Classes are designed to equip students with a technological vocabulary, teach respect for computer hardware, acclimate students with location/function of keys on a traditional Accordion keyboards, and finally, introduce students to Microsoft Office suite programs including Microsoft Word, Power Point and Publisher. Classes are taught weekly, onsite at your school by our specially trained technology instructor. Children are taught in small groups of 2-4 students with compatible skill levels, in 30-minute sessions (exception: due to attention spans, 2 year old students are taught in 20-minute sessions).
e-piphany’s 5 Curriculum Concepts:
- Terminology (all ages) - Teachers have a list of “tech vocabulary,” so new terms are introduced as old terms are mastered.
- Etiquette (all ages) - Teachers encourage gentle handling of computer equipment through our monthly etiquette focuses. A few other computer etiquette concepts are also covered, like having good computer posture, asking permission before using the computer, etc.
- Keyboarding (all ages) - Teachers familiarize students with key locations and functions with our monthly keyboarding focuses. Each month, new key(s) are selected as the focus. These focuses are taught in Microsoft Word or Power Point, so even younger children are introduced to the Microsoft programs.
- Age-appropriate focus (divided according to age) – Teachers introduce age-appropriate concepts, as children are grouped according to age/skill level. The levels are as follows:
Rewarding games (all ages) – Teachers use games as an incentive at the end of each class to encourage students to complete the daily lessons. We use various educational software programs so concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes, and letter recognition reinforce classroom learning. Though this is not our primary focus, it is a most useful byproduct of our classes.
- Beginners (2’s or those who are working on mouse control mastery) – these students use the remainder of the class to work on left click, right click, click-drag-drop, and double clicking. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, including paint program, educational software, and other structured activities.
- Computer Functionality (3’s or those who have mostly mastered mouse control) – these students focus on computer navigation and basic functionality.
- Microsoft Functionality (4 & 5’s or those who have mastered mouse control) – Much emphasis is placed on the Microsoft Suite, as this is the principal software program used in primary education. A different portion of the Microsoft suite is selected as a point of interest each month. Additionally, these students will utilize learned Microsoft Office Suite skills through participation in project-based learning at the end of each session. These projects are scheduled for the months of April, August and December.