Computer Skills Curriculum
Telecomputing Lesson Plan
Title: Accessing Distant Information
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan English
Language Arts 2.1, 2.2, 4.1; Social Studies: (Gr. 4) 7.3, 7.4, 10.3, 11.1, 11.3; Information Skills 1.1, 1.3,
2.1; Computer Skills: (Gr. 4) 1.2
Competency 1.2: Identify computers as tools for accessing information.
Measure 1.2.2: Describe two types of information from distant databases that you
would like to access using a computer.
Materials Needed: Enough copies of black line master Information
Accessing Activity Worksheet for each student.
Time: One class session.
Glossary of Telecomputing Terms
Grade 4 Glossary
With the Media Professional
1. Identify resources on types of information available on computers.
2. Locate information on how policemen, doctors, and scientists use computers to access
- 1. Explain to the class the following concepts:
- Approximately nine out of every ten pages of information that is generated today is
typed into a computer before it is printed to paper.
- Millions of computers around the world are connected together so that the information
that is on one computer can be read by other computers.
- Any computer can be connected to this network through telephone lines.
- Sharing information from computer to computer is called telecomputing.
- 2. Ask the class if they can think of any type of information that a policeman might
want to be able to access using a computer. Explain that the information can be located on
another computer any place in the world. Ask the same question for a doctor and for a
- 3. Hand out a copy of the Information Accessing Activity Worksheet to each student in
the class. Explain to the class that each student is to record two types of information
that they would like most to be able to access with a computer. Explain that the
information can originate any place in the world. Also they should think of two types of
information that would be important for another member of their family to be able to
access with a computer. They are to record this information on the form.
- 4. Have several students report the types of information they recorded for themselves
and for family members.
Have each student write a letter to the principal to explain why all fourth graders
should be able to use a computer to access information on (topic selected by student).