My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a find. Students start with basics and move forward into fun and challenging tech projects that are tied into classroom inquiry. By the end of the school year, they–and their parents–can’t believe how much they’ve learned. This 50-page book has a year’s-worth of age-appropriate computer training in KidPix, PowerPoint, Google Earth, beginning keyboarding, computer parts, vocabulary with step-by-step lesson plans, examples of completed work, vocabulary builders. Everything meets and exceeds ISTE, NCLB standards. Students learn hundreds of computer skills while exploring math, science, literature, problem-solving, critical thinking. (See the publisher’s website at structuredlearning.net for free downloads and more details.)
I found it easy to use, straightforward, nonthreatening. I like the entire series. There was a marked change in how much students learned after six years using this curriculum and any other that I’ve seen. If your school is on a budget, buy the pdfs.