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    Huffman Academy

    Technology Class

    Syllabus

    1st  Nine Weeks

      How to Contact Me:

    Teacher Name: L Thomas                                                       Main Office Number: 205.231.5800

    Email Address: lthomas@bhm.k12.al.us                               

     

    Welcome to Technology! Our goal is to promote a lifelong development for a love of knowledge by delivering challenging curriculum to help students advance in the 21st century.

     Course Goals

    By the end of the year students will be able to employ cognitive and technical skills to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information via existing and emerging technologies. This course will introduce the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including computer science principles, hardware and software designs, applications, networks, and societal impact, and lay the groundwork for students to use their increasingly valuable knowledge and skills in college and careers.

     Technology 2nd Nine Weeks

    We will also be working with a web based program called STRIDE. This is a developmentally appropriate combination of Reading, Language, Science and Math. Below are the skills that will be taught throughout the first nine week session as it pertains to Alabama’s Technology Course of Study.

     

    Kindergarten

    Computational Thinker:

    • Demonstrate use of input devices.
    • Examples: Mouse, touch screen, keyboard.

    Citizen of a Digital Culture Safety, Privacy, & Security:

    • Distinguish between private & public information.
      • Example: Your birth date is private; your shirt color is public.
    • Identify age-appropriate methods for keeping personal information private.
      • Example: Keeping passwords, name, address, and phone number confidential.

    Legal and Ethical Behavior:

    • Demonstrate appropriate behaviors for working with others responsibly and kindly.
      • Examples: Face-to-face collaborative groups or interactions, online interactions, role play

     

    Global Collaborator Digital Tools:

    • Locate letters and numbers on the keyboard.

     First Grade

     Citizen of a Digital Culture Safety, Privacy, and Security:

    • Demonstrate age-appropriate methods for keeping personal information private.
      • Example: Keep passwords confidential, use anonymous profile picture or avatar, develop user names that are non-identifying or do not include actual name.

    Legal and Ethical Behavior:

    • Differentiate between prior knowledge and ideas or thoughts gained from others.
    • Identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviors for communicating in a digital environment. Examples: Cyberbullying, online etiquette.

    Digital Identity:

    • Recognize that a person has a digital identity.

     Second Grade

     Citizen of a Digital Culture Legal and Ethical Behavior:

    • Cite media and/or owners of digital content at an age-appropriate level.
      • Example: Basic website citation.
    • Demonstrate appropriate behaviors for communicating in a digital environment.
      • Example: netiquette.

    Digital Identity

    • List positive and negative impacts of digital communication.
      • Example: Anything posted or communicated electronically may be easily reproduced and could remain a positive or negative part of your digital identity/footprint.

     Third Grade

    Citizen of a Digital Culture Safety, Privacy, and Security:

    • Describe how to use proper ergonomics when using devices.
      • Examples: Body position, lighting, positioning of equipment, taking breaks.
    • Identify the proper use and operation of security technologies.
      • Examples: Passwords, virus protection software, spam filters, pop-up blockers.
    • Describe ways web advertising collects personal information.
      • Examples: Search ads, banner ads, in-game ads, email ads.

    Impact of Computing:

    • Identify resources in the community that offer technology access.
      • Examples: Libraries, community centers, restaurants, education programs, schools, or hardware/software donation programs.

     Fourth Grade

     Citizen of a Digital Culture Safety, Privacy, and Security:

    • Demonstrate the proper use and operation of security technologies.
      • Examples: Passwords, virus protection software, spam filters, pop-up blockers.

    Legal and Ethical Behavior:

    • Identify laws and tools which help ensure that users of varying abilities can access electronic and information technology.
      • Examples: ADA Laws Digital Identity
    • Identify the different forms of web advertising and why websites, digital resources, and artifacts may include advertisements and collect personal information.
      • Examples: Search ads, pay-per-click ads, banner ads, targeted ads, in-game ads, email ads.

     Fifth Grade

    Citizen of a Digital Culture Safety, Privacy, and Security:

    • Explain the proper use and operation of security technologies.
      • Examples: Passwords, virus protection software, spam filters, pop-up blockers, cookies.
    • Identify appropriate and inappropriate uses of communication technology and discuss the permanence of actions in the digital world.

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science 30 Legal and Ethical Behavior:

    • Explain that laws and tools exist to help ensure that people of varying abilities can access electronic and information technology.
      • Examples: Section 508, Telecommunication Act of 1996, Braille, closed captioning, text to speech.

    Digital Identity:

    • Explain the different forms of web advertising and why websites, digital resources, and artifacts may include advertisements that may collect personal information.
      • Examples: personalized web experiences based on tailored web searches, maintaining search history, quicker access to relevant information.

     Classroom Discipline Plan:

    Students that are not compliant with class and Birmingham City School’s Technology Policy will lose technology privileges as well as.

     Chalkable Information Now: Great News! Your child’s academic progress is now at available to you at any time throughout the school year. Chalkable provides up-to-date information on your child’s grades and/or attendance. Utilizing your unique log-in information, log-in from any electronic device to gain access to your student’s academic progress. In addition, you have the accessibility to print additional copies of your child’s progress and/or report cards from the comforts of your home or work. Contact your child’s homeroom teacher to request your log-in information.

    Supplies: Students in grades three through five are asked to acquire a flash drive or usb to save work that they do in class.  Having one makes it easier for students to work both at school and outside of school to complete any projects.

    Conferences: I am available for conferences on Wednesdays & Thursdays (8:15-8:45).

    Grading Scale Third-Fifth: Assessments 10%              Classwork 60%            Participation 30%