help1-128x128.png Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

(Please list resources directly below the corresponding objective using a bulleted list.)

Students:

a. understand the use of technology systems.

  • Smiling Faces Him/Her-edity - Troy Rall and his 7th graders studied genetic traits and heredity by exploring Punnet squares, dominant and recessive traits, pheonotypes and genotypes. Students used Microsoft Word to create specific faces, based on their work and also conducted a survey of the entire seventh grade to determine frequency in their school and extending that discussion into regions of the world. You can find Troy's lesson plan, teaching materials, student samples and rubrics by clicking here. You can find a video that he created about his lesson plan by clicking here.
  • Common Craft videos are easy to understand explanations of several concepts, including many technologies such as podcasting, wikis, and blogs--oh my!! (Tip: Use the orange "Browse Videos" button to search for more Common Craft videos.)
  • Empower students in the classroom to technology experts so that if you must have a substitute teacher in the classroom, these students can help facilitate the day.
  • The Kansas Student Technology Leadership conference has some great student samples of "how to" products (PowerPoints, videos) that were designed for teachers. This conference is sponsered by MACE.
  • Wichita USD has sponsored Student Technology Leadership (STL) groups where interested student technology group can be assembled to enhance leadership skills and create "how to" videos for the staff and peers. Woodland Elementary - STL
  • Draw a visual representation of the difference between using applications accessible on a local computer as compared to accessing applications using cloud technologies.

b. select and use applications effectively and productively.

c. troubleshoot systems and applications.

  • Weather Glogs - Teresa Smithhisler's 5th graders used Glogster and blogs to share their local weather journals and explore various weather concepts with one another. Click here to view her lesson plan, rubric and students samples. Click here to view a video of her introducing Glogster to her students using her Smartboard and several classroom management techniques, such as "shark your computers" and other Glogster tips for new users.
  • Quilting a Technology Bridge - Nancy Laudemann, White City 4th Grade teacher, used The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau to develop cross-curricular activities centered around quilting. Students have the opportunity to see how technology has moved quilting to a new level -- from hand stitching to high-tech quilting using a computerized sewing machine. Students also explore quilt design, history, and the special meanings that quilts can have. Reading, math, writing, and social studies activities comprise the components of this lesson.
  • Learn how to use a new technology tool or software application through independent study and teach classmates how to use it effectively. Atomic Learning

d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.