Computer Lab News: Week 3

This week we ran into Internet connection problems on some days and during some classes. This meant that things we had planned to do will have to wait another week. We are hoping that the issues have been resolved.

KINDERGARTEN:
This week in the Computer Lab, Kindergarten learned the printer verse to Our Computer song and sang all the verses they’d learned so far.

Kindergarten learned how to use the Wacky Pencil tools, Uh-oh Man and small eraser in Kid Pix and spent some time drawing pictures using just the pencil tools.

Kindergarten also visited the Starfall web site. There were Internet connection programs on the day we did this and didn’t get to spend as much time exploring there as we would have liked. We will be exploring this site more in the future.

1ST GRADE:
1st Grade reviewed how to use the Wacky Pencil tool, the small eraser and the Uh-oh Man in Kid Pix. They then drew a self-portrait using only the Wacky Pencil tool and added their name and age to the bottom of the drawing. After their portrait was finished they were allowed to use the Bucket tool to fill in the background if they wished. I will be sharing their self-portraits (without their names) soon.

1st Grade also spent time exploring Sebran’s ABC which is free software for kids.

2ND GRADE:
2nd Grade continued to work on their avatars in Kid Pix and we started recording our Summer Book Reviews too. We had Internet connection problems this week so the recording of these will be continued late next week or the following week.

During the time we were recording reviews, students who had finished visited Spelling City to play games using their weekly spelling words. We will be posting these each week and you can visit this site at home too for word review or games with your student’s spelling words. Just search for Mrs. Sedgwick in the Find A List option.

2nd Grade also reviewed how to use and change and resize stampers in Kid Pix and then started working on an ABC Chart. They will be finding pictures of things that start with the first letter of each letter of the alphabet. We will be finishing these next week and I will post these online so you can see them and your child will also be printing these when they are done.

3RD GRADE:
3rd Grade finished the basics review in Word. We reviewed: changing fonts, font sizes, font colors, text alignment, bold & italic text, word art & clip art. We will using Word for many writing projects this year.

3rd Grade also reviewed how to use, resize, delete, flatten and erase stickers in Kid Pix and then started working on an ABC Chart. They are finding pictures of things that start with the first letter for each letter of the alphabet. We will be finishing these next week and I will post these online so you can see them and your child will also be printing these when they are done.

4TH GRADE:
4th Grade finished the basics review in Word. We reviewed: changing fonts, font sizes, font colors, text alignment, bold & italic text, word art & clip art. We will using Word for many writing projects this year.  Some of the 4th Grade students finished their avatars at Mini Mizer. Due to problems with the Internet connection we were not able to start recording 4th Grade Book Reviews. 4th Grade also spent one day working on their keyboarding skills using Disney’s Adventures in Typing.

5TH GRADE:
5th Grade completed their avatars at Mini Mizer or DoppleMe. They began writing the script for their Summer Book Reviews using Microsoft Word and began recording their reviews on our Summer Book Reviews VoiceThread. We will continue with the recording next week. 5th Grade also spent one day working on their keyboarding skills using Mavis Beacon.

6TH GRADE:
6th Grade completed their avatars at DoppleMe, Otaku Avatar Maker, Portrait Avatar Maker or Portrait Icon Maker. They began writing the script for their Summer Book Reviews using Microsoft Word. We will record our reviews next week. 6th Grade also spent time working on their keyboarding skills using Mavis Beacon.

7TH GRADE:
7th Grade completed their avatars at DoppleMe, Otaku Avatar Maker, Portrait Avatar Maker or Portrait Icon Maker. They began writing their script for their Summer Book Reviews in Microsoft Word and will be recording their reviews next week. 7th Grade reviewed formatting for Book Reports & Science Labs.

8TH GRADE:
8th Grade completed their avatars at DoppleMe, Otaku Avatar Maker, Portrait Avatar Maker or Portrait Icon Maker. They began writing their script for their Summer Book Reviews in Microsoft Word and will be recording their reviews next week. 8th Grade spent one day working on their keyboarding skills in Mavis Beacon.

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