Thanks for taking an interest in what your child is doing at school and in the computer lab. This year, your child will come to the computer lab once per 6 day cycle for a 45 minute class during his/her specials block.
While in the lab students will learn and practice many skills from keyboarding and word processing to multimedia. Many of the lessons integrate grade level curriculum from the classroom and build on skills learned in prior years. To download a copy of the technology skills list, click here.
Students are expected to maintain the following when working in the lab or on computers at school:
- demonstrate appropriate technology ethics
- not share their log in information with anyone
- not log in using someone else's information
- use the home row and all their fingers when typing
- follow the district acceptable use policy
* parent volunteers are always welcome to help out in the lab. Please e-mail me if you are interested.
* encourage your child to share with you what he/she has learned on the computer
* encourage your child to keep his/her fingers on the home row while typing on the computer. All fingers should be used (not just 1 or 2)
* have your child practice his/her keyboarding using a word processing program, keyboarding software, or website on keyboarding
* observe what your child is doing on the Internet and know who he/she is talking to and what sites your child is going on
Knowing where the keys are on the keyboard becomes a foundation for all work on the computer. Keyboarding begins at the elementary level and is then practiced throughout fifth and sixth grade. Students are expected to demonstrate proper keyboarding technique. Emphasis is placed on finger position and accuracy, not speed. However, for this habit to form, students need to be consistent with this even when not in the computer lab.
- proper posture - sit up straight and keep feet flat on the floor
- keep fingers curved and wrists flat
- keep your eyes on the screen, not the keyboard
- use the home row
Please read a message from our district's Director of Technology here
In today's technology society, many times children know more than adults do when it comes to the computer. The Internet can be full of dangers for children and it is the responsibility of parents and adults to protect kids. Communication is an important component of Internet safety. Children need to feel comfortable discussing concerns or fears with adults. Additionally, parents need to tell their children to come to them with any messages, people, or events that make them feel uncomfortable online.
Furthermore, parents should monitor their child's computer usage. Place the computer in an area of your home where you can view it while your child is working online. Be aware of who they may be talking to or what website they are visiting. Know who your child's online friends are. Your child is taught in computer class not to share any personal information online and never to meet anyone in person who was first met online. Stress these rules at home too.
Social Networking sites like Facebook and becoming more and more popular among young people. Although there are some benefits to these sites, elementary students face many dangers. Facebook is open to people age 13 and older but many children younger lie about their age to set up an account. It's important for parents to monitor their child's usage of these sites. For a great reference guide for parents on Facebook go to this site: http://fbparents.org
Websites of parental interest:
- NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety
- site for children providing cartoons, videos, games, and activities on staying safe on the Internet