Canastota: Fourth graders create web pages

With today's advancing technology, students are being taught how to use the Internet, computer software and computer graphics at a very early age. Technology specialist Amanda Sgroi explained what fourth through sixth grade students are doing at Roberts Street Elementary School.

During the board meeting held April 8, Sgroi presented computer stories, told by elementary students through computer graphics.

Fourth graders created their biographies on web pages using graphics. The students placed a computer graphic of themselves in the center of the page. They were asked to select a few things they enjoyed; their favorite food and so on. By using pictures to describe their favorite items, they then arranged the graphics around their picture.

Students also gave PowerPoint presentations on why RSES needs a playground? They added their own visual effects and had to give brief verbal presentation.

"This is fun to watch," Sgroi said.

"Teachers become engaged with the kids," said Mary Farber, principal at RSES. "It's also professional development for the teachers."

Fifth grade students presented colorful graphics as part of a rocks and minerals project.

At the sixth grade level students are required to elaborate more verbally on their web designs, as part of the presentation, Sgroi said. They created biomes and designed constellations. Students also begin to list resources used at this grade level.

Sgroi said she is always learning about new programs and sites to offer the kids.

Students can bring some of their work home, too. About a minute long audio and video presentation by the students can be found on the school's web site. Parents with computer access can find the child's school and teacher, click on their name and view the presentation.

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In other news

School safety and security was discussed at length after an 18-year-old lit posters on fire in the hallway of the second floor of Roberts Street School a few weeks ago. The fire scorched the walls. The fire department was called to the scene.

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