Thursday, May 6, 2010
In an effort to help students focus on grade level skills and research, I have created web pages that provide appropriate literacy and math links for each grade level. In addition, I am visiting the classrooms and working with small groups of students on the operation of the selected software games.
Grade 1: Students worked on an assignment in the computer lab in which they typed and formatted text on plant growth. Emphasis was placed on word wrapping, error correction techniques and file manipulation. The goal of this exercise was to help students work towards becoming independent word publishers.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Students from Ms. Kluch's class created a video for this year's IVIE contest. The video was about writing small moment narrative pieces. Students were involved in brainstorming ideas for the video, script writing, operation of the camera, acting, directing as well as creating title slides throughout the video. The video making process was exciting for all students and really reinforced the material that students had been learning in class. The entry from Torrey Pines was submitted on April 9th and over the next few weeks we will learn if our entry is nominated for further recognition. If nominated, students will be invited to attend a red carpet event scheduled to take place sometime at the end of May.
In other classrooms, assorted technical problems were address in the classrooms of Ms. Hilsen, Ms. Kluch, Ms. Bell and Ms. Randi.
Grade 1: Students in Grade 1 have been working in the computer lab to create Teacher Appreciation projects for their teachers. Their work involves using Tux Paint and Microsoft Word. Students who finish their work early, have the opportunity to work on Dance Mat Typing, a online typing program by BBC.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Grade 1: Students in Grade 1 are learning the basics of working in Microsoft Word. This week, they received specific instruction in typing capital letter, changing font sizes, spacing between words, word wrapping, as well as opening, closing and saving files.
Grade 3: Students in Grade 3 from Mr. Kent and Mrs. Baniaga's class used Google Images to collect images to use in their cover pages for their states reports (that will ultimately be made using Comic Life software).
Monday, February 22, 2010
Students in the 4th grade used the BLOBZ Guide to Electrical Circuits website in Science along with the laptops this week to review and test knowledge of electrical circuits. The site allows students to earn stars for correct answers to the mini-quizzes that helped students review their knowledge of circuits, switches, conductors and more. They had so much fun on this site that they hardly realized that they were reviewing! Mr. Devore's students used the laptops for research and typing papers. Mrs. Baniaga's students used the laptops for their Powerpoint ABC books and also for researching their state's reports. The laptops were also used for the yearbook club. Digital cameras were used for yearbook as well as for taking pictures of Grade 1 students completing actions for their illustrated HOW-TO booklets.
Grade 3: This week, Grade 3 returned to the computer lab after devoting their computer time in January and part of February preparing for the Winter concert. Students were eager to practice their typing skills and really seemed to understand the value of efficient keyboarding skills after being required to use their keyboarding skills for several assignments in their classrooms. Grade 3 students were introduced to the Keyboarding for Kindness program this week. Keyboarding for Kindness is similar to the popular program Free Rice except that instead of earning grains of rice for answering vocabulary quiz questions, students earn donation money for completing lessons in keyboarding. As part of the TPES Keyboarding for Kindness program I will donate 10 cents for each keyboarding lesson a student completes. The money earned will be used to buy chickens for people in Africa or will be donated to help people in Haiti. The program is only available to TPES grade 3 students.
Grade 1: Students in Grade 1 completed their Valentine Cards. The Valentine Cards included a picture created in Tux Paint as well as a Valentine message typed in Microsoft Word. For the project students gained skills in using the paint program, importing pictures into Word and also in saving files.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Grade 1: Students created their drawings for their valentine's cards using Tux Paint. After creating their drawings, they imported the pictures into their Microsoft Word documents. Through this project, students gained skills in file management, and using Microsoft Word.
Voki for Science Night to get kids interested in making their own Voki characters. Click arrow to play.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Completed digital stories for Ms. Saldivar's class can be viewed at: tpesr10.wikispaces.com (Note: A password is required for viewing the digital stories. Contact Ms. Saldivar or Mrs. Lin for the password).
Grade 1: Students in grade 1 completed their "I Have a Dream" project. For this project, students used Tux Paint to draw a self-portrait. Then they used Microsoft Powerpoint to add their "dream for the world". The above projects were created by students of Ms. Gonzales. Projects for Ms. Chiaro, Ms. Hilsen and Ms. Kluch can be viewed on the TPES Techkidz Showcase page.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Grade 1: Students in Grade 1 started a new project in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. For the project, students were asked to draw a self-portrait using TuxPaint. Next week, they will import the project into Microsoft Powerpoint, and write one of their own dreams that they have for the world. Here is an sample of what the finished product will look like.
After-School: A new group of UCSD students were introduced to the after-school program this week. Torrey Pines students worked with their buddies on a variety of programs in the computer lab, including a program that let them create their own music as well as a fantastic drawing program that teaches them to draw their favorite cartoon characters called "Drawing Now" .