The curriculum for our Computer Lab classes is based on the technology skills the students need to acquire by the end of each grade to be successful and competitive.
Grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be using the software “Keyboarding Without Tears” which focuses on typing skills, using the right finger position based on home row. Accuracy and speed are the goal, along with good posture. Students will interact with the word processing program Microsoft Word creating informational pages, book and research reports, including images and hyperlinks. Also, students will use the spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel to manipulate basic and complex data, arithmetic operations and functions. With Microsoft PowerPoint, students will create presentations and posters using slides to convey information rich in multimedia.
Coding is part of the curriculum at Wesley Prep. Lower grades are introduced to it with a friendly coding language using plugged and unplugged activities. As they move on, students use various block-based coding programs to build algorithms. Some of the robots we use for Technology classes are the Code-a-Pillar, Botley, Sphero, and the interactive robot Jett from Robokind.
Age-appropriate web research practices are taught and reinforced, along with digital citizenship principles.