In the Northside Elementary Computer Lab, we do many different activities to familiarize the students with the world of technology. A wide variety of skills are taught – from simply using the mouse and keyboard through keyboarding skills and web browsing safety. Our lab is also used as a testing facility multiple times throughout the year. Overall, we emphasise learning and try to incorporate studies from the classroom with games and educational videos.
Instructing younger students on the intricacies of technology typically requires a non-technical commencement. We embark upon the journey that will shape their lives with simply learning the vocabulary surrounding the computer and the Internet. Next, the students begin experimenting with the mouse and keyboard; they learn to find their cursor on the screen and eventually how to open icons and find webpages. Later in the year (and once the students are more familiar with it), we branch out and improve reading and counting skills with StarFall, and sometimes even play educational games.