Topic outline

  • General

    8th Grade Computers
    Teacher:  Mrs. Jeanine Bellinger

  • Announcements & Assignments

    April 6 - June 5

  • Course Description and Syllabus

    This is a nine-week course that will test your knowledge in different skill areas. You are living in a highly technical world with an abundance of information at your fingertips.  Now more than ever, it is important that you are technologically literate.   Another reason is that several states are now requiring eighth grade students to pass a computer/technology competency test before beginning a high school curriculum. 
    Michigan is requiring all 8th grade students to take an 8th grade computer/technology proficiency test and they have recently updated the Michigan Technology Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks for K-8 grades.
    This course covers word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation applications, publications, and reviews the touch method of the alphabet, symbol, and number keys, and improving speed and accuracy.  Also covered is the use of a digital camera and scanner, numeric keypad operation, internet safety, career research and email. 
    • Keyboarding (Review)

      Keyboarding is now one of the fundamental life skills for today's technological age; thus, it is important for all students.  Keyboarding can best be described as (1) a computer literacy tool, (2) a communication tool, and (3) a productivity tool.
      Keyboarding is an important skill for all students. It involves using correct finger placement and building speed for optimal typing accuracy. When students develop keyboarding proficiency, it becomes an aid to the improvement of their writing skills. It is recommended that all students begin to learn correct placement of fingers on the keyboard as soon as they begin to use the computer.

    • Word Basics (Review)

    • Typing Lessons

    • Typing Games

    • Technology


    • Career Research

    • Desktop Publishing

    • Windows Live Movie Maker

    • Spreadsheet (Excel)

    • Presentation (PowerPoint)