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over 2 years ago

WELCOME to 5th Grade
at DeFranco Elementary
with Mrs. Alborn

GoMATH! online text book link -
Class Code... FG3SCM9R

At DeFranco Elementary... We are Leaders!
Thanks for visiting, stay a while and check out some of the amazing links!
Mrs. Rachel Alborn
610-599-7013 (x3302)
FREE RICE - challenge your knowledge or all different subjects & for each answer you get right, the UN will donate 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program
5th Grade Teacher - DeFranco

All About Mrs. Alborn

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Mrs. Rachel Alborn grew up in the Poconos and attended Pleasant Valley School District. After graduating high school, she attended West Chester University where she not only studied elementary education, special education, and theatre but was also involved in Student Activities Council, Residence Life, and other event planning on campus! Mrs. Alborn then returned to the Pocono’s to spend a winter skiing and became a substitute teacher at local schools. In 2010 Mrs. Alborn earned her Masters Degree in Instruction Technology from East Stroudsburg University and spent her first six years as a Slater teaching Computer Technology at DeFranco!


Mrs. Alborn has been a DeFranco Leader (also known as Miss Ring, but got married in 2013) since 2008 as a computer technology teacher. 2014 is a new start for her as she joins the Fifth Grade Family! She loves to witness the Inner Leader in each child as it comes alive and tries to constantly challenge her students to take it one step more as they challenge themselves!

When not at school, Mrs. Alborn spends lots of time with her daughter who was born in April 2015, experimenting in the kitchen, writing her food blog, tearing up the slopes at Big Boulder, taking photographs, working with theatre, sewing and embroidering, and enjoying the nature that this area has to offer!


~ ~ ~ LIVE ~ ~ ~ LAUGH ~ ~ ~ LOVE ~ ~ ~ LEARN ~ ~ ~


TECHNOLOGY - Typing Games & Practice

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ABCYA Typing Games

The always popular ABC-YA has a whole section just on typing games!


Dance Mat Typing

enjoy learning to type with singing & dancing characters, from the BBC


Keyboard Assembly

CHALLENGE: see how well you know the keyboard and how many moves it takes you to put the keyboard back together without looking


Kids Typing

Learning Games for Kids has a variety of Typing Games for all ages and abilities


Power Typing

play typing games and even learn about the history of the keyboard at the same time


Programming Art Typing Tests

*NOTE* does not work at school

test your typing speed & accuracy with these fun typing tests where you    can even design your own typing test


Sense-Lang Touch Typing

lessons, games, and more to improve your typing


Typing Games

*NOTE* games do not work at school, but fun to play at home!

Fun & Different games to choose from and play to improve your   skills



Super fun (free) Keyboarding Games!

Miss Ring's personal favorite site - test your words per minute & accuracy, as well as play various games on this games tab!!



Fun Typing Games - ward off Zombie Attacks, stop ghosts, and be a typing ninja!


Old Info from Technology Website...


Common Sense Media's Digital Passport


I do not feel that the computer lab should be a place that is "boring" and instead I want every student in the building to be excited about coming to the lab! I will always strive to encourage learning in all aspects of life, especially through the use of technology and prepare our students for the global technology market they are growing up in and will face when they eventually enter the work force.


Goals of Our Computer Lab:

• extend learning which goes on in the classroom through use of technology

• teach students how to be safe while using computers (especially online)

• explore computers as useful tools for all aspects of life



FREE RICE - challenge your knowledge or all different subjects & for each answer you get right, the UN will donate 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program!

*In 2008 - 2009 DeFranco Students donated over 250,000 grains of rice

*In 2009 - 2010 DDF Students donated over 730,000 grains of rice

*In 2010 - 2011 DDF Students donated more than 710,000 to feed more than 35 people

During the 2013 - 2014 School Year Students use Free Rice whenever they have completed an assignment early - due to our constant use of FreeRice, our donations have skyrocketed - keep up the good work DDF!

Explorer Trading Cards:



RULES of the Lab

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(in addition to the school rules which apply everywhere in school)


Do your best at all times  


* Leave all food and drink outside the Lab


* Sit quietly until you know what is expected & the directions


* Students are responsible for the condition of their computer station. (Everything should look the way that you found it when you are done - if something is broken when class starts, let me know!)


* Keep your hands & eyes on your own computer.


* Read all directions before asking for help. (If you cannot solve the problem on your own or with the help of your neighbor, raise your hand and continue working, I will help as soon as possible.)


* Record all URLs (web site addresses) for websites used.


* When class is over, save (if needed), close all programs, log off the computer, turn off monitor, and wait for your next direction.


* If you finish an assignment early or have extra computer time, work on keyboarding (Dance Mat Typing or Typing Tests) or other approved school projects (many great websites listed on my "super students site' page!).


* Work quietlyresponsibly AND always stay on task.



* Students must clear printing with teachers before sending materials to the printer.

