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.

Calling for Mice
Do you have a mouse that is not working anymore?  
Don't throw it out.  Instead send it to school.  
I use them with the younger students.  Thank you!


Welcome to Computer Classes

Through the use of computers we will work on programs such as Word and Google Chrome to reinforce lessons in the classrooms.  Students will learn numerous features of software programs.  They will also work on STEM projects.  

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
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:
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten are working on how use the mouse and access programs.  This can be a challenge due to the size of their hands. Using websites such as Meddybemps, students work on topics relating to their classroom lessons as well as practicing mouse skills.

Grade 1
 using Word, students will create a Thanksgiving acrostic poem.

Grade 2
is researching information on their US State.  The information will then be transferred into PowerPoint.  US State document
Websites for research:

Grade 3
is learning how to type using Typing Club website.  See my Typing Resource link.  To improve their skills, please consider letting them type at home.  

Grade 4
is working on the Live project.  They are learning how to use Google maps and discovering information about their home.  We are starting to work on inserting text boxes and copying and pasting information.  Click here for the Live document

  Click here for information on how to use Google Map

Grade 5
is researching Internet Safety topics and are creating a PowerPoint describing one topic and the do's and don'ts plus the consequences.  They are all doing amazing work with finding information and setting up the PowerPoints.  We will then begin formatting all their objects and slides.

Grade 6
 will begin exploring Word templates including creating a calendar.

Grade 7
is finishing Excel this week by completing a form on Excel definitions.  They've done amazing work on finding data for their life experiences.  

Grade 8
is starting to review the basics of Excel including formulas.

PLEASE NOTE:  Should any student need extra help or wants to do catch up work, they are welcome to meet with me during recess with prior notice.  Sometimes I am not available as I may have recess/lunch duty.  I am usually not available on Thursdays as I am working with the students who do the broadcasts.


Input and output Device Quiz review information for grade 4 to 8:  Examples of input devices are mouse, keyboard, Smartboard, microphone.  Examples of output devices are printer, speakers, projector, monitor.  Examples of both are flash/usb drive, modem.

 "Always desire to learn something useful" ~ Sophocles