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... or maybe the question should be *do* you teach...
Skills like Word, Excel, Paint, PowerPoint, etc.? I ask, because I saw a private school curriculum outline today that said all first graders should know how to use those programs. Granted, it was a gifted school, but sheesh! Really? All of them? And how "well" should they know them? It didn't say.
I plan to teach computer skills on an as-needed basis. Word, of course, will come long before PowerPoint.
I feel knowing how to use different operating systems and maintenance of computers are more important then the programs he learns. Miguel is learning word/typing now because he will keep a blog. Other computer programs will be taught as needed. He knows how to use windows, Linux, and will one day be comfortable using Macs. He knows what goes into a computer and helps build them. He will eventually learn troubleshooting. I feel it's kinda like learning how to drive stick, automatic and car mechanics which is all important.
Last edited by Miguels mommy; June 4th, 2010 at 12:07 AM.
We let the girls explore Word and Paint (amongst other programs...I'm just mentioning those since you mentioned them), showing them how to use certain functions/tools as necessary, as soon as they were able to use the computer independently. I haven't introduced Powerpoint or Excel to the little one yet...I don't see a need for that right now, but I will eventually.
My oldest attends PS and they introduced Word and Excel in K, and they keep building upon the skills they've mastered each year. They used another, kid-friendly program that did some of what both Paint and Powerpoint do starting in K, but they did introduce Powerpoint in 1st grade. They've never explored Paint.
I don't think a 1st grader needs to know Excel. I, personally, don't even think a 1st grader should be using a calculator. I don't plan on teaching Excel until maybe middle school to help with something like a science project. Before then, any graphs or working with data that they do should be simple enough to do by hand.
I might introduce Word around 4th or 5th grade. I don't want them to be typing a lot during the years when they should be working on their handwriting. PowerPoint will come after Word, probably in middle school.
I'm not saying that computer skills aren't important. I'll have them use the computer in 1st grade--but at a more age appropriate level.
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
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