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Elementary (K-5) Tech News

Updated 11/15/19

 

Rotation 4

Elementary Technology – Rotation 4 Curriculum: Computer Programming

 

Computer Science Education Week is December 9-13, 2019

During CSE Week, all K-5 students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of Computer Science, explore computer programming concepts, and participate in a variety of Hour of Code activities. Kindergarten and First Graders will program a dinosaur to move and dance. Second and Third Graders will program Steve and Alex through a series of Minecraft mazes. Fourth and Fifth Graders will program an entire dance party.

 

If you or someone you know is a professional computer programmer or works in the field of Computer Science and would like to be a guest during this week, please contact Mrs. Weil at kweil@aak8.org for more information and to make arrangements to visit.

 

Grade K – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

 For this rotation, we will explore concepts as they relate to computer programming. Using Kodable and Daisy the Dino applications, we will learn how to give specific directions to the computer in order to move different animals and objects on the screen. We will learn what is an algorithm and how to debug our program as we work together to successfully complete different coding challenges.

 

Grade 1 – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

For this rotation, we will explore concepts as they relate to computer programming. Using Kodable and Daisy the Dino applications, we will learn how to give specific directions to the computer in order to move different animals and objects on the screen. We will learn what is an algorithm and how to debug our program as we work together to successfully complete different coding challenges.

 

Grade 2 – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

 For this rotation, we will focus on developing an understanding of computer programming concepts by creating a series of interactive apps with the Bitsbox program. Bitsbox teaches us how to build simple apps by writing real, text-based computer code. The coding language we use is JavaScript, with the addition of a few dozen special commands that make it easier for novice programs to quickly build cool stuff.

 

Grade 3 – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

For this rotation, we will focus on developing an understanding of computer programming concepts by creating a series of interactive apps with the Bitsbox program. Bitsbox teaches us how to build simple apps by writing real, text-based computer code. The coding language we use is JavaScript, with the addition of a few dozen special commands that make it easier for novice programs to quickly build cool stuff.

 

Grade 4 – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

by completing a series of activities in Google’s CS First program. CS First has several levels of difficulty and a variety of themes for students to choose from, making this program ideal for all levels of computer programmers from novice to experienced. Themes include Storytelling, Music & Sound, Art, Sports, and Game Design.

  

Grade 5 – Wanted: Computer Programmers!

For this rotation, we will focus on developing a deeper understanding of computer programming by completing a series of activities in Google’s CS First program. CS First has several levels of difficulty and a variety of themes for students to choose from, making this program ideal for all levels of computer programmers from novice to experienced. Themes include Storytelling, Music & Sound, Art, Sports, and Game Design.

  

Elementary Technology Overview

The Elementary Technology Curriculum aligns with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards and supports student development of skills as they relate to technology. To learn more about the ISTE Standards for Students, please visit https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students. Throughout the school year, students will engage in a variety of technology-based learning activities that help foster the development of these much-needed technology skills. These activities include (but not limited to) exploring the Microsoft applications and collaboration tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, OneDrive, OneNote), developing digital citizenship and keyboarding skills, and creating short animated videos and coding projects. Students will participate in cross-curricular projects throughout the year, deepening their understanding of how to apply their technology skills in a variety of ways.

Students are encouraged to continue to develop their technology skills independently outside of technology class. A series of weblinks to online resources has been created for each grade level, to help develop these skills. Please visit https://mb.aak8.org/apps/pages/mb_techlinks_all to access these weblinks.