Technology Lesson

Technology Lesson:  Nonfiction Posters

30 Minutes

Objective To explore using Microsoft Word to present information on a poster and understand the benefits of computers.

GLCEs By the end of Grade 2 each student will…

BASIC OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS

7.  Use a variety of age-appropriate technologies for sharing information (e.g., drawing a picture, writing a story)

8.  Recognize the functions of basic fi le menu commands (e.g., new, open, close, save, print)

SOCIAL, ETHICAL, AND HUMAN ISSUES

6.  Understand that technology is a tool to help complete a task

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

1.  Know how to use a variety of productivity software (e.g., word processors, drawing tools, presentation software) to convey ideas and illustrate concepts

3.  Be aware of how to work with others when using technology tools (e.g., word processors, drawing tools, presentation software) to convey ideas or illustrate simple concepts relating to a specified project

Materials

  • Information from books that partners wrote during nonfiction lesson
  • Computer for each partner
  • Computer hooked up to projector for teacher modeling

Lesson

Opening

  • We can use computers for all sorts of cool things
  • What do you use computers for
  • Sometimes we type papers or make posters on computers
    • Why would we use them?
      • Make it easier to read things
      • Neater
      • Can add pictures
      • Can easily change things if we make mistakes
  • Going to make our nonfiction posters on the computer in your partners

Lesson

  • Open word
  • Type name
    • Model how to use backspace if you make a mistake
    • Model clicking in the middle of a word to change one letter
  • Type information about book from nonfiction lesson
    • Scaffolding:  Teacher will type part of information if partners have a lot of information
  • Model changing font and size
  • Model printing and have children follow along on their computers

Closing

  • Class Discussion
    • How did that go?
    • What was good about using a computer?
    • What was not so good? 
    • Would you want to do it again?

Presentation

After lesson, children will illustrate their posters and they will be hung in the hall.

Assessment

Assessment will be informal.  Information will be noted on how partners are able to complete the task, answers during discussion, and the finished product.