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Technology

Ashley

Ashley Christen

Read the latest news about the students’ work in Technology class on the Toledo Campus for students in Levels 1-8. Ashley Christen is the technology teacher and school librarian.

The following website is a great resource for students to use when searching for AR books. The website gives the Reading Grade Level, AR book points, and a description of the book.  Check it out here. http://www.arbookfind.com/

 

Different hands-on LEGO activities have been introduced in various levels in Technology. LEGOs are a great way to demonstrate how technology can be effectively incorporated into daily activities.

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3rd Level Students are building scales.  Later, they will weigh different objects and record the data in Excel.

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5th Level students are programming LEGO robotics to the song “Building Guy”, which they performed in Music class. They worked in groups to construct the models and use LEGO education WeDO software to program the models to move with the beat of the music.

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4th Level are creating a story using LEGOs. They will build a model, take digital images of the model, and upload the images into the LEGO StoryStarter Visualizer software. The students will crop the images, apply different filters to their images, and add text to create a story.

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4th Level are creating a story using LEGOs. They will build a model, take digital images of the model, and upload the images into the LEGO StoryStarter Visualizer software. The students will crop the images, apply different filters to their images, and add text to create a story.

Digital Citizenship Week at West Side Montessori continued today with a visit from Recycle IT. Students grades 1-8 learned the importance of safely recycling electronics and even had the chance to deconstruct computer equipment.

You can safely recycle electronic equipment around your home on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in WSM’s Toledo Campus parking lot. Drop-off is open to the public.

 

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First level students have been discussing technology vocabulary and the general function of the computer.  The students got to peek inside a computer and help dissect it.  Now that is big work!

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Students examining the motherboard

The focus in Technology throughout all levels is Digital Citizenship (a digital citizen is someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.) Lessons are taught throughout the year to help model positive behavior on the computer.

1st and 2nd Levels: “Going Places Safely Online”

In this lesson students ‡discovered that the Internet can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things. They ‡compared how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world. Finally, we discussed rules for traveling safely on the Internet.

Students watched a short video clip about 3 rules to follow when going on the internet.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/video/modal/2102075

The video focused on these three main rules.

  1. Ask a parent for permission.
  2. Only talk to people you know.
  3. Stick to places that are just right for you.

After the video, we discussed the rules listed above and the vocabulary used in the video. The vocabulary words are listed below:

  • Internet: an electronic system that connects billions of people using computers, phones, or other devices, and allows them to communicate with one another
  • online: connected to the Internet
  • website: a place you can visit on the Internet

Online Safety at Home Tip Sheet

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/classroom_curriculum/k-5-familytip-talkingsafelyonline.pdf