STEM/Computer

January/February STEM

I can’t believe this year is coming to an end. With that, technology never comes to an end. This is just the beginning.

Kindergarten has finally gotten their computers. We have been doing so many unplugged lessons and the children have been so patient. With the arrival of our brand new laptops, there is a lot of work to be done. Children will be focusing on mouse control and getting familiar with the keyboard.  To help them further develop their keyboard skills they can practice by using abcya.com, clicking on kindergarten skills and then go to Typing Rocket Jr.

The first grade will begin using PowerPoint. They will learn how to create new slides, design a slide, and how to insert clip art and text. Students are also improving their typing skills using abcya.com. Some of the typing programs they are using include Cup Stack Typing, alpha munchies, keyboarding Zoo, Jump Key, Typing Rocket Jr, and Keyboard Invasion. Any of these typing programs will be helpful to your child. I advise to have them practice at home 1 time a week for about 10 minutes.

Second grade through fifth grade will be starting an amazing unit using Dash and Dot robots. The children have all been so excited to start this unit and the time has finally arrived. Students will use their knowledge of coding to program the dash and dot robots to achieve an abundance of tasks.

Second grade will also begin to practice typing using Powertyping.com. To practice at home, the children need to go to https://powertyping.com/qwerty/qwertyL.html. Have them practice the first lesson only. The goal for the end of the year is 15-20 wpm.

The third, fourth and fifth graders also need to continue to practice typing at home. They will also go to Powertyping.com. Their goals for the year is as follows:

3rd Grade: 20-25 wpm

4th Grade: 25-30 wpm

5th Grade: 30-35 wpm

The unit using Dash and Dot will last for the whole month of January. All grades except for kindergarten will use PowerPoint for the month of February.

If you have any questions or wish to meet with me, please contact me at sdavid2@schools.nyc.gov.