One student stated “The first thing I like about keyboard class is it made me faster at it so when I went on my computer I typed faster than I would usually.”
Another student said “I liked that we got to learn how to change the font color and we also learned what was inside of the computer.”
And my favorite comment . . . “I can rub it in my brother’s face that I know how [to properly keyboard] and he does not.”
Phase II of the pilot program will hopefully expand this test into all the 4th grades in elementary school next school year. However if Phase II is equally as successful next year, then our Curriculum Instruction team will be challenged to come up with a comprehensive computer education program for our elementary schools. And that will be a real challenge because up until now we have been able to accomplish this pilot with existing staff and equipment. But if we are to offer a truly robust computer curriculum for our students, it will require a financial investment. Too early to say yet just how much that will be, but let’s keep watching our pennies wisely now so we can invest in our children’s future.
Special thanks to Jerry, Karen, Mary, and everyone else involved in the pilot. You guys rock!