At the end of each K-3 computer class, someone is bound to ask, “How do I use that program at home?” The vast majority of what we do in class is web-based, so here is a list of important links that you may want to bookmark on your home computers:
Studio.code.org: This self-paced site teaches computational thinking as a precursor to learning actual coding languages such as PHP or HTML. Each grade in K-3 has a specific login site. Grades 4 and 5 have usernames and passwords that work for the general login site.
Dance Mat Typing: We used this in grades K-3 this year. It’s also an excellent review for older students if they have developed some bad typing habits. It’s engaging and places lots of emphasis on correct fingers and zero emphasis on speed.
TypingWeb.com: Grades 3-5 use this site to work on typing speed. It was also briefly introduced to Second Grade this year, but they do not have log-ins yet, so it will not save their progress. Middle school students should also use this site to prepare for their typing tests at the beginning of the school year. Please consider using Dance Mat Typing first if incorrect finger placement is an issue. Students that do not meet the following Net Speeds on their iPads will be required to take a typing class during an elective period first trimester. The test will be given during the first week of school in August.
- 6th Grade: 25 wpm net speed
- 7th Grade: 30 wpm net speed
- 8th Grade: 35 wpm net speed
ABCya.com: This site has educational games for grades K-5 and is easily navigable by younger students.