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Elementary Software Lessons Spiral Review

Elementary Software Lessons Spiral Review


We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.
We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle. 

What is included in each set of 12 lessons:

4 weeks of lessons for each type of software 

  • Word / Docs / Pages
  • PowerPoint / Slides / Keynote
  • Excel / Sheets / Numbers

These lessons are customizable for whatever software version you have, for a total of 36 weeks of lessons per grade level! 

Editable Lesson Plans:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Mini lesson

•Vocabulary

•Materials

•I Can Statements

•Lesson components

•Assessments

•Space for reflection

These lesson plans are provided in BOTH PowerPoint and Google Slides for your convenience. Since the text is all editable, you can adjust it to meet your needs. 

Editable Daily Messages:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Lesson Title

•Vocabulary

•Materials

•I Can Statements

•Lesson Question

•Space for you to add screenshots of your software program

Use the daily messages as part of your mini lesson for each activity. The text is editable and there is room for you to add your own images to go with the lesson. 

Student Templates Provided


•Templates are provided in BOTH Google Apps and Office 365 for your convenience.

*If you’re using Apple Software then the Office 365 will convert to it.

You get ALL of the student files! This is probably my favorite part of these software lessons. I am letting go of control ;-) and giving you everything you need in order to facilitate these lessons. You can put the files into your learning management system or onto a password protected page of your class websites to be able to share them with students. 

Student Assessments:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Formative assessment questions provided as editable Google Forms

Use the google forms to make sure your students are learning the skills. These are brief and meant to be used to inform your instruction. You may still choose to do longer unit assessments if you give grades. 

TEACHING TIPS

1. These lessons are the main activity for a class. I recommend planning a warm up activity (like 10 minutes of typing) and early finisher activities (here are sites you can use). You’re likely going to have some students complete the lesson in 5-10 minutes and others that will still be working when you say time is up.

2. In the lesson plans you’ll see me talk about screencasts you could make. You'll either need to demonstrate the activities live or make a screencast of instructions for each lesson. If you’ve never made them before, check out this blog post to learn more about it. Screencasts are a game changer!

3. You may upload the student templates to a learning management system or password protected page of your own website. As long as the files aren’t available publicly on the web then you’re following the terms of use. If you need ideas for how to share files with students, read this blog post.

4. The assessments are optional but will be helpful if technology is a graded subject. If you’re new to teaching technology and curious about grading these skills, read this blog post.

Next up are some FAQs about these lessons - 

WHO NEEDS THESE TECHNOLOGY LESSONS?

These software lessons are perfect for technology teachers, classroom teachers, media specialists, STEM teachers, or homeschool parents who want their students to know how to use technology to create content. By mastering these software programs, students will feel comfortable doing anything you ask them to do with it.

HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM?

The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system. The content in these software lessons does not overlap with the k5tech.net curriculum at all so you can use both.

Still have questions? Please ask them before purchasing!


Click on this picture to buy the Bundle, which is already discounted 20%, and save an additional 10% with the coupon code SOFTWARE10. 


Some feedback on the Bundle:

1. These lessons are amazing! Easy to use, ready to go with excellent directions and guidance. My Tech students are doing and learning soo much! I have never gone wrong when I use any of her lessons! Thank you!

2. Great resource! Cannot wait to use from the beginning of the school year with all grade levels.

3. I used one of the first lessons with my K/1 class through distance learning. I also did a screencast so that they could see how to do the assignment. This is an excellent resource that will keep my younger students busy while learning a lot in the process.

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

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6 Student Options for Making a Digital Avatar Character

6 Student Options for Making a Digital Avatar Character


So your students want to make a Bitmoji or Facebook Avatar but they're too young or it isn't school appropriate? This list of alternative options for building digital characters is the solution, and some of them are even educational!
So your students want to make a Bitmoji or Facebook Avatar but they're too young or it isn't school appropriate? This list of alternative options for building digital characters is the solution, and some of them are even educational!

