…And We’re Back!

We’re off to a great start in our new school year. “New” is actually a great word to describe everything that’s going on here. Our blog has a new look with some new features. This year I am teaching in 2 new buildings. That means there are 450 new Techie Kids who are eager to flatten their classroom walls!

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We are so excited to start collaborating with all of you! Each of the classes have begun investigating many of your blogs. Our goal is to begin commenting this week! We have already spent time talking about Internet safety. Our classes have discussed how important it is not to share information that is too personal. We know we should not share our last name, phone number, address, or specific plans. Many of you have other rules and guidelines to stay safe on the Internet. Can you share some of your rules that you think our group of new bloggers should learn?



What blogging advice can you share with the brand new Techie Kids?

 

What do you think of our new look? Is it user friendly?

 

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61 thoughts on “…And We’re Back!

  1. Dear Mrs Moore,

    Welcome back, Techie Kids! It is great to see you up and running again.With 2 NEW schools and 450 Techies…you guys are going to have a BLAST this year!

    I think your new blog look is fantastic. I really like the background image and the change in the color. We also changed the look of our blog, The Classroom Connection, over the summer and have added a few new features too.

    The best advice I can give new bloggers is to make sure they know their Cyber Safety rules and that they always keep themselves safe when using technology.

    For our blogging guidelines you, can check out out Blog Guidelines page. It tells our readers exactly how to stay safe when using our blog.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Your Blogging Buddy,

    ♥ Mrs.Webb-Scheers

    • Dear Mrs. Webb-Scheers,

      Thank you for writing to us. We are super happy to hear from you. We looked at your class’ blogging guidlines. We agree with only using our first names. We think it’s a great idea to keep your passwords a secret too. We also think that it is so important to be respectful when leaving comments. We would feel awful if someone left us a hurtful message. So we will remember to leave respectful comments. We learned that Mrs. Moore will read all of the comments to make sure they are safe before they get posted.

      Thank you so much for sending us a message. We can’t wait to hear back from you!

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Moore and 3rd grade Techie Kids

      • Dear Mrs. Moore,
        That was really fun when you taught us how to use the blog. Maybe we can use it longer?
        From,
        Maria

      • Dear Mrs. Moore,

        I’m in your 5th grade class. I love the way that you teach us about our Y.A.P.P.Y, and our Internet safety. You’re really smart. You ROCK and I love blogging!!!

        Your freind,
        Sydney

    • Dear Mrs. Webb-Scheers,

      Thank you very much! Well, I hope you already taught your kids proper Internet safety!

      Sincerly,
      Dara

      • Dear Dara,

        Hooray! You left your first blog comment! Did you choose to work independently from home or did you work with a buddy?

        Your teacher,
        Mrs. Moore

        • Dear Mrs. Moore,
          Actually, I did this after school. Well I’m always using internet safety! Plus, do kindergarteners go to your class?

          From,
          Dara

            • Dear Mrs. Moore,

              Well I didn’t know you teach at a different school, too. Well good luck for your classes and others.

              Sincerely,
              Dara

      • Dear Dara,

        I’m one of Mrs. Moore’s students at her other school. She has taught us Internet safety.

        Your blogging buddie,
        Ethan

  2. Dear Techie Kids,

    The Prospecting 49’ers are so glad you’re back! We love Quad Blogging with our Techie Friends.

    I heard two phrases this summer which I think every student should understand:

    1. Google Never Forgets

    2. The Best Filter is the Human Filter

    What do you think these mean?

    I love the new look. I especially appreciate the Teacher tab, which I shared with my Bulverde Creekteacher friends. Mrs. Moore is famous!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Kistler
    A 49’er

    • Dear Mrs. Kistler and the 49’ers,

      Thank you for the message. We think it was funny that you called our teacher famous! Thank you also for the Internet safety tips. We think that “Google Never Forgets” means that if you post something, it will be there in some form forever. So we know that we need to be safe, respectful, and responsible when we post something.

      We hope you visit again.

      Sincerely,
      The Techie Kids and Mrs. Moore

  3. 450 children….Nooooooooooooo!
    I am still trying hard to keep flogging blogging. My response was to perhaps work with smaller groups. Then I read your comments and remember how different our circumstances are.
    Welcome back and I look forward to seeing your new ides.

