Middle School’s Computer Science Discoveries Course

Students in 6,7th and 8th grade have been working hard in their new middle school course called Computer Science Discoveries. In this course, not only do they learn code but they are learning computer programming languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript and so forth. Right now they are learning HTML. So far we now know how to code headings of different sizes, paragraphs, ordered and unordered lists and adding images.Students can see feedback I give in their units and are given opportunities to revise their code. Their final project will be to program a website. All final projects will be posted on the library website so you can see their computer programming work!

Type to Learn Keyboarding Program

LaSalle II students now have the opportunity to practice and develop their keyboarding skills with a keyboarding program called Type to Learn 4, aka TTL4. Not only will they practice keyboarding in their technology classes but will be able to access Type to Learn 4 program at home. Parents and students can follow the instructions below to access the program.

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Type to Learn 4 will set the Words per minute and accuracy goals for the students. A good high goal is about 5 words per minute for each grade level. A fourth grader should try and reach 20 words per minute. Students can view their progress under the reports tab on the main screen.

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If you have any questions, please email Ms. Keane at dmkeane@cps.edu. Students have their usernames and passwords in their agenda books or have them memorized for computer classes. Since students do not have computer class every day, it is critical for those who have computers at home to practice and reinforce their keyboarding skills.

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