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1st Quarter Technology Update with Mrs. Lovato

                                                                     Husky Technology Report for 1st Quarter
letter K for Kinder
Kinder students have been practicing mouse control by using the whisker approach.  Check out students showing their whiskers below.  They use various games on ABCya.com such as Fuzz Bugs Sorting, Fuzz Bugs Patterns, and Letter Tracing to practice.  The students have also been focused on locating specific letters on the keyboard using Keyboard Zoo, Cup Stacking, and Typing Rocket Junior.
Students with whisker fingers.
1 for 1st grade
1st graders worked to become proficient at logging onto the computer independently with their unique usernames and passwords.  They have been practicing locating specific keys on the keyboard as well as how to make capital letters on the keyboard. They are currently studying now to draw using a computer and will be working on writing and illustrating an opinion piece using StoryMaker on ABCya!.com.
Students on computer
2 for 2nd grade
2nd graders have been developing skills and muscle memory of home row finger placement while keyboarding.  They use Learning.com to practice these skills as well as other technology concepts.  Students have been working to build knowledge of the different parts of the computer including input and output devices.
3 for third grade
3rd graders have been developing skills and muscle memory of home row finger placement while keyboarding on Learning.com.  They use Learning.com to practice these skills and well as explore other technology concepts including word processing tools.  Students completed a scavenger hunt to demonstrate their word processing skills.
4 for 4th grade
4th graders set a goal of 15 wpm with 90% accuracy or better at the beginning of the year for their keyboarding abilities and have been tracking their progress every other week.  They spend 15 minutes of each technology class working towards this goals by using home row with accuracy to develop speed.  Students have also been working to increase their knowledge of word processing skills and formatting tools.  They did this through collaborative stories and a scavenger hunt.
 
5 for 5th grade
5th graders set a goal of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy or better at the beginning of the year for their keyboarding abilities.  They track their progress every other week. They spend 15 minutes of each technology class working towards those goals by using home row with accuracy to develop speed.  Students have also been working to increase their knowledge of word processing skills and formatting tools.  They did this through collaborative stories and a scavenger hunt.
Typing goals bulletin board
 
Out for Awhile
Mrs. Lovato has been gone for the 1st quarter while she got to be home with her new baby boy.  We want to thank Mrs. Emily Stone for her time and work with all the students to get the year started off in a great way in the computer lab.  If you have any questions or wonderings about what is going on in the computer lab or would like to stop by for a visit to see first hand, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Lovato at slovato@durangoschools.org.