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 third year at Academy of Dover Charter School as the Technology Teacher!  My degree is technology in education.  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 (Harley, Rusty, and Lazy), a leopard gecko (Fred), and two cats (Max and Tom)!

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

February brings us up to the 100th day of school for the 2018-2019 school year!  Kindergarten students are working on key awareness.  First grade is writing sentences, paragraphs, and key awareness as they learn to type these sentences.  Second grade is finishing up a safety unit before diving into paragraphs and writing.  Third grade spends February learning to cite sources before beginning to write a friendly letter.  Fourth is completing a safety unit before learning to cite sources and ending the month lookin at what is inside of a computer!  Fifth grade will be learning about the power of media to create change, before diving into a media project that they feel passionate about.  

March is rolling in!  It's unbelievable how far we are into the school year already!  Kindergarten and First are moving into a literacy based technology routine while second is working on writing a friendly letter before moving into learning about electricity.  Third and Fourth are learning about the internal workings of computers before moving into learning about electricity.  Fifth will continue to create projects in Google Classroom, with the March project being an if/than story of their own creation, before moving into learning about electricity!  

Third, Fourth, and Fifth are midway through the year and should now be at least half way towards their typing goals.  They held peer conferencing this month to plan what steps they will take to help them reach their goals (such as practicing more often outside of school, attempting to maintain good posture while typing, attempting to keep their hands on the home row while typing, etc).  Students can log in and practice on typing.com from any location. 

Odyssey of the Mind is on a roll!  Students are busy planning, writing, and building in preparation for their competition in March!

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”