Welcome back everyone!! We are jumping in to the new year with new standards for the 3rd nine weeks!
Kindergarten and First: Using a keyboard to create a word document
Second: Creating, analyzing, and comparing data using graphing software
Third: Research and Presentation software
Fourth and Fifth: Keyboarding, Formatting, and Presentation Software
This week is National Computer Science Week! What is computer science? Well, according to the University of Maryland, “Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. Unlike electrical and computer engineers, computer scientists deal mostly with software and software systems; this includes their theory, design, development, and application.”
“Principal areas of study within Computer Science include artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics and theory of computing.”
“Although knowing how to program is essential to the study of computer science, it is only one element of the field. Computer scientists design and analyze algorithms to solve programs and study the performance of computer hardware and software. The problems that computer scientists encounter range from the abstract– determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity of the algorithms that solve them – to the tangible – designing applications that perform well on handheld devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures.”
We are spending some time learning about Grace Hopper and Ada Lovelace. Two mathematicians that furthered the practice of computer science through computational thinking and developing ways to help facilitate the use of computers for all!
Read an info-graphic about Grace Hopper:
If you love learning about coding, try this website: YOU++
It provides a really cool free course. You will need your parents permission and email address to join.
You have access to many fun coding activities here on my page, just click the “Coding is Fun” page.
This year is quickly coming to an end! Soon it will be 2020!!! The second quarter is just about over. Here’s what we’ve been working on in the computer lab:
Kindergarten: We are working on using mouse skills to create an illustration using MS Paint. We’ve made pumpkins on a gate, spiders, turkeys, houses, a landscape with trees, and will finish out the year with snowmen.
First: We are working on understanding graphs and using graphing software to create picture and bar graphs with up to four categories.
Second: We are learning about using concept mapping software and how creating a concept map can help us organize our thoughts for writing and connecting subjects like math and science.
Third: We are learning about using effective keywords when searching for information. We know the differences between a browser and a search engine and give examples of each.
Fourth and Fifth: We are working on formatting paragraphs in a story, as well as practicing our typing skills.
Take a look:
This month you get to help with my door decoration! I need your input so that I can add EV’s favorite websites to my door design. Click this link to take the survey: Favorite Websites
October is finally cooling down!! YAY!! We have just a few more days in this quarter, 4 to be exact. That means that report cards will be going home soon…like during conference week.
Kindergarten has learned so much!! There are many mouse experts! We are still working on rapid click and double-click, but have mastered navigation, scrolling, single-click to make a selection, and click and drag/drag and drop.
First and Second have created incredible illustrations of The Pigon, crocodiles, race cars, Mr. Tiger, self-portraits, and Lucille Bear. We will finish up the quarter with Frankenstein and Creepy Carrots!! Come check out our Creepy Carrot Patch during Conference Week!
Third Grade are experts on creating a concept map that connects topics to a main idea. We are finishing up a paragraph about something that is our favorite. We’ve been learning how to format a document using size options, alignment, indenting, and spacing.
Fourth and Fifth Grade are finishing up lessons on Digital Privacy and understanding the differences between personal and private information online. Knowing how to protect our identity when online is a lifelong skill!
I hope you all have had as much fun as I have!!
We are moving right along into the second half of the 1st 9 weeks. I can’t believe that October is right around the corner. I am ready for some fall weather! The first day of autumn is September 21st. I have added a few new links to each grade level. Check them out!! I also added a Room Recess Typing link to the Typing Practice page. I really liked playing some of them! See how long it takes for you to type out the alphabet. My best time was 7.6 seconds! See if you can beat my best time!!
Day 16 is at an end and it has been a successful week in the computer lab. I can’t believe we are almost a quarter of the way through with the 1st semester! Here’s what we’ve been doing in the computer lab:
Kindergarten is learning how to use mouse skills to accomplish tasks on the computer. We are learning how to hold the mouse, navigate the mouse to a certain area to make a selection using single-click and scroll using the scroll wheel (moving the page up and down). Our next lessons will include the mouse skills: click and drag and double-click.
First grade is using mouse skills to create an illustration. We are putting shapes together to create an image. This rotation involved using oval and circle, along with the paint brush to create a self-portrait.
Second grade is also using mouse skills to create an original illustration with many details. Our first illustration is of a character named Lucille Bear from Peter Brown’s You Will Be My Friend!
Third grade is working on putting together ideas using a concept map. We will then develop those ideas into a paragraph. Students will learn proper keyboarding skills while using the program Microsoft Word. Students have also been introduced to the keyboarding tutorial Type to Learn. Students will use their student numbers to get signed in to the program.
Fourth and Fifth grades are working on becoming SMART digital citizens. We are learning about digital citizenship using several games and discussions. Students will create projects using the concepts learned in class.