Welcome to Hour of Code Week in Technology!

Important Message: CODE.ORG and other coding sites have been EXTREMELY SLOW this week due to high volume! We will continue with coding throughout December to ensure that every student gets an opportunity to code!

Students in grades 1 – 5 will be participating in the ‘Hour of Code‘ during their technology class this week.  The ‘Hour of Code’ is an initiative to encourage students to learn about Computer Science, programming, coding, and more! Students have all been enrolled in a ‘course’ through the Code.org website to log hours in coding practice, both at school and at home.  If you would like to partner with the technology department and encourage your child to engage in programming games at home, please use the following links below. Happy Coding!

Please click on your homeroom teacher’s name to access the site. During technology class, students will receive a slip of paper with their “secret picture” to login to their personal page.

Kindergarten:

Mrs. Lightfield      Mrs. Beach        Ms. Klein      Mrs. Olson

1st Grade:

Mrs. Snyder     Mrs. Prestianni       Mrs. Waltemire         Ms. Allegretto

2nd Grade:

Ms. Sachs         Ms. Estes          Mrs. Dobrusin        Mrs. Feldman

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Declue         Mrs. Moore        Mrs. English           Ms. Wilson

4th Grade:

Ms. MacCormack        Mr. Skrynecki          Mrs. Williams

5th Grade:

Mrs. Robey      Mr. Collins

Advanced Users:

Additional Links:

Symbaloo ~ Mr. Floyd’s one-stop shop with links to tons of FREE coding opportunities!

Code.org ~ Explore the Code Studio for access to a fun programming activity that features Queen Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen!

Tynker.com ~ Tons of fun games that reinforce block programming!

 

1st Quarter Tech Happenings!

We have been extremely busy in technology class during the first quarter! Here is a breakdown of different activities each grade has been working on:
Kindergarten: Logging in to our computers INDEPENDENTLY and practicing clicking and dragging, typing sentences, finding stickers, and drawing pictures!
1st Grade: Typing sentences with capital letters, different types of punctuation, tips on staying germ-free, learning about community helpers, as well as creating a COMIC modeled after Mo Willems!
2nd grade: Different types of communities, writing scripts and recording voices, creating Power Points about different EMOTIONS, including various slide themes, transitions, and animations!
3rd Grade: Character Trait Wordle Collages, Hazardous Storm Safety Tip Posters, and Geography Scavenger Hunts
4th Grade: Eastern Woodland Native American Scavenger Hunts, Fossil Process Posters, Collaborative Power Points in GAFE, and Essential Nutrient Research!
5th Grade: Podcast Commercials in Garageband featuring online safety tips, student created class newsletters, and Digital Citizenship activities!

Check back soon for student work featured on this quarter’s ‘Student Spotlight’ post!

-Mrs. Quirk

Going ‘Google’ with Mrs. Quirk!

Hey Cheetahs!

Many of our technology classes have been using Google Applications for Education, also known as, The “GAFE”! Each student in Howard County Public Schools has been provided with a Google student account. Each account provides students with access to many different applications- including Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and even a NEW feature called, Google Classroom! Any work that students complete within their Google accounts can be accessed through a secure login from anywhere! To check out what your child is working on, access this link and click on “Private” to have your student login with their username and password from school. Check back to the Techno Cheetah to see projects throughout the year! Go Google!!! -Mrs. Quirk

(Note: The student accounts do NOT contain email functions)

Type to Learn 4: Access from Home!

Hello Cheetahs! Welcome to the Techno Cheetah! Our first post will feature information for using the Type to Learn Program from home! This program is intended for students in Grades 3-5.

What is Type to Learn 4? Type to Learn 4 is a typing program that will help students improve their typing speed and accuracy. This engaging program is full of lessons, games, and assessments geared to your child’s specific typing abilities. To access the program from home, follow these steps:

1. Go to http://ttl4.sunburst.com/downloads/#FullVersions
2. Download either the Windows or Mac full version (It’s a large file so it may take a while; be patient!)
3. Use the same username and password you use in school to login to TTL4. (These are the same credentials used to login to the computer at school.)
4. Enter Account Code: 113048

The student data automatically gets saved online. Happy typing! If you have a child in a younger grade and would like them to be added to the program, send Mrs. Quirk an email! sophia_quirk@hcpss.org

New School Year Updates!

Hey Cheetahs! Just wanted to give a quick update to all of our readers out there! As many of you know, we have many changes occurring in our school this year. Mrs. Quinn retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year! Although we will all miss her dearly, we are extremely excited to have Mr. Dave Floyd join our Bellows family as our new technology teacher. We look forward to everything he can bring to our technology department and school. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer everyone! -Miss Berruz

Type to Learn in Grade 3

Third grade students have recently started using Type to Learn 4 to practice their keyboarding skills in technology class.  Students will continue to use Type to Learn through grade 5.  But this keyboarding practice can continue at home . . .

If you are a 3rd grader and would like to to use TTL4 at home, follow these steps (with your parent’s permission). This information was already shared with 4th and 5th graders at the beginning of the school year.

  1. Go to http://ttl4.sunburst.com/downloads/#FullVersions
  2. Download either the Windows or Mac full version (It’s a large file so it may take a while; be patient!)
  3. Use the same username and password you use in school to login to TTL4. (These are the same credentials used to login to the computer at school.)
  4. Enter Account Code: 113048

The student data automatically gets saved online. Happy typing!