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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 Power Point and Excel 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

Hardware, Computer software (OS), and Application software
Communication
Problem-solving
Social media
Digital citizenship
Boolean operators and Boolean logic
Reliable resources
Keyboarding
Social media
Cyberbullying
Research
Informative and Narrative text
Compare and contrast text features
Plagiarism
Note taking
Paraphrasing and Citations
Conditional statements, functions, events, loops, and iterations
Debugging
Fact and opinion
Controlling idea
First draft of writing
Social Media
Data
Excel Online
Pie Charts
Word Online
Scratch
Block-based code
Initial condition, functions, and events
PowerPoint presentations
Social media

Credits .375

Competencies

  • Computer Hardware and Software
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of computer hardware and software by identifying parts of a computer and ways to maintain devices and describing software and application programs.
  • Coding and Research
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of coding and research by writing, running and debugging their own program, and finding and citing reliable sources of information.
  • Data Collection and Organization
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of data collection and organization by using surveys to collect data, entering data in excel, and using excel and its functions to organize data.
  • Presentations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of presentations by creating a story in Scratch, explaining the reasons presentations are created, using Powerpoint to create a presentation, and using tools and critiques to review and revise their presentation.

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.