Elementary School course

All About Computers I

  • WEB
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Answer Key

U.S. Standards

  • CSTA: 1A-CS-01, 1A-CS-02, 1A-CS-03
  • CS CA: K-2.CS.1, K-2.CS.2, K-2.CS.3
  • ISTE: 1.2.b, 1.3.b, 1.3.d

U.K. Standards

Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Lesson 1: What is a Computer?

Course: | Web

  • Paperwork Panic
  • Enter Digiball
  • What's In, What's Out?
  • Puffball Party
  • World Inside
  • The Mystery Device


Introduce your class to digital literacy. In this course, students get introduced to computing basics as they watch entertaining and educational videos about how computers work, how the Internet works, good digital citizenship, simple data collection, and more. All related videos are grouped together in a lesson. Students watch one or more videos in which colorful characters go on adventures and learn about computing, then follow along with their instructor in a guided discussion about the key topics of the videos. All student work is automatically tracked and with access to the premium offerings, you’ll even be able to monitor their individual progress and mastery charts.


  • Computer basics
  • Hardware and software
  • Input and output
  • Different uses of computers
  • How data is used
  • Handling digital files
  • Troubleshooting
  • Internet safety and passwords
  • Digital citizenship
  • Working with algorithms

What Students Learn

  • Watch 26 engaging videos
  • Understand how computers are used
  • Explore parts of a computer
  • Get introduced to various computing devices
  • Tips to Internet safety
  • Using digital data and handling digital files
  • Learn to troubleshoot common computer problems

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.

Lesson 1 : What Is a Computer?
All About Computers 1

Time: 45+ minutes





Warm-Up (5 minutes)

Activities (45+ minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all What Is a Computer? modules on their own:

1. Paperwork Panic (Video)
2. Enter Digiball
3. What's In, What's Out?
4. Puffball Party
5. World Inside
6. The Mystery Device

Extended Activities (10 minutes)