Computer Class

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by devinallen, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. devinallen

    devinallen New Member

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    Aug 24, 2007

    So our school didn't hire an IT teacher this year and is leaving it to the art/classroom teachers, which I am. I can use a computer fairly well but I have never taught it and I am just old enough to not of had it as part of my university curriculum. Anyone know a good web site or just knows of a curriculum? Even just goals for what students should be able to do by the end of the quarter, semester and year. I will only be teaching second year.
     
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  3. sundrop

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    In grades PreK-2, students generally work on parts of the computer, using the mouse, finding the letter keys on the keyboard, doing some simple word processing, opening/closing programs, opening a saved document, using educational software.

    For grades 3-5, students spend a lot of time working on keyboarding skills and word processing skills...learning how to spell check, change alignment, font size/color, adding graphics, and more. They also work with PowerPoint and Excel. They learn how to save documents to various locations.

    For grades 6-8, students get a lot more involved with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. They learn how to burn CD's. They use our digital videocam and create a DVD.

    Do you need to know this for a specific grade? If you are doing this and you teach art also, you could do a lot on the computer with drawing programs too. Kidpix is fun for little kids to use.
     
  4. Ms.T

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    When I used to have to teach computers to my class of 1st/2nd graders, we did a lot of Type to Learn Jr. and KidPix. KidPix is really cool, the older grades liked it, too. It has cool features where you can make a film. It can be really simple, or has more advanced features if you want.
     
  5. akatiegirl

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    If you have access to the internet, there is a great touch-typing program for 3rd and 4th. It may be a little young for 5th, but you could try it. The address is http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ I used it with my 4th graders last year and they loved it!
     

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