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Technology Instructional Guide

Grades K-2

Technology in grades K–2 focuses on students becoming comfortable using the mouse and keyboard, opening and saving applications and files, and using the computer as a tool for creating and communicating. The projects are tied to units of study in the classroom. Some educational computer games are used to practice math and reading while building computer and problem solving skills. Computer classes meet once a week.

  • Kindergarteners practice drawing and writing simple sentences.
  • First graders work on short writing projects with original illustrations
  • Second graders work on several long term projects, including writing and illustrating a book about the animals they study.

National and State Standards addressed for grades K-2:

  • Technology Operations & Concepts
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3 and 4 start to broaden their use of technology. They start formal keyboarding, and begin to use internet resources and write simple citations for their research projects. They use standard word processing programs for their writing projects and create presentation projects about units they study in the classroom. They are introduced to programming using a simple Logo programming application.

In 5th grade, word processing and desktop publishing are emphasized during the first half of the year. Students use word processing and drawing software for various curriculum related projects. They learn to navigate the internal network to save their work on a central server and start to transport work between school and home. They are introduced to the issues of Internet Safety and learn to do complete citations when doing research. In the second half of the year the emphasis switches to presentation projects and programming using Logo. These units are connected to the Science and Social Studies curriculum.

Computer classes meet once a week. Students in 5th grade also have access to the computer lab and to laptop computers throughout the school day to work on research, writing projects and other curriculum related projects.

  • Third graders use Internet resources to follow the Iditarod Sled Dog race and then use Logo programming software to draw and animate a musher and dog sled. They use presentation software to create a slideshow about an endangered animal.
  • Fourth graders use presentation software to communicate information about one of the states from the region they study in social studies. During their study of weather, they use Logo programming software to animate the path of a hurricane.
  • Fifth graders use Logo programming software to animate their journey across the United States in the Heritage unit in social studies, and to create designs for stained glass windows as part of the unit on the Middle Ages.

National and State Standards addressed for grades 3-5:

  • Technology Operations & Concepts
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Research and Information Fluency

Grades 6-8

Sixth grade students continue to develop their word processing and desktop publishing skills, keyboarding practice, and are introduced to spreadsheets. They use these skills for various curriculum projects, including their Science Fair reports. They continue to practice navigating the internal network to save their work on a central server and transporting work between school and home. There is a multi-week unit on Internet safety and digital citizenship. They also develop programming skills using both Logo and the Scratch program.

Seventh grade students continue to refine their word processing, spreadsheet, keyboarding and research skills. They create spreadsheets to support their study of economics. They use desktop publishing skills to create a brochure to demonstrate their understanding of a geography unit. They use research skills and presentation software to create a slideshow for French class. They use video and audio editing software to create a digital story. They use collaborative Wiki technology to create web pages to teach each other about various topics and figures from the history of computing.
Computer class meets once a week for sixth and seventh graders. Students also have access to the computer lab and to laptop computers throughout the school day for research, writing, and other curriculum-related projects.

Eighth grade students are required by the New Hampshire State standards Information and Communication Technologies Program to demonstrate ICT competency in a digital portfolio. Lyme School eighth graders use both HTML scripting and drag and drop web publishing programs to create digital portfolios demonstrating their use of technology in all areas of the curriculum. There is also a unit on How Computers Work to familiarize them with the terminology and inner workings of hardware and software components.

Eighth grade students also take a Media Literacy class, which emphasizes the ethical and responsible use of 21st century tools. It is a combination of Information Literacy and Media Literacy issues. Topics covered include research skills; copyright and plagiarism; and the influence, interpretation, and use of digital media.

Computer class and Media Literacy class each meet once a week. Students have access to the computer lab and to laptop computers throughout the school day to work on research, writing, and other curriculum-related projects.

National and State Standards addressed for grades 6–8:

  • Technology Operations & Concepts
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Digital Citizenship