Tour and Curriculum

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An introductory lesson is included that will walk your teachers through lesson management.

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The topics have been grouped into a Course of Study for grades K-6 based on National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S), developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS project. These have been adopted by most states in one form or another. California has currently adopted CTAP standards; however CTAP accepts NETS for students.

To use this curriculum in whole-class instructions, you need a computer lab, a projector, and Microsoft Office or Open Office. Some schools also utilize these videos on single computers, allowing the students to work through the skills at their own pace rather than in a lab setting.  Many hardcopy curricula and non-video curricula out there require multiple purchases. I have geared the entire curriculum around software that comes with the computer, as well as Microsoft Office. You will also see a few lessons utilizing Open Source software, which is free software that has been developed by groups of people looking to put free software on the Internet for everyone to use. If your district cannot afford Microsoft Office, you can download OpenOffice and follow along with 95% of the videos.  I have included a video with instructions on accessing and downloading open source software.

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Introduction to teaching with these lessons (A 2 minute intro that you should show your students the first few times you utilize these videos.)

Please click on your grade level to jump to that section. Mac lessons are labeled MAC, Windows lessons are labeled WIN, Windows lessons using free (open source) Open Office are labeled OO, and lessons done on the Internet that can be done on any platform are labeled ALL.  The Web 2.0 lessons include Poster making in Glogster, online brainstorming collaboration, audacity podcasting with drop.io, and wikispaces.

Kinder                              1st                             2nd

3rd                                   4th                             5th

6th and beyond          Web 2.0                Staff Development               

Please note, all videos can be used by any grade level, depending on your students' ability level. The videos are numbered in order, but are listed below by grade level for an elementary school following the Course of Study, with certain lessons being taught in certain grades.  Feel free to use them in any order, to challenge your GATE students or remediate students who need earlier lessons.


Kindergarten

MAC Lesson 1  Computer Vocabulary  30:08
Parts of the computer, monitor, mouse, screen, cursor, keyboard, left click, etc.
mouse and window skills - moving windows, resizing, minimizing, click and drag

WIN Lesson 1  Computer Vocabulary  22:59
Parts of the computer, monitor, mouse, screen, cursor, keyboard, scroll wheel, etc.
mouse and window skills - moving windows, resizing, minimizing, click and drag 

MAC Lesson 2  Drawing  28:05
Microsoft Word, Drawing toolbar, autoshapes, changing shape size, adding objects from formatting palette, rotating shapes, adding text, coloring shapes, Wordart

WIN/OO Lesson 2  Drawing  27:24
Microsoft Word, Drawing toolbar, icons, Open Office, shift, autoshapes, changing shape size, rotating shapes, adding text, coloring shapes, Wordart

MAC Lesson 3  Word Processing I  33:26
Space, shift, period, comma, tab, enter, spell check, highlighting, fonts, sizes, colors, (setting timers to allow students to explore)

WIN/OO Lesson 3  Word Processing I  32:26
Space, shift, period, comma, tab, enter, spell check, highlighting, fonts, sizes, colors, (setting timers to allow students to explore)

ALL Lesson 4  Internet  37:28
Starfall for early reading skills, .com vs. .gov, bookmarks, Math (add, subtract, multi, divide) website

1st Grade

MAC Lesson 5  Word Processing II  28:54
Starting a paper - alignment (right, center, left), saving, naming conventions, finding something that is saved, right-click or control-click spell checks, printing

WIN/OO Lesson 5  Word Processing II  22:23
Starting a paper - alignment (right, center, left), saving, naming conventions, formatting and standard toolbars, printing, undo

Lesson 6  Math Websites  27:56
Timed add/sub/mult/divide, blackline masters, virtual math manipulatives site - money, time, patterns, geo boards, etc.

MAC Lesson 7  Word Processing III (Drawing) 29:19
Drawing toolbar, drawing a house, resizing shapes, arranging and layering shapes, coloring shapes, grouping, Wordart, arrows

WIN/OO Lesson 7  Word Processing III  (Drawing)  34:10
Drawing toolbar, drawing a house, resizing shapes, arranging and layering shapes, coloring shapes, grouping, Wordart, arrows

MAC Lesson 8  Presentations I  28:30
Layout, background/design, clipart, online clipart, resizing pictures, saving

WIN/OOLesson 8  Presentations I  34:58
Using both PowerPoint and Open Office Impress, Layout, background/design, clipart, online photos, resizing pictures, savin, citation

2nd Grade

MAC Lesson 9  Spreadsheets and Graphs  32:03
Data gathering, entering data on a spreadsheet, chart wizard, types of charts/graphs, axis labeling, category alignment, resizing, print preview, changing chart colors

WIN/OO Lesson 9  Spreadsheets and Graphs  18:42
Using Excel and Open Office Calc Entering data on a spreadsheet, chart wizard, types of charts/graphs, axis labeling, category alignment, resizing, print preview, changing chart colors, data labels, chart colors

ALL Lesson 10  Keyboarding  35:22
Keyboarding - Internet, safe google filters, touch typing websites, typing games, lessons, and tests.

