Computer Skills Curriculum
Telecomputing Lesson Plan
Title: Effects of Telecomputing
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan English
Language Arts 2.1, 2.2, 4.1; Social Studies: (Gr. 6)
10.3; Information Skills 1.5; Computer Skills: (Gr. 6) 1.1
Competency 1.1: Identify ways that telecomputing promotes a global community.
Measure 1.1.2: Given a list of topics (e.g., news, research, disaster relief,
sports, banking, education), create a word processed report on how telecomputing can
affect that topic.
Materials Needed: A computer in the classroom or a computer lab with word
Time: Three class sessions.
Terms: Telecomputing, Modem, Upload, Download, Bulletin Board Service, E-mail,
Log on, Log off, Internet, Information Highway
Glossary of Telecomputing Terms
Grade 6 Glossary
- 1. Divide the class into groups with all of the students working on news in one group,
scientific research in another, etc. Explain that each student will report to the rest of
the group the ways that they thought telecomputing might affect their area of activity.
Tell them that other students should take notes on ideas that they did not have on their
- 2. Have the students return to their places and take out a sheet of paper. Assign them
to write a report on how telecomputing might affect their area of activity. Students
should complete the activity for homework.
- 3. During the next trip to the computer lab or using a computer in the classroom, have
each student key his/her report into the computer using a word processing program, edit
it, print it out, and submit it to the teacher.
Report to the class at the beginning of the activity that you will be posting their
reports on a computer network for other classes around the world to read. Once the reports
have been completed, batch the files into a single file and post on one or more
educational forums (e.g., "Discussion Groups" on Learning Link or
"Newsgroups" on FrEdMail).
Given an area of activity such as medicine, education, or entertainment, have students
write a description of ways that telecomputing might affect that activity.