As we head back into our new school year there are many new exciting things happening in our Technology Lab here at Manchester. I will of course be seeing all students each week for 45-50 minutes per class. Schedules are posted on our school website, which you can reach on the home page of this site. Generally in lab we start with typing or learning a new task. Then there is usually a project for them to work on. Finally, we sometimes will finish with some gaming for education choices. Each year I try to incorporate new things and stay up with the ever changing field of technology. My goal is to have every student prepared to tackle the tech world we see around us. One new thing this year is Minecraft for Education which is sponsored for the district. We still have our Manchester version as well. Each student will have a Google and Microsoft account. I will try to use this area to keep you updated.
Kudos to all our students who participated in the Hour of Code. Manchester was recognized at the board meeting for having 100% of its student body involved and has its name first on the districts perpetual trophy. Special recognition to Mrs. Scott's Coder Girlz , some of whom came to the board meeting to be recognized. Winter time has brought many new things to talk about here at Manchester. We will continue to work on coding as several grade levels begin Scratch and other coding projects. All grade levels will be working on different presentation programs and they will all start to work on spreadsheets as well. The students will usually finish lab with different inter-actives. We will be focusing on math, language arts, animation, and much more as we move toward spring. Grades 4-6 will be working on specific Minecraft EDU worlds along with a writing project in either Microsoft or Google for each grade level. Some other tech we will look at is slideshows, movie making, and screen casting.It should be a busy winter - spring this year. Mr. Figura
Computer Club at the Tech Museum in San Jose. This year we will focus on newspaper production and photography.
Lab focus for the fall!
Our focus in lab right now will be in many areas. The first I want to discuss is keyboarding. They have all taken tests and continue to work on lessons. We will do this at least every other week and I will be testing again in the second quarter. Those who are struggling will be given extra time in the lab. The goal for 3-4 grades is 20-25 words per minute. The goal for 5-6 grades is 25-40 WPM. Please have students use the keyboarding section of their grade level on this site to practice at home. Another thing we are focusing on is creating documents online with Microsoft 365 and Google Docs. Please try both! We will be working almost every week to become proficient at doing either one in the classroom, lab, and at home. The final piece is internet safety. We have spent twice as much time on it in the lab this year. Always be aware, keep personal information off the internet, and never share a password with anyone. If there is a problem, then let an adult or teacher know immediately. Coming in the future are mission based Minecraft for grades 4-6 and presentation applications for all grade levels. We also will work on the Hour of Code!
Welcome back to Manchester G.A.T.E. ! To begin the school year students will all be creating new Google accounts going forward. Our new domain will be run by me, and will use their shortname and manchestergate.com. We will be exploring and learning all about Google this year. They will also be introduced to Microsoft 365, which gives the students even more options for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, mail, and much more. Our focus for the beginning of the year will be on Internet Safety. We will be using Brian POP along with FBI-SOS to review and learn safety on the internet. Word Processing will be our immediate focus, along with many sites as always for educational gaming. Students will also be getting their logins for Spelling City the 2nd week of school along with Newsela, for interactive language arts.
We will be working on many new things this Spring. I have some updates below by grade level! 2nd Grade We will be finishing our letters to the teacher, keyboarding tests, Spelling City, Rube Goldberg experiments, Google Apps, painting, book summaries, Socrative quizzes, DRP tesing, Khan Academy and we will work on internet safety a bit more a well. 3rd Grade We will have 2 new presentation methods with Haiku Deck and Sway. They will also do Google Maps, Rube Goldberg, SBAC practice, TweenTribune, Research, Microsoft 365 and Kidzsearch for internet safety. 4th Grade We will be using Visual Thesaurus, and work on some Microsoft Word templates, including a birthday flyer. They will do formulas in Excel, Gold Rush, SBAC practice, Minecraft EDU in the Rain Forest, Paining online, screencasts, and Typing certificates to be sent home. We may also introduce and try Vocabulary.com! 5th Grade We will be creating Protopage websites, Prezi and Sway presentations, Rube Goldber Interactives, SBAC practice and some experimentation with Pandora music. They will also use some of our best STEM sites online. 6th Grade We will be using FBI-SOS for internet safety. They will have Scratch computer programming accounts and projects. We will explore Google spreadsheets, Pandora music, Fakebook(social media learning), Sway for presentations, Microsoft 365, and at Mt. Everest world in Minecraft EDU. We are currently working on a World of Humanities in the lab!
