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Technology

Ashley Christen

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.

Teaching students to be a responsible digital citizen is a primary focus of the Technology curriculum at West Side Montessori.  We use the Common Sense Media Curriculum with our students. Their website is full of helpful resources, for parents, teachers, and students.

www.commonsensemedia.org

“Just Google It:” 

Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) students evaluated three kid-safe search engines and completed a checklist based on the following questions:

  • How can you search this site?
  • What else can you do at this search site?
  • What kind of information do you see on the results page?

This activity gave the students more options when researching rather than “Just googling it.” The websites used during class are listed below:

www.safesearchkids.com

www.factmonster.com

www.kidsclick.org

www.kidrex.org

www.quinturakids.com

Next time your student needs to research a topic for school, think beyond just “google it.” Ask your child if there are other resources available.

West Side Montessori students participated in The Hour of Code. The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide movement to get students of all ages learning about Computer Science.

Students at West Side Montessori completed various coding activities.  Some levels completed a hands-on lesson where they created a code for building a stack of cups.

Other students completed coding lessons on Scratch and Code.org.

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Students build a code to create a stack of cups.

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Students take turns being the computer programmer and being the actual computer.

Continue coding at home!  Here are some great resources to keep the spark alive.

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted 

http://code.org/

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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