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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