The students did very well and had a blast trying out some of the one-player games that accompany the site. I've heard from a few students that the games are not all working from home, so I would encourage parents to check out the snapshot below to see if your computer meets the minimum technology requirements for the site or contact Everyday Math technical support at http://www.epgtech.com/contact/index.php.
The second graders that I saw this week (MacEwen and Smith) enjoyed a reminder of computer lab rules, followed by a BrainPop, Jr. movie reviewing the parts of the computer, and then a scavenger hunt quizzing their knowledge of lab expectations. Parents: don't forget that your child can access BrainPOP and BrainPOP, Jr. from home using Lovett's username and password. It is a fantastic resource for children, and it gets better every year! Feel free to send me an email if you need the login information.
In Ms. Mills and Mrs. Foster's third grade classes this week, we were thrilled to get started with earning our "Digital Passport" through Common Sense Media. The Digital Passport project was tested last year, and it is a wonderful resource for beginning a dialogue with children about the appropriate use of technology, the dangers of posting information to the Web, the importance of protecting one's identity and passwords, etc. In the lab, we typically have time to complete one activity (consisting of a lesson, a corresponding game, and a final mission). Following the completion of the mission, the students earn a badge and are one step closer to earning their passport. Here is the student login if your child is interested in working on his or her passport at home. We are having fun and learning important lessons at the same time!