Second Grade This quarter students will be writing an opinion in Google Docs along with creating a letter to their teachers. They will be studying and working on fossils and rocks, with the lab supporting our science curriculum with websites and Socrative Quizzes. In Math they will work on tangrams, facts, time, and money. I plan to also have students learn how to do a simple presentation online. Technology Standard W6, SL5 Third Grade We will be working on Solar System and Light this quarter. They will be finishing Power Points about the Scout Island field trip. After learning how to use many features they will be logging on to Microsoft 365 to save the project in their online portfolio. Students will continue to progress in Ten Thumbs Typing along with taking Socrative quizzes to support our science curriculum. In math they will be working on facts and fractions, and we will also use Tween Tribune to expand our vocabulary and knowledge. Technology Standard Multimedia Presentations, W6, SL5, RI5 Fourth Grade Students will be doing a lot of research and work on their Rocks PowerPoints. We plan to learn as much about the program as possible. There will be lots of Math this quarter with the group working on graphing, fractions, geometry, area, and peremiter. They will do Ten Thumbs Typing, Minecrafdt EDU(new learning worlds), and screencasting. W5, W6, W10 Fifth Grade Students will be working on comics and animations along with starting a class world in Minecraft EDU. The teacher will be in the world to assist and guide them through their goals. Students will also create a report using Prezi and tie it into what is being done in the Science Lab. They will be working on Art, Math Facts, Scratch computer programming, and Protopage for creating website. W6, SL5,RI7
Sixth Grade Students will complete their presentations on Camp in Google Slides. The emphasis will be on learning all the features of the program. In Science they will be studying the earth and energy. We will have math challenges on Manga High and there will be an introduction to spreadsheets. In the area of computer programming the students will be using Scratch online and there will also be a day spent with online animation. We will also explore the potential of Microsoft 365. W6, SL5, F, W10 Technology Standards
Grades 4-6 will be working on mission based Minecraft EDU worlds about every 5-6 weeks! Each grade level has different learning worlds!
Students are getting used to their computers and ready to go full steam ahead. We will be learning all things Google We will begin lessons on Ten Thumbs Typing and take a test on our speed and accuracy. They will learn and experiment with Simple Machines and take quizzes developed and graded with the Science Lab. We will use Brain POP Jr. to investigate Science and Math Topics along with internet safety. There will be Art created on the computers along with our first Word Processing projects. Our Technology Focus will be Digital Citizenship
Our focus this Fall will be to explore all things Google. We will work on documents, charts, drawings, calendar, email and more. They will be starting a PowerPoint presentation which will tie in with their field trip to Scout Island. They will study the Constitution, Internet Safety, and learn how to access Microsoft 365 online. We will focus our interactives on Math and Math challenges in Manga High. In Science we will support the lab with interactives on Biomes. Our Technology Focus will be on Multimedia Presentations and Mathmatical Applications
Students will be taking a couple quizzes that will assess their learning in the Science Lab. The quizzes will be developed and taken on Socrative. We will be doing many lessons on Ten Thumbs Typing and using Typing Web to take timed tests. Results of test will be sent home at the end of each semester. We will be doing a poem unit on Google docs and use Google Drawings to explore how to create, draw and paint. Students will do chart making on Lucid Chart and save this to their Google Drive. In MinecraftEDU students will be using a tutorial world to learn about how we use the game for computer programming, math, ecosystems, and much more. We will give them opportunities to work in Spelling City as well. Each lab ends with interactives/gaming to expand on their ability to problem solve, explore, and practice what they have learned. Our Technology Focus will be Word Processing
They are working on many different skills to start our school year. In the area of research and word processing they will be using Microsoft Word, learning all the features and using the Water Cycle for our topic. There will be activities on Weather and Elements & Compounds to support our Science Lab. We have been using Lucid Chart to create different templates. They will have a whole class project to complete on designing their own house/floor plan. We will be working on Geography and using Google Maps to explore the world. Students will learn how to do a screencast and in Typing Web we will do lessons every other week, with testing at the end of each semester. A certificate on how they are progressing will be given to their teacher and send home. Our Technology Focus will be Research and Gathering Information
This Fall we will be working on all things Google. They will use their drive many times for Word Processing, Drawing, Journals,Calendar,and a presentation in Google Slides about camp. They will also use Powtoon to create a presentation about the Sierras, to prepare for camp. In Typing web they will be doing lessons(now using Google logins) and take timed tests. Results from this will be sent to teachers and parents each semester. They will have math challenges in Manga High along with Language Arts exploration and assessment on TweenTribune. We will study the Constitution and making of laws along with a Microsoft Word project on the Preamble. They will practice screencasting, new worlds in Minecraft EDU, and how to create their own websites on Weebly. Our Technology Focus will be on Word Processing
Our new school year is upon us with many exciting things happening at Manchester this year. I will be looking for 12 students to be in my Computer/Technology Club from 6th Grade this year. The club will be working on a 6th Grade movie, new programs trials, exploring websites, video production, a school newspaper, photography, helping our 2nd and 3rd Grade students, etc... We may also have a possible field trip for the club this year. Students who are interested should tell me what areas they are interested in and why they would be the right choice for club. Please submit essays to Mr. Figura at email@example.com. This should be done and emailed to me by the end of the the first week of school, I will notify those who are chosen.
