Grade 6 Technology Literacy Class
Class will meet 1/2 year for two periods per week.

Course Description:

New technologies are emerging all the time. In this elective, students will learn to implement new and cutting edge technology as well as navigate and manage web 2.0 tools in order to facilitate learning and work more efficiently in both the classroom and their lives outside of school.
Projects which require students to communicate effectively beyond their peer groups; develop and present innovative, creative solutions to real-world problems; and use critical thinking and decision making skills will be the foundation of the Technology Literacy class. Students will leave the class with a virtual toolkit which can be used to enhance learning in all academic subjects. Student projects in the Technology Literacy class will incorporate three standards:
• Standard 1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as an understanding of the concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
• Standard 2. Demonstrate the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media at home, in school, and in society.
• Standard 3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

See also: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYLzw4xS-gjHZGZxNTlkcjRfMTN0ODlieGdx&hl=en

Scope and Sequence:

One project should include Internet Safety and Cyberbullying. Students could create a webpage (using wikispaces or google docs) with FAQs for middle school student and parents. The webpage could have embedded media files using school tube and vokis (easy sound bites that students could create). The webpage could be linked from the new middle school websites (send the URL to Sandra to get it linked.)


Class 1

  • Introduction - Show PowerPoint presentation on Importance of Technology in their lives, class rules and expectations. external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png 1stdayofclassredone.ppt
  • Share the keyboarding benchmark for students and have all students log into Type to Learn (TTL) Pass out Speedskins, have students log into Play and Practice lesson 1 to review the Homerow. After Homerow review have students log into lesson under their name.
  • Pass out folders - Color code by class - stay in classroom.
  • Project 1:
    Students will write a 1 paragraph document that introduces themselves to the ITs. They can choose:
    • background information about themselves
    • what goals students have for themselves in school this year
    • what they would like to learn in technology class this year
    In the document there will need to be evidence of:
    • Different font size
    • Different font style
    • Different line spacing
    • Margins) to format, edit, and print a document
In support of this standard G3-5: 1.23 Proofread and edit writing using appropriate resources (dictionary, spell-checker, grammar resources).
Spell checker used so that there are no spelling errors.
To do: Develop a Performance Checklist for the student to go along with this assignment and post it here.

Technology Literacy Standards:
G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.)
G6-8: 2.5 Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the workplace, as well as ways to prepare to meet these demands.
G6-8: 2.6 Identify and describe the effect technological changes have had on society.
G6-8: 2.7 Explain how technology can support communication and collaboration, personal and professional productivity, and lifelong learning.
G6-8: 2.10 Explain the potential risks associated with the use of networked digital information (e.g., Internet, mobile phones, wireless, LANs).
G6-8: 2.11 Provide examples of safe and unsafe practices for sharing personal information via e-mail and the Internet.
G6-8: 2.12 Explain why computers, networks, and information need to be protected from viruses, intrusion, and vandalism.
G6-8: 2.13 Explain terms associated with the safe, effective, and efficient use of telecommunications/Internet (e.g., password, firewalls, spam, security, Acceptable Use Policy).

Class 2

    • Students continue on TTL
    • start with Play and Practice for warmup and homerow review using speedskins
    • Have students go to their lesson
    • Have students log into TTL assessment and take the 2 minute test, print out 2 copies one for student, one for teacher
    • students can take the assessment with and without speedskins then as a class reassess the need for speedskins
  • Assessment of understanding of Class rules from PowerPoint in Class 1 and introduction of CPS (Classroom Performance System) - can this be incorporated (aligns with gr 6 benchmarks -- and we need to revisit these published benchmarks given the DOE published new standards.
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    Self Assessment.doc
  • Students organize folders on H-drive into Grade 6 and subjects (English, Reading, Social Studies, Science and Math) What about the students who do not have their own login name yet? These students could be given as assignment to familarize them with the WPS web site, HomeworkNOW, school web sites using temp account.
  • Grade 5 or Elementary School Name -- Delete duplicate or files not needed. What about the students who do were not in the Waltham Public Schools last year? Continuation of alternate activity.
  • Have students save a Word doc. on their H Drive.
  • Show various Keyboards on a PowerPoint presentation. (Qwerty) external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png Keyboarding.ppt
Technology Literacy Standards: G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.) G6-8: 1.4 Identify and use a variety of storage media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, flash drives, school servers, and online storage spaces), andprovide a rationale for using a certain medium for a specific purpose. G6-8: 2.9 Give examples of hardware and applications that enable people with disabilities to use technology.

