5th Grade Technology

3rd Trimester Summary

Students finished their state slideshow using Google Presentations to show facts and photographs pertaining to the student’s state. They then downloaded their presentations to their computers in the lab and opened them in Keynote. In Powerpoint, they added transitions between slides and animations of objects within the slides.

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They created a 3 panel brochure in Pages for their state.

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They concluded the trimester with Javascript coding at Bitsbox

2nd Trimester Summary

The students began their Trimester with learning a new Typing Program, Typing Pal. This program has exercises and short practice texts to help the students increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

All fifth-grade students participated in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code” in December. We began our coding unit in November, by discussing how code is used in our world and its importance. The concepts of patterns, loops, and debugging were then reinforced by working at 3 different coding websites.

https://studio.code.org/s/course3

https://www.tynker.com/

https://www.madewithcode.com/

They finished their coding unit by creating games using Javascript with guided lessons from https://bitsbox.com/

Students continued working on their state textbook by creating a slideshow using Google Presentations to show facts and photographs pertaining to the student’s state.

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We concluded our trimester with three weeks of studying robotics. We defined as a class what a robot is and what sensors and  features a robot must have to navigate through different situations and solve different problems.

They began by learning about the engineering process at National Geographic’s Online Robotics Course: Challenge Robots.  They then learned about various sensors added to robots to complete a task.

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They then built a robot and navigated it through mazes with code solving various problems.

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We concluded the unit, by working with the Finch  robot. This robot was connected to their computer and in pairs they programmed it’s sensors with an online coding program SNAP. They chose a challenge from the Finch website and working together coded the robot to perform the actions.

1st Trimester Summary

The fifth-grade students began the trimester practicing their keyboarding skills with their individual accounts at edutyping.com. They then studied the following digital citizenship topics at digital passport

Students learn why it’s important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly “private” or “erasable” online.
Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to “evolve” into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

To reinforce the lesson of  Privacy and what we share online, they created a fake “online profile” making sure they only wrote personal information and not private information.

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They then created in Wixie a digital citizenship poster to display outside of the computer lab.

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The students then brought the study of a state of their choice from their classroom to the computer lab.  They began by looking up the their state symbols using Netstate.com, Statesymbolsusa.org, and 50states.com. They then downloaded photos of these state sybols using Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest. This collection of images will be used throughout the year for projects in Google Docs, Comic Life, Powerpoint, Pixie, and HyperStudio.

The first project they created was an economy collage in Wixie.

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They then created a map attack comparing their state details with other states.

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Fifth Grade Benchmarks:

  • Use screen layouts menus and icons to navigate in program efficiently – understanding of program functions.
  • Format, edit, punctuate, add graphics and sound, save, retrieve documents
  • Create multimedia presentations
  • Log into web-based tool accounts
  • Locate files and paths independently
  • Know how to evaluate websites for accuracy and relevance
  • Proper two handed keyboarding position, home rows, 25 WPM at 90% and above accuracy

Technology Integration:  Students demonstrate ability to use computer tools to accomplish tasks or complete projects related to classroom curriculum.

Throughout the trimester, the students practiced keyboarding by logging into https://www.edutyping.com/ and doing timed writings and course lessons.