Again it’s been a phenomenal school year, and we look forward to all the wonderful possibilities and achievements for the next school term.
Have a wonderful summer and be safe!
As we prepare our students to be college and career ready, our students continue to prove that the sky’s the limit! Our 5th graders have just completed their computer science study which required them to identify various types of operating systems and their characteristics in addition to studying the inside components of a computer, and describing the essential functions of these components (motherboard, RAM, and central processing unit (CPU)– just to name a few). GO TAOTS’ FUTURE TECHS!
For January-February our upcoming projects per grade are as follows:
Kindergarten- The students will create “How To” presentations to demonstrate their knowledge of various topics utilizing the ipad app “Sequence -Me.” The students will identify a task that they know how to do well and and create their digital presentations complete with digital illustrations, and narrations.
Grade 1- The students will continue to produce their animal research in the “Show Me” app. As they write like scientists. Students are learning to edit and narrow down their research information, develop their narration and overall presentation skills.
Grade 2- The students will create narratives, consisting of all the elements of a complete story. Next they will outline their stories using story maps, just as professionals do for digital presentations. Once the story maps are complete the students will turn their stories into digital narratives using the app “Story Patch. ”
Grade 3- The students will learn the basic features of Microsoft Word with the ability to copy and paste, insert and export graphics, manipulate text features, create background changes and save and upload a document. Once they learn the features, the students will apply their literary skills to create story blurbs.
Grade 4- Students will begin their research on the American Revolution. The students will apply skills in note-taking, paraphrasing, copy and pasting pictures, animations, Word Art and other features in a Micorosoft Powerpoint presentation.
Grade 5- Students will research Early Colonial Life-ways as it relates to European Exploration and proceed to transpose that research into I-Movie presentations complete with pictures, illustrations, videos, transitions, narrations and a movie score.
***More information about our technology program and projects can be found at http://www.msmarsh682.info
Welcome to a brand new school year with wonderful activities in store!
We are extremely excited as our school has been selected to pilot a new computer science program entitled ‘Computer Science for All.‘ CSNYC (Computer Science New York City) is a citywide initiative to ensure all students, in their regular classrooms, are involved in Computer Science Education. The program will first be introduced to specific classes of those teachers who attended intense summer training, and in the years to come, we plan to spread its implementation school-wide. To read more about the program initiative you can click on this link: http://www.csnyc.org/computer-science-all
In addition, our Technology classes will no longer be held in the library- our new location is in room 331. September and October will consist of lessons in the proper use of technological equipment and good Digital Citizenship when participating in web based activities. Be sure to look for the Technology newsletter being sent home the first two weeks of school. You can also get curriculum information throughout the year by going to Ms. Marsh’s website at the following address: www.MsMarsh682.info (There’s no dot between Ms and Marsh and it is typed as one word). I’m looking forward to our learning together in this 2016-17 school year!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone in our TAOTS community a wonderful summer! This was my first incredible year here and I look forward to new and innovative learning opportunities next year with my students and staff family! Parents, here is a link to a resource portal filled with websites the students can use this summer and throughout the year: http://guest.portaportal.com/taots682
For my second grade students, and anyone else interested in Typing Practice, here is a link to try: https://www.typingclub.com/typing-qwerty-en/keys-jf.html
There are more links in: http://guest.portaportal.com/taots682 under the tab ‘Learning Fun‘ with more typing and fun games.
This month students in grades k-1, and 3- 5 will develop their computer science skills in coding/programming. The students had an exciting time participating in the “Hour of Code,” and now they get a chance to delve deeper into basic programming. App use will vary across the grades:
K-1 PBS Kids Scratch Jr./Kodable
3-4 Code Studio (Code.org)
5- Code Studio/Scratch
Grade 2 will be transitioning from their Ipads to laptops. This month not only will they participate in a keyboarding bootcamp where they develop their typing skills, but they will also take part in a special research project exploring how architecture and transportation has developed from past to present in accordance with the Grade 2 NYC Over Time Museum.
**Grade 2 students will take part in coding next month.
** NEW: PBS Scratch Jr.- With PBS KIDS Scratch Jr., students will create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat. The students can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, kids will learn to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively.