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Ms. Hall - Library/Media Specialist

This page is contains information and updates for Grades 1st - 6th Coding/Keyboarding classes.
For information about the library, please visit the CE Library page.

December 4, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • Nearly every first grader is now able to log on to the computer without assistance using their personal username and password combination. Students have been learning how to use repeat loops in their code to make it shorter.
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • Some students have finished the Code.org Course B and have moved on to Course C. In the final lessons of Course B, students have been learning how to use events in their coding to create a short animation.
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • Some students have finished the Code.org Course B and have moved on to Course C. In the final lessons of Course B, students have been learning how to use events in their coding to create a short animation.
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are continuing to learn how to type using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing. Most students have completed Level 3, which covers the bottom row keys v, m, b, n, c and the comma, while others are still working on completing Level 2 or 3. Students who have completed Level 3 are working on some basic typing lessons in an online classroom I set up on the TypingClub.com platform. After winter break third graders will begin Code.org's Course C to learn basic computer programming skills.
Grade 4 Lavinge (Wednesdays)
  • Grade 4 students will all be working on learning coding skills for the next few weeks. The focus between now and the winter break is on fixing program bugs and learning to use loops and nested loops in their code.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes are progressing nicely through Code.org Course E. They have been very engaged in these lessons and want to keep working on the puzzles even when class is over.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • All 6th graders continue to work on coding with the exception of individual students scanning their portfolio work into folders on the school servers. For a time they were working in teams, but have now reached the final lessons in Code.org Course 4 and are back to working individually. Coding should be completed by winter break. The last couple of week's of the quarter students will be creating a personal Google site to serve as their digital portfolio. The work they have been scanning into files on the server will be copied to their digital portfolio site.

November 4, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • Students continue to practice logging on to the computer without assistance using their personal username and password combination. The focus of this week's coding lesson will be on debugging (finding and fixing errors) in our code.
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • Ms.Grant's students will be learning how to use Loops, also called Repeat Blocks, in their code to make it more efficient.
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • Ms.Grant's students will be learning how to use Loops, also called Repeat Blocks, in their code to make it more efficient.
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are continuing to learn how to type using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing. A few students have completed Level 3, which covers the bottom row keys v, m, b, n, c and the comma, while others are still working on completing Level 2 or 3. Students who have completed Level 3 will begin working on some basic typing lessons in an online classroom I set up on the TypingClub.com platform.
Grade 4 McGinnis (Wednesdays)
  • Grade 4 students will all be working on learning coding skills for the next few weeks. We will start this week by watching some videos about how coding impacts our world and do some "unplugged" coding activities on paper before starting online coding lessons.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes will begin an online coding course this week. They will start out by reviewing some basic coding skills they learned previously, including debugging programs.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • All 6th graders will be working on coding this week with the exception of individual students scanning their portfolio work into folders on the school servers. The focus of this week's coding lessons will begin with editing functions, and then progress to creating functions with parameters.

October 22, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • In first grade many students are still working on how to log in using their personal usernames and passwords without assistance. Most students have completed the Typing Jungle Jr lessons for letters A - L and have moved on to learning basic coding skills using drag and drop blocks.
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • Ms.Grant's students have all completed their typing unit on letters A - L and are well into their introduction to coding lessons.
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • Ms.Hasting's students have all completed their typing unit on the letters A - L and are well into their introduction to coding lessons.
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are continuing to learn how to type using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing. A few students have completed Level 2, which covers top row keys w, o, t, y, q and p, while others are still working on it. Once they have completed Level 2, they are learning how to correctly type the bottom row keys b, n, v, m, c and the comma key in Level 3.
Grade 4 McGinnis (Wednesdays)
  • Grade 4 students are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year by continuing to work on completing lessons 1 - 75 (lowercase letters) in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom. A few students have finished all 75 lessons and have begun the coding unit.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year and still working on completing lessons 1 - 184 in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom. Some students are very close to finishing these lessons and will go back through them to attempt to earn any stars they missed. Once they have earned as many stars as possible, they will move on to coding lessons.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • Most students in 6th grade have completed Typing.com online classroom Beginner Unit and nearly all of the Intermediate Unit. Individual students have started to scan their portfolio work into folders on the school servers. If there is time at the end of the semester, they will be putting all their portfolio work on to individual Google sites. Meanwhile, other students who have completed the Intermediate Unit in typing are working on coding lessons in their Code.org classroom.

