It’s Time For Summer Break!

The students have had an incredible year of learning experiences and as we come to an end of another successful year we proudly have some of our graduating students, who graciously volunteered,  deliver a special digital summer message to their up and coming schoolmates at TAOTS.
Our students created a digital PSA on  Internet Safety Tips based on some of the topics learned earlier in the school year for our digital citizenship unit.  As many of our students will most likely be using technology over the summer, our 5th graders selected various topics on being safe while using the internet and filmed their messages.
Click the link to see the awesome student created video:        https://vimeo.com/222715576
We would also like to share information to anyone interested in attaining Microsoft Office 365 software for home use.  This includes Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel and more! Any parent who has a student enrolled in a NYC public school will be able to download the software for free.  After downloading  the software, you’ll be able to set up a free account by entering your child’s birth date and phone number.  Special thanks to Ms. Eldina Nikovic for passing on this information to spread to our TAOTS families. Please download and follow the instructions carefully, and at your own discretion as we are not responsible for home use.
The Microsoft Office 365 link is:

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!

Tech @ TAOTS!

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!

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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

We’re Ready for I-Ready!

This month and through December our students in grades K-5 begin diagnostics in our I-ready program.  I-Ready is an interactive online learning environment designed to assess students and provide individualized instruction based on each child’s unique needs.  It is designed to complement what is being taught in the classroom, and the lessons that are generated afterwards are assigned based on how the students perform on the diagnostic test.

The students will begin the program by first taking the on-line diagnostic exam in school during their technology period. Once the diagnostic exams in both ELA and in Math are complete, the program will show teachers where our students are doing well and which topics need to be reviewed.

Based on the student’s results, their classroom teachers will assign differentiated lessons which can be used at home to enrich curriculum topics.

**After the students have completed both ELA and Math Diagnostics in school, they will receive their username and passwords for home use.

Grade 5 students will begin their diagnostic exams in December, immediately following their computer science unit. For more information visit Ms. Marsh’s website: www.MsMarsh682.info

Technology Ahead!

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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!

 

Summer is Here!!

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.

Enjoy!!

March Media Literacy

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.