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Honey Creek Technology

Monthly Newsletter

  • April 2018 – Technology News

    Hi all!

    Exciting news in the technology department! Honey Creek is now the proud owner of a 3D printer!

    In Middle School, we just began a unit that explores engineering design, 3D printing, and CAD software. We will be using an online CAD program, TinkerCad, to learn about design, 3D printing, electronics, programming, and more through hands-on projects.  Due to the time it takes to complete a 3D print, we will not have time for each student to print and take home a design this year, but my hope is that each class can vote on one thing to print by the end of the year.

    In 4th/5th grade, we are using app.bookcreator.com to create digital books. Each student will be designing and narrating a page based on Todd Parr’s book,  It’s Okay To Be Different, which we will compile into a single book that will be available to download and print.

    In 2nd/3rd, the students have been working on animal reports, which they will be making into green screen videos when they are finished writing them.

     

  • January Newsletter

    Hi all!

    Happy New Year! We’re doing some exciting stuff in technology this month. In the 2/3 classes, we’re starting to talk about Internet Safety and Netiquette. Ask your kids about the 3 Keeps of Internet Safety! In 4/5 we’re working to finish up our Digital Posters that we’ve been working on in Science and Tech classes using Scratch.mit.edu. They are looking great! In Middle School we’re working on creating Animated Whiteboard videos. Students are researching a person and recording a brief biography that will be overlayed on a sped up video of them drawing on a whiteboard. Check out the youtube stream DrawMyLife for an idea of what the project will look like.

    I look forward to seeing you all at Curriculum Celebration!

    -Jess

  • 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.

     

 

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