Digital Media for June

Dear all,


Its been an exciting year in Digital Media class. Students in all grade levels are learning 21st century skills that are required to complete school assignments. In 2nd grade, the students are using search engines such as Kid Rex and Kids Search to find images of Landmarks across New York City. Once students find their images on the internet, they draw them on paper. Students will use google docs to type out information about their landmark.

In the 3rd grade, students are using digital tools to support their work in Social Studies. Students in both classes are searching for information that can support their Chin Research paper. Students should be able to access their student account from home. If you need a tutorial for logging into your child’s account from home, please click on the link below.

How to sign into your student account from home

In the 4th grade, students are using google docs and internet research websites for their government research project and independent writing projects. In the 5th grade, students have published their google site Fictional Book Reviews.

For the next few weeks, the students will learn how about google features such as add-ons and extensions. We will have the 5th grade students visit the chrome web store and research an app or extension.










Digital Media in May

Dear families,

In May, our students in grades 2nd through 4th will finish up their computer science unit by completing their own projects using applications from such as Artist and Play Lab. In addition, students will continue programming our robots Dash and Dot using Blockly and Wonder App.

Students should know Computer Science vocabulary such as algorithms, code, programs, bugs, loops and pixels.


In the 5th grade, students will continue working on their website design for the fictional book review assignment. Students should have a home page, character page, setting page and review page. This assignment is due May 25th.

Click on the link below to see an example of this project

Book Review Example

screen shot harry potter


In addition to Computer Science and Website design, students will receive technical support for any classroom projects that involve Digital Media such as word processing with google, research and keyboarding.

Digital Media in April

Dear families,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful vacation. In April, our students in 2nd through 4th grade will continue learning Computer Science concepts using’s curriculum. is a website that teaches students coding using blockly, a visual coding language that can be used to build programs. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade will create their own programs using either Play Lab or Artist.

In the 4th grade, computer science will integrate with the math curriculum by teaching students how to draw geometrical shapes using code in Artist. Students will create shapes such as squares, triangles, circles and pentagons. Students will also create games using Play Lab. In these games, students will be expected to use Loops, conditionals and event blocks to create their game.


In the 5th grade, students will continue designing their google sites for their book review project. The site should have a home page, character page, setting page and review. The students will also be required to add images and original text to their pages.

Here’s a screen shot of the template

The students will publish their sites on Friday, May 25th in Digital Media class.


Digital Media in March

Dear families,

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In March, students in grades 2-4 will participate in Computer Science lessons designed to teach students problem solving skills as well as creative expression. Each grade will use’s curriculum to learn coding skills using sequences, loops, conditionals and variables.

In the 2nd grade students, will finish completing their screencasts on Henry Hudson by the 2nd week of this month. After completing the videos, students will begin their computer science unit by starting course C from Students will complete coding puzzles, unplugged activities, build a flappy game and create an animated game in Play Lab. They will learn the definition of computer science, coding, algorithm, pixels and loops.


In the 3rd grade, students will use course D from to complete puzzles and activities that require basic knowledge of nested loops, events, debugging, conditionals and binary images. Students will use their knowledge and skills to create an animated game in Play Lab.

play lab      play lab 2

In the 4th grade, students will use course E from to complete activities using sequences, nested loops, variables, conditionals and functions. Students will build a star wars game and a game in Play Lab.

star wars

In the 5th grade, students will showcase the game they designed in Play Lab and Artist from Course F of The next project for the 5th graders will be to create a book review of their favorite fictional book by using google sites. A rubric and copy of the assignment will be handed out to the students by the 2nd week of March.




Digital Media for February

Hello all,

In February, students in grades 2-4 will be creating social studies projects using digital tools to either produce or consume digital media messages.

In the 2nd grade, students will do research on Henry Hudson using digital resources such as websites and videos. Once the research is completed, students will create a short video of Henry Hudson using Loom, a recording software directly from their chrome browser. In this video, students will argue (why or why not) Henry Hudson was a successful explorer.

In the 3rd grade, students will continue learning about Brazil through mixed media resources such as video and web articles. In addition, students will create short video’s using Flipgrid, to answer questions posed by the teachers. Here’s an example below:

For Social Studies, the 4th grade students are creating advertisements from the Colonial Period. These advertisements will be created using canva, a website that has templates for marketing materials.

The 5th grade students are finishing up their computer science unit by completing course F of Students will be required to create a game from either PlayLab or Artist. Students must use sequence blocks, loops, conditionals and variables in their code.

Digital Media for January

Hello all,

I hope you’re enjoying the snow day! Here’s an update on the digital media and technology curriculum for this month.

In 2nd grade, the students will finish up their google doc assignment called the “Landmarks of New York City”. In this assignment, students are required to insert an image of a NYC Landmark into a google doc and type a few facts below in complete sentences. Students have gathered information about their Landmark from World Book online.

For a project example, click on the link below.

Joseph B – Landmark of New York City (2)

In the 3rd grade, students will begin their research on Brazil by using digital resources such as world Book student and World Book kids. Once the research is complete, students will develop a digital project that demonstrates their understanding of Brazilian Culture.


In the 4th grade, students will use digital tools from the google suite to study Colonial America. The teachers will provide students with age-appropriate websites that can be used for research.

colonial america

In the 5th grade, students will learn basic concepts from Computer Science such as sequences, loops, conditionals, debugging and variables. We will use games and puzzles from Course F of to teach students these concepts. At the end of the course, students will create their own projects and share them with the class.

Digital Media for December

Dear families,

In Digital Media for December, the students will learn/review how to use google drive, google docs and slides. Class assignments will be posted on the class stream of google classroom. Students will use google apps for education to complete assignments for their classroom teachers.

In the 2nd grade, students are working on a project called Landmarks of New York City. For this project, the students will insert images from New York City into a google doc and type at least two facts (in their own words) about the image. This assignment will give the students experience inserting images into documents as well as an opportunity to practice their typing on a google doc. This project also integrates technology with class curriculum from the New York City unit.


In the 3rd grade, students are creating digital brochures about New orleans using a website called Canva. Students will log into canva using their gmail accounts and add images and catchy phrases to their six column brochure. Studnts can insert images into their brochure that represent the culture, food and history of New Orleans.


In the fourth grade, students are using the internet and google docs to write up their research projects on Native Americans. Students have used a variety of websites for research on this project. The links to the resources can be found on both 243 and 245 google classrooms. In the 5th grade, students are using digital tools such as google docs and slides for their research inquiry projects.

In computer science and robotics classes, students will participate in the Hour of Code the week of December 4th. Here’s a link to some of the activities available for students.



Digital Media for November

Dear families,

For November, our students (2-5) will finish up their digital citizenship lesson topics such as internet research, copyrights, and bibliographies. In addition, students will take a written assessment that will cover previous topics in digital citizenship such as cyberbullying, privacy rules and the rings of responsibility. By the 3rd week of November, students will practice using google apps for education such as google docs and google drawing. We will teach or review how to students can access their google drive and submit assignments to their teachers through google classroom.