I WISH YOUR FAMILY PEACE, JOY AND LOVE as YOU CELEBRATE THIS TIME OF YEAR! Happy HOLIDAYS and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy HANUKKAH, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter SOLSTICE, and Chinese/Lunar New Year!
Can it really be less than 3 weeks until our new school year begins? Yes, the summer is flying by and it's time to begin to think about the new school year. I'm always sad summer break is coming to and end, but every year I'm soooo excited to start searching the internet for new lesson ideas, technology projects, educational websites and any creative new way to help me teach technology skills and uses to your children! I've had a wonderful summer, but I do miss school, especially when the first bell rings every morning and the students stream into the halls happy and excited to be back and ready to see their friends and teachers. 2017 - 2018 will be another great year for our Northwest Tech Lab. I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Another wonderful year is quickly coming to a close. This has been a year of learning and growth at the NW Tech Lab! We are finishing our first year with the new technology equipment and I'm so pleased with the progress every student has made meeting each goal for their grade level. BK - 1st grade are proficient at finding our NW website independently and navigating to all the various learning websites I've introduced to them this year. Meanwhile, all 2nd - 5th grade have mastered the use of Google Classroom to locate weekly lessons, find relevant links and submit projects through this app. I'm amazed at how quickly students transitioned from Microsoft office technology to Google Chrome and many of the apps we've utilized this year!
As always, I could not do all the wonderful things we do at NW without the help and support of parents and families. I hope each of you have a summer filled with laughter and fun and lots of family time!
If your child does "get bored" this website will be active all summer for students to access everything we've accomplished this year. I would also like to put a link to the new "Summer Enrichment" website our Reading Specialist, Ms. Fisher, created to help students keep their literacy skills growing over the summer and a link to a great article for tech-inspired summer reading:
Tech-Inspired summer reading list
I will miss the 5th grade students moving on to Middle School, but I know they are prepared for the next step in their education. I hope to see everyone else again in the fall!
Happy Winter Holidays!
The first full week in December is my one of my very FAVORITE times in the Technology Lab!!!
Dec. 5 - 11 is the official "Hour of Code". The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. I will be introducing this fun activity to all 3rd - 5th grade students. Each year the creaters of this great event create a new activity based on a current popular childrens' movie or game. In the past my students have created code for Minecraft, Star Wars and Frozen. This year's activity engages students by using characters from the new movie, Moana.
I tell the students if we have a snow day or they get "bored" over break to come back to this site and keep playing and learning. I like to think that if I was starting over and considering what I want to be when I grow up, I would chose coding or computer programming... LOL... but I wanted to be a teacher since 2nd grade, never imaging I would someday become a Technology Teacher!!! What a great career it's been, but coding is definitely the future :-)
Hour of Code
Hello NW Families,
It was wonderful to see so many of you at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you to the PTO for providing such a nice dinner for the NW teachers, all you do is truly appreciated.
As we head toward my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment and tell each of you how thankful I am to work at Northwest and be a part of your child's life. It is one of the greatest blessings in my life, and I never take it for granted.
Here are some the things your child is learning in our Chrome Lab this month:
BK/Kindergarten: Wow! These students have mastered how to use a mouse, click and drag, and navigate ABC Mouse and Starfall. This month when students come to Tech the educational website will not be opened for them, they will be learning how to open a browser "Chrome", locate our Homepage (this site), find the website they would like to explore and navigate the sites independently. They will also learn to close the tab at the top of the webpage and go onto the next activity. We are also working on keeping our headphones at an appropriate volume level. Please remind your students to take good care of their ears and turn the headphones down :-)
First Grade: Students have a great grasp on how to open Chrome and find our educational websites, we are now getting more focused. I am directing students toward specific websites and activities. We are going to be doing many activities at first grade reading and math levels. These are fun learning games like "Sight Word Bingo" and "Fuzz Bugs" at ABCya.com.
Second Grade: These classes have learned how to log into their individual HPS Google accounts and bookmark websites we visit often. Sumdog.com continues to be a weekly favorite and students have the chance to practice 2nd grade math skills, strategies and concepts.
