Remember that DAs begin Wednesday, December 7 and continue through Tuesday, December 20. Please look at the regular computer schedule on the intranet to see the schedule. If you have scheduling conflicts, please talk to Mr. LaPlume.
Hour of Code is next week, December 5 - 9. Please set aside one hour to do a coding activity with your students to introduce them to computer science basics. This may be just what some of our students need to spark their love for learning. Here are some resources for you:
Code.org website - online and offline activities
Kodable - These are some great basic activities that don't require a computer and are available for K - 5.
Want a lesson with robots in your room? I can come do a lesson with Kibo robots or Dot and Dash. Just let me know. Bee bots will be available Wednesday - Friday of that week.
Get Loopy - offline, learn about sequences through song and repeats - super easy, K - 5
Graph Paper Programming - partners instruct each other to draw pictures on graph paper (2 - 5)
Whatever you choose, please allow your students the opportunity to learn a little more about computer science and programming. It is and will be a big part of their future!
Please remember that grades are due for all support personnel BEFORE you leave for break. You will just be adding the assignment "End of Term Grade" and giving the grade. You will receive information about the comments and effort when it is given to the rest of the teachers. (We haven't been told the process yet.) There is a video to help you through the process of creating an assignment step by step but if you need more assistance, please come see me.
Please remember to use iReady with Internet Explorer if you have any issues with it loading etc. I know there have been issues with the website today. If you have issues, please put in a ticket. That is the ONLY way we are really aware of the issue and please give me all information possible like browser used, kid with issue, math or reading, time of day etc. so I can pass it on to the vendor. Also, I was recently reviewing the reports and very few students are getting 45 minutes in EITHER subject. Remember that the recommendation is 45 minutes per subject per week in order to see good growth in the students.
Some have recently asked about Microsoft Office for Home use. Remember that you can order 1 copy. Here are the details.
To access the Microsoft HUP site:
1. Go to http://www.microsofthup.com
2. Enter your GCPS email address.
3. The program code is 5246412A50.
Once the order has been placed, the software will be downloaded or shipped to the location you have chosen. Please note that a fulfillment fee will be charged to cover packaging, shipping, and handling costs.
Did you read about Breakout in the last Tech Tidbits? It's all about mysteries, problem solving and critical thinking. Have you talked to a teacher that tried a breakout yet? Want to try one with your class? There are many curriculum based breakouts at all levels at breakoutedu.com. There are also some holiday breakouts too: 12 Days of Christmas, Reindeer Games, Elf, & Holiday Hijinks. If you want to do one with your class, please let me know so I can schedule it and make sure the clues are appropriately leveled. Currently we only have one "box" here at school but others are on order.
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