K-5 Program Online Safety/Digital footprint Computing Basics Proficiency in word processing, presentations & spreadsheets Learn to Code (Scratch, HTML Basics, Python) Typing proficiency Middle School Electives Robotics: Programming using Raspberry Pi Python Programming MakerSpace Lab- 3D Printing Programming with Minecraft App and game design with iPads, iPhones & Androids Online Portal Login to the Portal Click Here. Type your Grade Key. Select your name and enter your Password for:Typing, Messaging & Gallery. Why the Computerwisekids Program is Unique? Computerwisekids follows the ISTE standards of Technology Education. The lab is managed by a team of Computerwisekids professionals for instruction, software and hardware help. Our teaching techniques are unique by design. We teach kids the basic skills needed to interact with a personal computer. The software emphasizes the individual child's initiative and independence, allowing them to progress through an orderly series of structured learning activities at their own pace. We provide a trained Instructor. We provide the technology curriculum based on ISTE standards Language, arts, social studies and math standards are integrated with technology projects An online Typing Tutor program (records of speed and accuracy) available 24/7 "The Player" an online tutor for mouse & keyboard skills used by K-1 students An online Student Gallery publishes student work for parent to view Internet Research assistance through our Online Classroom Page Coding & Digital Citizenship lessons K-8 Grade Email (a messaging system) for Students Grades 2 and up Class teachers Web-Page to publish: class calendar, notes, homework and URL's Our Products (included as part of the Program!) Typing Tutor Gallery Player About The Computerwisekids typing tutor is designed to help students become excellent typist in no time at all. Our special online program guides the student with images that display correct finger placement to achieve 100% accuracy and incrementally advances their typing speed to 35words per minute. Practice from home or school Works with computer and an iPad with a keyboard Records speed & accuracy Students work at their own pace Why is it Important? Each year, more and more local and state level testing is being administered online. Students are expected to take notes and submit typed reports, so typing skills have become a very essential. The sooner a child learns the skills the better it is. Parents may be concerned that their child is too young to start learning to type, however typing is no different than learning to play the piano. A 6 year old can successfully learn to play the piano and type. Moving up Levels Like anything else practice is very important in learning to type. Students should practice 15-20 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week. The Computerwisekids Typing Tutor has 8 difficulty levels. The lessons get harder as the student ascends the levels. Each level has a set of lessons and the student who achieve 3 stars on a lesson move to the next lesson. Practice is the key and with regular practice a student can achieve mastery on typing skills within a few weeks of starting to type. Progress Reports for Students A student’s progress is recorded throughout the year. Students and parents can view their individual statistics: day/time the student logged in, amount of time spent per lesson, number of lessons practiced, as well as the student’s accuracy and speed. Progress Reports for Teachers A teacher can view the collective data for their classes. The report shows the same data as is available for the individual student data, but puts it in context with their entire class. The teacher can view the progress of the class as a whole at a glance. Passwords Student login from the Portal Page http://www.cwksmarts.com/portal.php Each student uses their grade key and a unique password given to them by their computer instructor at school. If you need your child’s grade key contact the computer instructor at your school. Gallery Want to see your child’s work from the computer lab? Visit the online gallery. Most of the student’s art work, reports, graphs, presentations are converted to a .PDF version and uploaded to the gallery. Use the grade key to log in from the Portal http://www.cwksmarts.com/portal.php Below is an example of what the gallery looks like. The Player App Computerwisekids has designed and built a unique online application for the younger students called the Player App. We teach students to be intuitive and the Player App is the safe playground we have built to teach as we encourage the kids to explore, investigate and learn. Everything on this simple application has been designed with great thought. We have designed this app to teach young students (who do not read) how to successfully navigate the computer, the web and learn functions of the mouse, keyboard or commonly used icon buttons. The Player App guides the students through a series of exercises that progressively advance the student's skills each week. The Player App is icon driven, and has buttons such as: HOME, SAVE, PRINT, REPLAY. The icons are similar to those used in other commonly used software such as browsers and games. They quickly understand what the "home" button symbolizes, and it eventually helps them to navigate traditional software, and websites. The lessons start with the simplest skill of learning to move the mouse to a particular spot on the screen, then advances to teaching how to single click the mouse on the left button. The next few steps include learning to double click, right click and more. Besides learning eye-hand coordination to navigate the computer, the students also use this application to understand the functions of the commonly used keys like: ENTER, BACKSPACE, SHIFT, CAPS LOCK, CTRL OR COMMAND, TAB etc. Using the Player is very advantageous for the students. They learn the function of each key within a fun game. This helps them recall the keys’ job when they use into real-life applications like word processors, spreadsheets etc. Each week the set of lessons change as the student advance during the year. The lessons are integrated with many celebrations and holidays, for example during Thanksgiving the kids use the app to make a virtual feast, which includes preparing the salads and serving the main meal. This makes the Player very engaging for young learners. The Player ends with a lesson on the Home Row keys that prepares the students to use the Typing Tutor starting in Grade 1. The Players works on all browsers and in available to use online 24/7. This helps the students review skills worked on in class later from home. Parents have a unique advantage of seeing their child is learning during the lab time at school.