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 Makerspace

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.
http://renovatedlearning.com/2015/04/02/defining-makerspaces-part-1/


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 - experiment with sounds by creating a kazoo

K - water play - working on various water experiments to understand water surface and more

Grades 1 - working on coding by playing a game and figuring out how to move.

Grade 2 - ASCII - creating binary codes of their spelling words

Grade 3 - learning about Simple Machines in their Science books 

Grade 4 & 5 are learning how to use the Chromebooks and Google Drive apps.

Grade 6 has experimented with various building types and are now learning about building materials.

Grade 7 created robotic hands and will apply it to the functions of a hand.

Grade 8 are working with Dash and Dot and how to program robots


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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