Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs. Unfortunately the computer mouse, keyboard, and tablet surfaces found in school computer labs and classrooms had some of the highest germ counts. It turns out that these devices could put a host of potentially harmful bacteria -- including E. coli and staph -- quite literally at our fingertips.
To keep our lab clean and as "germ free" as we can, please feel free to contribute boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. All and any donations made would be greatly appreciated!
Click the What Are Germs? button below to view an article from Kids Health about germs!
Learning How to Keyboard!
In today's digital age, it is so important to teach students to touch type. For that reason, in 4th and 5th grade we introduce "Typing Club" for weekly keyboarding lessons and practice. As students work through their activities, we continually focus on: • staying on home row • maintaining good posture • keeping our eyes on the screen • working on accuracy before speed. With 5th grader we discuss and work on building "muscle memory" with our keyboarding skill so students don't have to use mental energy while their keyboarding. Instead students will focus more on WHAT they are typing rather than thinking and looking for the next key to press. To help with this we introduce the keyboard covers! The keyboard covers will help us to:
1) Improved Speed and Accuracy - because they focus on how to type by touch - not sight!
2) Improved Key Recognition - because students have to remember where the keys are (muscle memory) instead of visually looking for the keys!
3) Promotes Good Posture - because it forces them to keep their hands, wrist, and fingers in the proper position!
I encourage students to practice their keyboarding skills at home as well. Students can log into their typing accounts with their school Google accounts. If they'd like to make a keyboard cover at home, the image below shows how they can do so from a card board box! Our goal is to practice 1 hour a week! Students can add 10 minutes a night (M - F) to their nightly homework if they'd like to develop strong keyboarding skills!
Keyboarding Practice for Lower Grades:
Our Class Beginning & Ending Routines!
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Computer Lab Expectations
There are 4 classroom expectations to which all students must abide while visiting the computer lab. If any of these expectations are not followed the student's teacher will be notified.
1. Be Responsible To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence.
2. Be Honest To be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others
3. Be Respectful To treat others the way you would like to be treated
4. Be Safe Follow all digital citizenship rules (see digital citizen tab above)
Google Apps for Education!
Our computer lab consist of computers called Chromeboxes. A Chromebox is a personal computer running Google's Chrome OS operating system. This device is a desktop version of the Chromebook laptop. Your student will have access to Chromebooks in their classrooms and Chromeboxes in the computer lab! Click the Google Apps button below to learn more and to find out how to log your student into their school Google Drive at home!
Martin Luther King Jr.
Soon we will celebrate Martin Luther King Day-- Monday, January 19th! Watch the video below to learn more about why we celebrate this special day!
2nd & 3rd Grade Lesson
Click on the link to watch the slide show on Martin Luther King. When you finish, click on the Google Slide "Word Web" to make a copy and fill in the web to show what you have learned!
What is Hour of Code?
Students in grades K-5 will be exposed to computer science during the week of December 3-9th. It is an International program to promote computer science. Students will be introduced to how computer programmers solve problems and provide instructions to computers by participating in engaging activities online. While we will only have an introduction in the lab, there are many more tutorials online that your students can participate in beyond this event. Please visit Code.org for more information. Follow the directions below to log in at home!
What's Happening in the Computer Lab This Month:
January 7th - January 11th: Keyboarding and Code Course
January 14 - February 8th: Internet Research
All About Me- Your Computer Teacher!
Hi, my name is Mrs. DeRita. I'm the 4th and 5th grade technology teacher at Garin and Mary Casey Black Elementary Schools in the Brentwood Union School District. This year I have many exciting things to teach you. Through my technology lessons, students will learn proper keyboarding techniques, digital citizenship, online research skills, and will create multiple cloud based documents using Google Doc, Google Slides, and Google Drawing applications. I can't wait to get started! If you have any questions or concern, click on the email link above and send me an email. I will be happy to respond! I am looking forward to another rewarding year!
We use our Google Drives weekly! The best way to describe Google Drive is that it’s similar to an online file cabinet where you can store documents and other digital files. This “Drive” is the same concept as a hard drive on your computer, except it’s cloud-based. This means that it exists online! What is wonderful about Google drives is that students can upload a file into it and access the same file at home. It’s basically accessible from wherever you have Internet.
Inside the Google Drive, students have access to create many different files as well as a collection of tools to create them. Students can create:
Google Docs - word processing similar to Microsoft Word.
Google Slides - presentation tool comparable to PowerPoint.
Google Sheets - spreadsheets such as Excel.
So, our Drive is not just a place to store things; but also a place to make things. This means you and your students can use these tools to do any kind of writing assignment or report (such as slideshow presentations) right at home! Have your students show you how to log into their Google Drives from home and take a closer look! Click on the button below for steps on how to log into their Google Drive from home. Students should have their user names and passwords memorized!
What is Hour of Code?
Students in grades K-5 will be exposed to computer science during computer science week: December 4th - 10th. It is an International program to promote computer science. Students will be introduced to how computer programmers solve problems and provide instructions to computers by participating in engaging activities online. While we will only have an introduction in the lab, there are many more tutorials online that your students can participate in beyond this event. Please click on the link below to learn more.