Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)

The following experiences with technology and digital resources are examples of learning activities students might engage in during grades 6–8 (ages 11–14):

    1. Describe and illustrate a content-related concept or process using a model, simulation, or concept-mapping software. (1,2)
    2. Create original animations or videos documenting school, community, or local events. (1,2,6)
    3. Gather data, examine patterns, and apply information for decision making using digital tools and resources. (1,4)
    4. Participate in a cooperative learning project in an online learning community. (2)
    5. Evaluate digital resources to determine the credibility of the author and publisher and the timeliness and accuracy of the content. (3)
    6. Employ data-collection technology, such as probes, handheld devices, and geographic mapping systems, to gather, view, analyze, and report results for content-related problems. (3,4,6)
    7. Select and use the appropriate tools and digital resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and to solve problems. (3,4,6)
    8. Use collaborative electronic authoring tools to explore common curriculum content from multicultural perspectives with other learners. (2,3,4,5)
    9. Integrate a variety of file types to create and illustrate a document or presentation. (1,6)
    10. Independently develop and apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and software problems. (4,6)

Units/Courses

Use this Template for Unit Plans
Course Title
Approx.
Time Frame
Description
Learning
Objectives
Unit/Course Plan & Rubric
Examples
Digital Photography (1,6)

Students demonstrate proficiency in using digital cameras, saving photographs, editing using a variety of online sites, and creating a variety of products including animotos, photostories, and posters.
- Students will select and use the appropriate tools and digital resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and to solve problems.
- Students will integrate a variety of file types to create and illustrate a document or presentation.
Course Plan

Photo Posters
Animoto Online Video Production
3 weeks (15 sessions)
Students create videos using pictures, text, and short video clips to document a school, community, or local event, inclusive of multicultural perspectives.
- Students will create an original video documenting school, community, or local events.
- Students will address one or more multicultural perspectives with other learners.
- Students will create and illustrate a presentation integrating a variety of file types.


Pixton Comic Book Maker - Literacy Based
3-4 weeks (15-20 sessions)
Students develop a series of comics based on four themes. Those themes are PBiS/Bullying, A Moment in History, Scientific Element Superheros, and Graphic Novels.
- Students will develop three individual comics and one group comic.
- Students will create an original animation documenting historical, school, and fictional events.
- Students will participate in an online learning community.


Weebly Websites - Environmental Impact
3-4 weeks (15-20 sessions)
Students develop a website created in a drag and drop website builder online program utilizing text, photos, videos, and maps. The focus of the project is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Students will integrate a variety of file types to create and illustrate a website.
- Students will evaluate digital resources to determine credibility.
- Students will describe and illustrate a content-related concept.
- Students will use a geographic mapping device to locate and document the location of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch accurately.
Weebly Unit Plan

Eating Out & Nutrition
(3,6)
5 days
Students collect nutrition data from multiple restaurants online sites into an MS Excel spreadsheet.
Part 1 - I can research & gather information from internet sources, then collect and organize that information using a spreasheet tool.
Part 2 (writing) -
I can write a well-constructed paragraph that compare/contrast two restaurants from the Nutrition project.


LucidChart
At the beginning of each project
Students will create an outline for the corresponding project to help organize ideas, layout media attachments, and develop thought patterns and paths.
- Students will describe and/or illustrate a content-related concept or process using a concept-mapping software.


Edmodo
Throughout the course
Students will collaborate, receive assignments, track grades, submit work, and work in an online learning community as a class throughout the course.
- Students will participate in a cooperative learning project in an online learning community.


CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) YouTube Project











Here are some cool lessons but I am not sure where to put them:
RSA Animations
Classroom Newspaper
Nature Works- Earth day lessons