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Sometimes websites have great games for kids but the site itself is not user-friendly. The FreeTypingGame.net website has a lot of great material, but the games are surrounded by tons of off-site links (very easy to lose a child on the Internet). So, I borrowed the embed code to their car game, because the boys in preschool love to race cars, and we will see how the game works out for us. Click the link to load the game.
We are finishing up our Excel Spreadsheet Unit and moving on to visual editing using the GIMP program. This program is very complex and no tests will be given over the use of GIMP. Some students will become frustrated with the complexity of the program and some will fall in love with the immense versatility. Students will be showing each other what they learn as they find new tricks within the program.
Sixth and Seventh Grades
The sixth and seventh grades will be creating presentations on Computer History. The presentations will range from a basic overview for the preschool to an in-depth study for the fifth grade. Students may work alone or in groups and will be doing collective research using The Cloud via Google Documents:
Students will choose a focus area such as size or memory type and enter their research next to their computer name. If your student has a Gmail account, I will ask him or her log in using that ID to ease in the tracking of changes. Work can be done at home as well as in school. Here is the projected project completion plan:
- March 15–Project Introduction and Research Assignments
- March 22–Partnerships, Project Goals (Grade Assignments), Research
- March 29–Goal Adjustment, Research
- April 5–Choice of Presentation Media and Incorporation of Research into Chosen Media
- April 12–Preparing Projects for Peer Critique
- April 19–Peer Critique and Project Adjustment
- April 26–Preparing Projects for Teacher Critique
- May 3–Teacher Critique and Project Adjustment
- May 7-11–Projects Presented to All Classes
Several Computer History Videos For Ideas:
The seventh grade are writing haiku. As they say, write what you know. Here is the first submission. I’m waiting for a photo to post with it.
The deer is running
It is a big buck with horns
I want to hunt it
OK, I finally got ALL of the Preschool videos to upload, so, even though some of them are scattered through the blog and you may have seen them, here they are in order and all in one place.
Five Year Old…and the vacuum cleaner…
Three Year Old? “Look!”
Five Year Old. “My dog always bites my dad.”
Four Year Old “She eats like a hog.”
Four Year Old. After speaking Preschool for too long, I do believe I actually said, “they get dead.” Get dead? She apparently didn’t notice my lack of verbal acuity and gave a great interview. 🙂
Three Year Old “I want to keep them for God’s heart.”
Four Year Old likes rabbits and cows and running horses. “When are we gonna do the computers?” Gotta love a kid that’s excited about my computer class! 🙂
Three Year Old “I love her the most.”
Five Year Old has a lion?
It’s time to run out the door again so I will not be able to finish my posting yet, but here is a little something from the fifth grade to tide you over while you’re waiting. 🙂
Fifth Grade Plea for Texas