In no particular order, here are the digital character builders you can use to have students make their own avatar:

Mini-Mizer (requires flash)

This one is so much fun for kids because the end result looks like a lego mini figure!

Create Your Avatar

Great option for students with an email address (that is how they save the final image).

Avatar Builder Digital Glyph

This option combines digital literacy and the fun of making a character. Students have to copy and paste across slides (In Google Slides or PowerPoint) and then resize the pieces to layer together to build the Avatar. They can make as many variations as they want!

Made with Code Avatar Project (hopefully still available for a while)


The Made with Code project teaches students about coding concepts while they build a character. There are only "girl" options but it is versatile enough for most elementary age kids to be able to use it. This activity is part of a Coding Lesson I have for 3rd graders on k5tech.net and you can try it for free - Code an Avatar Lesson Page

Build a Character Digital Glyph

The build a character digital glyph is perfect for primary grades students and it is educational! Students build their tech skills by needing to copy and paste across slides and resize the pieces to fit.

Portrait Avatar Maker

The portrait avatar maker is so simple yet gets the job done. Students will love seeing how theirs turns out!

How are you using these digital characters in the classroom? Students love to have an avatar that looks like them as their profile picture and it is a safer alternative to a real photo. I think it is important to have a conversation with students about their digital reputations before they make their avatars so that they can think through which private information about their physical appearance they want to share. We also chat about how when we are looking at a profile picture online, we have no way of knowing if that is really the way the person looks. All important topics of discussion! 

There you have it! 6 Alternatives to Bitmojis and Facebook Avatars for Students to use to build their own characters. Pin this post to get back to later and share it with your teacher and parent friends! 
So your students want to make a Bitmoji or Facebook Avatar but they're too young or it isn't school appropriate? This list of alternative options for building digital characters is the solution, and some of them are even educational!



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February Activities for the Computer Lab

February Activities for the Computer Lab


February is a great time in the computer lab to take a deep dive into topics because there are weeks of uninterrupted classes.
February is a great time in the computer lab to take a deep dive into topics because there are weeks of uninterrupted classes. 

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Activities for February

In February, kindergarten continues on with the Timely Tech activities. This time working on beginning letter, before and after numbers, number words, and counting by 10s. 
To keep their mouse skills sharp, students practice drag and drop with digital Pixel Art. These Valentine's Day designs are great for the first 2 weeks of February. I have Kindergarten do level 1 so that they don't need to copy and paste the color pieces. 

As a station activity and for early finishers, I use these mouse practice mats for spiral review. These are great for PreK students too if you have them on your schedule. 

First Grade Activities for February

All month in February I have 1st graders working on Timely Tech activities. I usually pick the hundreds chart puzzles, base 10 building, and vowel sorts, but also make the other slides available for review. 
It isn't February themed, but I have first grade students work on digital hundreds charts during this month to take a deep dive into Google Slides or PowerPoint. They really master using the toolbar to fill in each of the 100 cells of the hundreds chart. 
For a fun unplugged holiday activity we get out the robots. The classroom teachers love seeing students working on sequencing skills and it integrates a lot of great tech skills too. 

Second Grade Activities for February

Timely Tech is the main activity for second grade students this month but I'll also share some warm up and early finisher activities to use. I have 2nd grade do the Decorate a heart, make new words, ABC order, and Pixel art slides. 
Early finishers can do digital pixel art all month. I usually let 2nd graders choose between level 2 or 3 for these activities. 
The heart design for Valentine's Day is definitely simple enough for beginner typers. This makes a great bulletin board when students are finished!

Third Grade Activities for February

The February design is a mitten and these text formatting activities really help us to see how students are doing with a variety of skills from keyboarding to following directions. This makes a great lesson for an observation. 
All month long 3rd graders can choose digital STEM challenges to complete as early finisher activities. You can decide whether or not to have students do the corresponding journal activities if you want it to be something you can track. 
To keep students' copy and paste skills fresh, we do the Snow Globe digital glyph. Students beg for more of these!