Class 3


  • Students continue TTL, lessons have been adjusted depending on TTL Assessment results. Have students continue through lessons, completing assessment at the end of each lesson.
  • HW assignment: Students will look up and write down the meaning of the word FORMAT and/or write 3 reasons that we save to our H Drive.
  • Pre-Assessment of students knowledge of Microsoft Word
    • Give students a list to type exactly as the one handed out. Assess students knowledge of formatting.
Pre- Assessment
Here is a pre-assessment to review:
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PreAssessment.doc

See http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards/itstand_draft.doc

Another Sample Assignment:
WebQuest for Microsoft Word Commands
external image msword.png Microsoft Word Webquest.doc
Skills learned:
  • insert table
  • insert picture
  • format font style, color and size
  • alignment

Another sample assignment:
Students use this .pdf (or Word) file to experiment with control + key sequences (taken from Gr. 6 Technology Test, pg. 2, not quite sure which benchmark this would fit under): external image pdf.png ctrl key.pdf

Technology Literacy Standards:

G6-8: 1.13 Select a printer and print a document with the appropriate page setup and orientation.
G6-8: 1.6 Demonstrate use of intermediate features in word processing applications (e.g., tabs, indents, headers and footers, end notes, bullet and numbering, tables).
G6-8: 1.7 Create, save, open, and import a word processing document in different file formats (e.g., RTF, HTML).
G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.)

Class 4

Parts of the Computer and Computer Function

Continue:
TTL and TTL assessment
Editing and Corrections on Microsoft Word Pre-assessment
Continue Microsoft Word Assignment

Worksheet on parts of the computer:
Use lesson from kidsdomain and extend lesson from: http://education.kaboose.com/tutoring/comp_les1.html
Worksheet included to use

HW assignment 2 on input and output of the computer
http://www.kidsdomain.com/brain/computer/worksheet/ws_c1_inputoutput.pdf
Assessment: use CPS to correct HW assignment 2 during the next class


Technology Literacy Standards:
G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.)
G6-8: 1:1 Use features of a computer operating system (e.g., determine available space on local storage devices and remote storage resources, access the size and format of files, identify the version of an application).
G6-8: 1.2 Identify successful troubleshooting strategies for minor hardware and software issues/problems (e.g., “frozen screen”).
G6-8: 1.3 Independently operate peripheral equipment (e.g., scanner, digital camera, camcorder), if available.
G6-8: 1.4 Identify and use a variety of storage media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, flash drives, school servers, and online storage spaces), and provide a rationale for using a certain medium for a specific purpose.


Class 5


Parts of the Computer and Computer Function
Assessment: use CPS to correct HW assignment 2

Inside parts of the computer extend lesson from: http://resources.kaboose.com/brain/comp-les2.html
Use disassembled computer and pass around pieces around class.
Label worksheet with students in class.
HW 3 http://www.kidsdomain.com/brain/computer/worksheet/ws_c2_whatami.pdf
Assessment: use CPS to correct HW assignment 3 during next class

Technology Literacy Standards:

G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.)
G6-8: 1:1 Use features of a computer operating system (e.g., determine available space on local storage devices and remote storage resources, access the size and format of files, identify the version of an application).
G6-8: 1.2 Identify successful troubleshooting strategies for minor hardware and software issues/problems (e.g., “frozen screen”).
G6-8: 1.3 Independently operate peripheral equipment (e.g., scanner, digital camera, camcorder), if available.
G6-8: 1.4 Identify and use a variety of storage media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, flash drives, school servers, and online storage spaces), and provide a rationale for using a certain medium for a specific purpose.
G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding skills between 25-30 wpm with fewer than 5 errors. (For students with disabilities, demonstrate alternate input techniques as appropriate.)


Class 6


Blogging
Introduction to a blog. Discuss when you would use a blog - (Teacher Resource - Blog Basics -Teacher's First website)
Blog question - Using your experience from yesterday's class - What is the most important part of the computer? Why?? Answer in a well constructed paragraph with 2 - 3 supporting details.
Continue w/TTL

G6-8: 1.21 Explain and correctly use terms related to online learning (e.g., IP address, post, thread, Intranet, discussion forum, drop box, account, password)
G6-8: 2.4 Describe appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g., chats, instant messaging, blogs, and wikis).
G6-8: 2.5 Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the workplace, as well as ways to prepare to meet these demands.
G6-8: Identify and describe the effect technological changes have had on society.
G6-8: 2.7 Explain how technology can support communication and collaboration, personal and professional productivity, and lifelong learning.
G6-8: 2.10 Explain the potential risks associa



Class 7


Hand each student 2 cards with student's name from this class. Students will read responses and have to thoughtfully respond to that person's post.

Introduce Podcasting - Have them listen to some teacher selected podcasts.
Introduce Audicity



G6-8: 1.21 Explain and correctly use terms related to online learning (e.g., IP address, post, thread, Intranet, discussion forum, drop box, account, password).
G6-8: 2.4 Describe appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g., chats, instant messaging, blogs, and wikis).
G6-8: 2.5 Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the workplace, as well as ways to prepare to meet these demands.
G6-8: 2.6 Identify and describe the effect technological changes have had on society.
G6-8: 2.7 Explain how technology can support communication and collaboration, personal and professional productivity, and lifelong learning. G6-8: 2.10 Explain the potential risks associa



Class 8


Blog Question - How can you see podcasting used in Lang. Arts, Science, Math - etc??
Intro to digital cameras
Introduce Flip Cameras

Continue TTL


Class 9


Hand each student 2 cards with student's name from another class. Students will read responses and have to thoughtfully respond to that person's post.

