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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

8 weeks

Overview

The elementary Introductory to Technology courses will enable students to develop basic skills in computer science through engaging and age-appropriate content. The courses will expose students, within developmentally appropriate stages, to concepts such as problem solving and algorithms, security/privacy/copyright, computer programming basics and keyboarding skills. Students will learn block based coding in offline environments in kindergarten through 2nd grade and will build upon those skills in online coding environments in grades 2–5. In addition to the computer skills, the Technology suite integrates standards from Social Studies, Health, and Language Arts with topics in each grade about safety and health (online and offline), bullying/cyberbullying, and being a responsible citizen/digital citizen.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Tech Smart: Module 01

  • 01.00 Tech Smart Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Missing Rules
  • 01.02 Technology Helps
  • 01.03 A Coding Safari
  • 01.04 Computer Nation
  • 01.05 The Codi Desert
  • 01.06 Tech Smart Module One Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.07 Tech Smart Module One Assessment

Digital Dilemmas: Module 02

  • 02.00 Digital Dilemmas Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Is Your Computer Frozen?
  • 02.02 Safari Adventure
  • 02.03 Getting Loopy
  • 02.04 Digital Dilemmas Module Two Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.05 Digital Dilemmas Module Two Assessment

Keys To Success: Module 03

  • 03.00 Keys To Success Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Rock It, Rocket
  • 03.02 Under The Big Tent
  • 03.03 The Key To Keywords And Searches
  • 03.04 How do you search?
  • 03.05 The Winter Kingdom
  • 03.06 Keys To Success Module Three Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.07 Keys To Success Module Three Assessment

Project Pathway: Module 04

  • 04.00 Project Pathway Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Project Pathway
  • 04.02 Dive Into The World Of Media
  • 04.03 Run With Marco
  • 04.04 Data, Data, Everywhere
  • 04.05 Put It All Together
  • 04.06 Project Pathway Module Four Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.07 Project Pathway Module Four Assessment

Credits .375

Competencies

  • Technological Interactions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of their interactions with technology by explaining how to safely use and take care of devices, describing what a digital footprint is, identifying the different types of technology used in daily life, and describing and showing how to communicate safely online.
  • Technological Problem Solving and Programming
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of technological problem solving and programming by using steps to solve a real-life problem with and without technology, explaining the steps in an algorithm and how loops and iterations are related, and creating block-based code.
  • Navigation in Computers and Programs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of navigation in computers and programs by finding, navigating and launching a computer program, describing how to use input and output devices, and constructing a loop and an iteration using block-based programming.
  • Digital Artifacts
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital artifacts by using data to share information, researching a topic, and creating, reviewing and revising a digital artifact using multimedia.

Pre-Requisites

None

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We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.