This Month in the Computer Lab
Lessons in February:Keyboarding Practice:https://www.kidztype.com/dance-mat-typing-level-2-stage-6_b556b1d87.html Dance mat typing practice for 2nd grade: the home row and "pinky" stretches for letters Q and P. Within Stage 6, there are 16 levels for practice (letters and words in the homerow). More levels available on Kidztype homepage.https://www.kidztype.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1-stage-1_f1117a537.html Dance mat typing practice for 1st grade: only the home row and the space bar. Within Stage 1, there are 16 levels for practice (letters and words in the homerow).http://www.hellokids.com/print-my-name Ideal for kindergarten. Students use "Hellokids.com" to type their names. They choose a background and font styles using drop-down menus to print a b/w sheet.http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice_2.htm Ideal for kindergarten. Site gives students practice in typing lowercase letters, uppercase letters, periods, and finally short sentences! The site aids students in finding the "shift key". Letters are in random order which builds interest, but the pace may be slow for some.http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice.htm Great for beginners! 2 Game Modes: Letter Name or Letter Sounds. Students type each letter of the alphabet repeatedly. At the end of the practice they will hear either the letter name or the letter sound before they move on to the next letter.Homerow song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0DRAgUCWew&app=desktop"Heart Art" Inspired by Jim Dinehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefDhfFp5xM&list=PL7uP3gj4S0qFHk9er8NH0GKD4x0XVMxwY A video intro to Jim Dine's artwork. Length 4:16. The video can be shortened. Poet, painter, and sculptor. His artwork is known for lots of texture--even his paintings have a 3-D effect.Mouse Practice:http://www.toytheater.com/spin.php Students create an image and spin it. No option to printhttps://www.digipuzzle.net/kids/valentine/puzzles/lines.htm?language=english&linkback=../../../education/valentine/index.htm A Valentine-themed dot-to-dothttps://www.digipuzzle.net/digipuzzle/valentine/puzzles/shapepuzzle.htm?language=english&linkback=../../../education/valentine/index.htm A Valentine-themed missing shape puzzlehttps://www.digipuzzle.net/kids/valentine/puzzles/hiddenicons.htm?language=english&linkback=../../../education/valentine/index.htm A hidden Valentine icon challengehttps://pbskids.org/peg/games/symmetry-painter Fun, easy options to personalize artwork. Students can choose a pattern of symmetry, stickers, stamps, and colors.No option to print.
https://www.digipuzzle.net/minigames/mozaics/mozaics_copy_valentine.htm?language=english&linkback=../../education/valentine/index.htm a Valentine-themed 8x8 mosaic puzzle
https://www.digipuzzle.net/minigames/mozaics/mosaics_copy_valentine_16x16.htm?language=english&linkback=../../education/valentine/index.htm a Valentine-themed 16x16 mosaic puzzlehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvteVokz7jE Binary code. Video length is 11:35. Watch until 2:51 when they start counting in binary.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M998wTEmFyQ "Zero One Song" to introduce binary. Video Length is 1:33.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35vkaO_SgzI&feature=youtu.be "Bits vs. Bytes" Video from code.org. Length is 1:11 (quick review of most basic binary info)