So far this year we have been learning a new keyboarding program. I believe that all of the kids are enjoying this. I just had a challenge where all students who got a 100% on any typing skill were allowed to choose a reward from my bucket. There are areas where they get to do "game style" typing after getting to certain levels.
I have also been using a program called "Class Dojo". This makes the students responsible for their actions. Every time they have computers, they can be awarded points for good behavior or deducted points for negative actions.
At this time I am getting the 4th graders started on "Searching" with Google. There are so many different tips and tricks to find the information you want. A lot of them are frustrated because of the overwhelming amount of information that comes back. I believe this is a very important area when it comes to computer usage, as they will be doing research papers later in school and it will save them time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Here is a list of some of our favorite websites
NetSmartzKids Home Page
Looney Tunes Teach the Internet
(This site has a list of additional safety sites)
Educational Games- Sorted by Grade Level
Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics
ABCya.com | Kids Educational Computer Games & Activities
The Computer Lab
Coloring Pages, Connect the Dots, etc.
Kindergarten Games - Free Online Language Art Games and Activities