The first quarter is behind us and so is the logo building activity. There were some great logos created and I hope the students will be actually uploading them to their Chromebooks. Their posts describing the logos are now published, and if you would like to comment please do (without leaving your last name if you are a parent commenting on the post of your own son or daughter.) They can be found under the Chromebook Logo category.One focus of the first quarter was Google Drawing tools, and another was image attribution. It is important for students to realize that there are some images that they cannot use in a new creation and others that they may use with proper attribution. We have discovered several glitches (in my opinion) in the new version of Kidblog and I hope they will be ironed out soon. If you go to the page and get a pop up saying that this class has been transitioned to the new version of Kidblog, just click OK. I hope they will take that box away VERY SOON!
For the second quarter our technology focus will be in two areas: spreadsheets and computer coding. Students have been enjoying completing the "hour of code" activities the past two Decembers and there will be some new challenges this year. More information will be shared as we get closer to December.
The context for our work with spreadsheets will be the stock market. Students will be working on two preliminary assignments posted in Google Classroom.
1. Background videos to understand what the stock market is all about - 5 very short videos with one question per video. The responses will be entered into Google Classroom with a due date of November 30 for both A and B groups.
2. A chart to be completed listing 4 stocks the student wishes to purchase along with some other information about their choices. Please feel free to give advice on stock choices. After Thanksgiving the actual "purchases" will be made and students will track the value of their portfolios for several weeks. Chart due: November 30 for both A and B groups. I encouraged the students to get as much background information as possible before actually selecting their stocks. Both groups will use the same date to obtain the purchase price of their stock purchases.
Special Note: I have shown students that the calendar in Google Classroom is a valuable organizational tool. By looking at that calendar they are able to see due dates for all upcoming assignments from any teacher who is using Google Classroom. Parents should ask to see that Google Classroom calendar to stay abreast of upcoming deadlines. DID YOU KNOW...The Google Classroom App is available for iOS or Android devices?