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Phone: (904) 547-3720
This is my third year at Mill Creek Elementary as Tech teacher. In 2000, I graduated with an Education degree from FAU in South Florida. I have taught for 16 years in the states of Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. I have been married for 16 years and I have two wonderful little girls. I am happy to be a part of Mill Creek Elementary and look forward to working with parents, students and staff! Mr. Drinkuth
Please read below for information on what is happening in the computer lab.
Your Tech 411 for August
Welcome to Tech with Mr. D! We are looking forward to an exciting year. A large number of students come to the lab with a very limited knowledge of how to use a mouse and/or keyboard. It is my job to get everyone, starting at the Kindergarten level, interested in technology, engaged, motivated and functioning on the computers. The goal of the computer lab is to learn about technology but also to prepare students for the new computerized testing procedures called FSA.
Your Tech 411 for September
Here is the scoop of what is happening in the computer lab this month:
- Parts of a computer
- Computer Etiquette
- Keys on the Keyboard
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Reading and Phonics
Your Tech 411 for October
This month 3rd – 5th grade students have been learning about advertising methods. The students have made their own username and password to be able to re-enter the website. Students will be developing critical thinking skills and the ability to understand what advertisers and advertisements are really trying to do. They will be entering an online world of advertising challenges that will test their knowledge and agility. The website we are using is www.admongo.gov and it is from the Federal Trade Commission.
Your Tech 411 for November
This month we have been looking at a new piece of software that the PTA purchased for the Computer lab (Thanks PTA). This new software is a graphic arts program. Kid Pix 3D is not only a paint program for drawing but also an animation studio. This program allows even those students that are hesitant with their artistic skills to branch out and let their imaginations run wild. We started with 3rd – 5th grade this month and will be introducing Kid Pix to the younger students sometime in the future.
Some of the features include:
- 3D Backgrounds
- 3D Animations
- 3D Stereo Effects
- Simple path animations
- Sounds and Movies
- Flipbook Button
Your Tech 411 for December
Over the last month, we have been working on a site called www.turtlediary.com in the lower grades. It is a site that reinforces Math, Language Arts, Science and computer skills (ex. keyboarding, coding). The site uses interactive activities that engage the students to learn about new topics and practice ones that they have already studied in their classroom. We are learning to navigate a webpage and to use good listening skills. Kindergarten used a science website called Sid the Science Kid. In the computer lab, we are using Google Chrome with an ad blocker. The students do not see any ads when they are on websites here at school.
Your Tech 411 for January,
During the last few weeks turkeys have been in danger (of you know what). It was up to 3rd – 5th grade to help these turkeys out. They were given a turkey and had to use a graphic arts program (Kid Pix 3D) to transform or disguise the turkey so it would not end up as dinner. Students have their work on display at http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/drinkuth-j/stellar-student-work/transforming-a-turkey/ . Everyone’s work may not be complete, but they can work on it at a later time and complete their turkey.
Your Tech 411 for February,
This past month in Kindergarten and first grade students were introduced to a website called Teach Your Monster to Read. Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games that has helped over half a million children learn to read. Students were engaged and enjoying their time in the computer lab while learning to read.
Below is how students learn from the game:
“The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colorful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn. As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.”
Your Tech 411 for March,
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” Steve Jobs
Second through fifth grade students have been given that opportunity here at “The Creek”. We have started a course in coding that will be several weeks in length. It is very exciting and encouraging to see students persevere and work through the coding algorithms. We are just now starting to get into basic drawing using coding and students are really engaged in what they are learning. When students have completed all of the preliminary tasks, they will be making their own Flappy game.
Students are working on the following skills:
- Problem Decomposition
- Pattern Recognition
- Algorithmic Thinking
Mr. D’s Symbaloo
I apologize for taking down the Symbaloo, but for Security reasons I cannot keep it up. I am attaching the website Scratch to work on coding over the summer. Some info about Scratch:
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Click on the website below to go to Scratch: