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Your third grader and technology

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By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

A word 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.

Spreadsheets and Databases

Your third-grader may use spreadsheet programs like Excel and AppleWorks to organize data and make graphs. He may be introduced to creating and using database software such as FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Access, and AppleWorks to classify information. He may work from templates in which a spreadsheet or database has already been created and he needs to enter the information. Your third-grader may contribute to a spreadsheet of the class's favorite foods or a database classifying the class library of books.

Internet research

In third grade your child may visit websites the teacher has bookmarked to further explore what is being taught in class. She may go on a virtual field trip to the White House to learn about the government. She may also develop critical evaluation skills by beginning to learn to assess the credibility of websites.

"To reinforce learning at school, parents can help their child search the Internet to learn more about various topics. Comprehension is increased when people discuss what they have learned," explains our teacher consultant Gayle Berthiaume.

Comments from readers

"Since this is the national technology standards I would assume that this is what Moon has. It seems to explain what is on their curriculum."