In labs the first month we will be focusing on all students organizing and using Google Drive. How to do research, Khan Academy, printing, lab rules, STEM websites, and much more. We will set up and use all three of our web browsers, and 4-6th Grades will be doing a learning world in MInecraftEDU. There will also be an introduction to Microsoft365 and it's uses!
End of the Year Projects! Our final 6 weeks will be filled with many projects and explorations. Students will be exploring the use of templates on Google Docs and Spreadsheets. We will also have grade levels using Microsoft 365 as another option to create and save presentations, documents, and spreadsheets online. We will explore a final MinecraftEDU world and all 4th,5th and 6th graders have created Single Player worlds of their own. We will do theme weeks with quite a few of the best websites for education that are out there. Each grade level will be finishing projects for Open House on May 20th, and compiling a list of what they can show parents. I plan to have each grade level explore, understand, and use some of the resources we pay for and provide here at Manchester. These include, Brain POP, Discovery Education, Spelling City, Visual Thesaurus, and others. The lab has moved out all the old Imacs and is up to date adding 2 new Chromebooks by June and getting 5 of our old HP laptops cleaned up and ready for students to use! Please access our new website for all your school information. The link is below! https://www.fresnou.org/schools/manchester You can always access all our sites(and the older Archive site) at www.manchestergate.com.
2nd Grade We will be working on internet safety and learn how to use our Google accounts. I hope to have students organize folders, create a paragraph on a character, and put in simple calendar entries. We will be working on Science websites that cover the topics of magnets and sound. Math will be a big focus as we do smart board lessons and practice our facts. Students will be focusing on doing keyboarding the right way!! Common Core Focus Writing 6 Keyboarding
3rd Grade Students will continue to work on Keyboarding lessons with Ten Thumbs Typing. This program is loaded on our new computers and guides them at their own pace. With 6th Grade helpers students will create a power point on their Scout Island trip. They will learn how to use all the basic features of the program and to save it online and in the documents folder. In science we will explore Biomes, Animals, and Dinosaurs. On Google Drive they will be writing an Opinion on one of their field trips. Common Core Focus W 6 \ SL5 Multimedia Presentations
4th Grade Students will use Edmodo to network in our lab. This will be interactive and also have educational activities. In Science students will be exploring sites on waves, wind, water, and ice to support our science lab. We will learn how to use Powerpoint for our future projects on Rocks and Minerals. Students will focus on Ten Thumbs Typing lessons as well as using different templates in Word. Google apps will be used for documents, calendar, and email. Students will also practice doing screencasts. W 6 / W 5 / W 10 Multimedia presentations and Word Processing
5th Grade Students will be creating their own charts in Lucid Chart. This can apply to what they are doing in class or to their own lives. They will be completing a research project on the Water Cycle, which will use many features in Word. We will continue to progress through the keyboard in Typing Web, along with taking a speed and accuracy test in this area. In MinecraftEDU students will be sent on missions to build, explore, use math, engineering and much more. We will work on exploring the atom to complement what is being done in the Science Lab. They will use Google Apps to create forms and quizzes as well. Finally we will explore how to make create word clouds with Taxedo. We will print and display these in the lab. W 8 / SL 5 Mathematical Applications and Word Processing
6th Grade There will be three big projects for this grade level. Students will be finishing a Powtoon presentation on the Sierras to support our Science Lab. They will also begin to make one of their own. Students will begin work as Web Authors using Weebly to create websites of their own. After they return from camp they will begin a Google Presentation about their experience. We will explore different online Keyboarding sites this quarter and in Science we will explore Ecosystems, Biomes, MinecraftEDU, and engineering. W 8 / SL5 / W 10 Presentations and Web Authoring