<![CDATA[Memorial School Technology - Blog]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:27:10 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[What do Legos Have to do With Computer Class, Anyway?]]>Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:38:10 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/what-do-legos-have-to-do-with-computer-class-anywayPicture
Great question that was posed to me by a student today, (as well as by a teacher last year), as we kick off our Lego Land Speed challenge with Grade 6 students.  The short answer is:  Everything.

Computer Class is about more than learning how to use specific programs and navigating websites and involves so much of the 21st Century Skills that are necessary for our kids as they learn and grow.  I frequently use PowerPoint as an example.  Is it useful?  Yes.  Do millions of people worldwide use it to communicate ideas?  Yes.  There are many, many more presentation tools available, though, and it may not necessarily fit the audience or purpose of every topic.  In fact, there are some free tools that may communicate better, faster, or in a more appealing way.  My job, therefore, is to expose my students to a variety of tools and show them how to choose their tool based on the audience and the purpose of the task, as well as give them the opportunity to stand in front of a group of their peers and share their knowledge. Among other skills that are embedded in what we do in Technology class, and specific to this project-based lego project are:
  • Critical thinking and the ability to ask the right, good questions
  • Collaboration across networks
  • Agility & adaptability
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Effective oral & written skills
  • Accessing & analyzing information
  • Curiosity & imagination

If you're still not satisfied with that explanation as a response to the 'What do Legos have to do with Technology?', then please follow our project here.  You will see us working together, sharing documents, recording and analyzing data on spreadsheets, creating charts and graphs of our findings, documenting our progress using iPads, photos, and video, creating final presentations using a variety of tools, as well as practicing and refining our project based learning skills.  

For more information on 21st Century Skills and Digital Literacy, check out The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, my professional website, Digital Fluency in Education, or read more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

<![CDATA[Are you "Good" at technology?]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:13:37 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/are-you-good-at-technologyToday's Objective

Being 'good' at using technology means being able to make decisions about sites and sources and to know which will work better for you based on what you need.

* Explore the mapping products made by Google.  (Maps, MyMaps, Earth) They are all excellent.  How are they similar?  How are they different?

<![CDATA[Grade 5 Coding/Programming Starts Now!]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:07:28 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/grade-5-codingprogramming-starts-nowWe're going to start off some Grade 5 Programming with a fun activity.  Click here to get started!
We created accounts in Khan Academy so that we could practice coding independently.  Feel free to log in from home to practice!
<![CDATA[Let's Code!]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:48:10 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/lets-codeObjective:  By 9/18, all students will use Scratch to create a 20-second long animated clip.
Steps (these will happen over the next several days):
  1. Meet in small groups for 5 minutes and discuss the following: a) how would you describe coding to someone? and b) what kind of coding have you done in the past?
  2. Watch one or more of the following videos on your own or as a whole group.
  3. Go to scratch.mit.edu and make sure you have a district account.
  4. Explore the Starter Activities.  Go inside.  Play with the code behind some of the projects.  Break them!  Change them!  Remix them!
  5. Post your thoughts on the Padlet below (or click on this link).
  6. Create your own project or animation.  It should include: at least 2 sprites, a creative background, 'When Clicked Start,' motion, sound, and a loop.  Your work will be assessed based on this rubric.
  7. Need help?  Or a refresher?  Try these Tutorial Videos From Scratch or these Free User-Created Videos on Redware.  If you don't want to watch a 'how-to' video and would rather read directions, this is a great PDF file.

"If you love technology, I don't understand why you're not coding."

<![CDATA[Grade 5 Blog Comment Practice]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:22:38 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/grade-5-blog-comment-practiceWe have done a lot this rotation.  Created presentations, made Coggles, used Fotor, Blogger, Google Maps, free image searching, typing, printing, finding 'labeled for reuse' images, filling out Google Forms, take surveys, be more specific during research and searching out terms....

What have we NOT done that you still would like to do?  Leave your response in the comments below.]]>
<![CDATA[June 15th, 2015]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:18:32 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/grade-5-survey<![CDATA[SketchUp Questions?]]>Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:15:38 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/sketchup-questionsaAdd your question to the Padlet, here, and we'll see who can help out!
<![CDATA[SketchUp!]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:13:14 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/sketchup1.  Watch Google SketchUp Video Tutorials Part 1
2.  Complete the Design Exercise 1 and save it to your desktop.  Then drag it into Google Drive.  Share it with me.
3.  Watch Google SketchUp Video Tutorials Part 2
4.  Create a design based on an interest or a hobby of yours.  It can be an indoor or outdoor space.  You may add ONE COMPONENT THAT MUST SUPPORT your design, not BE the design.  Save it to your desktop and drag it into Google Drive when you are finished.  Then share it with me. It should include the following elements:
  • texture
  • color
  • 3D shape
  • text

5.  Upload your design and write a Blog Reflection for each one in Blogger.]]>
<![CDATA[Grade 5!]]>Fri, 22 May 2015 15:48:14 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/grade-5
<![CDATA[Grade 6 - Memorial Day]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 19:28:45 GMThttp://memorialcomputers.weebly.com/blog/grade-6-memorial-dayClick on the image to go to the Memorial Day website!