Gimme 5

East Side and the rest of Cobb County is beginning the “Gimme 5 for Education” campaign to raise funds for the Cobb County Schools Foundation. This is a great way to invest in Cobb County students and teachers! This campaign provides grants for teachers, scholarships for students, and much more! Did you know that this money helped purchased some equipment for the MakerSpace (3D printers)? We have even had one of our own first grade teachers lucky enough to receive one of the grants several years ago. The Cobb Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization that supports all of our schools, staff, and students in the Cobb County School District. Some of the money you donate will come straight back to East Side which is great! An envelope for donations will be coming home on Monday, March 19! Please make consider making at least a $5 tax-deductible contribution and return it in the given envelope before April 13, 2018! You can also donate online at www.cobbschoolsfoundation.org. Don’t forget that this is tax-deductible and the Tax ID is #58-2487501. Thanks for your support!

Typing Practice

Ms. Alter, our computer lab instructor, asks that students practice their typing skills.  She asks that students practice typing for 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week.  For 1st grade students she recommends Dancemat, a free typing lesson tutorial.  Students need to learn how to use all 10 fingers when typing.  If students practice incorrectly, it only creates a bad habit.   To help our older students against this bad habit,she suggests using a towel over your hands.  We try this is skill with grades 2nd and above, but some 1st graders enjoy this challenge.  For these older students in the lab, students have skins over our keyboard when they practice typing.  Dancemat is self-explanatory and the program tells you what you need to do.  Once they have completed the lessons in this way to learn the keyboard and proper finger placement.  Then they should do the lessons again and this time focus on the speed recommended by the program. You can find Dancemat and other typing tutorials on our computer lab webpage at http://www.eastsidetechnology.org/?page_id=28.  Thanks for your help.