Technology Update: October 2021

What has been going on in technology? 

Note: Activities and resources are linked throughout — feel free to click on any of the links to view the activity or resource. 

In this update:

Kindergarten

In kindergarten we continue to do activities that help us learn how to navigate our Chromebook, Google Chrome, Google Classroom, and websites in general. We started October with a website called Chrome Music Lab. This site has a bunch of different activities where students can create music and experiment with sound. We did a color by number activity to practice identifying numbers and colors. We worked on a game called Letter Leaper that helps us practice identifying letters and finding them on the keyboard. We wrapped up October with multiple halloween / pumpkin related activities, on abcya.com and pbskids.org. All activities can be found in the student’s Google Classroom.

First Grade

During October we focused a lot of our time on keyboarding / typing games, where students are working on identifying and locating letters on the keyboard. This will help as we begin working on projects later this year and in upcoming years that require students to type out words and sentences on the keyboard. Students were introduced and given time to play Games 1-5 of Unit One on Typetastic.com - focusing on 1-2 games per week - as well as the game Letter Leaper. The Typetastic games also incorporate problem solving into the keyboarding activity. We finished up October with a Google Slides pumpkin decorating activity. Where students learned how to navigate Google Slides, and practice Copying (ctrl+C) and Pasting (ctrl+V). Check out Google Classroom for your student’s creation!

Second Grade

During October we focused some of our time on keyboarding / typing games, where students are working on identifying and locating letters on the keyboard. This will help as we begin working on projects later this year and in upcoming years that require students to type out words and sentences on the keyboard. Students were introduced and given time to play Games 1-5 of Unit One on Typetastic.com - focusing on 1-2 games per week. The Typetastic games also incorporate problem solving into the keyboarding activity. 2nd graders will be introduced to a more formal typing program the second half of the year. We also started working on creating a slideshow presentation in Google Slides, where you create a 5 slide presentation about our favorite foods. Students worked on creating a title page, and 4 slides of their favorite foods. Each slide consisted of their favorite food, a sentence about why, how, or where they like the food, and an inserted picture. They learned how to create a new slide, undo and redo, capitalize words, spell check, and insert pictures. We finished up October with a Google Slides pumpkin decorating activity. Where students learned how to navigate Google Slides, and practice Copying (ctrl+C) and Pasting (ctrl+V). Check out Google Classroom for your student’s creation!

Third Grade

In the classroom students have been learning about arrays to help learn about multiplication / repeated addition. To help support classroom learning and integrate technology we used Google Draw to create an Array City. Students created 3 buildings in Google Draw, creating windows in an array. Students needed to create 3 different arrays. After building the buildings, students were able to add in objects such as helicopters, planes, clouds, cars, etc... to make it look like a city. Students learned about creating shapes, moving and resizing shapes, adjusting color of shapes, duplicating shapes, inserting a text box, adjusting text style, size, and color, and inserting images. Students also continued to work on their typing program. We finished up October with a Google Slides pumpkin decorating activity, where students learned how to navigate Google Slides, and practiced Copying (ctrl+C) and Pasting (ctrl+V). Check out Google Classroom to check out your student’s Array City and pumpkin creations!

Fourth Grade

In October we worked on several short projects. We used Google Earth to find and research 3 fun facts about a random place in the world. Using Google Earth’s random dice tool, students were able to roll up to 4 times to find a new place in the world and locate 3 facts. They created a quick slideshow presentation using Google Slides. We also did a quick state research project using Google Docs. Students were given 3-4 websites to find specific information about their self-chosen U.S. state. Through these projects students worked on navigating back and forth between tabs, copying and pasting, saving and inserting images, creating new slides, and adjusting fonts and themes. We also worked on an activity called Shapegrams. Using Google Draw, students are challenged to replicate the given shape / object (A house) with individual shapes. This project allowed students to become familiar with Google Draw - drawing shapes, adjusting shapes size and color, arranging objects and more. We finished up October with a Google Slides pumpkin decorating activity, where students worked on navigating Google Slides, practiced Copying (ctrl+C) and Pasting (ctrl+V), and moving/resizing images. Check out Google Classroom to view your student’s work!

Fifth Grade

In October we worked on several short projects. We used Google Earth to find and research 3 fun facts about a random place in the world. Using Google Earth’s random dice tool, students were able to roll up to 4 times to find a new place in the world and locate 3 facts. They created a quick slideshow presentation using Google Slides. This project had students working on navigating back and forth between tabs, copying and pasting, saving and inserting images, typing, creating new slides, and adjusting fonts and themes. Another quick project we did was using Google Sheets. We took a survey as a class to find out students’ favorite ice cream flavors. We then created a spreadsheet in Google Sheets to record the data and create a pie chart of the data. We also worked on an activity called Shapegrams. Using Google Draw, students were challenged to replicate the given shape / object (A house) with individual shapes. This project allowed students to become familiar with Google Draw - drawing shapes, adjusting shapes size and color, arranging objects and more. We finished up October with a Google Slides pumpkin decorating activity, where students worked on navigating Google Slides, practiced Copying (ctrl+C) and Pasting (ctrl+V), and moving / resizing images. Check out Google Classroom to view your student’s work!