Ch 3: Computer Skills Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Teach your students about computer skills using this chapter of lesson plans and teacher resources as your guide. You can use this handy resource to refresh your curriculum, write new lesson plans or create interesting group discussion prompts.

Computer Skills Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

We've put together interesting lesson plans you can use to teach your students important computer skills. This chapter covers using PowerPoint and spreadsheets, keyboarding and a basic guide to Microsoft Word. We've made this chapter accessible 24 hours a day so you can utilize every minute of your teacher planning time as needed.

How It Helps

  • Activities and games: This chapter offers ideas for ways to engage your students with computer topics through games other hands-on activities.
  • Class discussion questions: You'll find ideas in this chapter to help you lead discussions that get your students thinking about these subjects in new ways.
  • Homework suggestions: These lessons will assist you in creating quick homework assignments to reinforce the computer subjects your students are learning about in class.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning computer skills lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific computer skills topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your computer skills class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related computer skills lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important computer skills concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant computer skills-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

21 Lessons in Chapter 3: Computer Skills Lesson Plans & Resources
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Computer Projects for Middle School

1. Computer Projects for Middle School

It's vitally important that our students have a good understanding of computers, how to use them, and how they work. To help students meet these goals, check out some of these ideas for middle school computer projects.

Typing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

2. Typing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students how to type with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that steps them through finger placement and key strike, practicing alongside the lesson, then practice by typing on a real computer.

Learning to Type: Lesson for Kids

3. Learning to Type: Lesson for Kids

When you use a laptop or other keyboard, do you use just one or two fingers to find the letters you need? Would you like to learn how to type faster? This lesson will show you how you can use all your fingers when you type!

Keyboarding Lesson Plan

4. Keyboarding Lesson Plan

Teach students important keyboarding skills such as proper posture and hand placement using this lesson plan. Guided and independent practice follows an informative reading passage.

How to Learn How to Type

5. How to Learn How to Type

This is an introductory lesson to help you learn to type. We will discuss posture, understanding your keyboard, finding the home row, and which fingers are responsible for each of the keys on the keyboard.

PowerPoint Presentation Lesson Plan

6. PowerPoint Presentation Lesson Plan

Thinking of having your students use a PowerPoint presentation in your classroom? This lesson plan gives students a video to watch to gain knowledge on the topic, questions to consider, then provides time to create a short presentation of their own.

Beginner's Guide to Using PowerPoint

7. Beginner's Guide to Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint is software that makes it easy to create fun and engaging visual aids for training meetings, business presentations or even public speaking events. In this video, we will learn some of the benefits to using PowerPoint and take a quick look at the general layout of the tool, menus and commands.

Excel Projects for High School

8. Excel Projects for High School

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly useful computer application that can be used in a plethora of real-world scenarios. If you are teaching students how to use Excel, the project ideas found in this article will be highly useful in engaging students in learning.

Microsoft Word Lesson Plan

9. Microsoft Word Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on how to use Microsoft Word. With it, students will read a lesson that steps them through the basic components of Microsoft Word, pausing to apply concepts, then finish up by creating and saving a new document.

Basic Guide to Microsoft Word: Toolbars & Document Views

10. Basic Guide to Microsoft Word: Toolbars & Document Views

Microsoft Word is the market leader in word processors and the most commonly used text editor for both individuals and organizations. In this lesson, we'll focus on learning the fundamentals of Word, including basic navigation and document views.

Spreadsheets Lesson Plan

11. Spreadsheets Lesson Plan

Do you need a simple method for teaching students about spreadsheets? This lesson plan uses two video lessons designed around spreadsheets to enlighten and instruct while an activity has the class creating spreadsheets in Excel.

Common Uses for Excel Spreadsheets

12. Common Uses for Excel Spreadsheets

Watch this video lesson to see the different ways an Excel spreadsheet can be used. See how it can be used to keep data in addition to how it is used to make calculations.

Using the Formula Bar in Excel

13. Using the Formula Bar in Excel

Watch this video lesson to see how you can use the formula bar to check the contents of a cell in your spreadsheet or manipulate data. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Database Lesson Plan for Elementary School

14. Database Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson focuses on introducing the concept of databases and their uses to elementary aged students. Several engaging activities are included for all levels of learners. Alternatives for classrooms without access to computers are provided for the activities.

Databases: Lesson for Kids

15. Databases: Lesson for Kids

In today's world, information is very important. Being able to get information you need easily and quickly can be done with databases. Read on to find out what databases are and how they're helpful.

Google Docs Lesson Plan

16. Google Docs Lesson Plan

In this lesson, introduce students to Google Docs. Students will explore the online platform through class discussions and a collaborative writing activity.

How to Use Google Docs in the Classroom

17. How to Use Google Docs in the Classroom

In this lesson you will learn about ways you can use Google Docs in the classroom, including collaborative projects and brainstorming, organizing for teachers, self-quizzing, and translation.

Linear Programming Project Ideas

18. Linear Programming Project Ideas

Linear programming projects can help your high school students investigate and discover real-world uses for this concept. From the perspective of business owners, students will apply knowledge to maximizing space, product delivery, and personnel.

Holiday Coding Activities

19. Holiday Coding Activities

Engaging students in themed coding activities can be a great way to introduce coding to beginners or challenge advanced coders to design something new and exciting. These holiday coding activities can be used with middle or high school coders.

Coding Activities for Middle School Students

20. Coding Activities for Middle School Students

Teaching coding to middle schoolers can be a fun adventure for both you and your students! These activities will help you guide students through fun and easy-to-build projects that will get and keep their attention.

Coding Activities for High School Students

21. Coding Activities for High School Students

Coding activities can be an excellent way to keep your high school computer science students thinking and innovating as they learn and practice new skills. These activities will help you guide students through innovative brainstorming and creation.

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