Monday, December 6, 2010

Learning 'Wares

Each week kindergarten, first, and second grades have a computer word of the week. We talk about the word, and it is the students' job to remember it. This last week first grade students had two words: Hardware and Software. Hardware are the parts of the computer you can touch, such as the mouse or monitor. Software is what makes the computer run, and it also helps the hardware communicate with each other. Examples are operating systems like Windows and applications like Kid Pix. To assess understanding, students painted H's and S's in Kid Pix. When the teacher said and example of hardware, they pointed at H. Students pointed to S for software.

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