Mrs. Becki Ryder
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.
Everyone should learn programming! If you don’t believe me, listen to why 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, robotics and STEM:
Linton Hall School is proud to be an X-STEM Ambassador School
Other EDU tools and Teacher links:
Check back regularly for useful links! Links will open in a new window.
Google Apps training:
GSuite training is open to anyone with an @lintonhall.edu e-mail address, including upper school students.
- Dancemat Typing is a fun typing website.
- Typing Web – typing program provided by LHSPSG funding! We’re using it in 3rd-8th grades to practice keyboarding skills. Contact Mrs. Ryder or Mrs. Winch 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 codecademy.com 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.
- code.org is a GREAT site for programmers of all ages and all skill levels!
- Another good site for learning many kinds of web programming is W3Schools.com. 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.
- Kids should be makers! DIY.org has awesome projects to make and badges to earn for kids. Requires parent’s permission and e-mail address.
- Another favorite site of mine is Sparkfun. They have lots of kits for sale, but also many fun projects.
- Lilypad sewable electronics is part of Sparkfun’s site.
- Arduino is a programmable circuit board that our 7th and 8th graders enjoyed at Think-A-Bit labs
Online safety for families:
- Common Sense Media
- A Platform for Good .org
- Stay Safe Online
- Stop. Think. Connect
- Safe Kids
- Get Net Wise
FREE Math tools:
Many thanks to EdSurge for their top 5 FREE Math sites!
Computer terms glossary:
Great study and homework site:
Performing research on the web:
Sites just for fun:
- Word clouds
- Create beautiful custom word art with Tagxedo
- Tag Galaxy
- Online graphical dictionary
- Free clip art
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.
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!
Clever Portal provides access to many online learning resources. Grades 4-8 can use their Google Apps login (@lintonhall.edu e-mail) to login
Google Apps for Education for students in 4th-8th Grades
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
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
IXL ELA grade 6 use logins provided by Sister Patricia Anne Driscoll
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
Touch Develop Grades 4-8 use GAfE (@lintonhall.edu) login to access
CODE.org (login info will be provided by LHS)