Fourth graders used the graphic design tool Canva.com to design these custom desktop wallpapers for their laptops! Fourth and fifth graders created a wallpaper inspired by a positive affirmation and sixth graders created their own mission statements (a lesson from 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens).
Do you know what the bar of apps on the bottom of your desktop is called? Or the difference between a browser and a search engine? Our fifth graders do! Take a look at their annotated screenshots below to learn some fundamental technology terms.
We even annotated the finder window and a browser winder too:
Second graders have been blogging on our classroom blog!
Blogging is a great outlet for young learners to practice writing skills and it also helps students learn how to interact, collaborate, and publish work with peers in a digital environment.
Second graders have already learned how to add photos to their blog posts, how to leave quality comments for each other, and have even interviewed a guest speaker from High Tech High for our classroom blog. See some of their posts below:
We are also in the middle of Family Blogging Month! See this blog post to see how your family can participate.
Family Blogging Month (November 14-December 14) is a fun way to bring moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends into our online learning community. Family members are encouraged to get involved and make their own contributions to our classroom learning by leaving comments.
Name: (Child First Name)’s Family (e.g. Jane’s Family, Ben’s Family)
Password: Make your family password something you can share with family members.
Email: Use your own email to sign up.
4. Read your child’s blog post and leave a comment.
5. Pass it on!
Lastly, pass the link and login info on to family members, so they can leave comments too! Everyone in the family will use the same login/password. When signing your name please add your relationship to the student, for example: Carol’s mom/sister/aunt/cousin, etc.
The typing challenge is a fun way to practice typing at home and improve your overall keyboarding skills. Typing is all about muscle memory and practicing often for short periods of time is ideal. Did you know that sitting at the keyboard for just a few minutes 2-3 times a week can greatly increase your keyboarding accuracy and speed?
How to Participate
Practice typing at home on the website: Typing.com
Username: two digit student ## + first name + dmp
Practice 20 extra minutes per week and earn desk stickers.
Make it to the Top 3 practice times in your class to win a special VIP ribbon.
Class with highest total practice time will WIN A CLASSPARTY!