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Warm Up Activities for the Computer Lab

Warm Up Activities for the Computer Lab


I LOVE Literacy so it is no surprise that I use books as a warm up activity for almost every technology lesson. Both print and digital books (and even audiobooks) can be used, and reading to my classes is a way to connect with my students. The discussions that come from it are amazing and make me feel like I'm building community even in just 45 minutes once a week.

I LOVE Literacy so it is no surprise that I use books as a warm up activity for almost every technology lesson. Both print and digital books (and even audiobooks) can be used, and reading to my classes is a way to connect with my students. The discussions that come from it are amazing and make me feel like I'm building community even in just 45 minutes once a week. 

There are amazing Technology Themed Children's Books available. I compiled my favorites into a spreadsheet. You can make a copy of it here

For the past year I've been hard at work putting together over 80 eBooks on technology topics. I thought I knew a lot about technology until I started researching to be able to write these books! I have learned so much and it really fuels my desire to teach others. I think students are going to love being introduced to topics with these eBooks. 

Here are the ones I have done so far:

Computer Basics eBooks

 

  • Parts of a Computer
  • Computers
  • The Internet
  • Web Pages
  • Operating Systems
  • How a Mouse Works
  • Using a Mouse or Trackpad
  • Using a Keyboard
  • History of Computers
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Parts Inside a Computer
  • Taking Care of a Computer
  • Email
  • File Storage
The Computers basics booklets can be use any time of year to introduce these technology topics. 

Digital Citizenship eBooks

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cyberbullying
  • Media Literacy
  • Public Forums
  • Private and Personal Information
  • Social Media
  • Viruses and Hackers
  • Blogs
  • Distance Learning (freebie)
  • Peer Pressure
  • Online Reputation
  • Screen time
  • Online Sources
These digital citizenship booklets make great discussion starters. Read them whole group to introduce students to the terminology that they'll be using in your internet safety unit. 

Online Research Skills eBooks


  • Search Engines
  • Search Results
  • Ads in Search (and Advanced search techniques)
  • Reading a Web Page
  • Evaluating a Web Page
  • Copyright
  • Taking Notes
  • Citing Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
Read the Online Research Skills eBooks to your classes to introduce the terminology they'll be using for research projects. 

People Important to Technology eBooks


  • Ada Lovelace
  • Alan Turing
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Annie Easley
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Bill Atkinson
  • Bill Gates
  • Chester Gordon Bell
  • Christopher Sholes
  • Douglas Engelbard
  • Edith Clarke
  • Ellen Ochoa
  • Elon Musk
  • Gitanjali Rao
  • Grace Hopper (freebie)
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Jerry Lawson
  • John Atanasoff
  • Joy Buolamwini
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Larry Page
  • Marie Curie
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Mary Spio
  • Mary Wilkes
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Philip Emeagwali
  • Sergey Brin
  • Steve Jobs
  • Ted Hoff
  • Thomas Edison
  • Tim Berners Lee
Phew that is a lot of people important to technology! These eBooks make a great introduction to a unit on Technology Careers. Students can even use the Booklets to research a person and then create a research report or presentation on the information. 

  • Audio files
  • File Sizes
  • Fonts
  • Image Files
  • Multimedia
  • Software Basics
  • Presentation Software
  • Word Processing Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Algorithms
  • Bugs and Debugging
  • Decomposing
  • Events and Conditions
  • Loops
  • Programs
  • Sequencing
  • Values and Variables

Coming soon is a series on Creativity with Technology! 

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I LOVE Literacy so it is no surprise that I use books as a warm up activity for almost every technology lesson. Both print and digital books (and even audiobooks) can be used, and reading to my classes is a way to connect with my students. The discussions that come from it are amazing and make me feel like I'm building community even in just 45 minutes once a week.


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15 Picture Books About Taking Care of Technology

15 Picture Books About Taking Care of Technology



Taking care of technology is important and the discussion can start with picture books at home or in the classroom. This list of read aloud books is a great place to start.

All of the books I recommend in this post are linked to their listing on Amazon. If you purchase through my links I receive a small amount of compensation. By supporting me this way, I can keep providing content on this blog.

The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble 

Noah's New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good


The Cyber Spying Glass (Christmas Edition): Children Picture Book about Staying Safe Online (Internet Safety for Children)


Basher Science: Technology: A byte-sized world!

