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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.

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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Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!



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!


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.

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


This week in Technology I am reading aloud the book, “The Listening Walk,” by Paul Showers.  This book illustrates a child’s walk with her father.  She listens carefully to her surroundings. She discovers more about the world around her by keeping her body peaceful and opening up all her senses.   After reading the book, we listened closely with peaceful bodies for 2 minutes to the world around us.

After the activity the students completed an activity on the computer.

Lower Elementary: Students drew a picture in Microsoft Paint of something they observed in nature.  They added a text box and described what they observed.  I encouraged the students to include an onomatopoeia!

Upper Elementary: Students created a Power Point of their listening walk. They have a title slide, and 3 slides describing what they observed using rich vocabulary.  For example, one student’s slide looked like this:


  • Bright yellow as the sun
  • Cheep! Cheep!
  • Stripes of black

Next week they will add animations and transitions to their slides and begin presentations.


Students observing Nature quietly for two minutes after listening to the book.