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Computer Technology Education

Grade 6 — Instructional Technology
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

 The sixth grade Technology Literacy program is designed to introduce and teach specific computer technology skills using the Technology Literacy Standards created by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a guideline for the curriculum.  The course will focus on the development of students’ technology proficiencies and how to use multiple technologies as tools and as resources. Specifically, the development of keyboarding skills and techniques, instruction in the use of productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, and multimedia presentations.  Students will develop skills to analyze website evaluation and become proficient in citing sources. Students will also practice using the Internet as a research tool and will develop and cultivate skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills in the curriculum.  

Grade 7 — Instructional Technology and Internet Safety
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

 McCall has partnered with I-SAFE America to bring Internet Safety education to McCall seventh graders.  The I-SAFE curriculum provides students with the awareness and the knowledge they need in order to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful online behavior and to respond appropriately. Integral to each lesson is the incorporation of an empowerment activity, which provides students with   the opportunity to use computer technology to share what they have learned about Internet safety with their peers, their families and other community members. A sample of the topics covered in the I-SAFE curriculum includes: Cyber Security, Personal Safety, Online Harassment, Predator Identification, and Plagiarism & Intellectual Property.  For more information about I-SAFE visit www.isafe.org.Students will develop and cultivate skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through the use of secure information sharing websites.

Grade 8 — Instructional Technology and Media Literacy
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

Students will expand their technology skills by identifying and using the appropriate technology, Sony Vegas Movie Studio (video editing), Adobe Photoshop (image editing), and digital video cameras while gaining an understanding of the purpose of a public service announcement (PSA) as well as the difference between PSA and television commercials.  Students develop ideas for a PSA to raise awareness about a health, Internet safety, or an environmental issue. They will work cooperatively to create a 55- 120 second PSA which will be shared with other students at McCall. Students will develop and cultivate skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through use of secure information sharing websites.

 *All grade levels are taught Internet Safety each year.

All Computer Technology Education Curricula are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Technology Literacy Standards.