Kindergarten has a lot of new vocabulary (underlined words) to learn and a lot of steps to carry out to even get started on their computers. The first thing they need to do is turn on the monitor at their station. Next they need to plug in their headphones. Then they need to press the "Windows" button on the the keyboard to bring up the "Start" Menu. Then they need to click on the Wixie icon to open the Wixie program. Kindergarten students have been learning about Wixie, a drawing, painting, and slide show program. They first needed to master logging in with their User Name and Password. This can take a while! They are learning how to use the drawing tools, how to add pages to their file, and how to move from page to page within Wixie. They are also learning how to insert images (stickers), move them on the page, re-size them and delete them. They also need to correctly log out of Wixie to make sure their project is properly saved. They also need to learn how to open a project that they created on a previous day. That is a lot of technology for a 5 year old!
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.
renaissance learning tests
Students in Kindergarten 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.
websites used in tech class
We have also been reading and listening to stories using MyOn and PebbleGo. Students log in and find a story they wish to view. Again, lots of steps and new terms for students to learn.
Kindergarten is currently working on a book called Color Me. This will teach them how to use the Fill Bucket to color a picture. Please click here to view a sample book.