News Flash: TECH ROBOTICS CLUB 2017
When: Every Monday starting Nov 7th to May 22 (20 sessions)
Cost: $130 (scholarships available, please contact Mrs. Sanders)
       Permission slips available at the school office
Time/place: The club will meet in the MUR room from 3-4 pm


Tech Team builds robots!

 9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids!


TECH TIPS! Click on the links to get the helpful articles.

Instagram or Vine? 5 things you should know if your students are sharing videos. (commonsense Media article)

Guess What the Internet is doing to our Brains?
click on this LINK and watch this youtube.

Recommended Kid's apps and games for some Holiday fun - check out: Commonsense Media

Commonsense Media rounded up 10 of the most violent video games out there -- explaining the details that put each one on their list -- as well as more than 10 that you can say "yes" to. Click on video games for the article.

Great article from commonsense media:
Digital Life: Our Kids' Connected Culture
Help your kids make great decisions so they can take advantage of the powerful technology that fills their lives.


Commonsense media's new kids' media app for your IOS device

Just added! New smart phone safety tips.

Junior High Parents: Facebook has a new "Home" interface for smart phones that has the kids "always on" social networking. Please read the article about what that means for your teen!

Netsmartz.org


My Kid Wants to Be "Liked" on Facebook - click on the title to read an article on young children's perception of being "liked".


Tip #7:

Click on the title to be linked to the article details.


Tip #6:
click on the link for a helpful article from Common Sense Media on the issues with students using their allowance for virtual games.


Tip #5
WHAT SHOULD YOUR STUDENT KNOW ABOUT DOING ON-LINE RESEARCH?
Google seems to be the on-line search engine that most kids use to do research. Know how to guide your student using this helpful tip sheet. Click on the link to view the pdf document.

Evaluating Internet Resources

Tip #4
Family Tip Sheet on Protecting and Respecting Privacy for middle school and high school students.

TIP #3


CLICK LINK FOR ARTICLE
TIP #2
Getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of the computer can be a challenge. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins. Here is a great article from Common Sense Media, a non-profit, dedicated to providing trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice to parents and their families to thrive in our world of media and technology.
Enjoy!

How to Set Screen Rules

TIP #1

Here is an article highlighting different media for students to spark their imagination and cement knowledge at home. Click on the computer link.  BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOST

Back-to-School Boost

Welcome from the Tech Coordinator

I am very excited to be be working with you and your child in the St. Mary Computer Lab again this year. I am committed to making this an enriching, productive and creative year for all.

The goal of the technology curriculum is to prepare students for the changing technological society we live in.  By integrating technology into the standard core curriculum as a problem solving instrument and learning the different software tools, students will be better able to adapt to new technology, use different types of programs and solve problems effectively. 

Students gain experience with keyboarding, word processing, spread sheets, database, graphing, researching (Internet), multimedia applications and communications (Internet). Our program includes two types of lessons. 1.) Lessons that integrate the computer into the subject area curriculum, and 2.) lessons that teach a specific computer skill.

Standards of good behavior are stressed in our classroom. Class rules emphasize consideration and respect for others as well as responsibility and care of the equipment.

My experience in technology comes from 20 years of business finance applications and 9 years of teaching math and technology at the junior high level at another school in the Oakland Diocese.

I am very excited about being part of the St. Mary School community and teaching technology. My goal is to provide your child with the guidance necessary to become an active participant in discovering and using new knowledge.

Please feel free to call me at school (935-5054) or e-mail me ( lsanders@csdo.org) if you have any questions or concerns .

Sincerely,
Lisa Sanders
Technology Coordinator
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