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Parent Technology Tips

  1. Set a specific amount of time that your child can use technology (games, computer, tv,  ipad, etc.) each day.  Inform them of the rules at the beginning of a new school year.  Be sure to enforce the rules.
  2. Monitor technology usage.  Look at the history on your computer to see sites your child has visited.  Also, have the computer set up in a family room where screens are easily monitored. If your child texts, you might want to see who they are texting instead of reading all of the texts.  This will be a better way of establishing trust and then if you are concerned about a particular person, you can exert your parental power to read the text.
  3. Model responsible technology usage.  If you, the parent, are always on the phone or computer, how much time does that leave for relationships and other healthy activities?  Engaging in physical activity, such as a bike ride or a swim, with your child is so important.  Children do what they see, not what they hear.
  4. Install monitoring software.  Be sure you have a filter installed on your computer.  There are different software applications available.  Check out this comparison and pick the one that is best for your family.
  5. Use technology time to spend quality time together.  Go to child friendly websites and teach your child how to evaluate the content.  Everything on the internet is not true and good.  Have a family movie night.  Purchase a hand held gps and have a scavenger hunt.  Let your child use video and digital still cameras to capture their surroundings at home or on vacation.  Teach them how to create a digital scrapbook and let them write captions and narratives to accompany the pictures and video.  Check the weather online each day and create a graph at the end of the week.
  6. Practice skills. If your child has a weakness, such as math facts, let them practice this summer on sites like fact dash and cool math.
  7. Visit our school! Go to our school website with your child and visit all the pages and areas available.  Show your child how you use the school app and why the information given is valuable to both of you to monitor progress and to stay informed.  Check out some of the websites on our technology page.
  8. The parish library has the overdrive feature to let you download library books to the nook, ipad, ipod, computer, kindle, etc so that reading is incorporated into technology use. 
  9.   Remember, technology is just a tool.   It is a wonderful tool  that enables us to live a fuller, richer life and we must do so responsibly to reap the full benefits it affords us.

Miscellaneous Websites

 

Elementary School: Grades K-5

These sites are robust enough to be used across the grade levels. Of course younger students will need some help navigating and reading instructions.

FunBrain.comwww.funbrain.com

FunBrain offers something for every student. Educational games have different levels so the practice can be customized. The site has areas dedicated to math and reading.

Smithsonian Institute for Kidssmithsonianeducation.org/students/index.html

Take a closer look at these engaging online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution covering art, science & nature, history & culture and people & places.

Houghton-Mifflin Math-- www.eduplace.com/kids/mw/

A fun place to play games to strengthen your math skills. Arranged by grade level.

Lower Elementary: Grades K-2

Fishing with Phonicswww.professorgarfield.org/phonics/fishing/fishing.html

Help Garfield catch the most fish, and in the process practice your beginning and ending sounds.

PBSKids.orgwww.pbskids.org

Be sure to check out all your favorite PBSKids shows like Word Girl, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sid the Science Guy, Maya and Miguel and more. Many activities don't all require reading abilities, but some do.

PictureMatch www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/picturematch/

Sort the pictures into the correct box based on the beginning-letter sounds, short-vowel sounds, or long-vowel sounds.

StarFall Phonicswww.starfall.com/

Perfect for pre-readers and beginning readers, this site takes a systematic phonics approach and combines it with phonemic awareness practice.

Up to Tenwww.uptoten.com/kids/uptoten-home.html

Fun site for kids “up to 10.” Solve jigsaw puzzles, color online, improve your coordination and more.

Upper Elementary: Grades  3-5

America’s Storywww.americaslibrary.gov/

Presented by the Library of Congress, students will get caught up in the interactivity of the site as they Meet Amazing Americans, Jump Back in Time, Explore the States, Join America at Play and See, Hear and Sing. Check it out.

 

FactMonsterwww.factmonster.com

Discover this well-organized, kid-friendly resource for fun facts and outstanding games and quizzes.

 

KidsReadswww.kidsreads.com

Looking for a few good books this summer? Check out this site with reviews and recommendations as well as sections devoted to popular book series.

 

MathPlaygroundwww.mathplayground.com/games.html

Created by a math teacher this site offers games that require specific and complex skills, logic puzzles and an amazing supply of word problems. The games use manipulatives to help make even the most abstract math concepts clear.

 

PBSKids Go!pbskids.org/go/

While it shares some content from the PBSKids site geared toward younger elementary students, this site has a look and feel to engage the over 8 crowd. In addition to PBS character sections (Maya and Miguel, Word Girl) there are terrific sections dedicated to the American Experience: Wayback, Democracy Project, History Detectives and more.

 

National Park Service Web Rangerswww.nps.gov/webrangers/

Complete more than four dozen activities—puzzles, mysteries, quizzes, etc. —to earn your "WebRanger" status. The activities vary in difficulty level and topic (parks, animals, nature, people, history, science, and puzzles).  

Technology

Technology is the best tool we have in education. However, it is only effective if we use it for active, authentic learning. In a technology rich environment, students don't just "learn" technology. Technology provides access to primary source material and information, ways for students to collaborate, and provides the opportunity for them to express their understanding. It is a means, not an end.

At W.T. Lewis Elementary, we are dedicated to incorporating technology into every aspect of learning. We believe that the students should be involved in using the technology along with the teacher. Therefore, they are involved in their own learning.

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