• Elementary Computer Curriculum

     
    The BMP Ridge Street School Computer Curriculum is designed to prepare students to use technology resources as tools for learning, to access, organize and apply information, and to integrate their skills within other areas of school and everyday life experiences.

    Students develop an understanding of the impact technology has upon society and demonstrate ethical behavior in the use of computer technology.

    Throughout their years at BMP Ridge Street School students become more sophisticated in their use of technology tools.  The skills students are learning today will prepare them for the challenges they will face in a highly technical and competitive society. 

    Technology, especially computer technologies, is the key to enhanced learning in all areas of education.  

    Kindergarten:

    In Kindergarten, the computer curriculum focuses on helping children become comfortable using the computer.  The computer will be used to reinforce most readiness skills that are taught within the kindergarten curriculum.  Various educational software program are used.


    Technology Standard

     


    NETS Performance Indicator


    Social, ethical, and human issues:

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

    Work collaboratively with peers & teacher when using technology


    Basic Operations and concepts:

    Demonstrate proper posture at the keyboard while working at the computer

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer system (computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer)

    Turn computer on/off

    Become familiar with basic computer terms (computer, keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer)


    Technology Productivity Tools:
    Keyboarding Readiness

     

    Learn letter recognition and placement on the keyboard

    Identify function and use spacebar, return key and delete key


    Technology Productivity Tools:
    Word Processing

    Use keyboard to type first name

    With assistance, type words/sentences using inventive spelling


    Technology Productivity Tools:
    Computer-Aided Instruction


    Use digital media software that correlates with core curriculum for remediation, reinforcement, and enrichment


    Technology Research:

     

    With assistance, engage in online activities that review or remediate concepts of skills already presented

     
     
    First Grade: 
     
    In Grade One, the computer curriculum focuses on developing fundamental computer skills. Students will begin with mouse control activties as well as developing keyboarding readiness skills by locating letters and numbers on the keyboard.  Students will be introduced to Microsoft Word to practice basic word processing skills.  The Internet is presented as a source of information for curriculum connection. Computer activities are coordinated with the first grade curriculum and various computer skills are learned and practiced throughout the school year. 
     


    Technology Standard

     


    NETS Performance Indicator


    Social, ethical, and human issues:

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

    Work collaboratively with peers when using technology


    Basic Operations and concepts:

    Demonstrate proper posture at the keyboard while working at the computer

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer hardware (computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer)

    Turn computer on/off

    Log on/off computer system using username/password

    Open/quit software with assistance

    Use mouse control to point and click specific areas on the screen to interact with computer

    Manipulate cursor on screen using mouse control

    Identify basic computer terms (computer, keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer)


    Technology Productivity Tools:
    Keyboarding Readiness

     

    Use space bar correctly between words

    Create Capital letters using Shift key

    Learn letter recognition and placement on keyboard

    Become familiar with the placement of special keys on the keyboard (Shift, Return, Arrow, Period, Delete)



     

    Technology Productivity Tools:

    Word Processing

     

    Use word processing to key words and/or sentences using capital letters and periods

    Format text using text sizes, font and color

    Use inventive spelling while using word processor

     

    Delete letter(s) or word(s) using backspace key

    Use teacher created word processing files to complete skill work exercises

     

     
     
    Second Grade:
     
    The Second Grade computer curriculum builds on the foundation of skills already laid in Kindergarten and First Grade.  Second graders build their word processing skills by learning to highlight text, change font & size, utilize spell check feature of the word processor.  Students increase their computer literacy through their understanding of simple computer terminology.  Students begin using the Internet (Kid-friendly websites) as a source of learning. The computer will be used to reinforce second grade curriculum through various educational software, creativity programs and the Internet.
     
     

     

    Technology Standard

     

    NETS Performance Indicator

     

    Social, ethical, and human issues:

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

    Work collaboratively with peers when using technology

     

    Basic Operations and concepts:

     

    Demonstrate proper posture at the keyboard while working at the computer

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer hardware (computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer) and software

    Turn computer on/off

    Restart computer

    Log on/off computer system using name/password

    Access/quit software

    Identify the physical components of a computer system (computer, keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer)

     

    Technology Productivity Tools:

    Keyboarding Readiness

    Demonstrate body position for efficient keyboarding

    Use right/left hands on appropriate sides of keyboard

    Correctly identify letters & numbers on the keyboard

    Use space bar correctly between words, after comma, question mark, and at the end of a sentence

    Use special function keys correctly (Return, Shift, Caps Lock, Delete, Space bar, Tab)

     

     

     

     

     

    Technology Productivity Tools:
    Word Processing

    Use word processor for classroom assignments

    Save/retrieve files created in word processor (Microsoft Word)

    Format text using different fonts, styles, text sizes, and colors

    Print text created in word processor

    Insert graphics to illustrate text

    Use electronic drawing tools to illustrate text

    Type text from written or printed source (handwritten stories)

    Become familiar with left, right, and center justification of text

    Edit work for mistakes in writing

     
     
    Third Grade:
     
    The focus on the Third Grade computer curriculum is to increase their computer literacy by presenting more advanced computer skills.  Students use the computer as a word processor and use their skills in writing assignments in all subjects areas.  Students will be provided with fundamental keyboarding skills using Homerow, Qwerty, and Bottom row keys with a goal of 5-10 words per minute with an accuracy of 92%.  Multimedia and graphic design will be introduced and students learn how to present information using text, images, and electronic drawings.  Students will develop an understanding of what the Internet is, how it can be used to share and gather vast amounts of information, and how to use it effectively and safely.
     

