Students learned the computer lab rules and different parts of the computer during their first class.
Keyboarding - Students learned about proper ergonomics while keyboarding. Students continue to practice keyboarding skills and work on home row finger placement with the online program, Dance Mat Typing. In addition, students were introduced to Typing Club, an online program which teaches touch typing and tracks individual progress.
Zoo Animal Posters – Students selected an animal on the San Diego Zoo website and researched facts about it. They then compiled the facts and copied a picture of the animal from the website to create a poster in Microsoft Word. They used formatting features to change text alignment and font style and size.
Computer Coding – Students started computer coding on Code.org in November and worked at their own pace through the 20-hour coding Course 2 during computer lab. They learned to assemble a series of blockly commands into a simple program to move characters through a maze, perform a series of tasks, or draw geometric designs and pictures. In December, students will participate in the Hour of Code, a worldwide coding event organized by Code.org. (See Code.org Classroom Links below)
Going Places Safely – Students learned about the benefits of visiting places online, and also the rules they need to follow to be safe. Students then took a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo and explored the website.
Website Links (Click text in blue to go to websites):
Funbrain.com - The Mom's and Kid's Playground - This website has a number of mouse activities to improve hand-eye coordination
ABCya.com - This website contains a variety of activities that are grouped by grade and subject including typing activities.
Dance Mat Typing - Introductory typing website
Typing Club - Click to go to login page. Username: first initial and last name (lowercase, no spaces), Password: ms123456
San Diego Zoo - Kids - San Diego Zoo site with information and activities for kids.
Code.org - Learn to write computer code and direct characters to perform different tasks
Mrs. Walker's Code.org Login Page - Students will need to know their Secret character to log in
Mrs. Tom's Code.org Login Page - Students will need to know their Secret character to log in
Mrs. Wong's Code.org Login Page - Students will need to know their Secret character to log in