The Computer Lab at Saint Joseph Catholic School has fifteen Dell computers for student use during Technology class time. Teachers are also able to send students to the lab for research during times when there is no class meeting in the lab.
Computer Lab Serves Students K5 - 6
The Computer Lab serves students in grades K5 – 6. The technology curriculum is designed to address the needs of students by grade, age, and proficiency level. It is integrated into the school curriculum whenever possible so that the focus is based on overall student achievement and enrichment. Students receive hands-on instruction once a week.
The curriculum is divided into seven areas: keyboarding; word processing; graphics; multimedia presentations; spreadsheets; Internet use; and digital citizenship and general computer information.
The keyboarding program teaches basic keyboarding skills using drills, reviews, and games. Students are expected to show reasonable progress each quarter.
Learning Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is used to familiarize students with writing text, editing text, commands, cutting and pasting, and using the mouse to access the menu, toolbars, and taskbar information. All work is edited and saved.
Instruction in Graphics and Spreadsheets
Instruction in graphics is done in KidPix. Graphics are also used in multimedia presentations.
Spreadsheet instruction provides an introduction to surveying and collecting data, entering and printing it in a chart form. Microsoft Excel is used for these projects.
Multimedia Presentations for Grades K5 - 6
Multimedia presentations are the big project of the year. Students create presentations of a subject taught in the regular classroom using many different sources. PowerPoint is used for this project.
Internet instruction and use offers opportunities to learn how the Internet works, URL addresses, scavenger hunts, improved research and note-taking skills, and Internet safety.
Digital Citizenship and General Computer Information
Digital citizenship addresses the ethical use of computers and the internet. This covers a wide range of topics including: treating other people kindly online, what is personal information and the need for keeping your personal information safe online, and the responsible use of online resources. It also addresses the need to properly cite sources of information in projects and reports. General computer information instruction involves instruction in computer history, specific vocabulary, and hardware.
Following is an overview of the Technology Curriculum, showing which skills are addressed in each grade level.
The complete Technology curriculum for the Diocese of Charleston is available on the Diocesan website.