     

    Technology Standard

     

     

    NETS Performance Indicator

     

    Social, ethical, and human issues:

     

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

     

    Basic operations and concepts:

     

    Turn computer on/off and re-boot computer

    Log on/off computer system using name /password

    Access and quit software

    Retrieve and save files into student folder

    Identify the physical components of a computer system

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer hardware and software

    Demonstrate proper posture while working on the computer

    Feel confident about ability to use the computer

     

    Technology Productivity Tools:

     

    Use productivity tools (keyboarding, word processing, presentation programs) to promote creativity and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.

     

    Keyboarding

     

    Demonstrate correct keyboarding posture

    Learn the fundamentals of touch typing

    Demonstrate correct finger placement for keys learned

    Touch Type at 5-10 words per minute

     

     

    Word Processing

    Identify word processing terms

    Demonstrate beginning word processing techniques:

    §    Create new document, enter information, save, print

    §    Format a document using different fonts, text sizes, styles, color

    Locate and use word processor menu bar

    Edit work (insert & delete text)

    Use left, right, and center justification

     
     
    Forth Grade: 

    In Fourth Grade, the focus of computer instruction is to refine and extend skills taught at the previous grade levels.  Students work on typing using proper finger position for all letters on the keyboard while increasing speed and accuracy.  They create multimedia presentations combined with text research from the Internet, graphics obtained from the Internet, graphic design, and animation.  In addition to exploring Internet sites related to different areas of the curriculum, students also learn to locate and collect information online with a focus on Internet Safety.

     

     

    Technology Standard

     

     

    NETS Performance Indicator

     

    Social, ethical, and human issues:

     

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

    Identify computers as a tool that is useful in their daily lives

     

    Basic operations and concepts:

     

    Turn computer on/off and re-boot computer

    Log on/off computer system using name/password

    Access and quit software

    Retrieve and save files into student folder

    Identify the physical components of a computer system and understand Computer Terminology

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer hardware and software

    Begin to identify and use keyboard shortcuts to accomplish tasks quicker

    Demonstrate proper posture while working on the computer

    Feel confident about ability to use the computer

     

    Technology Productivity Tools:

     

    Use productivity tools (keyboarding, word processing, presentation programs) to promote creativity and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.

     

     

     

     

    Keyboarding

     

     

    Demonstrate correct keyboarding posture and finger placement for keys

     

    Touch Type at 10-15 words per minute

     

    Work on keyboarding skills in conjunction with word processing

     

    Word Processing

     

    Identify word processing terms

     

     
     
    Fifth Grade:  
     
    In Grade Five, students become more proficient at accessing, gathering, organizing, and presenting information by using the computer as an educational tool.  They will be encouraged to present information in a variety of ways (brochures, tables, multimedia presentations, video, etc.) Fifth graders receive a review of basic Internet searching with a focus on practicing important skills using search engines, downloading text and images, and crediting online sources, and applying safe searching skills.
     
     

     

    Technology Standard

     

     

    NETS Performance Indicator

     

    Social, ethical, and human issues:

     

    Demonstrate understanding and follow the Responsible Use of Technology Policy

    Demonstrate ethical behavior when using technology

    Demonstrate an awareness that a computer is a tool for accessing current information and information can be collected, organized, and presented in a variety of ways

     

    Basic operations and concepts:

     

    Turn computer on/off and re-boot computer

    Retrieve, save, and organize files into student folder

    Identify the inside operation of a computer system and describe computer terminology and function

    Apply appropriate and safe use of computer hardware and software

    Identify and use keyboard shortcuts to accomplish tasks quicker

    Demonstrate proper posture while working on the computer

    Feel confident about ability to use the computer

     

    Technology Productivity Tools:

     

    Use productivity tools (keyboarding, word processing, presentation programs) to promote creativity and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.

     

    Keyboarding

     

    Demonstrate proper keyboarding techniques for keying all letters

    Touch Type at 15-20 words per minute

    Continue to work on keyboarding skills in conjunction with word processing

     

     

    Word Processing

     

    Identify word processing terms

     

    Demonstrate intermediate/advanced word processing techniques for enhancing and formatting document:

    §    Format layout style of document by changing page setup, margins, create multiple columns, and/or change line spacing of a document

    §    Incorporate a table to organize information in a document

    §    Incorporate a chart/graph into document

    §    Create bullet and numbered lists

    §    Copy text and graphics between documents and software applications

    Enhance document by incorporating graphic design:

    §  Import, resize, and crop images

    §  Change coloring of images: watermark, black & white

    §  Use picture effects

    §  Use assorted drawing tools

    §  Incorporate borders and shading

     

    Use word processing for classroom assignments/projects

     

    Multimedia

     

    Create nonlinear multimedia presentations which includes:

    §  Integrated images and text via Internet

    §  Graphic design

    §  Imported images and sounds

    §  Recorded sounds

    §  Scanned images

    §  Transitions

    §  Automatic timings

    §  Hyperlinks

    Use Multimedia for classroom assignments/projects

     

    Google Apps

     

    Use student account to log in and out of Google Apps

    Collaborate with teachers using Google sites

    Create documents using Google Docs

    Introduction to Coding

    Create simple programs

    Use logical reasoning

     

    Technology Research Tools:

     

    Identify and demonstrate online safety and netiquette

    Develop an awareness of the global outreach of the Internet

    Conduct, analyze, evaluate, and cite information found online

    Download images via Internet

    Extend skills in other curriculum areas using the web to browse related subjects

    Research, create, publish & present projects related to content areas