We use a program called GoGuardian to help keep students from unsafe and inappropriate websites that students should not visit. Sometimes it is overprotective and blocks sites unnecessarily. If you and your students run across this problem, there are two options to provide access.
You can bypass the block temporarily. If a student is faced with a screen like the one above, you can bypass the safeguard for a single 45-minute period. Click the Bypass button and enter the secret Bypass password “GGPass”. Please do not share this with students! This password may change over time and we will let you know if this changes.
If there is a site that is being blocked that you feel students need permanent access to, please send an email to Mike with a copy of the web address (url). Mike will try to permanently unblock it.
GoGuardian, like all monitoring software, is not perfect – but we can use your input to customize it and make it work for all of us.
It’s not new, but lately Computational Thinking (CT) is cropping up in every education publication and on ed blogs all over. This New York Times article from today looks at where the movement started and where it is today.
In thinking about how to teach computational thinking, it’s important to go beyond “approaching problems the way a programmer would” as described in the article. For a better understanding, please check out this practical definition of computational thinking created by the team at Harvard University that brought us Scratch programming (the language used by our fourth graders with Mr. Grant).
Below are some examples of lessons teachers in all disciplines are using to incorporate computational thinking into their classrooms:
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) maintains a project page with their own definition and presentations for teachers of all grade levels to add computational thinking to their lessons.
This week is Computer Science Education Week! The “Hour of Code” project is leading the celebration again. If you have time this week and you want to give your students a sampling of what it is like to program, then this is for you. We have done this for the last few years and the kids seem to enjoy it. Here is a link to this year’s tutorials.
Did you know you can take your morning attendance or look up student information, including a picture if you want to see what a student looks like, all without using your computer? If you have a smart phone or a tablet, there is an app for that! RenWeb has an app called “RenWeb Staff” (not “RenWeb Home” or ”RenWeb Alert”). Just go to your app store, download it and login with your usual RenWeb credentials and there you have it.
Cavendish Square Digital Databases
Cavendish has been a solid publisher of nonfiction
titles for years. Our library is full of their social studies materials and we are adding to our science and math titles this year. Like many publishers, they are moving much of their content online. After testing the waters last year, we have purchased access to two of their databases, Exploring Ancient Civilizations and Exploring the Middle Ages. Login for these resources is “applewild” and the password is “research”. http://www.cavendishsquaredigital.com/
Who might want to use these?
6th Grade Middle Ages reports
5th Grade work on Ancient Civilizations
Scientific discoveries from ancient times
5th grade biographies
Anna of Byzantium context
Translation services make it a great tool for ELL students
Please explore and I’ll offer a guided tour and some tips at a Technophiles meeting soon. As always, if you need help sooner, please just ask.
It’s that time of year again: the selection of the Newbery and Caldecott award winners! Last week, librarians from across the country gathered in Chicago for their midwinter conference. The culminating event: the Youth Media Awards! Continue reading →
Laura Candler over at Corkboard Connections (a favorite blog and resource collection) just posted a great list of Five Common Newsletter Flaws. If you’ve ever sent out a classroom newsletter (either print or online) and wondered if parents are actually reading it, this list is great for troubleshooting.
The key here is white space– too much text, graphics, and filler will make even the most valuable and exciting content hard to read. The article offers clear and specific ways to create more white space and make your newsletter a success. Plus, these tips are great for any kind of longform communication!