USN Lower School Technology!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Come to Evening School FREE Class on Monday, March 5

Hey, all,

This promises to be a lively and informative discussion, completely student-driven (attendees will meet in small groups to brainstorm questions and the discussion panel will address those), featuring a live Internet connection to facilitate examples of MySpace, Facebook, IMing, and more. Come join in...

Our kids & The Internet - Discussion Panel
Monday, 3/5/2007Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
at USN
Description: Parents have valid questions and concerns about what their kids are doing on the Internet these days. This hour-and-a-half session will explore those concerns through small group break-out discussions and a general, informative question-and-answer session with KATHY “WIZ” WIECZERZA, director of technology at USN and a concerned parent herself. She’ll be joined by the members of USN’s team of technology experts. Free class. Call 321-8019 to register.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mid-February Happenings in the Lower School Lab

We're movin' and a'shakin' here in the LS Lab as the 3rd graders view a great movie on the topic of erosion via our Safari Montage streaming media server.

4th graders have finished their independent study PowerPoints and are keeping up with their Keyboarding4Kids work, though many have optioned into the BBC DanceMat Typing instead. As long as their working in home row key position it really doesn't matter which program they use. The only impact will be on end of year assessment but that's my ballywick and I'm on it. I'm very proud of how thoroughly most 4th graders have bought into their skills development in this arena. You should be, too. I'm also showing them a pretty valuable homeschooling website called "MathPlayground," where they're finding a Shockwave game to help them understand the concepts of area and perimeter, current focii in their classrooms.

Kindergarteners and 1st graders are visiting the PBS "Between the Lions" website and we're playing the "WordPlay" game altogether at the SmartBoard, then they're exploring other wonderful early literacy games at the site on their own.

Second graders are visiting a couple cool math practice sites on the Webliographer,'s "Math Mayhem" and "Spacy Math," two sites where they can practice their math facts in fun ways. Every little bit helps!!!

That's all for now!