TECHknowledgeY

December Update

Hello Q300 Families,

I wanted to fill you in on what's been going on in my class and share the plan for the New Year.


All students engaged in Unplugged activities during Computer Science Education Week. The topics students learned about include: algorithms, loops, logical thinking, computational thinking, and pixels.


As you know, students in grades K-2 have been learning how to play chess on the computer (using Lichess.org) during one of our technology periods. This has been great as they've made a lot of progress learning about the game and practicing skills such as capturing enemy pieces, Castling and En Passant. With that said, only having students once a week has impacted the amount of work we've been able to accomplish thus far. I initially planned on Kindergarten and first grade students beginning MicroWorlds Jr. by now, but they have been continuing to make progress on Code.org. Second grade was introduced to Pages by completing a scavenger hunt but they will begin typing up writing pieces from class in January as well as creating other documents.


Third and fourth graders completed their first podcast! This was a fun but challenging unit as we ran into problems along the way. One big challenge was finding a quiet place to record. You may hear some background noise in students' podcasts. We discussed ways to improve this next time. We also learned about the importance of planning and script writing before recording as well as working together as a group. All in all, it was a tremendous learning experience and we look forward to creating more podcasts in the future. As of today, the podcasts from class 301 and 402 are posted for your listening pleasure. I will post 302 and 401's as soon as every group is finished. For the next unit, we will explore Scratch again (but for the first time this year). Stay tuned for more details in January.


Thank you for making the start of this school year so great. May you and your family have a very merry holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.


All the best,

Ali

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