K-2 Celebration of Knowledge

Hi Parents and Caregivers,

If you are wondering what your kiddo is learning, you’ve landed on the right spot! We are already closing in on January and your little learners have so much to celebrate. Technology skills are embedded within literacy, mathematics, as well as, our school wide H.O.P.E. (honesty, optimism, perseverance, Emmanual) theme. Our students will inherit a world that is digitally more developed than the one we live today. To prepare our students to learn the skills that will support them with navigating the unknown, technology class focuses on a large range of skills they will require moving forward in school—and in life.  Each grade level builds on the next and as students progress through grade levels—so do the skills. Technology focuses on technological skills such as basic operations, word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia and presentation tools, keyboarding, research and information, and digital citizenship, but technology also focuses on discovering passions, collaboration and communication, social and emotional health, as well as developing the tools to think critically. Skills introduced and taught are purposeful and are chosen with intent that aligns to the Dioceses of Rochester adaption of the International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE), and New York State Common Core Standards K-12.

Once technology skills are taught, students have time to “tinker”, or practice. Here is an at a glance for what grade levels K-2  have accomplished during the first half of the year:

Kindergarten--First half of the year focuses on introduction beginning mouse and keyboarding skills using free educational online resources. I introduce and model activities and then provide guided practice. Students regularly practice and develop letter recognition and relationships between upper – lower case letters and letter – sound identification with location to those letters and sounds on the keyboard. Keyboarding is a literacy skill and is practiced as such. Kindergarteners have also been developing mouse skills such as pointing, clicking, double clicking, and dragging while practicing letter/ sound relationships, 1:1 ratio, counting, and matching colors and shapes. As we move into the second half of the year, some topics to be introduced are sorting, rhyming, comparing, sentence word order, upper and lower case, vowel sounds, dolch-sight words, and digraphs (SH, WH, TH). Please kiss and hug and snuggle your kindergartener because s/he has been working and learning so much! 

  • Basic Hardware Skills
    • parts of the Chromebook (CB)
    • turn on/off
    • verbally identify CB parts- screen, keyboard, mouse
    • how to correctly walk with the CB
    • CB modes: curtsey, technology, reverse
    • the mouse and how to connect it to the CB
    • how to use the trackpad on the CB
  • Keyboarding
    • letter recognition
    • letter/sound recognition

1st Grade-Students have regularly practiced and developed using the mouse and the track pad on the Chromebook to point, click, double click, as dragging while practicing letter/ sound relationships, 1:1 ratio, counting, and matching colors and shapes. Students are also practicing logging in and out of the Chromebook independently. This takes a lot of effort and time because login is their first and last name spelled out with a period in the middle. In first grade, I emphasize a strong focus on typing practice and developing essential word processing skills. As we move into the second half of the year, first graders will develop and improve their word processing skills by writing short sentences, using proper spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and word spacing with explicit instruction and guided practice. As students learn to type, the focus will be on proper hand position, rather than speed.

  • Basic Hardware Skills
    • turn CB on/off
    • login on/off
    • double click to open programs
  • Keyboarding
    • use caps lock and shift keys
    • backspace and delete keys
    • use enter key
    • type first and last name
    • type simple sentences with capital and period
    • click once to place cursor for editing/typing

2nd Grade–Students have regularly practiced and developed using the mouse and the track pad on the Chromebook to point, click, double click, and dragging while practicing letter/ sound relationships. Students are also practicing logging in and out of the Chromebook independently. This takes a lot of effort and time because login is their first and last name spelled out with a period in the middle. In second grade, I emphasize a strong focus on typing practice and developing essential word processing skills.  As we move into the second half of the year, second graders will develop and improve their word processing skills by writing short sentences, using proper spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and word spacing with explicit instruction and guided practice. As students learn to type, the focus will be on proper hand position, rather than speed. Moving into the second half of the school year, second graders will develop research skills and create a presentation using Google Slides. 

Basic Hardware

  • login and out of websites and applications (Seesaw, Google Classroom)
  • use mouse to miniplate shapes, icons, click on URL’s, type in boxes
  • use scroll bar

Keyboarding

  • use proper posture
  • locate and use correct finger, hand for space bar, return/enter, number and letter keys, delete key, shift key, and volume control
  • gain proficiency and speed with typing

Information Literacy

  • explain and demonstrate compliance with school and classroom rules regarding responsible use of computers
  • explain responsible use of technology and digital information
  • describe possible consequences of inappropriate use
  • identify and explain strategies for safe and efficient use of computers (passwords)