Millions of people use it every day, but how many of us know how it all works? Explore and learn more about the Internet by exploring this website. Follow links to learn about the Internet, how to get connected, how to download, how to make a website or blog, how to fill forms out online, how to use search engines effectively, and how to use a browser. Links to additional information, safety and privacy tips, and a glossary are also available to help everyone from beginner to more experienced Internet users. The more you learn, the more effectively you will be able use the Internet to navigate and communicate with the world.
Summary: Easy screen-recording tool facilitates outside-the-box teaching
Pros: This simple browser extension is easy to use and very versatile.
Cons: Only works with Chrome browser and devices.
Bottom Line:If you're able to access a Chrome product, Screencastify lets teachers and kids communicate in new and creative ways.
Summary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation
Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.
Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.
Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation.
Summary:Puzzler's use of real code fills niche in crowded learn-to-code genre
Pros: Charming art mixed with serious programming challenges.
Cons: Limited range of covered concepts, and tough puzzles could use a better hint system
Bottom Line: A great introduction to coding with solid teacher support that gets kids using a real programming language and digging into some meatier concepts than other early coding tools.
Everyone loves kittens and who wouldn’t want to save them from peril? Erase All Kittens is a free, open source game where students must change the code in order to rescue kittens. The story begins in an Internet awash with adorable animals, including many kittens. Arca is a tiny outcast creature whose only friends are the kittens. But one day they all disappear and Arca sets out on a journey to find them. Arca must navigate through this world, guided by a narrator who explains how to change the code. In order to be successful, the player builds ledges, makes new portals, reveals enemies by changing the sky’s color, and lots more. The site offers both a demo and a pilot version of the game.
This is an excellent guide for evaluating the usefulness and authority of web resources. It provides an infographic that could be converted into a poster or linked to a class website. The guide is broken down into steps, with each one supported by clear examples that demonstrate how to follow the instructions. The descriptions explain how the steps determine reliability and usefulness, and what clues indicate a resource may not be trustworthy. The guide could also be used as a tutorial for walking students through how to evaluate the web resources they use in their research.
Are you struggling with typing? Having issues getting that report out on time? With technology at the forefront of education, it is important that students know how to type with all their fingers, not just their thumbs. This interactive website allows you to review science vocabulary as well as practice typing. The goal is that students type the word before it leaves the conveyor belt. There are three levels of difficulty that students can choose from so that, as their typing skills increase, they can continue to challenge themselves.
Learn computer coding through extensive practice with this exciting, specialized computer game. CodeCombat is a web- based fantasy game that teaches players the basics of computer science and computer programming. Players learn the important foundational skills of coding like formal syntax, conditional logic, and variables. The game is set in a fantasy realm in which the player must code to defeat the forces of the marauding ogre hordes. Learn to write a lot of code, and have a great time doing it!
With this creative site you get to build yourself a wild side. Begin the process by selecting a human body. Choose between a variety of eyes, hairstyles, eyebrows and all the other features needed to make your new self unique. Then go wild! Select various wildlife headgear, including horns or antlers, then move to your ears, face, arms and eyes. Keep on creating with a wacky set of wings, shells or quills just for fun. Make yourself complete by adding an interesting tail. And there you have it! Look in the mirror at your new "wild" self. Once "you" are complete, learn about the wildlife that make you so rare and special. Send to a friend or save to your desktop.
Are you interested in trying your hand at some computer coding? This collection of programming activities is written with the elementary child in mind. Learn code and see how programmers use it to make computer programs. Practice code to make fun games, interesting pictures, animated movies, or just about anything the mind can create. Read about coding instructions, watch a film clip, or play a coding game- all to become the world’s youngest computer programmer!
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.