ALL Lesson 11  Safe Web Searching  26:15
Nettrekker, Discovery Education (United Streaming), kids search tools, onekey, askforkids, kids.yahoo, enchanted learning, kidsclick,

MAC Lesson 12  Word Processing IV  24:58
Inserting pictures/clip art, landscape, modifying picture size, fonts, colors, size, print preview

WIN/OO Lesson 12  Word Processing IV  34:35
Inserting pictures/clip art, Discovery Education image search, pics4learning.com, landscape, modifying picture size, fonts, colors, layout, size, print preview , highlighting, insert text box, citation

3rd Grade

MAC Lesson 13  Presentations II  33:43
Charlotte's Web Powerpoint, adding slides, layout, design, importing clipart, importing pics from web, saving, pics4learning.com
custom animation - sounds, effects, entrance, emphasis, exit

WIN Lesson 13  Presentations II  27:41
Charlotte's Web Powerpoint, adding slides, layout, design, importing clipart, importing pics from web, saving, pics4learning.com
custom animation - sounds, effects, entrance, emphasis, exit

 

OO Lesson 13  Presentations II  35:01
Impress, Finding Online Templates, setting Google safesearch preferences, Charlotte's Web Powerpoint, adding slides, layout, design, importing clipart, importing pics from web, saving, pics4learning.com
custom animation - sounds, effects, entrance, emphasis, exit

ALL Lesson 14  Google Earth  34:35
Layers, zoom, tilt address search
great pyramids - panaramio, discovery videos, google book search
mesa verde anastasi indians
google sky, eiffel tower, place marks

ALL Lesson 15  Word Processing V  25:43
Vocabulary Table in Word - columns, tables, alignment, modifying inserted pictures,
going online for pics (pics4learning, united streaming, clipart)
setting google preferences and filters for image searching, define function, thesaurus.com, importing pics, layering pics, united streaming, formatting pictures

ALL Lesson 16  Freemind Brainstorming Software  21:28
Freemind - Brainstorming with OpenSource Software (make sure your techs have downloaded the Freemind software)
Charlotte's Web Book Report brainstorm
icons - order, graphical links, multi-paragraph essays

SEE Web 2.0 below for an online brainstorming and collaboration lesson.


4th Grade

ALL Lesson 17  Internet Safety  45:49
McGruff the Crime Dog Internet Safety and PBS kids internet license
0-13:55 Mcgruff games "shrink the cyberbully", "Internet Safety Quiz"
13:55-43:00 PBS kids - can be done without a lab, just a projector as a class discussion.  Kids visit 10 stations and learn about downloading, cookies, safety, passwords, privacy policies, borrowing, bullying, meeting people, etc.

ALL Lesson 18  Safe Google Searching  19:58
Setting preferences, opening in a new page, more words, and using quotes
image searching, intro to moving to word, see full-size image, .com vs .org, etc.

MAC Lesson 19  Citations I 47:57
Citation of picture and sentences from the Internet by webpage URL for California Missions, why to use large pictures,
Dragging website name into word, copy and paste 3 ways

Discussion on Internet Plagiarism
After 37:34 goes into advanced discussion on full bibiliography citation using sourceaid.com, citationmachine.net, or noodlebib express.

WIN Lesson 19  Citations I 44:27
Citation of picture and sentences from the Internet by webpage URL for California Missions, why to use large pictures, dragging website name into word, copy and paste.  Discussion on Internet Plagiarism, Google Notebook for tracking resources, Zotero.com, Bibme.com, citationmachine.net for building citations.

MAC Lesson 20  Word Processing VI (Templates)  24:09
Google images, further citation work, insert textbox for image parameters

ALL Lesson 20  Wikispaces  31:00
This should be watched first by the teacher so they can set up the class wiki and create usernames to give to the students.  Then watch together when students have usernames.  Establish class account and usernames, give students pages, insert pictures, insert maps, insert widgets, create discussions, view history of page changes.

