First graders adding information into their STEM Journals during a makerspace computer class.
Dear Parents, Students and Guests,
Greetings and thank you so much for visiting the Technology Web page. April is indeed awesome as our STEM 'Makerspacemania' unit continues on! During this month the computer lab's makerspace will be focusing on the wonders of 3-D printing. Using the lab's 3-D printer and the CAD (Computer Aided Design) website, Tinkercad, student engineers will be learning about and applying the Engineering Design Process, while creating their projects. The Engineering Design Process is quite important and consists of the following five stages: Stage 1 - this stage involves the 'Ask' portion of the process where students will be identifying the challenges they may face while reaching their goal. The goal here is to create a piece of playground equipment for a 'Dream Playground' project. Stage 2 - entails the 'Imagine' portion where students will create a list of possible parts needed to build their piece of playground equipment. Stage 3 - focuses on the 'Plan' step and will enable the students to draw a diagram of their playground design. These diagrams will then be kept in each student's STEM folder for future reference. Stage 4 - represents the 'Create' phase and will consist of creating, using Tinkercad, an online creation of the playground equipment that in turn will be printed out. Stage 5 - this is the 'Evaluate' section and allows each student to decide if their final project was indeed successful for them, and if necessary, make any changes that are needed. Student 3-D printouts of their playground equipment will be shared to all during the online Technology Fair starting on May 15th! I will be sending home more details about the Fair during the latter part of April.
April will also see the continuation of student digital storybooks using the vastly popular website: StoryJumper! This exciting and creative opportunity to be a student author (please see pic to the right showing Pierce, grade 1) of a published book is indeed wonderful. StoryJumper will be available for students to use during the 'Student Selection' portion of computer class. The topics of these storybooks will be based on facts representing the school's three countries of focus: Brazil, Nepal and Switzerland. Final creations will be linked to from the lab's website via the 'Student Digital Storybooks' link!
To view more specifics about the April lessons for each grade, I invite you to click on the links shown below:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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