* Spell-check and proofread before printing. 



Family Information on Internet Safety - Safe Surfing

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In today's technological world, we all (students and adults) need to keep in mind some veryimportant internet safety rules for Safe Surfing every time we log online!




* NEVER give out personal information (name/address/phone number) without knowing who the information is going to and why they need it *


* The only person who should know your password is your parents *


* Do not agree to meet someone you met online (especially alone) *


* Keep photographs to yourself AND check with a parent before posting photos on any websites or e-mailing photos to anyone*


* Share information you find online with an adult, especially if it makes you uncomfortable or suspicious! *


* Do not do or say anything online that you wouldn’t do or say if you were face to face with another person (especially friends) *


* If something or someone makes you uncomfortable, just “walk” away from the conversation and tell and adult *


* Remember that whatever you post online is saved somewhere forever, even if you delete it from your profile or wherever it existed! *


* Be sure to check with an adult anytime you want to download something (this avoids viruses and keeps your family’s personal information private) *


* Do not believe everything you read (just because you read that the sky is purple, think & use your brin to determine if the information is true) *


* Delete internet history and cookies at least once a month *




The CYBER TIPLINE - call and report ANYTHING that you see and don't think is right online - be proactive!!


Check out this Microsoft Download for a great free resource on ways to help your students stay safe!!


Wired Safety (links to many other internet safety pages, "hot topics", and up to date information) Student version: Wired Kids


Safe Kids (family site with links to resources to discuss internet safety with the whole family)


Web Wise Kids (take quizzes on your internet safety knowledge and play games to simulate real life possibly situations)


I Keep Safe (Enjoyable characters who teach internet safety in an age appropriate way with games and videos)


Children's Partnership (nationally sponsored site on internet safety, lots of research and articles on the topic)


Media Games (games to test your knowledge of internet safety and other important topics facing students today)


Webonauts - (game... become a Secret Agent to save the Internet by making Respectful and Responsible Decisions)


NetSmartz KIDS - (games, videos, & activites all to talk abou NetSmartz and how to be safe and make safe decisions online)


Some more really awesome INTERNET SAFETY LINKS

Please take the time to visit some of these sites for important (and fun) information about Internet Safety (watch the videos, play the games, take your time to learn how to be safe on the World Wide Web!)


* Stay Safe (different pages for parents/teachers/students about the risks and rewards of using the internet)


Think U Know (British based site with awesome/amazing information presented in a fun way that actually makes you want to read it and pay attention. There are different areas of the site based on your age group)


* NetSmartz (separate pages for students, parents, teachers, etc about internet safety with information presented in an exciting way) *NetSmartz is the internet safety curriculum we used in our class this year - NetSmartz KIDS - NS Teen



Evaluating Websites

over 2 years ago

Here are a few things that you didn't even know that you didn't know!


All about evaluating websites and thinking while researching...


Sweet Search 4 Me .... a search engine which has already weeded out the "junk" and will only give you good results!


Top 10 reasons you can't count on Wikipedia!


"Sweet Search Info" ... the "sweet" way to find what you need


Internet Evaluation 101 - teach yourself all the basic and you'll be a pro!


Interactives with Garfieled (visit Garfield for tutorials on all sorts of life skills)


Bogus or Real 

Web Site 1 - Velcro Crop

Web Site 2 - Tree Octopus

Website 4 - Google Gulp

Website 5 - Dihydrogen Monoxide

Website 6 - Dog Island



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Our Grading in DeFranco is as follows...
  •  Advanced (above expectations) 93% - 100%
  •  Proficient + (meets & goes a bit beyond expectations) 87% - 92%
  •  Proficient (meets expectations) 78% - 86%
  •  Proficient - (just about meeting expectations) 70% - 77%
  •  Basic (progress toward expectations) 60 - 69%
  •  Below Basic (limited progress) 0 - 60%
Typing... When evaluating students on typing, I focus on the progress that they are making (obviously we cannot expect the end result of a student who uses computers all the time at home to be the same as a student who only uses a computer when they are at school). In addition to looking at progress and the use of proper techniques, I use the charts below to evaluate our students:

Video & Audio

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Circle 21 - Make the numbers in the (magic) circle add up to 21 

IXL - Match Practice by Grade Level with Specific Topic Practice
Math Teacher Dodgeball - correctly solve the equation to hit the math teacher with a dodgeball, plus links to dozens of other awesome math activities!
Maths is Fun - Multiplication Challenges are just the beginning, explore how fun math can be!     
Multiplication Gran Prix  - Test your Multiplication Facts as you race the other drivers!     

Power-Line Addition - Add up the Numbers in the Power Line to reach a specific number

HoodaMath  -  Online math site featuring math games, math worksheets, math tutorials, and math movies - games sorted and arranged by concept! Created by Michael Edlavitch, a Middle-School Mathematics Teacher.  

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