Polk elementary students learning digital skills at younger ages


A student works on her computer skills at Churchwell Elementary. THE LEDGER

By Madison Fantozzi
The Ledger

LAKELAND — The sounds of small fingertips clicking keys and tiny palms shuffling mice fill the computer lab at Churchwell Elementary School.

Students as young as 7 are not only learning how to type, they’re also learning about computer hardware, software, researching the internet and digital citizenship.

These programs, which have traditionally been taught in middle and high schools, have trickled down into lower grades and are being introduced in five elementary schools that feed into Lake Gibson Middle School.

“The saying is that technology is the future, but it’s not — it’s now,” said Patti Belch, the school’s network manager.

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