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Computer Literacy

Overview and Resources

Technology is a tool to enrich and enhance the curriculum; not an end unto itself. It should seamlessly support engaged, meaningful learning and collaboration involving challenging and relevant learning tasks. ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards NETS have served as a roadmap for improved teaching and learning by educators throughout the United States. The standards, used in every U.S. state and many countries, are credited with significantly influencing expectations for students and creating a target of excellence relating to technology. In the summer of 2007, the National Educational Technology Standards for Students were updated to address the following:

Technology literacy is integrated into the curriculum at the elementary level. Examples of programs used at this level are Kidspiration, Kidpix, PhotoStory 3, MS Office Suite 2007 and various web sites and databases. With the implementation of the Scott Foresman Reading Street series, IXL Math and standardized lessons that integrate the various components of the NETS-S and curriculum objectives, students receive a well rounded technology experience.  Examples of essential skills learned through these lessons are to be able to:

  • Create and use various documents
  • Create and use graphic organizers
  • Create and use multimedia
  • Create and use spreadsheets and graphs
  • Use telecommunications
  • Locate and manage information 
  • Keyboard with proper hand placement
  • Practice Internet safety
A formal computer literacy curriculum exists for middle school students. During a six-week term for grade 6 and 7, students participate in a project based curriculum that focuses on specific computer skills within the context of other content areas. Grade 8 students have an option of participating in an additional 9 weeks of a formal computer literacy class to extend their knowledge of various software and technologies. In addition to the formal computer literacy classes, middle school teachers are able to integrate technology into their classroom with the use of laptops and/or reserving the second computer lab for their class. Examples of programs used at the middle school level are Inspiration, PhotoStory 3, MS Office Suite 2007 and various software, websites and databases that are directly aligned to the curriculum.
The High School Technology curriculum is described in the York High School Course booklet.

6th grade


  • Keyboarding
  • File management and storage
  • Word processing
  • Graphic organizers
  • Internet Safety

7th grade


  • Keyboarding reinforcement
  • Spreadsheet basics and graphing
  • Internet research and ethical use
  • Multimedia
  • Internet Safety

8th grade


  • Keyboarding reinforcement
  • Spreadsheet-formulas and functions
  • Multimedia
  • Databases
  • Internet Safety