Mrs. J. Morelli
A Little About Me:
I started working at Scotland Elementary School in January of 1999. I have been working as the Computer Technology Aide since 2002. For the last several years I have also had the responsibility of keeping our website up to date and I am also the Yearbook Adviser.
I have an Associates Degree in Secretarial Science from Katharine Gibbs School and I also have my Bachelor’s degree in English and Elementary Education from Dowling College. I grew up and spent most of my life on Long Island in New York. I moved to Connecticut as a single mom of two boys in the late ’90’s. I think Connecticut is a fabulous state to live in!
Although some of the students think I actually sleep here, I have a busy home life. I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and I enjoy taking care of my two horses, two goats and a donkey. We also spend a lot of time going to different parks and hiking with our two Golden Retrievers, Grady and Finn.
Below is a video (the chart is NOT attached) that you may find useful to help understand the importance of proper techniques in keyboarding. Many of the points made in this video are the points I make every time your first through sixth grader comes to my room and we begin Kids Keys or Type To Learn. I’m really not trying to torture them as many of them might think. Keyboarding is a very important lifelong skill to learn now while they are young. The sooner they develop this skill, the easier typing will be for them. Keyboarding is not going away any time soon. It is here to stay and will only become more important as a skill as they get older and enter into middle and high school and then on to college. Having a positive attitude when coming to class is very important. If they come in thinking that keyboarding is a waste of time and they close their mind off to the memorization of they keys, then they will have a hard time advancing. Please encourage your child to try to come in with a positive attitude and it will pay off in the long run. I have had many students come back to visit and actually say that now they are glad they used Type To Learn because it has helped them type up papers quicker than if they had just kept “hunting and pecking.”
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY BY GRADE:
PRE-SCHOOL: JumpStart Pre-School Advanced, PBS Kids, SuccessMaker Math & Reading, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com (4 & 5 yr olds)
KINDERGARTEN: SuccessMaker Math and Reading, PBS KIDS, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com
FIRST GRADE: SuccessMaker Math and Reading, Kids Keys, PBS KIDS, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math
SECOND GRADE: SuccessMaker Math and Reading, Kids Keys and Type To Learn 4, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math, Typing.com
THIRD GRADE: SuccessMaker Math, Reading, Spelling and Type to Learn 4, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math, Typing.com
FOURTH GRADE: SuccessMaker Math, Reading, Science, Spelling and Type To Learn 4, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math, Typing.com
FIFTH GRADE: SuccessMaker Math, Reading, Science, Spelling and Type To Learn 4, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math, Typing.com, Frontrow
SIXTH GRADE: SuccessMaker Math, Reading, Science, Spelling and Type to Learn 4, ABCya.com, Sheppardsoftware.com, Reflex math, Typing.com, Frontrow
Students in grades second through sixth work in a program called Type To Learn 4 where they learn how to use proper techniques in keyboarding. The program sets speed and accuracy goals for each student so they are learning at their own level. (As of September 2016, the Type To Learn Program is not up and running. In its place, we are using a program called Typing.com which is similar but not as graphically interesting for the kids. Hopefully Type To Learn will be running again soon.)
Younger grades use the Kids Keys program which begins to get the young hands and fingers ready for the proper keyboarding experience. They become familiar with the keyboard and the proper placement of the fingers.
There are also some on-line sites where students can practice keyboarding when they have some free time.