FMA Winter Tech Update

FMA Winter Tech Update
Posted on 12/02/2015
By: Mr. McGonegal, FMA Instructional Technology Specialist

Well, it's been quite a year of computing thus far at the FMA!  The CPS technology replacement cycle is almost complete, and we now have interactive whiteboards, iPads (JK-2) and Chromebooks (3-5) integrated in every classroom.  Our new lab is nearing completion; watch for a grand opening gathering in early 2016!

The annual "Hour of Code" week is almost upon us! On the week of December 7th through the 13th, all FMA computer classes will focus on coding skills, and what it means to program a computer. Our second through fifth grade students actually get a crack at the wonderful computer programming activities on quite often, and I encourage FMA families to check them out at home. For more information, and for some really fun coding games, check out this website.

For those of you considering giving technological gifts over this coming holiday season, I want to highly recommend a website called "Common Sense Media." It is a wonderful site run by a consortium of parents, tech leaders, and scholars, who give very sound advice not only on technical hardware and software, but on how to thoughtfully guide your kids on how to best navigate the media and technology that is so pervasive in their lives. Check it out >>

Finally, check out the list of FMA Student Logins to CPS Web-Based Resources appended to this newsletter. There are many great web-based activities offered by the Cambridge Public Schools that your students can access from home computers, tablets, and in some cases, even mobile phones! Note that user names and passwords vary slightly for each, and some resources are only available at certain grade levels.
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