Technology Curriculum

The purpose of this class is to promote technology literacy. Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.

Our curriculum is derived from the State of Michigan's Educational Technology Standards and Expectations.

 The complete document can be accessed by clicking here

 

Google Google Apps for Education is being utilized 3rd-6th grade.  The following services taught and are available to each student and hosted by Google as part of Dryden School District’s online presence in Google Apps for Education:

  • Docs ­- a word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and presentation toolset that is very similar to Microsoft Office
  • Calendar- ­ an individual calendar providing the ability to organize schedules, daily activities, and assignments
  • Sites-­ an individual and collaborative website creation tool
  • Mail - (for grades 3-­12) ­ Students will be able to collaborate and communicate with fellow students and with their teachers in a closed environment. Student accounts will only be allowed to send emails to @dryden.k12.mi.us email addresses. Furthermore, students email content will be filtered so that no inappropriate language can be sent back and forth.


Using these tools, students collaboratively create, edit, and share files and websites for school related projects and communicate via email with other students and teachers. These services are entirely online and available 24/7 from any Internet­ connected computer including from home. Examples of student use include showcasing class projects, building an electronic portfolio of school learning experiences, and working in small groups on presentations to share with others.

studentsStudents in 5th grade and 6th grade will use 21things4students.   

21things4students provides 21st century resources which are engaging and fun for teaching and learning with educational technology.  Students will use performance-based activities based on 21st century educational technology tools such as: Google Docs, spreadsheets and graphing, digital citizenship, copyright, presentation tools, etc. 


All of these project-based activities address
 theNational Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S), and theMichigan Educational Technology Standards for students (METS), are aligned where feasible with the National Common Core Standards,  as well as areas of the Framework for 21st Century Learning identified by the Partnership For 21st Century Skills.