Fourth Grade Activities for February

Classroom teachers appreciate it when we review math skills in the computer lab. These 5 digital mystery pictures work on tech skills too so I let students choose them all month as early finisher activities. 

The main activity for the month is software lessons, even though these aren't February themed. Week 25 usually lands right around the first week of February, so we just follow the lesson schedule. 
Students can also choose digital Pixel Art as their early finisher activity. I have 4th graders do level 4 so it is great keyboard shortcut practice as they have to copy and paste or duplicate each color piece. 

Fifth Grade Activities for February

A great warm up activity to use all month is text formatting activities. Students can usually finish one design by the end of 4-5 sessions when it is used as the 10 minutes of typing warm up activity. 
February is a great time for a deep dive into software lessons. We follow the weekly guide to work on these lessons for Google Slides or PowerPoint for the month.
I let 5th graders choose any of the slides they want from the Timely Tech set for February as their early finisher activities. 


There you have it, activities for grades k-5 for the month of February. Be sure to pin this blog post to get back to later!
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November Activities for the Computer Lab

November Activities for the Computer Lab



November Activities for the Computer Lab
November is challenging in the Computer lab because of the inconsistent schedule. Daylight Savings Time ends, students are off for Veteran's Day and then again for Thanksgiving. Not to mention special events at school mean that the specials schedule is usually interrupted. Because of all of this, I pick activities that can be done in one class period. Check them out.

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Activities for November

Kindergarten is really getting it by November. Almost everyone can get logged in and to the class website independently (by almost everyone I mean about 85%). Timely Tech is a great incentive for them to get logged in efficiently. The November slides work on alphabet, 10 frames, patterns, shapes, and more. 


The level 1 Pixel Art activities are perfect for kindergarten. Students really master drag and drop after doing these activities for a whole class period. 

First Grade Activities for November

Depending on whether or not students have done this type of activity before, 1st grade students can do either level 1 or 2 of Pixel art. The Thanksgiving themed designs are motivating for students to complete. They always beg for more!

Whatever slides we didn't get to in Kindergarten we will plan to do in 1st grade of this November Timely Tech resource. Usually the Word Families, Build the Turkey, and Match the Halves. 

Second Grade Activities for November

I've been receiving the best feedback about how much students are loving the digital glyph activities. This fall scene one where students are building a pumpkin patch is a great activity for November for 2nd grade. It will be challenging for them but great copy and paste practice. 

Timely Tech is really great for this time of year and the 2nd grade activities are fun and engaging for students (not that everything needs to be fun, but it helps behavior). 

Third Grade Activities for November

We can really push 3rd graders with an activity like this digital glyph. Challenge them to use keyboard shortcuts or at least get really efficient with the right click on the mouse or trackpad. The optional writing prompt at the end is a great opportunity to assess their typing proficiency too. 

3rd graders can handle level 2 or 3 for these pixel art activities. If I want to provide a unique challenge I have them use their keyboard arrows instead of the mouse to move the pieces into place on the grid. 

Fourth Grade Activities for November


Depending on when 4th graders learn multi digit multiplication and long division, these digital mystery pictures make a great activity for November. If they haven't gotten to that math unit yet, 5th graders also love this activity and it is a great review. 
This coding activity is split between 4th and 5th grade. 4th graders work on the binary code slides and if/then/else slides. It makes a great precursor to the Hour of Code activities in December. 

Fifth Grade Activities for November

Timely Tech is back for 5th grade with some great tech skills review like online searching, editing spelling errors, and coding. 
Fifth grade does the rest of the slides from this resource set. They will be totally ready to go for hour of code in December after this review of coding concepts. 

There you have it, activities for grades k-5 for the month of November. Be sure to pin this blog post to get back to later!
November Activities for the Computer Lab

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