Entering the Final Stretch!

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 03/28/2018

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Can you believe it??  Spring Break is almost here!!  When we return to school, the year is going to be VERY busy, full of learning and end of the year activities!  The kids have been very busy in the computer lab this year learning useful skills and doing so well on their assessments.

Grades 1 – 5 have been using the math program, Prodigy.  This is a free online program that is very engaging, but also lets us assign problems that are aligned to our standards.  The students love to use it AND they are gaining valuable math skills!  An added bonus for our 3rd – 5th graders is that it allows us to assign a Milestone prep course of study that helps them prepare for the Milestone test they will be taking in April.

Grades K – 5 have also been working on their typing skills.  Kindergarten and 1st grade is working hard to learn where the letters are located on the keyboard.  Grade 2 is learning the proper positioning for their fingers on the keyboard and to not look at their fingers as they type.  Grades 3 – 5  are working on speed and accuracy.  Grades 4 and 5 have access to the site, Typing.com.  They can login with their student # and the password of “type”.  This site can be used at home or school and gives us valuable input about their typing speed and accuracy.  Some of the students can almost out-type the teachers!!

All students, even our Kindergarten superstars, are logging in and out of the computer with their student #’s.  They know how to navigate to sites and how to find necessary information.  Fifth grade is working on a College/Career portfolio project which involves creating a power point presentation about a career.  These will be presented to their class and teacher before the end of the year.

As you can see, it’s a busy time of the year!  All students from K – 5th grade will take one more Reading Inventory and Math Inventory assessment in late April/early May. This will allow us to chart the growth they have made this year.

We’ve also been learning in different ways in the HOT Spot with strategy games, creativity stations and fun activities.  The kids love it and gain valuable skills that help them in the classroom.  As an added bonus, social skills, fine motor skills and critical thinking proficiency are also gained.

I hope everyone has a fantastic, fun and restful Spring Break!

Mrs. Parks

A Great Site for Holiday Fun

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 12/07/2017

If you’re looking for a great site with holiday themed games, Google has a great one this year.  Google’s Santa Tracker and Village has a new activity every day in December to discover.  There are games to teach coding, learn traditions, make computer art and learn by watching videos.  There is also a countdown to Santa’s takeoff and on Christmas Eve you can track Santa’s progress.  Not only it is a fun site to explore, the best part is…it’s free!  Explore, play and learn with Santa’s elves all December long!

Follow this link to check it out!  https://santatracker.google.com/village.html

Mrs. Parks

 

 

October Events

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 10/05/2017

Can you believe it’s already October?  Time is starting to fly by!  We have a lot going on this month at school and in Technology!

To begin our month, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will learn how to be safe online in the computer lab.  We are discussing how to be SMART and safe while on line.  They are learning to never share personal information. Personal information includes their name, address, phone number, birthday or passwords.  While the younger group is learning to be safe, the older grades are in the HOT Spot.  They are building, using strategy, being creative and gaining tech skills during their specials time.  They are also learning fine motor skills and socialization skills which are so important in today’s world.

Prodigy is back!  Your students will be receiving their login information during the next week so that they can begin to work on math skills.  This program is so successful because the kids WANT to use it and in using it, learn and practice needed math skills.  Parents may also access their students accounts to keep up with their progress.  Most teachers will send the parent letters home with their students with information on how parents can connect an account with their child.  This program is totally free and there is no need to set up a paid membership.  The entire common core content is available for free.  The paid version will simply give the student more things they can collect in the game and do not affect the math content they receive at all.

October is a busy month at Pitner.  Check the school website and listen for Dr. Hosey’s callout to keep up to date with all the events going on this month!

Mrs. Parks

Upcoming Events in the Computer Lab in September

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 09/01/2017

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In September, we’re going to be busy in the Computer Lab!  We’re done with RI and MI testing, so now we can begin to work on important technology skills.  This month, all grades will be working on a unit about Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship.  In today’s world, this information is vital for students to be aware since they are surrounded with technology opportunities, both good and bad.  They will learn to be smart and safe.

We will also celebrate International Dot Day inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.  We had a great time with this last year combining technology skills with creativity.  The kids love creating computer art and “making their mark”.  Looking at their art all year made me smile!  I have a few surprises in store for them this year to help them combine art and tech in another way!

We will also start visiting the HOT Spot in alternating rotations.  The students have been waiting (kind of patiently) for testing to be over so they can start to visit one of their favorite places in the building.  They think they’re just having fun while the activities are building higher order thinking skills and cognitive learning.

We have a lot happening in September!!  I can’t wait to share some of our creations with you!

Mrs. Parks

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