Today’s society is characterized by digital connections. It is important that students are familiar with, and proficient at using the computer keyboard and mouse, not just for classwork, but for mandatory testing, including NWEA and M-Step.

The technology curriculum at AMA provides students with exposure to and learning of a variety of topics. A sampling of learning goals for students at both AMA Upper and AMA Lower is found below, though the list is not exhaustive.

 

AMA Upper Students are Learning:

·         Keyboarding – location of keys on a US keyboard; proper hand placement and position; goal of typing 30 words per minute (wpm) with proper hand placement/position by the end of 8th grade (3rd grade goal is at least 10 wpm with touch typing)

·         Microsoft Word and PowerPoint – typing text, formatting text, inserting clip art and shapes, saving and opening files (both Word and PowerPoint); slide transitions and presentations (PowerPoint); use of spell check, grammar check, and thesaurus tools

·         Digital Citizenship – exploring and understanding online safety, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others; navigating the Internet

·         Project examples – group PowerPoint presentations, digitizing papers drafted with classroom teachers, creating graphic posters

AMA Lower Students are Learning:

·         Basic parts of the computer; powering off and on; caring for equipment

·         Keyboarding – location of keys on a US keyboard; beginning hand placement and position, including home row; how and why to use the shift, enter, backspace, and space keys; basic typing

·         Mouse use – proper hand placement and position; single clicking vs. double clicking; dragging

·         Digital Citizenship – exploring and understanding online safety, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others; navigating the Internet