K. Nichols Computer Lab

I teach fourth grade computer lab with an emphasis on Computer Science and using technology in our world. Our students learn basic computer skills, terminology and coding. Our classes cover Internet Safety and Digital Etiquette in order to be good digital citizens. We look at those who have made and are making a difference in technology. Students have their own Google Drives and access to Google Classrooms.

Be sure to scroll down and watch the video, "Let's Teach Kids to Code" by MIT's Mitch Resnick.

For Parents

Scratch For Parents - "Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children and program and share interactive media such as stories, games and animations with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab." Quote from Scratch's Parent website.

Books that will help you learn to program with Scratch:

  • Mrs. K. Nichols recommends the following three books to help you in your adventure learning how to program in Scratch. Some of these you can find in the school library or a Scholastic Book Order.

Code.org is a great introduction to coding. Students, please click on your classroom to access your account.

"Computer Science is...

  • a theory and practice that allows you to program a computer to do what you want it to
  • a tool that helps you tell a story or make something happen with technology
  • a discipline that emphasizes persistence in problem solving - a skill that is applicable across disciplines, driving job growth and innovation across all sectors of the workforce
  • a skill that teaches students how to use computers to create, not just consume

Computer Science is not...

  • learning how to type
  • learning to use word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software
  • learning how to build or repair computers
  • playing video games"

~ definition and quote of Computer Science from Google's CS-First website

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