Elementary Computer Literacy Program
To be competitive in a global economy and information age, our students will be required to access, select, process, and communicate information.Higher levels of thinking skills and knowledge will be required to use the computer effectively to solve complex problems. The computer allows the gathering and processing of information more effective, makes abstract concepts concrete and visual, and provides a wide array of opportunities to present information to an informed audience.
The computer education curriculum prepares students to use computer technology for learning, work, accessing and applying information, for content related problem solving, for producing products, and for communicating ideas and data. The curriculum also includes objectives to enable students to understand the societal uses and impact of technology on today's workplace and living habits. A major premise of the computer education curriculum is that the use of the computer is that of a tool. The computer is not viewed as an end in and of itself, rather, the use of the computer is a means by which students more efficiently and effectively achieve the Hillsborough Township Public Schools' core content curriculum goals as well as the state of New Jersey's core content curriculum standards.
It is understood that the computer curriculum will be ever changing to meet the technological advances of more sophisticated hardware and software as well as the growing use of computers within the core curriculum. The content aspect of the curriculum will be on-going and continually revised as the district educational process continues to use information, technology, and other tools to support the curriculum. It is the computer education program objective to support the regular curriculum in the development of students who are problem solvers, information seekers and users, and effective communicators. Such students will have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be collaborative workers, community participants, and ethical technology users.
Students who successfully complete the computer education curriculum's goals and objectives will be:
Complex thinkers who can use technology to:
Interpret and generalize results
Quality workers who:
Use technology and software effectively
Recognize appropriate use and benefits of computers to communicate and learn
Understand the ethical and societal impact of computer technology
Self-directed learners who can independently use computers to:
Analyze and interpret information
Transfer computer skills learned from one activity to another
The focus of the computer education program in grades 3 and 4 is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use a computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various content area standards. In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum standards as much as possible. For instance, when students learn the computer skills necessary to word process, they learn with activities related to the language arts program. Keyboarding skills are necessary in a technologically literate society. Basic keyboarding skills are introduced in grade 3 and development of skills continues in grade 4. As students develop computer skills, they also learn responsible and ethical use of hardware, software, and information. The role of the computer in today's society is also presented along with career opportunities, which require computer skills.
Students in grades 3 and 4 receive one computer lesson, in the Library Media Center, as a special in the 6-day cycle. Currently, each 3rd and 4th grade class has 4 multimedia PCs, access to color printers, and access to the Internet for information access. The computer education teacher and the classroom teacher for grades 3 and 4 also team-teach resource activities an additional 30 times during the school year. This supports the integration of technology into core curriculum subject areas.
The computer teacher is also a resource for the other building staff. He/she works closely with the building media specialist on a formal research project for 3rd and 4th grade.