Computers

Computers are used at Churchill School to gather information and express thoughts. Units covered in computer class include graphic design, internet research and internet safety, multimedia presentations, and using the computer to facilitate the writing process.

Work is project based and is usually integrated with either the social studies or science curriculum. The writing process is  emphasized, using computers to help students go from brainstorming, using programs such as Kidspirationto organize ideas, to editing a final draft using menu items such as spell check and cutting and pasting.  Word processing programs introduced include Open Office and Pages (part of the Apple’s IWork suite).  Computer programs such as Clicker can also assist the writer in other ways. Clickercan create a personal dictionary for students to choose from, clicking on each word in order to include it in their text. Students can bypass frustration with spelling and vocabulary recall and express their ideas more fluently. 

Graphic oriented programs presented include The Print Shop, Pages, and Kid Pix. Vocabulary such as palette, tool bar, and menu are introduced. In the older clusters, graphics programs are directly compared and contrasted and students are then allowed to use their preferred program to create designs and posters. 

Multimedia presentation programs introduced are OpenOffice and Apple’sKeynote. In the older clusters, students are exposed to both and are asked to compare, and then use their preferred program to create subsequent presentations. 

In addition, students learn vocabulary and motor skills that are necessary to successfully use computers. When time allows, students play educational games to reinforce logic, math, reading, sequencing, and typing skills. 

 

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© 2009 The Churchill School and Center    301 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016    Tel 212 722 0610    Fax 212 722 1387