Mrs. Becki Ryder

Welcome to Technology

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  I am really excited to see everyone and share my love of Technology with you!


My site has links to useful websites and online resources we use at Linton Hall, so please check back regularly.


Please contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns. My e-mail address is


Check back for more updates soon!


Everyone should learn programming!  A wonderful case is made for kids to learn programming in this TEDx Talk by MIT Media Lab’s Mitch Resnick, founder and director of MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group.  For more information on Mitch Resnick’s projects, click here.


Here are some cool sites for learning about programming:

Technology Rocks!

Anniversary of the first website ever:  2013 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first web page! See what it looked like here:  For a brief backstory, check ReadWrite’s article on the site.


Linton Hall students garnered a National Win for the FBI SOS program within the Stingray Category (51-100 participants) with an overall  test score of 91.26%.  SOS (Safe Online Surfing) is a program developed by the FBI to teach cybersecurity to late-elementary through middle school students.  LHS upper school students earned the award for the December 2012 competition month.   Congratulations to our 5th through 8th grades!

LHS Crest


Below is the Upper School homework calendar (Grades 5-8.) If you use Google calendar, you can subscribe to this calendar and get updates directly in your calendar by clicking the “+Google Calendar” button in the lower right corner. If the homework calendar is not displayed below, please use the following link for the Linton Hall School upper school homework calendar.


Useful Links

Check back regularly for useful links! Links will open in a new window.


Google Apps training:

    • GAfE training is open to anyone with an e-mail address, including upper school students.


Keyboarding practice:

      • Dancemat Typing is a fun typing website.
      • Typing Web – The new typing program provided by LHSPSG funding!  We’re using it in 3rd-8th grades to practice keyboarding skills.  Contact Mrs. Ryder or Mrs. Albrecht for login information
      • Test your speed
      • Keyboard practice geared toward K-5th grades, but fun for everyone on ABCya
      • Fun site, younger students love the BBC’s Dance Mat Typing
      • Kindergarten mouse practice and keyboard games (TONS of links to other sites) Mrs. Blackburn’s site


FREE Programming tools:

      •  I highly recommend for learning web programming. With a parent’s permission, students can register for an account (e-mail address required) and work through tutorials. The site is free.
      • is a GREAT site for programmers of all ages and all skill levels!
      • Another good site for learning many kinds of web programming is The site has lots of examples and an interactive interface where you type your code on one side of the screen and see the result on the other side. The site is free, no signup required, but there are a lot of ads on the site.
      • Happy Nerds has a great list of programming languages that are EASILY learned by kids. We are currently using Scratch in the technology lab.
      • SCRATCH, from MIT,  uses building blocks to create computer programs.  Lots of tutorials online.
      • SiMPLE isn’t as flashy as Scratch, but more like a “traditional” programming language.  Programmers create SiMPLE programs (called “listings”) that are processed by the SiMPLE interface.
      • Alice, from Carnegie mellon Institute,  teaches computer programming in a 3D environment.  It uses a drag-and-drop interface similar to Scratch.
      • CS2N, the Computer Science Student Network, has wonderful resources for learning all about computer science.  Requires an e-mail address or Facebook account to sign up.


Maker site:

      • Kids should be makers! has awesome projects to make and badges to earn for kids.  Requires parent’s permission and e-mail address.


Online safety for families:


FREE Math tools:

Many thanks to EdSurge for their top 5 FREE Math sites!


Computer terms glossary (upper school):


Elementary computer terms flashcards (all grades):


Great study and homework site:


Performing research on the web:


Sites just for fun:


Scholastic Book Clubs:


Please note that none of these sites are affiliated with or endorsed by Linton Hall School. They are provided as suggestions only for more information for our students and families.

Student Links

Linton Hall School provides many online resources to help their students learn.  Please contact Mrs. Ryder for login information.

Please visit my USEFUL LINKS page for more resources!

General Sites

Clever Portal provides access to many online learning resources. Grades 4-8 can use their Google Apps login ( e-mail) to login

Google Apps for Education for students in 4th-8th Grades

Digital Citizenship:

Common Sense Media resources are used in Technology Classes to provide instruction on all aspects of digital citizenship and online safety

NetSmartzKids for lower school and preschool (PreK)

NSTeens for upper school

Foreign Language

Mango Languages grades 5-8 use the login info provided by Mrs. Kuehl & Mrs. Ryder

Language Treks Spanish 4, 7 and 8 use the login info provided by Sra. Rubio and Mrs. Ryder


Extra Math (login info will be provided by LHS)

Reading and Language Arts

RAZ-Kids grades K-5 use login info provided by Mrs. Ryder & your teacher

Accelerated Reader (available only at Linton Hall School) use login info provided by Mrs. Winch to take AR tests

IXL ELA grades 5-8 use logins provided by Mrs. Ryder & your teacher for language arts practice

Keyboarding practice:

It is very helpful if students practice keyboarding at home to reinforce skills learned in class. Practice proper hand placement and position as we do in class!

Dance mat typing Grades 2-4 use this at school for fun to add some variety to their practice

Typing Web ( Grades 2-8 use the logins provided by Mrs. Ryder, Mrs. Kuehl & Miss Tipton.  TypingWeb is the primary site for keyboarding practice.


Touch Develop Grades 4-8 use GAfE ( login to access (login info will be provided by LHS)


Basic computer terms – all grades

Parts of a computer – all grades

6th grade technology vocabulary

7th grade technology vocabulary

8th grade technology vocabulary

Internet etiquette and information (upper school):

“Netiquette” quiz

Web whiz quiz

Teacher Links

Links for Linton Hall School teachers and staff

Teachers only – must log in with teacher e-mail (e.g.

GAfE training is open to anyone with an e-mail address, including upper school students.

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