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3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades will be using Pixie to do a Spelling/Vocabulary Activity using their weekly Spelling Words.

Students will learn to the Chrome shortcut for definitions.  Students will also use to look for other parts of speech, such as synonym and antonym.

If you finish the activity, please go to, type in all your words this week.  Please use the home row and correct fingers.  That means all 10 of them.  Go the the Spelling Test Enter Your Words section on the left side.  Do the spelling test, then select another activity to do.

Have fun!

1st and 2nd Grades are drawing self portraits using the Paint tools in Pixie.  They do a wonderful job.  Make sure that you see them.

Kindergarten are utilizing websites to practice Mouse skills.

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Hello Students,

Welcome Back!  Ms. Alter and Ms. Hill are excited to see you in the computer lab.  Our first computer lab will be an introduction, along with “Rules of the Lab.”  We will set up our computers.  After we complete all of that, I have one fun activity planned.  It is a new educational site that I found.


Find the games menu at the top left corner.  Select your grade and pick an Activity.  Get ready for an exciting year in the computer lab.

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Happy New Year!

Our New Year Resolution is to become better typists.  Typing is a common core standard.  The foundation helped the computer lab invest in speedskins to help improve our typing skills.  We want to thank the foundation for their help in meeting our goal.

We are beginning the new year working with the new skins in 3rd thru 5th grade.  Kindergarten thru 2nd grade are working on improving typing skills before moving onto the use of skins in the older grades.

If a student comes home talking about the new skins in the computer lab, here is the link: to check out for yourself.

The students have begun working with them and are doing a great job.


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4th and 5th Grade – We are learning how to use Office 365 for writing our upcoming Podcast Scripts.

—4th Grade Textbook Link   Weather  Chapter 3

—5th Grade Textbook Link   Civil War

3rd Grade – We are learning how to use Word writing about ancient Greece.

—Textbook Link – Ancient Greece   Rock & Minerals

2nd Grade – We are learning to use all of our fingers for typing using the online program, Dancemat.

1st Grade – We are learning to make graphs on the computer using the software, Graph Club.

Kindergarten – We are learning how to log into the computer using our student ID numbers and passwords.



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Due some parental consent delays, we are delaying our Office 365 lesson about a week or so. Unfortunately, these emails are automated and there is no way to change the time frame. If you wanted your student to learn this tool, and you did not give parental consent, a parental consent email goes out each month sometime between the 1st and 15th of each. You can give your consent when you receive this email. Please be mindful that it maybe going into your Spam or Junk folder, so you may need to keep an eye on that as well. You will be able to give parental consent from the upcoming email with the subject “Cobb County School District Office 365 Parental Consent.”

If you would like to see if you have access to the tools, you can log in using this link:

The username is and the password is the same number that the student uses to log into their computer at school. It is 3 numbers. If you do not see icons such as OneDrive, Powerpoint Online, Word Online, or Excel Online or they are grayed out, then you probably have not given consent.

As stated earlier, If you do not wish to give consent, your student will be doing their lesson using Microsoft Word 2013 that is provided at school.

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Letter to Parents:

Cobb County School District is now providing Microsoft 365 to all students and staff. Microsoft 365 is part of Microsoft’s Software Plus Services strategy, combining the advantages of cloud-based remote computing software options with the company’s traditional base of on-premises software offerings. In plain English, your student will have access to scaled down versions of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, as well as a few other tools, online and as a part of the the cloud.

Beginning on Sept 1st, the computer lab specials rotation for 4th and 5th grade will be teaching “How to use Office 365.” This lesson will show students how to use this new tool from the beginning. We would like for your student to have access to Microsoft 365 for this lesson, as well as in the future, please make sure that you have given parental consent from the previous email with the subject “Cobb County School District Office 365 Parental Consent.” If you do not wish to give consent, your student will be doing their lesson using Microsoft Word 2013 that is provided at school.

Thanks, Ms. Alter and Ms. Hill

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Tech TagxedoWelcome Back, Students!  We are ready for our 2015-16 school year and have many exciting activities planned.  Our first day of computer lab will be spent refreshing our rules and expectations.  We will be doing our beginning of the year set ups.  Then we will be doing a quick Internet activity.  Click below under your grade level.

Mouse Practice     Link for Teacher
Bees & Honey Mouse Practice

1st & 2nd Grade:

Sky Riding

3rd – 5th Grade:

Fun Brain Math
Fun Brain Reading


Kindergarten finished up their typing practice page. They have done a great job
learning where all the letter keys are located on the keyboard.
Currently these smart kids are making spring pictures with our favorite
program, Pixie. This gives them great practice with mouse skills, fine
motor skills and more.

First Grade

Our first graders have become authors! These very talented students wrote
and illustrated their own “All About First Grade” books. They are
treasures and the teachers especially love the page about them!

Second Grade

Mastering graphs is what is going on in 2nd grade computer lab. These smarties
just learned to graph the weather. They did an especially great job in
choosing the best graph to show weather temperature changes.

Third Grade

Our very hard-working 3rd graders just completed a research project about
their birthstone. Not only did they use Kidspiration to create word webs
with the facts on they found but then they turned their research into a
fantastic final paper written on Word.

Fourth & Fifth

Scratch, a program to teach kids how to write computer code, has enthralled our
4th and 5th graders. They worked for weeks on writing their own programs
teaching about either fractions or Order of Operations. We are
currently having special viewing parties to show off their work,
complete with a red carpet, popcorn and certificates certifying them as
Video Game Creators. Way to go guys!

By Amanda Alter and Ellen Ratchick

The ‘Hour of Code’™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science
Education Week and to introduce millions of students to
computer science and computer programming. Participants can choose from a
wide assortment of online tutorials and live events, designed to
demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer

This is East Side’s 2nd year participating in this
initiative. Last year 45 million students tried their first Hour of
Code! While in Computer Lab during their specials rotation, all East
Side students are experiencing the excitement of learning to code.
Please join us in encouraging all students to open their minds to
coding. We would love for you to continue this at home by visiting our
website from home at:
Of course, you are welcome to try anything you see on our website, but
our coding activities from the Hour of Code are located under the menu
entitled “Learning to Code.” We invite parents to join in this exciting lesson and experience the enthusiasm with our students.

Drawing Program- abcya Paint