Technology

Notes For Parents

Welcome to technology class!  This class will be attended once per week by all grades.  I am very excited to be teaching computer skills, problem solving, keyboarding, coding, project creation, and even the internal workings of computers this year!  Technology is a wonderful tool for both fun and learning. 

Goals for the Year

Students will be able to generate ideas, research, and use technology tools in successful as well as safe ways.  We will be learning safety with all technology tools, how to use computers, how to code, as well as what is inside a computer and how it works.  Students will not be only users of content, but generators of information and ideas!

About the Teacher

About the Teacher:

This is my second year at Academy of Dover Charter School as the Technology Teacher!  I have been in the Early Childhood field for 14 years.  My degree is in Technology in Education and put to good use as the Technology teacher.  It is exciting to see students learn new ways to open doors with technology and comforting to know that they will be prepared to work in an increasingly technology based world!

Some of my favorite things:

Color: Orange

Time of year:  Fall with the cool weather and beautiful colors!

Book: ANY, I love to read!

Family:  My family includes my husband, two teenagers, 3 dogs, a leopard gecko, and a stink pot turtle!

Drink:  MiO fruit punch water

 

Homework

Type, Type, Type!  Practice is key!  Anyone can learn to type accurately and quickly, it just takes practice!  

Contact the Teacher

I can be contacted via the school phone number: (302) 674-0684 or email: ada.todd@aod.k12.de.us

Upcoming Tests, Quizzes and Projects

August 24 - September 1:  Welcome to the first technology classes of the year!  This week we will begin by learning how this classroom functions, basic computer use, and what our plans are for the year!

September - Students for the month of September have been working on key awareness (K-1) and typing introductions (2) with actual typing with goals in place for 3-5.  In addition, we have started learning about safety in computer use with all grades.   At home, students can use the typing games in Typing.com (2-5) and/or lessons while the younger students can use Keyboard climber (1 for K and 2 for grade 1).  As always, I am here for any questions!

October - October continues the typing and internet safety trend, with some additions of ownership of online material for 5th grade, an introduction to cyber bullying for 3rd grade, and 3/4 will begin writing a letter home with Microsoft word.  

November already!  It's amazing how fast the year moves!  This month we are moving into coding with all grades.  Kindergarten (after they finish their ABC's of Safety project) and first will begin to get the understanding that coding is about giving really good directions with lots of detail.  Second and third will be coding in basic forms such as direction.  Fourth and fifth will be working in more advanced coding projects.  This will culminate in December with the Hour of Code!  

December - The Hour of Code is upon us!  All students are coding in all grades through the 8th.  Beginning the week of December 11th, students will return to working on creation projects.  First will work on typing sentences and saving it into a document.  Second and Third will be analyzing and creating flyers that appeal to others.  Fourth and Fifth will be analyzing and creating an outline of a creative work.  Finally, Kindergarten will return to the keyboard by beginning to understand and use shift to add a capital letter! These activities will take us all the way into winter break.  Enjoy your time together! 

 January - Welcome back!  We will jump right back in to typing and creative creation projects.  Kindergarten will continue to expand their understanding of using shift to create a capital letter, as well as other keys such as backspace when ready.  First grade will continue to work on creating and saving sentences, leading up to writing paragraphs.  Second will begin to work on typing while learning about social media safety.  Third will be learning about ownership of digital property, web independence, and increasing their typing accuracy and speed.  Fourth will learn about keeping personal information private while online, social network safety, and increase their typing and accuracy.  Fifth will research a topic to create a PowerPoint and increase their typing speed/accuracy.  Older grades who have met their goals in typing move on to other projects in electronics, coding, game development, or creation of projects.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Links

You can reach a web page created for each grade level as well as a parent page that keeps you up to date in the progress of the curriculum for each grade at :  http://www.protopage.com/mrstoddtech#Parents_

Classroom Rules and Expectations

Classroom behavior expectations:

We are looking forward to a great year with Technology at Academy of Dover!  In order to ensure that we have a safe and effective learning environment we have the following guidelines in place. Should a student be off task, choosing to not follow rules, or otherwise impeding the learning of another student they will receive a "stop sign".  Should they receive three stop signs, they will be removed from the activity and will receive a phone call home.  Should a student be intentionally attempting to harm another student, they will be immediately referred to the office.

We also have a whole class reward that students can use to earn a party during class time.  To earn this reward they simply remain productive and following the class rules.  Each class they do this they earn a letter.  Once the letter spells the chosen word, they have earned a party.

 

All students are expected to adhere to the school   expectations of:

 “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible”