Below are the highly recommended links for students to help in Math, Reading and Word Learning Skills including Typing Skills
-@tes25teach, 4th grade, Gering Public Schools
M.A., Education, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
M.A., Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (magna cum laude)
A.B., Classical Studies, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (cum laude)
Member, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
Member, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
Member, CDW Advisory Board
Member, Diocese of Arlington Technology Curriculum Committee
Certified Common Sense Media Educator 2014
Member, McGraw-Hill Education Advisory Board
PBS Teachers Advisory Group
Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) Certification
Co-Moderator, Aquinas Yearbook
Moderator, Students Working for Aquinas Technology (SWAT)
Location Controller, Scantron Testing
Catechist Certification, Diocese of Arlington
CPR/First Aid/AED Certified
35 years of teaching experience from elementary to college and wide experience as marketing strategist for an educational software company.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” ~ Ignacio Estrada
The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.”-Pope Francis, 48th World Communication Day, June 1, 2014
“To all Aquinas students- The promise of the future lies not in technology but in you.”
This site will feature educational websites, assignments that students will complete in technology class, display of current projects students are working on and important school announcements.The goal of my technology class is to integrate the subjects/topics being taught in the classroom and combine them with the use of technology along with learning computer basics.Feel free to email me should you have questions at: bwage[AT] aquinastars dot org
The STARS technology curriculum is aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Arlington Diocese Technology Curriculum.Teachers use a variety of resources to implement these standards. In grades pre-kindergarten through second grade, students use the iPads and 3rd to 5th, students use laptop computers. In 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, students operate Windows based Dell computers.
All grade level classrooms are equipped with interactive Activboards that are used by teachers and students. Educational software, iPad apps, creativity and multimedia resources are used appropriately at each grade level. STARS uses mobile devices (Apple iPads and Chromebooks) that bring digital education in to the classroom. The mobile devices are used with the wireless network and contain many educational apps from curricular areas to enhance the students’ learning. Middle School students use Google Suite for Education technology tools to produce, publish and collaborate on their work.
The STARS technology curriculum provides a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. A variety of media and formats are used by students to communicate information and ideas effectively to various audiences. Students apply technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. Technology resources are used for solving problems and making informed decisions to real world problems. Students develop an understanding of ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and its safe use.
Technology has forever changed not only what we need to learn, but the way we learn. Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today’s students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students for high school, college, workforce training, and life in a technological society.
The Diocese of Arlington’s Technology Standards were revamped and they encompass:
Moreover, using SMART Method ,our lessons stress on an important set of critical skills in support of all core academic subject areas:
Safety and Security: How can the Internet be used safely?
Manners and Cyber citizenship: What are students’ social, legal and ethical responsibilities?
Advertising and Privacy: How can students identify commercial messages and safeguard their privacy?
Research: What strategies should students know to effectively use the Internet as a research tool?
Technology: What should students know about the past, present and future of the Internet?
As the first diocesan Common Sense educator in the Diocese of Arlington, one of my main tasks as an educator is to stress the importance of Digital Citizenship.
Digital Citizenship is a way to prepare students for a society full of appropriate and responsible technology use. It includes the understanding and practicing of safe and ethical online behavior and technology use. It is vital that students stay safe and make good choices online.
Technology Objectives and Class Policies
Overall Objectives: Technologies are having greater influences on our daily lives – at home, at school, and at work. Whether utilizing applications for word processing, spreadsheets, telecommunications, e-mail or multimedia presentations, students in the 21st century must acquire the technological skills for tomorrow while meeting the needs of today. Therefore, the computer curriculum has been designed for the development of skills over a period of time. These skills will become the building blocks with which the students will meet the challenges of their personal and professional lives. In order to become technologically proficient, the students will develop these skills through integrated activities incorporated throughout the curriculum areas. The curriculum is designed so the students will:
: reinforce keyboarding skills.
: use a variety of technological tools to gather, interpret, evaluate and apply information from various media.
: utilize technology to publish and compile projects/multimedia documents.
: have a working knowledge of the Internet.
: be able to integrate computing and Internet technologies into the core content areas of their grade level curriculum.
: be responsible users of technology, aware of the moral and ethical impact of their actions and be able to discuss consequences of misuse.
Grading Policy: Individual grades for computer assignments will be based on adherence to the computer requirements of the assignment(s).FAILURE TO SUBMIT ANY ASSIGNMENT(S) ON TIME WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF 10 POINTS FOR EACH DAY THE ASSIGNMENT(S) IS (ARE) LATE.BOTH a PROGRESS and EFFORT grade will appear on the left side of the report card reflecting the student’s Technology grade.
Absentee Policy: If a student is absent and misses computer class, it is the student’s responsibility to get the assigned work and make up any missed work or assignments.
*** Any grade of 77 or below on returned graded papers will be signed by a parent and returned to class the next day.
Classes will meet in the computer lab once a week. Lessons will include keyboarding, data entry, physical and vocabulary knowledge and recognition of both software and hardware. Students will be able to safely and successfully navigate the internet and other types of telecommunications.
