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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

8 weeks

Overview

The Elementary Introduction 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 Computer Science suite integrates standards from 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

Our Tech World Module One

  • 01.00 Our Tech World Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Training with Miriam and Ziggy
  • 01.02 Honeycomb Garden
  • 01.03 Technology Olympics
  • 01.04 The Scoop on Technology
  • 01.05 Our Tech World Module One Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.06 Our Tech World Module One Assessment

Solve It Module Two

  • 02.00 Solve It Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Ode to Code
  • 02.02 Raise Your Paws
  • 02.03 Is it the best solution?
  • 02.04 For the Love of Honey
  • 02.05 Solve It Module Two Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.06 Solve It Module Two Assessment

Brainy Parts Module Three

  • 03.00 Brainy Parts Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Computer Brain
  • 03.02 I Need More Parts
  • 03.03 The Adapt in Adaptive Technology
  • 03.04 Coach Aiko’s Conditional Statements
  • 03.05 Where can I find it?
  • 03.06 Writer’s Workshop
  • 03.07 Brainy Parts Module Three Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.08 Brainy Parts Module Three Assessment

Tech Tools Module Four

  • 04.00 Tech Tools Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Entertain, convince, or inform?
  • 04.02 What is your purpose?
  • 04.03 I Am Growing
  • 04.04 Function Junction
  • 04.05 Tech Tools Module Four Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.06 Tech Tools Module Four Assessment

Credits .375

Competencies

  • The World of Technology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world of technology by describing the appropriate uses for technology, explaining how technology can impact health, and recognizing cyberbullying.
  • Coding and Problem-Solving
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of coding and problem-solving by explaining how technology can empower people, creating block-based codes using conditional statements, loops, and iterations, finding and debugging code, and using technology and creative thinking to solve a problem.
  • Technological Hardware and Software
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of technological hardware and software by explaining how the hardware of a computer functions, solving hardware and software problems, and using software to complete research and organize the information gathered.
  • Technological Tools
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of technological tools by describing key ideas and details of a resource, identifying strategies to give and receive feedback, explaining why functions are used in code, and recognizing the known initial condition in code.

Pre-Requisites

None

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