• Week 1 Second Grade Technology Assignment

    Mickey’s Typing Adventure, about 10-15 minutes a day

    Remember Usernames are generally lowercase firstnameinitialoflastname and the password is typing.

    Please watch the following video on how to access Mickey’s Typing Adventure at home. Please disregard the beginning of how to use the Mountainside Schools main page to access my website.https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYe6cGxFxV

    Here is a link that will take you directly to my site. It might be a good idea to bookmark it. https://www.mountainsideschools.org/Page/843

    Students wanting to view the proper finger techniques should progress through the lessons. Remember the challenges do not show finger positions. If you need more practice, go to the Academy in Mickey’s Typing and select a practice lesson focusing on whatever letters you wish. Most students should progress through the green arrow where it says “Continue Adventure” to level up and unlock more games and save Mickey and his friends. Some of the levels can be intense so just pace yourself and do one section at a time. Practicing each day will help kids get used to muscle memory and make the process more natural and automatic for them.

    No deadlines for Mickey’s Typing, just try to put a good effort forth and make some progress. I promise it gets easier and you will eventually have fun. If you need a break try some other typing games on the class website, also located under the picture of the keyboard. Please note that any abcya.com sponsored games need to be done on a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook. Because of advertising it is not possible to do typing games from abcya on an iPad.

    More fun and different technology lessons and activities to come next week.

  • Week 2 Second Grade Technology Assignment


    Part of November and all of December was spent on various coding and computational thinking lessons. During this time part of what we worked on was from the website code.org.

    Students have a classroom SECTION code and a unique character as their password to login to their account.

    Please note that one of the reasons we moved onto other topics in technology was that some of the students were beginning to experience a bit of frustration if the levels were getting too hard and the coding too complicated and involved for them. With that said, if your student experiences frustrations after a decent amount of effort and perseverance, please stop. My goal is not to confuse or make your child anxious.

    A lot of the kids really excelled at coding, liked the games, and kept up with the challenges. So please have students explore where they left off and try to level up as best as they can. Remember a lot of the puzzles have more than one way to solve them.

    Here is a video to help students login. Your students should have recorded their class SECTION code and character in their agenda pad or somewhere else but if they lost it or did not record it accurately just reach out to me dbladzinski@mountainsideschools.org and I will provide it to you again.

    Link to video: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYeYrdyj1l

    Thank you.