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 Guide for Grades 3-5 with guidance on helping your student transition to online learning and thrive at VLACS.
I can describe appropriate technology use. I can create conditional statements. I can explain the health impact from technology. I can identify strategies to handle cyberbullying.
I can identify writing types. I can create a digital artifact with a word processor. I can identify feedback strategies. I can describe functions in coding.
I can describe the functions of computer hardware. I can explain the use of input and output devices. I can identify adaptive technology. I can identify resources to find information. I can explain plagiarism.
I can create block-based coding. I can identify technology that can promote a cause. I can explain problem solving using technology. I can Identify bugs in code.
Our Tech World Module One
Solve It Module Two
Brainy Parts Module Three
Tech Tools Module Four
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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