Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students is used as a guideline for all technology literacy lessons. 

Lower Elementary

Overview:

Students visit the Media Lab once a week for a scheduled computer lesson on basic computer fundamentals.  Each lesson begins with a short tutorial (https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/) followed by simple activities to practice these skills. This introduction provides students with basic knowledge such as the functions of hardware, mouse terminology and computer rules. Students will recognize and identify the function of the major hardware components in the computer system. Students use the mouse to perform computer functions, recognize symbols and icons used to identify common functions, and use the keyboard to type letters and numbers, and learn how to use special key functions. Students are expected to use technology in a responsible manner. Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every level. 

  • Log on and off the computer
  • Power on and off the computer
  • Open and close applications
  • Open, Save and close files
  • Print documents
  • Identify parts of a computer
  • Use input device (mouse): Point, select/ click or double click, click/select and hold, drag and drop
  • Move cursor
  • Type / enter letters and numbers
  • Recognize and use icons to perform computer and software functions
  • Use special function keys: delete, shift, arrow keys, space, return / enter, caps lock, backspace, multi-key functions, escape

Keyboarding:

Keyboarding is a foundational skill largely related to motor skills. Students should be able to operate a keyboard effectively in order to take full advantage of computer technology. Students have been introduced to typing club (www.typingclub.com) which is the recommended program that teaches correct finger-to key movement across the entire keyboard. It is a highly effective tool that helps students at all skill levels improve their typing ability through guided lessons and engaging assessments. To fully support the development of typing skills, the expectations for utilizing this site at home is to practice three times per week for no longer than 15 minutes per session. Students will be bringing home a password card with your login information.

Upper Elementary

Overview:

Upper Elementary students visit the Media Lab once a week for a scheduled computer lesson on intermediate computer fundamentals.  Each lesson begins with a short tutorial (https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/) followed by engaging activities to practice these skills. Students will develop foundations in the understanding and uses of technology systems. These skills provide students the ability to demonstrate knowledge of technology concepts and systems. 

  • Recognize and identify the function of the major hardware components in a computer system. 
  • Identify and use functions represented by symbols and icons commonly found in applications.
  • Identify characteristics that describe input devices and output devices and name some devices that can provide input and output.
  • Understand that there are correct sitting, hand, arm and fingering positions when keyboarding. 
  • Identify types of files by their icons and extensions.
  • Use keyboard and mouse effectively and efficiently.
  • Identify strategies for managing everyday hardware and software problems. 

Students have access to the Media Lab during the morning work cycle to do classroom-related research and digital projects. Upper Elementary students will use computers to research subjects they are interested in, after they have exhausted all resources in the classroom and the school library. 

Email: 

Students have an email account and are for school purposes only. Students have been introduced to Gmail and Google Drive. Students will learn how to manage, send, and respond to messages and how to use it safely. Google Drive is a service from Google that gives students access to web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and allows students to store files online and access them anywhere using the cloud. 

Internet Safety:

Students are expected to use technology in a responsible manner. Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every level. Students will learn strategies for staying safe and secure online, learn how to avoid the most common treats and protect their computer and privacy. 

Keyboarding:

Keyboarding is a foundational skill largely related to motor skills. Students should be able to operate a keyboard effectively in order to take full advantage of computer technology. Students have been introduced to typing club (www.typingclub.com) which is the recommended program that teaches correct finger-to key movement across the entire keyboard. It is a highly effective tool that helps students at all skill levels improve their typing ability through guided lessons and engaging assessments. To fully support the development of typing skills, the expectations for utilizing this site at home is to practice three times per week for no longer than 15 minutes per session. Students will be bringing home a password card with your login information.