Valley Presbyterian Christian School - Computer Lab

Students attend the Computer Lab at Valley Presbyterian Christian School at least twice weekly. All grade levels receive computer instruction corresponding to our Technology Scope and Sequence and keyboarding practice. Upper grade students complete reports, create power point presentations, and become familiar with Word and Excel.


It shall be the purpose of the Valley Presbyterian Christian School technology program to further develop the total child by equipping each student with the latest technological knowledge to skillfully access, retrieve, and apply information, use the appropriate technological tools and practices, and thereby increase each child’s productivity while enhancing their academic achievement. It shall also be the mission of the Valley Presbyterian School technology program to encourage the responsible use of technology at home and at school in order to promote the development of ethical and spiritually minded leaders in the area of technology.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students

Basic operations and concepts

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

Social, ethical, and human issues

  • Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
  • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration personal pursuits, and productivity.

Technology productivity tools

  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhances models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

Technology communication tools

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts and other audiences.
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

Technology research tools

  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Problem-solving and decision-making tools

  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.


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Computer Lab Curriculum

  • Identify the keyboard, mouse and monitor
  • Demonstrate the use of a mouse
  • Use the keyboard respectfully
  • Demonstrate the use and care of removable storage (i.e. 3.5 floppies, CD ROMs, USB Flash Drives, etc.)
  • Use proper posture at the computer station
  • Use correct computer terminology
  • Identify the spacebar, enter key, shift key, and backspace key
  • Identify and use letters, number pad, and common punctuation keys on the keyboard
  • Turn the computer on and off
  • Demonstrate how to log on and off the computer
  • Demonstrate how to open and close a program from an icon
  • Type an original sentence using a word processing program
  • Create an original picture using painting tools
  • Demonstrate how to access the Internet
  • Demonstrate how to print a document or a picture
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Use the proper posture at the computer workstation
  • Turn the computer on, log on, log off, and shut down the computer
  • Use pictorial menu for selecting a software program
  • Demonstrate the procedure for opening, saving and printing a file
  • Identify and use arrows, question mark, shift, period, and backspace
  • Type an original story, poem, or paragraph in a word processing program
  • Insert a graphic
  • Access the internet and bookmark a website
  • Create a graphic to illustrate an idea
  • Demonstrate the use of grade level software
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten technology objectives
  • Identify keyboard/know where the keys are
  • Recognize home row typing position
  • Identify and use a question mark, exclamation point, and tab in writing a sentence
  • Change font size and type style in word processing
  • Locate various websites using the Internet
  • Change the size, shape or position of a graphic using edge handles
  • Use insertion point, cursor control and word wrap in software programs
  • Use developmentally appropriate multimedia resources to support learning
  • Practice responsible use of technology systems and software
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others when using technology
  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten and first grade technology objectives
  • Develop skill in keyboarding and work on becoming independent workers 10 words per minute
  • Use clip art in a program
  • Use an electronic spelling dictionary
  • Demonstrate right, left, and center, justify text in a word processing document
  • Demonstrate correct keyboarding skills
  • Use a word processing program to write an essay or story
  • Use a desk-top publishing program to create a product
  • Use the Internet for research
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten – second grade technology objectives
  • Develop skills and work on becoming independent user in keyboarding
  • 15 words per minute
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Use shortcut keys to save, print and quit
  • Use tool and menu bars in various software applications
  • Use an electronic thesaurus
  • Use an electronic spellchecker
  • Cut, copy and paste text
  • Minimize a window when opening a second window
  • Use a digitized image
  • Use electronic reference and the Internet for research
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten – third grade technology objectives
  • Become independent user in keyboarding
  • 20-25 words per minute
  • Save work to a flash drive and the network
  • Cut, copy and paste text and graphics
  • Use an electronic spellchecker and thesaurus
  • Access information from an electronic encyclopedia
  • Prepare a multimedia presentation using a variety of sources
  • Use a grade level appropriate search engine to find information online
  • Demonstrate keyboarding skills appropriate to grade level increasing speed and accuracy; maintain 20-25 words per minute or higher.
  • Use technology tools and resources for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.
  • Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources.
  • Discuss basic issues related to responsible use of technology and information and describe personal consequences of inappropriate use
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten – fourth grade technology
  • Generate original data in a spreadsheet
  • Create graphs from data in a spreadsheet
  • Demonstrate proper keyboarding techniques
  • Type at a speed of 20-25 words per minute or higher
  • Demonstrate proper use of the local area network
  • Define copyright laws and the reasons for them
  • Access files from the network drive, hard drive, and removable storage (i.e. CD-ROM, USB Flash drives, etc.)
  • Produce, edit, save, and print original documents
  • Import graphics into a word processing document
  • Demonstrate document editing features using Microsoft Works/Word
  • Demonstrate the correct use of tabs and alignment
  • Use electronic reference materials to locate information
  • Adhere to the Technology Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate mastery of kindergarten – fifth grade technology objectives