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Mountain View Computer Science

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Nicole Roche
Computer Prep Teacher
nroche@dsdmail.net

Mrs. Roche will be your guide as you learn about Computer Science, critical thinking skills, online safety, coding, and other essential 21st century skills.

CSTA - Computer Science Teacher Association

CSTA Member  

CSTA Utah

CSTA Utah Chapter Member

That man is playing Galaga. He thought we wouldn't notice, but we did.
You think I don't notice, but I do.
Apple Teacher
Common Sense Educator
Certified MIE

Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator 

Certified Minecraft Educator
Certified Minecraft Educator 
 

Coding

Coding

Why Learn Coding?

Why learn coding?

Why the experts believe you should learn coding:

"Coding allows students to create content, not just consume it. Too often, we're just passive consumers of technology. But coding puts students in the driver's seat and gives them the responsibility to think differently about the technology they use in their everyday lives.

Coding develops teamwork and practical skills. Contrary to popular belief, most great technological and digital developments weren't the responsibility of a single mind, but a GROUP of minds working together in sync. Think of coding projects as more creative group presentations.

Coding teaches problem solving and analytical skills. As accessible as it is today, coding is still a somewhat difficult skill to learn. But in practicing it, students can develop powerful ways to creatively solve problems, think outside the box and analyze large sets of data and information.

Coding is inclusive and builds self-confidence. Coding has nothing to do with gender, race or age the skill is equally available to everyone. All it requires is a willingness to learn. And the reward a student feels when creating something on his or her own is almost unmatched."

From the article: From Why Teacher Your K-12 Students How to Code?
Additional Resources: 10 Surprising Skills Learn Through Coding
10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code
 

Why Mrs. Roche believes you should learn coding:

"To defeat our Robot Overlords during the great robot uprising!"

Is there a robot overlord in your future?
Smiling guy with a robot
Robot overlord
Daleks
Cybermen
Utron and friends
Rosie the Robot
Hal 9000
Monkey with Cymbals
Vicki the Robot
Crow the Robot
Skynet
Know you Cylon
Elmo Robot
Battlebot

Coding & Technology in the News

K-2 Coding

3-6 Coding

Minecraft: Education Edition Pilot Program

Mountain View has the honor to be a pilot for the
USOE Minecraft: Education Pilot Program for select classes!

Students will have the opportunity to use Minecraft: Education Edition in Computer Prep.
Students will use Minecraft to further learn about coding and computational thinking. 

Davis School District has purchased licenses for all students to use at school and home.

If your student would like to download Minecraft: Education Edition at home on a PC, Mac, or iPad please go to Minecraft: Education Edition Support,
click the appropriate edition, and follow the instructions.

Your student will login using there Office 365 login and password. Example: 27username@go.dsdmail.net 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at nroche@dsdmail.net.

First page of the PDF file: MinecraftControls
First page of the PDF file: MinecraftGlossary
First page of the PDF file: MakeCode-for-Minecraft-Agent
First page of the PDF file: Parent-Guide-to-Minecraft-1

Coding Help

What is HTML?

What's new in Scratch
Computational Thinking

Important Information

Before being able to use a school laptop at Mountain View, students need to learn how to be responsible for the laptop.
We will learn proper laptop procedures, responsibility, and internet safety the first several weeks of class.

Students MUST sign the Laptop Agreement and BOTH student and parent must accept he Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement on MyDsd.

Students who have not had both documents signed by September 9, 2019 will not be able to use a school computer until it is completed.

Learn more about Davis School District's Acceptable Use Agreement

Tips & Tricks

Office 365 Login

Student Microsoft Office 365 Login

http://login.microsoftonline.com
 
Sign in: username@go.dsdmail.net 
Example: 20jdoe@go.dsdmail.net

Office 365 Help

Free for Students

Computers for Kids

Davis Education Foundation: Computers for Kids

Free Computers For Students

Free Computers for Students (Spanish)

Free Office 365

Free Minecraft Education

Davis School District has purchased licenses for all students to use at school and home.

If your student would like to download Minecraft Education Edition at home on a PC, Mac, or iPad please go to Minecraft Education Edition Support,
click the appropriate edition, and follow the instructions.

Your student will login using there Office 365 login and password. Example: 27username@go.dsdmail.net 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at nroche@dsdmail.net.

Newsletters

September Newsletter

 
   
   
   
   

 

Internet Safety

Internet safety is something that is taken very seriously in the Davis School District and at Mountain View Elementary. At school, we are teaching your student about Internet and computer safety, but we encourage you to continue the dialogue at home. This is a very serious issue that affects everyone. We have heard stories from our youngest Kindergartners and up about accidental exposure to pornography, uncomfortable encounters with other players in online games, and much more, that as parents, has left us very disturbed. Please talk to your student about what they've learned and if they have ever experienced anything that has made them feel uncomfortable or if one of their friends has had a similar experience.

Below are numerous resources to help both students and parents learn how to stay safe in our ever-changing digital world.

Netsmartz K-4 Powerpoint

Netsmartz 5-6 Presentation

Faux Pas The Techno Cat

Educational Resources for the Classroom

Netsafe Utah

Netsafe Utah

Educational Resources for Families

Pollyklass.org

Internet Lingo

Technology Standards

Knowing is half the battle
 
the battle pie chart

In my class I will do my best to make sure my students have not only mastered the DESK standards put forth by Davis School District but are also mastering the standards of the ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) to ensure our students are prepared for the real world technology.
I truly believe the more our students know, the further they will go!
To quote a truly wise man, "Knowing is half the battle. GO JOE!"

Utah State Board of Education
K-12 Computer Science Framework

First page of the PDF file: ISTEStandardsforStudentsPermittedEducationalUse

Computer Lab Rules

Website Selection

Davis School District maintains a list of acceptable sites, programs, and apps which have been evaluated by DSD curriculum experts. More information can be found at the Davis School District Computer Science page

Before I put any link on the site, I thoroughly investigate it. I go to the site, explore it, do extensive research on it using sites like commonsensemedia.com, and if it is a game I play it. I went to every site that had previously been on our site and some that students had asked me to add. What I learned was not all websites were appropriate for school use. The websites that are now on our site are the sites that I felt best met as student's needs and were safe. Throughout the year I will go to the websites we have a links for and make sure that they are still viable and that issues have not arisen. 

If the website is not on our school page, please do not go to it at school.

If you have any questions, or would like a site to be considered, please feel free to email me.

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