June 3, 2013


May 20, 2013

May 13, 2013

May 6, 2013

April 22 - 26, 2013

  • MAP Testing: Wednesday April 24th, 8:30 - 4th Grade; 9:30 - 5th Grade, 10:30 - Make-up

April 15 - 19, 2013

  • MAP Testing: Wednesday April 17, 8:30 - 8th Grade; 9:30 - 7th Grade; 10:30 - 6th Grade

March 25-28, 2013

  • Conference with students regarding their Google Earth Posts and Fake Book Presentations.

Example of a Fakebook entry about James Forten, African American Abolitionist. http://www.classtools.net/fb/6/3Xh65R

Choose an African American for a biographical sketch.
Use http://www.classtools.net/fb/home/page (Full criteria will be given next week)

View the link video and respond to it on your social wall.

Student Assignments One per student

List of African Americans

January 21-25, 2013

Exploration of Google Earth:
  • Students should look at
    • Flying to
    • Businesses
    • Directions
    • Places
    • Layers
    • GPS
      • Latitude
      • Longitude
      • Degrees
      • Minutes
    • Zoom options
    • Panning options
Assignment on Wednesday, (10 points) Write a blog post with a vivid description of a favorite place on Google Earth. Tell what features you found and how they were used to enhance the experience. Where was the place? Give its GPS coordinates. Give some details of what you learned about this place.
Use iPhoto to import an the school logo from the network. Set it as your Desktop.

January 14-18, 2013

January 7-11, 2013

  • Write on a blog topic.

DECEMBER 17-21, 2012

  • Post your story.
  • Mail Signature management and creation
  • Writing, review blog posts and adding a comment
  • Using the school directory
  • Composing a new mail message

December 10-14, 2012

December 3-7, 2012

November 26-30, 2012

November 19-20, 2012

Answer a survey.,

November 5-16, 2012

October 29 - November 2, 2012

October 22-26, 2012

October 15-19, 2012

  • No 5th Grade Computer class on Monday at Saint Stephen School, MAP Testing
  • Students introduced to ZOHO Docs in http://gaggle.grps.org. Create a presentation to teach about Digital Citizenship.
  • Presentation Guidelines (10 points)Results will be divided by 3 to give a 0-10 point score. This is the last assignment for this report card.
  • Continue http://www.digitalpassport.orguntil you have an 80% or higher in all five areas.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012
    • Open Microsoft Word, Type a heading (First and last name, class, date and grade)
    • Save as TypingTest-October17-username (Run in background)
    • Click on http://www.typingtest.com
    • Select a 3 minute test for Zebra, Africa's Striped Horse. Wait because we will start the test together.
    • Use the snap shot tool. On your keyboard hold down command, shift and 4. This will produce cross hairs. Draw a window around the score on Typing test.
    • Minimize the windows on your computer to see the desktop. Don't close the windows in the case the snapshot did not work. The snapshot tool creates a file named Picture 1. If there is already a picture1, look for picture2 and so on.
    • Drag your Typing test result to your word document so it is underneath your heading.
    • Resave
    • Print one copy.

October 8-12, 2012

  • No 5th Grade Computer classes at Saint Stephen School, MAP Testing
  • Shawnee, Resume Digital Passport
  • Students introduced to ZOHO Docs in http://gaggle.grps.org. Create a presentation to teach about Digital Citizenship.

October 1-5, 2012

October is Anti-bullying month. We are viewing the anti-bullying message by news anchor, Jennifer Livingston of Lacrosse Wisconsin. This makes a connection to our lessons on digital citizenship and http://www.digitalpassport.org.
Student conferences and review of Digital Passport Lessons.

September 23-28, 2012

We will have a paper and pencil quiz on the computer keyboard this week. Someone asked if you would be graded on the entire keyboard, and I said no. I told the class, "You need to know the entire keyboard." Good job for those of you who started studying early. We had one student return to the next class telling us that many keyboards are different. The two keyboards on the handout are different, and both of those keyboards are different than a laptop keyboard. All keyboards have similarities. How are all keyboards the same. Start with knowing where all the letters and numbers are located. Then follow the perimeter of the keyboard and know the command keys, (control, alt, command, enter/return. tab, delete/backspace etcetera).

Search: Search Shark, http://www.digitalpassport.org

Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.

Students will:
  • learn how keywords can help them find information online.
  • evaluate keywords for their relevance and helpfulness.
  • practice identifying the most effective keywords for different search scenarios.

Creative Credit: Mix-N-Mash, http://www.digitalpassport.org
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

Students will:
  • learn about copyright, credit, and plagiarism and apply it to their own creative work.
  • reflect on the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.
  • determine how to receive credit for their digital creations.

September 17-21, 2012

  • Constitution Week with Constitution Daybeing on September 17.
  • We will be using Digital Passport
  • ** Cyberbullying: E-volve
    • Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to "evolve" into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
    Students will:
    • compare different forms of cyberbullying and the roles of those involved.
    • interpret scenarios that illustrate how targets of cyberbullying feel.
    • identify ways to be an “Upstander” when cyberbullying occurs.

September 10-14, 2012


Fifth through eighth grade students will improve their keyboarding proficiency skills with daily practice. Approved web sites will be used for tutorials, practice through games and regular assessment to monitor improvement. Refer to Typing Skills in the menu at right.
This week a three minute typing test and paper keyboard will be given. Students are expected to memorize the location of every key for an assessment during the week of September 24-28th, 2012.
Practice Keyboard,
We will be using Digital Passport to introduce computers.
‍Communication: Twalkers
  • Students learn why it's important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
‍Privacy: Share Jumper
  • Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly "private" or "erasable" online.
‍F and J Keys

September 4-7, 2012

What’s the difference between Internet friends and real-life, face-to-face pals?
Students learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.

http://wallwisher.com/wall/b4pz87yq40 (Jones)

Students discuss the difference between online and real-life friendships, explore an online chat scenario, and complete and sign a checklist for safe online chatting.
Students will:
  • Compare and contrast online friends and real-life, face-to-face pals
  • Understand that private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult
  • Learn how to respond if an online friend asks them personal questions