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Technology

Students begin using technology when they first start school.  We’ve created a set of technology benchmarks for students at Mt. Vernon.  The benchmark scorecard lists technology skills that should be mastered by the end of each grade level.  These benchmarks will show your child’s level of proficiency for grade-level appropriate technology knowledge and skills.  The skills are aligned with ISTE Technology Standards and the Georgia Standards of Excellence.  They are separated in to grade levels based on readiness and abilities.  Below, you will find links to each of the technology scorecards.  These scorecards will accompany report cards in January and May.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Mrs. Pless at jill.pless@hallco.org. 

Technology Scorecards:       Kindergarten       First Grade       Second Grade

                                            Third Grade        Fourth Grade     Fifth Grade

Keyboarding!  It is a tool used every day!  It is a life skill everyone should know!

According to www.educationworld.com, “Schools can no longer prepare students for the workplace of the future without providing them with skills necessary for using computers competently.”  Knowing the correct keyboarding technique will only benefit our students in the future.

Students in grades 2 through 5 are learning to keyboard during their Computer Connections Class.  Mrs. Pless is providing formal keyboarding instruction.  Students’ keyboarding skills are enhanced through the use of different computerized programs.  Second graders use Learning.com and Dance Mat Typing.  Third graders use Typing Quest Junior and Dance Mat Typing.  Fourth graders use Typing Quest Junior and Typing.com.  Fifth graders use Typing Quest and Typing Club. 

Other learning activities that will be included in our computer connections class include:  digital citizenship, word processing, multimedia presentations and web 2.0 tools.

Digital Citizenship lessons include modules from the curriculum at Common Sense Media

Common Sense

Students in grades K through 1 will be introduced to keyboarding.  They will learn the general location of letters and other buttons on the keyboard.   We will use a combination of programs including Learning.com, Starfall and ABCYa to learn about computers.