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Your child and technology: what your first grader needs to know

When first graders use technology in the classroom, they start to use a keyboard; master terms like menu, file, save, and quit; and even learn to navigate the web.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Tools of the grade

Your first grader may have one or more computer workstations in the classroom, visit a computer lab once a week, or have no access to computers at all. If your child's class does use technology to support learning, here are the tools you might expect to find:


  • Educational software that reinforces reading and math skills
  • Multimedia encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Digital camera
  • Video camera
  • Interactive story books on a computer
  • One computer or more with access to the Internet and a printer
  • Large-screen display connected to a computer
  • An interactive whiteboard
  • One tablet or more

Even if your child's class has little more than a computer and printer, there’s no need to panic. The skills a first grader needs can be taught using basic high-tech tools.