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Beyond an Hour of Code

Recently GCISD K-8 students were able to participate in Hour of Code, a week-long global event to encourage students to engage in computer science activities! We thought some teachers might be looking for ways to go beyond an Hour of Code as we head into the spring semester.

One option is that offers all new courses in Computer Science Fundamentals for students ages 4-13. Students can log in through Classlink by clicking the button after sign on and logging in with their GCISD Google account! They can code from there on one of the courses below or you can set up a class beforehand for them to join (similar to Google Classroom). A benefit to setting up a class for your students is that you can view their progress as they work through the courses. There is also an express course to use with older students, such as middle school, that covers the materials in Courses C-F. Find the lesson plans for all Courses A-F here.

Watch the video below to learn how to set up your c…

Breakout Edu

Where to begin?
Last year the wonderful Suzanne Barker (Learning Liaison @ GES) introduced many across the district to Breakout Edu. 

If you are interested in Breakout Edu, ask your Learning Liaison to see what dates they are available. (A calendar has been shared with all Liaisons.)  They will check the availability of the Breakout Edu Kits.  A request will be submitted and I (Susan Hill) will deliver kits to you.  Prior to students using kits, an Instructional Coach can meet and help you create your own Breakout Edu or choose an already-created game. 

Click Sign-Up or Sign-in depending on whether or not you have an account.  You can log-in using your Google account. 

After logging in (or signing up), click Platform at the top right of the page.   There are many free games to choose from that can be found by selecting "User Generated." (Select Math, then User Generated Math, or Science, User Generated Science.) You can also search for games.  …


ClassLinkis available for both students and teachers to use as a single sign-on portal for GCISD sites.  ClassLink is intended to simplify the log-in process by saving usernames and passwords for some of your accounts.
If you're a first time user of ClassLink, I highly recommend following the steps that Kat Sparks from technology services briefly outlines in CL Instructions. She also includes how to connect your Google account.  There are two options for accessing ClassLink, either as an iPad app or on the GCISD ClassLink website.  
Option 1- ClassLink iPad App Open the iPad app
Type the teacher or student username/password (view the CL Instructions link above for help with this step).  Click the box next to "Save password" if you want to save your log-in information (recommended for students). 

On the iPad home screen, students have access to frequently used learning tools such Istation, ARMS, Prodigy, Library resources (including Overdrive) and more.

Important: Students will…


What is it?
LANDesk assigns different resources (software) and apps based on user profiles. You are able to download software as a GCISD student or employee through LanDesk!

Where is it located? Windows 
Update: LANDesk is not for use on Chromebooks.
Select your Windows icon in the bottom left corner of screen.
Select LANDESK Management  > LANDESK Workspaces

Click the 3 lines to the left.  Under Self-Service select Software Catalog. Then select ALL.
Look over the available software selections and decide if there is one you would like to download. (We have limited licensing for Adobe products.)

Where is it located? Macs
You can open from Applications or access from the blue square with grey border located at the top middle/right side of your computer screen. (See image below.)

If LANDesk was opened from Applications, skip to the next step. When selected, a drop down menu will appear. Select LANDESK Workspaces.  (If asked for a username/password, enter your Google Login/Password.)

Click …

Hour of Code in GCISD

The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. It was launched in December of 2013 to demystify and promote Computer Science.  Hour of Code has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Over 200 million students have participated since its inception.