"Technology instruction is geared toward higher-level applications in preparation for high school. The student can use a wireless laptop computer or one of the desktop computers in the Computer Lab. Each kid must sign a contract stating how he/she will use technology while students adhere to uniform writing standards and are taught the basics of research using the Web. We address the issue of plagiarism, as well as online safety in our Cyber Ethics unit.
Students use on-line research skills, word processing and graphics, along with layout and editing techniques to create projects involving the Core curriculum areas. Students also create databases, spreadsheets, and charts/graphs in projects that range from animal classification to science experiments. Students use multi-media as a valuable learning tool in the classroom. Projects and presentations involve research, digital images and PowerPoint to enhance the Core subject areas. Topics include:
- File Management
- Intermediate levels of Word, Excel, and Publisher 2007
- Advanced features: multimedia presentations in PowerPoint
- Multi-tasking with Microsoft products
- Blogs, Wiki's, Prezi's
- Digital Camera use and integration
- Online Research and Plagiarism
- Integration with Core curriculum
- Digital Citizenship: Cyber ethics, Cyber bullying, Safety, Research and Information fluency
Rich nailed our collective reaction with this comment: "The world will be changing with these kids." Truly! We use nearly all the skills mentioned about here at TradeKing - although could someone please tell me what a "prezi" is? I'm resisting the urge to Google it right now. ;-)
Naturally this kicked off a fun email string of "oldster" TradeKing execs reminiscing about the technology classes, such as they were, we had in school. My blog editor Jude Stewart remembers drawing a hugely pixilated picture of a turtle on a DOS-based machine, a memory Rich also shared. As for me, I recall learning how to program an infinite if-then loop in BASIC. We also learned how to use another BASIC program that would make the dot matrix printer print out something like "Happy Birthday!" or "Go Panthers!" in big multi-page landscape banner style. Remember that hole-punched printer paper with the pale green-and-white stripes? Now I'm really dating myself!
What's your favorite early memory from computer classes of yore (or early experiences with PCs generally)?
[image: Inside My Classroom
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