Tuesday, September 11, 2012

And....We're Off!

Good evening,

The 2012-2013 school year is underway.  The students are back and the learning has begun.  While much of my curriculum has remained unchanged, I am excited about new lessons I worked on for my 6th grade Keyboarding class.  Aside from plentiful reinforcement and training in keyboarding speed and accuracy, I have incorporated what I refer to as a "respecting the computer" unit.  This unit will run the entire term, concurrently with the regular keyboarding instruction.  I thought it was very important to include this information as students in 6th grade are being intrusted with their own laptops.  Some of the topics we will be covering include:

  • Hardware - students will learn some of the more important hardware components of a computer.  Students will also get to see the inside of a computer and apply their learning by identifying the parts we discussed.
  • File management/Getting around - Students will learn the importance of using folders to organize their files.  They will also learn some ways to be efficient when accessing said files.
  • Software - students will be able to identify and explain the purpose of the different software they will commonly find on computers.
  • Internet Browsing 101 - Students will learn about different internet browsers, and be able to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. They will also learn how to use their browser efficiently, through bookmarks, setting their home page, and using function keys.
This is by no means a comprehensive list.  In addition to what I have planned, I have also set up a discussion on our online group page for students to post questions or suggestions for things to cover. 

Is there something you think that 6th graders should be learning about computers?  Feel free to drop it in the comments.

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