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Hi, Parents and Kids!
Thanks for checking out the computer lab web site! My name is Mrs. Hogan and I lead the computer curriculum for class levels Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 6th grade. I have been teaching in the computer lab for 19 years now and just love, love, love it! I earned my BA in Biological Science from Cal State University, Fullerton and as you can guess, science is a real passion of mine. I am interested in family, reading, computers (obviously), baseball, art, music and cooking. Also many outdoor activities to include gardening, hiking, fishing and camping. Apart from that, I am always on the quest to meet new people and learn from them.
I am very happy to welcome you and give you a peek at what goes on here in the computer lab.
We will focus on Digital Citizenship throughout the year. It can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. For this we will use Digital Passport the interactive, fun, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship to 3rd-5th grade.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten: For one 40 minute session per week students learn and develop the following objectives:
  • Introduce basic computer skills through Internet programs

  • Reinforce Kindergarten skills through Integration

  • Develop an appreciation of and excitement for computer usage



    With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.


Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-8 the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons.

Mathseeds combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn.

Your kids can start learning with Mathseeds anytime and anywhere there is a computer, laptop or tablet.


First Grade: For one 40 minute session per week students actively learn essential reading skills, phonics, and sight words using Reading Eggs, a web-based computer reading program. This program offers one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate while learning basic computer skills. Also, actively learn essential math skills using Mathseeds, a web-based computer math program.


Second and Third Grade: For one, 40 minute sessions per week, students work on a visual math instructional software called JiJi Math developed at the MIND Research Institute. 



I urge you to check out and take a tour of their web site at to understand how your child learns math concepts through visual learning that focuses on math problem solving. You will hear your children talk about JiJi, an animated penguin, lead your student through math games that require them to solve math problems in addition, subtraction, fractions, division, multiplication and many other functions. Students help JiJi get across obstacles while learning Common Core California Standards in mathematics.









Google Classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. It was introduced as a feature of Google Apps for Education following its public release on August 12, 2014. Its aim is to be a paperless educational system. Currently grades 1st through 6th grade use Google Classroom.



XtraMath is a Seattle 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. XtraMath's goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.


Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, and Sixth Grade:
Along with ALL of the above mentioned programs we also include:
all of Study Island programs are built from Common Core California standards
• Web-based instruction, practice, assessment and reporting built from California state's standards
• Rigorous academic content that is both fun and engaging
• Research-based with proven results for all students
• Easy to use (in the lab, classroom, library or home)
Prodigy is perfectly aligned to what your children are learning in school. As they play through Prodigy's 1000+ math skills, they'll be learning exactly what they need to help them succeed in the classroom. 
Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for kids aged 7 to 13. The online READING program is packed with hundreds of interactive reading activities, online children's books and literacy games. And it really works!
Typing BBC and is where fingers work for touch typing technique is gained by mastering the keyboarding skills for ALL students.

Tips for success:
  • Take your time. Practice makes perfect. Follow carefully after the technique illustrated in the keyboard tutorials in order to gain the touch typing skill.
  • Sit comfortably, preferably at a desk. Find a quiet spot where you can practice without distractions.
  • Don't look at the keyboard - not even a snap peek! Made a mistake? No panic. Just hit the right key and move on. Later, spot the most recent mis-typed keys and practice it specifically.

We are so blessed to have computers available to our students in a wonderful lab setting. Technology is very important for today's child to learn to use because technology impacts education positively. It is a great tool that supports the classroom studies and makes a difference in learning actively. There is always so much it can do for our kids and their futures by providing meaningful learning experiences for all.
Click on the Photo Album above on the right to see more kids in action in the lab. Also click on Links above on the right to play educational and fun apps.
We are open from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm in Room P2 and I encourage parents to visit anytime. If you are in need of help putting an app on your device or any tech questions, please call.
Mrs. Hogan
(626) 964-3441 ext. 5762