Reid School students from Primary through Preparatory Levels learn touch-typing skills through instruction using the Keyboarding, Reading, and Spelling (KRS) computer program. Preparatory Level students who meet or exceed 35 words per minute keyboarding speed when tested with KRS move into a Word Processing class in Computer Lab 2.
The KRS computer program reinforces the students’ reading, spelling, visual memory, and language usage skills and develops fluency in reading. KRS uses a phonetic approach to reading, with the computer being an essential component of the instructional process. It ensures students’ competency in reading, writing, and communicating as adaptated to computer technology. Because of the effectiveness of the computer program, it has been validated by the U.S. Department of Education. All students receive instruction in KRS in Computer Lab 1.
Word Processing skills are taught in Lab 2. These skills follow the Utah State Board of Education’s curriculum for Middle and High School word processing classes. Students learn basic mechanics of all word processors in formatting and page layout for multiple document types. A heavy focus is also placed on the computer’s file system as students learn to save, retrieve, edit, save copies (Save As), organize, move, and even backup files to both cloud-based and on-site backups. Students are taught to utilize the Internet for information and software application help.
Through a partnership with Utah Online School, each student is provided a Chromebook with access to the Internet. Content teachers incorporate the use of Chromebooks within their lesson structures to enhance and augment instruction. Thus computer usage skills are integrated with instruction in Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, and Art as students learn to navigate the digital world of today.
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