Technology/Ms. Kathleen Butler

"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."  ~Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

 

Welcome to Technology

This year will be something new.  Students will be learning not only how to use their Chromebooks and iPads but we will be creating all sorts of projects. We will be inventing, creating, discovering, and so much more.
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Some Computer information:

Check out Useful Links to access some productive websites.  


Remember to monitor your child's usage on the Internet.  If you need help, look at the suggestions on the websites you will find under Useful Links.  

Please keep dark tape on your computer camera.  Sadly people do try to access your computer.  Take every precaution to keep your family safe.



6 Ways to Help Your Kids (and Grandkids) Love Learning
Here's an interesting article from Matthew Kelly.  He always explains things in the most amazing, simplest ways.
 Click here.


Internet Safety Tips from Netsmartz.org
Learn the basics of Internet safety
Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.  

- Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
- Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
- Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
- Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
- Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
- Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.



What we're working on:


PK - understanding symmetry by designing butterflies

K - working on understanding landforms

Grades 1 - working on understanding matter

Grade 2 - working on optical illusion and animation.  They are building phenakistoscopes.

Grade 3 - Using unit 9 in their science books we are working on understanding renewable and nonrenewable resources and the environment.

Grade 4  are learning how to use the Chromebooks and Google Drive apps.

Grade 5 - understanding how to fly an airplane by learning drag, gravity, thrust, and lift forces.

Grade 6 - using Little Bits, students are understanding circuits

Grade 7 - understanding water and pollutants and how to filter water

Grade 8 - what are the pros and cons of renewable resources and which ones will be used with various villages in an imaginary simulation.



PLEASE NOTE:  Should students want extra help during the school year they can come during lunch time.  I do need prior notice as sometimes I am not available due to serving recess/lunch duty.  Most times I am not available on Thursdays as I am working with the students who do the broadcasts.


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 "Always desire to learn something useful" ~ Sophocles

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