Mr. John Granelli, Technology
Dear St. Bart's Family and Friends!!
Welcome to 2019!! I really hope you had a great Christmas and ready to jump into the New Year!
Just a quick update on the current trends for each grade level and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through email!
Be sure to check back throughout the year for updates and a look into the Technology classes
Time to get back to Code.org and learning about Binary Messages!
Finishing up our Aluminum Boat projects in our "Problem Solving Portion" of Code.org
Following our completion of that project we will continue with Problem Solving by discussing "Brainstorming" and how to use that when figuring out how it applies to Computer Science concepts.
More Computer Science as we return to Code.org and will keep using Google Drawings for various projects
"Dangers of Sharing Personal Information Online"
I would like to offer a bit of a warning for this section. I will be tiptoeing around certain situations, but will do my best to not "pique the curiosity" of our students, while at the same time giving warnings. I use several respected websites to go over this information and do my best to make sure the 5th Grade students know what should be off limits, while at the same time, making sure I protect their "innocence" in the best way possible.
I ask that parents try to engage the students about what you feel is safe online behavior and maybe move into some subject matter which is a little too tough to go over in school, but you can safely and adequately present at home.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
More work with Google Documents and Google Drawings and learning little tips and tricks as we move towards introducing Google Slides in the last marking period.
Students were given a basic introduction to Google Documents and how to "create" an assignment through Google Classroom.
After a brief demonstration, the students jumped right in to "getting their thoughts on 'digital' paper", as I make sure to reinforce how they have learned their grammar and writing skills in their own classes.
Following break, the students will practice some more word processing, but at the same time, learn how to insert pictures into their documents
We will freshen up our typing skills in the new year through a few practice typing lessons as well as a Typing Test, which will only help their online research skills.
We have really pushed the envelope for our typing skills. Students have reinforced their keyboard awareness through a "Keyboard Challenge" and will take another Typing Test when we return in 2019.
I will be coordinating with the classroom teachers in order to present some digital lessons which corresponds with the plans being conducted by Mrs. Castrorao and Mrs. Egan. This will include using the computers to engage in the cross- curriculum classes, as well as some times back up at my Star Board.
Thank you and God Bless!
Diocese of Metuchen’s Statement on Technology
Students in our classrooms today will be training for jobs in the future that do not exist right now. How can we prepare them for a future we can only imagine? In order to form digital citizens for God’s world, teachers need to use the tools of the future to educate the children now. Instilling the use of technology tools into the curriculum standards ensures students use the tools effectively.
It is our goal to have our students not only become consumers of technology, but also become creative producers of technology, grounded in the moral ethics of the Catholic faith. Our students need to be evaluators of digital truth and accuracy in their global society while they are actively participating in the Catholic Social Teaching of the Care of God’s earth through sustainability and green technology.
About the Teacher
NAME: Mr. John V. Granelli
SCHOOL: St. Bartholomew School
SCHOOL PHONE: 732-254-7105