Computer Education/Technology

    8th Grade Curriculum

    Internet Safety & Security Unit (Cell Phone Safety)-

    i-Safe is an instructional program that utilizes the Internet and other media to help 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 Type to Learn 4.  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 produce a Stop-Motion Animation Movie.  Stop-motion is a powerful animation technique that makes static objects appear to be moving.  Students learn how to use a storyboard to visually plan out the entire animation.  They also use a digital camera to capture the individual frames for their animation and iMovie to edit and create their final stop-motion animation movie.

    Computer Programming/Coding Unit -

    • Java Script - Second Year students learned block programming last year so they advance to Java Script which is a computer language that  is most well-known as the scripting language for Web pages,

    • Lego Robotics – All students will have the opportunity to learn how to write code/program using Lego Robotics. LEGO Education teaches students science, engineering, math, language arts, literacy and social studies (STEM). Students work in teams to build Lego robots and  write programs to control their robots to navigate through various robotic challenges.