Computer Skills for Young Students

Students need basic computer skills to take a Track My Progress test. While keyboard skills are NOT necessary, students will need to be able to navigate the screen with a mouse, drag and drop virtual objects and select various icons and buttons. By grade three students will need to understand how to scroll a text passage by clicking it and moving it towards the top of the screen. Alternatively, students can take Track My Progress assessments on the iPad which is a more simple and less demanding interface to master.

The table below shows the different test question types used in Track My Progress, the grade levels for the items and the computer interactions required to provide a solution.

Subject Question Type
Grades
Computer - Mouse Interaction
Reading Multiple Choice
PK - 5
Click an answer choice button
Reading Fill in the Box
PK - 5
Click an answer choice button
Reading Select a Word(s)
PK - 6
Click a word or click on several words in a sentence
Reading Match K - 4 Click and drag objects to their matching pairs
Reading Multiple Solutions
K - 5
Click 2-5 answer choices out of six possible choices
Reading Maze 1 - 5 Click a box and select one of three words from drop down box.
Reading Fluency Passage
2 - 5
Read and scroll a timed passage and click an answer button.
Reading Select a Sentence(s)
2 - 6
Read and scroll a passage, click a sentence or several sentences.
Reading Passage with Multiple Choice
2 - 6
Reading and scroll a passage and click answer button.
Reading Passage with Multiple Solutions
2 - 6
Reading and scroll a passage and click several answer buttons.

Below are some websites that offer young students the opportunity to become comfortable with the computer interface. These websites are not a part of Track My Progress and you will need to be sure the website is still live and that students do not click on ads or other unrelated content. If you have any websites that you like for helping students develop computer skills please let us know so we can add it to the list.

Mouse Skills

These links provide basic mouse clicking activities that helps students practice pointing and clicking with the mouse:

Drag and Drop

This activity allows students to practice dragging and dropping items to match shapes:

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