March Madness

Happy to report that the students are really pushing their creativity to the limit by this time of year. One class has been focusing on binary numbers, and I showed them a little binary number card trick, which you can see in this week’s video. 6th graders are still working on G-suite apps. Some 5th graders worked on creating animations with SketchBook Pro, and still others made bookmarks. 4th graders continue in the passionate pursuit of becoming quick keyboardists and Pages experts. We are also continuing in our series of lessons on digital citizenship.

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February Update

What’s Going on In the Lab!

4th graders have been busy keyboarding, learning about internet safety, and creating documents aligned to their personal passions.

5th graders have been making graphic representations of food chains.

 6th graders have been working through the engineering design cycle, by building and testing motorized cars, as well as learning how to create outlines in Google docs.


December Update

A lot has been going on in the computer lab, so I wanted to update you before the break. This post contains LOTS of video, as the students have been super busy coding, keyboarding, making movies, and creating games and animation. Of course, all classes participated in Hour of Code activities for CS Ed Week,  but at NNM, we take it up a notch.
— Janeen

Programming a Game in Hopscotch

Computer Science Education Week Prequel

CS Education Week 2017!

Programming Robots

Week 6 Update!

Sometimes, a 4th grader just needs to unleash that inner artist. Fortunately, the shapes palette in Pages provides lots of objects to color, resize, layer, and arrange. Whether they choose to make a birthday greeting for mom, write a story, or make a puzzle card, students have a lot of fun as they bring their ideas to reality! We will be focusing on Pages for a couple of weeks.

5th graders have been working on the Scavenger Hunt activity to develop research skills.  This will continue into next week.Some

6th graders are working to make a PSA using Google Drawings. Some others are doing digital citizenship activities focusing on cyberbullying and digital communication, but all 6th graders will have digital citizenship lessons.

Back to Work!

Now that grade 3 – 6 MAP assessments are completed, student technology lessons have resumed.

This week, 4th graders will be learning about the desktop, the dock and the menu bar, how to resize windows, and how to have 2 applications open at the same time. They practiced this by using Google Chrome and Pages to make a collage.

6th graders will have to work together to fill in a blank keyboard. I addition, students will discuss some important Habits of Mind. Some groups will be starting on Google Classroom. After learning how to join a class, they will be asked to change their profile picture, and to complete an assignment due by the next time we meet.

5th graders will be doing an internet scavenger hunt.