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Computer Lab, Class of '16, Winter, 2015

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Welcome to Computer Class!

This class is one of discovery. Not only are students shown new programs, skills, and tools, but they are given resources to discover more on their own! One of the tools is the computer itself. We not only use it for technology skills, but also to supplement academic skills.

In the primary grades, we work on basic computer skills such as using the mouse, keyboard, and managing the Windows interface (this includes opening and closing programs, scrolling, resizing, restoring, and more). Typing programs are introduced.  Art programs are introduced (Paint and KidPix). We also visit several websites that further explore typing, art, and other topics such as math, reading, social studies, and more! All work produced will be saved to a student’s own individual folder on the server.

The middle grades continue working on typing skills, while starting beginning word processing skills. More websites and other programs are also presented. In 4th grade, students are asked to bring a flash drive to store their work (their student folders are still available for backup and when flash drives are forgotten). 4th graders are also asked to bring a notebook to take notes in class.  Since we do not have textbooks, notes are often the only place for reference, and I assist them in this valuable skill. Presentation programs are also introduced (we use MS PowerPoint).

Upper grades continue to hone their skills by learning advanced word processing and art techniques (these include computer graphics, pixels, animation, and more. Programs include Paint, Pivot, and Photoshop Elements).  Spreadsheets are introduced (we use MS Excel).  Databases are introduced (we use MS Access).  Advanced techniques in Internet usage are explored (including research, advanced search, and more).  The Internet unit also features webpage creation, touching on programming concepts, design, and more, all continually integrated with academic subjects. Students continue keyboarding skills throughout the grades, with both Mavis Beacon, and typing is inherent in all we do.

Policies

Homework

In addition to the Computer Class Rules, which are posted in two locations in the lab, here are some policies regarding student output:

Due to time constraints, activities are often not able to be completed during class.  In these cases, students may take work home to complete. Their due date will be at the beginning of the next computer class, unless otherwise stated.
If assignments are turned in after they are due, a 10% late fee will be assessed on the final grade.  This will usually be the case, as we don’t want students working on previous activities while new ones are being discussed in class.  Periodically, work submitted on the due date, but after class, will only be charged half a late fee (5%).  These options will always be explicitly stated in class.  Due dates are also noted in PowerSchool, along with brief descriptions of all assignments.
Exceptions are made with excused absences and documented technology issues  (in which case work will be accepted at the next computer class with no late fees).  Students are encouraged to take responsibility for submitting their work in a timely manner.

Resources

You are welcome, and encouraged, to use search engines (such as Google) and wikis (such as Wikipedia) for your own enjoyment and enrichment.  You may also use these for assistance to locate other resources.  However, these are not legitimate academic sources themselves, and so should never be cited when performing research.  When you find information at one of these websites that would be appropriate to use in your work, simply click through to the actual source, and use that one!

The Hour Of Code

In December 2014, 6-8th grade students got to try coding in computer class. This is writing a computer program telling the computer what to do! The Hour Of Code is an international initiative designed to get more students interested in coding/computer programming. This is achieved by presenting a 1-hour introductory tutorial of computer science.
Programming is a valuable skill. It teaches logic, creativity, processing data, automation, problem solving, develops confidence, improves efficiency, and, of course, how to train a computer!

Below are the websites that we used.  They feature videos, step-by-step instructions, and opportunities to try out and manipulate computer code. These are designed for beginners, with no experience, so all are welcome to try!

Click here for the Hour of Code: with Elsa!

Click here for the Hour of Code: Drawing animals!

Click here for the Hour of Code: Making webpages

And the website responsible for all this is here.


 

Handy Links (alternate program options)

While we use Microsoft Office products and school, and recommend them at home, they are not required.  If you do not have Microsoft Office at home, there are several other options available:

  1. You can see if you qualify for student discounts. Many vendors offer educational discounts, for students in elementary school, up to college!
  2. You can download Open Office. This program is like an MS-Office clone. It is free and open-source, which means it is maintained by the developer community (like Firefox). It can read and save files into MS Office formats. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, graphics editor, and more!
  3. You can use Google Docs (sometimes called Google Drive). While Google is famous for its search engine, it also features dozens of other wonderful products, most of which are free. With only a Google account, you can use Google docs, which includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and more. What’s more, your files, and the entire programs, live online. There is nothing to download!

Don’t forget to check out even more links!  These are posted on our School Link Page, which can be accessed in the banner above.
Don’t forget to check out our archive of digital schoolwork, in the Computer Class submenu.

Mr. David Flapan – Computer teacher

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