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World Math Day 2011 starts 1pm Monday 28 Feb

To all Grade 2 students, or Grade 1 students that registered at home,

Get online on the World Math Day site from 1pm Monday 28th February (Kuwait time). That is when it is officially 1st March somewhere in the world.  World Math Day 2011 will officially be over at 2pm Wednesday 2nd March (Kuwait time).

Once it is officially World Math Day, then the rules apply. You may wish to have an adult read the rules to you:

In summary, only up to 100 games in the 48 hour period count toward your total points. Your points are reset to zero at the start of World Math Day. The age on your profile must be correct or you will not be eligible for any prizes.

It will probably not be possible to play World Math Day at school during this time, as Grade 3, 4, and 5 students have booked computer lab space to play. So I strongly encourage you to play at home if you can. 🙂

Every student who participates on the official day will receive a certificate (that I will print out for you within a week or so if you are in Grade 2). If you play 60 games or more on the day, then you get a special ‘Platinum’ certificate. More information can be found under the ‘Prizes’ section of the WMD website.

Have fun!

Ms Morrison  morrisona@ask.edu.kw

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Computer mouse games for young children

If your child has difficulty using the mouse, then here are some websites that have great games for mouse practice:

http://jacksonpollock.org/

Click on the picture to start on a blank page. Move the mouse to paint. Click the mouse to change colors. This is a website that we are using in class for most grade levels, so your child may already know what to do. Be careful – it’s quite addictive, even for adults! 🙂

http://www.headsprout.com/code/launchMA.cfm
This is a story that the children listen to and follow the instructions. It is important to have sound so they can hear what to do.

http://www.tvokids.com/framesets/bby.html?game=66

This ‘Bees and Honey’ site could be good for CDC or KG1 kids. It teaches moving the mouse to an object, clicking on an object, and dragging and dropping. It can be a little bit tricky as the objects are slowly moving.

http://www.learning.luton.gov.uk/l2g/custom/resources_ftp/netmedia_std/ks1/ict/mouse/index.htm 

Please note that a ‘single click’ is introduced in CDC. ‘Drag and drop’ is introduced for KG1 students, but some do require assistance with this. ‘Double click’ is not introduced until KG2, and some children are still working on this skill.

The above games might be fun for any child to play, even if they are already skilled at using the mouse! We have not necessarily played these games in class, so they will probably be brand new to your child.

These sites I found as part of another blog Ask a Tech Teacher.

Ms Morrison  morrisona@ask.edu.kw

Earrings + Headphones = Painful!

Please send your child to school on Computer days without earrings, or at least with small ones that will not hurt if wearing headphones.

Our computer headphones tend to be the kind that sit quite firmly over the ears, and if your child is wearing large, bulky earrings, or ones with a long back, they can dig into their head. Most of our Early Childhood computer games require children to wear headphones to listen to instructions and letter sounds. Grade 1 and 2 students are sometimes required to wear headphones.

Thank you,

Ms Morrison  morrisona@ask.edu.kw

World Math Day 2011

World Math Day will be on March 1st this year. If you have not heard about it before, visit the official website: www.worldmathsday.com.

If you are in Grade 2, then you will learn about World Math Day in Computer class. You will be given your own username and password to go onto the site for practice anytime this month. If you are in Grades 3-5 you will get your sign-in details from either Ms Suk or your classroom teacher.

Grade 1 students will not spend any Computer class time playing the game, but if you are interested, you may have an adult help you sign-up at home and play whenever you wish outside of school time.

If you have your username and password already, click on ‘Sign In’ at the top of page. Then click on ‘Play Now’. Choose your level and begin! The site will then search around the world for who else in your age category is online at the exact same time, and you will compete against them by answering simple basic facts problems for 60 seconds.

Here is what it looks like when you are in the middle of a 60 second game. 3 strikes (wrong answers) and you're out!

It is just practice until 1 March. But it is so much fun! When it is 1 March your games and scores count toward the total for you, your class, and your school, and it is possible to win prizes.

Enjoy playing!

Ms Morrison  morrisona@ask.edu.kw

First blog post from Ms Morrison!

Hi, my name is Ms Morrison and I am the Technology (Computer) Teacher for early childhood and lower elementary here at ASK. So if you are in CDC, KG1, KG2, Grade 1 or Grade 2, then you will come to see me in the lower lab once every 7 days. I also see 3rd Graders for Technology Integration.

Stay tuned to my blog for information on assessment, assignments, and general updates about what goes on in my classes. Feel free to post comments or questions as well.

See you in Computer class!

Ms Morrison

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