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

Lower Elementary Technology Curriculum (Spring 2020)

Students visit the Media Lab once a week for a scheduled computer lesson on basic computer fundamentals. Each lesson begins with a short tutorial followed by simple activities to practice these skills. This introduction provides students with basic knowledge to use and create databases at a basic level. Students will learn to locate, evaluate, and gather information/data. Students will explore and use age-appropriate resources available through technology.

  • Open an existing file
  • Enter data in a content-related database using a database template or form
  • Search for specific data/information by field
  • Preview and print a datasheet
  • Save or download the datasheet and digital images to a computer
  • Change the size or shape of an object
  • Collect and select relevant information from selected technology resources

Internet Safety:

Students are expected to use technology in a responsible manner and demonstrate proper care of equipment; such as following lab agreements and handling equipment with care. Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every level. Students will learn strategies for practicing responsible and appropriate use of technology systems, software, and information.

 

  • Understand and follow Media Lab agreements
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others when using technology in the lab.
  • Practice responsible use of technology systems and software.
  • Recognize the potential harm of intrusive applications (such as viruses, pop-up windows, etc.)
  • Use safe and correct security procedures (such as protecting password and user ID).

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 working on keyboarding skills through typingclub.com. Typingclub.com is an online resource that is recommended for students that teaches correct finger-to-key movement across the entire keyboard. The student experience is designed to be clean, straightforward, engaging, and fun. It is a highly effective tool that helps students at all skill levels improve their typing ability through guided lessons and engaging assessments. Students are provided with continuous feedback on their progress every step of the way and are motivated to repeat each lesson over and over to master each step prior to proceeding. Students are provided with an optional virtual keyboard and virtual hands on their typing interface to assist them when using the correct fingers when they are practicing each lesson. The carefully designed lessons include instructional videos, educational games, cross-curricular content, and other interactive experiences.

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.

 

Upper Elementary Curriculum for Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety

Tutorials (Resource: GCFlearnfree.org)

Staying Safe Online:

  • Introduction: Staying safe online is essential in today’s world. Use these internet safety tips to keep yourself and others protected.
  • Staying Safe Online: Creating Strong passwords: use these tips to create a strong, safe password
  • Your Browsers Security Features: better understand your browsers security features and how they work.
  • Avoiding Spam and Phishing: Use these tips so you can avoid email-based spam and phishing scams.
  • How to Avoid Malware: Learn how to avoid malware and remove it from your computer.
  • Safe Online Shopping: Use these strategies for a safe online shopping experience.

Protecting Your Online Privacy:

  • Understanding Browser Tracking: Understand how browser tracking works.
  • Social Media Privacy Basics: Learn all about social media privacy so you can control what you want to share with others online.

Other:

  • What to do if your computer gets a virus.
  • Installing and updating browser plug-ins.
  • Using Phone verification
  • Wi-Fi Security

Quiz: Test your knowledge of internet safety.

Digital Citizenship 

Agreements for Digital Citizenship

  • A good citizen advocates for equal human rights for all.
  • A good citizen treats others courteously and never bullies.
  • A good citizen does not damage or others’ property or person.
  • A good citizen communicates clearly, respectfully, and with empathy.
  • A good citizen actively pursues an education and develops habits for lifelong learning.
  • A good citizen spends and manages money responsibly.
  • A good citizen upholds basic human rights of privacy, freedom of speech, etc. A good citizen protects self and others from harm. A good citizen proactively promotes their own physical and mental health.

 Videos and Narrated E-books (resource ikeepsafe.org)

  • Online Privacy
  • How to Handle cyberbullying
  • Balancing real life with screen time
  • Safe info search and downloading
  • Healthy Media choices

Scope & Sequence Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Lessons:

Unit 1

  • Rings of Responsibility: What kinds of responsibilities does a good digital citizen have?
  • Private and Personal Information: How can you protect yourself from online identity theft?
  • The Power of Words: What should you do when someone uses mean or scary language on the Internet?
  • The Key to Keywords: Which keywords will give you the best search results?
  • Whose is it, anyway? How can you show respect for other people’s work? 

Unit 2

  • Strong Passwords: How can a secure password help you protect your private information?
  • Digital Citizenship Pledge: How do you create a positive online community?
  • You’ve won a Prize! What is spam, and what can you do about it?
  • How to Cite a Site: How do you cite different types of online sources?
  • Picture Perfect: How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect your feelings about the way you look?

Unit 3

  • Talking Safely Online: What’s the difference between Internet friends and in-person friends?
  • Super Digital Citizen: How can people help others be good digital citizens?
  • Privacy Rules: How do you know if a website protects your private information?
  • What’s Cyberbullying? What is cyberbullying, and how do you deal with it?
  • Selling Stereotypes: How do we learn stereotypes of boys and girls from media messages

Parent Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-9LtTtkg04

https://www.kathleenamorris.com/2019/05/16/internet-safety-parents/

https://www.commonsense.org/education/video

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/posters

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

https://ikeepsafe.org/resources