The sound of dozens of fingers tapping on computer keyboards is typical when kids are intent on learning keyboard skills, the first step in digital literacy for elementary students.
“We know that this is the digital age,” Principal Gloria Wyatt says. “We know to be college- and career-ready they have to be proficient in these skills.”
At Petal Upper Elementary School in Mississippi, digital literacy is required of all fifth and sixth graders. Everything needed to know about using a computer properly is taught in this class.
“We teach Internet safety. We teach the use of strong passwords and of not sharing your password,” Oberst said. “We teach about keyboarding skills, cyberbullying and how to determine a legitimate website.”
The digital literacy classes at Petal Upper Elementary begin in elementary school and continue through eighth grade. Second and third graders attend the class once a week. Fifth and sixth graders take a more advanced class, Information and Communications Technology I and II.