Technology

Welcome to the St. Isidore Technology Page!

Technology skills are taught within the context of core curriculum, with emphasis on application and demonstration of student learning using technology tools. Lessons are planned jointly by classroom teachers and Technology staff.

An iMac Computer Lab is available to grades K-8 on a scheduled basis and iMacs are also located in each K-5 classroom. Laptop carts are available for work in classrooms for grades 6-8.

iPad carts are available for checkout and regularly used to create and share student-created digital content.

Diocese resources available include: Catholic Telemedia Network (Learning A-Z, Mathletics, IntoScience).

Technology Staff

Nathan Darnell
Maker Space / 4th Technology Teacher
ndarnell@stisidore.org

Jessica Moore & Micaela Groman
1st-5th Technology Teachers

Video Chat with Kevin Systrom, CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram

In 2015, St. Isidore School was one of five schools chosen in the nation to participate in a Live Video Chat with the CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram. The students were SO excited to get a chance to ask him a question and hear all of the wonderful things he had to say. ---------->

Click image below to view our Instagram account: stisidoreschool

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Google Apps for Education

St. Isidore is a Google Apps for Education School. Students in grades 3-8 have access to Google Drive for file creation, storage, management, and collaboration. Students also have access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings for digital content creation and organization.


Free online training is available HERE

Quick Links

IPADS AT ST. ISIDORE


iPad Cart ImageSt. Isidore School has 2 mobile iPad carts which are regularly checked out to K-8 classrooms. Students utilize iPads for research and a variety of learning activities. We feel this is a great resource for our students as it allows for individualized learning and student engagement.

Students utilize to iPad apps such as: National Geographic Kids for reading, NASA apps for science exploration, Google Docs and StoryBook Creator for writing, editing, and story telling, iMovie and ShowMe for multimedia content creation, math apps for concept reinforcement and enhancement, and numerous other apps which allow students to explore specific concepts on a multimedia-capable platform.

Image Source: www.anthro.com

Google Login

CURRICULUM LINKS *

ed1stop (Contra Costa County of Education)

Catholic Telemedia Network

Code.org Resources

Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety

Mathletics (Grades 6-8)

Typing Test (Grades 6-8)
NOTE: This site does have ads, but is great for a quick check of your typing speed, try taking a 2 minute test to see how fast you type!

* External Links

What is the Bulldog Babbler?

The Bulldog Babbler is our Student-produced online newspaper created with a tool called Weebly. Each year we offer middle school students a chance to join the team which is facilitated by middle school English teachers and the Technology Coordinator. Students interview, write, edit, and publish content for our parent and faculty & staff community.

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View the Latest Bulldog Babbler HERE

WHAT IS HOUR OF CODE?

This is an annual event held each December in the Computer Lab at St. Isidore for Grades 1-8. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Code.org Resources

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KEYBOARDING RESOURCES


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Image Source: www.ed2go.com

The best way to learn is to Practice, Practice, Practice!

Wonderful NEW Site courtesy of one of our students: Wristbandexpress.com

The keyboarding links below provide opportunities for students to practice proper technique at home. As students learn new keys and continue to build their speed, they will find it extremely beneficial to practice their new skills by playing these games.

*Please note that you will be leaving the school website when clicking on the games/links provided.

Air Typer

Baron von Typesfast

Dance Mat Typing

Desert Typing Racer (Select game #9 Letters only)

Magic Library

Martian City Defender (Select game #9)

Ten Key Test

The Frogs are Off Their Diet! (Select game #9)

Type 'em up

Typing Master (Free Speed Test)

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP RESOURCES


It is an Internet best practice to ask permission to access Internet resources.

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

This is a link to Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on Internet safety, cyber bullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.


Locations to search for Royalty-free content:

Digital Resource: Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an online collection of millions of photographs, maps, sounds, manuscripts, books, and more accessible anytime, anywhere, for anyone. DPLA materials come from museums, archives, and libraries across the United States, and provides primary source examples of our American Heritage and human history. With DPLA, users can explore resources by topic, map, format, timeline, or exhibition. With a free account, items can be saved to lists and shared with others. Grades 6-12.


The Commons

(Great source for Images that have "No known copyright restrictions")

NOAA Photo Library

(Images from NOAA's scientific heritage)

Project Gutenberg

(Collection of free eBooks)

Smithsonian Institution Archives

(Please note that images on this page are rights-free and no permission is needed from the Archives, provided you use the captions supplied below with each photo. )

The Library of Congress American Memory

(American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.)

U.S. Government Photos & Images

(Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.)


To Help Determine whether or not you are using information from the Internet according to the Fair Use portion of the Copyright Law, please use the checklist below:


Fair Use Checklist

An additional article to help ensure you are legally using images obtained online:

12 Most Picture Perfect Ways to Ensure You're Legally Using Online Photos (Article)

PARENTAL CONTROLS

Parental Controls

iOS Devices

You can enable Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

How to set Restrictions on iOS devices (good for ALL ages). Click the link below to learn about Enabling Restrictions
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213

Guided Access, an Accessibility feature, allows you to restrict a child from only using 1 app (great for little ones). Click the link below to learn how to set-up and use the Guided Access Accessibility feature.
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5509

*NOTE: It is recommended that you backup your device prior to enabling restrictions or enabling Guided Access. The primary reason for doing so is password-related. If you enable restrictions or guided access and forget your password, you will need to restore your device from the latest backup, so choose a password you will remember!! :)

Android Devices

You an use parental controls to restrict the content you can download or purchase from Google Play on your device. Click HERE to learn how to Set up parental controls on Google Play.

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