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More than Keyboarding

Deana Zimmerhanzel is the teacher of the Technology Application Class at Brown Primary School in Smithville ISD. She covers the topics of creating computer graphics, keyboarding, coding, research, read-a-thons, augmented reality, giving presentations, online communities, and she has a 'technology museum' in her classroom. In a recent review of the class, Deana explained the museum consists of "a record player with albums, rotary phone, typewriter etc. Machines that I point out perform functions that all can be done with a phone now."

Mrs. Zimmerhanzel stated that, while covering the topic of keyboarding, the students typed out a cookie recipe. "Not only are they learning keyboarding, they are also learning to create, save, open and edit documents. Students brought 2 dozen prepared cookies from their recipe. One was to share at our Veterans Program reception and the other as a holiday cookie drive for our troops. We had 271 dozen cookies brought in! Our students and their parents have a big heart for our troops! This will become our new tradition."

She also explained the read-a-thon that the class does every year. "In the fall, we participate in our annual Read-A-Thon hosted by our Booster Club. We read books online and log them. We also have a celebrity reader that reads to us by FaceTime. I connect with a friend from Arm Automation (they make robots). She interacts with students by reading a book and discussing a little bit of what they do."

"The Technology Apps class is part of the ‘Enrichment’ or ‘specials’ rotation where the students come to me as well as P.E., Music and Library. They learn basic computer skills. Although sometimes the skills are used simultaneously throughout the year, I focus on specific skills each six weeks and base a project of some kind around it." stated Deana.

All in all, the students have a very busy year in the Technology Application Class with Mrs. Zimmerhanzel. They learn many skills that will benefit them throughout their lives in this technology driven world.
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