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Technology Curriculum 2019-2020

Holy Rosary Computer Lab

Jon Barker, Technology Specialist

Summary of K-8 Curriculum and Software at Holy Rosary School Computer Lab

Grades PreK-2

  • Students learn basic computer literacy and keyboarding layout.
  • Students practice and reinforce concepts learned in the classroom using a variety of software such as Kid Pix 3D, Kidspiration, and Word.
  • Students access several subscription and non-subscription websites to reinforce a variety of skills. These include Redbird (math), xtramath.org (math), tumblebooks.com (reading), starfall.com (reading), enchantedlearning.com (miscellaneous), (see links under “Holy Rosary Software” on the left).
  • Students use the Internet to explore sites such as Woodland Park Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Grades 1 and 2 homeroom teachers teach technology skills. Mr. Barker teaches kindergarten.

Grades 3-4

  • Students begin to demonstrate independent use and maintenance of computer hardware and software, including file management, navigation and multi-task skills.
  • Students learn correct keyboarding skills using UltraKey 5.0 (see links under “Holy Rosary Software” on the left).
  • Students learn to create and format word processing documents using Word and Pages. This includes importing graphics from different sources, clip art, and adding web links.
  • Students plan, organize, and create presentations using PowerPoint and Keynote.
  • Students learn the basics of spreadsheet applications such as Excel and Numbers.
  • Students use Kidspiration to organize ideas and content.
  • Students use the Internet as a research and information tool using legal and ethical standards.
  • Students use multimedia applications such as iMovie, GarageBand, and Comic Life to create movies, podcasts, music, and comics.
  • Grades 3 and 4 homeroom teachers teach technology skills.

Grade 5 – Mrs. Weythman and Mr. Barker

  • Fifth grade student meets
  • Mrs. Weythman and Mr. Barker teach grade 5 and Mr. Barker teaches grade 6.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate independent use and maintenance of computer hardware and software, including file management, navigation and multi-task skills. Flash drives and/or email are used for transferring files between home and school.
  • Students continue using Word and Pages for word processing. They incorporate tables, columns, and other page layout skills. Some projects in grades 5-6 require work that is word processed.
  • Students learn the basics spreadsheet applications such as Excel and Numbers.
  • Students plan, organize and create more detailed presentations using PowerPoint and Keynote. Students learn to customize presentations with slide transitions, special effects (sound, video, animation), and format page layout for printing.
  • Students refine search strategies for Internet research and use online tools such as Webpath Express, Proquest and eLibrary.
  • Students begin using InDesign 5 for page layout and design.
  • Students expand their knowledge of iMovie, GarageBand, and Comic Life and continue to create movies, podcasts, music, and comics.
  • Students are introduced to the basics of creating a website in iWeb.

Grades 7-8

  • Students in grades 7-8 are required to demonstrate independent use and maintenance of computer hardware and software, including file management, navigation, and multi-task skills. Flash drives are used for transferring files between home and school.
  • Students are expected to word processing application for much of the work done in Junior High. By the end of the year, all students are expected demonstrate the ability to prepare a research paper or report containing graphs and graphics that support the document’s content; and use correct bibliographic format to cite their research.
  • Students are expected to have a solid understanding PowerPoint and Keynote for effective presentations.
  • Students are expected to use the Internet responsibly and ethically, obey copyright laws, cite references correctly; sign and abide by the Holy Rosary “Student Acceptable Use Consent Form” in the Holy Rosary Student Handbook.
  • Students are introduced to Illustrator and Photoshop. They continue to use InDesign. Many projects are created using this software.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to design, develop and update a web page; and import and format graphics that are appropriate to content.
  • Mr. Barker teaches grade 8.