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THIS WIKI IS NO LONGER CURRENT. THE CONTENTS ARE FROM LAST YEAR (2013-14) AND EARLIER.


Kraybill Campus Computer Classes: Grades 3 - 8

Mrs. Val Garton

This wiki provides a quarterly summary of activities and skills covered in our weekly Computer classes. Students in grades 3-5 receive a grade for keyboarding on their report cards online. Students in grades 6-7 bring home an UltraKey printout of their keyboarding progress each quarter. Expected keyboarding levels are posted on each grade's page to the left.

COOL TOOLS TO HELP KIDS LEARN TO CODE - YOUNG & OLDER


GREEN SCREEN VIDEO WITH MRS. LLOYD'S KINDERGARTEN CLASS! - Project and video edit by Mrs. Garton. Thanks to Mrs. Lloyd for working with the students to practice and helping to film!



HOUR OF CODE!

Kraybill students participated in the international "Hour of Code", initiated by the Computer Science Teachers Organization and promoted by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, President Obama, and others. The purpose of the "Hour of Code" was to provide tutorials and activities in a variety of levels (Pre-K-high school) and a variety of formats (iPad, computer, non-digital) to introduce students to programming. Programming is a great way to develop problem-solving skills and a great career choice. We even had our kindergarten students programming a ball to go along a certain path. Some of our 8th graders and Challenge students even took a crack at Java script coding. Some other online programs we used to teach programming are: Tynker, Blockly, and Scratch. On our iPads, we're using apps: Kodable, LightBot, and Hopscotch. Students can continue working on these programming activities at home by going to the hour of code website code.org or any of the individual program websites.
For more information on the Hour of Code, watch this video: http://youtu.be/FC5FbmsH4fw.




WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN IN COMPUTER CLASS?
Computer skills are integrated with classroom curriculum.
  • Computer application (computer literacy) skills
    • word processing, graphics/paint, presentation skills, spreadsheet (charts, formulas, functions), animation, video editing, podcasting, creating music with Garageband, file management, Internet research, safety, ethics skills
  • Emerging technologies and tools
    • Wikis, Google Docs, Blogging, Customized Google Maps, Web 2.0 Tools (Prezi, Mindmeister/Bubbl.us concept mapping tools, Glogster, Voki, Blabberize, VoiceThread, SumoPaint, Diigo social bookmarking, etc.) programming, Skype, collaboration with other classes...

KEYBOARDING:
It is helpful for new students to purchase UltraKey to work through it at home.
  • Email or call me to learn how to purchase the program for $19.95.


NEW TECHNOLOGY THIS YEAR AT KRAYBILL!
  • CHROMEBOOKS! Last year, we replaced the Computer Lab with new iMacs. This year, the mobile lab is being replaced with Chromebooks. Chromebooks are not as expensive as our current Macbooks. However, you cannot install programs on them, like a regular computer. Our students use the laptops primarily for Google Docs and other web-based programs, therefore the Chromebooks will meet our needs. The mobile lab is primarily used by middle school teachers for integrating technology and for writing in Language classes. The LMS Technology Team decided to go with Chromebooks for all campuses this year, as many schools are doing. Kraybill students can still use our Computer Lab for iMovie, Garageband, Microsoft Office, Media Blender, and other programs we typically use in Computer Class.
  • ALL TEACHERS HAVE SMARTBOARDS! We have installed Smartboards in all major classrooms this summer. There are many interactive resources that come with our textbooks now, so all teachers can put this tool to use in their teaching!
  • REMINDER OF GREAT RESOURCES WE PURCHASE THAT CAN BE USED AT HOME!
    • BRAINPOP! This incredible learning resource has fun, interesting and informative animated videos on any topic in any subject! Use it to reinforce what was taught in class to give visual reinforcement for students. Each video also comes with an online quiz.
      • Username: lmskraybill
      • Password: brainpop
    • WORLD BOOK ONLINE! We have purchased a subscription to World Book Kids (elem), Student (middle school), Discover (hs content and format on a lower reading level), Early World (Gr. K-2 learning activities). The text can be read aloud, the pictures can be used in projects, there are links to additional websites, content can be saved, and it can be accessed from home.
      • Username: lmsblazers
      • Password: lmsblazers


Here's a tool that allows you to create flash cards to use for studying! http://www.easynotecards.com/