Erase Computer Illiteracy

Erase Computer Illiteracy lesson plan

Who’s friends with a mouse? Almost anyone who uses a computer! Help others learn what wonderful tools computers can be for research, writing, shopping, and staying in touch with friends and family.

  • 1.

    What’s your favorite use for a computer? Games, Email, keeping financial records? Lots of people are still learning to use computers. Who could you teach to use a computer? Are younger students eager to learn? Neighbors who are retired? Family members? You and your classmates can be their computer mentors!

  • 2.

    Some people need to be convinced about learning to use a computer. Others are just waiting for the opportunity! Why not show the benefits of computer literacy with a bright, eye-catching poster?

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on white paper to create a convincing computer literacy poster. Show how wonderful computers are! Start with a decorative border. Illustrate your ideas with words and drawings. Simply erase some of the color to add details, highlights, and other special effects. You can leave white space or fill erased parts with another color.

  • 4.

    Now it’s time to find someone who would like a computer mentor. Use your poster to get your message across. Soon, others will be as handy with a mouse as you are!

Standards

  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SCI: Offer causal explanations appropriate to level of knowledge.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Teams of students campaign for the advancement of computer literacy skills by composing an original phrase and illustrating it. Students can make several styles of posters using their phrase and post them in the school building.
  • Organize a time when older students can visit younger students to assist with a research project. Older students introduce younger children to simple research procedures on the Internet. Older students also use computer terminology when working with younger children. After the meeting, younger students post their learning to a class blog; allow older students access to the class blog to respond to posts.
  • Organize a time when students can visit a retirement home and work with the elderly to introduce them to computer skills, or work towards advancing their computer skills.