Technology Curriculum

Welcome to Technology for Grades K-5. Students attend the lab once a week all year. Our projects are varied, exciting, creative, multi-faceted, and fully integrated with the classroom curriculum. In addition to covering classroom curriculum, students learn computer literacy skills such as navigating through our programs efficiently and understanding the differences and similarities in functionality between programs. Technology as a concept is introduced and reinforced as examples of different types of technology are introduced each week. Word processing skills and keyboarding are taught at all grade levels. Concepts in computational thinking including sequencing, decomposition, pattern recognition, and algorithms are taught with coding using computer programs, websites, and unplugged activities.

Kindergarten

Once each week, kindergarten students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for forty-five minutes to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For kindergarten students, we cover basic operations including turning a computer on and logging in, using the mouse to click on urls and icons, adjusting the scroll bar, and drawing within various applications. They are introduced to the dock and the icons that represent the application they are using. Keyboarding is introduced including positioning the right and left hand over the home row keys and understanding the function of the return, caps lock, and spacebar keys. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing with Keyboarding Without Tears. Applications that are introduced include Pixie 3, Thinkin’ Things, Mia Reading, Photobooth, and Tux Paint.

1st Grade

Once each week, first grade students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for forty-five minutes to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For first grade students, we reinforce the skills they learned in kindergarten and introduce more complex operations. They learn to open an application and save the file with their name and grade, quit the application when done, and logout of their computer. We introduce the web browser and bookmarked educational sites. Word processing is introduced to write, edit, and print using menu functions like font, size, and copy and paste. Kidspiration, a visual mind mapping program, is introduced for organizing information in many creative ways. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing with Keyboarding Without Tears. Applications that are introduced and used include Pixie 3, Kidspiration, iMovie, and iPhoto.

2nd Grade

Once each week, second grade students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for forty-five minutes to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For second grade students, we reinforce the skills they learned in first grade and introduce more complex operations including digital photography and coding. With word processing, they learn to copy and paste text using the menu functions and keyboard shortcuts, insert an image within a document from an outside source, and learn to edit their work using the dictionary and thesaurus. They work on a multi-week endangered animal project, doing research from designated websites, downloading images from Imagequest, and creating a 2-minute film in iMovie. In iMovie, they work with titles and font styles, sound effects, transitions, and cropping and moving their still images. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing with Keyboarding Without Tears. Applications that are introduced and used include Pixie 3, Kidspiration, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband.

3rd Grade

Once each week, third grade students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for forty-five minutes to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For third grade students, we reinforce the skills they learned in second grade and strengthen more complex operations including digital photography, coding, and connecting alternative input devices to their computer. File management is introduced where they create their own folder and learn to save their projects into this folder using keyboard shortcuts and the right click of the mouse. They create a plant kingdom multimedia project in Hyperstudio where information is displayed using text boxes and images with links made between the slides. Digital citizenship is introduced as they collect copyrighted materials for their projects. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing in the lab and at home with the Edutyping website. Applications that are introduced and used include Hyperstudio, Scratch, Inspiration, Pixie 3, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband.

4th Grade

Once each week, fourth grade students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for one hour to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For fourth grade students, we reinforce the skills they learned in third grade and introduce higher level concepts in digital citizenship as they receive school email addresses and accounts with Google. We discuss safe email practices, the school’s acceptable use policy with technology, and strategies for safe and efficient use of websites when doing research. We teach the functionality of each of the Google Apps, with projects that support this learning. Students work on multi-week projects that use various tools of technology and programs to achieve their goals. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing in the lab and at home with the Edutyping website. Applications that are introduced and used include Google Drive, Hyperstudio, Scratch, Inspiration, Pixie 3, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband.

5th Grade

Once each week, fifth grade students come to Villa’s Computer Lab for one hour to build their computer literacy skills. Assigned projects in this class integrate with the students’ classroom curriculum throughout the school year. For fifth grade students, we reinforce the skills they learned in fourth grade while preparing them to be independent computer users in sixth grade when they receive their own laptops. Each students works on a state textbook project for the entire year. The table of contents include a state symbols slideshow, population and area charts, a state poster, an economy collage, and a tourism brochure. Research skills are reinforced including using valid websites for information, note-taking, and summarizing content into their own words. Settings and functionality of the computer are covered in detail. The students work on gaining proficiency and speed in touch typing in the lab and at home with the Edutyping website. Applications that are introduced and/or used include Google Drive, Hyperstudio, Scratch, Inspiration, Pixie 3, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband.