After a year off, Mrs. Pascual and Mrs. Dean are super excited to offer a morning tech club for students in grades 3-5. We'll work on tech skills aligned with the categories from the Cobb Regional Technology Competition: 3D modeling, animation, audio production, device modification, digital game design, digital video production, graphic design, Internet applications, mobile applications, multimedia applications, robotics, productivity applications, project programming, and tech literacy challenge.
Joining our Tiger Tech Team doesn't require you to participate in the CRTC competition, but students in our club will be encouraged to enter the competition. Other out-of-school opportunities may arise as well!
Students must be able to attend weekly club meetings, held on Monday mornings at 7:00 am starting September 18th.
Please complete the online form by 9/18. http://bit.ly/2xb1FuV
We are already into week five! Time flies when you're busy and having fun! Students have absorbed so much in so little time. I'm super proud of all that our Tritt Tigers have learned! Here's a glimpse into what they've experienced in the computer lab.....
Kindergarten - We've worked hard to learn how to login to the network using the number pad on the keyboard and practice our mouse skills. be sure to check out my mouse skills practice page for further work!
(Go to More at the top and click on Mouse Skills.)
First Grade - They are pros at logging into the network. We've worked on their mouse skills and have started keyboarding with Keyseekers, a program that's goal is to familiarize students with which hand clicks on which keys. We'll soon be expanding our creative juices, creating our own art in the web app Kleki, drawing inspiration from the book The Dot by Peter K. Reynolds. We're all excited to see where a line or mark take us!
Second Grade - It's hard to believe that this tech savvy crew were just first graders a few months back. They learned how to login, have worked on their keyboarding skills, and currently putting their drawing skill to the test as they create an animation that shows their understanding of the sun and its light and ability to create changing shadows.
Third Grade: They had their formal introduction to typing and have now embarked on their three year journey in the typing program, Type to Learn 4. We also managed to fit in a little intro. to Word 2013. Students learned about text alignment, font changes, and saving to a flash drive. I am so proud of all they accomplished.
For the rest of the quarter, we're going to be trailblazers as we delve into the new online features of BrainPop. Students will setup their own accounts, join their teacher's online class, and gain the ability to submit work. This will support future third grade 'flipped' lessons. They are excited about being able to work on projects at home and at school!
Fourth Grade: Will your student ever get home? Our Stowaway project introduction was a big hit! We'll be learning more and more about Microsoft Excel utilizing real-time data, plotting latitude and longitude digitally in Google Earth, , and researching about our Ports of Call. Students will create itineraries and share about their destination through PowerPoint. Finally, we'll wrap up our project with a little math and a reflection created collaboratively in Office 365.
Fifth Grade: Fifth graders are all set to utilize Office 365 this year. We'll begin by utilizing the web-based Microsoft app Sway to create a dynamic online exhibit where they have carefully curated eight artifacts "borrowed" from the Smithsonian to show the causes, conflicts and consequences of the Civil War..
When students are working from home, their email to login to Office 365 should be as follows:
Their password will be their student id#.
Type to Learn is now available for third through fifth graders at home! Please use the link below for further instructions.
Students will use their same username and password that they use at school. IF an account code is required, our school account code is 146729.
I am so excited to start another school year! Although I definitely spent time relaxing and recharging my battery, our awesome administration asked us to read and ruminate about one of our initiatives for the year, growth mindsets. Each Tritt faculty member read Carol Dwek's book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Reflecting on its tenets and application to my teaching, I was reminded of the poem below. It's my mission to continue to live by this creed as I help our students "launch" their use of technology in the classroom, the ILC (Innovative Learning Commons), and beyond. Thank you for supporting the TTF which funds the job that I LOVE!! #readyforthe2017-2018schoolyear!!
If....by Pamela Houk
Make YOUR mark: design the next TTF Car Magnet
Winner announced at Art Show on April 27th!
We'll be data collectors in our last quarter of Kindergarten. Students will learn how to collect data and display it with the computer program, The Graph Club. Don't be surprised if our data collecting includes what is edible! Who doesn't love a graph where you get to eat the subject!
After creating our own books in PowerPoint and producing a Word document to display what we learned about facts versus opinions, first graders will continue to sharpen their skills in Microsoft Office with animal diagrams, summer safety posters, and much more!
We'll head back to our Monster Project from the first quarter and create a written description in Word to share with our sister schools in New Jersey, Alabama, and Florida. Second graders love this project!
