Understanding and working on computers is a fundamental part of 21st century education. My focus is on teaching students how to work effectively and safely both online and in various software applications, and how to find, synthesize and communicate digital information in various formats and in creative ways.


To prepare students in an age-appropriate manner for 21st century learning in which computers and the Internet are increasingly essential for success. Students will learn:
  • how to retrieve and synthesize information in a sophisticated way,
  • how to use multiple types of programs,
  • how to use technology effectively,
  • how technology works, and
  • how to use technology in an appropriate manner.


The following are topics that will be covered throughout the classes (not all topics will be covered by all grades). Typically, the younger grades will first focus on I. and II. while the older grades will be more versed in those areas and will concentrate on III. through V. (though always reminded of and expected to follow things learned in I. and II.).

I. How to Use Technology Effectively:
  • Keyboarding: Type To Learn
  • Computer Basics:
    • Keyboard / Mouse
    • The Computer Interface
    • Opening / Closing Programs
    • Finding / Saving / Deleting Files
    • Printing
  • External Storage: CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Audio Recording
II. How to Use Technology in an Appropriate Manner:
  • How to cite sources
  • Copyright/Plagiarism
  • Netiquette
  • Online Safety
  • Cyber-Bullying
III. How to Retrieve and Synthesize Information in a Sophisticated Way:
  • Online Research
  • Information Design
  • Organized File Management and Naming Conventions

IV. How to Use Multiple Types of Programs:
  • Presentation: PowerPoint
  • Word Processing: Word
  • Spreadsheets: Excel
  • MultiMedia:
    • Image manipulation: Photoshop
    • Video: MovieMaker
    • Audio: Audacity
    • Desktop Publishing: Microsoft Publisher
  • Internet:
    • Web Browsing: I.E., Firefox
    • E-mail: Gaggle
    • Web 2.0 (Blogs, Wikis)
    • Photo Sharing: Google Picasa

V. How technology works:
  • Computers: RAM, Hard Drives, CPU, etc.
  • Peripherals: Monitors, Printers, etc.
  • Internet