At Forest City Regional Elementary School, students in first to sixth grade come to computer literacy class once every six day cycle to explore the world of computers in a safe technology rich environment. The computer literacy and skills class is taught by Mr. Griffin and covers a variety of computer related skills. Along with enhancing mouse, keyboarding, and computer operation skills, students acquire knowledge about how the computer can be used, and use it to learn, create, explore, develop, and collaborate with others. The activities students complete in computer class are designed to gradually introduce students to technology skills and then develop and improve those skills so that students can successfully utilize technology in their daily activities.
First thru sixth grade students use Type To Learn 4 as well as a variety of other keyboarding resources to help develop, keyboarding skill and technique. Along with the mouse, the keyboard is the primary means of interacting with a computer, which makes keyboarding an essential 21st Century Skill that I feel my students must develop in order to effectively and efficiently interact with this type of technology. I spend a lot of class time with students on all grade levels, making sure that they develop good keyboarding habits because I have learned that keyboarding at an early age reduces the likelihood of students developing bad habits. Keyboarding has also been credited with improvements in spelling, writing and reading comprehension for students, which is another reason I dedicate class time to the development of this skill. Students at each grade level are required to type a certain amount of words per minute at an accuracy rate of 80% or higher for each lesson that we practice. I set this goal in Type To Learn 4, the primary keyboarding program I use in class, and the program develops appropriate lesson lengths, practices and games for students based on their progress and scores for each lesson.
Online chatting, instant messaging or checking email are not allowed in school and although I use a variety of online educational games, other online games are offered on a very limited basis. Our district has made a huge commitment to technology and the technology team is doing its best to provide all our students with safe access to the world wide web by providing easily accessible tools while at the same time monitoring the proper use of these tools. It is our goal to provide all our students with the best possible education and to meet the technology standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
If you have any questions or concerns about our elementary computer program, please feel free to contact me at the address below.
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