Computer Education/Technology

    8th Grade Curriculum

    Internet Safety & Security Unit (Cell Phone Safety)-

    Students increase their awareness about Internet safety, security and privacy.  They also learn how to prevent Cyber bullying and tips on what to do if you are Cyber bullied.

    Copyright and Fair Use Law Unit –

    Students will learn the importance of Copyright and Fair Use Laws when creating multimedia school projects and how to cite research, photos and music properly

    Web site evaluation – Students learn the importance of critically evaluating websites for accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness and bias of electronic information sources.

    Keyboarding -

    Students continue to develop keyboarding skills using an online instructional application.  They are encouraged to keyboard 25 Words Per Minute (WPM) with 85% accuracy.

    Productivity Application Unit -

    Students continue to develop and refine their word processing and presentation skills using Google Docs which is a Web-based application in which documents, powerpoints, spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online.  Files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.

    Web 2.0 Tools

    Students learn how to use various  Web 2.0 tools such as Podcasts, Blogs, Google Docs and GoAnimate. Web 2.0 tools are Internet tools and technologies that allow students to learn, contribute, problem solve  and collaborate.

    Digital Media Unit Stop-Motion Animation Movie

    In 8th grade students learn how to create an iBook about a country usina and Apple application, iBook Author.   

    Computer Programming/Coding Unit -

    • Swift - Students in 8th grade learn coding using Swift computer coding language.  Swift is an Apple coding language that is used to create applications and educational activities.  The Swift coding lanaguage is also used to program the Parrott Mambo Drones (see below).

    • Parrott Mambo Drones – All students will have the opportunity to apply their Swift coding knowledge to program the drones through various missions or challenge tasks.