    Mr E
    Hawes

    • Dear Mr. E,

      Thank you for leaving us a message. It was very nice. There are 30 students in this class. We meet on Tuesday. We are wondering how many children you have in your “group.” Please tell us more about yourself and your country.

      Here are a couple of questions that we have.

      What season are you in right now?

      What does your landscape look like?

      Do you speak more than one language?

      Your blogging buddies,
      Mrs. Moore and 3rd grade Techie Kids

  4. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    I am in your 5th grade class that meets on Tuesdays and we watched Mr. Avery’s video today. I just wanted to say that you should never share your YAPPY.

    Sincerly,
    Jackie

    • Hello again, Jackie,

      Wow! Two comments from home. You are getting a great start! I agree that you should never share your YAPPY. Garfield did a good job helping us remember not to use Your (last) name, Address, Phone number, Password, & Your plans.

      Your techie teacher,
      Mrs. Moore

  5. Dear Mrs. Moore & the Techie Kids,
    Welcome to a new year of blogging! I hope we will continue to visit each others’ blogs this year.
    Our blog is a school library blog. We like to write about books or happenings in the library.
    We have also been working on digital citizenship. I like the term YAPPY! I will have to remember that.
    One thing we talked about is having a good Digital Footprint because Google Never Forgets!
    From,
    Mrs. Hembree

    • Dear Mrs. Hembree,

      How lovely to hear from you! Thank you so much for leaving us a wonderful comment. The Techie Kids will definitely enjoy reading your blog to find out more about the latest and greatest books.

      I agree that YAPPY is a good way to remember what we should not share online. Here’s the link to a poster we use in class: click here I agree with you. It is so important to have a good Digital Footprint! I’m very excited that we have such a wonderful network of classes around the world setting positive examples for our students.

      We will be over to visit your blog soon!

      From,
      Mrs. Moore

  6. Hi Mrs. Moore.
    I’m in 2nd grade in Mrs. Fitch’s class. My brother Ronnie was in your 5th grade class. He said he had you. This Techie Kids website is awesome. School was cool today.
    Bye bye.
    From,
    Maria

    • Dear Maria,

      Nice job leaving your first blog comment! I think it’s a cool connection when brothers and sisters have the same teacher. I’m glad you are enjoying our blog. There’s lots more fun to come!

      From your teacher,
      Mrs. Moore

  7. Dear Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids,

    Welcome back! We were very excited to see comments from the Techie Kids on our blog this week. Several of the grade 3’s, who were in our class last year, had been wondering how your new was going.

    It is hard to believe that there will be 450 Techie Kids! We only have 50 students in our whole school. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you will do this year and I hope we will be able to work together.

    Your friend,
    Mrs. W

    • Dear Mrs. W,

      Thank you for sending us a message. We are very excited too! We can’t believe there are only 50 children in your whole school. There are 29 students in just this class. How many students are in your class?

      From,
      The 3rd grade Techie Kids and Mrs. Moore

      • Dear 3rd grade Techie Kids and Mrs. Moore,
        This year there are only 13 students in our class (we feel really lucky)!

        There is also a K/1 class of 13 and a grade 4-7 class of 24. At one time our school had over 120 students, but that was about 15 years ago and we have been as small as 33.

        I think your school probably has about 1/2 as many people as are in our whole town. We have a population of about 800.

        Hope you all have a great Friday!

        Your friend,
        Mrs. W

        • Dear Mrs. W,

          My first thought is that your 13 students are very lucky to have you as their teacher! (And I feel pretty lucky to have you as a friend. 🙂 ) It is very exciting to think about how big the world is, but also how close it can seem when we learn together through our blogs.

          I can’t wait for our students to find out more about each other!

          Your learning buddy,
          Mrs. Moore

          • Dear Mrs. Moore,

            I enjoy what we do everyday. And I love Techie Kids. You’re the best computer teacher EVER! I wonder what Open the Door to B4 is gonna show us next. Is the class gonna show the greatest vote? I wonder who the new mascot is.

            Your blog buddy,
            Grace

  8. Thanks Mrs. Moore. Did you have Ronnie my brother? Yea I haven’t checked out all the stuff on here yet. But it’s pretty cool already! This is only my 2nd day being on this so can you give me some advice?

    From,
    Maria

    • Dear Maria,

      Yes, I remember Ronnie. 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying our blog. I would suggest that you check out some of the features of our blog, like where to find Awesome Websites. After that, look for our Blogging Buddies listed on the right side of the screen. Visit as many as you’d like. Leave a comment for them that shows you have read what they wrote and remember to tell them you are a Techie Kid.

