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Happy February!



I have reminded students in the lab to practice their keyboarding at home if possible. Practicing at home will help to build strong keyboarding skills.

Grades 1-5 should practice using Dance Mat Typing. The Typing Club is another website introduced in 2nd grade. These two sites are wonderful as they teach proper finger placement. I tell them speed is not as important as accuracy. The students know their level from practicing in the lab.

Kindergarteners can become familiar with the keyboard by using KeyBoard Zoo  which is found on the ABCya website.

Another amazing website used in the lab is code.org/learn This website is one of the best websites to begin learning about computer science. Coding teaches critical thinking, logic, persistence, creativity, etc. which enhances problem solving across all content areas.  Many of these programs use visual programming to introduce coding and some (i.e. Kahn Academy) introduce coding languages such as JavaScript. There are so many to explore and fun for adults too! The kids love coding and it is a joy to watch them get excited as they move up the levels.

January 2017 update


December was a fun month for B-W students in the Media Lab! We explored lots of coding using the Hour of Code website. Our 5th graders explored the Kahn Academy website and created snowmen using  Javascript. Our younger students had fun with Puppy Adventure through the Tynker website. Many Media Lab visitors coded with Moana, Minecraft, and StarWars using “block” style coding found on the Hour of Code website.

This month all kinders created snowmen and all first graders created snowflakes on their laptops.  We were able to print our work  using our new printer from the Foundation. Thank you Benchley Foundation and PTA for supporting our lab!

Our 2nd graders are currently working on their “Wish for the World” using Microsoft Word. Third graders are working on a document about gray whales to help them become more familiar with Word tools and to learn about whales as their whale watching trip will be here soon!

B-W’s 4th graders have  learned how to edit using iMovie.  They are developing  stories/storyboarding  with their classroom teachers in order to  create videos for iVIE (Innovative Video in Education) entries.


November Update


Thanks for visiting our site! It has been a great year so far in our Media Lab. Periodically, I will post a sample of what we are doing in the lab. Kinders are becoming familiar with their MacBook Pros, including learning the keyboard, and navigating Safari  (how to go to our bookmarked websites). They made cute Jack-0-Lanterns on the computer in October.

First through third grades have been practicing their keyboarding skills using Dance Mat Typing.  Be sure to check out some of the  “How To” videos made by first graders  when they become available (videos will be posted on our website). Second graders recently  enjoyed making movies online. Third graders also had fun sharpening their “parts of speech” skills.

Fourth graders have learned how to storyboard, film, and act while making their “practice” films. Our next step is learning how to edit using iMovie. This is a favorite in our lab!

Fifth graders are finishing up their animated videos and it’s a joy to see their creativity.

So much more to learn and fun to have.

Thank you for dropping by,

Ms. Kathy and her amazing students!


Happy Summer!


I hope you all have a happy and safe summer. Please remember to practice your keyboarding every now and then. Here are some good websites to use, just type them in your address bar:


BBC Dance Mat Typing

The Typing Club

For Kinders:

Big Brown Bear (Learn to Type)

Keyboard Zoo