Computer Lab and Instruction

Computer Instruction: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2

Computer class for Pre-k through Grade 2 includes many creative projects . These projects are fun, but also instruct the students in basic computer skills such as keyboard recognition, entering letters and numbers, selecting, copy/paste, centering, and applying bold and italics, to name a few. Completing projects shows the students the many ways that technology can be used.

Below is a sample of programs that children in these grade levels utilize:

 

ProgramsPre-KKindergartenGrade 1Grade 2
Kid Pix 4****
Gospel Champions***
Trudy’s Time and Place House***
Sammy’s Science House***
Millie’s Math House****
Microsoft Paint**
Math Zoo Zillions**
Internet sites such as Starfall and

Crickweb

 

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PrintShop**
PowerPoint**
Microsoft Word*
Internet Safety***
Code.org***

 

Grades 3-6

Third graders work on keyboarding much of the year. They use Glencoe Applications and Keyboarding to learn the keys using the touch typing method. Speedskins cover the keyboards, so they are typing without looking at their hands. The goal in 3rd Grade is to learn all the letters A through Z without looking. They also learn the period, comma, and the shift to make capital letters.

Grades 4 through 6 continue to reinforce their keyboarding skills and learn new typing skills during the first six to eight weeks of school. They use Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing to learn the numbers and special characters on the keyboard. The goal is to reach the advanced level, showing that they know all the letters, numbers and characters on the keyboard, while using the Speedskin to cover the keyboard.

After the keyboarding unit, they work on lessons and projects throughout the year, using many different types of software applications, beginning every class with a 2 minute keyboarding timing to reinforce typing throughout the year.

 

ProgramGrade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6
Glencoe Applications and Keyboarding****
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing****
Microsoft Word Processor****
PowerPoint****
Gospel Champions****
Microsoft Paint****
Print Shop****
Microsoft Publisher

 

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Facts4me.com**
Internet****
Internet Safety****
Code.org****

 

Programs used in Grades 7 and 8

Grades 7 and 8 continue to reinforce their keyboarding skills and better their typing skills during the first four to six weeks of school. They use Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing to reinforce their typing skills. The goal is to reach the advanced level, showing that they know all the letters, numbers and characters on the keyboard, while using the Speedskin to cover the keyboard. Once they reach the advanced level, they spend time reinforcing their skills using transcription and dictation lessons.

After the keyboarding unit, they work on lessons and projects throughout the year, using many different types of software applications, and beginning every class with a 2 minute keyboarding timing to reinforce typing throughout the year.

 

ProgramGrade 7Grade 8
Glencoe Applications and Keyboarding**
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing**
Microsoft Word Processor**
PowerPoint**
Gospel Champions**
Microsoft Paint**
Print Shop**
Microsoft Publisher**
Microsoft Excel**
Microsoft Access**
Microsoft Movie Maker**
Internet**
Internet Safety**
Code.org**

 

 

Keyboarding Goals by Grade

Goal for AccuracyGoal for Words per Minute
Grade 3     0-5 errorsnone
Grade 4     0-5 errors15
Grade 5     0-5 errors20
Grade 6     0-5 errors25
Grade 7     0-5 errors30
Grade 8     0-5 errors35

 

Every day, every computer class in grades 3 through 8 begins with a 2 minute keyboarding timing in order to reinforce keyboarding skills. One point is taken off for each error.

 

Correct Keyboarding Technique   

The correct keyboarding position for body, hands and fingers is very important. The student should sit straight with their feet in front of them. Arms should be relaxed at the sides. Fingers should be slightly curved and wrists should be about an inch from the keyboard, not touching the keyboard or the desk. The keyboard should be even with the front of the table or desk. The student’s body should be a hand span away from the desk, centered on the J key (their nose and the J key should line up).