Ms. Mariana Brea’s class exploring and building circuits with Little Bits. Students learned how to play with light, sound, sensors and buttons without wires in a safe and fun way!
By: Peggy Preissing
The students participated in a rotation of coding activities on last Friday. They played a board game called Robot Turtles. The turtles tried to get their jewel by playing the correct cards. They also continued to work on the Minecraft coding puzzles that they did first semester during our Hour of Code. Another station was using an app called Scratch Jr. With this app the students explored creating scenes and moving their characters using code. Their favorite station was the Dash Robot station. Here the children learned to move a robot through a maze using code. They soon discovered that through using their measurement skills, they could more accurately move the robot through the maze. They had a great time, exercised their brain and learned a bit about coding. Here are a few pictures.
As part of their UoI How we express ourselves, People create stories to inform and influence others. Students in grade 3 published their original stories in a very creative way. Using the iPad app Green Screen by Do Ink they added colorful backgrounds to transport the viewer to fantastic places.
By: Mariana Brea
By: Peggy Preissing
The students in 1P had the opportunity to explore coding on Thursday, Dec. 10 as part of an Hour of Code as part of our current UOI. Our unit has been looking at how technology has changed over time and how it has impacted how we play. We have been exploring games in real life, such as Checkers and Connect Four, and how they can now be played on computers and Ipads. After playing board games on the floor and the same game on the computer, the majority of the students in our class said they liked playing them with a friend on the floor better.
"It is fun, we need to do it again".
"It makes us think a lot, and we feel happy."
"It is fun. I like to play. I learn about how technology works."
Students in G1 are working on a Unit with Central Idea: "Over time technology changes, and this can influence how people play." They visited the Tech Lab for a lesson of technological changes over time and were able to see the Computer Timeline which goes from the Abacus to the latest in computer/tablet/phone technologies. On display we have personal computers used at FDR since 1980 such as the Commodore model and the legendary 1984 Macintosh. Students were able to see an old pulse telephone and appreciate which type of technology was developed the year they were born: 2008 -2009.
Students in G3 studied several explorers throughout their unit on exploration with central idea: "Human exploration can lead to discovery and develops new understandings." Once they had more knowledge about those conquering and those conquered, they were able to put themselves "in the shoes" of either:
Students had the opportunity of rotating between their 5 classrooms where they were exposed to different technology skills that will help them present their knowledge and express their creativity for their assessments. This activity had the Exhibition as a goal as well, so that students get experience and choice for presenting information. All sessions were presented by the Grade 5 Teachers, G5 Teacher Assistants and Tech Integration Coaches.
They were exposed and got to explore these fun activities:
1. Camera Angles and the Rule of Thirds using iPads
2. Stop Motion Movies using iPads and Apps
3. Table-top Movie Making and iMovie using laptops
4. Presentations using Prezi in laptops
5. Movies using Powtoon in laptops
We Create, Collaborate and Communicate!
The integrated use of technology into the daily teaching and learning activities enables the students to navigate and access virtual resources such as simulations, web sites, videos, databases, among others to identify problems, research, collect data and propose solutions through a variety of multimedia opportunities!