• Our focus this year:

    Logging into Computers: 

    This year all students will be required to log into their computers before they can work on the computer. In an effort to support these new steps to access computers at MSA, we will spend some time at the beginning of the year, making sure every students knows how to log into the computers and memorizing their username and password. We will also focus on logging off, understanding digital footprints in the depth which is appropriate for his or her grade level.

     

    Kindergarten:

    Keyboarding: Key location on the keyboard. We are using the Brown Bear typing and ABCya-Keyboard Zoo websites. You can help your child at home by encouraging them to play games which use the keys on the keyboard rather than clicking with the mouse. 

    Mouse skills and navigation: Students are working on opening files and websites, maximizing their screen and scrolling with the mouse and keyboard.

    Word Processing: We have begun using Microsoft Word to type the alphabet. The skills students are working on in this project is pressing keys once and not holding them down too long, using the Undo button or Backspace key to fix mistakes. Understanding how the cursor works and how to control where the typing will occur on the page and finally, using the Enter key to make new lines. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as repeat, move and directional blocks. Students have been working in Tynker: Hour of Code. They will also work with a partner as an extension of our discussion on Digital Citizenship; taking turns and giving gentle guidance (not being bossy) are our goals for partner work. 

    Marion County Student Desktop Portal Logins: Students are practicing logging into the MCPS Student Portal using login slips. The focus will be on understanding the need for precision, locating letters, numbers and symbols on the keyboard in their usernames and passwords and not using uppercase letters.

     

    First grade:

    Keyboarding; We are using Brown Bear Typing website and will soon transition to Dance Mat Typing in BBC Schools' website. I am encouraging them to use the correct finger placement for keyboarding this year. By second grade they are not allowed to keyboard any other way. 

    Word Processing: We will begin exploring writing sentences in Microsoft Word 2013. 

    Digital Citizenship: We are learning how to be safe online using BrainpopJr. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as repeat, move and directional blocks. Students have been working in Tynker: Hour of Code. They will also work with a partner as an extension of our discussion on Digital Citizenship; taking turns and giving gentle guidance (not being bossy) are our goals for partner work.

    Presentations: Students are working in PowerPoint to create a presentation on the 5 Senses. The focus will be on typing good sentences, navigating using thumbnails and adding images.

     

    Second Grade: Keyboarding: We are using Brown Bear Typing website and covers on the keyboards to encourage students to memorize key location and the correct fingering for typing. Digital Citizenship: We are using NetSmartzkids to learn about strong passwords and keeping them safe.

    File Management: Second grade students are saving their own files using written and verbal directions. 

    Word Processing: Students will use Microsoft Word to create sentences. 

    Internet Safety:  Using BrainpopJR, students will explore this topic and create a paragraph about Internet Safety using their previously learned word processing skills. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as loops, conditionals and incremental design and problem solving. Students have been working in Mindcraft as an introduction to visual programming languages.

    Research Skills: Students will work on understanding key concepts for researching using the Internet such as using text features on webpages to improve understanding and help get organized. Students will use resources suggested by the teacher. 

    Presentations: Students will work in PowerPoint to create a presentation on the 5 Senses. The focus will be on typing good sentences, navigating using thumbnails and adding images.

     

     

    Third Grade: 

    Keyboarding: We are using Typing.com and individual logins to track our progress. All students are working through the lessons using the keyboard covers and focusing on accuracy above 95%. Students may login and practice at home. Please have them cover their hands as they type (dish towels work well). The habit of looking down when keyboarding is strong and this will help them break it.

    Spreadsheets: We are working on learning how to navigate and understanding the benefits of Excel (good with numbers and for organizing information). Students should know the following terms: Excel, row, column, and cell.

    Word Processing: Students are using tables in Microsoft Word 2013 to organize their vocabulary words. They are comparing tables in Words with spreadsheets in Excel.

    Internet Safety:  Using BrainpopJR, students will explore this topic and create a paragraph about Internet Safety using their previously learned word processing skills. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as loops, conditionals and incremental design and problem solving. Students have been working in Mindcraft as an introduction to visual programming languages. 

    Research Skills: Students will work on understanding key concepts for researching using the Internet such as using text features on webpages to improve understanding and help get organized. Students will learn effective search techniques and how to identify quality websites. Students will use Microsoft Word to take notes.  

     

    Fourth Grade: 

    Keyboarding: We are using Typing.com and individual logins to track our progress. All students are working through the lessons using the keyboard covers and focusing on accuracy above 90%. Students may login and practice at home. Please have them cover their hands as they type (dish towels work well). The habit of looking down when keyboarding is strong and this will help them break it.   

    Word Processing: Students are using tables in Microsoft Word 2013 to organize their vocabulary words. They are comparing tables in Words with spreadsheets in Excel. We have also been logging into Brainpop.com with individual logins. They are the same as their student portal logins. Students can login at home to view their scores on quizzes and see the activities saved in Brainpop.com. 

    Online Resources: Students will begin using individual logins in Brainpop and BrainpopJR to track their progress. As well students will begin exploring Digital Passport.

    Internet Safety:  Both BrainpopJR and Digital Passport websites will be used to explore Digital Citizenship. Topics will be on both online safety and ethics. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as loops, conditionals and incremental design and problem solving. Students have been working in STAR WARS: Blocks as an introduction to visual programming languages.

    Research Skills: Students will work on understanding key concepts for researching using the Internet such as using text features on webpages to improve understanding and help get organized. Students will learn effective search techniques and how to identify quality websites. Students will use Microsoft Word to take notes.  

    Fifth Grade: 

    Keyboarding: We are using Typing.com and individual logins to track our progress. All students are working through the lessons using the keyboard covers and focusing on accuracy above 95%. Students may login and practice at home. Please have them cover their hands as they type (dish towels work well). The habit of looking down when keyboarding is strong and this will help them break it.

    Spreadsheets: We are working on learning how to navigate and understanding the benefits of Excel (good with numbers and for organizing information). Students should know the following terms: Excel, row, column, cell, and formula.  

    Word Processing: Students are using tables in Microsoft Word 2013 to organize their vocabulary words. They are comparing tables in Words with spreadsheets in Excel. We have also been logging into Brainpop.com with individual logins. They are the same as their student portal logins. Students can login at home to view their scores on quizzes and see the activities saved in Brainpop.com. Fifth Grade has almost completed this unit and will be moving on a Unit on Cloud Computing. 

    Computer Programming: Using Code.org, we are exploring programming concepts and beginning programming skills such as loops, conditionals and incremental design and problem solving. Students have been working in STAR WARS: Java Script as an introduction to text-based programming languages. 

    Research Skills: Students will work on understanding key concepts for researching using the Internet such as using text features on webpages to improve understanding and help get organized. Students will learn effective search techniques and how to identify quality websites. Students will use Office 365 to take notes and create a presentation.