I can’t believe this nine weeks is half over! Even though we have missed almost a week due to some weather we have made great progress learning to type without looking at our hands (all grades). Those who already pretty much knew how to type without looking at their hands have continued to improve their keying skills by typing paragraphs and backspacing to correct any mistakes.
In addition to typing, sixth grade students have been learning about basic computer tasks such as save, open, save as, overwriting a file, navigating the network, and so forth by creating a lovely detailed painting about something that takes place in the spring or a spring landscape. I hope to include some of the images here later.
In addition to working on their keying skills, seventh grade students have been using the Anywhere USA game to learn about digital citizenship and computer safety. We will soon begin working on a career exploration unit. (Interest inventory, career research, resume’, cover letters, job applications, and etc.)
Coding students (8th grade) have been working some on their keying skills on a daily basis, but the majority of their time has been spent on solving coding puzzles using block code or Java Script. We are working on Code.org Unit 3 – Animation & Games. They have been doing a great job working together (teamwork) to help out students who are confused by some puzzles. Reading, following directions, and attempting the levels in sequential order is important to success in this class.