Ms. Michelle Bisson

K-5 Computer Teacher
Welcome! The goal of the K-5 technology program at NDV is to equip students with skills that support lifelong learning and digital literacy. Starting with a foundation in essentials like keyboarding and online safety the K-5 technology program also uses tools that promote creativity and collaboration. Students are encouraged to think critically and work together to solve problems. Coding is introduced during Computer Science Education Week and our Coding Club provides students with additional opportunities to learn to code after school. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

What's Happening in K-5 Computer

K8 Tech Day

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Once a year, the K-8 Technology Teachers in the SF Archdiocese get together for a day of Professional Development. This year, it was at St. Gabriel School and I was asked to present on Educational Robots. Over the years at NDV teachers have used a variety of robots including BeeBots in Kindergarten, Sphero in First Grade, Dot and Dash in Second Grade and Lego EV3 Robots in Middle School. This year, we added 10 Edison Robots for grades 3rd-and up. I did a presentation on Edison and brought some robots and Lego’s for the teachers to try out. I also attended sessions including one on Maker Spaces and I got to play with breadboards and Arduino robots too.

Computer Science Education Week

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NDV students are working and playing hard preparing for Computer Science Education Week December 5th -11th. Once again, our school will host an Hour of Code. An Hour of Code is an international celebration of Computer Science sponsored by a non-profit dedicated to expanding student participation in computer science. This event may only last an hour but we dedicate a month of study to coding starting today.

Below are some of the resources we use for coding.
Khan Academy

Keyboarding and the Common Core

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It’s not the most popular activity but keyboarding is still one of the most important skills students learn in K-5 computer class. What many people don’t know is that keyboarding is also in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. I found this blog post by an English teacher, Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core helpful in understanding more about how keyboarding is embedded in the standards and thought I would share it.

More Fun with Robots!

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Here are a few student creations from Coding with Robots last week. These robots have arms that can swing and hit a ball they can also move forward and backward. Students worked in pairs and made their robots by stacking two Edison robots together. They used Legos to attach them and to make their own designs. Students also learned how to control their robots by programming remote controls and learned how infrared remotes work.

Coding with Robots

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This year, we have a new club at NDV called Coding with Robots. The goal of the club is for all members to learn how to program robots. On the first day, students learned how to control Edison robots with barcodes to follow a line, stay within a boarder and even wrestle. At the second club meeting we will learn how to program the robots using software. Students will learn to drive the robot forward, backward, spin and go through a maze. After students know how to program them they can build out the robots with Lego’s to make their own creations that can move on command.

Welcome Back to the Computer Lab

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Fall is the season we review Internet Safety & Citizenship in Computer Class. With the help of the Common Sense Media Curriculum and the Digital Passport program students learn about key issues through classroom activities, games, videos, and quizzes. The main topics covered in the unit are: Internet Safety, Privacy, Communication, Cyberbulling, and Digital Reputation. Check back later for examples of student projects on Internet Safety and remember to look on our school website for additional news and resources throughout the year.

iMovie Book Trailers

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This week in technology class we are combining two of our student’s favorite things books and iPads to make iMovie Book Trailers. Book Trailers are short book reviews that can be created on the iPads using templates in iMovie. First, students pair up based on their reading interests and decide on a book they want to review. Next, they select a movie trailer template in iMovie and begin the planning process using a provided outline and storyboard. Each group needs to create a compelling summary of their book without giving away the ending!

After planning their stories students take photos and video on the iPads and act out important parts of their books. They can also use images from the internet (from royalty free sources) to illustrate points as needed. The last step is to create a voiceover track that complements their images to tell their story.

The iMovie book trailers are off to a great start but will take a few class sessions to complete—check back later for more updates on the technology blog.


The K-5 Technology Curriculum is based on the ISTE Technology Standards as well as NDV Schoolwide Learning Expectations. Classes meet weekly in the NDV Computer Lab. At the beginning of the year, students review device basics, practice keyboarding and deepen their understanding of Internet safety guidelines. As the year progresses students work on projects coordinated with their core subjects using a variety of tools including the MS Office Suite. In the forth grade students have a school email account available to them and Google Apps are taught in the forth and fifth grades. Additional online resources are available to students through the Catholic Teachers Resource Network including: Mathletics, BrainPop & BrainPop Jr., RazKids, Learn360 and Into Science.

Below is an overview of skills that students will learn and examples of what they should be able to do by the end of fifth grade.

  • Touch Typing understand home row and increase typing speed and accuracy with a goal of 25 wpm by the fifth grade.
  • Digital Citizenship learn how to be safe and responsible online using the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum.
  • Device Basics know the parts of a computer, how to login to a computer, create a document, save a document, and use standard keyboard commands.
  • Internet Research effectively use key words, evaluate resources, and begin to cite sources in research projects.
  • Multimedia Presentations use a variety of tools to communicate effectively for example create a presentation about a historical figure using images, text, sound and animations.
  • Google Apps for Education become familiar with Google Doc’s, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings and learn to work collaboratively on shared documents.
  • Introduction to Coding students learn visual block programming languages with resources from and MIT Scratch.


Assignments are typically completed in class in K-5 Technology but I encourage students to practice their keyboarding skills at home so they can reach their grade-level goals (3rd Grade: 15 WPM , 4th Grade: 20 WPM, and 5th Grade: 25 WPM).  Below are a few suggested websites for typing practice.

Dance Mat Typing (K-2nd Grades) (3rd-5th Grades)

Typing Club (3rd -5th Grades)


Below are some of the many resources we use in K-5 Technology Class for you to explore.

ISTE Standards

Catholic Teacher Network (CTN):

BrainPop (4th-5th Grades)

BrainPop Jr. (K-3rd Grades)

Mathletics (K-5th Grades)

Razkids (K-3rd Grades)

Touch Typing:

Dance Mat Typing (K-2nd Grade) (3rd-5th Grades)

Typing Club (3rd Grade & Up)

Digital Citizenship:

Common Sense Media Curriculum (K-5th Grades)

Digital Passport (3rd-5th Grades)

Google Apps for Education (4th Grade & Up)

About GAFE

Introduction to Coding:

CODE (K-5th Grades)

MIT Scratch (K-5th Grades)

Tynker (K-2nd Grades)