What We’ve Been Up To

We haven’t been on our blog as much as we’d like, but we have been very busy with other areas of technology. Here’s an update…

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The Techie Kids have all been hard at work learning about Microsoft Excel. We learned that this program can be very useful for helping us organize information. We loved finding out that Excel can solve Math problems for us if we know the formulas to enter. It was also very cool to see how easy it was to put graphs into our spreadsheets to show a picture of our data. The 1st and 2nd grade students worked together to create a spreadsheet that showed what transportation brought us to school. The 3rd graders gathered and organized data about their Favorite Pets or Favorite Zoo Animals. The 4th graders are still hard at work on their Favorite Ice Cream workbook. They have learned formulas for adding a range of numbers and for finding out what percentage of the total votes each flavor received. The 5th graders have created an All-Star Class gradebook. They have also learned how to write a formula that will add the values in select cells together. Additionally, they have practiced using the first set of values to find an average. Both groups are learning to select a range of data and create a coordinating graph. This allowed us to practice reading and interpreting charts too. We will share some examples soon.

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Explore Google Docs from home and try out their online spreadsheets. Compare this program to MS Excel and share what you think.
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Our 2 Kindergarten classes have been learning about their letters and sounds in a very special way. We are making our first video! It will be shared with you all very soon.

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If that weren’t enough, the 1st and 2nd graders also tried out some new skills through one of our favorite programs, Kid Pix 4. We talked about our Math terms, Slides and Flips. Each student used the outline of a mitten or a picture they drew themselves as the object to flip or slide. In order to make their original picture move, they learned about the very valuable technology steps, Edit/Copy-Edit/Paste. The children were amazed to learn they could make a copy of their work. Take a look at some of our projects.

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Have you ever made a spreadsheet? Tell us about it.

When is it valuable to know how to Copy and Paste?

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7 thoughts on “What We’ve Been Up To

  1. Spreadsheets, I keep track of all sorts on spreadsheets mostly boring stuff like school data. Spreadsheets of sports data, I like … any baseball fans there, I think they like stats.
    We are playing with iMovie right now. Today I was in school turning my office into a lighting studio for green screen. Who needs an office anyway?
    Thanks for the comments on our blog today, we only have four postcards so far, but it’s early days and it makes the post exciting!

    Mr E
    Hawes

    • Dear Mr. E,

      Thank you for the wonderful comment! We are so happy to hear from you. Many of our students are so excited to be back to blogging! There are so many of us who still have not had a chance to Skype or be a part of a gloabl project. We are hoping to change that soon.

      We love the Detroit Tigers! There are definitely baseball fans here. Andrew wanted you to know that we just acquired a new player named, Prince Fielder. He is the son of a former Tiger player. We are exstatic to have him join our team!

      Only a few of us have used iMovie or made a video. Mrs. Moore will be teaching us how to do that. We will begin writing postcards and mailing them out next week. I wonder who we will hear from.

      Your friends across the Atlantic,
      Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids

  2. Dear Techie Kids,
    Happy belated New Year! You certainly have been very busy lately. I am so impressed that you have all been learning about Excel. I have to admit that Excel is a program that I wish I was more comfortable using. I have a very basic knowledge, but I think I could use a Techie Kids tutorial 🙂

    I also really enjoyed the work you created with Kid Pix. The students in our school really enjoy that program as well, but I hadn’t thought about using it to illustrate slides and flips…what a super idea!

    Thank you for your inspiration!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. W

    • Dear Mrs. Watson,

      Happy New Year to you too! We have missed our conversations and are ready to start up again. Jacob thinks that Excel is the best program he has ever used! Nehderi and Anthony’s favorite part was finding out how to put graphs into their spreadsheet. We all love the idea of making a Techie Kids tutorial on Excel. What a wonderful challenge! We will all work together and see what we come up with.

      We are glad that we could share an idea with you to connect Math learning to a fun drawing program. We wonder if there are other subject areas that we could practice in KidPix.

      Your Michigander pals,
      Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids

  3. Dear Techie Kids,

    I’m amazed by all the great things you’ve been doing! I love Microsoft Excel (and Google Spreadsheets). There are so many different things that you can use it for. I’m still learning what they are!

    I hope you’re enjoying your winter so far! It’s been very warm here in Massachusetts. We haven’t had any snow days yet! I hope it stays like that because I’d love to get out earlier during the summer!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Avery

    • Dear Mr. Avery,

      It’s so nice to hear from you! It has been a strangely warm winter for us too. We have had snow, but not much. When it did snow, it was only an inch or two and melted within a couple days. As an adult, I admit that I don’t mind. However, I have a 5 and 2 year old that are sad they can’t make a snowman. I still think they’ll get the chance.

      Unseasonably warm weather always gets the attention of Michiganders. We had a school day when the temperature was 49 degrees. That’s not super warm, and yet, we still had students wearing t-shirts outside! They needed a reminder that they’ll still have to wait a bit before summer gets here.

      Stay warm,
      Mrs. Moore

  4. Dear Mrs. Moore,
    Thank you for teaching me how to use Excel! I enjoy using all of the Microsoft programs including this one! I have been using Excel at home too. The project was fun and I learned a lot from it like, how to make an average, add up a total, and much, much more! I also enjoy coming to technology class a lot too. I learn a lot and love being on the computer.

    Your Friend,
    Payton
    Techie Kids