October 1, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • Most students in grade 1 have completed the Typing Jungle Jr. lessons for letters A - F and the spacebar and are now on to lessons 41 - 75, which cover the letters G - L. They will continue with this set of lessons next week as well. After that the class they will take a break from typing and beginning an introductory course in coding.
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • Ms.Grant's class is continuing to work on completing lesson in Typing Jungle Jr. Once they have reached lesson 75, practicing all the letters up to L, they will start coding lessons using Code.org's platform. 
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • Ms.Hasting's class is continuing to work on completing lesson in Typing Jungle Jr. Once they have reached lesson 75 and practiced all the letters up to L, they will start coding lessons using Code.org's platform. 
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are continuing to learn how to type using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing. Several students have completed Level 1, which covers the Home Row keys asdfghjkl; and the letters i, e, r, and u. In Level 2 they are learning to type the rest of the top row keys w, o, t, y, q and p. Once they have completed Level 2, they will be learning the bottom row keys b, n, v, m, c and the comma key in Level 3.
Grade 4 McGinnis (Wednesdays)
  • Grade 4 students are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year by continuing to work on completing lessons 1 - 75 (lowercase letters) in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom. Some students are very close to finishing all 75 lessons. When they have done that, they will go back through them and attempt to earn any stars they missed. If they accomplish that task, they will move on to coding lessons.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year and still working on completing lessons 1 - 184 in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom. Some students are very close to finishing these lessons and will go back through them to attempt to earn any stars they missed. Once they have earned as many stars as possible, they will move on to coding lessons.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • Most students in 6th grade have completed Typing.com online classroom Beginner Unit and most of the Intermediate Unit. Individual students have started to scan their portfolio work into folders on the school servers. If there is time at the end of the semester, they will be putting all their portfolio work on to individual Google sites. Meanwhile, other students who have completed the Intermediate Unit in typing are continuing with coding lessons in their Code.org classroom.
September 17, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • This week grade 1 will be reviewing how to properly turn the computer on and off, how to sign in with their personal usernames and passwords and how to open the Google Chrome browser and type in the address to their Typing Club online classroom website. Once they are able to login to the online classroom, they will be learning the correct fingers to use to type the letters A - F and the spacebar using the Typing Jungle Jr. online lessons
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • This week Ms.Grant's class is continuing to work on lesson 1-40 in their online Typing Club classroom
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • Mrs. Hasting Class will be reviewing how to properly turn the computer on and off and how to sign in with their personal usernames and passwords. Then they will be opening the Google Chrome browser and typing in the web address to go to their Typing Club online classroom website and login to continue with Typing Jungle Jr. lessons 1 -40 in order to learn the correct fingers to use to type the letter A-F and the spacebar.
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are continuing to learn how to type the home row keys asdfghjkl; and the letters e,r, i, and o using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing.
Grade 4 McGinnis (Wednesdays)
  • This week grade 4 students are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year. They are continuing to work on completing lessons 1 - 75 (lowercase letters) in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online program.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year and still working on completing lessons 1 - 184 in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • Most students in 6th grade have completed Lessons 1 - 14 the Typing.com online classroom and have started Course 4 in the Code.org online classroom. In Course 4, they are tackling some very complex patterns to code while learning to use variables in the code they write to solve the puzzles.
September 10, 2018

