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Elementary Computer Science and Keyboarding

MaryEllen Marx
Elementary Computer Science Supervisor
macarlson@dsdmail.net
801-402-5790

Margo Hammond
Elementary Coding and Keyboarding Administrative Assistant
mhammond@dsdmail.net
801-402- 5251

For a list of district approved websites and apps please visit https://www.davis.k12.ut.us/academics/textbooks/textbooks and click on the "Instructional Materials Database" tab.

Elementary Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer science is often confused with the everyday use of computers and computer applications, such as learning how to access the Internet and use digital presentation software.  Computer science builds on computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship, and information technology. It is defined as “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their [implementation], and their impact on society”  -Tucker et. al, 2003, p. 6

Elementary Computer Science DESK Standards

Why Code in Elementary School

Coding or computer programming is writing a set of instructions that a computer understands so it will perform a task. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. First, learning programming empowers kids. Coding puts children in control of the computer and through experimentation builds mastery in sequencing skills, counting, problem solving, logical thinking, cause and effect, and critical thinking. Additionally, children can express themselves through code and find it cool to create games, apps, and websites and to even control robots.

The earlier we introduce coding to children, the more comfortable they will become with computers and technology and the more successful they will become when presented with more challenging learning opportunities. Children are extremely eager to learn how to code.
Just like learning a foreign language, the language of coding should begin early with vocabulary terms such as program, sequence and algorithm. Developing the basics provides students with the computer skills they will need for any career they choose in the future.

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up over half of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. And computing is used all around us and in virtually every field.

Utah currently has 4,860 open computing jobs (2.9 times the average demand rate in Utah). The average salary for a computing occupation in UT is $81,018, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($45,490).

Coding Apps and Sites

Code.org
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 15% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.


Scratch
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.


Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 


CodeCombat
Students type real Python and JavaScript while playing games that encourage trial-and-error, critical thinking, and creativity. Students then apply the coding skills they’ve learned by developing their own games and websites in project-based courses.


Kodable
Choose from over 70 lessons with both on-screen and off-screen components. Every lesson includes instruction guidance, vocabulary words, and student materials. You can teach K-5 computer science as it’s own content area or integrate into math, ELA, digital citizenship, robotics, or other subject area.

Elementary Keyboarding

Keyboarding is an essential computer literacy skill. We cannot create an educational environment that requires keyboarding skills and not TEACH keyboarding to students. Davis School District supports and encourages keyboarding as a key computer technology core subject with formal keyboarding instruction beginning in the 3rd grade.  Our goal is for all Davis School District students to key by touch using correct technique and meet end of level benchmarks when they leave elementary school. 

At the elementary level, keyboarding components are taught as early as kindergarten. These include left/right hand identification, letter and number recognition, home row keys, proper posture and finger movement. In 3rd grade, students receive instruction in the EduTyping curriculum learning to key by touch. In the upper grades, keying by touch is reinforced as students practice their skills. Skill is assessed and progress tracked toward achieving benchmark scores. Keyboarding Standards and Objectives are followed in each grade level. 

Just as learning to play an instrument takes daily practice, learning to keyboard also requires students to practice. EduTyping is a web-based program that students can log into and practice from anywhere they have an Internet connection. Other resources for practice are available on the internet as well. 

USBE Computer Science Framework by Grade Band

Click HERE to be taken to the USBE K-12 Computer Science Framework by grade band.

EduTyping

Students log in to EduTyping through the Clever Portal. You can access the log-in page by going to your school homepage > click on Parents and Students > Student Resources > EduTyping.
Account ID: davis1170

 

EduTyping is Davis District's adopted keyboarding program. It's curriculum introduces students using a row-by-row method with high frequency and sight words integrated throughout to reinforce reading comprehension.

Students are motivated as they earn stars and badges while their typing progress and skills increase. Typing progress is always visible from the dashboard, typing screen, and the My Progress page.

Fully HTML5 compatible, EduTyping can be used on all devices, including iPads, Chromebooks, and other tablets.

Technology DESK Standards

TechnologyK-6-2018.pdf
DESKTechnologyK-6

DESK Standards for Technology K-6

Internet Safety

Grade Level Keyboarding Links

Kindergarten

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.


K-2 Student Interactives
A variety of interactive resources compiled by the Utah Education Network.


Preschool Pioneer
Utah Education Network has addressed the need for quality resources for children age 3-6 by creating Preschool Pioneer Library, an online collection of high quality educational resources modeled after the very successful Utah's Online Library for K-12, college, and public library patrons.

1st Grade

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.


K-2 Interactives
A variety of interactive resources compiled by the Utah Education Network.

 

2nd Grade

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.


K-2 Interactives
A variety of interactive resources compiled by the Utah Education Network.

3rd Grade

Research

Utah's Online Library
A list of resources and materials provided by UEN.

Misc. Learning

3 - 6 Student Interactives
A variety of resources for different concepts and curriculum.
 

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.

PBS Kids Video
This site provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages. Children can easily browse and watch videos at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WIFI connection.

4th Grade

Research

Utah's Online Library
A list of resources and materials provided by UEN.
 

Pioneer Library
A list of resources and materials provided by UEN.

World Book
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Miscellaneous

3 - 6 Interactives
A variety of resources for different concepts and curriculum.

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.

Science

Animal Diversity

Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

Animal Diversity Web has

  • thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts and we cannot guarantee their accuracy.
  • descriptions of taxa above the species level, especially phyla, classes, orders and families. Hundreds of hyperlinked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Professional biologists prepare these pieces, for the most part.

PBS Learning Media

Explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools.


 

Utah's Hogle Zoo
Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon.  Its natural terrain covers 42 acres of tree-lined pathways where visitors can view over 800 animals.

 
Water Knowledge

Social Studies

United States Census Bureau
QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.


 

eMedia
eMedia is a digital library of educational resources created specifically for Utah learners. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the state to improve curriculum.

 

5th Grade

Apps and Sites

Utah's Online Library
A list of resources and materials provided by UEN.

 
Pioneer Library
A list of resources and materials provided by UEN.

 

World Book
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

6th Grade

Accordion

Miscellaneous

 
3 - 6 Interactives
A variety of resources for different concepts and curriculum.

 

BrainPOP
Coding, movie making, concept mapping, and reflection tools pair with writing, drawing, and primary source activities to spark deeper thinking and creative construction around content.

 

Utah's Online Library
A variety of resources and materials from UEN.

Science

Social Studies