Not So Final Project

I took the standards from my school’s level 4 technology and created a guide for homeschool parents. Once I started going through the standards and finding resources, I thought this would be helpful for all levels and all subjects. This curriculum outline is for level four, which isn’t exactly fourth grade. Students can range from all different ages in level four, so I tried to include all different kinds of resources for varying ages. There are several digital citizenship standards, so I incorporated what I learned from this course!

TE 4.1 Identifies online safety practices.
TE 4.2 Shows respect and takes proper care of computers and equipment.
TE 4.3 Demonstrates ethical use of common computers (i.e., other’s right to privacy; legal use of others ideas, music, literature, or software; etc.).
TE 4.4 Follows safety precautions associated with online use.
Information Gathering and Communication
TE 4.5 Types 10 WPM using proper keyboarding position.
TE 4.6 Creates a project using one form of media (i.e., flyers, posters, PP, iDVD, etc.).
TE 4.7 Navigates through the internet, locates valid resources, looks up email addresses.
TE 4.8 Manages email account to communicate.
Hardware and Networking Operations
TE 4.9 Uses word processing functions (i.e., cut, copy, paste, and undo).
TE 4.10 Enters data in a spreadsheet to create a table.
TE 4.11 Manages operating system (i.e., creates folders, selects printer, sets date/time, etc.).
TE 4.12 Communicates by using email to send and receive.
TE 4.13 Uses appropriate software independently to support learning.
TE 4.14 Explains various standard file formats and relative size (i.e., doc, xls, pic, etc.).
TE 4.15 Can use various forms of technology, with assistance (i.e., scanner, digital cameras, and various computer peripherals, etc.).

Welcome to Level 4 Technology Homeschool Curriculum!

  • Getting Started:

Objective: Student can identify online safety practices.  (TE 4.1)

You can find online or create 10 safety practices for your student. I found these 10 rules that I believe sum it up from safekids.com

1.  I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission.

2.   I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3.   I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring a parent along.

4.   I will talk with my parents about posting pictures of myself, or others, online and not post any pictures that my parents consider to be inappropriate.

5.   I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away.

6.   I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate, websites for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

7.   I will not give out my passwords to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.

8.   I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or mobile device or jeopardize my family’s privacy.

9.   I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

Objective: Students take responsibility and care for technology that they own, or technology around them. (TE 4.2)

For students who own / will own in the near future technology (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) Parents and students could collaborate and  create a contract between their student for proper care of the technology equipment.

Examples:

How to be a good online citizen:

Parents can start this conversation by using some videos from BrainPOP.

Example:

I would watch the brain pop video on Internet Safety and Copyright to answer these worksheet questions.

Before and after the videos, I would suggest doing a KWL chart.

What I Know about Internet Safety / Copyright What I would Like to know about Internet safety / copyright What I learned about internet safety / copyright

Version for younger kiddos that I created on Piktochart

Version for older kiddos (taken from the Brain Pop worksheet)

TE 4.3 Demonstrates ethical use of common computers (i.e., other’s right to privacy; legal use of others ideas, music, literature, or software; etc.).
   

Objective: Students will put into application their knowledge of ethical use online.

Depending on the student’s age – flash cards could be made. Students could make their flash cards to go over the material. Parents could create the flashcards for the students and review it with them to make it personalized.

TE 4.4 Follows safety precautions associated with online use.

Objective: Student follows the safety precautions with online use.

Students will demonstrate their ability and experience with following safety precautions online. They will write a short summary to reflect on their experience.

Starter questions for varying ages:

What is a moment that you recognized you were following safety procedures?

Was there a moment where you realized the need for safety procedures?

What was the easiest part of following the safety procedures?

What was the most difficult part of following the safety procedures?

TE 4.5 Types 10 WPM using proper keyboarding position.

Objective: Student begin recognizing keyboarding position and be aware of typing speed.

Practice the keyboarding position

Links to typing tests and typing practice

This test is a great way to check speed for typing. It might be a good way to test the skills for older students.

