Mr. Ted Kranz and Mrs. Alex Harwood operate our computer lab. Please check out the Internet Links at left for additional information.
Welcome to another year of Computer Lab. This year we are moving from using Microsoft Publisher to using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Muse. Students will learn how to create fully-designed projects, understand file types (JPG, TIF, PDF, etc.), how to mix colors to create vivid imagery, how to alter or change objects and artwork and how to build a webpage.
Also, this year we are continuing our courses in iSafe and teaching students how to be respectful on the web, how to deal with Cyber Bullying and how to use the web safely. This course also teaches how to research the web effectively and safely while working on class projects and compiling information for research papers.
Along with the design side of computers we are adding stronger elements of typing by using www.clubtyping.com to show proper typing techniques, proper key uses and understanding the keyboard symbols. Due to poor habits of single finger typing, wrong hand placement, and hen pecking, we are integrating the method of old school typing instruction to provide some correction to these improper typing issues. Having been taught old style typing on a manual typewriter and using today's computers, Mr. Kranz who types at over 108wpm has created a program that mixes the past with the present to give a solid typing foundation for our students. We encourage students to practice typing at home as well.
Last year students actually dismantled old computers that were not working and rebuilt them. The program was so successful we ended up with 2 of the 8 computers working again. We believe that Computer Lab is more than just typing, it's integrating technology with education and using today's resources to expand education to a higher level.
As this year progresses we look forward to creating projects that both educate and inspire students to dream and plan for their future. Thank you parents for your support with this program.
We have included some free links (which we use at school) for your student(s) to access when at home.