Tech After School Returns

tech-thursday-synergy-school-2015We’ve got some good news! Two after school tech classes will be offered this year: Tuesdays for lower grade (K-3) students and Thursdays for kids in grades 4-8.

The popular classes run from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. Kids will still need to check into after school before the class meets in Sun Room. The cost is $10 per session. Classes are limited to 16 students per session.

We will again be working with MacBooks and iPads and exploring collaborative worlds in the educational version of the ever popular Minecraft. Also there will be structured time to explore beginning programming using Scratch, the Hour of Code, and Wonder Workshop robots.

Ian and Russ will be helping coordinate these after school classes.

Tech Tuesdays: Lower Grades  (K-3)

Tuesday 3:15 to 4:15 pm

Begins Tues. Nov 29

Tech Thursdays Upper Grades (4-8)

Thursday 3:15 to 4:15 pm

Begins Thurs. Dec 1

Sign-up with Ariel in After School via e-mail: ariel@synergyschool.org

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Welcome back!

As we gear up for the new year, we’re excited to support the new Middle School team and assist our existing teachers to deliver the best educational technology features at Synergy School!

Stay tuned, we’ll be talking about some new 2013-14 technology efforts on the horizon at your school.

-Russ

Open Source Text Editing Options

Here at Synergy we use Microsoft Office 2008 on all student Macintosh computers in 4-8 classrooms and it’s worked well. But what happens at home? Do you need to buy a full version of Office for school work? The short answer is no. There are many “Open Source” software programs that are available at low cost or no cost on the internet. And you can use a basic Text Editors, included in Mac and Windows PCs to do most writing assignments. If you’re a Google/Gmail user, the build in text editor does a great job for most writing assignments.

Here’s a starting list:

LibreOffice: http://www.libreoffice.org (Free, donation encouraged)

Open Office: http://www.openoffice.org (Free)

Google Docs: http://docs.google.com (Free)

Neo Office: http://www.neooffice.org/ ($10 payment)

Simple text editors: TextEdit (Apple) and Note Pad (Windows) are built into each Operating System

More Alternatives: http://www.investintech.com/articles/tenwordalternatives/