Sun Terrace Technology Times

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Computer Science

Website Page

We have a new page on our website for computer science. Right now it is just pictures but we will be adding videos and links to projects done in scratch and other great stuff! Let me know if you have ideas for what to add to that page or any page on our site =)

Unit 1 Review

I have put together a Kahoot for each grade level to review the vocabulary and concepts we learned in unit 1. Please let me know if you play it and how your class does =) We will do more formal assessments later in the year but this is a great way to keep concepts a little fresh in their mind.

K-3 Unit 1 Review Kahoot

4-5 Unit 1 Review Kahoot

What we are working on in K-2

During November we will finish making our own computers while we learn about hardware and software then we are on to robots! The rest of the month we will be diving into using our Code and Go Robot Mice to write programs and see them in action. We will continue to work on developing programs including loops and will explore bugs and debugging our programs. Classes will be working in groups of 4 so please have your kiddos grouped so that we can get started right away.

Resources for you:

Robot Mice Team Roles

Impacts of Computing Digital Citizenship Videos K-2

Hello Ruby Website

The standards we are working on are:

CSTA 1A-AP-10: Develop programs with sequences and simple loops, to express ideas or address a problem.

CSTA 1A-AP-11: Decompose the steps needed to solve a problem into a precise sequence of instructions.

CSTA 1A-AP-12: Develop plans that describe a program's sequence of events, goals, and expected outcomes.

CSTA 1A-AP-14: Debug errors in an algorithm or program that includes sequences and simple loops.

All lessons and resources used can be found at K-2 Computer Science Curriculum.

What we are working on in grade 3.

November is when our third graders will branch off and begin their work on the chromebooks programming with Scratch Jr. ScratchJr is a developmentally appropriate programming language designed specifically for children aged five through seven by teams at Tufts University and MIT. Using the ScratchJr app, children can create their own interactive collages, animated stories, games, and other programs. In this unit, which can be further divided into two modules, students will learn a series of concepts and skills that are applied in two primary creative projects -- an interactive collage and an animated story. Through these lessons, students will learn how to express their own ideas in a way that a computer can understand. These lessons were designed to support students working individually and in pairs, with 1-2 chromebooks per pair.

Resources for you:

Scratch Jr Activity Cards

Scratch Jr Block Descriptions

Scratch Jr Chrome App

Official Scratch Jr Book

The standards we are working on are:

CSTA 1A-CS-01: Select and operate appropriate software to perform a variety of tasks, and recognize that users have different needs and preferences for the technology they use.

CSTA 1A-AP-10: Develop programs with sequences and simple loops, to express ideas or address a problem.

All lessons and resources used can be found at K-2 Computer Science Curriculum.

What we are working on in 4-5

This month students will use a variety of tools to create algorithms and build programs focused on events. They will first learn about events with an unplugged lesson, then practice that concept in Code Studio. Students will extend their knowledge by producing a creative project in Scratch that incorporates elements of physical computing in the final product. Along the way, students will also debug problematic programs, critique each other's work, and reflect on their own progress.

Resources for you:

Pair Programming Video

Pair Programming Poster

Scratch cards

Makey Makey HyperDoc

The standards we are working on are:

CSTA 1B-AP-10: Create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals

CSTA 1B-AP-16: Take of varying roles, with teacher guidance, when collaborating with peers during the design, implementation, and review stages of program development.

CSTA 1B-CS-02: Model how computer hardware and software work together as a system to accomplish tasks.

CSTA 1B-AP-18: Discuss computing technologies that have changed the world, and express how those technologies influence, and are influenced by, cultural practices.

All lessons and resources can be found at 3-5 Computer Science Curriculum

Computer Science in your classroom

I might give you some extension lesson or activity to do with your class the week after you meet with me but sometimes you may just have open computer science time. On the weeks your class does not meet with me in the Think Tank you can use the resources below to continue teaching computer science in your own classroom. The lessons are great and the unplugged lessons are FANTASTIC so check them out and book me if you would like an extra set of hands for the lessons.

For students new to computer science, each course begins with a grade-appropriate entry point and structured ramp-up of concepts. The progression of Courses A-F builds upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. This allows you to use the same course at any grade level for all students, regardless of their experience. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive course, the Express Course combines the best of Courses A-F into a single condensed course (with a simpler option for pre-readers). You can download the curriculum guide for Courses A-F here.
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Teaching Computer Science Fundamentals is intended as an introduction to computer science fundamentals and the K-5 resources for teachers. Through reading, viewing videos, completing interactive puzzles and reflecting on your learning, you'll develop your own understanding while preparing to teach computer science in your classroom.

Learning Objectives
Through completing this online course, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of computer science
  • Review best practices for teaching these basics to your students
  • Access free curriculum and resources for teachers
  • Plan for how you might get started teaching Computer Science Basics
  • Connect with a community of fellow educators who are making positive change in their classrooms through coding

No previous experience with coding or computer science education is assumed. This is a beginner's course. To check it out click on the button below!

Tech Bytes

HyperDocs by Subject

Here you will find a TON of HyperDocs organized by subject. Take a look and find one that works for you and your class. Just go to "File" then "Make a Copy" to save an editable version to your Google Drive that you can assign to your class. Remember to go through the HyperDoc and make sure the links are all live and don't need to be copied and pasted in.

Google Drive Folder of HyperDocs by Subject

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This past week I presented at the Fall CUE on Flipgrid. It was an introduction to the tool along with some resources to get started. You can view our presentation here. Please let me know if you would like to try it out with your class =) If you would like to try Flipgrid Classroom for free for 45 days use promo code FALLCUE.

SeeSaw Activites!

Now you can easily create and share activities for your students to complete in Seesaw on iOS and the web. Get inspired with grade-level specific activities from our library, or create your own!
Check out this padlet of helpful resources for getting started or for going deeper with using SeeSaw in your classroom. Please add any resources you find as well!
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In Case You Missed It =)

Novel HyperDocs

Novel HyperDocs are a great way to integrate technology with a literature unit. You can do this with your own class or perhaps your English Only group during ELD time. Check out this padlet with links to a ton of Novel HyperDocs for popular titles like Wonder, The Giver, Number the Stars, The Wild Robot, Hatchet, Chocolate Touch and more.

Don't see the one you're looking for? We can create one together for a book you are planning to read with your class!

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Thanks for reading! Hope you found the resources useful.

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Please feel free to contact me anytime.