OverviewWeekly NewsPhoto GalleryLinks and Forms

Computer Lab

Code.org

This year we are implementing a new Coding Curriculum, called Code.org.

The Computer Science Fundamentals courses have about 15 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester or longer. Students create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games or stories they can share. 

 For students new to computer science, each course begins with a grade-appropriate entry point and structured ramp-up of concepts. The progression of Courses A-F builds upon each other to ensure continuing students stay interested and learn new things. This allows you to use the same course at any grade level for all students, regardless of their experience. 

Course A:

Recommended for Kindergarten (Supports pre-readers)

Teaches basic programming concepts such as loops and events. Lessons also teach students to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about internet safety. At the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story they can share.
 
Course B:

Recommended for 1st grade (Supports pre-readers)

Closely parallels Course A, but provides more complex unplugged activities and more variety in puzzles. Covers the basics of programming, collaboration techniques, investigation and critical thinking skills, persistence in the face of difficulty, and internet safety. At the end of this course, students create their very own custom game they can share.
 
Course C:

Recommended for 2nd grade

Students will create programs with loops, events, and conditionals. They will translate their initials into binary, investigate different problem-solving techniques, and discuss how to respond to cyberbullying. By the end of the course, students will create interactive games that they can share.
 
Course D:

Recommended for 3rd grade

Students develop their understanding of algorithms, nested loops, while loops, conditionals, and events. Beyond coding, students learn about digital citizenship.
 
Course E:

Recommended for 4th grade

Students will practice coding with algorithms, loops, conditionals, and events before they are introduced to functions. In the second part of the course, students design and create a capstone project they can share.
 
Course F:

Recommended for 5th and 6th grade

Students create programs with different kinds of loops, events, functions, and conditionals. They will also investigate different problem-solving techniques and discuss societal impacts of computing and the internet. In the second part of this course students design and create a capstone project they can share.
 
Middle School Curriculum on code.org is called: Computer Science Discoveries.
This curriculum is appropriate for 7-10th grade students and can be taught as a semester or year long introductory course (3-5 hours per week of instruction for 9+ weeks). The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.

 

Meet Joyce Anne Michaels MEd

Ms. Michaels graduated from Blanchet High School, and then attended North Seattle Community College, where she earned a degree in Computer Science. She then attended the University of Washington, where she earned a BA in Psychology, and a Masters in Education.
Ms. Michaels has over 20 years of technology experience, and over 10 years of teaching experience, working with both adult and K through 8th grade students.

 

Contact

Ms. Joyce Anne Michaels MEd
425-483-8300
joyceannem@school.saintbrendan.org

Second Trimester News

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Ms. Joyce Anne Michaels MEd
425-483-8300
joyceannem@school.saintbrendan.org

 

Contact

Ms. Joyce Anne Michaels MEd
425-483-8300
joyceannem@school.saintbrendan.org