      Have fun!
      Mrs. Moore

  9. Dear Techie Kids,
    I like your new look blog! I think it’s very clear and easy to navigate. We can’t wait to see what you get up to this year. I’ve already learned a lot just from reading the comments on your first post of the year – I especially like YAPPY and will be sharing that with my class very soon!
    Mrs M & A Room with a View

    • Dear Mrs. Monaghan & A Room with a View,

      It is so nice to hear from you! (I’m looking forward to my students finding out just what the View from your Room is!) I’m glad that our blog seems user friendly. The update actually came out of necessity. Our old theme wouldn’t load properly on the computers at the 2 new schools I am teaching at.

      It’s great that you can put the YAPPY term to use in your class. Did you see the link above that I posted for Mrs. Hembree? It will take you to a poster that we use to help us remember our Internet safety rules.

      Your friend across the ocean,
      Mrs. Moore

  10. Dear Mrs Moore,

    I love your blog.

    Here is a blogging tip for you to have a greeting and a closing and to get somone to check over it.

    What do think of my blogging tip?

    Do you have a bloging tip for me?

    Love from
    Keira in 2KJ.

    • Dear Keira,

      Well, hello there! Thank you for making the trip over to our blog. It is always so nice to hear from your class. Your blogging tips are perfect. It is great advice to use a greeting and a closing. It is also very important to have someone check your work before you submit it.

      Since you have asked, I will share a tip with you as well, although you may already know. I think that it is very helpful to use 2 keyboard shortcuts before pressing Submit Comment. Press CTRL A to highlight your comment. Then press CTRL C to copy it. That way, if there is a problem with posting your comment, all of your hard work is still saved. Just press CTRL V to paste it back in to the comment box and try again.

      I hope you will visit us again.
      Your buddy,
      Mrs. Moore

  11. Dear Mrs Moore and Techie Kids,

    I really love your great post.

    My name is Ava. I’m from the class of 2KM and 2KJ.

    I’ve got a few tips about internet safety: If you sign up for a new thing never share your password. On the internet if you get an email from someone or a message that says do you want to meet up? Ask an adult or one of your parents if you’re not sure.

    In Victoria we have 4 terms. There are 10 to 11 weeks in one term. In term 2 we learnt lots about internet safety. We watched this video called Hector’s World it gave us great Internet safety tips like the great tips you put in your blog post. Right now we are in term 4 so in about 10 or 11 weeks will be our 6 week holiday because it will be the end of the year. But at the end of a term will just be a normal term such as term 1 the holidays only go for 2 weeks.

    Do you have terms where you live or do you just have one whole year of school and have a really long Christmas holiday?

    Yes I think your blog looks awesome!

    From your new blog pal,
    Ava (2KM and 2KJ)

    PS- Check out my own blog by clicking my name or photo.

    • Dear Ava,

      It is so nice of you to visit us! I think the Techie Kids will be very excited to see that we have a wonderful comment all the way from Australia. I agree with your blogging tips. You should not share your password and you should never meet up with someone you meet online. All play times can be set up in person. It is always great advice to ask for help from a trusted adult.

      I don’t think I’ve heard of Hector’s World. I will have to look for it. Our students have visited NetSmartzKids and Garfield’s Infinite Learning Lab to learn about Internet Safety. Our school year is set up in a similar way. We have 4 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long. We do not have long breaks in between our quarters. Your 2 week break sounds like a nice idea. Your 6 week holiday makes me think of our summer vacation. We usually go on break during the warmer months for about 10 weeks.

      Your new friend,
      Mrs. Moore

      • Dear Mrs Moore,

        Thank you for replying back to me.

        Your 4 quarters sounds just like ours but we call them terms.

        The 6 week break is a Summer break but we call them Christmas holidays and Summer holidays.

        Well it will be a great little video clip for your kids.
        Those websites sound good.

        From your new friend too,
        Ava

        PS- I have my own blog. avasblog.global2.vic.edu.au

        • Dear Ava,

          You are doing a great job of commenting and replying! I’m sure you do a fantastic job on your very own blog too. Would it be alright if I add your blog to our student blogroll list?

          Your friend,
          Mrs. Moore

          • Dear Mrs. Moore,

            I just got home from magic class. It was very fun. See you next week.

