The focus of the computer education program in grades K–8
is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use a
computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related
to the various content area standards. In teaching basic
computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum
standards as much as possible. For instance, when students
learn the computer skills necessary for word processing,
they learn with activities related to the language arts program.
Computers are in the classrooms, and students go to the computer
laboratory for instruction. Students in grades K–2
work on one or two enrichment programs. Grades 3–5
learn how to use software applications and apply them to
projects. Students in grades 6–8 apply software applications
and Internet research to classroom projects.
Currently, each classroom has at least one multimedia PC
and a color inkjet printer. The whole second floor has access
to the Internet for email and information access. The first
floor classrooms have limited access to the Internet at this
time. Franklin has access to five laptops, which can be wheeled
into a classroom, providing increased access during classroom
computer education time.
To provide additional support for classroom teachers, the
computer education teacher also team-teaches a computer activity
in grades 5–8 with classroom teachers during the school
year. The computer teacher is also a resource for other building
staff members, and is also the building contact for hardware
and software maintenance, either resolving issues or reporting
the situation to the district technician.