October 16th, 2017- It's Fall Y'all!
What a fantastic couple of weeks it has been in Media Class! Students at all grade levels have been learning about Digital Citizenship skills and demonstrating their knowledge. Younger students have been drawing pictures on AbcYA! paint, and many of the students printed their drawing and took them home. Upper elementary students have started their first Project in Media. Their assignment is to create a presentation that teaches kids ages 5-7 one digital citizenship skill. They were told they could use any type of media they wanted, including video, poster making, stop-motion animation, and more! They filled out this planning sheet with their groups and have been hard at work preparing and rehearsing their presentation. They will have one more to day to prepare and the final filming will take place in 2 weeks. Please check back here for some of the projects.
For these projects, students were given special permission from their teachers to bring in props they may need for filming, including legos or dolls. The only rule was that these items MAY ONLY BE OUT DURING MEDIA TIME. Any toys that are out at others times will be taken away by teachers. Toys should be back home and not at school by the first week of November.
This upcoming week is a book return week. Many students have overdue books. Please remind your child to bring their book back to earn a reward!
Have a great week!
September 22nd, 2017- Who brought the heat?
I think Media was the favorite special of the week- there is air conditioning! :) All students had the chance to check out a book this week. Some students forgot to return their books, so please remember to send them in. After checkout, upper elementary worked on their typing skills and then shared ideas on a google doc about how to be a good digital citizen. They were able to see the ideas from students at their school and other elementary buildings in Hastings! Lower elementary continued to work on their mouse skills while practicing counting, sorting, and arranging Fuzz Bugs online.
All students will be talking about keeping personal information secret this week and what to do if they see something that makes them uncomfortable while using the internet. Upper elementary will be playing "Interland," an interactive learning game that helps students understand how to "be internet awesome." Please look for my parent letter home about this unit!
Stay cool! :)
September 18th, 2017- One month in!
What a fun week we had! Upper elementary students have been working hard on their typing skills. They were able to log into a typing website and begin a lesson. They also took their first timed test. We are excited to see how much our typing improves by Winter Break, and by the end of the year! Lower elementary worked on using the track pad on their Chromebook, and the mouse on the computers, to click, drag and drop items on the screen. All students successfully completed this task.
This upcoming week is a book checkout week. Books are due at your child's library time and if they bring their book back on time, they will receive a "Starbuck." Students who bring back their books will have the opportunity to check out another book. After checkout time, students will be learning about being a good Digital Citizen.
Have a great week!
September 11th, 2017- Yippee! Week 3:
Welcome to our first full week of school. All students have had the chance to check out books and they will be due back next week, starting September 18th, at their library times. Some students had overdue books in the system. Please make sure you do not have those books lying around at home. Overdue notices will go home the 22nd of September. Please let me know if you have any questions about overdue notices.
After checking out books for the first time this year, students who had time leftover, logged onto Chromebooks and computers. I added them to my Google Classroom and many students took their first typing test. Students will be setting goals for their typing to achieve by the end of the year.
This week is the first week students will be learning about Digital Citizenship and their digital footprint. They will then work on a project to demonstrate their learning. Please look for the parent letter coming home about digital citizenship and topics we will be discussing in class.
As always, please contact me with any questions you may have!
September 5th, 2017- Welcome to Week 2!
Phew! The first week is in the books. What a great week it was and a welcoming one for me being a new staff member. This past week, students learned the procedures for entering and exiting the library. We also talked about what "innovation" means, and the things we do to be innovative.
As a whole group, we practiced carrying our books safely and responsibly. We also talked about how to be safe and responsible with our books at home. Students will begin checking out books next week and be able to keep the book for 2 weeks. I have asked teachers to help remind students when books are due. If books are turned in on time, students can earn a Saxon slip. Any book that is returned more than one month late, or lost, will result in fines up to the full cost of the book on your child's account. Please help your children be responsible and keep track of their books.
After practicing library procedures, students became innovators. They looked at pictures of flooded areas in Texas and collaborated with classmates on what they could invent to help with the flooding. Students talked about their ideas, made changes to their original thinking, and problem solved on how they could help the citizens of Texas.
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and I look forward to seeing students this upcoming week!
August 28th, 2017- Welcome Back Innovators!
My name is Mrs. Khon and I am the new Media Specialist for Hastings Area Schools. I will be teaching library and technology skills to all elementary grade levels at Star and Northeastern Elementaries. We are calling this specials time, “Innovation Hour.” During this time, students will be asked to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively to find solutions to real world problems, invent new things, and share their work with families and the community. Students will also be visiting the library during this time. Books will be checked out for 2 weeks at a time and students will be rewarded for returning books on time. Please check with your student’s teacher for information regarding their library day.
This year, my goal is to have students create a blog to showcase their hard work. This information will be sent home as soon as students have set up an account. Topics that will be covered this year include:
- Digital Citizenship
- Basic Google Skills (including word processing)
- Digital Storytelling
- Research Projects
- Video Creating and Editing
- MakerSpace inventions
I am so excited for this new endeavor and look forward to working with you and your student. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Have a great school year!