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 is using Zoobs to understand how to build and follow design plans.

K is learning the Design Process by building a bridge for the Billy Goats to avoid the Troll.

Grades 1 and 2 are applying the Design Process by building a project.  Grade 1 will build the perfect chair for the three bears.  Grade 2 is building dams and testing to see if they can keep the flood waters back.

Grade 3 is starting Unit 10 in their Science books on Simple Machines.

Grade 4 have finished their floor plans and will start Unit 2 on the Design Process.

Grade 5 is learning how to use their Chromebooks.

Grade 6 has been working on earthquakes and will apply their knowledge to building a building at least 12 inches tall and survive an earthquake.

Grade 7 will learn how to create a prosthetic arm by using the Rob hand kit.  They will need to build a hand that will be able to pick up three (3) different types of balls.

Grade 8 will learn how to use video cameras and editing techniques by making short films.




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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