The following curriculum sequence is dynamic in nature and changes with the availability and quality of new and innovative resources. Our school is always looking for and exploring different programs to help encourage responsible growth in computer science. Each school year builds on the skills learned in the previous years. This sequence acts a guide as to what is taught during technology classes and does not incorporate any learned skilled taught by classroom teachers. This curriculum is aligned with the National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS),the Standards for the 21st Century Student by the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and supports the Common Core Standards (CCS).
Kindergarten By the end of kindergarten students will be able to:
Effectively use developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.
Independently troubleshoot by: adjusting their own volume, navigate a website by using tab labels, checking for power on individual devices.
Independently navigate the library website in order to access literacy and learning games.
First Grade By the end of first grade students will be able to:
Independently navigate the library website in order to access first grade appropriate learning games.
Demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of technology (NetSmartz)
Independently illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media rich resources (My Story Maker, Pixie 3)
Communicate about technology using a developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.
Demonstrate the ability to navigate in virtual spaces such as software and websites.
Understand and use a word processing program (Microsoft Word).
Understand the basic principles of the internet.
Second Grade By the end of second grade students will be able to:
Understand and use the QWERTY method of touch typing (Dance Mat Typing).
Identify, research, and collect information on a chosen topic using digital resources (US Symbol research project).
Evaluate online resources using critical thinking skills (US Symbol research project).
Access developmentally appropriate resources through the Skokie Public Library website.
Independently use a word processing program to create original documents.
Identify potential dangers on the internet and use critical thinking skills to avoid dangerous situations (Netsmartz).
Third Grade By the end of third grade students will be able to:
In a collaborative work group, use a variety of technologies to produce a digital presentation (Storybird, Microsoft Power Point).
Practice and apply variety of ergonomic strategies when demonstrating correct typing technique (Typing Agent).
Create and share an original critique of a book on an online forum (Destiny)
Take part in an interactive digital community while demonstrating thoughtful and safe practices (Destiny)
Access and utilize community resources such as databases through the Skokie Public Library.
Synthesize data from a variety of online resources to create an accurate self guided report(Animal Research Project)
Demonstrate a basic understanding of copyright laws.
Fourth Grade By the end of fourth grade students will be able to:
Select and analyze digital tools to collect, organize, and evaluate information (Celebrate America Research Project)
Use digital imaging technology to modify or create works of art (We Video)
Understand Copyright laws and accurately cite a source when reproducing facts.
Demonstrate safe and appropriate styles for communicating online (Gmail, Destiny).