Vanalden Avenue Elementary

Welcome to the Vanalden Avenue Elementary  Computer Lab. In the lab we learn online safety, keyboard skills, digital art, learning word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and coding/robotics.

Instructor

I am looking forward to meeting everyone this year. Don't forget to practice some typing & coding every day.
Email: Jesus Moran This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Connect To the Lab from Home

Login to the Portal,
Click Here. Type your Grade Key. Select your name and enter your Password.

 

News from the Lab

All students visit the lab once a week. Grade K students visit the lab for 30 minutes and grades 1-5 visit the lab for 50 minutes. 

NEW!! This year we will introduce Grade 5 students to VEX Robotics and intergrate STEM learning in our curriculum. Students will walk through the design and use a pre-built robot to code the robot to program it to complete tasks. During this process they will learn key STEM principles, and robotics concepts. Once students have learn how to give basic commands, they will learn how to incorporate additional sensors to the simple drivetrain to add functionality. Students will then work in groups to create a new version of the drivetrain with additional functionality. They will have to consider the use of each sensor and how it can aid in their design. Coding skills are essential for students today, our grade 1-4 will be working with the new Sphero Edu. & Tickle Apps to learn to code using the iPad or Android tablets. These apps teach more than just programming. The lessons integrate STEAM activities like Math & Science and push the students imaginations.

Code Club- Sponsored by Computerwise Education Sign Up Here Join a Code Club today! To help young girls and boys explore, investigate and develop an interest in technology and science Computerwise education is setting up a Computer Club at local schools. The clubs are volunteer based. They would meet on a weekly basis, and would be “free” for all students to attend. The club will encourage collaborative learning, be youth centric and offer a stimulating learning environment. They would explore emerging technologies and they would be self-led with a project based learning. Students would learn to develop coding skills in many languages, and design, build and program robots.

Monthly Lessons

 

Semester I

 

August
Theme Online Safety & Typing Tutor
Maintenance week
Welcome to the Lab / Online Safety Video Lesson 1. Kahoot quiz on keyboard basics. Intro to Typing tutor. How to login from home
Google Edu Apps Login & How to Research/Kiddle kids search engine. Diorama Project week 1

September
Racket by Robots
Google Edu Apps Login & begin Diorama Project week 2
Google Edu Apps Login & begin Diorama Project week 3
Google Edu Apps Login & begin Diorama Project week 4
Review with a Kahoot quiz Google Drive and Online Safety Video Lesson 2- "Be Kind Online"

October
Research Rules
Simple 1 page report on Google Docs week . Learn how to citing work and images
Report on Google Docs week 2
Report on Google Docs week 3
Report on Google Docs week 4
Intro to Google Sheets with Mondrian Art

November
Raving Reports
Design a Calendar in Google Sheets week 1
Design a Calendar in Google Sheets week 2
Design a Calendar in Google Sheets week 3

December
Theme Computer Science Month
Video Internet safety on: What is the Internet? And Computer science Month of Code lessons
Computer science month of Code lessons

 

Semester II

 

January
Theme Dates & Days
Intro to Robots & Code Week 1. We will use the Sphero or Ollie
Intro to Robots & Code Week 2. We will use the Sphero or Ollie
Painting with Robots through Code Week 3. We will use the Sphero or Ollie
Painting with Robots through Code Week 4. We will use the Sphero or Ollie

February
Theme Get better with Age
Kahoot quiz on Google Sheets and Internet Safety Video- "Tell an Adult"
Build a Timeline week 1
Build a Timeline week 2
Google slides -Story Telling Project week 1

March
Theme Fables of Fantasy
Google slides -Story Telling Project week 2
Google slides -Story Telling Project week 3
Google slides -Story Telling Project week 4

April
Theme Can You Spiel?
Time to share our stories & Kahoot quiz
Stykz Animation
Online Safety movie "What is Personal Info" and week 1 of iMovie or Movie Maker Project /computer or iPad
iMovie or Movie Maker Project week 2
iMovie or Movie Maker Project week 3

May
Theme Render Magic
iMovie or Movie Maker Project week 4
SketchUp Design A Garden project week 1
SketchUp Design A Garden project week 2
"A Conversation with the Internet"- video/ Kahoot Review quiz/ Internet Safety with Google Interland (Online Safety)

 

Semester I

 

August
Theme Online Safety & Typing Skills
Maintenance week
Welcome to the Lab / Online Safety Series #1 Interland by Google . Intro to Typing tutor. How to login from home
"Intro to Google Classroom / Typing Lesson
Set up Google website for Grade 4 E-Portfolio"

