Elementary School Computer Class

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Member Name: Andrew ButzService Site: Pui Tak Center Site Locations: Chicago, IL Project Description:Andrew spend his TechMission service term at the Pui Tak Center in Chicago, IL. At Pui Tak Center Andrew helped facilitate a computer training program for elementary school aged children. For his final project Andrew created a curriculum guide on running a computer class to help future interns learn how to best communicate with students and provide safe, effective training to enhance computer literacy skills.

Text of Elementary School Computer Class

  • 1. Computer Class CurriculumLesson Plans and tips for teaching computer to elementary school kids.

2. Determining Skill Levels

  • Where are your students at?
  • Ask old teachers or staff.
  • Ask the kids themselves
    • How often do they use computers?
    • Do they have computers at home?
    • What do they use computers for?

3. Determining Skill Levels

  • Students of varying levels
    • Plan ahead
    • Add a twist for quick students

4. Microsoft Word

  • Use to teach kids computer basics
    • Mouse clicking
    • Highlighting
    • Simple keyboard commands (e.x. delete/backspace)
    • Other basic computer functions
      • Opening and closing files
      • Menu bar and task bar

5. Internet

  • The final frontier
  • Email
  • Research
  • Weather
  • Directions

6. Internet Safety

  • Imperative for kids
  • Take the time to learn it well
  • Warn but do not scare
  • Look into filtering software
  • Links
    • www.netsmartz.org
    • www.netsmartzkids.org
    • www.nsteens.org

7. Google

  • Great for introducing all kinds of things
    • Gmail
    • Google Documents
    • Google Maps/Earth
    • Google Search
  • Safe Search
    • http://www.safesearchweb.com/google.html

8. Typing

  • Use a typing program
    • Does not have to be fancy
    • Does not have to be kid-centered
  • Skill-based motivation
  • Give lots of time to typingit is important

9. Entertaining Kids

  • Young kids will get bored
  • Have fun!
  • Use the internet to find interesting things
  • Kids already enjoy using computersshow them new reasons why

10. Repetition

  • An important part of learning
  • Bring up old skills again and again
  • Integrate old skills into new lessons

11. Discipline

  • Take away computer time
  • Assign boring work while everyone else looks up the tallest building in the world on Google Earth

12. Project Documents

  • One years worth of lesson plans
  • Suggestions for further development
  • Skills chart for Pui Tak School classes