Information Technology Workshop Day

Today was a hive of activity at school today when all of the English Class pupils participated in various information technology projects. Since there were not enough computers for everyone to use at the same time, we made use of high tech and low tech technology for our learning.

Internet Safety

Fifth and sixth graders learned about what it takes to be successful online. This meant learning about their own digital footprints, how to be safe online, how to be secure online, being responsible, email etiquette, and the pitfalls of believing everything that is posted online. We discussed the definition of cyber-bullying and social media. We also talked about the great harm it can cause. Later pupils presented their completed work to third and fourth graders and explained what they had learned in simple terms.

This mind map shows some important factors in being successful online.

This mind map shows some important factors in being successful online.

"Be smart! Check information. Recognize what is true."

“Be smart! Check information. Recognize what is true.”

"Recognize what is real and true."

“Recognize what is real and true.”

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This poster contained lots of valuable thoughts pertaining to being successful and safe online. Look at some of the close-ups that follow.

This poster contained lots of valuable thoughts pertaining to being successful and safe online. Look at 2 of the close-ups that follow.

This is a close-up of thoughts about email etiquette.

This is a close-up of thoughts about email etiquette.

Think before you push the "send" button!

Think before you push the “send” button!

Keyboarding and Logging in

Second graders and first graders paired up to practice using the keyboard. First they practiced letter recognition in both Finnish and English. Then they practiced typing their own names. They learned the parts of the keyboard and practiced logging on to our school’s server.

A first and second grader practicing letter and key recognition on a keyboard.

A first and second grader practicing letter and key recognition on a keyboard.

Making Halloween Bingo Cards

Third and fourth graders created their own personal Halloween bingo cards by copy-pasting clip art to empty bingo card templates. The cards turned out really well! Later in the day after a lively discussion about the dangers of the Internet, pupils heard presentations by 5th and 6th graders about being safe online.

Copy-pasting clip art onto the empty bingo board to create personal Halloween bingo cards

Copy-pasting clip art onto the empty bingo board to create personal Halloween bingo cards

An array of personal bingo cards that were created by 3rd and 4th grade English Class pupils

An array of personal bingo cards that were created by 3rd and 4th grade English Class pupils

The day was full of all kinds of interesting learning experiences for English Class pupils.

Fifth and sixth graders created interactive presentations on the history of Halloween using Glogster later in the day.

Fifth and sixth graders created interactive presentations on the history of Halloween using Glogster later in the day.

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