OLBSCA Computer Lab
Nursery & Pre-K
In these classes we will work more than just “playing” games on the computer. To start out we will concentrate on hand-eye coordination. Moving the mouse around the screen and clicking on objects helps students master this skill.
Students learn how to listen carefully to follow directions. Reviewing parts of the computer helps them identify the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the computer itself.
Opening and closing a program and moving from one screen to another are just an example of another skill students will learn. I carefully take students through each program and then when each student has mastered this skill they become more independent and a lot more confident utilizing different websites and software programs, including Connect Ed.
Concepts covered include:
3. Place order
4. Drawing and coloring pictures and objects
5. Following directions
6. Direction (North,South,East&West)(Left,Right)(Up,Down)
7. Phonics- Beginning and ending sounds, vowels and compound words
8. Matching, sorting and labeling
Kindergarten – Second Grade
Every school year begins with Computer Care and Safety, Netiquette is a must. The students will review the five major parts of a computer, proper care of software and hardware, and identifying letters and numbers on the keyboard. The students will use a mouse. The students will begin to use appropriate terms when talking about the computer. They will also start using simulation programs to help develop keyboarding skills. Under the guidance of their teacher, students will use the web to enhance and extend other school curriculum areas.
Third – Fifth Grade
In third and fourth grades much of the time is spent utilizing Google classroom to communicate and collaborate with teachers and classmates. Students will learn skills such as: how to open, save and close documents and utilize Google Drive to archive their work. They will also be introduced to Google Slides and Docs for special projects. Along with these skills, students will continue to enhance their keyboarding skills.
-Basic computer Science and Programming will also be taught through the use of the website Code.org. Mapped to Common Core standards, students will participate in 20-hour modules featuring videos, puzzles, group activities and game-design.
-Students, under the guidance of their teacher, will also have access to the internet to research information as well as visit exciting educational websites in a safe and controlled environment.
Sixth – Eighth Grade
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades will be exposed to the various components of computer literacy and build upon the computer literacy skills acquired during previous grades. The ultimate goal of these classes is to ensure that students understand that the computer is used as a tool for communication and productivity. Students will acquire basic computer concepts individually and cooperatively through group work.
Key areas of focus:
-Keyboarding- typing at least 35 WPM in home row position and with correct posture
-Google Docs, Slides & Sheets
4. Reviewing the toolbar
1. Presentation skills
2. Custom animation
3. Custom motion paths
-In these grades, Computer Science and Programming will integrate into existing math and science courses.
-Students will have access to the internet to research information and explore educational websites in a safe environment
-Eighth grade will create their yearbook online
***Seventh and Eighth grades will also participate in the Stock Market Game