I like this website a lot for beginner students of all ages. It teaches keyboarding position, has fun assessments and practice games. After you click on Get Started, take the placement test for students who have experience with typing to see how far they can get.

Students can also time themselves by typing on a word document and using a stopwatch. They can keep track of their growth this way.

Aug 17th 12 wpm
Aug 24th 15 wpm
Aug 31st 13 wpm
Sept 7th 15 wpm
Sept 14th 20 wpm
TE 4.6 Creates a project using one form of media (i.e., flyers, posters, PP, iDVD, etc.).
TE 4.13 Uses appropriate software independently to support learning.

Students can create something using a software program of their choice.

If they are interested in Power point – here is a tutorial.

If they are interested in iMovie – here is a tutorial

If they are interested in Publisher – here is a tutorial

Search the software of their choice and beginner guide for kids or tutorial for students (something along those lines) if it isn’t listed above.

Students can do this project on anything! They could do it about online safety procedures, any of their other school subjects, or something that they are interested in! There is no limit as to the topic!

TE 4.7 Navigates through the internet, locates valid resources, looks up email addresses.

Objective: Students navigate through the internet in a safe manner.

Here is a list of different scavenger you can do throughout the months of the year!

You could also make scavenger hunt out of something your student is learning in English or in Social Studies. It will check more standards, and make school a little more fun!

TE 4.8 Manages email account to communicate.
TE 4.12 Communicates by using email to send and receive.

Objective: Student creates and manages an email account according to the online safety rules and precautions.

Here are some options of kid friendly emails!

Gaggle

Kidsemail

More options

Student can send 5 emails to the parents with either their homework, results of a scavenger hunt, and anything they’d like to share!

TE 4.9 Uses word processing functions (i.e., cut, copy, paste, and undo).

Objective: Students will learn how to use the tools and functions such as: cut, copy, paste, undo, etc.

Parents can create a game for students to learn these functions such as:

Source

Parents could create a chart that would apply to one of their subjects.

Here is a Spanish copy and paste game that I created.

Word BankCopy / Paste Word Matching Words
Good morning.  Buenos días.
Good afternoon. Adiós.
Good evening. (greeting) Mucho gusto.
Hello, my name is John. Estoy bien.
What is your name? Hasta luego.
How are you? Estoy perdido
I am fine. ¿Dónde está el baño?
Nice to meet you. ¿Cómo se llama usted?
Goodbye. Lo siento.
See you later. ¿Cómo está usted?
I am lost. Where is the restroom? Por favor.
Excuse me. Gracías
Please. Hola, me llamo Juan
Thank you. Buenas tardes
I’m sorry. Buenas noches
TE 4.10 Enters data in a spreadsheet to create a table.

Objective: Students know how to enter data and create a table

Here is a helpful video for beginners!

You can use your math lesson, or enter data from a science experiment.

Here is a practice spreadsheet!

TE 4.11 Manages operating system (i.e., creates folders, selects printer, sets date/time, etc.).
TE 4.14 Explains various standard file formats and relative size (i.e., doc, xls, pic, etc.).
TE 4.15 Can use various forms of technology, with assistance (i.e., scanner, digital cameras, and various computer peripherals, etc.).
 

Objective: Students will learn the types of file formats and programs on the computer. Students will use all of their work from the previous assignments and organize them into folders.

Students final quiz:

1.  What file format is used on the web for photographic images? 

            a.  PDF

            b.  JPEG

            c.  PPT

            d.  MP3

2.  What file format works with Adobe Acrobat Reader and allows for files containing multiple pages and links? 

            a.  PDF

            b.  JPEG

            c.  PPT

            d.  MP3

3.  What file format is used for spreadsheet files? 

            a.  PDF

            b.  DOC / DOCX

            c.  PPT

            d.  XLS / XLSX

4.  What file format is used for powerpoint presentations? 

            a.  PDF

            b.  JPEG

            c.  PPT

            d.  MP3

5.  What type of file format produces word processing documents? 

            a.  PDF

            b.  DOC / DOCX

            c.  PPT

            d.  MP3

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