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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

9-10 Weeks

Overview

The Elementary Intro 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 skills in online coding environments. 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. Students will complete a research project using Microsoft Word Online. The research projects require students to evaluate reliable and relevant websites, organize research, receive and implement feedback and produce a final product.

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

Segment 1

Adaptive technologies
The impact technology has on people’s lives
Digital footprint
Utilizing technology to communicate
Proper netiquette
Internet safety
Cyberbullying
Digital citizenship
Correct hand and finger placement to type the number keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
Creating code in Scratch
Understanding coding concepts such as functions, events, and parallelism
Identifying a bug in code and debugging the code
Computer organization and personalization
Operating systems
Artificial intelligence
Cyber safety
Boolean logic
Website reliability
Correct hand and finger placement to type the symbol keys
Practicing keyboarding accuracy
Plagiarism, Free resources, public domain, and Creative Commons
Academic Integrity
Fair use and free use
Works cited page and using citations
Word Online
Paraphrasing and finding the main idea in writing
Cause and effect writing, Chronological writing
Creating an outline for writing
Formatting and proofing tools
Adding videos and images in word
Narrative, persuasive, and informative writing
Functions, events, and initial conditions
Media and multimedia
Pride and ownership in work
Publishing
Collaboration, Feedback, Constructive criticism, Peer conferencing
Scratch

Credits .375

Competencies

  • Digital Footprints
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital footprints by identifying the impacts of technology, describing technology habits, and explaining cyberbullying.
  • Computers and Coding
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of computers and coding by coding with Scratch, describing the purpose and functions of operating systems, and organizing computer files and folders
  • Research and Citations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and citations by paraphrasing information collected from resources, explaining resource citations, and using Word online and its tools to compile information and resources.
  • Advanced Coding Skills an d Multimedia
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of advanced coding skills and multimedia by using multiple coding programs to create, debug and run a program, and creating and applying multimedia.

Pre-Requisites

None

Attend a virtual open house

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.