Advent's Technology Program

Computer Lab

It is our goal to provide our children with ongoing education in technology, so that they are proficient in using a electronic devices in all aspects of their education.

Our school enjoys a state-of-the art computer lab with all grades participating in technology education.  All grades have smart boards and computers in their classrooms to reinforce their learned skills. There is a separate computer lab for research in our library. 

Kindergarten - Third Grade

Students use a variety of software programs that integrate with the classroom curriculum:

  • Technology - introduction to keyboarding skills, using the computer as a tool and naming the parts of a computer.
  • Art - using Microsoft® Paint to enhance mouse skills by doing precision exercises such as connecting the dots, drawing straight lines, curves, squares and ovals.
  • Science - plants, simple machines, astronomy and weather units
  • Math - addition, subtraction, multiplication, dividing drills, counting money, reading both analog and digital clocks, and word problem solving.
  • Reading - phonics, spelling, compound words, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Fourth - Eighth Grade 

Our students are taught computer skills that will prepare them for high school and beyond.  We begin with keyboarding and teach them the programs that are the most commonly used in schools and business applications: 

  • Microsoft® Word
  • Microsoft® Powerpoint®
  • Microsoft® Excel®
  • Photoshop® Elements for still photos
  • Photodex® ProShow® for building video essays
  • Scratch for introducing students to basic computer programming

NEW: We are excited to roll-out a 1:1 Technology program for our middle school students.  Students will utilize Chromebooks for cross-curriculum activities.

Students are also taught how to use the internet for research and how to use the internet safely.  In addition to public sources, Advent utilizes the online research website ProQuest K-12 to assist students with their homework and research assignments.

Math skills are incorporated into our computer class with a special project that allows students to play the role of business owner.  Depending on the grade level the student might own a toy store, ice cream truck or hot dog stand.  Students learn about purchasing, managing expenses, selling their product, and balancing a budget.  They then record all their data into Excel spreadsheets to make charts and graphs and to show a profit or loss.