The technological divide is still driving inequality,
and we must ensure that every child — regardless of income or background —
has access to the opportunities computer literacy can offer. Through projects incorporating base computer skills, our talented instructors begin by teaching elementary students that technology is fun!
Upon completion of the 6 to 12 week computer literacy program, students will be able to perform the following tasks with an increased degree of confidence.
- Increased typing speed, accuracy and efficiency using correct keyboard finger placement.
- Actively engage in group writing activities.
- Participate in collaborative blog conversations with diverse classroom partners about assigned topics.
- Model shapes in the world by drawing structures using Microsoft Office or Google Suite drawing software.
- Calculate measurable attributes, collect and chart data.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Break down the steps needed to solve a problem, into a precise sequence of instructions.
Take a minute to review our blueprint for helping raise a generation of kids who think critically, act responsibly, and interact positively in the technological world.
Preparing Ontario Students for a Technologically Driven Future
In the early stages, the emphasis will be on getting children familiar with the technology by incorporating generic activities that can be applied to a variety of computer situations, such as copy and paste. As we progress, students will learn to use the equipment, and software for such curriculum enhancing tasks:
The primary functions of coding are introduced in order to familiarize children with the process. Classroom activities are both online and offline, making it easy for the learner to conceptualize what it is they are doing when inputting certain instructions. Coding is important to learn as it teaches children to experiment by giving them an outlet to be creative as well as the confidence to fail and try again.
Typing improves visual-motor integration and is important for fostering skill development in writing, spelling and even grammar — extending to all areas of education. Proficiency is encouraged through key online memorization exercises as well as in class writing assignments with the aid of G Suite and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs.
FORMULAS, DATA COLLECTION and CHARTING
Graphs make counting and comparing meaningful and provide opportunities to bring numbers, letters, letter sounds and other literacy skills to the children’s attention. Many fun concepts are explored in this area of math. The activities integrate well with science and literacy concepts as they will require learners to collect data then formulate and organize it in a variety of ways.
BLOGGING, EMAIL AND INTERNET SAFETY
Students computer confidence continues to be built as they acquire the necessary tools for navigating the internet wisely through modelling safe and appropriate use. Within a secure classroom environment, email and blogging fundamentals are introduced to empower learners to write meaningful and interactive content to engage the world around them.
DIGITAL GEOMETRIC ART
This course integrates computers with creative arts. Young painters are inspired to create beautiful artwork with digital tools that aids the development of fine motor skills. By organizing geometric and organic shapes, students will discover they can draw anything. Learners are taught to break down and isolate basic geometric and organic shapes used to form everyday objects and images.
INTERACTIVE QUIZZES AND PRESENTATIONS
A game-based learning platform is used to review students’ knowledge, for formative assessment. The online quiz platform used is designed for social learning, with learners gathered around a common screen. Learners will also showcase their knowledge by way of collaborative group presentations.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Process for Securing Service
Computer literacy programs run for 6, 10 and 12 week periods to accommodate budget and classroom need. They are structured to allow educators a say as to where the emphasis is placed on each topic. Educators can choose to combine all of the above topics or select one or two individual topics to be covered for the program duration.
SUBMIT A REQUEST
Once a request for service is submitted and received a care manager will be in contact no later than 24 hours by phone or email as indicated. Programs can begin as early as 2 weeks after registration date.