Saturday, August 22, 2020

Digital Fleet Website & Google Classroom

We are so excited to kick off our first full hybrid week of learning in the STEAM Lab! We are so excited to have you back in class! We have lots of lessons about what it means to be a good Digital Citizen and an Inventor planned throughout the first quarter. During your STEAM Lab rotations we will primarily use our classroom website. Our website is organized by grade levels. Each grade level will have two activities they will complete In School and two activities they will complete At Home during their assigned week in the STEAM Lab specials rotation. 

Sometimes on our Digital Fleet website, I will direct students to go into their STEAM Lab Google Classroom. I will ask students to record their thinking digitally, in that case, we will utilize the grade level Google Classrooms. In Google Classroom there is a Classwork tab at the top of the screen that says Classwork. When you click on Classwork, you will see that there are Pages along the left hand side that are organized by grade level teachers. If there are additional activities for you to complete they will be posted below the teacher's name. Just to reiterate, it would say on the activity if it has a component needed from Google Classroom. 

This year will be different, that is for sure, but we will work together to help you learn to use your device as a learning tool just like you would use paper and pencil!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Student Orientation Days

The week of August 17th students will be participating in Student Orientation Days. This will be a unique week where students are familiarizing themselves with the new protocols throughout the building in small sized cohorts. This year in the STEAM Lab students will be bringing their classroom devices with them. We will use these Student Orientation Days to talk about being a digital citizen and to build familiarity with their classroom device. If your student has STEAM Lab as their special this week, you may click on their grade level Fleet on the right and see exactly what our outcomes are for Student Orientation Days.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Welcome Back to School!

Mrs. Bell and I are so excited to kick of the 20-21 school year! We can't wait to see the faces of all our GRE learners and hear about all of the inquiry adventures students encountered and developed since we were together in March.

In the STEAM Lab this year students will be bringing their classroom devices into the lab. This will allow us to prevent cross contamination of devices across all grade levels. In addition, it will provide students opportunities to learn more about and practice different applications on their classroom devices. Primary students, those in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will be using their classroom iPads in the STEAM Lab. Intermediate students, those in third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade will be using their chromebooks.

In addition to learning more about their classroom devices, students will be asked to invent, create, and program during different rotations in the STEAM Lab. We will use various resources throughout the year including Legos, Lego WeDo's, Simple Machine Legos, and robots.

See you soon Gold Rush friends!
Mrs. Bell & Mrs. Fleet