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Honey Creek Technology

Monthly Newsletter

  • December 2017 Newsletter

    Hi all! In technology, Middle school just finished up their Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories using Twinery. You can check them out here. In the 4/5 classes, we’re working on programming using Scratch.mit.edu. Cheryl and I are collaborating on a digital poster project where students will be making interactive diagrams of how the senses work in our brains. In the 2/3 classes, we’re making digital stories using the site Storyjumper. Students can access their storyjumper accounts at home by going to https://www.storyjumper.com/user/login and clicking “Sign in with Google”. I hope everyone has a fantastic winter break!

  • November Newsletter

    Hi all!

    In 2/3 technology we’re continuing to improve our basic word processing skills in Google Drive. We’re also working on our typing skills using the site  Typing.com. Students can use typing.com at home by clicking on the “Login with Google” button at the bottom of the page and using their Honey Creek account credentials.

    In 4/5 we are finishing up with Internet safety and beginning to work on programming. We will be using Scratch to develop basic programming logic skills and create interactive programs and animations.

    In Middle School we’re finishing up our internet safety unit. Next up we will be using Twinery  or Inklewriter to create choose-your-own-adventure stories and develop web-editing skills at the same time. Middle School elective is working on programming using p5.js, a subset of the Processing language. We are currently learning about objects in programming and applying the concept to create a fish tank!

    Happy November!

  • October Newsletter
    Technology Updates
    Hi all! Happy beginning of the school year! In technology this month the 2/3 classes are working on creating/editing/sharing documents and folders in their Google Drives. In 4/5 and Middle School we’re beginning our unit on Internet Safety. In Middle School elective we’re using the processing library for javascript to create animations and drawing using code! I hope you are all having a great start to the year!
  • May Newsletter

    Hi all,

    In technology this month we are mostly finishing up big projects that you will be able to check out at the Curriculum Celebration next week!

    In 2/3 we practiced using the engineering design challenge by designing, building, testing, and improving boats made from various materials.

    In 4/5 we have been working hard to complete our wigglebots. Students designed them from scratch, built them, and have spent weeks making improvements. They are looking awesome, and the students cannot wait to show them off at curriculum celebration and take them home!

    In Middle School we are finishing up our assistive tech challenge using makey-makeys. There are some awesome and creative designs that meet the needs of a fictional client. I hope you’ll check them out at curriculum celebration!

    In MS tech elective, we’ve been working on making games and programs in JavaScript. They’ve made everything from ciphers to breakout games.

    Have a great May!

    Jess

  • Technology Newsletter April 2017

    Hi all!

    Happy Spring! We’re doing lots of fun projects in tech class this month.

    In 2nd/3rd grade, we just finished up using iMovie on the iPads to make trailers about 3D shapes.  Check them out here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7rJG26aQ8Vhd29XNEd1LVNsMTQ?usp=sharing 

    Next up for the 2nd/3rd graders is working on a boat project. Students will design and create a boat that can float while carrying a load.

    In 4th/5th grade, we’re working on designing and building Wigglebots! Students learned how to complete a circuit to power a dc motor, and are using various materials to offset it and make their design move across a flat surface.

    In Middle School, students are working on designing creating controllers for makey-makeys for a “client” with a physical disability.

    In Middle School elective, we’re using javascript to create a breakout game and other various coding projects.

     

  • February 2017

    There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on in technology this semester. The 2/3 classes are working on their research skills. We’ve been working on using keywords in search engines to find information online. Our next project is to create an ABC’s of Inventions book using Storyjumper. Each student was assigned one or 2 letters of the alphabet. They have to find an invention that starts with that letter and create a page of a book that will give information about the invention.
    The 4/5 classes just finished up their Pure Michigan videos, and they turned out great! You can learn about some great places in Michigan and check out their videos on this interactive map! Either click on pinned locations to view the videos, or click the down arrow next to “All Items” under teacher names to view videos by individual students. Here’s the link to the map!

    Middle schoolers just finished up their 5 Minutes in History podcasts. They used soundtrap.com to record their scripts and add music and effects. They did a nice job on them! Next up for Middle School is researching a job in the STEM field and completing a creative project to present the career they chose.

    The middle school elective this semester is a coding adventure. Students will learn about the uses of several different programming languages, and then pick one to learn the basics of and write programs in. They can choose from any of the languages listed on Codeacademy. Students in this elective who are also on the brand new First Tech Challenge team will be able to work on their Java programs for the tournament in May.

     

  • Technology Newsletter December 2016

    Hi all,

    Can you believe it’s already December? 2016 has flown by so fast! We’re doing a lot of fun stuff in technology this month!

    In the 2/3 classes, we’re still getting to know our Google Drives, learning to use word processing programs, and learning about file types. Coming up, we will begin our Digital Storytelling unit using a great site, Storyjumper.com. We’re going to start with a templated book where they will be writing about themselves. Next, we’ll be working on a collaborative book! Storyjumper just added a great feature where students can edit books together in real time! Exciting!

    In the 4/5 classes, we will be working on our Pure Michigan videos. Students are picking places in Michigan to write a poem about, then in Tech class they take their poem and turn it into a Pure Michigan video complete with photos and music. This year we’ll be adding an exciting new feature to the project as well. (You’ll just have to wait to find out what it is!)

    In Middle School, we’re still working on our Podcast projects. Students picked a historical event and are writing/recording a script to tell about it in 5 minutes. They are using a collaborative, online audio mixer to record their script and create the intro/outro music for the podcast. I hope to get them on the website when we finish. Elective students are continuing to develop well-rounded games. Now we’re looking at the coding side of making games using Scratch.mit.edu.

  • Technology Newsletter November 2016

    Greetings all! Here’s what we’re doing in technology class this month.

    2/3 Classes:

    We finished up with internet safety and began exploring our Google Drives. This month students will learn to create and share documents, create folders, and save pictures to their Drives. We will also be learning the different file extensions for pictures, and creating our own gif images using abcya’s animation maker.

    4/5 Classes:

    In November the 4/5 students will be working on making Pure Michigan projects. This is a fun collaboration project where they will be researching a place in Michigan and writing a poem about it in Language Arts. Then in technology, they turn their poem into a Pure Michigan video by recording themselves reading the poem and adding music and photos.

    Middle School:

    In Middle School this month we will be working on creating our own podcasts using audio mixing software. They will be working in groups of 2-3 to create intro music, write and record their scripts, and mix the project. In the technology elective, students are continuing to create their own games.

 

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