Media Overview

The media curriculum is an integration of both library and computer skills; a framework for 21st century learning.  We follow the NET*S for Students: a comprehensive framework for digital age education that deliver skills to prepare the globally competitive student. (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-students)

We focus on higher level thinking skills: critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Our technology curriculum is broken down into six core areas:

1. creativity and innovation

2. communication and collaboration

3. research and information fluency

4. critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

5. digital citizenship (cyberbullying included)

6. technology operations and concepts. The elementary students also learn skills in the library that easily transition into the classroom, as well as in the computer lab. Here are the core ideas for each grade level, but they are not a complete listing.

We also use Renaissance Learning software (STAR testing) for progress monitoring purposes, and our the teachers receive the results reports, which help them to plan their small groups.

The students will also be exposed to using a 3D printer, as well as Chromebook integration, starting later this school year at the earliest, 2016-2017 school year at the latest.

 

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Students are introduced to the library in Pre-Kindergarten. We tour the library and learn about the proper care of books. Students learn about the title, author, illustrator, front and back cover, and spine. They listen to read alouds, answer reading comprehension questions, and complete activities based on the story.

In the computer lab, students will:

  • learn the parts of the desktop: monitor, CPU, keyboard, and mouse
  • navigate a website
  • select a website from the bookmark toolbar
  • operate a computer mouse

Students are reintroduced to the library in Kindergarten.  We review the terms learned previously. They learn the book borrowing procedures and proper care of books.

In the computer lab, they will:

    • review the parts of a computer
    • open and close the browser
    • log onto the computer using control, alt, delete and credentials
    • select and navigate a website from the bookmark toolbar
    • identify where the letters are on the keyboard

 

First and Second Grade

Book borrowing procedures are reviewed, as well as proper book care. Students will review all terms previously learned, as well as introduced to genres, title page, illustrations, abc order, and nonfiction text  and its features. Students will also study: characters, setting, problem/solution, main idea, and plot.
In the computer lab, students will:

  • Start, shut down and log into their computer
  • open web browser and navigate to websites
  • usewww.kidrex.orga kid-safe search engine powered by Google
  • to practice basic keyboarding skills
  • learn to use word processing software: formatting text, inserting clipart, and printing

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade

Students review procedures, and introduced to the Dewey Decimal System, and how to properly locate and put books back where they belong. Through the use of activities, students work on comprehension skills. They are also introduced to the dictionary, thesaurus, and biographies, both in the library and online.  We conduct genre studies and create story boards.

In the lab, third grade students continue to learn and use:

  • Pivot animator
  • word clouds
  • online/offline Saint research
  • keyboarding skills
  • digital storytelling
  • making collages with web-based photo editing
  • multimedia presentations
  • creating, saving, and printing documents
  • introduce technology vocabulary

Fourth and Fifth grades:

Review of taking care of books and book checkout procedures. We continue Dewey Decimal System, and introduced to online reference materials: atlas and almanac. They will also continue to develop their understanding of genres.

In addition to the previous year's skills, students will:

  • continue keyboarding skills
  • organize data in a spreadsheet and create a graph
  • begin coding using JavaScript (code.org and kodu.com)
  • website validity and reliability
  • online personal safety
  • mini research character trait biography
  • presentation software (Impress and Prezi.com)
  • continue to develop technology vocabulary

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade

Middle school students are encouraged to check books weekly. If they choose, they may write book reviews about books they've read and recommend to others to post in the computer lab. In the computer lab, in addition to the previous years skills, students will:
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  • develop an awareness for ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology
  • continue with coding using code.org and kodu.com
  • HTML is introduced in 7th and 8th grades
  • understand what Web 2.0 is
  • computer science: looking at and identifying the internal parts of a CPU
  • continue to develop and use technology vocabulary
  • develop proficiency in office suite software
  • troubleshoot the physical layer (cables, connections, power sources)
  • Evaluate websites for bias and hoax