            Your blog buddy,
            Trevor

  12. Hey,
    I saw Mrs. Moore last year when she worked at my school. You guys are so lucky. Hope you have an awesome year with her just like I did. Bye, Mrs.Moore.

    From,
    Rana

    • Dear Rana,

      Hello, my friend! It is so wonderful to find such a kind comment from you. Can you share a bit of blogging advice with our new Techie Kids?

      Your pal,
      Mrs. Moore

  13. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    This is my first time commenting! I am so proud! I think you are one of the best technology teachers ever. You have taught me about the Internet safety and about YAPPY. Thank you for making my brain grow bigger. 🙂 We meet on Tuesdays. I am in Mrs. Van Dam’s class.

    Your very own techie kid,
    Jenna

    • Dear Jenna,

      Way to go! I am proud of you too! It is wonderful that you are enjoying our class. There’s more fun to come.

      Cyber high-fives,
      Mrs. Moore

      • Dear Mrs. Moore,

        Some of my family is in Europe visiting other family. While I was staring at the Clustermaps I wondered if my good friends had a class blog. Do you know if a school from Switzerland has ever visited Techie Kids? I was just wondering.

        Internet Salutes from your very own Techie Kid,
        Jenna from Mrs. Van Dam’s class

        • Dear Jenna,

          Thank you for leaving us another lovely comment. How exciting to have family visiting another continent! Hmm, you’ve asked a good question. If you would like to find out which countries have visited our blog, click on the Clustrmap. Then look for the Switzerland flag. When you see it you can click on it to find out which cities have visited us. Let us know what you find.

          Your friends,
          The 3rd grade Techie Kids

      • Dear Ava,

        I checked your blog and it is awesome! I am a big fan of Australia! I think that I have one of the most awesome Australian accents for an American…

        Techie Kid,
        Jenna

    • Dear Stephanie,

      Yes, of course I remember you. Do you have a favorite story from blogging last year to share with this year’s new Techie Kids? I’m sure they’d love to hear some examples of things you were able to do. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Your blog buddy,
      Mrs. Moore

      • Dear Mrs. Moore,

        I’m a student from the school you are at on Thursday. I was in your class today. It was fun.

        From,
        Damien

  14. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    Thank You for letting us watch the video today at school. And I just found out what computer he was using! It was a Macbook from the “Apple” brand because I realized the scroll-down thing. Wow! That surprised me!

    Sincerely,
    Dara

  15. Dear Mrs.Moore,

    This is my first time commenting on our website/blog. I am very exited about being a Techie Kid!

    Sincerely,
    Alexia

  16. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    This is Trista a Techie Kid from your second grade class! This is my first time commenting on our blog. I think our website is the coolest one EVER!

    Your Techie Kid,
    Trista

  17. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    I love the website, and it looks so awesome! It is very cool. You’re a great technology teacher! Thank you for being so AWESOME!

    Sincerely,
    Autymn
    Your 5th grade Techie Kid

  18. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    It was really cool when you taught us how to use Techie Kids.

    From,
    Sarah

  19. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    You taught me a lot about Internet safety. Thank you for telling me about the ‘hot head’ and helping me learn to be safe online.

    Sincerely,
    Danny

  20. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    I really like our new website! I hear you are the best computer teacher EVER! That’s what I heard from Grace. I hear we have a new mascot, even better! I wonder what he is? I saw yellow on it. I wonder if it is a lion or a cheetah? Hmm?

    Your friend,

    Ava

  21. Dear Mrs. Moore and Techie Kids,

    Well my favorite part about last year was blogging. Mrs. Moore (your tech teacher) even inspired me to make MY own blog. It didn’t work out so well, but I’m going to make a new one. A better and improved one. You just see Mrs. Moore, how much you taught me!

    Wish me good luck,
    Stephanie

  22. Dear Mrs. Moore,

    I like being in your technology class.
    When are you going to teach us how to use skype?

    Your Techie Kid,
    Sarah

    • Dear Sarah,

      I’m so glad you like our class. Hmm, every class will get to Skype at different times. We are still trying to work out a few technology bugs at each school. I’ll let you know in class when you will get to try it.

      Your teacher,
      Mrs. Moore

    • Dear Maria,

      Thank you for commenting again! Other teachers have gone on Techie Kids, but it’s not something you’ll see every time. I’m sure if you wanted your classroom teacher to see something, you could ask them.

      Your teacher,
      Mrs. Moore