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Elementary School Computer Class


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Member Name: Andrew Butz

Service 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.

Published in: Education, Technology
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Elementary School Computer Class

  1. 1. Computer Class Curriculum Lesson Plans and tips for teaching computer to elementary school kids.
  2. 2. Determining Skill Levels <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><ul><li>How often do they use computers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they have computers at home? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do they use computers for? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Determining Skill Levels <ul><li>Students of varying levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a twist for quick students </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Microsoft Word <ul><li>Use to teach kids computer basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse clicking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple keyboard commands (e.x. delete/backspace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other basic computer functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Opening and closing files </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Menu bar and task bar </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Internet <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>
  6. 6. Internet Safety <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><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Google <ul><li>Great for introducing all kinds of things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps/Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safe Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Typing <ul><li>Use a typing program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not have to be fancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not have to be kid-centered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill-based motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Give lots of time to typing—it is important </li></ul>
  9. 9. Entertaining Kids <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 computers—show them new reasons why </li></ul>
  10. 10. Repetition <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>
  11. 11. Discipline <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>
  12. 12. Project Documents <ul><li>One year’s 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>