Renaissance Learning Tests
Students in third grade completed their first round of computer testing in October using the program from Renaissance Learning called Star Reading, Star Early Literacy and Star Math. Results are used by classroom teachers to plan classroom activities and interventions. Results are also shared with parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Projects for core classes
Working with their classroom teacher, students just completed typing their Personal Narratives using Microsoft Word. This project introduced very important technology concepts:
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade participate in a nationwide project called The Hour of Code. This is a program created by big names in the computer industry to get young children interested in computer programming. The Hour of Code occurs the 2nd week in December. There are several different grade level appropriate tutorials that the students complete during a one hour technology class. Following The Hour of Code, students continue to focus on computer programming in tech class using the website Code.org and Scratch.mit.org. Please click on the links to learn more about these wonderful programs.
Websites used in tech class
Third grade has been very busy in technology class. They have been reading stories using MyOn and PebbleGo. They used Fact4Me website to learn about Internet Research. They have also been practicing keyboarding using the website DanceMat.
They took a technology quiz using Wixie to see what technology terms they could identify. Sample quiz- below.
Student are currently working on re-illustrating Eric Carle's book The Very Busy Spider in a program called Wixie. They are typing in the text and then using the drawing tools to re-create the images. They also practice the skill of duplicating pages to continue building the spider web rather than re-doing each page. Upon completion of the drawings, students will use the microphones to narrate the story. Please check back later to view the finished projects.