Computer Goals Curriculum Outlines

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1.  Computer Literacy

  1. Basics
  • Start up and shut down process
  • Open and close applications
  • Use a keyboard’s commands
  • Mouse functions, i.e., point and click
  • Cursor / insertion point
  • Insert, utilize, and remove floppy disks
  • Demonstrate proper use- hardware and software
  • Save to a specified volume or folder
  • Name and utilize folders
  • Move between applications
  • Printing (local and on a network)
  • Connecting to a network/ log on and off
  • How microprocessors work
  • Searching for and find files
  • Opening, deleting, and saving files
  • Backing up files
  • Perform basic system housekeeping
  • Computer memory and storage
  • Allocating memory (RAM)
  • Using virus protection / troubleshooting software
  • Exchange files with others
  • Configure computer with control panels
  • File sharing
  • File formats / translation
  • Installing applications
  • Identify parts of a computer system
  • Recognize and interpret simple error messages
  • Select or highlight
  • Open and close windows
  • Scroll bars
  • Familiarity with desktop
  • Working with icons
  • Aliases
  • Menu bar
  • Initializing and erasing floppy disks
  • Dialog boxes



            B.  Ethics

                        Ethical and legal uses of computer technology, i.e., copyright law, privacy


            C.  Development Trends

                        History, current status, future, market trends, news analysis, societal impact, limitations and capabilities


2.  Keyboarding

            A.  Appropriate Educational Software

                        Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, All the Right Type, Mario Teaches Typing

            B.  Develop Keyboard Skills

                        Identify letters and numbers on the keyboard

                        Identify and use common special purpose keys

                        Use correct hand and body positioning

                        Home row

                        Lesson drills

                        Address particular typing problems

                        Independent learning, tutorials

                        Chart progress

                        Individual adjustment of degree of difficulty

                        Increase speed and accuracy

                        Develop steady rhythm

                        Touch typing method (QWERTY)


            C.  Value of Computer Skills

                        Successful future schooling and employment

                        Affect on daily life

                        History of typewriting


3.  Word Processing

            A.  Purpose



                        Variety of applications:  Microsoft Works 4.0, Claris Works 4.0


            B.  Format

  • Page setup
  • Page layout
  • Menu bars
  • Tool Bar
  • Tool palette / tool box
  • Using rules and tabs
  • Writing paragraphs
  • Import and create graphics and text
  • Customize graphics and text
  • Using templates
  • Use columns
  • Insert tables or text
  • Headers / footers
  • Page breaks
  • Page numbers
  • Margins
  • Tabs
  • Justification / alignment
  • Style:  bold, italics, and underline
  • Merge text with other types of applications
  • Sequencing
  • Logical development
  • Clipboard

            C.  Edit

  • Spellcheck, thesaurus and grammar check
  • Cut, copy, paste (within a document or between several)
  • Changing font and size


            D.  Standard Forms - letters and reports


            E.  Documentation - footnotes, bibliography, cover page


4.  Desktop Publishing

            A.  Introductory

  • Familiarity with commercial graphics software, i.e. Adobe Pagemaker 5.0
  • Elements of design
  • Newsletters, newspapers, and flyers
  • Commands


            B.  Page Layout

  • Creating and importing text
  • Working with text on a page
  • Word processing
  • Formatting text
  • Movement between columns / flow


            C.  Graphics and Text Blocks

  • Drawing and editing lines and shapes
  • Control palette
  • Variety of elements and style
  • Moving and reissuing objects
  • Cropping a graphic
  • Text wrap
  • Attaching a graphic to text


5.  Spreadsheets (Not applicable to early or lower school with the exception of fourth grade’s mini society unit in the spring)

            A.  Definition and Purpose - understand spreadsheet concepts

            B.  Spreadsheet Design

  • Organize quantitative information in a table
  • Create corresponding paragraphs
  • Include simple mathematical equations, i.e. averages
  • Answer “what if” questions and solve problems

6.  Database Only applies to Middle School


            A.  Definition and Purpose - understand database concepts


            B.  Creation of a Database

  • Open and close databases
  • Move between layouts to view and enter data
  • Search for specific records in FIND mode
  • Sort Records
  • Save and print records and layout


            C.  Demonstrate Uses of Databases - update an existing database, query an existing database


7.  Multimedia


            A.  Presentation

  • Create a multimedia presentation
  • Use teacher created multimedia
  • Communicate by display of knowledge to a group


            B.  CD-ROMs

  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Research


            C.  World Wide Web (www)

  • Variety of media
  • Playing sound and video
  • Difficulty involved, i.e. speed
  • Access
  • Downloading
  • Saving and printing

8.  Internet


            A.  History and Structure

  • Necessary components
  • Definition, vocabulary
  • Appropriate and inappropriate uses                       
  • Safeguards
  • World Wide Web
  • News groups
  • Ftp
  • Gophers
  • Ethical and privacy issues (legal)
  • Communication software


            B.  Electronic Mail (email)

  • Gain access to
  • Send, receive, reply to, and delete messages
  • Attach documents to email
  • Forward message
  • Send to more then one recipient
  • Sending and playing graphics (executables)
  • Save and print documents
  • Download and open attachments
  • Address book


            C.  Netscape Navigator 3.0

  • Search, find, and save documents
  • Boolian operatives
  • Browsers
  • Gophers
  • Spiders
  • Use internet search engines
  • Set up and organize bookmarks (favorites)
  • Use tool bar to navigate
  • Copy and paste text
  • Download graphics and files to a computer



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