Summer Learning Computer Science
Teacher Recommended Learning Resources
Learning doesn't have to stop just because your child leaves the classroom. Our teachers have put together a list of resources they use and love so that you can continue the learning with your child all summer long.
Computer Science Skills are a critical component of education because they help to nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Here are some great resources our teachers suggest to help excite your child about the world of computer programming and coding.
Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
Further your child's coding skills with these free coding websites
Typing Skill Building
When introducing typing skills, motivation is key!
Have your student spend 10-15 minutes per day practicing typing skills.
Why is typing important?
- The MCAS 2.0 Online Assessments from grade 3 require students to read and write online including math equations.
- Accurate and speedy typing is important for student confidence when working online.
Further your child's keyboarding skills with these free web-based keyboarding programs
Digital Citizenship Websites
This page contains resources to support parents in teaching K-3 and grade 4-8 students about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.
BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP have age appropriate and engaging resources that parents can use with their children to explain how to keep safe online and be responsible digital citizens.
BrainPOP has Digital Citizenship Movies and Activities on the following topics:
- Computer Viruses
- Conflict Resolution
- Digital Etiquette
- Email and IM
- Information Privacy
- Internet Search
- Media Literacy
- Online Safety
- Online Sources
- Peer Pressure
- Social Networking
Common Sense is the Nation's leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. Download the Common Sense App for a guide reference guide to age-appropriate media.