September
Theme Robots Roar
Learn tricks to research & keyword magic. Intro to LAUSD student friendly research websites (Britannica etc.) Kiddle kids search engine
Word Processing Basics learn & review: line spacing, TAB, Page #, Header, footer, Insert image, replace word, word count
Week 1 Newsletter Project learn about handy tools within Google docs
Week 2 Newsletter Project learn about handy tools within Google docs

October
Theme Blogging
Week 3 Newsletter Project learn about handy tools within Google docs
Week 4 Newsletter Project learn about handy tools within Google docs
Add Newspaper project to E-Portfolio. Kahoot Quiz & Internet safety
Cyber Bullies are No Fun and Make Belief Comix
Graphs & Charts Week 1 & Internet safety Video " What is Personal Information"

November
Theme The New Handyman
Graph's and Charts Week 2
Internet Safety review & Kahoot & see video What is Personal Information?
See video Talk to an Adult You Trust and Make Belief Comix

December
Theme Computer Science Month
Participate in National Computer Science Month with many coding challenges & tasks

 

Semester II

 

January
Theme Draw & Dream
Week 1 Coding Lessons with Robots SPRK or Ollie. Online Safety Series # 2 Interland by Google
Week 2 Coding Lessons with Robots SPRK or Ollie. Online Safety Series # 3 Interland by Google
Week 3 Coding Lessons with Robots SPRK or Ollie. Online Safety Series # 4 Interland by Google
Week 4 Coding Lessons with Robots SPRK or Ollie

February
Theme Be A Detective
Build a Mission with SketchUp or design a presentation week 1
Build a Mission with SketchUp or design a presentation week 2
Build a Mission with SketchUp or design a presentation week 3
Build a Mission with SketchUp or design a presentation week 4

March
Theme Word Art
Research day for the movie project. Write dialogue design the framework for project
MovieMaker or iMovie Project week 1
MovieMaker or iMovie Project week 2

April
Theme Presentations
MovieMaker or iMovie Project week 3
MovieMaker or iMovie Project week 4
Google classroom MiniBook/other week 1
MiniBook on Gold Rush/other week 2
MiniBook on Gold Rush/other week 3

May
Theme Maker space
Stykz Animation lesson week 1 & watch video on "Posting Pictures Online"
Stykz Animation lesson week 2
E Portfolio continue work
Video "A Conversation with the Internet video" & Free Lab time

 

Semester I

 

August
Theme Online Safety & Typing Skills
Maintenance week
Welcome to the Lab /Online Safety Series # 1 Interland by Google . Intro to Typing tutor. How to login from home
"Intro to Google Classroom / Typing Lesson
Set up Google website for Grade 5 E-Portfolio"

September
Keyboard Recognition
Learn tricks to research & keyword magic. Intro to LAUSD student friendly research websites (Britannica etc.). Start Clue Cube project week 1
Clue Cube Week 2
Clue Cube Week 3
Kahoot quiz & Add Projects to E-Portfolio Clue Cube. Watch Internet safety video "Cyber Bullies Are No Fun"

October
Theme Navigation Online & Robots
Research Report using Google docs in Google classroom. Week 1
Research Report using Google docs in Google classroom. Week 2
Research Report using Google docs in Google classroom. Week 3
Add projects to E-Portfolio. Kahoot Quiz . Watch internet safety video on "What is Personal Information"?
Intro to Google Forms/make a survey

November
Theme Typing & Mouse skills
Build a pie chart with survey data
Survey project continues & review quiz
Kahoot Quiz and internet safe video on Talk to an Adult You Trust

December
Theme Computer Science Month
Participate in National Computer Science Month with many coding challenges & tasks

 

Semester II

 

January
Theme Draw & Dream
Vex Robotics week 1 & Online Safety Series # 2 Interland by Google
Vex Robotics week 2 & Online Safety Series # 3 Interland by Google
Vex Robotics week 3 & Online Safety Series # 4 Interland by Google
VEX Robotics week 4

February
Theme Be A Detective
Week 1 Trading Card Project
Week 2 Trading Card Project
Week 3 Trading Card Project
Prodigy Quiz & Kahoot Quiz Google sheets and watch internet safe video on "Talk to an Adult You Trust"

March
Theme Word Art
Google slides or Prezi App -13 Original Colonies week 1
Google slides or Prezi App -13 Original Colonies week 2
Google slides or Prezi App -13 Original Colonies week 3

April
Theme Presentations
Watch internet safe video on "Posting Pictures Online and start project: Calculate your weight on other Planets week 1
Calculate your weight on other Planets week 2
Calculate your weight on other Planets week 3
Styks Animation week 1
Styks Animation week 2

May
Theme Maker space
Branches of Government Week 1
Branches of Government Week 2
Branches of Government Week 3
Watch internet safety video "A Conversation with the Internet" and Update Google E portfolio