“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Life’s daily activities require a certain level of computing. Computational thinking involves problem solving, persistence, creativity, collaboration and communication. These are the mental muscles that are flexed within our elementary computer program. Students in grades two through six attend computer class. CCA’s Elementary Computer Lab houses 28 computers and utilizes software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Scratch. Mavis Beacon software is utilized on a regular basis to introduce and hone our students’ typing skills.
Throughout second, third, and fourth grades an emphasis is placed on computer literacy. Students are introduced to the basic concepts, functions and proper use of a computer and are trained in various software applications. Hands-on experience supports a more thorough understanding and retention of the digital concepts. Principles of computer science are introduced to students in grades five and six. Opportunities for digital creativity and problem solving are enhanced as students are exposed to more challenging projects and software. Each year our school participates in The Hour of Code and utilizes that time to highlight the practicality of code and its purpose and place in our digital world.
Netiquette, Internet safety and the proper way to conduct an Internet search is emphasized on a regular basis. Teaching our students how to use a computer safely and responsibly is a primary objective of our computer curriculum and instruction. Skills that are taught and practiced in CCA’s Computer Lab are a benefit to our students across the curriculum and provide a new avenue for our learners to express their creativity in a digital way.