Elementary Computer Lab
Email : Awilkin3@houstonisd.org
Conference Time: Conferences are available upon request.
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Elementary Computer Lab Syllabus
Welcome to the brand new school year at TH Rogers! I am looking forward to an excellent year with our amazing students!
The computer lab experience is that of creativity. The projects the students will complete will support the learning that takes place not only in their classroom but also in their daily lives. I firmly believe the Chinese proverb, I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. In order to accomplish this, students will participate in a wide range of hands on project-based activities throughout the school year.
Kindergarten and First-grade students concentrate on acquiring beginning technology skills with a strong focus on developing mouse, typing, and word processing skills. Students will learn how to create and edit documents in Microsoft Word.
Second graders will utilize their foundation in typing and word processing to expand into more diverse skillsets including slide shows, internet research, and comic creations, and continue their development of word processing and typing proficiency.
Third graders will be involved in slide show presentations and a variety of research using Microsoft PowerPoint while continuing to build their keyboarding skills. Students will also develop skills in graphic and photo editing, narrated slideshows, word processing, typing, and emerging technologies.
Fourth graders will work in Microsoft Excel to create budgets while learning skills such as creating formulas, graphs, and digital images to enhance and create professional presentations. In addition, students work to increase their keyboard skills and words per minute to adequately prepare them for middle school.
Fifth graders will combine multiple skillsets to complete projects that challenge students to research facts, collect images, name, store, manage file sets, and create multimedia presentations. Students will work with Microsoft Publisher to create various presentations while continuing to build their keyboarding skills.Classroom Expectations
- Be on time for class with all the materials needed
- Raise your hand to share ideas respectfully
- Always follow lab rules.
- No food or water bottles in the lab
- Follow the school rules and honesty policy
Projects 40% Classwork and keyboarding 30%
Late Work – Students are given ample time to complete all projects within the class periods, so no late work is not accepted. To accommodate absences and other issues that may arise, extra time during the school week can be arranged to ensure the students can complete the work assigned within the grading period.
Restroom and Water Break Policy: During computer class, we are significantly limited on time to complete projects and typing lessons. For this reason, I strongly encourage students to use the restroom and get water before class. However, I understand that sometimes students will have extenuating circumstances, so they are allowed to go one at a time after directions are given at the beginning of class. As always, if emergencies arise, accommodations are made.
At-Home Practice: Please encourage your child to use the following resources to practice and build new skills during their free time.
Typing Pal: https://throgers.typingpal.com/
Students use this site regularly in the classroom to improve keyboarding skills. The username and password are the same.
Students can log in using a capital S and their student ID number. EX: S1234567
Ms. Wilkins’ Page: www.protpage.com/awilkin
I created this page as a safe way for students to play while learning valuable technology and classroom skills. Instructional videos are available for every skill the students are taught in class.