Intro to Google Sites/Presentations & Docs
Continue TTL



Class 10


Intro to Cyber Bullying

NetSmartz.com

Whole Class - Tracking Teresa

Individually they can watch the other videos with their head phones.

Class Activity and Assessment:
Have students rate the videos and answer question grid and sheet

G6-8: 1.21 Explain and correctly use terms related to online learning (e.g., IP address, post, thread, Intranet, discussion forum, drop box, account, password)
G6-8: 2.4 Describe appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g., chats, instant messaging, blogs, and wikis).
G6-8: 2.5 Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the workplace, as well as ways to prepare to meet these demands.
G6-8: 2.6 Identify and describe the effect technological changes have had on society.
G6-8: 2.7 Explain how technology can support communication and collaboration, personal and professional productivity, and lifelong learning.
G6-8: 2.10 Explain the potential risks associa



Class 11


E-mail Safety
Class discussion on e-mail safety. Should be a review for most students. Open circle format, question and answers with raised hands.

Included should be viruses, personal information, what to do if receive an e-mail that makes you uncomfortable, or bullying

Blog Assignment:
3 reasons why students should use e-mail in middle school and 3 reasons why students should not use e-mail in middle school.

Technology Literacy Standards:
G6-8: 1.23 Use e-mail functions and features (e.g., replying, forwarding, attachments, subject lines, signature, and address book.) The use of e-mail is at the school district’s discretion and may be a class-wide activity if students do not have individual accounts.
G6-8: 1.21 Explain and correctly use terms related to online learning (e.g., IP address, post, thread, Intranet, discussion forum, drop box, account, password)
G6-8: 2.4 Describe appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g., chats, instant messaging, blogs, and wikis).
G6-8: 2.5 Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the workplace, as well as ways to prepare to meet these demands.
G6-8: 2.6 Identify and describe the effect technological changes have had on society.
G6-8: 2.7 Explain how technology can support communication and collaboration, personal and professional productivity, and lifelong learning.
G6-8: 2.10 Explain the potential risks associa

Assign Internet Safety Project - (Due for First quarter grade)
(to be designed)

Students can use any media that has been demonstrated to them to design their project ( PPT, Blog, Google Sites,Flip camera, etc)



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Introduce Wikis


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Plagiarism lesson with Library teachers

Plagiarism.cps

Technology Literacy Standards:
G6-8: 2.1 Explain ethical issues related to privacy, plagiarism, spam, viruses, hacking, and file sharing.
G6-8: 2.2 Explain how copyright law protects the ownership of intellectual property, and explain possible consequences of violating the law.
G6-8: 2.3 Explain fair use guidelines for using copyrighted materials (e.g., images, music, video, text) in school projects.



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Excel Spreadsheet

external image vnd.ms-excel.png my lunch.xls

Assessment Idea for 1.13 Have students create a spreadsheets in google.docs and share it with the teacher. What steps would one need to take to have all students have a google.docs account?

Homework idea after introductory lesson using Excel: Have a word search for Excel terms.
row
column
cell
formula

Technology Literacy Standards:
G6-8: 1.12 Describe the use of spreadsheets to calculate, graph, organize, and present data in a variety of real-world settings.
G6-8: 1.13 Create an original spreadsheet, using formulas.
G6-8: 1.14 Use various number formats (e.g., scientific notation, percentages, exponents) as appropriate.
G6-8: 1.15 Produce simple charts and graphs from a spreadsheet.
G6-8: 1.16 Distinguish among different types of charts and graphs, and choose the most appropriate type to represent given data.
G6-8: 1.17 Apply advanced formatting features to customize tables, charts, and graphs



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Web site Evaluation


external image msword.png list of bogus Web sites.doc [There's a related web building lesson plan athttp://teen3.teen.k12.ks.us/usd487/teachers/albrecht/lp_velcro_webpage.htm]

Technology Literacy Standards
G6-8:1.18 Use Web browsing to access information (e.g., enter a URL, access links, create bookmarks/favorites, print Web pages).
G6-8:1.19 Identify probable types and locations of Web sites by examining their domain names, and explain that misleading domain names are sometimes created in order to deceive people (e.g., .edu, .com, .org, .gov, .au).
G6-8: 1.20 Explain and correctly use terms related to networks (e.g., LANs, WANs, servers, and routers) and Internet connectivity (e.g., DSL, T1, T3).
G6-8: 1.21 Explain and correctly use terms related to online learning (e.g., IP address, post, thread, Intranet, discussion forum, drop box, account, password)
G6-8: 1.22 Explain that some Web sites require the use of plug-ins and specific browser versions to access content.
G6-8: 3.1 Explain and demonstrate effective searching and browsing strategies when working on projects.
G6-8: 3.2 Collect, organize, and analyze digital information from a variety of sources, with attribution.
G6-8: 3.3 Use a variety of computing devices (e.g., probeware, handheld computers, digital cameras, scanners) to collect, analyze, and present information for curriculum assignments.



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