Academics - Computer / Technology:
Teacher: Marina Asaro
 
Immaculate Heart of Mary School has a defined technology curriculum of skills and expectations for each grade level. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and is equipped to a computer that is connected to the Internet. Our newly refurbished lab is equipped with a smart board and 15 flat screen dell desktop computers that are all connected to a wireless network. Each student in grades Kindergarten-8th grade enjoys weekly 45-minute computer lessons. Teachers are always welcome to bring their classrooms to the computer lab for additional research and learning opportunities.


Kindergarten
Students are introduced to basic elements of the computer and how to migrate the computer using a mouse. The majority of the year is spent using different educational websites to enhance studentsí learning. Students become familiar with the smart board and use websites such as starfall.com, and access software such as Leap Frog Learning and Clifford Reading Series.

First Grade
Students learn to navigate the computer and use different educational software to enhance learning. Students visit websites on their own which include starfall.com and abcmouse.com, and access software such as Reading Rabbit-phonics for letter sounds and consonants. Students are introduced to paint program and various lessons are incorporated into them.

Second Grade
During the first half of the school year, the 2ndgrade students access the website abcmouse.com in order to familiarize themselves with the various components of the virtual learning classroom. The second part of the school year focuses on the assortment of lessons that deal with reading, language arts and math.

Third Grade
Students familiarize themselves with Microsoft Word as the keyboarding curriculum is introduced to them. Students learn basic navigation skills, such as opening and closing programs and printing their work. Students interact with the various educational software programs to enhance their learning and visit various the educational websites.

Fourth Grade
Students continue the keyboarding curriculum and have an assessment at the end of the year to measure their progress. Students begin to learn the many different aspects that Microsoft Word has to offer and visit the educational websites to enhance what is being taught in the classroom.

Fifth Grade
Students continue the keyboarding curriculum and have an assessment at the end of the year to measure their progress. Students complete different assignments and projects in Microsoft Word. Students utilize the web to search for information that can be used in the classroom.

Sixth Grade
Students complete many projects using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students are introduced to researching on the internet as well as internet safety. Students complete activities alone as well as in groups.

Seventh Grade
Students focus more on the different features of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students also learn how to navigate the web for researching purposes and learn how to properly cite different sites visited, as well as learn about internet safety. The majority of the school year is focused on integrating core subjects into PowerPoint presentations and how best to present them to their fellow classmates. Students finally learn all of the different features of PowerPoint and how to enhance their presentations.

Eighth Grade
Students use the many features of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students use various websites and become familiar with what the World Wide Web has to offer. Students also complete assignments and project both individually as well as together with a classmate. Students use the web for researching projects and learn the proper way to cite information. Students become very familiar with the different aspects of technology so that they can be readily prepared for high school.

 

 

 

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