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.


<ul><li> 1. Computer Class CurriculumLesson Plans and tips for teaching computer to elementary school kids.</li></ul> <p> 2. Determining Skill Levels </p> <ul><li>Where are your students at? </li></ul> <ul><li>Ask old teachers or staff. </li></ul> <ul><li>Ask the kids themselves </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>How often do they use computers? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Do they have computers at home? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>What do they use computers for? </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 3. Determining Skill Levels </p> <ul><li>Students of varying levels </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Plan ahead </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Add a twist for quick students </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 4. Microsoft Word </p> <ul><li>Use to teach kids computer basics </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Mouse clicking </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Highlighting </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Simple keyboard commands (e.x. delete/backspace) </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Other basic computer functions </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Opening and closing files </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Menu bar and task bar </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <p> 5. Internet </p> <ul><li>The final frontier </li></ul> <ul><li>Email </li></ul> <ul><li>Research </li></ul> <ul><li>Weather </li></ul> <ul><li>Directions </li></ul> <p> 6. Internet Safety </p> <ul><li>Imperative for kids </li></ul> <ul><li>Take the time to learn it well </li></ul> <ul><li>Warn but do not scare </li></ul> <ul><li>Look into filtering software </li></ul> <ul><li>Links </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>www.netsmartz.org </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>www.netsmartzkids.org </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>www.nsteens.org </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 7. Google </p> <ul><li>Great for introducing all kinds of things </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Google Documents </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Google Maps/Earth </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Google Search </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Safe Search </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>http://www.safesearchweb.com/google.html </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 8. Typing </p> <ul><li>Use a typing program </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Does not have to be fancy </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Does not have to be kid-centered </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Skill-based motivation </li></ul> <ul><li>Give lots of time to typingit is important </li></ul> <p> 9. Entertaining Kids </p> <ul><li>Young kids will get bored </li></ul> <ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul> <ul><li>Use the internet to find interesting things </li></ul> <ul><li>Kids already enjoy using computersshow them new reasons why </li></ul> <p> 10. Repetition </p> <ul><li>An important part of learning </li></ul> <ul><li>Bring up old skills again and again </li></ul> <ul><li>Integrate old skills into new lessons </li></ul> <p> 11. Discipline </p> <ul><li>Take away computer time </li></ul> <ul><li>Assign boring work while everyone else looks up the tallest building in the world on Google Earth </li></ul> <p> 12. Project Documents </p> <ul><li>One years worth of lesson plans </li></ul> <ul><li>Suggestions for further development </li></ul> <ul><li>Skills chart for Pui Tak School classes </li></ul>