Elementary Computer Lab Grade Level Goals
Each week elementary students meet for computer lab classes from between 30 to 45 minutes depending upon each school’s schedule. Throughout the year classes focus on topics from 3 main areas:
- Keyboarding Skills
- Digital Literacy & Citizenship
- Productivity Applications such as Microsoft’s Office 365 tools.
As students progress through the grades, computer lab activities focus more and more on applications and practices that relate directly to their classroom learning standards. The expectation is that students will learn to use technology when appropriate to take charge of their own learning. The West Ada School District has specific computer lab classes to support the:
- Idaho K-12 Content Standards for Computer Science
- 2017 Idaho Content Standards K-12 (Information and Communication Technology)
Students in Kindergarten will develop skills and behaviors that will serve as a foundation for future learning. By the end of Kindergarten students will be able to login and logout of the computer network. They will be able to identify the parts of a computer, iPad, and operate the keys necessary to use the devices as learning tools. They will begin using computer applications for simple age-appropriate tasks. They will begin to discuss ethical computer use. They will understand and demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position while using devices.
Students in first grade will build on skills learned in Kindergarten. They will be introduced to home row keys and will learn more function keys. They will begin saving, printing, formatting, and inserting graphics into computer and/or iPad applications. They will continue to explore ethical computer use. They will continue to demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position when using devices.
Students in second grade will focus on learning proper keyboarding skills. By the end of second grade, they will have been exposed to all letter keys and proper keystrokes to use them. They will be able to use the shift to capitalize letters. They will use Word processors to produce simple paragraphs, PowerPoint to create a presentation, and a browser to navigate a website. They will discuss ethical computer use. They will continue to demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position when using devices.
Students in third grade will improve their speed and accuracy in keyboarding. They will create, edit, and do more advanced formatting in word-processing documents. They will create a multi-slide PowerPoint presentation. They will discuss ethical computer use. They will study ownership and authorship issues. They will continue to demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position when using devices.
Students in fourth grade will continue to improve their speed and accuracy in keyboarding, while focusing on becoming proficient in application tools. They will become proficient using a word processor by exploring the Word user interface. Menu bar tools such as: (spelling and grammar check, margins, text alignment, etc.) will be covered. They will create more advanced PowerPoint presentations. They will learn to acquire and evaluate information on the Internet. Students will explore ethical computing issues in more depth. They will continue to demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position when using devices.
Students in fifth grade will focus on using application tools to produce academic products that relate more to their classroom learning standards. They will continue to practice keyboarding Word for documents, presentation software, search strategies with browsers, research databases, and spreadsheets. Activities in the lab will be closely tied to classroom products. Students will continue to demonstrate proper etiquette, behavior, and body position when using computers.