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Quarter 4


Class = Mar-June: two 20 minute classes per week (20 min. keyboarding; 20 min. computer skills, or each class may involve keyboarding, but not necessarily UltraKey)

Keyboarding Goal for end of 3rd grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 10 wpm / 95%, by touch.
UltraKey keyboarding printouts were sent home with report cards to show your child's progress.



KEYBOARDING:

Since most of the third graders in both classes completed the 9 levels of UltraKey, we practiced our typing skills when writing stories and working on our PowerPoint slide shows. Parents, please encourage your child to type over the summer to maintain and build their typing skills. I often find when school starts in August that students either got a bit worse in their typing or they got a lot better. Consistent practice over the summer can make a huge difference in your child's proficiency and therefore give them a feeling of success and not frustration or anxiety when typing assignments for class.



SKILLS: Powerpoint slide shows

The third graders learned how to use PowerPoint to create slide shows about the Solar System, a topic they had studied in science class. I was thrilled at how quickly they caught on to using the program as well as the graphics skills necessary to add the pictures of the planets and the ability to open and work with several programs and save and locate files. They have come so far since the beginning of the year! The students had so much fun creating the slide shows, and were so proud of their work! - So were the teachers! Here is a list of the skills they had to use for this project:

Open a file they saved, start a program (the Internet), type in a web address (URL), locate links on the Internet and use them to find information or a topic, search a topic, go back and forth between 2 opened applications, quit applications, minimize and resize windows, copy a picture (graphic/image) from the Internet by right-clicking on it or copy a picture from another document and paste it onto a PowerPoint slide, resize and move an image, add a drop-shadow to an image, add/delete slides in PowerPoint, rearrange slides, add/delete/resize a text box, know the difference between the 2 modes of a text box (as an object so you can move or delete it or as word processing so you can click and drag over letters) and be able to click on the border to change to the mode needed, format text (font/size/color), change the background of a slide, add and format word art, add slide transitions, run the slide show from the beginning or from a point where you stopped.

Wikis - Recording voices & sounds using Garageband

Teachers have been using wikis a lot this year to share with parents what students are doing. This is an awesome tool for students to learn to use as well. Miss Mast's class recorded themselves making sounds as they learned about sound in science class. They were excited to see the actual sound waves of their voices when they recorded them in Garageband! Mrs. Engle's class recorded themselves reading stories they had written. Students do their best when they know they will have an actual audience. Go through the LMS website to get to the wikis or click on the links below.

3M's class: http://kraybill3m.wikispaces.com/Sound
3E's class: http://kraybill3e.wikispaces.com/









Quarter 3


Class = Mar-June: two 20 minute classes per week (20 min. keyboarding; 20 min. computer skills, or each class may involve keyboarding, but not necessarily UltraKey)

Keyboarding Goal for end of 3rd grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 10 wpm / 95%, by touch.
UltraKey keyboarding printouts will be sent home with report cards to show your child's progress.



KEYBOARDING:

Wow! Most of the third graders in both classes have completed the 9 levels of UltraKey! Therefore, we are moving on to using their typing skills in some practical work. Those students who have not completed the program yet will work half the time on UltraKey and the other half on computer skills with the class. As students finished UltraKey, they were given options to practice their skills and improve speed and accuracy. Their options were:
  • Type a funny poem from my folder of poems. Then add clip art. Later, these can be printed.
  • Learn the numbers keys by doing lessons/skill checks in UltraKey.
  • Type paragraph tests in UltraKey to keep practicing and see how much better you can get.
  • Type a story for the online contest "Write Me a Story". Each week there's a different character, prop, and setting. Winners have their story and first name published online! http://www.kidscom.com/create/write/write.html
  • Play an online typing game.



SKILLS: Word Processing (President Reports), Saving files

Students are putting their keyboarding skills to use by typing their president reports! They have begun basic word processing: Highlighting text, deleting text, formatting text (font/size/color), learning proper fonts to use in reports, aligning text (left/center/right/full justify), moving text up and down the page, adding a "page break" to add a page, inserting the date from the computer (fixed/auto updated), spell check.

It's great to see the students typing something that is relevant to them! They are so proud of what they're doing. Typing gives them a neat, "professional" looking project. Typing is faster than writing by hand and it's easier to edit. Studies have shown that because of this, students are more likely to improve what they've written and write more when typing, as opposed to writing by hand.

This activity is also a lesson in working with files. Students had to save their report in a particular folder which is in another folder on the server (What we call the "mailbox". They also had to give it a name. We begin to talk about the extensions or endings on a file and how they show the computer which program to open to view the file. Students must maneuver to the correct folder to open their reports the next session. Some were disappointed to find that their report wasn't there! They had saved it in the wrong place. Eventually students will feel at ease creating folders themselves for various files they are saving.

I will also show students how to copy/paste a picture from the Internet for their title page. After the reports are finished, I will teach them how to create a PowerPoint slide show on the solar system, which ties in with their science unit.





Quarter 2


Class = Aug-Feb: 20 minutes / 4 times per week. (all keyboarding); Mar-June: two 20 minute classes per week (20 min. keyboarding; 20 min. computer skills)

Keyboarding Goal for end of 3rd grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 10 wpm / 95%, by touch.



SKILLS: Keyboarding

Great progress! For the 2nd quarter, third grade computer classes continued to focus on keyboarding skills, coming to the lab four times each week for 20 minute typing sessions. I am thrilled with their progress! Several students have already finished the 9 levels of the UltraKey program, with many soon to finish! At this time, students should have completed level 6 of the nine levels of UltraKey to be able to complete the program by the end of the year. If your child has not completed level 5, I recommend purchasing the UltraKey program (for Mac or PC) to use at home. You can send me a request and a check for $19.95, made out to "Kraybill School".

Practice at home! I am sending home sentences to help students practice at home. Some students enjoy practicing at home because it helps them to pass the tests faster in school. I am sending home copies of the same sentences that appear on the UltraKey tests. Students can type them in a word processing program for practice. Tape a piece of paper to the keyboard so it covers your child's hands. That will help him/her to type without looking down. Students can also practice with free online typing games which we have played in school. http://freetypinggame.net/play.asp

Finishing the UltraKey program: When students complete UltraKey, they are able to put their typing skills to use. I give them 3 options, which they can change at any time. The choices are: 1) Learn the number keys and get more stickers; 2) Type other tests in UltraKey which use all of the letters and try to keep beating your scores; 3) Type fun poems and add clip art, saving them to print out later for a poetry book

The students who are typing poems are also learning skills such as: saving and opening files, conducting searches, working with graphics (resizing / flipping / moving in front or in back of text / text wrap), selecting and formatting text (font / size / alignment / using the left tab marker), spellchecking, and using the Internet to get clipart.

Next Quarter: Some time during the 3rd quarter, we will switch from four 20 minute classes to two 20 minute classes. Students will begin learning word processing skills so they can use their keyboarding skills to write stories and add clip art to their documents.






Quarter 1


Class = Aug-Feb: 20 minutes / 4 times per week. (all keyboarding); Mar-June: two 20 minute classes per week (20 min. keyboarding; 20 min. computer skills)

Keyboarding Goal for end of 3rd grade: Finish UltraKey. Type 10 wpm / 95%, by touch.



SKILLS: Keyboarding

Great progress! For the 2nd quarter, third grade computer classes continued to focus on keyboarding skills, coming to the lab four times each week for 20 minute typing sessions. I am thrilled with their progress! Several students have already finished the 9 levels of the UltraKey program, with many soo