grade students are creating online stories and publishing to the web using Carnegie Mellon's My Storymaker (link below). Digital storytelling is a dynamic way to select characters, settings, and write adventures using their own words. My Storymaker was selected as one of the "Best Websites for Teaching & Learning" by the American Association of School Librarians. First grade is also using Read Write Think Theme Poetry and experience writing poetry using various themes. This activity supports our New Jersey Technology Curriculum and the Common Core Standards for Writing.

Second grade students will be introduced to robotics in preparation for their third grade Legos WeDo robotics experience. We will share videos from BrainPop, and discuss the importance of robotics in manufacturing, medicine, engineering and how robots are transforming our world. The ABCya program "Create A Robot" will give our students experience in creating a meaningful robot.

Third grade has been fine tuning their word processing skills using Microsoft Word which aligns with many of the features students will be using with Google Docs in 4th grade next year. Formatting, inserting pictures, paragraphs, aligning text, are just some of the functions they are using. Third grade is also getting ready for their final robotic build using WeDo Legos. They will be connecting, playing, constructing, and programming their robots.

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Suggested iPad apps - Vocabulary and Spelling City

Fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words

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Interactive Sites for Education

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