Technology Programs

Type to Learn 4 (gr. K-adult)
  • Be careful not to have a typing lesson longer than 20 minutes. Typing for too long can cause physical exertion on the muscles and tendons of the hands and wrists in young students.
  • The district has purchased Type to Learn 4 for all elementary and middle schools.  This is a network version and should be available on ANY computer in the school. Please contact me, jodiekay@wcps.org if you need assistance in setting up the software or inputting your class into the server.
  • Teachers (elementary and middle) may earn professional development hours by completing the entire typing course.

Scholastic Keys (Max Write, Max Count, Max Show & Max Data) (gr. K-5)computer

  • Grade K should use Max Paint and Max Write
  • Grade 1 & 2 should use Max Write, Max Count & Max Show
  • Grades 3 – 5 should use all programs especially Max Data
  • Integrated lesson plans are already done for you.  Please see the link on the left for the pdf file and check out your grade level for lessons applicable to your students.
  • PIT Stops are available by grade level if you would like professional development.


Kidspiration (gr. K-2) and Inspiration (gr. 2-adult)

  • These are concept mapping tools that integration technology and the core curriculum of the classroom.  Kidspiration has added a visual tools section for math.  Templates for all curricular areas are available within the program
  • Both programs were purchased for all elementary labs
  • Instruction manuals and sample lessons are listed on the tab to the left.
  • Professional development will be offered at the district level TIC in GHS, teachers may also request a PIT Stop on site.

Renaissance Products

CyberSmart Curriculum (gr. K - 12)
  • There are lessons for every grade level on cyber safety.
  • E-rate requires us to teach these lessons to continue receiving federal funds. (These funds pay for the VOIP phones, internet, networking hardware and software)
  • Media coordinators may be able to help you or contact me for professional development.
Need ideas where to start...try the following:

August
Getting to know the lab, rules of the lab, and parts of the computer
September
Type to Learn 4 (once the students are comfortable logging in and working on their own, you will be able to split the class into two groups to make it easier for you to teach.  Place half the students in TTL4 and work with half the class; switch groups halfway through the class.)
October through November
Word processing - examples: Max Write or Microsoft Word
December through January
Cyber safety, Internet and Research - examples: CyberSmart, Internet Explorer or Firefox, search tools such as Ask.com, yahoo, etc.
February through March
Spreadsheets - examples: Max Count or Microsoft Excel
April through May
Multimedia slideshows - examples: Max Show or Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft PhotoStory 3, Windows Moviemaker, Picasa




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