What's Happening in the iLab
Some of our favorite programs so far have been:
Tony-B Machine (fun for creating music AND learning keys on the keyboard)
We've also explored some websites that can help us as we are learning how to read. One of favorites is Starfall. Check it out! :)
Next Steps: We're going to learn how to write computer code (using programs made just for us kindergartners)!
We had a little bit of a break between our last lesson, and our Computer Science Week Unit, which will actually be spread out throughout the month of December and a bit into January. In those short weeks, some classes explored how people use technology to enhance storytelling, in preparation for an upcoming unit where we will be creating our own stories. One of the sites we visited was Storyline Online, which you may have fun exploring with your child. If your child isn't familiar with Storyline Online, thats OK, feel free to show it to them. It's a great site!
Next steps-Learning to Code as part of our exploration into Computer Science.
We used a cool tool called Animoto, which creates very polished and professional looking slideshows. If you'd like to see our finished projects, you can visit this link. If you don't see your child's video as part of the classroom movie, it is probably because they did not have permission to have their work displayed online. If you'd like me to email you a direct link of just your child's work, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students had the choice of a number of different tools to create their public service announcement, including GoAnimate, Animoto, Piktochart, Haiku Deck and Canva.
To learn more about the tools, you can visit this website.
And, as always, students can visit the Symbaloo page to access this websites.
Next up: Learning how to becoming computer programmers!