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Acknowledgements Technology Lessons Home

Even though Dr. Levesque students are isolated by their geographic location, the Internet is a valuable tool to let us  communicate anywhere globally. In an increasingly technological world, this project helps students develop the capability to use Internet as a medium to communicate, to research, to compile, to share, and to present ideas. This can be done locally as well as on a world-wide stage.   The activities from this project have been rewarding, exciting and an enthusiastic boost to students' self-esteem. Technology provides a comprehensive, personalized planning approach that helps meet the unique needs of individual students.  

  Technology Lessons

 Technology in many forms was used to complete the students' projects.  Upon entering second grade,  students have limited computer exposure and skills.  The exposure to technology is incorporated in most of the web pages presented on this site.  The technology skills are listed below and are linked to their  application within the appropriate lesson (when applicable).   Some of the skills the second grade students experienced this year are as follows:

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learning to operate a computer, using the program menu, and personalizing the desktop.

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how to handle and load CDs.

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learning to use a word processing program with its features (save, fonts, font sizes, open, save as, print, spell check, insert clip art, bold, italics)

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how to use a photo program.

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using a Web Camera and adding text to their picture.

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using a digital camera for pictorial research and adding stories.

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using the self-timing feature of the digital camera to take their own pictures.

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using Internet skills to find interviewing questions for school history

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using Internet for materials to write family histories.

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learning to use "cut and paste" to copy interview questions (school history interview & emailing 3rd graders in Madawaska) on email.

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using Internet to research Acadian and French, and local history.

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printing a Pedigree chart and family group sheets from Internet.

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using Internet to access oral history site for personal family writings

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using Internet for genetics charts

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using Internet to research local history

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using Internet for emailing local history to Madawaska third graders

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making presentations using PowerPoint.

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learning how to use links, then teaching parents/grandparents to use the sites for their research.

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loading and installing CD's in computer.

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learning to use PowerPoint and its features.

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learning to select and use networked computers and printers.

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learning to use a projector to share PowerPoint presentations.

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searching for information via Internet