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Whether it makes you want to stand up and cheer or tear out your hair, computers are here to stay. In keeping with the times, it's especially important that children become familiar with applications that are commonly used on these high-tech tools. The activities in this book are a great way to ease into the world of word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and the Internet. (Students with intermediate to advanced computer skills may not be challenged by these activities.)
This book contains 57 activities, each with detailed instructions as well as extension ideas. Extension ideas are helpful since most activities seem to be written for the younger grade levels. Technical skill objectives are listed for each activity, but no technical guidance is provided in activity instructions. The teacher must be familiar with his software of choice, whether it's Windows or Macintosh, and be able to demonstrate how to use it. No software is provided with this activity book.
Word processing activities usually entail writing poems, letters, or essays. The student will learn basic skills such as centering text, copying and pasting, setting page margins, inserting clip art, and spell checking. Spreadsheet activities include recording data, creating word searches, and calculating multiplication tables. Skills covered include adjusting column widths, highlighting cells, entering data, making and labeling bar, pie, and line graphs, and using formulas. Most of the Internet activities deal with research on topics such as Europe, the human body, and the White House. To complete these activities, you must have Internet access. The student will become familiar with basic Internet terminology and learn how to find a specific website, navigate a web page, use a search engine, and copy and paste pictures from the Internet into a different program. There are only two presentation activities, All About Me and PowerPoint Projects. Presentation software such as PowerPoint or Kid Pix is suggested. The student will learn how to make attractive slides, view a slide show, and practice presentation timing. Graphic skills activities involve creating travel brochures, advertisements, a cookbook, and a time line. Programs like PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe Pagemaker can be used for the graphics activities. An extensive clip art gallery is also recommended. The student will learn how to insert pictures, create borders, format text, change page layouts, and how to use a tool bar. The 144 page book is reproducible. ~ Anh