School Groups

Information Technologies

Use of Information Technology (Computers) as Learning Tools

Pan-Asia International School provides basic courses in computer use for students in grades one to three. The grade one course is designed to introduce students to basic skills. They experience the operation of the computer and become acquainted with technology. Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point are introduced in grade two. At this time students also explore a variety of software that enhances studies in various subject areas. In grade three students continue to learn about word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.

Students in grades four to nine use computers as learning tools in a variety of ways. Computer skills are taught to students in conjunction with the content of their subjects (English, Science, Math, Social Studies, etc . . .) rather than as separate skills without context. Computers are used as tools to learn about subjects and to organize information for retention or presentation. Therefore, students will accompany their teachers or go independently to the computer lab to learn not only how to use a computer, but also why a computer is necessary and useful. Students in grades four to nine at Pan-Asia learn computer skills in the context of real-life, hands-on experience. Examples of how students use computers in their classes include: to do research, to produce reports, to make presentations, to desktop publish media, to use subject-related interactive media, and to communicate.

For example, spreadsheets will not be taught in isolation. Students will be taught how to use a spreadsheet to examine and graph population data in relation to social studies. In mathematics, the teacher will show students how to use a spreadsheet to solve problems.

Another example is word processing. In a computer class students may learn how to use the functions of Microsoft Word, but they may never learn when, where, or why those functions are needed in the first place. When students learn the necessary aspects of MS Word in conjunction with the content of their English Language Arts or Social Studies classes, then they are learning to use computers in the context of activities with real-world significance. Experiences like these will serve our students’ futures much better than simply learning computer skills just for the sake of learning computer skills.