Second Grade In The Lab
There are 3 units of instruction (each lasting a Trimester), during which students focus on a group of skills. Second Grade students do something each week that focuses on the group of skills that they are learning that week.
(Second Graders use their Pottsgrove user names and passwords.)
1st Unit: Introduction to blogging using Kidblog. Continued practice of word processing skills using MS Word and Kidblog. Research skills and learning to paraphrase rather than plagiarize. STEAM challenges to learn persistence and collaboration.
2nd Unit: Introduction to computer science and computer programming using lessons on Code.org. Lessons are both "plugged" using the computer and "unplugged" (without a computer) collaborating and problem solving.
3rd Unit: STEAM challenges and coding Ozobot robots and Sphero robots.
All students receive a report card grade each trimester for Computer Lab.
Kidblog: In addition to the above units, I introduce second grade to blogging. I use a kid friendly and safe site called Kidblog. Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. I can monitor all activity within their blogging community, i.e. all posts, comments and replys come to me electronically to be approved before they are made visible to their classroom community.