Grade 3 students and teachers participating in their 'Binary Buddy' social studies technology intergration project!
Dear Parents, Students and Guests,
Welcome back to the technology Web page and a fine welcome to the marvelous month of March! As we march into March, it's time not only to turn the clocks ahead (March 12th) but to begine a new unit too. During this month the students will start our super makerspace unit! Makerspaces have been a huge success in the world of educational technology, as they enable children to learn the disciplines of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). I am very excited to be able to teach the challenging and fun lessons that accompany this unit, and am highly confident that this unit will be enjoyed immensely by the students. The makerspace unit will be divided into three sections. These sections are as follows:
1. An introduction to makerspaces will be presented to begin the unit. This introduction will include: a video and an explanation of the Engineering Design Process, the completion of a questionnaire that informs the students what type of engineer they might be, and the opportunity to visit a website to complete an engineering challenge using ramps!
2. Students will gain further knowledge of the Engineering Design Process. This process contains 5 parts that engineers use when they are creating something. These parts are: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. The students will be using these parts as they design an invention that can be used here at school to help our community on campus. The inventions will be created online and then printed using the lab’s 3-D printer!
3. Robotics will be introduced to the students. Grades 1 and 2 will be programming the famous robot called PRO-BOT using the computer language called Logo. Students will have the chance to program PRO-BOT to drive on a street map and to complete an obstacle course in the Grange! Using the very popular LEGO WeDO Construction Kit, students in grades 3 and 4 will be building and programming robots to conduct specific tasks and challenges! These robots will also be filmed and the movie file will be uploaded to TeacherTube for all to see.
To view more specifics about the makerspace lessons for each grade, I invite you to click on the links shown below.
During March, students will also have the opportunity (during the student selection portion of computer class) to create and publish an online digital storybook about the Earth! Using the website, Picture Book Maker, stories will be published and then links to each will be posted on the Computer Lab’s website for all to enjoy!
As always, I look forward to another extremely productive month of learning and fun in the lab! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email at: email@example.com or by phone at: 610-696-8869, extension 302.
- Teacher Scott's Introduction
- Technology Evaluation Policy
- Student Acceptable Use Policy or AUP
- Electronic Reader Permission Form (eReader) - Grade 4 only
- Student Mobile Phone Policy
- Computer Lab Website
- Apps and Websites for Programming
- 3D Printer Information
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Information