Foundations in Knowledge.
K-4 and Kindergarten students learn how to start a computer, log in, enter a password. The students are taught how to 'navigate' using keys and a mouse. This is usually necessary since most, if not all, come to school with extensive iPad experience. Mapping the mouse movement to the screen actions is the primary early objective. Games that require the keyboard, entering data and student interactions are used. Grades 2 and 3 have touch typing exercises to aid their ability to effectively use the keyboard. In conjunction with their home room teachers we also have them type their weekly spelling words into Microsoft WORD and Excel. This exposes them to important applications as well as improving trheir scores in spelling tests. Grades 4 and 5 Are given in depth instruction in WORD, PowerPoint, Excel, and SCRATCH. Projects with these tools including class presentations on their work are done in cooperation with their home room teachers.
Grades 4 & 5 students are given introductory instructions in SCRATCH programming. Students are provided with lessons on basic tools, code logic and development processes. The Scratch visual progamming language is used by these students to create programs demonstrating logic, loops, functions, creation and use of variables.