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 Guide for Grades K-2 with guidance on helping your student transition to online learning and thrive at VLACS.
I can identify steps to solve real-life problems. I can explain the importance of the correct steps in an algorithm. I can explain how loops and iterations are related. I can create a block-based code.
I can identify a research topic. I can describe research on my topic. I can interpret collected data. I can create a multimedia digital artifact.
I can describe computer application navigation. I can describe the use of input and output devices. I can explain computer program commands. I can identify keywords to find information. I can select information from different places.
I can explain the safe care of devices. I can identify technology used in daily life. I can describe safe online communication. I can explain digital footprints.
Tech Smart: Module 01
Digital Dilemmas: Module 02
Keys To Success: Module 03
Project Pathway: Module 04
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.
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