rSuperstars 2014

Learning Computer Language : Fun && Easy

学习 电脑 语言 : 好 玩 && 容易

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Computer Language

Focus & Review

You are students in elementary school and already learning both English and Chinese. I think that is amazing and wonderful!

(Several students point out that they also know words from other languages. They mention Spanish, Japanese, and French.)

But now you are also going to learn about Computer Language. This will be fun and easy! You can go home and tell your parents and grandparents that you are learning English, Chinese, and Computer Language in school.


The website (visuals and animation) displayed on the class Smart Board.

A large sign with "if" written in large letters.

Teacher Input:

But I think you already know one of the most important words used in computer languages. This means that you already understand some computer language! I am now going to write that very important Computer Language word on this marker board.

(I begin writing the letter “i” on a large marker board. Several students start guessing, calling out familiar words that begin with the letter “i.” They successfully identify the word "if" before the writing of the letter "f" has been completed.) You already know some Computer Language!

I learned the word "if" when I was a very small child because my Mom would say, "If you do not go to bed right now, I am going to get very mad!"

(The students do not say anything, but their eyes tell me they know exactly what I am talking about.)

My Mom used "if" in many different ways. If it was cold outside, my Mom would say, "if you want to go outside and play, you need to put on your jacket."

Guided Learning:

Computer Languages and People can learn many interesting things by using "if" to ask questions or make statements. For example, maybe I want to find out the age of each student in this classroom. I can use "if" to learn your ages. Watch this!

Now, if you are five years old, raise your hand.

(Interestingly, one student points out that she is actually five and three-quarters years old.)

And now, if you are six years old, raise your hand.

(Several students point out that they are nearly six years old.)

Now, if your family speaks Chinese at home, raise your hand.

And now, if your family speaks English at home, raise your hand

(Several students point out that multiple languages are spoken at home.)

Computers use language to learn and share information!

We used "if" to learn your ages and the languages your family speaks at home. In much the same way, Computer Languages also use "if" to learn new information. Let's try some more examples. (We simulate each of the three examples in the image shown above.) As you can see from these examples, Computer Languages and People can learn and share large amounts of information from asking questions or making statements using the word “if.”

Independent Learning:

(The students now get the opportunity to respond independently to the "if" statements in the following music video.)

If you're happy and you know it ... !

Dr. Jessie Sneed simultaneously teaches and entertains kindergarten students at Glenwood Elementary School.


Students finish this session with an overall impression that learning Computer Language will be a fun and easy adventure.

Students recognize that they are already very familiar with one of the most important words (“if”) used in Computer Languages.

Students understand that Computer Languages and People can learn and share information simply from asking questions or making statements using the word “if.”

if you have a curious && creative mindset ...

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