Welcome Back!

We are back to “make history” as Kid President said!

The technology lab has officially been renamed “The STEM lab” so look for the new banner!
If you are wondering what STEM stands for read below:

The lowdown on STEM schools. … STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems.

Think more than just video games!

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Cellphones and tablets can keep us connected to the world everywhere we go. They provide immediate entertainment and information, but they can also remove us from the world. We can get lost in the technology and lose sight of events happening around us.   How can we use these tools to learn to interact with the world and not hide inside the game or movie?

Sooooo, Video games aren’t all you can do with technology this summer.  Summer is here, but that is no reason to lose your tech skills.  3-5th graders your typing account will be open to practice.

  • Go on a scavenger hunt with your camera phone.

Take picture of things that are green, things that are round, shiny things or even your favorite things in your house or outside. Be creative and then let share your photos with family and friends.

  • Write a grocery or to do lists for your parents on your phone or tablet.

Be in charge of crossing off the items as you shop or complete them.

  • Create drawings on the computer about activities you do.

Use a drawing website like TuxPaint, Google Drawings or ABCya storymaker to draw a

nd write about places you go or activities you do throughout the summer.

  • Make signage for pretend play areas or a lemonade stand.

When you are playing make believe, create signs or pictures to put in your space. Make a sign to advertise a lemonade stand.

  • Research things you see around you.

Use the internet to search for information about things you discover throughout the summer. This could be something as simple as learning about a plan

t or flower.

  • Use google Maps to look at your neighborhood and plan a bike or walking route for the day.

Typing is Back!

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3rd -5th grade have goals to reach for their technology standards.  To reach the goal of typing without looking, remember to keep practicing when you leave technology for your other special rotations.  Practice makes perfect and you may win the cupcake for the week!

Electing our Student Council

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We have completed the first step in creating a student council at McMeen!  The nominations are in and we are waiting for the students to accept or decline their nomination.

Start to look for signs and campaign flyers from the candidates this week that will help you decide who you want for each position. Voting will take place the week before we leave for Winter Break.

There will be a President, Vice- President, 3rd grade senator, 4th grade senator and 5th grade senator.

Literacy Night in the Tech Lab

Welcome McMeen Community!  Literacy and reading on-line are vital to success in today’s world.
We are proud to open up the Technology lab for Literacy Night.

Come join us for information on resources, exploring sites on-line and all around fun in the lab!

Thursday, November 17th
6:00- 7:15 p.m.

Welcome back to the 2016-17 School Year!

I am super excited to get started learning computer safety and starting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the technology lab! Be ready to challenge yourself and think of ways you want to change the world!

Be sure to check out the What we are doing page to see what each grade level will be studying at the start of the year!

Summer Technology

 

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Typing Winners will resume next year!

But don’t forget to practice over the summer! Your typing agent accounts will be active until July.  There are so many ways to practice such as writing a story about a trip or family event or taking pictures and telling about them for a scrapbook.  See the summer technology brochure coming home in your report cards.