Grade 1 Brady (Mondays) 
  • This week is the first class for grade 1. They will be learning how to properly turn the computer on and off and how to sign in with their personal usernames & passwords. If time allows, they will learn how to open the Google Chrome browser, go to their Typing Club online classroom website and login.
Grade 2 Grant (Tuesdays)
  • This week Ms.Grant's class is working on learning the correct fingers to use to type the letters A - F and the spacebar using the Typing Jungle Jr. program in their online Typing Club classroom
Grade 2 Hastings (Mondays)
  • This week is the first class for Mrs. Hasting Class. They will be learning how to properly turn the computer on and off and how to sign in with their personal usernames & passwords. If time allows, they will learn how to open the Google Chrome browser, go to their Typing Club online classroom website and login.
Grade 3 Eames & Moren (Thursdays) 
  • Grade 3 students are working on learning the home row keys asdfghjkl; and the letters e,r, i, and o using the online program BBC DanceMat Typing.
Grade 4 McGinnis (Wednesdays)
  • This week grade 4 students are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year and will have a quiz on correct finger placement. They are working on completing lessons 1 - 75 (lowercase letters) in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online program.
Grade 5 Marchand (Thursdays) & Desharnais (Fridays)
  • Both 5th grade classes are reviewing the typing skills they learned last year and working on completing lessons 1 - 184 in the Typing Jungle program in their Typing Club online classroom.
Grade 6 Overhoff (Monday - Friday)
  • Students in 6th grade are working on Lessons 1 - 14 a Typing.com online classroom. One they complete that assignment, they are beginning Course 4 in the Code.org online classroom.

August 27, 2018

Welcome Back!

Keyboarding classes are undergoing some exciting changes this year.
  • There will be more emphasis on coding/programming skills. 
  • Coding/Keyboarding classes will begin with 1st grade students rather than waiting until 3rd grade to introduce these lessons.
  • Classes for 1st - 5th graders will be once a week for 45 minutes all year rather than 30 minutes every day for one quarter.
  • 6th grade only will have class everyday for an entire semester rather than just one quarter.
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact me at dhall@csd.sau7.org.

February 4, 2018

Ms. Marchand's fifth grade class has completed two weeks of keyboarding class already. I have been very impressed with how well they remembered the keyboarding skills they learned in third and fourth grade. Additionally, I have noticed that they are very enthused about continuing on to the Course 3 level in Code.org. They seem to be enjoying learning how to program using this online program and I am very glad of that because I believe coding is becoming as essential a skill as is reading because every industry and career path is being impacted by the computer revolution. The video I have linked here helps to explain how important it is that our students learn computer science skills in order to be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Computer Science is Changing Everything



January 17, 2018

Second quarter is over this week and along with it, keyboarding for 4th graders. 
One of the final projects the fourth grade classes completed in keyboarding was a PowerPoint presentation. 
Each student chose an animal native to New Hampshire and while in Library class they completed some research on that animal. 
They brought the facts they found to keyboarding and used them as they learned how to make a slide to visually present that information.

I've posted the slideshows below for you to enjoy.

Hall-Desharnais.pptx


Hall-Wilkens.pptx



December 8, 2017

This week the fourth graders took a little break from practicing their typing skills and learning some simple computer coding skills to have some fun creating colorful scenes with Microsoft Word. They did a such a fantastic job with this assignment that I decided to put their finished pieces together in an Animoto video.

Enjoy watching!



November 13, 2017

Fourth Grade students began their keyboarding special last week They have been reviewing what they learned in keyboarding as 3rd graders through using an online classroom on the typingclub.com website to complete lessons. 

There will never be any assigned homework, but students are encouraged to practice their keyboarding skills whenever they use a computer at school or at home. 

Other topics that will be covered in this class include basic computer science and computer coding (programming), using Microsoft Word to create and save documents, and principles of digital citizenship. 

October 24, 2017




It's hard to believe first quarter keyboarding with the third grade is almost over. This week the students started a new typing program, TypingClub.com. I've been tracking their progress in my online TypingClub classroom and they are doing a great job. They seem to be having fun too. 
Next week, the students will be completing a simple MicroSoft Word project before the quarter ends. 
I hope that whenever they use a computer in class or at home, everyone keeps using the correct techniques they have learned so they come back next fall with even better keyboarding skills.





October 1, 2017

At this point in the quarter, the third graders have become acquainted with the correct fingers to use for typing all the middle and top row letters of the keyboard. Soon they

will be learning the bottom row letters while continuing to practice the home row and top row. Our coding lessons have been challenging the students' critical thinking and

problem solving skills. Some students have been collaborating on how to code various puzzles and this has been very helpful. This week is a short week. With Early Release

on Thursday and Teacher Professional Development on Friday, keyboarding will only meet three times this week. During this week's three lessons, I will be reviewing some

important coding concepts with the students, especially debugging. Debugging is finding and fixing errors in your code, which is fundamental to learning computer science.

