Computer Lab -- Third Grade
Third-Graders to Learn New Computer Skills in Fall Semester
The importance of typing skills grows in third grade, as standardized testing moves online. The format of these tests require students to be skilled typists. The third graders will be placed on typing levels by the instructor at the start of the year. Each student will progress at his or her pace. All students should practice typing from home two to three times a week, and their typing skills will be monitored on weekly basis.
The year will start with students reviewing internet safety rules and online basics. Please reinforce cyber safety at home as a part of your technology plan.
Students will work on several projects over the semester to further hone their computer skills. First, we will review and re-learn some skills in word processing from last year with a simple diorama project. We will discuss copyright and plagiarism during our research lesson, as well as research skills and dos and don’ts. Third graders will also learn intermediate tools used in word processing, such as working with a template, and using text boxes and word art. The next project is an introduction to Excel, during which students will learn about rows, columns and other simple tools. With this new expertise, students will create a Mondrian painting. At the end of the semester, the students will be working on a Power Point to tell a story. This is a magical project that takes a simple Power Point and transforms it into a mini-movie. Students will learn to add animation, sound, transitions and more.
We will review how to use pen drives to save work in class. Throughout this semester, we will review everything we have learned, and spend a few class periods on websites with math science and language art games, too. Next semester, we will work on advanced Excel skills and make a movie.
Please contact our Computer Lab instructor, Mr. Richmond, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the program.
Help Keep Balboa Students Computer-Literate
The Computer Lab's instructor is paid by the Balboa Spirit Club's COMPASS Fund. Contributions like yours help keep the Computer Lab open, and our students tech-smart. Please donate now, and do your part for our children's future.
How to Login to the Portal
Students can login via the portal at http://www.cwksmarts.com/portal.php to use:
to request the Grade Key and password (don’t forget to mention your child’s name).