Cici's Cellphone Circus: Passwords

Franklin and the Computer (A Franklin TV Storybook)

Clicker the Cat: Online Children's Book about Internet Safety


Little Red Hen Builds a Computer (Nerdy Baby Children's Favorites Book 1)

Webster's Bedtime (Webster Technology Book 2)

Webster's Manners (Webster Technology Book 4)


Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games

Wreck-It Ralph Little Golden Book (Disney Wreck-it Ralph)

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Little Golden Book (Disney Wreck-It Ralph 2)

Arthur's Computer Disaster: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventures)


Robobaby


To see all of my recommended books with technology themes, check out my Amazon Recommendations Page

Do you have other books you love for this topic? Leave a comment below with your suggestions. 
Thanks for reading!
Brittany

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12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom

12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom



12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom

12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom

Are your students as obsessed with coding as mine? I absolutely love that they are all jumping on this trend. Coding can be used to teach virtually any topic. As a teacher you don't even have to be an expert on coding to be able to use it in the classroom! 

I highly recommend checking out these 12 books and adding them to your classroom library. 
*If you click on an image, it will bring you to the page on Amazon. If you purchase a book from clicking through this post I will receive compensation.

1. Coding Games in Scratch- "Written for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide uses fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions to show young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.
With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
2. Coding for Kids for Dummies- "An easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids
Coding For Kids For Dummies breaks coding into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool. In this his hands-on, friendly guide readers will get access to a leading coding tool that has been designed specifically for kids, showing them how to create the projects provided in the book as well as how to implement them into their own creative work."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
3. DK Workbooks: Coding with Scratch Workbook- "Perfect for beginner coders ages 6–9, this highly visual workbook builds basic programming skills using Scratch, a free computer coding programming language, and will take kids from browsing to building."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
4. Code Your Own Games! "Become a super-coder and create your very own computer games using Scratch—a free software developed by MIT.
Calling all creative young gamers! With its easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you key concepts—like drawing shapes—so you can code your own games. By the end, any kid will be able to make 20 popular games, from Snake to Brick Bouncer."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
5. My First Coding Book- "Teach kids as young as 5 years old the basic programming skills necessary to code, including sequencing and loops, without a computer.
It's never too early to learn computer coding. With interactive paper engineering, My First Coding Book is a playful, hands-on introduction to offline coding and programming that will give young children a head start. Filled with puzzles, mazes, and games to teach the basic concepts of sequences, algorithms, and debugging, this book will help children develop critical thinking, logic, and other skills to cement lifelong computer literacy, which is extremely valuable and sought-after in today's world."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
6. So, You want to Be a Coder?- "Love coding? Make your passion your profession with this comprehensive guide that reveals a whole host of careers working with code.
Behind the screen of your phone, tablet, computer, or game console lies a secret language that allows it all to work. Computer code has become as integral to our daily lives as reading and writing, even if you didn’t know it! Now it’s time to plug in and start creating the same technology you’re using every day."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
7. How to Code- "Become a master coder, with these step-by-step instructions and robot helpers too! How to Code teaches you all the basic concepts, including Loops, Variables, and Selection, and then develops your skills further until you can create your own website . . . and more! Learn how to use Logo, build games in Scratch, program projects in Python, experiment with HTML, and make interactive web pages with JavaScript."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
8. Python for Kids: "Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
9. Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook- "Perfect for children ages 6–9 who are new to coding, this highly visual workbook is a fun introduction to Scratch, a free computer coding programming language, that will take kids from playing games to creating them."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
10. Coding iPhone Apps for Kids- "Apple’s Swift is a powerful, beginner-friendly programming language that anyone can use to make cool apps for the iPhone or iPad. In Coding iPhone Apps for Kids, you’ll learn how to use Swift to write programs, even if you’ve never programmed before."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
11. Story of Coding- "Discover the history of computers and coding, from Ada Lovelace's initial idea of computer programming to today's coding languages like Scratch, Python, Javascript, and more, in this Level 2 nonfiction reader featuring photographs, diagrams, fun facts, and strong visual clues."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom
12. Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World- "No matter your interest—sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice—coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place."
12 Coding Books to Try in the Classroom

Phew! I think your students will really enjoy having these books available to read when they finish early. They all also make great mini lessons and/or read alouds to the class. Have you come across any other great computer science books for kids? Let me know in the comments. 

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