Computer / Technology

Computer Lab Teacher - Mrs. Debbie Marshall

Today, technology is an ever-present part of life. It has drastically changed the way we interact with the world and each other. The digital age requires that we understand and use the power of technology to analyze, explore, and learn. Digital age skills are required to be an effective student in the classroom and citizen in the community and the digital world. Through computer class our students learn and grow in their technology skills and develop an understanding of being good digital citizens. The objectives taught are based upon national education technology standards (NETS) developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). 

At BCA, computer class begins in kindergarten. Kindergarteners visit the lab once a week and work on grade appropriate activities. Through an award winning program called ABCMOUSE.COM (early learning academy), they read books, play games, do puzzles, draw, create music, take virtual field trips to the zoo and farm; all while learning about letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and the world around them. They even learn about the computer; how to use the mouse, how to email, how to save and delete files; all this learning while having fun. 

By first grade, BCA’s students begin to learn touch typing. A kid friendly online program called Dance Mat Typing introduces them to the keyboard. They learn about the parts of the computer and are introduced to software and applications such as Word, Paint, and Power Point. Math and spelling are practiced using programs like Mathletics and Spellodrome. Students of all grade levels enjoy using Mathletics. This program allows them race other students from around the world in 60 second games to see who can finish first.

Second and third graders are in lab twice a week and continue the same curriculum directives with more depth; learning more about computer hardware and software, input and output devices, storage devices, and working with files. The Internet is introduced using Internet Explorer; internet safety and cyber bullying is discussed. Excel is used for simple charts and graphing. 

Fourth and fifth graders continue their touch typing practice with Mavis Beacon and other online programs that focus on drills for correct keying and accuracy. They are in lab on a daily basis and depending upon grade level additional emphasis is put on learning about the computer, networks, compatibility issues with other technology, and the windows environment. Internet and World Wide Web lessons focus on living online (etiquette), safety, browsers and search engines, researching online, evaluating good and bad websites, , and viruses- detection/prevention. Computer ethics are discussed; topics include integrity and confidentiality of data files, shareware, freeware, public domain, fair use and copyright regulations, and licensing. Further skills are developed in word processing, spreadsheet, data base, computer graphic, and presentation programs, specifically Microsoft Office products; Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Whenever possibly computer learning is tied to assignments within the classroom (i.e. 4th and 5th grade state reports are coordinated between the classroom teacher and the computer teacher). Thus, students learn about the computer, practice keyboarding, and reinforce classroom concepts while completing assignments in computer lab. 

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Computer Lab News and Activities

World Math Day, also known as World Maths Day in other countries, is the world’s largest online math competition hosted on the Live Mathletics game engine, part of the award winning resources Mathletics.


World Math Day is a worldwide online competition that measures speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform. BCA students competed online with nearly 4 million students participating worldwide. Our school is now displayed in the 2018 World Math Day "Hall of Fame" final results.


Kindergarten 13th Place 66th Place
Second Grade 5th Place 38th Place
Fourth Grade 6th Place 30th Place
Sixth Grade 2nd Place 57th Place
7th Grade 6th Place 59th Place
8th Grade 1st Place 15th Place


BCA had two students who finished in the top 100 in the world.  Their names are listed in the World Math Day Hall of Fame.  Congratulations!

M. Chikami - 8th Grade 3rd Place 66th Place
T. Nguyen - 6th Grade 3rd Place 69th Place


Did you know that UNICEF points were earned across the Live Mathletics World Math Day game by answering questions correctly? They turned the points into cash and donated it to fund UNICEF supported schools in Zimbabwe, bringing education to children in need. By competing in World Math Day, all students were helping support these UNICEF projects. It was a great reason for BCA to be involved!


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October 12, 2018

"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" 
Colossians 3:17


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