5th Grade

ALL Lesson 21  Advanced Google Search  24:47
Advanced operators, quote searching, definition searching, asterisk, tilde, calculator, conversions.  Advanced Search parameters, filetype searching for jeopardy powerpoint templates, advanced image search, similar site searches, Google Scholar and Book searches

MAC Lesson 22  iPhoto  24:09

Taking images from Google to the desktop, importing to iPhoto, cropping, rotating, red eye, effects, black and white, sepia, sharpness, straighten, exposure, slide show.
WIN Lesson 22  Picasa and Geotagging  19:55
Picasa 3, how to download program, import pictures, edit, add text, arrange, slide show, effects, geotagging in Google Earth

MAC Lesson 23  Presentations III  44:24
Advanced animation effects, timing, hyperlinks, buttons, voice recording

WIN Lesson 23  Presentations III  26:58
Adding movies to Powerpoint.  Downloading movies from Internet with right-click "save link as."  Importing and resizing/rescaling pictures, hyperlinks, actions buttons, transitions, how to save with a movie file


MAC Lesson 24  Word Processing VII  31:46
Margins, print preview, section breaks, columns, header/footer, inserting tables, creating score sheet

WIN Lesson 24  Word Processing VII  31:32
Margins, print preview, section breaks, columns, header/footer, inserting excel table, inserting tables, creating score sheet, drag to fill in excel, formatting text box

6th Grade and Beyond

MAC Lesson 25  Garage Band  58:40
Adding pics from iphoto into a podcast
Great wall info from enchanted learning
Need to get great wall material from United Streaming, smithsonian, or teachertube
1st part is going and getting pics and putting into albums in iphoto. - Preparation work - getting photos from google

 

WIN Lesson 25  Photostory 3  33:28
Storyboarding.  Please have pictures on all machines or on class wiki.
Use PowerPoint to make a storyboard.  Discovery or pics4learning to get pictures if needed.  Edit order and edit photos.  Add text to pics, narrarate pictures with a microphone, add motion and crop.  Create music from library and save as a movie

MAC Lesson 26  iMovie  44:43
Should have downloaded the movie already, if not the first 8:30 of this video goes over downloading from United Streaming or teachertube. Movie editing, adding transitions, extracting audio, effects, credits, music

WIN Lesson 26  MovieMaker 33:36                                                        Downloading movie from wikispaces, finding and downloading royalty free music, importing video, editing music, timeline view, effects, transitions, adding words to video, saving the project, www.archive.org

MAC Lesson 27  Presentations IV  31:04
Inserting video and recording sounds into Powerpoint.  Need to have videos from 26 available or get new ones before you start.

WIN Lesson 27  Presentations IV  21:57
Inserting video and recording sounds into Powerpoint.  Will get video from VTT wiki. Recording voice, advanced transitions and effects.

ALL Lesson 28  Citations II  25:25
Citation machine, easybib, wikipedia citations

Web 2.0

Brainstorming Collaboration  30:32
Freemind (as in 4th grade, open source), bubbl.us (free online web brainstorming collaboration) narrative story and saving brainstorms, mywebspiration, twiddla.com (share a virtual whiteboard and chat)

Wikispaces  31:00
This should be watched first by the teacher so they can set up the class wiki and create usernames to give to the students.  Then watch together when students have usernames.  Establish class account and usernames, give students pages, insert pictures, insert maps, insert widgets, create discussions, view history of page changes.

Glogster  37:07

Creating educational accounts for online poster making.  Can import video, photos, and utilize a webcam.  Private network for your classroom with no email needed

Audacity and Drop.io  44:42

A free audio editing program for creating podcasts, and a free online storage space to keep your podcasts.  Also, Drop.io allows you to phone in your podcasts to import into audacity

Staff Development

While every lesson above can be used for staff development, here are a few more that have been developed specifically for the teachers

How to use these lessons managment, expose on the mac OS X operating system

Open Source Software - What it is, and how to get it. OpenOffice, Freemind, NeoOffice

Lots of Google - iGoogle, Google Docs, SketchUp, Google Labs, Google Scholar, Google Notebook, etc.

Our Favorite Web Pages - Oswego, brainpops, funbrain, Internet Safety, How To Bookmark

Google Custom Search Engines  Creating you own search engine, you assign the websites your kids can see, but it looks like Google

Tips and Tricks - classroom management, mousepose, mouse locator, bookmarks, naming conventions, chimoo timer, zooming

Google Forms and Docs - Creating a Google Account, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, collaboration, adding widgets to spreadsheets including maps

 

 


 
 
 
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