Third Grade: A major goal this year is proper keyboarding skills and techniques. Third grade students have learned to log into their HPS Google accounts, and now have joined a Google Classroom where they can see all the Tech lessons, websites, assignments and announcements from me on any device. We continue to work our way through Dance Mat Typing stages :-)
Fourth/Fifth Grade: The big goal this year is giving these students as many opportunities to use technology to learn, create, collaborate, explore and investigate as possible. I want each child to have the tech skills to succeed throughout Middle School, High School and beyond. With our NW Tech lab resources the world is truly at their fingertips :-)
Each NW student is using their HPS Google account, Google Classroom app and this week they will be learning how to create and share an animated short video with a positive message about Technology and Education.
Ms. Kelly Ryan
Hello Partners in Technology Education!
Autumn is my favorite season, and this year it seems to be one of the most beautiful beginnings of the season in awhile. The start of the school year and the opening of our new Tech lab have made the first weeks fly! The students and I LOVE the new equipment and their hour each week with me has been so full of exciting educational learning opportunities. Here is an update on what we've been working on so far this year:
BK/Kindergarten: Students are learning to navigate ABCMouse and Starfall websites using a mouse. This requires fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination, and for students who are new to using a mouse, this can be a challenge. The motivation of these websites has encouraged your child to not give up and gradually master the use of the mouse, clicking and dragging and navigating between websites. The success of these skills allow the Kindergarten students to take the HPS fall assessment NWEA math test in the Tech lab.
First Grade: Students continue to use their knowledge and skills of the mouse, keyboard and internet navigation to also take the NWEA math and reading tests in the Tech lab, as well as visit the educational websites used throughout this first quarter. Sometimes an hour of Technology can be a bit much at this age, so your child may be bringing home beautiful coloring pages. Afer 35 - 40 minutes into our class, if the student has completed the learning target and needs a break from the screen, they can use old school tech to create the seasonal coloring sheets.
Second Grade: Students continue to use their knowledge and skills of the mouse, keyboard and internet navigation to also take the NWEA math, reading and Language Arts tests in the Tech lab, as well as visit the educational websites used throughout this first quarter. I have schedule 2 of the 3 tests outside the regular Tech time so your child does not lose too much Tech instruction to assessment requirements. The second graders love the websites: ABCya.com, Sumdog, and Starfall "Selected 2nd grade math skills" activities.
You can click on the icons below to view the websites discussed in this blog:
3rd - 5th Grade: We begin the year spending a great deal of the hour practicing keyboarding skills. Third and Fourth grade are working on mastering the Home Row and proper keyboarding techniques. The internet website we use at NW is Dance Mat Typing. This free educational resource has 12 stages students work through, starting with learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as they progress. Students are soon touch typing like an expert!
It was wonderful to see so many NW families at the Open House last Thursday!
Welcome to all our new students and families. I love being your child's Tech teacher from BK-5th grade and watching as they learn and grow. I hope I was able to answer all your questions. Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or comments:
The new technology is running great and students are already adapting to the changes from previous years. Thank you for your support as another awesome is underway.
The NW Technology lab has moved to Room 117 to make room for all the wonderful new computers and equipment we received over the summer with funds from the Technology Bond voted on last year! The lab is looking GREAT as HPS Technology Dept. set up all the new Chromebox stations and monitors to help us utilize the best technology practices for learning this year. Also, a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to Ms. Cindy Blackmar for spending her summer vacation creating the beautiful Wizard of Oz poster and "No Place Like Chrome" banner for our new room! It's absolutely beautiful.
I am so excited about this upcoming year and all the opportunities it will bring NW students for integrating technology and the core curriculum together. See you all September 6!!!
Hello Northwest Families,
Can you believe Spring Break is nearly here? What a fast year this has been! It was GREAT seeing so many of you at the AWESOME NW Winter Carnival put on by our PTO. The PTO outdid themselves!!!
Now it's time to focus on the Spring testing... and I've created the two links above to help your child find resources to be successful taking the M-STEP and to assist students with our math curriculum website.
Please click on the pictures above to take you to either the ConncectEd math website or to practice the upcoming M-STEP for 3rd - 5th grade, which will take you to the Department of Education site.
I wish you all a wonderful Spring Break!
Ms. Kelly Ryan