Introduction to Computers *Kindergarten – 3rd grade*
Students explore the different levels of computer technology and reinforce skills taught in the classroom. To do this they first become familiar with the technology equipment and how it can be used as a tool for learning. They attend computer class once a week.
Computer Basics *4 -5 grade*
Throughout the school year the 4th and 5th grade computer classes will work on building a strong foundation of computer skills. These fundamental computer skills will be the ones that the students will need to know and have a good understand of for the middle school computer courses. It is important therefore that they listen well and practice these skills whenever they are utilizing technology. They attend computer class once a week.
Keyboarding *6th Grade*
The 6th grade students take a one semester keyboarding course. This course occurs daily as part of their departmentalized schedule. Students will learn and fine tune their keyboarding technique skills throughout the semester. Some parts of each lesson are timed so that they develop speed and accuracy. In addition to the regular lessons, there are keyboarding links on the classroom website that assist them in achieving at least 25 WPM and 90% accurracy by the end of the semester.
Technology Literacy *7th Grade*
The 7th grade computer class also is a one semester course that meets daily as part of the regular schedule. This year the students pick back up with developing and mastering their basic computer skills in alignment with Michigan’s 2009 Educational Technology Standards. Many projects are completed in each of the Microsoft Office application programs. The students become more aware of how the computer can enhance their educational experience and its usefulness as a tool for creative productivity.
Information Literacy *8th Grade*
An information literate student is one that knows how to effectively make use of all the information they are being bombarded with on a daily basis. This course takes the students through all of the steps of researching on a specific topic. The students develop essential questions, evaluate websites, learn proper MLA style citations and how to effectively take notes while searching the Internet. This course shares time with their second year World Language class throughout the entire year, so they have this class either 2 or 3 times in a week according to that special schedule.