Mrs. Natasha Kirkland » Computer Lab/Art

Computer Lab/Art

Hello! My name is Natasha Kirkland.  This is my 5th year teaching computers here at Clear Creek Intermediate and my second year teaching art. I am so thrilled to be a Sanger Indian.  I live in Sanger, with my wonderful husband Jeremy and we are blessed with three children, Makinsey our daughter graduated from NCTC, in 2021 and now is working for Krum ISD   My son Talon is a freshman at Sanger High School, and our youngest son Kane who is in 8th at Sanger Middle School.  When I am not at Clear Creek, you will see me cheering my boys on at their sports (basketball and baseball) events and you will also find me cheering on my students from CCI at their sports events, so send those schedules.   
I am thrilled to be in Sanger and can't wait to meet all the amazing students.  It truly is a Great Day to be a Sanger Indian.
Websites that are used in the computer lab
Education Galaxy: User name is the student's first name and then a period than last name, all lower case, and no space between them.  Password: Sisd and then your child's student ID number/lunch number 
Imagine Learning: user name is the student's first name then a period and then last name, all lower case no space in between them.  The password is Sisd and then your child's lunch number. - This website has math, word, strategy, and skill games for each grade level
Math Playground:www.mathplaygound- Has the following math games.
Addition and Subtraction GamesMultiplication and Division GamesSolve It! Thinking BlocksFraction and Decimal GamesFind It! Pathways and MoreGeometry and Graphing GamesVisual Math Tools Brilliant Brain Workouts Capitals, Grammar, Spelling Amazing Animal Adventures Classic Games and Puzzles Think Like a Coder
Typing: - This is the typing website that we will be using this year to learn how to type.  We do a lesson as a class, but students are more than welcome to do the typing test or play the typing games.  The user name is the student's first name. the last name all lower case and no space between the dot. there are a few students that have a number after their last name. Example: timmy.smith    Password is 1234  

Students learn how to create safe and secure passwords when logging into Digital Passport and for all other accounts they create. Students will:

  • Learn what components make a password secure.
  • Identify ways they can create a memorable but secure password.
  • Create a secure password.

Students reflect on what it's like to multitask on a cellphone and consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time. Students will:

  • Learn that cellphones are powerful, convenient tools for communication.
  • Experience a simulation on cellphone multitasking and distraction.
  • Reflect on the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.

Students evaluate examples of online messages and decide what information is appropriate to share, and when. Students will:

  • Reflect on the benefits of sharing online, while acknowledging that information can spread fast and far.
  • Classify information that should be kept private online.
  • Predict the effect an online post or message might have on someone's reputation.

Students respond to cyberbullying scenarios and are prompted to make choices to evolve into an upstander. Students will:

  • Compare different forms of cyberbullying and the roles of those involved.
  • Interpret scenarios that illustrate the importance of empathizing with targets of cyberbullying.
  • Identify ways to be an upstander when cyberbullying occurs.
Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, they discover tips for narrowing their search results. Students will:
  • Learn how keywords can help them find information online.
  • Evaluate keywords for their relevance and helpfulness.
  • Practice identifying the most effective keywords for different search scenarios.

Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use. Students will:

  • Learn about copyright, credit, and plagiarism and apply their knowledge to their own creative work.
  • Reflect on the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.
  • Determine how to receive credit for their digital creations.
PBS: We use this site for science, social studies, vocabulary, reading, problem-solving, measurement, feelings, teamwork, math, and story games.  
Prodigy: This is a fun way for our students at CCI to learn math.  Prodigy is a math game where you can battle other players to test your math skills.  
Even though we are in the computer lab the learning never ends here at CCI
Computer Lab Expectations and Rules 
1. Walk quietly into the computer lab
2 Keep your hands on your own keyboard and mouse 
3. Sit flat in your seat 
4. Do not turn the computers off
5. Raise your hand to speak
6. Work quietly and use an inside voice. 
7. "X" out of all programs before you lave e
8. Don't touch another students computer tower.
9.Ask before you print
10. Line up and leave computer lab quietly .
We have these exceptions in the computer lab to keep us safe while still having fun and learning.  If computer lab rules can't be followed then I will assign an alternative assignment.  (computer lab worksheets)    
Computer  Schedule 
Day 1Swofford/Payne 
Day 2 Gideon/Payne
Day 3 Dumas/Rizer
Day 4 Yarbrough/Rizer
Day 5 Berkhimer/Rizer
Day 6- Morey/Rizer
Extra Electives 
Tuesdays -3rd grade 
Wednesday - 4th grade 
Thursday - 5th grade 
Education Galaxy
User name is the student's first name and then last name, all lower case and no space between them.  
Password: Sisd and then your child's student I/lunch number.  You can email your child's teacher to get their student ID.  It is also located on the report card.