The Third Nine Weeks are coming to an end on March 15th! That’s only 2 weeks from now! Can you believe we are almost done with the 2018-2019 school year? For those of you wondering what has been going on in the lab, check out the news below:
Kindergarten: Kindergarten has been busy learning all about the keyboard and how MS Word works. Students have been working on the following “I can” statements: “I can locate the letters in my name on the keyboard.” “I can locate numbers on the keyboard.” “I can use the letters on the keyboard to type words.” and “I can locate the backspace key to fix a mistake, the enter key to return sweep, the space bar to add space in between words, and the caps lock key to capitalize letters.”
1st Grade: First Grade has been also working on keyboarding skills. Students should be able to add text; change size, color, and style of the font; insert a graphic; know when to press enter to return sweep; and make simple changes to a document by using directional keys and/or the backspace key to edit.
2nd Grade: Second Grade is working on a STEM challenge with incorporating data collection into their rotations. Students have been working on creating a survey sheet from scratch, adding categories, titles, and how to interact with others as they give their surveys. Students then use the computer program The Graph Club to graph out their results. Students have created pictographs, picture graphs and bar graphs with up to 6 categories. Students are learning how to gain information from their graphs and how to record facts about the data collected.
3rd Grade: Third Grade is using online resources for research purposes. We spent the 2nd 9 Weeks exploring the difference between a web browser and a search engine and how to effectively use keywords to locate information. Now, we can effectively use keywords to find out more about a specific topic. So far, we have located information and compared it using more than one website, as well as, using videos, pictures, labels, graphs, and maps to gain more information. Third grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 15 words per minute (WPM) at 85% accuracy.
4th Grade is working on understanding Microsoft Office products using Office 365. We have reviewed MS Word. Students can locate alignment options, how to bold and underline text, how to quickly adjust the size using the size adjustment options, and we’ve even played around with picture alignments, changing picture formats, like making a watermark. Fourth grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 20 words per minute (WPM) at 90% accuracy.
5th Grade: Fifth Graders are finishing up on their Digital Citizenship unit. In this unit, students learn about some important strategies while using technology, such as remembering the difference between personal (hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc.) and private information (name, address, phone number, etc.), digital footprints, netiquette, and understanding what a cyber bully does and how to be an upstander. Fifth grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 25 words per minute (WPM) at 95% accuracy.