At school, we’re all about letters and numbers! In computers, that means keyboard & typing skills, as well as manipulating numbers with spreadsheets.
Students are all working on their typing. Middle and Older Kids continue their progress on Typing.com, and 1st-graders in Younger Kids also received their Typing.com accounts so they can begin their own touch-typing progression. Other Younger Kids are playing various keyboarding games, like KeySeeker, Cup Stack and Type Rocket, to familiarize themselves with the keyboard layout.
Older Kids are getting ready for the science fair, and using charts and graphs to visualize results will be an important part of their presentation. Spreadsheets (in our case, Google Sheets) can help create those graphs. We learned some basic spreadsheet functions, and how to put data into a table and create an appropriate graph.
Our current science topic unit is Light and Sound, and computers have been used by visual artists and musicians since the beginning to create digital art. We’ve been playing with some cool activities and talking about how computers use light (colored pixels) or sound (wave forms) to produce amazing—and interactive—works. Check out Chrome Music Lab, Weave Silk and Fluid Simulation.