Digital Passport

Learn the basics of digital safety, etiquette, and citizenship using Digital Passport. Log in to the site and complete the assigned module. Below is a summary of each module.

1. Password Protect: Start here. You’ll choose an avatar and learn how to create a strong password.

2. Privacy- Share Jumper: Read examples of on-line messages and decide what is appropriate to share and when.

3. Search Shark– Practice selecting keywords for searching online.

4. Mix-n-Mash– Learn about the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.

5. Upstander- Evolve: Make choices about what to do if you or your friend is cyberbullied.

6. Communication- Twalkers: Learn why its important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone.

Here are additional resources for learning about digital citizenship:

BrainPop: Digital Citizenship

Webonauts Internet Academy

3D Printers

Learn about the world of 3D printing and see the Makerbot Replicator in action. In this lesson, you’ll learn what a 3D printer is, how it works, and how the technology evolved. You’ll also be introduced to the steps of an exciting project in which you can design your own object to print. Below are resources for more information:

Background: BrainPop- 3D Printing

Ideas: Thingiverse and Maker’s Empire

Digital Citizenship Pre-test

The Internet is amazing, but there are safety rules to keep in mind while using it. We’ll start by viewing a map of the Internet and discovering the most popular websites. Then you’ll take a pre-test on the iPads using Socrative. The pre-test will ask you questions on topics we’ll explore this year, so don’t worry if you are unsure of the answers to some of the questions. If you have extra time, try The Case of the Cyber Criminal at a computer.


Type to Learn (Grade 5)

Review and practice your keyboarding skills by using the Type to Learn 4 keyboarding software. You can use Type to Learn at home if you have a desktop or laptop computer. Test your WPM at the Typing Test website. The WPM goal for fifth grade is 25 wpm.

TTL4Your parents can download the software by clicking here. Scroll down and download the version that matches the computer you’re using.

Log in with the same username and password you use at school. Our account code is 151114.

Getting Ready…

August 24, 2016

Greetings Cottage Cougars,

I hope you are enjoying the summer break. I kept busy this summer with traveling and spending time with my family. Along with going to the beach several times, I also visited California and Nova Scotia.

This week I went into school and started getting the technology ready for the new school year. There are over 200 iPads, about 75 laptops, and approximately 50 desktop computers. That’s a lot of devices for kids and teachers to use! This year your class will do more with coding and exploring the maker space activities.

 Enjoy what’s left of summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you soon!

~Mr. Ahern


Wigwam Motel in California

I stayed at a motel that looks like the Cozy Cone motel from Cars.