What is has six Computer Science Fundamentals for K-5 students that  are flexibly designed for teachers new to CS who want to offer accessible and equitable introductory Computer Science courses to their students. Computer science fosters creativity and teaches students critical thinking skills to become proactive learners, so elementary school is the ideal time for students to be introduced to CS. CS Fundamentals is aligned to the 2017 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards. Each course includes comprehensive lesson plans, plugged and unplugged activities, and support resources for teachers. You don’t even need a user account to try it out.


How do I access

Teachers and students in grades K-5 should access BrainPOP from Clever by visiting this link.

Username: ISD Network ID as email (e.g. – for staff, and cropkat17 for students.)

Password: User defined for teachers and their 7 Digit Student ID number. In Family Access (Skyward) this will be displayed as “Other ID.” If a student’s ID begins with a zero, the zero will be part of their password.

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Teachers in secondary schools may create a account for free on the website.

Helpful Hints courses are labeled A-F but basically align one per grade level starting at A with kindergarten. There are also Express Courses for pre-readers and readers that move through the curriculum at a much faster pace.

Teachers should sign up for a account on their website and then add sync their section with Clever, here is an article that details those steps.

The unplugged lessons are key for students to link understanding of the content they are practicing online with the Computer Science concepts and vocabulary.

Where can I get help with

If you haven’t already attended a workshop they are a great way to learn all the ins and outs and get STEM clock hours. You can search for professional development workshops on the website. Also, the Living Computer Museum offers FREE training for members that include workshops, and educators get FREE memberships to the museum.

Contact any of the Instructional Technology Specialists in the Ed Tech department for support. We are here to help.