Last week I had grades 3, 4, & 5 start working on their photo editing skills.
We used some free web based software called Pixlr to edit a photo of a shark. I let students get creative and edit it however they wished. Some students gave the shark evil eyes, and others drew themselves into the photos.
Great job to all of my classes for their initiative and interest in this awesome skill!
Below are my Shark photo edits, can you spot the difference?
May Day is tomorrow and I hope to see everyone there for this fun celebration! Have a great weekend!
Hello Computer Class!
We will be photo editing using Pixler's Photo Editor.
First we will copy the orange link text. Then we will open Pixler and paste the link.
1) To copy you highlight the text with your mouse then you press Command + C. Copy the orange text:
2)Now, Click the following link which will open up in a new tab in Firefox. After please return to this blog tab.
3) In Pixler, select the Open Image from URL.
4) Then paste the text. To paste you press Control + V. Then press "OK" and upload your shark image!
Today I had grades K, 1, and 2. We had a nice and easy class working on keyboarding practice and a few games.
We started the class with Keyboarding Without Tears. Some of our students have unlocked new levels like "Off To Work", "Let's Eat", and "On the Go". These students usually are able to log onto a computer at home. If you would like to have access tot his program at home, please contact the office and we can get you started!
After Keyboarding, we worked on a new game. With this website, you can make your own Kaleidoscope.
All of my classes loved this activity. Students were able to figure out all of the buttons themselves. I'm so happy I have such savvy students here at Honaunau!
Today I want to share with you a few links that I have been visiting.
For typing practice I keep coming back to Keybr. I have been using this with classes and to practice my own typing. It's a great site to up your typing speed. I love that they show the keyboard on screen. The visuals make it very easy to recognize finger placement on the keys.
Are you having trouble making an image smaller? Or reducing the size of a file? I have used this site with great success. Do you need to make a picture smaller before sending an email? Change a file from a PDF to a Jpeg? Word to PDF? Merge PDF files? This site does it all! Navigating software for converting and compressing files can be confusing. This site handles the job with ease!
Also, May Day is almost here! Please support Honaunau School in this annual event. It goes to support many of the little things that make school special for students here. For more info, please contact the office on ways you can help.
There will be a May Day Meeting on Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.
Both classes also had the chance to use Keyboarding Without Tears. If you would like your student to have access to the program at home, please contact the school and we can get your child set up!
Today I worked with grades 1, 2, and 5 in computer class. We were having some trouble accessing our internet based activities so my students worked on some list making.
Second grade also worked on our alphabetical food list. They also worked on how to find items that aren't on the desktop by using the finder menu. For the second part of class we worked on KidBiz, reading articles and answering questions.
Fifth grade also worked on lists. The first few lists were done with our hands crossed on the keyboard. This made typing seem easy when we switched back to using our home keys with correct hands. We started on with an alphabetical food list and finished with a list of names. We ended class with a few minutes of Weave Silk followed by 10FastFingers. So far, 28 WPM is our top speed in 5th grade. Let's see if they can beat it!
Have a groovy weekend!
Aloha! Today is the last day of class before spring break. I was happy to have grades 3,4, & 5 again today to work on their typing in preparation for the SBAC Exam.
I had a small group for 5th grade and we were able to work on our Dino Challenge. We type up names of dinosaurs off of a sheet of paper for two minutes. The student with the most names gets an extra check.
With our students gearing up for the SBAC test, grades 3, 4, and 5 worked on typing and proofreading today. There is a great site from Harcourt Schools with proofreading practice. Proofreading Makes Perfect allows students to practice spelling and grammar in different parts of the sentence. Their exercises help students scan sentences for common mistakes and gives tips on how to fix them.
Grades 3 & 4 worked on these exercises from Harcourt. First the students open up a web browser like Firefox or Safari. Then they go to the Google search engine and enter "Harcourt School" + "proofreading" + their grade. The first link from Google (not Yahoo!) will usually be the correct one.
We had some internet problems so 5th grade worked on a different activity. We did another "Story Starter". Students worked in groups of three to type stories from the following starter "I was a looking a shark right in the eye when he said...". We got a lot of good stories from class including ones about shark slayers, the doom cave at the bottom of the ocean, and a dastardly whale shark.
Happy Aloha Friday!
On this cloudy Friday, Kindergarten, 1 & 2 all came into computer class. As usual we began with KWT. It's been great to see the youngest children in the school beginning to use both hands on the keyboard. The instructions are both foreign and difficult, but these children are starting to handle typing with a glimmer of ease.
One of our favorite websites finally came back, This is Sand. This website is a virtual sand art game and it is often requested by all of the grades I teach. Fun for both children and adults, I suggest you try this game at home on your computer or Ipad.
On Friday, February 20th, grades 3 &5 had some computer trivia. Students had the chance to earn five extra minutes of game time before class by answering some questions on the parts of a website and on the enter/return key.
The website icon that stumped both class is shown in the image below.
This image highlights the stop loading or stop navigation button, the 'X'. This button will be present while the page is loading. By clicking the 'X' in the address bar, you can stop loading the page. This may be used when a page is taking a very long time to load, or when you suspect there may be a problem while the page is loading. You press the 'X' then the reload/refresh button.
After trivia, both grades worked on KWT and finished class with some games at Orisinal. Orisinal is one of my favorite game sites. The graphic artist Ferry Halim created the site in 2000 with some of the most beautiful and simple games on the web. These games are enjoyed by children and adults and show the beauty in computer art.