Our Phase 1 Journey

4th Grade 1TWO1

posted Apr 13, 2012, 7:25 AM by Lisa Knoche

We are ready to introduce the 4th graders to the world of GOOGLE. Interested 4th grade parents showed up to the 1two1 parent night meeting, the ones that missed the meeting received a letter explaining this implementation. 

My goal as ITS is to introduce the 4th graders to GOOGLE Apps so they are prepared for 5th grade! 

Looking forward to meeting with 2 classes today! Students will log into Google and begin to create their dashboard. We will add apps such as Edmodo, Email, Docs, Calendar, and the Typing Club. 

Key Ingredients for a 1TWO1 Program:

posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:52 AM by Lisa Knoche

1 TWO 1 Computing: What are the characteristics of a good program?
1 TWO 1 Computing is not new—it has been used by other districts and states for years and is fast becoming an international trend.  The experiences of others provide insights into what Richland Two needs to do to make its program successful. Most importantly, the focus must be on improving learning experiences of our students.  Here are some of the key ingredients for a 1 TWO 1 learning program that works:
 Professional Development—teachers know how to use technology tools to enhance learning and student engagement.  Technology isn’t just an add-on or fluff, its part and parcel of how learning takes place in the classroom.
An emphasis on student outcomes—learning with technology, not learning about technology.
Planning—Rolling out computers for thousands of students requires budgetary and logistical planning.
Dependable technology—Students and teachers need to be able to count on the technology working for them.  This means making sure that computers, bandwidth, technical support, maintenance, etc.  are attended to.
Leadership and Accountability—At both the school and district level, leaders need to be informed advocates for the effective integration of technology for learning.  Evaluation data, both formal and informal, need to be examined and acted on as part of an on-going process of continuous improvement.

Update on 1two1: Parent meeting, laptops, classes

posted Jan 10, 2012, 9:37 AM by Lisa Knoche

The laptops arrived the first week of January. We are waiting on the laptop carts to arrive. Tonight will be the 3rd parent meeting.
1two1 training continues in the lab. We will be learning how to log in the Google way instead of going through the Richland 2 way since the Chromebooks will require the students to know their whole email address.
We will practice citing websites the proper way as we explore World War 1. Students will keep a log of the sites they find. After working independently they will team up with a partner, share their document and together create a one slide poster of pictures from War World 1 with a title that fits that time period. Later these will be shared.

Google Presentations

posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:18 AM by Lisa Knoche   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 11:25 AM ]

Students have been so engaged in their presentation this week! Two more classes to go!
Check out a few examples of what students did in their 1TWO1 work session this week.

New Ways to Collaborate: Google Presentations

posted Dec 5, 2011, 7:32 AM by Lisa Knoche

This week the ITS will teach the 5th graders how to collaborate on a Google Presentation! Student leaders will create the presenation template and share it with their team members. Each team is resonsible for a food chain. Members within the group are resonsible for a part of the food chain. They will use Google to reserach their part, include 2 facts and a picture on their silde.

Parent Meeting 11.30.11

posted Dec 5, 2011, 7:29 AM by Lisa Knoche

Twenty families joined the ITS to hear about the 1TWO1 program at Conder! We hope to see more families this Wednesday!

Collaborating, Calendars, Social Networking, OH MY!

posted Nov 29, 2011, 6:08 PM by Lisa Knoche

So far the ITS has meet with 3 of the 6 fifth grade classes. Students are really excited about this new opportunity and are taking in all the information. Students learned how to collaborate on a document. They wrote about their Thanksgiving break and then shared it with their "across the way" partner! Once their document was shared, comments and questions about their writing were typed.  
Students were exposed to their personal Google calendar and got the opportunity to create school events. The school dance was the 1st item on their calendar.
Some classes had time to login to Edmodo, a secure social networking site. It is amazing how engaged students were during this instruction. Students from Mrs. Odom's class discussed and commented on the effects of pollution and how to prevent it as well as discussing food chains!
They learned how to post and how to reply appropriately on a social networking site.
Other 5th grade classes with do the same in future technology development sessions.
Students were not ready to log off when time was called. The engagment was PRICELESS.

Intro to 1TWO1

posted Nov 27, 2011, 1:50 PM by Lisa Knoche

Starting this week the ITS will meet with each 5th grade class. Students will login to their email account. Students will also learn how to send email and how to manage their account.We will look more in depth at Documents such as docs, spreadsheets, presentations.  Being organized is an important life skill so students will learn how to use the calendar effectively to plan ahead for tests, afterschool rehearsals, and school related events.


posted Nov 17, 2011, 2:27 PM by Lisa Knoche

   Responsible Use Procedure form must be signed in order for students to use technology at school. 

5th Grade Orientation to 1TWO1 11.18.2011

posted Nov 17, 2011, 1:59 PM by Lisa Knoche

The 5th graders will meet with the ITS for orientation to 1TWO1. Students will view OnGaurdOnline videos: StopThinkClick. Students will review RUP and expectations. They will also view a video of the Chromebook!

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