Friday, December 19, 2014

This Week in the Lab!

Week of December 15, 2014 

The week was mostly dedicated to projects, coding, mystery location, and Christmas games!


The students played Christmas games on ABCMouse and enjoyed spending their tickets to decorate their rooms!
This is a Kindergartener's room 


Skype Interaction

The students shared songs, weather, and school information with Edward E Taylor School in South Carolina.  They were excited to see another Kindergarten classroom!
Mrs. Kaput's class 

Mrs. Buhr's class

Grades 1-4

The students continued on their learning paths in coding and also had time to play some fun Christmas games:

Grade 5

Due to Confessions, I only saw one of the classes for 20 minutes.  They were able to vote on a topic for the Global Virtual Classroom Contest and play Christmas games as well.

Grade 6

The 6th graders finished their Diamonte Poems and shared it with the students in the Kidlink Project.  They also played some Christmas games.

Mystery Location

One of the 6th grade classes had a mystery location interaction with a class from William Davies Middle School in New Jersey.  They asked yes/no questions to figure out what state they lived in.  Here are the notes from the interaction.  This is the blog post from their tech teacher!  She also made this video:  

This is what the students from New Jersey saw.  

We liked the robot in their classroom!

The students from New Jersey were a 6th grade STEM class, newly formed!  

Grade 7

7th graders worked on The Digiteen Project, finishing their assignments and working on their Action Projects.  They will present to 6th graders in January.

Students in 7B had a skype interaction with students from Jonesville Middle School in Madison, WI.  They shared their Action Projects and learned a little bit about each other's schools and fun things to do!

Grade 8

The 8th graders worked on their typing skills using Typing Club and also worked on Diocesan Assessments.  If there was time, they played a few Christmas games as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This Week in the Lab!

Week of Dec. 8, 2014 

Hour of Code, Digiteen, Typing, Diamond Poems, Moon Project, ABCMouse, and Christmas games are just a FEW things we did in the Lab!  Read about more: 


Students have been playing games, puzzles, and listening to songs.  They are also feeding and playing with their animals, adding things to their room, and playing with their hamsters.  There is so much to do!

Grade 1-5 Coding!

 The students really advanced, moving at their own pace.  They also helped each other!  They like the ease of the lessons on

Grade 2 Mystery Skype!

The 2nd graders joined me at a special time to do a mystery skype with a class of 6th graders from Colorado.  Our 2nd graders discovered the state first!  

Grade 6 Diamonte Project

The students continued to work on their Diamonte (Diamond) projects.  They also worked on typing skills using Typing Club (

Grade 7 Digiteen Project

The students continued to work on their assignments for the Digiteen Project.  For the final project, students can use PowToon or Google Slides.  They are doing a nice job on their projects!

Grade 8 Typing and Assessments

The students continue to work on Typing Club and Diocesan Assessments.  Their goal is 35wpm.  Many reach the goal!  

Staff Christmas Party

Our staff took a trolley tour to see the lights in Chicago and stopped at the ChristKindl Market (  We had a nice time!

Monday, December 8, 2014

This Week in the Lab!

Week 1: December, 2014 

We had a week off for Thanksgiving and got back into the swing of things in the lab.  This is what we did!


The students have been using ABCMouse to draw, organize, navigate using a touch pad, recognizing letters, numbers, and words, and possibly construct sentences, depending on their advancement.  They can also play ABCMouse at home!

Grades 1-3

Computer Programming!

The students are learning how to code using's computer science courses specific to their ages and grades.  They were introduced to it this week and will be continuing until the end of January.

Mystery Skype

One class had a mystery skype with students in Troy School District!  They also found out some of them even knew each other!  That was fun.  ;)

Grade 4

Global Moon Project

The students learned about the phases of the moon.  Then they took a picture of the moon and shared it with other students in the project in the form of a poem or coordinates.  They also commented on the students' works from other schools.

Grade 5

Global Virtual Classroom

This week the students finished brainstorming on a possible topic in their table groups.  They used a shared Google doc to create a graphic organizer to add a few details to support their topic.  Each class came up with 6 topics.  They will vote on one topic next week.  Then the other partner schools will vote.  They are in Taiwan, Italy, and USA.

Grade 6

Diamond Poem Project and Typing!

The students created a diamonte (diamond) poem using Google Slides.  They will share their poem in the Diamonte Poem project with students from Spain and USA.  

They are also using Typing Web to get more proficient in typing.  

Grade 7

Video Conference

The students in 7B were able to virtually meet some of the students they are working with in the Digiteen/Digitween Project.  The students are from Texas and asked our students what word they used for "carbonated drinks"....POP!  They say SODA!

Grade 8

Diocesan Assessments!

The students have been working on the Diocesan Assessments for Technology this Trimester.  Once finished, they will continue with Synergyse Training with Google Slides and Sites.

DeICE Winter Mini Conference


I helped run our 2nd DeICE mini conference this Saturday.  We raffled off thousands of dollars worth of prizes including a Chromebook and a course from USF.  It was a great learning opportunity for the 50 participants and a successful event!