Computer instruction is given by Ms. Trudy Runge and is offered to students in first through eighth grade. (Kindergarten is given computer instruction by Mrs. Liz Brasauskas.) Instruction is given once a week in a small group setting in the school computer lab.
1st and 2nd Grade
These young students learn the basic parts of a computer. They practice hand eye coordination by playing educational computer games that exercise practice use of the mouse and an introduction to the keyboard. Students at this age also begin to explore internet safety and form educated opinions on what makes a good web site.
3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
In later elementary grades further study is done on the components of the computer. Students begin to really explore how to determine what makes a good website. They are taught how to properly sit at a computer and begin to practice keyboarding skills. Topics also include safety and privacy in cyberspace. In addition, to manners, bullying and ethics in an online environment.
Middle school is a time that computer class concentrates on what skills are needed to do school work and prepare students for high school. Each middle school student is given a school issued e-mail account that they can use to communicate within the school community. Proper e-mail format, manners and techniques are explored as well as formal instruction on word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Topics covered also include timed keyboarding skills, researching on the internet, plagiarism and internet safety.