Divine Mercy Academy follows the Diocesan Elementary Curriculum Guidelines for computer instruction.
Beginning in Kindergarten with awareness of computers and their use, the children go to weekly computer lab for eye-hand coordination, use of a mouse, reinforced skills, drill and practice of early learning skills, and basic understanding of care of the equipment. Divine Mercy Academy has Smart Boards in all classrooms for use daily by the teachers. Smart Board lessons are interactive and provide stimulation and excitement in partnership with the daily lessons so the children can interact within the lessons to enhanced learning. Divine Mercy Academy teachers incorporate Smart Boards in all classes daily.
In grades one, two, and three, awareness expands to include keyboarding skills, drill and practice of language arts, math and spelling and fundamental knowledge of school, business, and government applications along with general care and use of equipment. Programming is introduced using the code.org site and also Tynker.com. Both sites are a wonderful way to introduce programming to students from Kindergarten to 8th grade and beyond.
In grades four, five, and six, the children continue working on word processing skills and graphics. They are given projects to accomplish as members of a team and use word processing skills for their project submissions. PowerPoint and Excel along with Word are used for their lesson submissions.
Grades seven and eight begin using computers as learning tools. The daily use of data bases, spreadsheets, Word 2003, PowerPoint, and Excel become their responsibility for completion of their projects and assignments. They use Chromebooks daily in their classes and have daily use of the Cloud for assignments and lesson submissions. They also extend programming to Robotics and competition in the IEEE competition yearly!
Coding: “Coding is especially beneficial to students who are struggling with reading and math. In addition, students often feel empowered when they can create digital media and share it with others instead of just being consumers of digital media.” –Catapault Learning
Grade 2 through Grade 8 participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. An unprecedented coalition of partners have come together to support the Hour of Code, too — including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board. Divine Mercy Academy is a proud partner with Code.org.
The students in Gr. 2 through 6 work with Flappy Bird, The Artist, The Artist 2, The Farmer, Zombie Artist, Code Attack, Code Monkey, Minecraft, Code Combat and Elsa and Light Bot. These programs highlight coding techniques and introduce computer programming in fun and entertaining way for the elementary learner.
The students in Gr. 6 through 8 work with Infinity Play Lab, Play Lab, Earobics (music programming) and Course 2. Course 3 and Course 4 from Code.org. These courses begin building at the elementary level and continue into higher levels of programming.