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Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes: Computer Driver's License

About this Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes combines technology objectives, activity ideas, web sites, and resources in an effort to make it easier for everyone to incorporate technology into their instruction. Bits & Bytes is maintained by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and Teachers Network  web mentor. 

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K - 5 

Objective:
Use a variety of input devices such as mouse, keyboard, disk drive, modem, voice/sound recorder, scanner, digital video, CD-ROM or touch screen.

Activity:
Challenge students to earn their Computer Driver's License. This entails demonstrating competence in using different components of their system. Print out a list of tasks for each child, and as they demonstrate a competency, check it off the list. Once they have accomplished all the listed skills, present them with their Computer Driver's License. If some students have a lot to learn yet (inexperienced or younger students), they could earn a Learner's Permit to show mastery of the basics.

Skills to be mastered:

  • Use mouse to single- and double-click items on screen.
  • Knows at least one function of the right-click.
  • Find and use the enter, backspace, shift, space bar and delete keys on keyboard.
  • Turn machine off and on properly.
  • Open and close programs.
  • Save products on a floppy disk.
  • Use a modem.
  • Record a sound file.
  • Scan a picture.
  • Record digital video.
  • Access programs or information from a CD-ROM.
  • Get on the Internet and conduct a search. (I highly recommend the
  • Yahooligans search engine for elementary Internet use.

Here are some examples (modify as needed):

2007-2008 Computer Driver’s License
Student Name:

Homeroom:

Skills to be mastered:

_____ Use mouse to single- and double-click items on screen.

_____ Knows at least one function of the right-click.

_____ Find and use the enter, backspace, shift, space bar and delete keys on keyboard.

_____ Turn machine off and on properly.

_____ Open and close programs.

_____ Save products on a floppy disk.

_____ Use a modem.

_____ Record a sound file.

_____ Scan a picture.

_____ Record digital video.

_____ Access programs or information from a CD-ROM.

_____ Get on the Internet and conduct a search. http://yahooligans.com

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