Third grade will wrap up their year by using PowerPoint to create a digital pitch for their inventions and learn a bit about Microsoft Excel, too!
After sharing their AMAZING Revolutionary War Fakebook pages, we tested one another's new knowledge with the web application KaHoot! It's a great way to get every child involved in their learning and a have a digital "camp fire" moment. Motivating! We'll finish the year by learning more about the power of Office365 while examining the abolitionist and suffrage movements.
For our last quarter we'll be learning about micro organisms and using the infographic building website, Easel.ly, to display their positive and negative attributes. Then we'll wrap up the year with a take on NPR's Storycorps to capture those lasting memories of Tritt as well as ensure that our fifth graders feel confident in their technology use as they transition to Hightower Trail Middle School.
Here's what we're working on currently:
My Kindergarten friends continue to wow me with their use of Kidspiration. We have mastered how to insert pictures and add text. Up next is a digital picture and text to educate others about germs and the prevention of illness. We're going to teach Tritt how to stay healthy!
We have been working in PowerPoint and Google Earth to learn about our global address. This is a challenging concept, but the students have begun to understand where they live in the world. We'll head to Word next and use many of the skills we learned (text and pictures).
We started 2016 with a bang! Second graders created dynamic story timelines about Jackie Robinson or Martin Luther King Jr. in the web app Sutori. They will be working with a partner to come to some conclusions about how these two men have similarities and differences. Then we're venturing back to our Monster Project to introduce ourselves to our sister school. We'll even throw in some graphing to be used during math!
Third grade finished their patriot infographics at the beginning of the quarter. Now we will continue our use of digital resources to research about Georgia's habitats and their threats and create a more robust infographic. Fun! We have graphic designers in the making!
Fourth grade will be tackling digital citizenship as well as social studies as they create a Fakebook page about one of our Founding Fathers. They'll put a modern spin on the lives of those men that started it all! #historyisfun!
We're continuing our public service announcement project using Office365's PowerPoint as well as Animoto (a web-based video creation app). They love this project! It encompasses each part of STEM (the engineering process and the 4 Cs). I can't wait for the students to share their final cuts. Some will even make it on to the morning announcements!
It's hard to believe that we're only a few short weeks away from finishing the first half of the school year. I've received wonderful feedback from the teachers about how the students are navigating computers when not in the lab. Hooray! Here's what we're working on currently:
My Kindergarten friends have loved drawing on the computer using ABCya Draw. Around Halloween they used various drawing tools to create a picture depicting a nighttime scene(science standard: SKE1. Students will describe time patterns (such as day to night and night to day) and objects (such as sun, moon, stars) in the day and night sky. a. Describe changes that occur in the sky during the day, as day turns into night, during the night, and as night turns into day. b.Classify objects according to those seen in the day sky and those seen in the night sky.) We will continue to explore this program while meeting the technology standard of drawing an original picture. This is no small task since they are using a mouse!
In first grade, student have been using The Graph Club to graph and analyze data. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to our favorite Halloween candy to gathering and analyzing data about the foods we eat, students are learning every aspect of the program AND how to look at data with different types of graphs.
After finishing our monster project and creating our class books on Sequoyah, we have moved onto concept mapping. Using their own curiosity about the world, students brainstormed various topics in a concept map, zeroed in on a specific topic, and generated questions to drive research. Working collaboratively with the classroom teachers, students will research, organize information, and compose an informational writing piece.
Third grade is learning all about Internet research this quarter in the computer lab and ILC! Students used keywords to discover their topic...a patriot (Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony) and have been gathering facts about their lives to create an infographic that shares the obstacles and importance of these American heroes.
Our fourth grade students have been all over the globe learning about the culture, sights, and sounds of their stowaway destination. I have loved seeing their enthusiasm for learning something completely new to them, and we've gotten more comfortable with Office365, too. Next students will compose a narrative as a European explorer in Word Online, and then use that writing to create a cartoon in the online app, Storyboard That!
Using their health standard on cyber safety, fifth graders have been learning about how to navigate this world of social media and other forms of technology. Once they're "experts", students will use PowerPoint in Office365 and the app Animoto to work collaboratively on creating a public service announcement educating other fourth and fifth graders about how to stay safe in this technology driven world.
Mrs. Pascual is the technology lab teacher at Tritt for the 2018-2019 school year.