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Students Learn Computer Technology From Early Age

January 29, 2012
The Post-Journal

All students at CAHF in grades K-8 attend a variety of specials all year long. Along with physical education, Spanish, art and music, students take technology once per week. The beginning level of technology (grades K-1) introduces students to the use of the computer, accessing the web safely and a variety of math, science and literacy games. As the students progress to higher grades the year always begins with a keyboarding unit. Computers are so important in today's world that learning to keyboard appropriately is critical. Even students as young as second grade learn to type with their fingers on the home row keys. Beginning in third grade students are introduced to the world of Microsoft Office and Open Office. Some projects include making "stickers" in Publisher, creating presentations using "Impress" (animations are their favorite part of this program), creating Word documents and working in Excel to record and utilize data. Toolbars are the key components to using these programs successfully and students learn to use the correct terminology as well as identify similar toolbar commands between software. This month, grades 3-8 are working on creating slide presentations using Impress in Open Office. They each chose a topic to go along with their Academic Fair Science Topic. The students will present these to each other. Internet safety is another key component that is constantly discussed in class. Students take periodic internet safety online lessons and quizzes. We have recently acquired wonderful monitoring software that assists the instructor in keeping the students safe and learning.

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