Friday, November 28, 2008

By Popular Demand: The Beaker Video (and random BG Technology updates)

Well folks, report cards go home Monday, and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly appreciate the hard work of all the students from Mme Holden and Mme O'Hara's classes who successfully completed the massive, end-of-term, seven-page hardware test. Well done, everyone! A special word of congrats goes out to James P., who earned the highest mark in the entire school!

Now that first term's over, we're on to our software units...

  • The kindergarteners are learning how to use the basic functions of tool software, and touch-based learning tools.
  • The primary classes are starting to learn Notebook - the presentation software built especially for SMARTBoards interactive white boards.
  • The extended Primary/Junior classes (grade 2, 3, and 3-4 students who have a double period of computers every week) have started creating storyboards in advance of making animated GIFs.
  • The 4/5ers are finishing their Candy Computers, and will be moving on to a focused study of the basics of Photoshop Elements.
  • The 5/6ers are starting independent study units based on their interests and skills.

Long live the BG Geeks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Candy Computers: Here We Come!

Could it be November already?

Just as quick as it began, first term has come to an end. Finishing touches are being put on projects, report cards are being written, and - if you happen to be in my grade four, five, or six classes - you have just completed a freakishly massive, online, seven-page, computer test.

Congratulations, little weasels; you learned a lot this term.

Mme. Holden's class will begin construction of their Candy Computers tomorrow, and Mme. O'Hara's class is right behind them - they are set to begin construction next week.

I'm proud of you, and I can't wait to post pictures of our build periods to the blog.