Above is our technology newsletter outlining the current topics for all grades in Media Literacy.  The last few months were comprised of lessons reflecting a full digital safety curriculum based on Common Sense media.  The students engaged in a variety of Digital Citizenship Awareness activities which included topics from Privacy & Security, Internet Safety, and Cyberbullying to Creative Credit & Copyright.  

Our school also participated in an Hour of Code week, Dec. 4th-10th, joining schools all across America in a united coding event encouraging exposure and engagement in problem solving and developing critical thinking skills.  Our 5th graders studied the parts and functions of the major internal computer parts as they gear up to actually build a computer in the second phase of our Computer Science focus in the coming months.

Lastly students, some for the very first time, logged into our I-Ready program to complete an ELA and Math Digital Diagnostic.  The purpose of the diagnostic and beauty of the program is that it will tailor lessons for each students based on their diagnostic results so that the students will be able to work on challenging activities independently and “Just Right” for their needs.

More information is posted on Ms. Marsh’s Website at www.msmarsh682.info


4th Graders share their thinking on Internet Research

Two 4th Graders share their understanding of the relationship between online resources and traditional texts. This exercise of creating digital artifacts of what’s happening at key moments within units of study is something we’d like to build into the process in all classrooms at TAOTS.

Here’s the Students’ Video

 4th Graders share their thinking on Internet Research from TAOTS on Vimeo.

Here’s Behind the Scenes of the Process

TAOTS student portfolio reflections from TAOTS on Vimeo.

This process has the potential to reinforce students’ learning through examining and explaining their own thinking. The resulting media (videos, photos, screenshots, or blog posts) can help students review content and processes, archive learning happening within units of study, and allow teachers gain insights on how students are making connections.

Look for more as we spread this process through the different grade levels!