8th Grade Computer Curriculum
The student will be taught to:
1. Use a Word Processor.
2. Become familiar with computer terminology.
3. Develop an understanding of the history of computers.
4. Use software applications.
5. Use hardware applications.
6. Use the computer keyboard.
7. Use spreadsheets.
8. Use databases.
9. Produce intermediate programming.
10. Apply basic research techniques and applications.
11. Use proper care in the handling of hardware and software.
The student will be provided opportunities to:
I. Use a Word Processor to:
A. Create new documents.
B. Set document margins.
C. Direct input from the keyboard.
D. Insert/Delete text.
E. Cut, Copy and Paste.
F. Spell Check.
G. Save and retrieve documents from multiple sources.
H. Use an on-line thesaurus.
I. Import/Export documents to alternative programs.
J. Insert graphics and align text in multiple formats.
II. Become familiar with computer terminology through:
A. Identifying computer external components such as:
5. Main Board.
7. Video Card.
10. L1/L2 cache.
11. Video capture devices.
12. Connecting cables.
13. Network Components
B. Identifying data sources such as:
1. Floppy Disk Drives
3. Hard Drives
4. Network servers
6. Data Tape
7. High Capacity drives
8. CD-RW drives
C. Use of Filenames such as:
1. DOS procedures
2. Long file names
3. Extension – The 3 letter abbreviation at the end of each file.
4. File renaming.
5. File search criteria.
6. Hidden files.
7. Creating backups of original files.
8. Restoring backups to original location.
D. Identifying internal storage devices such as:
1. Floppy drive
2. Zip drive
3. Hard Drive
4. Tape Drive
III. Develop an understanding of the history of computers by:
A. Discussing the origins of computer’s such as:
1. Artificial Intelligence.
2. Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
5. The storage of historical data.
6. Social Security Office.
7. Texas Instruments discoveries.
B. Discussing commercial/industrial examples such as:
1. The importance of computers in the workplace.
2. Identifying different types of computers.
5. Department of Motor Vehicles.
6. Police Department.
C. Discussing a computer’s purpose such as:
1. How computers are used at their parents workplace.
2. How computers help with their schoolwork.
3. How computers are used at home.
4. Advances in computers/technology.
5. Beta testing.
D. Discussing and applying copyright laws.
E. Discussing Software piracy.
IV. Use software applications by:
A. Installing software for initial use.
B. Identifying different Operating systems.
C. Establishing correct configurations for software operation.
D. Correctly starting programs.
E. Identifying and utilizing “Help”.
F. Use of the Internet.
G. Using e-mail applications.
H. Using multiple Internet browsers.
I. Evaluation of software for applicable use.
J. Using graphics/image editing programs to create images.
K. Introducing Web Page development.
V. Use hardware applications by:
A. Correctly saving files to multiple sources.
B. Correctly retrieving files from multiple sources.
C. Correctly deleting files from multiple sources.
D. Correctly maintaining computer system (defrag, scandisk).
E. Properly using the mouse.
F. Preparing and utilizing multiple media sources.
F. Establishing and accessing network components.
VI. Use a computer keyboard to:
A. Utilize a typing tutor program to type consistently for 10 minutes.
B. Recognize all keys by touch.
C. Be challenged to type 35 WPM/100% accuracy.
D. Use function keys to create macros.
VII. Use spreadsheets by:
A. Understanding the purpose of spreadsheets.
B. Identifying the organization of data.
C. Identifying individual spreadsheet components.
D. Creating formulas.
E. Entering numeric data.
F. Creating multiple reports of data.
G. Data analysis from multiple tables.
VIII. Use databases by:
A. Understanding the purpose of a database.
B. Identifying the organization of data.
C. Identifying individual database components.
D. Creating templates.
E. Creating records with a user created template.
F. Creating multiple reports from single databases.
G. Sorting/searching multiple records.
H. Applying to real life scenarios.
IX. Apply research techniques and applications by:
A. Defining research terminology.
B. Using a CD-ROM encyclopedia.
C. Using tutorials, help and online dictionaries.
D. Using Internet Search Engines.
E. Correctly using search criteria (Boolean searches).
X. Become familiar with the proper care of hardware and software by:
A. Cleaning the computer regularly.
B. Learning how to handle storage media.
C. Learning what objects can or cannot be inserted into the disk drives.
1. Computer Lab
2. Classroom Computers
5. Video Discs
6. Simulation Kits
The student will demonstrate the ability to:
Use a Word Processor.
Become familiar with computer terminology.
Develop an understanding of the history of computers.
Use software applications.
Use hardware applications.
Use the computer keyboard.
Produce simple programming.
Apply basic research techniques and applications.
Use proper care in the handling of hardware and software.