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.
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.
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!
Thank you to Mr. Pearson who came to the Media Lab to teach about coding and Robotics. BW students will have many opportunities to code this year.
Check out this video made by B-W students. It was recently nominated for an iVIE award.
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
Big Brown Bear (Learn to Type)