Other related skills we will be working on this week is the importance of reading and following programming instructions and persevering when we don't immediately understand something new.


September 18, 2017

This week the third graders will begin computer coding. They will be introduced to some basic concepts of computer programming through completing activities in an online class controlled and tracked by me through the Code.org website. They will begin with Course D, which is designed for this grade level. Course D covers the concept of algorithms and teaches students how to use nested loops, while loops, conditionals, and events. Lessons in Digital Citizenship, with a focus on staying safe, being responsible, and being respectful when online are also included in Course D. Below is an example of a simple puzzle students will have to solve in Course D using the basic computer programming concept of nested loops.



September 5, 2017

Third graders have keyboarding every day during quarter one, which goes until Friday, November 3rd. There will be no assigned homework, but students are encouraged to practice their new skills whenever they use a computer at school or at home. 

The main focus of this course will be basic typing skills. However, some other technology concepts will be introduced as well. These will include the parts of a computer, how the Internet works, some basic Microsoft Word skills, and simple computer coding concepts.

Last week the students learned their usernames and passwords and practiced logging onto the school's computer network. They also learned the correct way to turn on and shut down their desktop computers.

The class started learning finger placement for the home row keys and will continue learning the correct fingers to use for the entire alphabet. A popular typing program for young children called Dance Mat Typing is helping the students practice their new skills. The students seem to really enjoy learning with this program. It incorporates animal characters and music to make the lessons fun.



April 3, 2017

It's hard to believe that the last quarter of the school year has begun and now it's the 6th graders' turn in keyboarding class. They have started with the TypingClub.com classroom and some have begun working on Course 2 in the Code.org classroom. After April vacation, the class will be starting some other projects. They will be introduced to an award winning online game call Quandary in which they will role play ethical decision making in relation to cyber-bullying. They will also be creating some projects using Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

March 6, 2017

The fifth graders have been working hard. Some have finished the entire Code.org Level 2 course and have earned the maximum 5 stars for every typing lesson that has been assigned so far. Our PowerPoint slides are completed and the presentations are posted below. In the remaining weeks of the quarter, we will continue with typing and coding while completing some small projects in Microsoft Word and some digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media.

Marchand-Hall-Aztec-2017


Marchand-Hall-Mayans-2017



January 16, 2017

Fifth graders in Ms. Marchand's class begin keyboarding classes today. They will have keyboarding for 30 minutes every morning until the end of third quarter, which ends on March 31st. 

Students will be primarily working with in my online line typingclub.com classroom. Students will be assigned approximately 8-10 typingclub.com lessons each week. The class will continue these lessons up to number 70. 

Lessons in basic computer programming principles will be introduced in this class as well. I have a online classroom using Code.org where students will be working on completing lessons at the Course 2 level.

Other topics we will cover include Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint and concepts of Digital Citizenship.


 

January 2, 2017

There's just two weeks left of keyboarding class for the fourth graders!

We are attempting to complete typingclub.com through lesson number 63 and fit in one or two more days of the Code.org Course 2 class before the quarter ends on Friday, January 13th.

The students have been working hard and it shows. I can see they are becoming faster and more accurate as they repeat lessons to earn the coveted 5 stars and/or a Perfect Score! rating for that lesson. Very soon, some of these students will be typing better than I do!

During these final two weeks the focus for typing is on practicing the correct way of typing capital letters. For coding, we are continuing to learn how to use repeat loops to make our code simpler and shorter in length.

December 13, 2016

As promised, I've attached the completed PowerPoint presentation. The students did a fantastic job and they all received an excellent grade on their slide.

We have also been working on a Christmas project, but I can't post that because it's a surprise.

DagesseVolcano2016 ‎(1)‎.pptx


 
November 22, 2016

Students are continuing lessons in the typingclub.com online class and progressing with their coding skills.

Computer coding lessons started with learning to build simple algorithms and have progressed to students learning to use repeat loops while building their algorithms.

Students are also working on a collaborative PowerPoint presentation about volcanoes, which is a topic they are studying with Ms. Dagesse.

Each student has been assigned a volcano and while in library class has been searching for information about it.

In keyboarding, each student has been working on their own slide for the presentation, which will include the information they found as well as some images of their assigned volcano.


I will post the completed presentation here soon so everyone can see the great job the students are doing.