The technology program at St. Mary'sÂ is designed to give students the essential knowledge and skills that all students need to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive world.Â The program is designed to be a foundation upon which students can build.Â Â The skills they learn are not only practical for today, but they can take them and apply them in their future academic and employment careers.
In Kindergarten and First grade students learn about computer systems, learn to log in and out of a computer, use programs, and become familiar with the keyboard.Â We use the computer to practice reading and math skills.Â In mid-year, first grade students type their spelling words 5 times each.
In Second and Third grade we focus on learning the keyboard and proper keyboarding skills.Â Studies found that students will learn to type if they practice everyday for 15-20 minutes rather than coming to a 40 minute class once or twice a week.Â The second and third grade teachers have been gracious enough to allow me to work with their children on a daily basis.Â We start the year by singing the keyboard song and end the year typing 10-20 words per minute!Â Some students will even type as high as 30-40 words per minute.
In Fourth and Fifth grade we practice typing once a week and do projects once a week.Â Fourth grade is the year students are introduced to Edline.Â Students in every grade are encouraged to check Edline regularly.Â We want students to take ownership of their work and their grades. Â
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth are filled with project based learning.Â Students learn Word, PowerPoint and Excel.Â We discuss topics such Internet safety and Internet bullying.Â Students learn to discriminate between good and bad information on the Internet and do research projects using correct MLA format.Â We discuss plagiarism and how to avoid it.