3rd – 5th Grade
6th – 8th Grade
The diocesan standards for computers and technology ensure that every student is well prepared for our ever changing world of technology.
Why Computer Technology? Touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in society Drives innovation and economic growth Provides rewarding job opportunities Prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century.
Why is Technology Important? It exposes students to critical thinking It is essential for success in the digital age Too few students are exposed to opportunities presented by computer science.
TECHNOLOGY CLASS RULES
Come to class with clean hands.
Operate the equipment properly.
Make sure you listen to directions.
Push your chair in & clean up when you are done.
Use your inside voice and headphones when using sound.
Touch the keyboard lightly.
Eating & drinking are not permitted in the computer lab.
Remember to never go on a website without permission.
Log-off – leave the station ready for the next person to use.
Ask for help if you don’t understand something.
Be ready to learn something new when you come to the lab.
Technology Class Reminders:
Most of the assignments in computer classes are project-based. If a student works diligently and puts forth a concerted effort, they will do well in class. Exceptional work will be rewarded with exceptional grades. Project rubrics will be made available and posted on this website for all major projects. There will be quizzes from time to time to make sure there is an understanding of terminology and basic computer knowledge. Keyboarding is an integral part of computer usage. The better a person can implement keyboarding skills, the easier they will be able to successfully use a computer. Therefore, keyboarding skills are highly emphasized in computer class. Students will be using the Internet as a part of this class. They will be expected to adhere to the Aquinas Acceptable User Policy regarding proper use of the Internet. Students not adhering to the AUP will be subject to school’s discipline policy as stated in the Handbook and may lose the right to computer use. Our computer classes correspond with the ISTE, Virginia SOL for Computer Technology and Diocese of Arlington Technology Curriculum. We strive to make the lessons and assignments as useful and meaningful to our students as possible. While the content of the standards may not change, new technology is always becoming available and we will strive to stay as current as possible so we may present the most up-to-date curriculum to your child as possible.
To teach and ensure that each of the students, grades Pre-K-8th Grade, comprehend the multitude of resources from the Technology World including the wide spectrum from basics to intermediate Google Applications at their fingertips. Exploring the basics, the internet, programs, etc. safely, the students are able to utilize and grow their knowledge to learn tools that will aid them in all academic levels. Technology is all around us and we need to know how to use it safely, productively, and at balanced levels to help us progress now and in the future.
Technology at STARS plays an integral role into each student’s education. Some of the highlights students enjoy include:
Students from grades PreK – 8 will spend time learning the fundamentals of computer technology once a week in the lab and through daily integration in the classroom with other subjects.
Students are taught the fundamentals of technology through:
We will strive to keep up with the technology of today while keeping our students grounded in their faith to help guide them to make Christ-centered decisions when it comes to the world of media and beyond.
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Sweet Search – A search engine for students. Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by research experts.
Kid Rex – Kid Safe Search Engine, powered by Google!
Fact Monster – Kid Friendly Database
Kids Click – Search Site with kid-friendly results
QUICK – The Quality Information Checklist – Use this checklist to help you decide if the site you are viewing is a reliable one.
Creative Commons – A meta search engine that helps you find copyright free materials to use in your work.
Skills & Strategies for Web Researching – Great tips for searching the web.
Pics4Learning – Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students.
Image After – a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image and use it in your own work.
WikiMedia Commons – Huge free collection of images, videos, and sounds
Trek Earth – Photography from around the world, free for educational use.
Morgue File – Completely free, high resolution photos.
School Clip Art – Free collection of clip art, organized by category.
WP Clip Art – Large collection of free clipart.
Flickr Commons – Collection of free photographs posted by flickr users.
Creative Commons – A meta search engine that helps you find copyright free materials to use in your work.
Cite This For Me – Awesome citation site that will create a citation for you with just the URL (web address) of the source, title of the book or magazine, etc!
Citation Machine – Fill in the information and let the website generate your citation for you — all you have to do when it’s finished is copy and paste!
Common Errors in English Usage – Use this site to double check your use of tricky words, such as “affect/effect”, “to/too/two”, and “there/their/they’re”.
Cite Your Sources – Fill out this form and let this website generate your citation for you.
Guide to Grammar and Writing – Tips and practice exercises to help you with writing and grammar.
• Assault Typing (words)
• Chameleon Fly Catcher (words, caps, punctuation)
• Cup Stacking
(practice using shift + letter for capitals)
• Dino Kids Trash Typer (words)
• Finger Frenzy (have an ABC contest!)
• Focal Points (repeated letters)
• Keyflex (finding letters)
• KeySeeker (BEGINNER!!)
NumPad Kenny’s (number keypad practice)
• Speed Typing (words)
• Type It! (Home Row Practice)
• Typing Speed Test at PlayKidsGames
• Typing Treasures (easy)
• Typo II
• UpBeat! (Home Row practice)