Help for Students to Improve "Technology" Skills
- Birthday Candle Counting - practice mouse skills and one to one counting (K-2)
- Color, Draw, and Paint - practice mouse skills while drawing (1-4)
- Mouse Practice, Bubble Activity - practice multiple mouse skills (3-5)
- Word Machine - practice vowel sounds while navigating (K-2)
- Number Chart Game - practice numbers and navigation (1-4)
- Comic Strip - learn to navigate a webpage by reading instructions, clicking items, dragging items, viewing videos, and entering text into fields. (3-5)
- 2D & 3D Shapes - learn math skills while practicing to drag and drop (K-2)
- Spelling Practice - practice spelling by dragging and dropping letters (1-4)
- Clean-up Your Grammar - practice following instructions by dragging and dropping items thus reinforcing the skills of dragging and dropping within a field. (3-5)
- We talked about our overall vision for technology at VHES.
- We shared about our current available technology hardware and how it is being used at school.
- We talked about our VHES website in great detail. We went over the various sections of the website and pointed out to the parents such parts as: Digital Citizenship Page, Parent Page, Common Core Page, and much more.
- We discussed our mission to address needs for students, teachers, and parents.
- We announced our next Tech Talk will take place in December. (more information to follow)
- We shared a few videos which can be found under the Resources tab of our website, see "Tech Talk".
- Discussed how reading blogs can help parents to keep abreast of advances and trends in educational technology.
- Shared educational technology collections that can be accessed from the VHES homepage. You will find collections specifically created for students, parents, and teachers.
- Parents were reminded to sign up for VHES texting system for parents. (details found under Resources tab)
Summary of Tech Talk - December 10, 2014
- Quick review of Previous Tech Talk
- Discussion of common issues parents face with making decisions about family use of technology
- Summary of Tech Talk page resources
- Discussion of online math resources
- Discussion of online language arts resources
- Discussion of online games
- Discussion of apps
- Discussion of subscription sites
- Question and comments
Summary of Tech Talk - February 3, 2015
- Review of past Tech Talks
- New tech support for students on VHES homepage
- New "Study" resources found on VHES homepage
- Read Aloud to Your Child - see tab under "resources" on VHES website
- Parent Concerns - screen time, games, how does technology affect children
- ScootPad - VHES subscription website
- What Next?
Apps - Language Arts
Apps - Math
Apps - Science
Apps - Social Studies
- ABCya - ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.
- FunBrain - Games cover all interest areas and target specific age levels. There are “parent-kid challenges,” “homework relief,” and “books on the run” links.
- HoodaMath - search by grade level and topic
- Math Playground - games sorted by topic
- Mr. Nussbaum - lots of great games as well as other helpful information
- Sheppard Software - games sorted by subject
- MathNook - games sorted by common core standard
- Sumdog - free games that make learning fun
- Arcademic Skill Builders - arcade like math games
- Calculation Nation - challenge players around the world
- Game Classroom - games, videos, interactives!
- TurtleDiary - fun and interactive games, well sorted
- Math Play - organized by grade level and topic
- KidSites - clean and easy to use lists of great sites
- PBSParents -This site contains guides on a variety of topics such as child development, curriculum connections, and technology for kids. It also shares information on hot issues in education. On the lighter side, there are games, stories, and guides to the TV programs offered by PBS.
- Child and Family Web Guide - The WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence.
- Make Meal Family Time - Encourages parents to gather the family around for this all important family time.
- Internet4Classrooms - Help offered by grade level and topic.
- e-learning for kids - Fun and free learning for ages 5-12.