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By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff
Your second-grader may use software such as PowerPoint and AppleWorks to add to a class book or slide show, making a slide with pictures and text. She may contribute to a slide show about jobs or one about neighborhoods.
A few words about PowerPoint
Some critics argue that teaching young children to use PowerPoint puts too much emphasis on fonts and formatting and not enough on thinking, writing, and organizing ideas. Others argue that teaching the effective use of multimedia tools is essential, as long as they are used as visual aids to highlight and clarify a student's ideas.
Your second-grader may use spreadsheet programs like Excel and AppleWorks to organize data and make graphs. He may work from a template in which the spreadsheet is already created and he enters the information needed. Your second-grader may contribute to a class spreadsheet about temperatures taken over a period of time, or one about his classmates' favorite sports.
In second grade your child may visit websites the teacher has bookmarked. If students are learning about the solar system, they may visit websites about the planets and use the information they find in a report.
Berthiaume notes that some projects integrate more than one technology and subject: "Students may write poems and stories, illustrate them with Kid Pix or digital photos, and use GarageBand to record their poems, add music or a beat, and publish it as a podcast to allow parents and others to listen to it."
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