Media Literacy Part 3 & Week of October 1, 2012

Kindergarten-3rd Grade:

As we continue practicing our mouse skills using ABCYA.com and Starfall.com we will also keep practicing how to cut and paste objects and change the font, size, and color of our names in Microsoft Word.  Last week we used a "living and non-living things" template provided by the awesome author of this website.  This week we are brushing up on our lady bug addition and subtraction!  Here's an example:


Students in various classrooms in grades 1-3 are beginning to work in Studyladder.com.  Studyladder allows teachers to set up free accounts for each of their students to practice math and literacy skills.  There are activities available for 10 subjects as well as resources for teachers including print materials and tutorials.  Student activity can be tracked for progress.  While I am providing guidance and time for Studyladder in lab, the teachers set up their own classroom accounts so they can monitor what skills their students are working on or give individual students specific skills to practice.  This will become a staple activity in technology lab for the participating classrooms.

Something new is a keyboarding program I found on a technology blog that was recommended by a colleague (thanks, Mandy!).  Letterbubbles is very cool!  Kindergarten and 2nd grade students have been introduced to it so far but I plan to have all students through 4th grade use the site.  The 2nd grade did fantastic. Kindergarten is still getting used to it.  The site is currently in "beta" which means there are still bugs to work out.  The only glitch we noticed was that it does not like Internet Explorer.  We had to switch over to Chrome to use it.

NETS Standards Covered:
6a. Understand and use technology systems
6b. Select and use applications effectively and productively


Grades 5-8:
Media Literacy Part 3

Our discussion on media literacy is going great!  This week we will discuss the "Art of Persuasion".  We'll look at images and commercials that try to persuade you to do something, buy something, or believe something.  The Prezi can be found below and the handout can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/106029917/Media-Literacy-Part-3


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