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
Add a twist for quick students
4. Microsoft Word
Use to teach kids computer basics
Simple keyboard commands (e.x. delete/backspace)
Other basic computer functions
Opening and closing files
Menu bar and task bar
The final frontier
6. Internet Safety
Imperative for kids
Take the time to learn it well
Warn but do not scare
Look into filtering software
Great for introducing all kinds of things
Use a typing program
Does not have to be fancy
Does not have to be kid-centered
Give lots of time to typingit is important
9. Entertaining Kids
Young kids will get bored
Use the internet to find interesting things
Kids already enjoy using computersshow them new reasons why
An important part of learning
Bring up old skills again and again
Integrate old skills into new lessons
Take away computer time
Assign boring work while everyone else looks up the tallest building in the world on Google Earth