Educational Technology (Grades K-5)
The Educational Technology curriculum was developed and created in alignment with the NJ Student Learning Standards for Technology 8.1 in grades K-5 in order for today’s students to compete in tomorrow’s world. Technology is uniquely positioned to transform learning, to foster critical thinking, creativity, and innovation, and to prepare students to thrive in the global economy. As engaged digital learners, students are able to acquire and apply content knowledge and skills through active exploration, interaction, and collaboration with others across the globe, challenging them to design the future as envisioned. To accomplish this, an integrated curriculum was developed across all subject areas while providing a flexible learning environment. Improvements and additions are updated in the resources as technology in education advances.
Educational Technology: Digital Design (Grades 6-8)
The Educational Technology: Digital Design curriculum was created in alignment with the NJ Student Learning Standards for Technology 8.1 in grades 6-8 to include authentic projects that will allow students to hone relevant 21st century skills. Students will research real-world issues and topics in order to collaboratively problem-solve and create an authentic project to share with an intended audience. Each grade-level includes elements of Design Thinking to teach students empathy, removal of bias, researching using credible resources, learning to be receptive to feedback in a digital world, making informed decisions, and communicating effectively. Each grade level will utilize Adobe Creative Cloud and Google’s Applied Digital Skills to create projects and share their research findings.
Appendix I communicates the district’s keyboarding plan. Appendix II contains the standards and instructional guidance for the NJ Student Learning Standards for Personal Finance 9.1 and Career Awareness/Exploration 9.2. (grades 4, 6, 7, and 8) and a comprehensive list of resources related to career exploration.
Applied Technology (Grades 6-8)
The Applied Technology curriculum reflects the emergence of new instructional technologies related to engineering, design, and computational thinking (programming). Students in grades six through eight experience opportunities to participate in the engineering design process to realize the relationship between theory and practical application. Design challenges require students to implement problem solving strategies, creativity, and teamwork and are fully aligned to standard 8.2 for technology education, engineering, design, and computational thinking (programming). Emerging instructional technology such as 3D printing, video game design, circuitry design and microcontroller computer programming are infused throughout all three grade levels.
Engineering and Design (Grades 6-8)
Through cross curricular engineering and design challenges students will be posed problems and scenarios in which they will implement the engineering design process, while building upon Mathematics and English Language Arts skills aligned to the NJ State Learning Standards (NJSLS). Design challenges require students to implement problem solving strategies, creativity, and teamwork. All activities are designed for safe and effective use of tools, equipment, materials, processes, and techniques within the context of the human-designed world. All instructional activities are designed for safe and effective use of tools, equipment, materials, processes, and techniques within the context of the human-designed world.
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